Much to do at the Senior Center in March

 

Wednesday was Floral Design day, so Rose at Gloria's Floral Garden opened her shop to a group of ladies who spent the afternoon creating beautiful floral designs. (Courtesy photo)

Wednesday was Floral Design day, so Rose at Gloria’s Floral Garden opened her shop to a group of ladies who spent the afternoon creating beautiful floral designs. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD
Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a great weekend. Wow! I am shocked how busy our calendar is for March. We have some really good programs and activities in March and I am excited to let you know what will be going on. We have some great speakers and informational classes that I think would be worth your time.

We have City of Manistee mayor, Jim Smith, speaking about the Medical Marijuana Grow Ordnance and what that will mean for our community. We have CRASE training with Brian Gutowski from the Sheriff’s Department who does a really great program on how to help yourself when it comes to a shooter in a public place. We have Police Talk with John O’Hagan, Manistee County’s Sheriff who comes in and has a wonderful program every month. There is also a diabetic support group that meets at the Senior Center.

On March 16 there will be a delicious St. Patrick’s Day meal of corned beef. This meal is being prepared by the Meals on Wheels kitchen. They do a great job on this meal and everyone really enjoys it.

We also have a fun day planned on Tuesday, March 13. Nancy will take a group of seniors over to the Dempsey Mansion for a tour and a delicious meal. There is limited space so don’t forget to reserve your seat.

Our first Mystery Trip of the year will be heading out on March 27. This is a special trip and will be a lot of fun. Be ready for a great time. Don’t forget to get your “Senior Moments” with everything going on in March at the Senior Center.

I was so lucky this last week. I got to go on a great vacation with my husband Tony. We are both history nerds, so we ended up going to Williamsburg, Virginia for the week. We had a whole week of seafood and history. We ended up driving. We like to go to all of the sports stadiums on our trips so we got to see several more and take some tours. We finally got to see Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. My husband has been a Pittsburg Steelers fan since he was 10. We have seen a bunch of games but never at Heinz Field. It just never works out with our schedules. We had a great time but I am always glad to get back home.

Last week I know there were some great programs going on. Taxes were on Monday and Thursday and I heard they were very busy and the people were coming in steadily. Thank you to all of the volunteers that do this program. Without you, I don’t know what a lot of seniors would do at tax time. We had Sit & Get Fit, the Learning Kitchen with Holly from the Health Department, and practice for the Senior Odyssey all on Tuesday. Wednesday, sounded like a lot of fun, there was Fun Bingo and then in the afternoon Nancy took a group to Gloria’s Floral Garden for a floral design class since it was National Floral Design day. Rose showed everyone how to make a beautiful arrangement to take home. Thank you, Rose, everyone had a great time. We also had the final Learning Kitchen class on Wednesday.

Thursday there was Tai Chi at the marina and Friday we had the BP clinic with Hospice of Michigan who donates time to the seniors. I also heard from a little mouse that produce bingo was huge and there were beautiful fruits and vegetables for everyone.

This week taxes are on Monday and Thursday. We have such a great group of volunteers who are doing taxes. Make sure to schedule your appointment if you haven’t already.

Tuesday this week we have Toe Tapping with the 3Ds. Come in and listen to some great music and come hang out with your friends. Wednesday is fun bingo at 11 and then Mayor Jim Smith and Roger Zielinski will be in to explain the medical marijuana grow programs that are interested in coming to Manistee. I think this will be very interesting. I know I hear a lot of the seniors talking about it.

Thursday is Popcorn Lover’s Day. Come in and see what surprises may be at the Senior Center. Friday is our second annual puzzle contest. Come in and cheer your favorite team on. This is always so fun and everyone has a great time.

I hope you enjoy your week and remember to try something new!

FOOD BANK

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9-11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Seniors from Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. The next food bank will be on March 16.

MEDICARE MEDICAID ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MMAP)

This program provides people on Medicare with free assistance and education so they can make informed health care coverage decisions. Bill Tod is our local counselor and he can help you understand eligibility, enrollment, coverage, claims and appeals; identify resources for prescription drug assistance; understand options under Medicare Advantage plans; solve problems related to Medicare/Medicaid coverage; and understand Medicare notices summary. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 to make an appointment with Bill.

MEDICAID

Gaye Fett is available to answer questions and assist with Medicaid nursing home applications. Call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 or toll free (888) 723-9060 to schedule an appointment.

SENIOR REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

The MCCOA has a program designed to help seniors remain independent, by reimbursing qualifying expenses. If you are a senior from Manistee County, you could receive reimbursement for payments you have made for house cleaning, yard work or snow removal services. For current clients in the Senior Reimbursement Program, please take note, all receipts must be current, no more than 30 days old. Income requirements apply. New clients must fill out registration form. Please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477 for more information.

DIABETIC SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Diabetic support group that meets at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Senior Center. The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on March 5 at the city marina building.

SENIORS VISITING SENIORS

We are seeking volunteers for the Seniors Visiting Seniors program. Volunteers will visit homebound seniors in Manistee County. Please call the Senior Center for more information.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP

There is a Parkinson’s support group that meets the third Thursday of every month (no meeting in January and February) at the Munson Manistee Hospital’s Education Center, Room #1. For more information call Jeannie Lewis at (231) 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson at (231) 690-5048.

MCCOA WISH LIST

The MCCOA is asking local businesses and individuals for donations of non-perishable foods for the senior food bank. These donations are always appreciated. Please contact the senior center at (231) 723-6477.

SENIOR ODYSSEY

The Senior Center has a team for this year’s Senior Odyssey. Senior Odyssey encourages older adults to use their lifelong skills and knowledge in creative ways to keep their minds active and engaged. Working together with their peers, it provides an opportunity for seniors to utilize their minds and spirits by immersing older adults in creative problem solving with others. Participants tap into their personal wealth of knowledge and life experience, and share with their team members their ideas to solve creative problems. The next Odyssey meeting will be held at the Senior Center at 3 p.m. on March 6. Call for more information.

DONATED ITEMS

The Senior Center has access to adult briefs and pads if you or a loved one are a senior and are in need. Please call the Senior Center to check on availability.

SIT & GET FIT & OTHER EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES

The MCCOA has started a Sit & Get Fit exercise program in the Bear Lake Area. They meet from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit & Get Fit held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday and Wednesdays (just before lunch) at the Farr Center in Onekama, and at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston. Tai Chi (on DVD) group meets at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Senior Center. Sweating to the Oldies with Richard Simmons (on DVD) is held at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Senior Center. Inside walking group meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Marilla meal site. A new seated Tai Chi class will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoons at the city marina building. This class is open to the public. The class is free to Manistee County seniors, and available for a fee for all others.

COMPUTER/CELLPHONE INSTRUCTIONS

Linda Theisen will be offering computer/cell phone help at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Marilla mealsite, after lunch.

Monday’s computer and cell phone help at the Senior Center will be by appointment only for the winter. Please call Linda at (231) 299-1552 she will make appointments.

MONDAY NIGHT PINOCHLE

The Monday night pinochle group is looking for more players. If you would like to play pinochle, come to the Senior Center by 5:45 p.m. on Monday night.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 6: Senior Odyssey meeting at 3 p.m

March 7: Mayor Jim Smith and Roger Zielinski will be at the Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. to discuss the new Medical Marijuana Ordinance.

March 8: Sit and Get Fit will be held at 10 a.m. at the city marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

March 8: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the city marina building.

March 9: The second annual puzzle contest at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center.

March 13: Tea with Nancy at 11 a.m. at the Dempsey Manor. Call the Senior Center to sign up, (231) 723-6477.

March 15: Business & Career Expo at the Little River Casino and Resort.

March 18: The first potluck of the year. Dinner is at 1 p.m. Bring a dishs to pass.

March 21: Brian Gutowski from the Manistee County Sheriff’s office will present C.R.A.S.E. (Citizen Response to Active Shooter Event) training at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. Please call to sign up.

March 22: Drum Circle at 11 a.m. This will be held at the city marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

March 26: Police Talk with John O’Hagan at 12:30 p.m. This will be held at the city marina building, across the street from the Senior Center

March 27: The first Mystery Trip of the year. Be sure to call and get signed up to go.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise (at the marina building)

· 10 a.m., Diabetic support group (at the marina building)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies (at the marina building)

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Toe Tapping Tuesday

· Noon, Meal

· 3 p.m., Senior Odyssey meeting

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 12:30 p.m., Medical marijuana ordinance presentation

· 2:30 p.m., Tai Chi

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Thursday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit (at the marina building)

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Seated Tai Chi (at the marina building)

· Popcorn lovers day

Friday

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Puzzle contest

· 2:30 p.m., Tai chi

MENU FOR WEEK of March 5-9

Monday: Chop suey over rice, Asian vegetable, brussels sprouts, jello with fruit, roll

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken, scalloped potatoes, peas, mandarin oranges, roll

Wednesday: Braised beef, cabbage and potatoes, diced carrots, pears, roll

Thursday: Cream of broccoli soup, ham sandwich, macaroni salad, peaches

Friday: Three cheese ravioli with marinara, cauliflower, fruit cocktail, garlic roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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