HOWARD: Activities abound at the Manistee County Senior Center

City of Manistee mayor Jim Smith discusses the new medical marijuana ordinance at the Senior Center. (Courtesy photo)

City of Manistee mayor Jim Smith discusses the new medical marijuana ordinance at the Senior Center. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD
Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Hello Manistee County! It has been a great week at the Senior Center. We have had lots of people in all week and a lot of interesting programs and activities going on. I can’t believe how much gets accomplished in a week at the Senior Center.

Just a reminder, tonight daylight saving time begins and you need to turn your clocks forward one hour. Not my favorite time of the year, but I am sure I am not the only person who feels this way.

I was on vacation last week and have to thank the staff (Jeanne, Jo, Nancy, Faye and Molly) for doing such a great job holding down the fort. I don’t worry when I am gone. I have the best team around. Thanks ladies, I am proud to be able to work with all of you.

We have some great programs this week that will be a lot of fun, so if you have some time and want to give something new a try, please stop in and check us out for yourself.

Monday we have taxes being done by such wonderful volunteers. If you haven’t scheduled your appointment yet, give us a call to schedule. We have pinochle in the evening. If you like to play cards and you know how to play pinochle and would like to play with a fun group, give us a call for information.

Tuesday we have a great trip planned. Nancy thought it would be fun to do “Tea with Nancy at the Dempsey Manor.” The Dempsey Manor has planned a wonderful day for everyone, and a delicious meal. Give us a call if you are interested, seats are very limited.

Wednesday we have a pretty full day with the monthly foot clinic, fun bingo and Tai Chi. This is always a fun day. Come in and give it a try.

Thursday we have a full day of programs and we will also have a booth at the Business Expo at the Little River Casino Resort. If you are out that direction, stop by from 1-3 p.m. to say “Hi” and check out all of the businesses at the Expo.

Friday is our senior food bank from 9-11 a.m. This is such an important program for so many seniors. There are many seniors who have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to food, medicine or utilities.

At 11 a.m., get ready for a great St. Patty’s day gathering. We have some fun music planned and a delicious corned beef and cabbage meal prepared by the Meals on Wheels staff. This is always such a wonderful meal and a fun time. Come on in and wear your green and have some fun.

I wanted to give you a heads up on a few things that are coming up in the next few weeks that I think you may enjoy. We have our monthly potluck at 1 p.m. on March 18. Our potluck is always such a great time. Bring a dish to pass and get ready for some delicious food, fellowship and some fun.

We also are getting ready for the first mystery trip of the year on March 27. There are several seats left if you are interested in doing something different.

The CRASE (Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event) program will be presented by Lt. Brian Gutowski from the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office at 12:30 p.m. on March 21. If you are interested in this free program, give us a call to reserve your seat.

We have set a date and are taking reservations for tables for our spring craft show. Mark your calendars for April 21. This is always such a fun day!

Last week we had taxes on Monday and Thursday, the diabetic support group, Tai Chi, Sit & Get Fit, and Senior Odyssey practice. There was fun bingo, Losing It, bingo in Copemish and the puzzle contest.

We also had the Mayor Jim Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Roger Zielinski in to discuss the Marijuana Grow Ordinance. They took a lot of time explaining it to everyone and there were a lot of questions. Thank you both for taking the time to help everyone understand this ordinance.

I hope you have a wonderful week and you give something new a try.

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 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 April 2.

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 13. 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 meal site, 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.

GAME NIGHT/AFTERNOONS

Are you interested in learning a new game? The Senior Center is looking to begin game days/nights. Call us and let us know what games (card games, board or dice games) you would like to play and what time is best for you, (231) 723-6477.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 13: Senior Odyssey meeting at 3 p.m.

March 15: Sit and Get Fit will be held at 10 a.m. at the city Marina building, across the street from the Senior Center.

March 15: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the city Marina building.

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 dish 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 23: Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be at the Senior Center to entertain us. Music begins at 11:30 a.m.

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.

April 6: Produce bingo at the Senior Center.

April 14: Seniors from the Manistee Senior Center will travel to Grand Rapids to compete in the Senior Odyssey.

April 21: Senior Center Spring Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 22: Potluck dinner is at 1 p.m. Bring a dish to pass.

April 27: Mystery Trip. Please call to sign up, (231) 723-6477.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Sunday

· 2 a.m., Daylight saving begins. Turn your clock forward one hour (spring forward)

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise (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., Social hour

· 11 a.m., Tea with Nancy

· Noon, Meal

· 3 p.m., Senior Odyssey meeting

· Attorney services (by appointment)

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 10:30 a.m., Foot clinic (by appointment)

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 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

· 11 a.m., Eyeglass clinic

· Noon, Meal

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

· Business & Career Expo (LRCR)

Friday

· 9 a.m., Senior food bank

· 10 a.m., Blood pressure clinic

· 11 a.m., Social hour/St. Paddy’s Day

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Tai chi

MENU FOR WEEK of March 12-16

Monday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, European vegetable, pineapple chunks, roll

Tuesday: Teriyaki meatballs, Asian rice, diced carrots, pecan sour cream coffee cake, roll

Wednesday: Veal picatta, au gratin potatoes, peas and pearl onions, ice cream, roll

Thursday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Scandinavian veggies, peach cobbler, roll

Friday: Corned beef cabbage, potatoes and carrots, Watergate salad, St. Patrick’s day cupcakes

(Menu is subject to change)

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