Activities old and new in store at Senior Center

It's getting down to the wire for this year's Senior Odyssey. The Senior Center team is practicing several times a week. On April 14 the team will travel to the Grandville Middle School to compete. (Courtesy photo)

It’s getting down to the wire for this year’s Senior Odyssey. The Senior Center team is practicing several times a week. On April 14 the team will travel to the Grandville Middle School to compete. (Courtesy photo)


Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Wow, the weather has not been cooperating lately, and I am getting very frustrated. I know I should be happy and cheery, but I am sick of the cold. I hope you have fun indoor plans for this weekend. It looks like we won’t be getting warmer weather for a while.

There have been a lot of things keeping me busy lately. Besides regular meetings, reports and busy work, I have also been working on this year’s mystery trips, a fun trip to the Shrine of the Pines in May with Faye, the Kick Off to the 4th of July party and getting everything together for the Tigers Trip.

I also thought it may be interesting to try a couple of different activities. I am not a big gun enthusiast, but I had a talk with a friend of mine who is concerned about a lot of the rules that have to do with guns possibly changing. When we spoke, I said I had heard that women were the largest group buying hand guns and learning to shoot. Growing up, we had hunting rifles at our house and we all learned to shoot by target practice.

Living in Manistee just about everyone I know has some type of hunting weapons at their home. I think that is fine as long as they are safely stored. I thought it may be interesting to see if we could get a group of women in the county to learn gun safety and how to shoot. I know it has been many, many years since I shot a weapon. If this sounds interesting to you, please let me know and I will start working on it.

This week there is so much going on at the Senior Center. We only have one more week until the Senior Odyssey competition in Grand Rapids. We have a great group that will be competing against other senior centers and are almost ready to go. I know the gang is excited to show off all of their hard work. I will let everyone know after the competition when they will be doing their skit at the Senior Center, so everyone can come in and cheer them on.

Wednesday, we have the Advance Care Planning Workshop at the Senior Center from 12:30-2 p.m. You can give your loved ones the gift of knowing what your wishes are by attending one of the free advance care planning workshops.

Friday, we have a Kindermusik performance. Stop in and enjoy some of the cutest little kids and see what they are all up to. We also have a communication presentation by Tina Bowers from Living Solutions Centers. She said this is a really fun program and the more the merrier. Check out the schedule of all of our classes and programs. They are worth stopping in to the Senior Center to check them out.

I can’t believe it is already time for our annual Spring Craft Show. On Saturday, April 21, stop in and support some of the most talented crafters in Manistee County. This is always a great time and remember Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

Last week was kind of a blur. We had the 3Ds in performing some great songs for everyone. I was in my office and I heard them singing. We love it when the guys come in. Thanks, Don, Dan, Dave and Bob.

Wednesday we had a snow day due to the weather, so the Parkinson’s presentation will be rescheduled.

Friday we had a volunteer come in for the BP clinic. They come to the Senior Center on the first and third Fridays of the month thanks to Hospice of Michigan. This is such an important service. A lot of our seniors like to keep or need to keep an eye on their blood pressure. Thanks to those wonderful volunteers. We really appreciate all that you do.

We also had Produce Bingo on Friday with some fun celebrity bingo callers. We had the Leadership group from the Chamber come in to explain the Big Day of Serving, which will be on June 9. This event is a one-day community service day with many projects and volunteers serving all over Manistee County. Volunteers will all come together that day to serve in projects such as painting, lawn care, cleaning, minor construction and much more.

I hope you have a great week and remember to try something new!


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 April 20.


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.


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.


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.


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 on at 10 a.m. on May 7.


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.


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. April’s speaker will be Barb Mansfield, from Catholic Human Services.


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.


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 3 p.m. on April 10 at the Senior Center.


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.


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 Mondays at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit & Get Fit held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays 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. Stretch & Strength for Seniors (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.The 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 there is a fee per class for all others.


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. Please call Linda at (231) 299-1552. She will make appointments.


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.


Are you interested in learning a new game? The Senior Center is looking to begin game days/or 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.


April 10: Senior Odyssey meeting at 3 p.m.

April 11: Munson will bring us a presentation at 12:30 p.m. on Advance Care Planning.

April 12: Seated Tai Chi class at 1 p.m. at the city marina building.

April 13: Tina from Living Solutions Centers will give a communication presentation at 12:30 p.m. with hands on activities.

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

April 17: Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds.

April 21: The Senior Center Spring Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call to reserve your table.

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

April 23: Police Talk with John O’Hagan at 12:30 p.m. This will be held at the Senior Center.

April 26: Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be at the Senior Center to entertain us. Music begins at 11:30 a.m.

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

May 3: Drum Circle at 11 a.m. at the city marina building with Susan Mencarelli.

May 7: Diabetic support group at 10 a.m.



· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m.. Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge

· 3 p.m., Senior Odyssey meeting


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

· 12:30 p.m., Advance Care Planning

· 1 p.m., Beltone

· 2:30 p.m., Stretch & Strength for Seniors

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

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


· 10 a.m., Kindermusik

· 11 a.m., Produce bingo

· 12:30 p.m., Communication presentation

· Noon, Meal

· 2:30 p.m., Stretch & Strength for Seniors

MENU FOR WEEK of April 9-13

Monday: Veal picatta, potatoes red bliss, cinnamon maple squash, fresh fruit cup

Tuesday: Creamed chipped beef over mashed potatoes, succotash, raspberry marshmallow fluff salad

Wednesday: BBQ baked chicken, onion and chive potato, beets, orange sherbet, roll

Thursday: Sausage and peppers, roasted sweet potatoes, garlic green beans, fruit parfait, roll

Friday: Lemon pepper fish, baked potatoes, creamed peas, roll

(Menu is subject to change)


Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or

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