Seniors to travel to Lansing for Older Michiganian Day

Having a SWEET time at the famous Dylan's Candy Bar at the Grand Traverse Resort. (Courtesy photo)

Having a SWEET time at the famous Dylan’s Candy Bar at the Grand Traverse Resort. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD

Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Hello Manistee County! Happy Cinco De Mayo! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. We have a lot coming up at the Senior Center and we want you to stop by to check us out.

On May 16, I will be taking a group to Older Michiganian Day in Lansing. Seniors and people who work with seniors from all over Michigan will come to hear what is on the horizon for change when it comes to senior citizens. I think it is really important to speak out about our needs as seniors in Michigan and in America. It is really important to be a part of the discussion and have a hand in the solution.

We are also getting ready for a great trip to the Shrine of the Pines with Faye. This trip will include transportation to Baldwin, as well as lunch and ice cream at Jones’s. I hope you take a chance and give this trip a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised on this fun excursion.

Remember, we are also looking forward to Wheelin’ & Dealin’ with Johnny O in Wellston. This is always a great time. You need to sign up for this trip, there will be transportation from Manistee, Marilla and Onekama. So, find a silly costume and stuff your pockets and purses with all kinds of things. If you remember Let’s Make A Deal, then you already know how to play. Reserve your seat today if you are looking for something fun and different to do.

Last week there was a lot going on at the Senior Center. We had a wonderful Toe Tapping on Tuesday morning with the guys and then Bridge with Dale in the afternoon.

Wednesday, we celebrated Faye’s birthday before Fun Bingo with a beautiful chocolate cake from Meijer. Don’t forget that this week we have White Elephant Bingo. Bring stuff you no longer want and take someone else’s stuff home.

Thursday, we had the Drum Circle at the marina. This has really been a great addition to our programming. I think this is such a good way to enjoy music and rhythm without having to know how to play an instrument.

Friday, we had the BP Clinic. This is a wonderful service that Hospice of Michigan offers to the seniors at the Senior Center. We also had Produce Bingo with some beautiful fruits and veggies from Miller’s Produce.

On Mother’s Day weekend, we are having a hanging flower basket sale on May 11 and May 12. All proceeds will go to the Senior Center. Pleasanton Nurseries will be providing the beautiful flowers. If you want to reserve yours now, give us a call and let us know how many you would like.

Thank you to everyone who comes in and participates, we love that you spend time with all of us. Please be patient with us, we are working with a smaller staff than usual, but we are all working to keep everything rolling along.

Next week we have all kinds of things going on at the Manistee County Senior Center, from exercise classes, bingo, attorney services, foot clinic, Tai Chi and the flower sale. Check out the weekly calendar for dates and times. We would love to see you stop by for one of the activities or programs.

We are working on the dates for the Project FRESH program. This is such an important program for Manistee County. It brings free, fresh produce from our local farmers and gets it to the seniors in our county. We will be in different locations throughout the county for distribution. Please keep a lookout for the exact dates and times in June. If you have any questions, please call the Senior Center at (231) 723-6477.

I hope you have a wonderful week, and that you have the courage 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 May 18.

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 on at 10 a.m. on May 7.

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.

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 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.

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. 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

May 5: The Senior Odyssey team will travel to Grand Rapids for the competition.

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

May 9: White Elephant Bingo.

May 11-12: Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Sale at the Senior Center.

May 16: Older Michiganian Day in Lansing.

May 17: Shrine of the Pine trip with Faye and the gang. Sign up for this one.

May 20: Senior Center Potluck.

May 21: May Mystery Trip.

May 22: Wheelin’ & Dealin’ with Johnny O at Norman Township Community Center.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

. 10 a.m., Diabetic Support Group

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Lunch

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit

. 11 a.m., Attorney Services

. 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

. 10:30 a.m., Foot Clinic

· 11 a.m., White Elephant Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

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

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Thursday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Seated Tai Chi (Marina Building)

Friday

· 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Sale

· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

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

Saturday

. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Sale

MENU FOR WEEK of May 7-11

Monday: Meatballs and gravy, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, chocolate pudding

Tuesday: Sloppy joes, tater tots, peas, ice cream

Wednesday: Beef pepper steak, red skinned potatoes, diced carrots, tropical fruit, roll

Thursday: Sweet and sour chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, lemon bars, roll

Friday: Krabby cakes, hash browns, wax beans, butterscotch pudding, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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