HOWARD: Senior Center holding Mother’s Day hanging baskets sale

The Senior Center is holding a hanging basket sale for Mother's Day. (Courtesy photo)

The Senior Center is holding a hanging basket sale for Mother’s Day. (Courtesy photo)


Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Hello Manistee County! I hope you have some really special plans for the special moms, grandmas and aunts in your life. Our moms have been there through thick and thin and always support our crazy lives. I know my mom is the best in the world. She has never disappointed me, she has always encouraged me to be the best person I can be, and she is always there when I need her. Thanks mom for being you!

If you haven’t gotten the special lady in your life a Mother’s Day surprise yet, stop by the Senior Center and check out our Mother’s Day hanging baskets. The Senior Center will be open today until 2 p.m., so please come check us out.

There is always a lot going on at the Senior Center. I don’t know if it will ever be quiet and calm again. Everyone has been working really hard to keep the programs and activities moving along.

I have a change for the Shrine of the Pines Trip for this week. Due to a problem at the Shrine of the Pines, we need to change the date from Thursday, May 17, to Monday, June 11. Remember, the trip includes the Shrine of the Pines, Lunch and homemade Ice Cream at Jones. The bus will be leaving at 9 a.m., so if you haven’t signed up yet there are still a few seats open.

This week we have Toe Tapping Tuesday with the guys, and, boy, do they have a great following of fans. This place will be hopping and a bopping on Tuesday.

Wednesday we have Losing it and Fun Bingo, plus we are celebrating the May birthdays with a beautiful birthday cake that is donated by Meijer. Thank you, Meijer, for everything you do for the seniors of Manistee County.

The Senior Center will be really busy Thursday. There is Sit and Get Fit, the Eyeglass Clinic with Felicia from Dr. Veech and Allen’s Office, Tai Chi and the photography group.

Friday, we have the Senior Food Bank from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Last month we served 182 seniors, all seniors who live in Manistee County and are 60 years or older are welcome to join in during this important program. If you are interested in helping a very important group of people in Manistee County, the food bank is a great way to pitch in and help your neighbors.

I am wondering how many of you are looking for something to do and don’t have anyone to do something with? One of the reasons I think the Senior Center is such a great place is because you can meet new, lifelong friends. I hear from a lot of seniors or families of seniors that their family is so busy and all mom or dad does is sit at home alone. If you know someone that would benefit from some social time and some new friends, call or stop by to see if this would be a great fit.

Last week is still just a blur! Our Manistee Senior Center Odyssey Team won third place at the Senior Odyssey competition in Grand Rapids last weekend. The entire team did a great job. You really have to get out of your comfort zone and be very creative. I am so proud of the team. They all put so much time into this competition. If you see Mick Szymanski, Patty Spencer, John Kudalski, Annie Hooghart, Paul Glasser, Jo Hall or coach Maureen Barry make sure you say congratulations for the great job.

I will keep everyone up on the fun at the Senior Center. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day 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 Friday, May 18.


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 at 10 a.m. on June 4.


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.


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 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.


May 20: Senior Center Potluck.

May 21: May Mystery Trip.

May 22: Wheelin’ & Dealin’ with Johnny O.



· 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

. 1 p.m., MCCOA Board Meeting


· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Losing It

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Lunch

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

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· 10 a.m., Sit & Get Fit (Marina building)

. 11 a.m., Eyeglass Clinic

· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

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

. 3 p.m., Photography Group


· 9-11 a.m., Senior Food Bank

. 10 a.m., BP Clinic

· 11 a.m., Social Hour

· Noon, Meal

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

MENU FOR WEEK of May 14 to May 18

Monday: Creamy swiss chicken, au gratin potatoes, succotash, tropical fruit, roll

Tuesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, key west veggies, lemon berry salad, roll

Wednesday: Pub burger, seasoned potatoes, baked beans, applesauce

Thursday: Sausage & Sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, mixed fruit, roll

Friday: Lemon pepper fish, baked potato, green beans, pina colada salad, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

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