HOWARD: Activities abound at the Senior Center

Senior Center volunteer Mick Szymanski chats with Feeding America driver, Jerry, as they prepare to unload another order of food for the senior food bank. (Courtesy photo)

Senior Center volunteer Mick Szymanski chats with Feeding America driver, Jerry, as they prepare to unload another order of food for the senior food bank. (Courtesy photo)

Hello Manistee County! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend and finding some great things to do in and around Manistee. I have had a lot going on this week.

My daughter Molly and her husband Andrew had their second little boy this week. Harley LaBeau Martz was born Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Munson Manistee Hospital around 10:30 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well. He is so beautiful and his big brother Milo (20 months) was so excited to meet him.

I also had my daughter Emily and granddaughter Adeline fly to Colorado to visit my son, Uncle Jack and his sweet puppy Darla for the whole week. They were so excited to go on vacation. I know they are having a great time, seeing all of the beautiful sights out west.

Today is my beautiful mom’s 83rd birthday and there isn’t anyone who is more deserving of a beautiful year than my mom. She has always been my biggest cheerleader and has always been there for our whole family. So, Mom, enjoy your day and remember how much we all love you!

I hope you have been checking out all of the great programs and activities that have been going on at the Senior Center. Bunco has taken over Thursday mornings and everyone is really having fun playing. If you know how to play or want to learn, stop by about 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings and join in.

On Aug. 16, we are heading to Rosie’s Place for some delicious pizza, moose nuts and karaoke. We did this a few months ago and we filled the joint. Try something new and different. Even if you don’t sing in public, give this a try, it is a great time.

On Aug. 17, we have our Summer Beach Bash at the Lions Pavilion at First Street Beach. We will be cooking brats and hotdogs on the grill, so bring a dish to pass and be ready for some fun. We have John Pomeroy doing the entertaining and we have some fun games and surprises. The party starts at 4 p.m. and goes till about 6 p.m., so come join the fun.

Last week we had a great time. We had Fun Bingo on Wednesday, and on Friday we had our Produce Bingo. Everyone always gets some great fruits and vegetables to take home during Produce Bingo. This has been so popular with the seniors. Now there are several other senior centers doing the same thing, but also some other local organizations are enjoying this great program too.

This week we have the Diabetic Support group on Monday. Everyone is welcome to join in. Tuesday, we have our Toe Tapping with the 3Ds. If you haven’t noticed, they are definitely loved and everyone really appreciates all that they do for the Senior Center and the seniors. Wednesday, we have the foot clinic that starts at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested in this program, give us a call to get more information. Thursday is Game Day at the Senior Center at 10 a.m.

Sit & Get Fit at the Marina is cancelled Thursday due to another program going on at the Marina. The Opioid Overdose & Suicide Prevention Strategies program which will be offering training, information and support dealing with this problem that just seems to keep growing. The event is free and will be held at the Marina Building. Pre-registration is appreciated.

If you are interested in attending this, send an email to or call (231) 723-7914 to register.

Thursday and Friday, we are hosting the AARP Driver Safety Class at the Senior Center. This is a four-hour class that lasts two days and is very helpful. There are still seats available for this class. Call the Senior Center to register.

If you have anything you would like to see added in our programming, I would love to hear your ideas. Remember, this is the Manistee County Council on Aging and your opinion matters. Just give me a call or stop by.

I hope everyone is thinking how the Senior Center can impact people’s lives. Until I had been a part of the Senior Center, I really never realized it was here. But you know we are all aging and somehow we will touch your lives and the lives around you. I explain the Senior Center as a community. I want the senior community to feel that they are all welcome and everyone who is 60 and older has a place where they feel welcome and have a place where they know they are involved and encouraged to be themselves and are comfortable to share problems or achievements.

I am excited about some great opportunities that are coming our way and I know our community will be excited and supportive. I am always available to talk, so if you have questions or comments, I hope you feel comfortable to stop down and speak with me or give me a call.

We have been encountering some difficult situations with some of our seniors in Manistee County and I think it is going to get more difficult as time moves on. There are so many seniors who are having difficult situations that are coming up and we want to be able to keep up with everything and be able to handle them or be able to point seniors in the right direction. If you are encountering difficult things in life, please let us help. If we can’t, we will give you some resources that should be able to give you a hand.

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


On Aug. 9 and 10 the Senior Center will be holding an AARP Safe Driving class. The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. The AARP Smart Driver Course teaches the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Call (231) 723-6477 to register.


The Senior Center will be putting together a cookbook and is looking for recipes. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please bring/send it to the Senior Center at 457 River St. by Aug. 17 to be included.


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 Aug. 17. During the August food bank, Rose Fosdick from 211 will be at the Senior Center assisting seniors to navigate the new DHHS MIBridges online portal.


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 Aug. 6.


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. We have an immediate need for two women to volunteer as visitors, and we have a male visitor who needs a homebound senior to visit.


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 (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.


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


Aug. 7: Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds.

Aug. 9-10: AARP Safe Driving class.

Aug. 9: Game day at 10 a.m.

Aug. 16: Karaoke day at Rosie’s.

Aug. 16: Photography group at 3 p.m.

Aug. 17: Blood pressure clinic at 10 a.m.

Aug. 17: Senior picnic at First Street Beach Lions pavilion. Bring a dish to pass.

Aug. 21: State Senator Darwin Booher will be stopping in for an informal visit at 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 22: Alzheimer’s presentation at 12:30 p.m.

Aug. 23: Game day we will be playing cornhole. No bunco.

Aug. 23: Carrie Selbee & Roger Tarczon.

Aug. 24: Mystery Trip.

Aug. 27: Police Talk at 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 14: Painting class with Susan Morris at 9 a.m.

Sept. 19: White Elephant bingo.

Oct. 7: Lions vs Packers trip.



· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Diabetic support group

· 10 a.m., Strut

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle


· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Toe tapping Tuesday

· Noon, Meal

· 1 p.m., Bridge


· 9 a.m., Exercise

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

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· Noon, Meal

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

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies


· Sit & get fit cancelled

· 10 a.m., Bunco/Game day

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 12:30 p.m., AARP Smart Driver class

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


· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 12:30 p.m., AARP Smart Driver class

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

MENU FOR WEEK of Aug. 6-10

Monday: Meatloaf, baked potato, sugar snap peas, peaches, roll

Tuesday: Cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, beets, cupcake, roll

Wednesday: Brat on a bun, baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon

Thursday: Chicken over rice, peas, corn, fruit cocktail, roll

Friday: Sloppy Joe on a bun, seasoned potatoes, sliced carrots, blue raspberry lemon slushies

(Menu is subject to change)

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