Excitement in the air for potential new home

Thursday and Friday, AARP volunteer Chris Earle conducted the AARP Smart Driver Course at the Senior Center. The two-day class gives seniors a refresher course in the rules of the road and shares safety tips to help make their driving experience safer. (Courtesy photo)

Thursday and Friday, AARP volunteer Chris Earle conducted the AARP Smart Driver Course at the Senior Center. The two-day class gives seniors a refresher course in the rules of the road and shares safety tips to help make their driving experience safer. (Courtesy photo)

By SARAH HOWARD

Manistee County Council on Aging Executive Director

Hello Manistee County! I am still walking on air, since we got some great news about purchasing St. Mary’s Parish. I never would have believed we would have this wonderful opportunity.

As you probably know, we have outgrown our current building which we have been in since 1972. This opportunity will allow the Manistee County Council on Aging (Senior Center) to offer so much more to our seniors in Manistee County. We will be able to have multiple activities and programs going on at the same time during the day and offer many more opportunities in the future.

I must thank the Divine Mercy Parish. You will never know what this means for our senior community, now and in the future, since we are all aging. We will be good stewards with this wonderful gift and never let the Catholic Community down. Thank you again for this blessing. I truly believe it is a gift from above.

Wow, everything has been going so well at the Senior Center; busy but great.

This past week we had two great men celebrate their birthdays with us. Monday, Gary Smejkal celebrated his birthday at the Senior Center. He brought in beautiful cakes, ice cream and bought everyone a delicious meatloaf dinner with all of the fixings. This was such a great thing to do, and the Meals on Wheels kitchen made the most delicious meal to celebrate this special day. Thank you, Gary, for this wonderful treat. We all hope you had a very special birthday.

We also had John Witkowski come in and celebrate his birthday with us on Tuesday; another special guy who thinks of everyone else. He brought a beautiful cake and ice cream in for everyone to celebrate. It is so nice that people want to come in and share their special day with all of us.

Also on Tuesday, we had our Toe Tapping fellas in for some great music. The 3Ds are just wonderful guys with great talent and fun personalities. Thank you for everything you do for all of us at the Senior Center.

Wednesday we had our Fun Bingo going on with some fun and always a little excitement. Thursday and Friday Chris Earle came in for the AARP Safe Driver training. It looked like everyone was listening and working hard when I saw them. This program is so good, it gives everyone a little refresher and it might even lower your car insurance. We try to do this program every year, so keep a look out for next year’s class.

Just a reminder: we have a Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers trip coming up on Oct. 7. It will be an all-day trip. It includes transportation on a large coach bus and tickets to the game. If you are interested in going, I only have six seats left. Give us a call or stop in for some information.

We also have a painting class with Susan Morris on Sept. 14. Give us a call to sign up for this fun time.

This week, we have a packed schedule.

Tuesday, we have our attorney services with Michael Herring.

Wednesday we are celebrating August birthdays with a beautiful cake donated by Meijer. Meijer has been such a great friend to all of the seniors and the Senior Center. Thank you, Meijer, for everything you do for our community.

Wednesday, Manistee Police Chief Kozal will be joining us and calling numbers for fun bingo.

Thursday, we have Game Day at 10 a.m., then at 11 a.m. a bus will be taking a big group out to Rosie’s on U.S. 31 to have a great time. If you don’t want to take the bus, meet us out there. We are going to have some delicious pizza and sing some karaoke. Just call or stop in to sign up. You don’t have to be a singer. I embarrassed myself last time, but it was so much fun and everyone was so encouraging. I have a couple of songs picked out to sing with some shy people, so be ready.

At 3 p.m. we have the Photo Group. This is a really nice group. Not everyone is a professional. There are all levels, and the nice thing is they all learn from each other. Come in and give it a try if you like to take pictures.

Friday, we have our senior food bank from 9 to 11 a.m. Last month we served 175 seniors. This program can make the difference in seniors’ lives. Please, if you are able to help out a food bank in your community, it really helps.

Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m., we are having our Beach Blast at the First Street Lions Pavilion. We will have fresh homemade brats, donated by Family Fare and hot dogs on the grill. We are asking everyone to bring a dish to pass. We will take care of the drinks. Last year we had the best time. There will be food, fun and fellowship and always a few surprises.

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

SENIOR CENTER RECIPE BOOK

The Senior Center will 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.

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 Aug. 17. During the August food bank, Rose Fosdick from 2-1-1 will be at the Senior Center assisting seniors navigate the new DHHS MIBridges online portal.

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 Sept. 10.

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. 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.

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.

GAME NIGHT/AFTERNOONS

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Aug. 16: Karaoke day at Rosie’s.

Aug. 16: Game day, 10 a.m.

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

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

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

Aug. 21: Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds.

Aug. 21: 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.

Aug. 29: Haiti presentation has been cancelled.

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

Sept. 19: White Elephant bingo.

Oct. 7: Lions vs Packers trip.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 10 a.m., Strut

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

· 6 p.m., Pinochle

Tuesday

· 10 a.m., Sit & get fit

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

· Attorney services (by appointment)

· 1 p.m., Bridge

Wednesday

· 9 a.m., Exercise

· 11 a.m., Fun bingo

· August birthdays

· Noon, Meal

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

· 3:30 p.m., Sweating to the Oldies

Thursday

· Sit & get fit

· 10 a.m., Bunco/Game day

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· 11 a.m., Eyeglass clinic

· 11 a.m., Karaoke at Rosie’s

· Noon, Meal

· 3 p.m., Photo group

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

Friday

· 9-11 a.m., Food bank

· 10 a.m., Blood pressure clinic

· 11 a.m., Social hour

· Noon, Meal

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

· 4-6 p.m., Summer Bash picnic/Lions pavilion

MENU FOR WEEK of Aug. 13-17

Monday: BBQ meatballs, scalloped potatoes, Normandie vegetable, tropical fruit, roll

Tuesday: chicken spring salad, carrot raisin salad, peas and peanut salad, peaches, roll

Wednesday: Salsberry steak, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, pineapple tidbits, roll

Thursday: sweet and sour pork, rice pilaf, broccoli, fresh apple, roll

Friday: Vegetable of lasagna, Riviera blend

(Menu is subject to change)

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