Senior Center launches Ask a Doctor series

By Sarah Howard

Senior Center Director

Kristin Watson from Munson Healthcare shared an interesting presentation on Seniors and Sleep Disorders on Wednesday. It is part one of the senior center’s “Ask a Doctor” series. (Courtesy Photo)

Hello Manistee County!

This has been such a difficult couple of weeks. My mom has been sick since Christmas, but she is so stubborn, she wouldn’t go to the hospital. Finally, when she did, she had pneumonia. You know, my mom has one of those life lines, but would she push the button when she was choking…..NO! So, she kept calling my sister at work and then hanging up until my sister realized she needed to get to my mom’s. My sister and brother and I are trying to keep things together but I need to tell you, this sure isn’t easy.

I want to thank everyone who reads my articles. Do you like these articles? Is there something you would like me to do differently? I love sharing what is going on at the Senior Center and sharing what is going on in my crazy life. I am always interested in your opinion.

Wow, with the holidays over, it is time to start thinking about the spring and start planning some fun and interesting trips. Make sure you let me know if there is a place you would like to go or if you have something on your bucket list that you want to cross off. Even the smaller trips take a lot of time to plan and organize so now is the time to let me know.

We are getting ready for some really fun and interesting programs and activities that will be coming up in February. On Thursday mornings, we will have Diana Bradley from the Yoga Fitness Center teaching a chair yoga class.

This is a wonderful activity that is free and open for all seniors 60 and over who live in Manistee County. If you are under 60 years old, you are welcome to join in and there is a fee for anyone under 60. I hope you come in and join in this great class. I think you will be surprised how wonderful it will make you feel.

We will also have another class that will be a little faster on Thursday afternoons. Jo Hall who will be offering another form of exercise program. This is a bit faster and if you know Jo, it will be a really fun time. Give us a call to get signed up and remember it is always good to try something new.

We also have a couple of painting classes that we are working on. I finally took one of these “everyone can paint” classes. I thought there is no way I could actually paint, but they were telling the truth. All of the paintings were a little different, but they all were beautiful. Keep an eye out for these fun and interesting classes.

This week we had a lot going on. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers who jump in and help out. On Monday, we had a snow day. On Tuesday, we had the phenomenal 3Ds in to play some of the greatest music. I hope you come in on a Tuesday, and enjoy some great company and music.

On Wednesday we had Fun Bingo and, in the afternoon, we had our first “Ask the Doctor” program. Munson Manistee Hospital is partnering with us to do a talk once a month regarding different topics that may affect us as we age. On Wednesday, Kristin Watson came in and discussed Sleep Disorders. I think Kristin was a perfect start to a great program. Everyone said they had a good time learning and asking questions. Thank you, Kristin, we sure appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to come share your knowledge.

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


The senior center food bank takes place on the third Friday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. Seniors from Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. The next food bank will be Jan. 18. Monetary and non-perishable food item donations are always appreciated.


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.


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, 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 Feb. 4.


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 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson 690-5048.


A new support group about dementia will begin at 3 p.m. on Feb. 14, at the city marina building. The group will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month.


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 women and men to volunteer as visitors. Couples are welcome to volunteer for this program.


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 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 Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. and Monday at 11 a.m. at the Bear Lake Methodist Church. There is also a Sit and Get Fit held on Monday & Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. (just before lunch) at the Farr Center in Onekama, and Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Norman Township Community Center in Wellston.

Stretch & Strength for Seniors (on DVD) group meets on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. at the senior center. Sweating to the Oldies with Richard Simmons (on DVD) is held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the senior center.

The inside walking group meets Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Marilla meal site.The seated Tai Chi class will meet Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. 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 for all others.

Chair yoga classes begin Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Marina building. This class is open to the public. The class is free to Manistee County seniors, and there is a fee for all others.


The Monday night pinochle group are looking for more players. If you would like to play pinochle, come to the senior center by 5:45 p.m. on Monday night.


We’re looking for cribbage and beginning party bridge players. Our game day is Thursday, at 10:30. Call the senior center to sign up at (231) 723-6477



• 9 a.m. Exercise

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• Noon meal

• 3:30 p.m. Sweatin’ to the Oldies

• 6 p.m. Pinochle


• 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• 11 a.m. Strumming w/Sonny

• Noon meal


• 9 a.m. Exercise

• 10 a.m. Losing it

• 11 a.m. Fun bingo

• Noon meal

• 2 p.m. Senior Odyssey meeting

• 2:30 p.m. Stretch & Strength

• 3:30 p.m. Sweatin’ to the Oldies


• 10 a.m. Sit & get fit

• 10:30 a.m. Bunco/Game day

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• 11 a.m. Eyeglass clinic

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Drum circle (marina)

• 2 p.m. seated Tai Chi (marina)


• 9-11 a.m. Senior food bank

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• Noon meal

• 1:30 Stretch & Strength


Monday: Goulash, tossed salad, corn, pears, garlic biscuit

Tuesday: Beef vegetable soup, egg salad sandwich, coleslaw, mandarin oranges

Wednesday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, M&M cookie, pineapple chunks, roll

Thursday: Meatloaf, baked potato, green beans, applesauce, roll

Friday: Krabby cakes, hash browns, wax beans, pears, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

Come join us for lunch. There is a suggested donation for seniors (60 and older) and for those under 60.


• Jan. 15 — Strumming with Sonny 11 a.m.

• Jan 16 — Odyssey meeting 2 p.m.

• Jan. 17 — Game day, we will be playing bunco at 10:30 a.m.

• Jan. 17 — Drum circle, 1 p.m. at the city marina building

• Jan. 18 — Blood pressure clinic at 9 a.m.

• Jan. 22 — Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds

• Jan. 23 — Today’s Literacy presentation 1 p.m.

• Jan 23 — Odyssey meeting 2 p.m.

• Jan. 24 — Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be playing at the senior center

• Jan. 28 — Police Talk 12:30 p.m.

• Jan. 30 — Free phone for hearing impaired presentation 1 p.m.

• Jan 30 — Odyssey meeting 2 p.m.

• Feb. 6 — Hearing loss presentation with John Beckett from Beltone

• Feb. 11 — Ask a Doctor presentation: Arthritis 12:30 p.m.

• Feb. 14 — Valentine’s day party, Kaleva VFW 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Feb. 14 — Dementia support group, 3 p.m. at the city marina building

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