HOWARD: Advance Care Planning workshop to be held at the senior center

By Sarah Howard

Senior Center Director

Girl Scout troop 4650 recently challenged their classmates from Kennedy Elementary to collect food to help support the Senior Center food pantry. The young girls who spearheaded this food drive are pictured here: Magdalena Herbeger, 11 (left) and Nevaeh Grandstaff, 11, (right) sitting with the donations. Not pictured: Samantha Carrick and Elena Edmondson. (Courtesy Photo)

Happy Saturday!  I am shocked that it is already mid-March! Time is flying by and soon it will be spring (thank goodness!)

I am so lucky to be a part of such a fabulous organization.

Do you know how wonderful our seniors are in Manistee County?  I can’t imagine any place being more considerate and helpful. I am surrounded by extraordinary people! Thank you Manistee County for always finding a way to help out, especially when we need a hand.

I watched some of the Senior Zumba, oh my gosh! Kaylan is doing such a great job getting our seniors moving. They all keep telling me they are really enjoying this program. Thank you Conservatory of Dance, we love this class! Thank you for doing something fun and active with the senior center.

I need some help now that it is getting nicer outside. I am the only one here that is gaining weight and is really out of shape. I want to try a couple of these wonderful classes and get moving. I already heard from one of our seniors how far it is from the Wagoner Center to Lake Michigan. They want to get a walking group started on the north side of Manistee. I told them to go for it. Why wait? It is such a beautiful area. If you want to join a walking group, give us a call so we can give you the information.

I think our tax program is one of the best around. Our tax preparers put a lot of time and training into this program. I know I need to pay almost $200 dollars to get my taxes done, so if you are a senior in Manistee County, give us a call to schedule your appointment to get your taxes done. This program is free of charge and will help you get your taxes done and out of the way.

Monday we had “Ask the Doctor” with Dr. Doug Richley.

Dr. Richley did a great presentation on Alopecia (hair loss). I can’t wait to hear who will be coming next month.  Tuesday, we had Sonny in for Strumming with Sonny. Every Tuesday we have some great musicians in to entertain everyone. Make sure to stop in on Tuesday to check out our wonderful entertainment.

On Wednesday we had White Elephant Bingo. Oh my gosh, what a great haul of treasures! We had so many great treasures that our seniors brought in. I think the American Pickers would be thrilled to come in and see what we have to offer.  Thank you to everyone who came in to have a great time during White Elephant Bingo.

On Thursday, we had more taxes, and a whole lot of activities at the marina. I am always so shocked at how many people show up to so many programs on Thursdays.  We had our Sit and Get Fit, then Senior Zumba and our monthly dementia support group on Thursday.

On Friday, we had our senior food bank program. So many seniors feel this helps them get through the month.  Everything has gotten so expensive, from medications, gas, electric and so much more.

The food bank helps our seniors stretch their dollars so they can afford some of the basics.  Please, if you are able to help a food bank in your community, do it, I am amazed how many seniors need some help to get through the month.

On Friday we also had a great time with Henry Rozmarek with Bee Talk.  I am so excited to learn more about this subject. I really would like to have a couple of bee hives in the future.

We are finding more and more seniors who are struggling with their hearing and vision They need new glasses or hearing aids and they are just not in their budgets.  We spoke to the Lions and they had some great suggestions. Stop by and ask some of the seniors how they are getting by, and what they are doing in these situations.

This Wednesday, Munson Healthcare will be presenting an Advance Care Planning workshop at the senior center, right after lunchtime. This is such an important service. It’s all about making your medical wishes known to your loved ones, if something happens and you can’t speak for yourself. So make plans to attend this great workshop.

The first Mystery Trip is scheduled for April 26. I think you will have a great time on this one. I am really trying to find some fun and interesting things to do around Manistee County. I am always looking for some great stops.  So if you have any suggestions, just give me a call or email me your ideas at

Last week we had our third annual Eugene Erlandson puzzle contest. Eugene was a wonderful man who loved puzzles and was always at the senior center helping in some way. After he unexpectedly passed away, we thought the puzzle contest would be a great way to remember him for years to come. This year’s contest winners were Rich and Ruth Belic from team Old Timers. They finished their puzzle in 91 minutes!

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


The senior center food bank takes place from 9 to11 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 April 19. 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. Fran Wallace is our new local counselor and she 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 723-6477 to make an appointment with Fran.


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 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 April 1.


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 meet at 3 p.m. on April 11 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 from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays and at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Bear Lake Methodist Church.

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

Inside walking group meets at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Marilla meal site. Low impact Zumba meets at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the senior center and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays at the Manistee city marina building. This class is open to the public and free to Manistee County seniors.

Chair yoga classes are held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Manistee 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.


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, chess and beginning party bridge players. Our game day is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. Call the senior center to sign up, 723-6477



• 9 a.m. Exercise

• 11 a.m. Social hour 

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Hearing aid clinic  

• 6 p.m. pinochle 

Taxes by appointment


• 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit  

• 11 a.m. Toe Tapping Tuesday 

• 11:45 a.m.  Let’s Laugh (aspiring stand up comedians)

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Senior Zumba


• 9 a.m.  Exercise 

• 10 a.m.  Losing it

• Foot clinic  

• 11 a.m. Fun bingo

• March birthdays 

• Noon meal

• 12:30 p.m Advanced Care Planning workshop w/Munson 

• 2:30 p.m. Senior Odyssey meeting 


• 10 a.m. Sit & get fit 

• 10:30 a.m. Cribbage

• 10:30 a.m. Chess 

• 11 a.m. Social hour   

• 11:30 a.m.  Chair Yoga (marina)

• 11:30 a.m.  Eyeglass clinic 

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Senior Zumba (marina)

Taxes by appointment


• 10:30 a.m. Game day

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• Noon meal 

MENU FOR WEEK OF March 11-15

Monday: Corned beef & cabbage, potatoes, carrots, lime fluff dessert, pineapple tidbits, roll

Tuesday: Pub burger on a bun, seasoned potatoes, cauliflower, mandarin oranges

Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, wax beans, peaches, roll

Thursday: Teriyaki meatballs, Asian rice, corn, peas, tropical fruit

Friday: Tuna casserole, diced carrots, cauliflower, 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.


• March 18 —  Hearing aid clinic with the Hearing Institute of Western Michigan, 1 p.m.

• March 19 — Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds

• March 19 — Let’s Laugh (aspiring stand-up comedians), 11:45 a.m.

• March 19 — Senior Zumba at senior center, 1 p.m.

• March 20 —  Advance Care Planning Workshop with Munson Healthcare, 12:30 p.m.

• March 21 — Chair Yoga class, 11:30 a.m. at the city marina building

• March 21 — Senior Zumba, 1 p.m. at the city marina building

• March 21 — Eyeglass clinic, 11:30 a.m.

• March 22 — Game Day, 12:30 p.m.

• March 26 — Strumming with Sonny, 11 a.m

• March 26 — Police Talk, 12:30 p.m.

• March 29 — Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be playing at the senior center

• April 11 — Dementia support group, 3 p.m. at the city marina building

• April 13 — Spring Craft Show at the senior center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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