Seniors have fun with special guest during Police Talk

By SARAH HOWARD
Manistee Senior Center Director

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Finally, the weekend that has always made me feel summer is really here. I know as a kid and growing up I never really understood how important this holiday is to the United States. As an older adult, I have really come to realize that we should be thinking about all of the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military for our freedom.

As a parent and a grandparent, the sacrifice the families of these brave men and women made for our freedom is amazing. I don’t know what greater gift someone could give, than their life. Thank you to all of the service men and women who have served or are still serving. And to all of the families that have lost someone who served, not only are your loved ones American heroes, but we can never thank you enough for your sacrifice.

Are you someone who doesn’t follow what your body tells you? I am. I have been having all kinds of problems the last few months. I knew something wasn’t right but couldn’t figure it out. Plus, when I should get to the doctor I usually figure, it will go away on its own. Well this time it didn’t. I have been having a lot of pain in my stomach, and it finally scared me enough to get to a doctor. He thought it was my pancreas since I no longer have a gallbladder. After blood work and some procedures, they figured out it wasn’t my pancreas, but I have a pretty large ulcer between my stomach and my intestine. So, if you don’t feel right or you are having pain, please don’t be stubborn like me, go get it checked out. Had I gone sooner, it might not be as bad as it is.

This week we have a short week. The senior center is closed for Memorial Day on Monday. Tuesday we have the 3Ds in for Toe Tapping Tuesday and in the afternoon we have the bridge players in. Wednesday, there is fun bingo. Thursday is a very busy day. We have game day, cribbage, chair yoga, and zumba in the afternoon. Friday there is a fun Mystery Trip planned, I hope you are signed up. I heard it is already full. There is also the Learning Kitchen Friday afternoon. If you are looking for something fun to do, stop by and check us out.

Detective Kevin Skipski from the Hart Police Department wowed the crowd at this month’s Police Talk. His magic skills amazed and greatly entertained his audience. (Courtesy photo)

The Detroit Tigers trip is coming up quickly, I can’t believe June 6 is almost here. There are still a couple of tickets left, if you think you may want to go see Michigan’s favorite baseball team.

The week of June 10 we will start handing out our Senior Project FRESH coupons. Check out the schedule below. If you are 60 or older, and live in Manistee County and meet the income qualifications, be sure to get your coupons.

We also are getting ready for the July 4 Kick Off Party. This is always a huge get together with delicious food catered by Jerry Zupin, and we have great music by Butch Baker and the Just 4 Fun Band. Get ready for this fun party, get your friends together and have a great time.

Last week there was a bunch of fun and interesting things going on. We had Sheriff John O’Hagan in for Police Talk. It was fun. He had a fun surprise for everyone. He brought Kevin Skipski, who is a detective at the Hart police department but is also a local who is very talented when it comes to magic. So not only does John talk about something interesting, he really had the group having a fun time. Thank you John and Kevin. Everyone had a great time.

Tuesday, Sonny was in doing a great job entertaining everyone. I love that he sings so many types of music and everyone really has a wonderful time. Wednesday, we had fun Bingo and always a great time. Thursday, there was a lot going on, Senior Zumba, Chair Yoga and Game Day. On Friday Holly was back for another installment of the Learning Kitchen.They are making such fun, healthy recipes. What a great class!

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

PROJECT FRESH

Senior Project FRESH 2019 distribution will begin in June. Manistee County seniors (60 and over) who meet income eligibility requirements (one person household $22,459; two person $30,451) may pick up coupons at the following times and locations. (one per household):

• 9-11 a.m. on June 10, Bear Lake Methodist Church;

• Noon-1:30 p.m., Onekama Farr Center;

• 10 a.m. to noon on June 11, Norman Township Community Center in Wellston;

• 10:30 a.m. to noon on June 12, Marilla Township Hall;

• 9-11 a.m. on June 13, Kaleva Lions Den;

• Noon-2 p.m. on June 13, Dickson Township Hall in Brethren;

• 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on June 14, Cleon Township Hall in Copemish;

• 9-10:30 a.m. on June 17, Century Terrace;

• 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 17, Harborview Apartments; and

• 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on June 21, Manistee Senior Center.

FOOD BANK

The senior center food bank takes place on the third Friday of the month from 9-11 a.m. Seniors from Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. The next food bank will be June 21. Monetary and non-perishable food item donations are always appreciated.

(MMAP) MEDICARE MEDICAID ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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 (231) 723-6477 to make an appointment with Fran.

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, 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 on June 3 at 10 a.m.

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.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP

The support group for caretakers of loved ones who live with dementia will meet at 3 p.m. on June 13,  at the senior center. The group will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month.

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

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 Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-11 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. Inside walking group meets Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Marilla meal site. Low impact Zumba Tuesdays 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Manistee city marina building. This class is open to the public and free to Manistee County seniors. Chair yoga classes Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. at the Manistee city marina building. This class is open to the public. The class is free to Manistee County seniors, and $5/class for all others.

COMPUTER/CELLPHONE HELP

For assistance with your computer and cellphone call Linda at (231) 299-1552. Appointments are held at the senior center Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Assistance in Marilla is available the last Wednesday of the month at 12:30 p.m.

MONDAY NIGHT PINOCHLE

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.

CRIBBAGE/CHESS

We’re looking for cribbage and chess players. Our game day is Thursday, at 10:30. Call the senior center to sign up.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Monday

•· Memorial Day all activities cancelled

Tuesday

• 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit

• 11 a.m. Toe Tapping Tuesday

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Senior Zumba (marina)

• 1 p.m. Bridge

• 2 p.m. Conversational German class (marina)

Wednesday

• 9 a.m. Exercise

• 10 a.m. Losing it

• 11 a.m. Fun bingo

• Noon meal

Thursday

• 10 a.m. Sit & get fit (m)

• 10:30 a.m. Cribbage/chess

• 10:30 a.m. Game day

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• 11:30 a.m. Chair Yoga (marina)

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Senior Zumba (marina)

Friday

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. The Learning Kitchen w/Holly Joseph

MENU FOR WEEK OF May 27-31

Monday: Memorial Day, no meals served

Tuesday: Sausage & sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, pineapple tidbits, roll

Wednesday: Beef pepper steak, cheesy potatoes, sliced carrots, peaches, bread

Thursday: Teriyaki chicken, brown rice, corn, mandarin oranges, cherry crisp

Friday: Krabby cakes, tater tops, cauliflower, pears, roll

(Menu is subject to change)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, Mystery trip, 9 a.m.

June 4, 11 a.m. Strummin’ with Sonny

June 6 is the annual Detroit Tigers trip. Tickets still available

June 7 Painting with Joann at 12:30 p.m. Bullfrog Highway

June 12 Drop-in social media with Girl Scout Troop 4650 at 2:30 p.m.

June 13 No Zumba or Chair Yoga today

Cancelled: June 13, Back and neck pain presentation with Dr. Jim Morley, will be rescheduled.

June 17, 12:30 p.m. Painting with Susan.

June 24, Police Talk at 12:30 p.m

June 27, 11:30 a.m. Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be playing at the senior center.

June 28, Fourth of July Kickoff party at Stronach Township Hall.

July 5, Polka Party at First Street Beach (after Lions Fish Boil) 7-11 p.m.

 

 

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