SARAH HOWARD: Senior Center launches new book club, host activities

Hello Manistee County! I still can’t believe we made it through the holiday week, but I am kind of glad it is over. We kept ourselves pretty busy with projects and programs, which are always a lot of fun. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, stop by the senior center on Sunday for our monthly potluck. We always have delicious food, great conversation and wonderful fellowship. The potluck starts at 1 p.m. and everyone is welcome. Bring a dish to pass and be ready for a great time. Another fun thing going on Saturday is the senior center garage sale. There are so many treasures, furniture, knick knacks, purses and so much more, it is located at 217 River Street. I hope you have some time to come and check us out.

This week we have a special program for our Ice Cream Social, come by at 1 p.m. on Friday. This is going to be a great time, plus we have Dave Barber, an award winning author of 3 books. Who is unveiling his newest book, “Doc: Inspirational Stories of an Officer and a Gentleman.” This book is written to honor George “Doc” Wagoner. I hope you come down and meet the author and have some ice cream.

I read the Manistee News Advocate every evening. As I was reading the paper the other day I saw the article on the Bed Races during the Forest Festival. As I was reading, I saw the Wagoner Community Center and the Manistee Senior Center mentioned. I couldn’t believe that we were the benefactors of two wonderful gifts from this fun event. Thank you to everyone who thinks of the Manistee County seniors.

This week we have a lot going on and I hope you can find something that you may want to give a try. We have a new program at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Come in for Cards and Coffee. We have Maureen coming in to have a fun time teaching you to make greeting cards and enjoy some coffee and conversation. If this sounds like something you want to try, stop in Monday morning.

Tuesday, is another Work Bee at the Wagoner Community Center. If you have some time and like to work outside stop by between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will also be some inside work. Give us a call so we know you are coming and be ready to work.

Thursday we start our new Book Club. I think this is going to be a great thing. The book club starts at 2 p.m. across the street at the city marina building. They will meet the first, third and fourth Thursdays of the month. “Fragments Under Glass” by Rebecca Siegel will be the first book the group will be reading.

Friday we have our monthly food bank. If you are a senior and feel you need to stretch your grocery dollars, stop by and come to the food bank. Most seniors aren’t poor, but they are on a fixed income, and nothing is getting cheaper in our world. Our food bank helps stretch their dollars so they don’t stop getting their medications or they don’t stop buying what a lot of us take for granted. I had an experience with a family member who is a senior and he stopped taking one of his medications because he fell into the “doughnut hole” with Medicare. The medication was over $300 a month. That particular medication was to help prevent strokes, so without the medication he had a stroke. He will never be the same, because he couldn’t afford the medication. As an American, I feel this should never happen and as a family member, I was very mad. So if you think everyone can have what they need to survive in America, they don’t. I am always looking for monetary donations and non perishable food donations for our Senior Center Food Bank. This is always a great way to give back to your community.

Last Thursday we had our Dementia Support Group. This month they had a special speaker come in and do a presentation on “Caring for the Caregiver. It sounded like a great talk. The support group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at the city marina. If you are a family member, or a caregiver, please give this a try. Talking with others who are going through the same thing can really help. I know being a caretaker is one of the most difficult roles you may ever have and without you, where will your loved one go?

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

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 July 19. 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 723-6477 to make an appointment with Fran.

SENIOR 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 Monday, August 5 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 (231) 299-1286 or Linda Nickelson (231) 690-5048.

DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP

The support group for caretakers of loved ones who live with dementia will meet Thursday, August 9, at 3 p.m. at the city marina building. 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. 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.-12 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 night.

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. 723-6477

WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Sunday

• Potluck 1 p.m.

Monday

• 9 a.m. Exercise

• 10 a.m. Strut (jazzy tap class)

• 9:30 a.m Cards & Coffee with Maureen

• 10 a.m. Computer/cellphone help

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• Noon meal

• 6 p.m. Pinochle

Tuesday

• 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Work Bee, Wagoner Center

• 10 a.m. Sit & Get Fit

• 11 a.m. Strumming w/Sonny

• Noon meal

• 1 p.m. Senior Zumba (marina)

• 1 p.m. Bridge

• 2 p.m. “Musical” German class (marina)

Wednesday

• 9 a.m. Exercise

• 10 a.m. Losing it

• 11 a.m. Fun bingo

• July birthdays

• Noon meal

• 3:30 p.m. Photo group

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)

• 2 p.m. Book club (marina)

Friday

• 9-11 a.m. Senior food bank

• 9 a.m. Blood pressure clinic

• 11 a.m. Social hour

• Noon meal

• 1-3 p.m. Ice cream social/book release/signing

MENU FOR WEEK OF July 22-26

Monday: Country steak, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, applesauce, roll

Tuesday: Veal picatta, scalloped potatoes, diced carrots, dark cherries, roll

Wednesday: Cold plate, chicken spring salad, coleslaw, peas & peanuts salad, nectarine

Thursday: Beef enchilada, Spanish rice, corn, peaches

Friday: Pork chop, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, mixed fruit, chocolate chip muffin

(Menu is subject to change)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon., July 22, 12:30 p.m. Police Talk

Tue., July 23, 11 a.m. Toe Tapping Tuesday with the 3Ds

Wed., July 24 11 a.m. White Elephant bingo

Wed., July 24 12:30 Back & Neck pain presentation by Boehm Chiropractic

Thur., July 25, 11:30 a.m. Carrie Selbee and Roger Tarczon will be playing at the senior center

Fri., July 26, 9 a.m Mystery trip

Tue., July 30, Work Bee at the Wagoner Community Center 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tue., July 30, 9:30 a.m. Family caregiver presentation, city marina building

Mon., August 5, 10 a.m. Diabetic support group

Thur., August 8, 3 p.m. Dementia support group.

Fri., August 16, 4-6 p.m. Summer Bash Picnic/Potluck First St. Beach, Lions Pavilion

Mon., August 19 12:30 p.m. Blephs & Botox with Dr. Wu, Riemer Eye Center

Fri., August 30 12:30 p.m. The Aging Eye with Dr. Gould, Riemer Eye Center

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