Happy Saturday, it’s another great week in Manistee County! The colors really change and every day feels more like fall. It looks like we will have other changes in our schedule due to the increasing number of COVIDs in our small part of Michigan. We have decided to postpone our Halloween Sock Hop until things improve a bit. It won’t be a Halloween party, but a party nonetheless, it will be a good time if we can all be together at a Sock Hop.
We were also going to have a birthday cake for our October birthdays on Friday, but we’re going to have to postpone that as well. I hope we will resume our normal activities soon. Keep watching.
I’m really lucky to have a great team at the Wagoner Community Center. Everyone participates and gets things done, including some great volunteers. I just want to thank you all for being so wonderful to work with.
We had our first chair massages with Anita on Wednesday and her appointments were full. Everyone who received a massage seemed to really enjoy and relax. Thank you Anita, you are amazing!
I was so excited to see how well our medication management program was working. Jean, our RN, worked diligently to make this a reality. If you or a family member needs help setting up your medications, please call John and she can help you get started.
I told you last week that I had a virtual conference Thursday and Friday. Well, I was right, it sure wasn’t the same as being there with a band. So you can see everyone if they’re on their camera and you can hear them, but it’s not the same. You cannot network or discuss what people are working on in their centers. I really hope this is not the way of the future because we are going to lose a lot of the personal touch and our communication skills will collapse.
We have so many exercise and activity programs to offer in Manistee County and we hope you will come and try something. Tai Chi was a wonderful addition in the morning at the center. Tai Chi is so good for your balance and helps people keep moving. Zumba classes were also great to offer. You can do Zumba at your own pace or even in a chair. Sit & Get Fit is a slightly slower paced exercise to strengthen your muscles and keep your joints moving. Yoga is another activity that is so good for your body and your mental health. Cardio Drumming is a fun way to really get your heart and body moving. Now that it’s cooler, stop by and try something.
On Wednesday, Renee Cogle will be at the Wagoner Community Center to present a program on improving your communication with your health care provider. She will do her program at 10:30 am, then she agreed to stay and call bingo for us!
The Congregate Senior Nutrition program has been suspended for a few weeks due to the increase in the number of COVIDs. We will resume serving meals in Manistee, Wellston and Onekama in a few weeks. We do hot take-out meals. If that sounds like something you’d like to do, give us a call before noon the night before your meal and get on the list.
The Homebound Senior Nutrition program is going well. We are working to ensure that all homebound seniors in Manistee County who need a hot meal delivered to their homes are not missed. If you know or are a senior who would like or need a meal, please call us at 231-723-6477 to register.
Hope you have a wonderful week and don’t forget to try something new!
SEARCH FOR TAX VOLUNTEERS
Looking for a few great men and women to join our great and supportive Tax Team for Spring Tax Season. If you would like to join the team, please call Mary Haw at 231-723-9821. Training and support and lunch are provided !!
The meal site for gatherings at the Wagoner Community Center currently operates on curbside pickup only. Reservations for meals must be made before noon the day before. Call 231-723-6477 to make your reservations. The congregational meal site in Wellston will be distributing breakfasts on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The Onekama dining site at the Farr Center will begin distributing meals on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m., starting October 18.
The senior center food bank is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Seniors in Manistee County who are 60 years of age and older are eligible to participate. If you are picking up another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Donations of cash and non-perishable food are always appreciated. The next food bank will be on November 19 at 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.
EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE
If you are a Manistee County senior and need emergency food assistance, please call the Seniors Center at 231-723-6477 and speak to a member of staff. We have an emergency pantry that we use to help prevent food insecurity among our seniors during these times.
SENIOR REFUND PROGRAM
The MCCOA has a program designed to help seniors stay independent by reimbursing eligible expenses. If you are a senior in Manistee County, you may receive reimbursement for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, and snow removal services. For current Senior Refund Program customers, please note that all receipts must be current and no more than 30 days old. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form. Mail all receipts to 260 St. Mary’s Parkway. Please call the Seniors Center at 231-723-6477 ext. 214, for more information. Once a senior leaves their home, they are no longer eligible for the reimbursement program.
Sit and Get Fit is at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Wagoner Community Center. Cardio drums lessons, Thursday evenings at 5:45 p.m. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. (chair yoga) and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (regular yoga). Tai Chi is at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Zumba Monday and Wednesday 2 p.m.
All classes are free for all seniors and donations are accepted for those under 60.
DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP
The Dementia Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of the month. The group is a friendly and supportive gathering for caregivers, family members or anyone interested in learning more and supporting our community of seniors with dementia. The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. on November 11. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 231-883-1341 for more information.
PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP
The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be on October 21 at the Wagoner Community Center. Please call Linda Nickelson at 231-690-5048 for more information.
DRUG MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Manistee County Council on Aging has launched a medication management program. Jean Anderson, the registered nurse on staff, is available to help in this area. Please don’t hesitate to call with your questions. 231-723-6477, ext. 215
SENIOR NUTRITION MENU
Oct 18-22 (assembly meals are curbside for now, and by reservation only)
Monday: Bratwurst on bread, sautéed onions & peppers, seasoned cabbage, Mi sweet cherries
Tuesday: Sliced meatloaf, rosemary and garlic potatoes, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail, bun
Wednesday: Chili, steamed corn, mixed vegetables, sliced peaches, cornbread muffin
Thursday: Turkey, sauce, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, diced pears, biscuit, apple crumble
Friday: Stuffed green peppers, tomato compote, spinach, tropical fruit mix, bun
Menus are subject to change.
EVENTS TO COME
• 9h00 – Tai Chi
• 1:00 p.m. – Pinochle
• 1:00 p.m. – Mahjong
• 2:00 p.m. – Zumba
• 10:00 am – Cards & Coffee
• 11am – Bingo
• 11 am – How to talk to your health care provider presentation
• 12:30 p.m. – Bridge
• 3.30 p.m. – Chair yoga
• 6 p.m. – Authors series
• 10:30 am – TOP
• 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group
• 6.30 p.m. – AA Women’s Group
21st of October
• 10am – Cribbage
• 11 am – Bunco
• 11 a.m. – Parkinson’s support group
• 1 p.m. – Chess group
• 4:30 p.m. – yoga
• 5.45 p.m. – Cardio battery
• NWMHS advice
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