2012-07-05 / Community

Senior Center

Did you know the Manistique Senior Center…

• Offers long-distance medical transportation for those age 60 plus of Schoolcraft County on a donation basis. This past year 24,336 miles were logged for seniors who didn’t feel safe enough to drive themselves to out of town medical/ doctor appointments. Some have no family in the area.

• Provides homemaker aide services to qualified clients age 60 or older, which need help with the harder tasks, such as mopping, vacuuming, general cleaning of the bathroom, kitchen, etc.

• Has a Medical Loan Closet, loaning equipment out for a period of six months. You may renew the loan for longer if necessary. Items available are: wheelchairs, commodes, shower benches, strollators, walkers, over the bed tables, canes, etc.

• Has a free Blood Pressure Clinic offered every Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. which is provided by North Woods Home Care and Hospice and Schoolcraft Memorial Home Care and Hospice.

• Is the site for a Foot Care Clinic, offered by North Woods Home Care and Hospice, which is every second and fourth Wednesday of the month by appointment. Cost is $12.50 per person and you must bring own towel. Call 341-5923 for an appointment.

• A wide variety of activities and events are offered throughout the year. Some of those events include an Annual Hot Dog Roast (in February), Annual Open House (held in September) and Annual Christmas Party (December).

• Offers on site health screenings and flu shot clinics.

• Homestead Property Tax, Rental and Heating Credits are completed by Center staff. This past year the Center generated 12,330.00 back into the county for seniors.

• Staff offers information and referral services. One-on-one assistance Senioris Centeravailableadfor052012:problemLayout solving.

• Offers guest speakers to keep the elderly up on current issues.

• Has Telephone Reassurance and is available for those living alone. A friendly “hello” is made daily to make sure everything is ok.

• A monthly newsletter informing the elderly of upcoming activities, services, elder issues, etc. A subscription is $5 per year.

• Volunteers are used in various ways, including assisting with potlucks, decorating, office help, activities, bingo, CBC Bake Sale, minor repairs, etc. Our Long- Distance Medical Transportation program would not be possible without volunteers. Those interested in volunteering at the Center are asked to fill out a volunteer form, which can be picked up at the Center Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. You’re appreciated more than can be put into words!

• Offers a variety of bus trips for those ages 55 or older. Past trips include Annual U.P. Senior Convention, Country Music Show in Munising, Kewadin Sault/St. Ignace/ Hessel Casino overnight Bus Trip, Tri-County Picnic in Bark River and Land of Sculptures. Call 341-5923 for further information.

• Volunteers at the Annual CBC Bake Sale with 100 percent of proceeds given to Cancer, Bay Cliff and Community Charities.

• Offers congregate meals at the Center through Community Action Agency at Noon, Monday through Friday by calling the kitchen, 341- 5085.

• Have home-delivered meals which are provided by CAA to the homebound by calling the above telephone number.

• Offers free hearing screenings, provided by Northern Mich. Hearing and Service. Call (800) 637- 7816 for an appointment.

• Foot Care Clinics are provided at the Center the second and fourth Wednesday of each month by North Woods Home Care and Hospice. The cost is $12.50 per person, and they ask that you bring your own2 towel.5/18/Call2012341-9:592356 forAM an appointment.

• Support groups are often held at the Senior Center with the most recent being on “Grief”.

• The Project Fresh Program is offered at the Center, where those meeting the guidelines receive $20 worth of coupons to use at the Farmer’s Markets throughout Michigan. For one person: not to exceed 20,147, and for two people: not to exceed $27,214. You must be 60 years or older and a resident of Schoolcraft County.

• Offers “free” food distributions when funding becomes available.

• Is the site for AARP Tax Aide.

• Has Elder Law Assistance which is offered to answer questions on wills, trusts, etc.

• Offers activities which include: Creative Writing Group, Craft Group, Annual Hotdog Roast in February, Fall Open House Picnic held in September and a Annual Christmas Party.

• Partakes in monthly potlucks with entertainment are held the third Thursday of every month, with entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. and dinner being served at approximately 5 p.m. July’s potluck will be held on Thursday, July 19, with “Diamonds and Gold” entertaining.

• Holds various card games which include: “500”, euchre, bridge and pinochle. Seniors are welcome to get a group together to play other assorted cards, game boards, etc.

• Also has a library, in memory of Denton Nelson, who worked diligently to make the Center a possibility, and books are free. We also accept donations or exchanges.

The Center recently received a lap top computer for senior use. The Hoholik family made this possible in honor of Gerry Hoholik. Feel free to use it by dropping into the Center office.

Monetary donations were received in memory of:

• Eric Dryer from Jean Flodin

• June Ayotte from Berneida Nelson and Eileen Reque

• Dorothy Larson from Eileen Reque

• Kenny Thorell from Eileen Reque

• Gerry Hoholik from Eileen Reque

• Wally Cook from Eileen Reque

Maintenance and Support donations were received from duplicate bridge and Eris Webb.

BRIDGE June 29: 1st-Ann Willcock, 2nd-Doris Demers, 3rd-Mary Lou Marx, 4th Audrey Savoie, 5th-Helen Barton, CFCJudy Rodgers. Hostess, Sandy Petrille served old fashion butterscotch pie, fresh guacamole and chips

PINOCHLE June 27: 1st- Chris Keener, 2nd-Gerry Henkel, 3rd-Bill Keener, Should’a Stayed Home-Marie Sellman

500 June 29: 1st-Carl Sundling, 2nd-Ruth Jones, 3rd-Nancy Case, Should’a Stayed Home-Pat Clark

DUPICATE BRIDGE June 22: 1st-Diane and Ray Dushane, 2nd-Janice Redeker and Lorelei, 3rd-Pat Flint and Joyce LaTulip, 4th-Sandy Petrille and Joyce Lesica

Birthdays this week: July 6-Don Carlson, July 7-Barbara Grawey, July 8-George Shampine, July 9 Eris Webb, July 10-Ray Rupp, July 11-Romayne Dewey and Carol Sinnaeve and on July 12-Evelyn Weber and Charlotte Hendrickson.

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