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The Senior Center will host its veteran exchange program on February 21

Happy February! I write this on the sunniest day so far this year. I opened the window a bit to let in some fresh air and I love it. I hope you had a great week and were able to enjoy a warmer than usual February day.

I was just sharing how wonderful everything was at the senior center. How great it has been to have more people in and around the building. I’m really looking forward to spring and summer. We have big plans for the Manistee County Council on Aging, the Senior Center and everyone involved here.

I’ve been so lucky to not have had COVID since the pandemic started. I needed to get tested the other day because I was exposed. I went to dinner with a few family members and drove and didn’t wear a mask and my family member was positive a few days later. Shame on me! I should have been more careful and I was just glad we were together laughing and enjoying our time. But good news, I was negative. I was fully vaccinated and boosted, so not as worried about myself, but I was worried about the people around me. Keeping our friends, family and neighbors safe is my primary concern.

We had the 3Ds this week and everyone had a blast. They are such great guys who love to come and entertain everyone with their wonderful music and beautiful voices. Thank you Don, Dave and Bob for making our Toe Tap Tuesdays fun!

We also had lots of walkers in the building to walk around and get out of the snow and ice.

I was thrilled to learn that our veterans exchange program will resume at 12:30 p.m. on February 21. If you would like to have lunch before, let us know so we can order your meal. This is one of the most interesting topics/groups I’ve come to know about since working with the Aging Council. It has been amazing to learn not only how many of our local guys and gals were in service, but to hear what they went through when they served this great nation. I only really knew what I saw in movies or read in school. Some of the people I met told me their own stories and I was amazed. My dad was a Marine in the Korean War and he never shared anything with us about what he did in the service or in Korea. He finally shared his marine story with me and I thought it was such an amazing story and it made me proud of him. You don’t have to be a senior to participate in our veteran exchange program, just a veteran. We look forward to welcoming you and joining your fellow veterans for this important group.

This week, Tuesday, we have more music with Sonny. Sonny has been playing music in our area for years and he would love for you to come and listen to a song or two. We also have cards and coffee on Tuesday, it’s such a fun group to come in and make beautiful greeting cards and visit so many lovely people. On Wednesday we have Jane from Coastal Woods Vision. She will examine your glasses, clean them and tighten them. Thanks Jane.

Don’t forget that we have a Valentine’s Day on February 14th. Don’t forget to sign up for lunch, great music and fun!

Hope you are having a great week and don’t forget to try something new!


The Wagoner Community Center catering site serves weekday lunch at noon. Remember to call and book your lunch before noon the day before. The Wellston catering site is temporarily closed. The Onekama meal site at the Farr Center distributes meals Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m., curbside takeout. The Marilla dining site will resume serving Wednesday lunches from March 2. The menu is subject to change, as some food shortages may affect the kitchen.


From February 7 to 11. The menu is subject to change.

Monday: Stuffed peppers, diced carrots, steamed peas, sliced ​​pears, rolled

Tuesday: Homemade beef stew, cauliflower, green beans, banana, cookie

Wednesday: Chicken chop suey, rice pilaf, oriental mix of vegetables, brussels sprouts, tangerines, roll

Thursday: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, broccoli, strawberries, bread roll

Friday: Breaded chicken drumstick, mashed potatoes with sauce, green beans, fruit cocktail, biscuit

The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Manistee County seniors age 60 and older can participate. If you are picking up for another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Cash and non-perishable food donations are appreciated. The next food bank will be February 18 at 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.


If you are a senior in Manistee County and need emergency food assistance, call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 and speak to a staff member. We have an emergency food pantry that we use to help prevent food insecurity for our elderly population during these times.


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 be eligible for reimbursement for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, and snow removal services. For current Seniors Reimbursement Program clients, please note that all receipts must be current and not older than 30 days. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form. Mail all receipts to 260 St. Mary’s Parkway, Manistee. Call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 ext. 214, for more information. Once a senior has moved out of 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 classes take place on Thursday evenings at 4 p.m. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. (chair yoga) and Thursdays at 3 p.m. (regular yoga). Tai Chi is at 9 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Zumba classes are at 2 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. The indoor walking group meets at 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Monday. All classes are free for all seniors and donations are accepted for those under 60.


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 about and supporting our community of older people with dementia. The next meeting will be at 3:00 p.m. on February 10. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 231-883-1341 for more information.


The Parkinson Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be March 17 at the Wagoner Community Center. Call Marcia Holbrook at 614-937-4442 for more information. There are no meetings in January or February.


The Manistee County Council on Aging has launched a medication management program. Jean Anderson, the staff RN, is available to help with this. Don’t hesitate to call with your questions. 231-723-6477 ext. 215


February 7

• 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi

• 11 a.m. Walking group

• 1 p.m. Pinochle

• 1 p.m. Mah Jongg

• 2 p.m. Zumba

February 8

• 10 a.m. Cards and coffee Tue. 11 a.m. Music with Sonny

• 2:00 p.m. Knitting/crochet circle

• 3:30 p.m. Chair yoga (call for status)

February 9

• 9:00 a.m. Tai Chi

• 10:30 a.m. TOPS

• 11 a.m. Produce Bingo

• 1:30 p.m. Genealogy group

• 2 p.m. Zumba

February 10

• 10:00 a.m.

• 11:00 a.m. Bunco

• 3:00 p.m. Dementia Support Group

• 3 p.m. Yoga

• 4 p.m. Cardio-drums

February 11th

• 1 p.m. Walking group