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Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network

Pre-Sorted Std. U.S. Postage PAID Traverse City, MI Permit No. 229

520 W Front Street Traverse City, MI 49684

BI-MONTHLY ISSUE #4

Welcome to the first Issue of the combined newsletter for In-Home Services and the Senior Center Network. The Commission on Aging is funded primarily by a small local millage approved by Grand Traverse County taxpayers. THANK YOU for helping us provide much needed services to area seniors!

ISSUE: JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

Or Current Resident

The Commission on Aging makes no warranties of any kind (express, implied, and statutory, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose) or representation as to the above products and/or services. In no event shall the Commission on Aging, Grand Traverse County or any of its officers, directors, agents or employees be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, punitive or consequential damages arising out of or related to the use, inability to use, performance or nonperformance of the above products and/or services.

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Winter Emergency Preparedness

520 W Front St Traverse City The likelihood that you and your 231-922-4688 or 877-686-4688 family will recover from an emergency www.grandtraverse.org Email: gtcoa@grandtraverse.org tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each Hours: Mon-Fri/8 am - 5 pm person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to Senior Center Network prepare for all kinds of emergencies. By 801 E Front St Traverse City evaluating your own personal needs and 231-922-4911 making an emergency plan that fits those www.tcseniorcenter.com needs, you and your loved ones can be Email: lwells@grandtraverse.org better prepared. Hours: Mon-Fri/8 am - 5 pm There are common sense measures older Americans can take to start preparing for emergencies before Executive Director they happen. For example; create a Georgia Durga network of neighbors, relatives, friends, Deputy Directors and co-workers to aid you in an Hollie DeWalt - In-Home Services emergency. Discuss your needs and Lori Wells - Senior Center Network make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment if Board Members appropriate. Ralph Soffredine Seniors should keep specialized Shawn Burt Chair items ready, including medications, extra Al Pedwaydon Stacey Lee Isles wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, Vice Chair Shirley Zerafa food for service animals, and other items Michelle Mercer Susan Castle you might need. Be sure to make Secretary Melanie Stanton provisions for medications that require Rodetta Harrand Treasurer Christine Maxbauer County Commissioner

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refrigeration. Also make arrangements for any assistance to get to a shelter. Some other things you can do to prepare for the unexpected is assemble a kit of emergency supplies, such as water, food, battery powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit, pet food and water, etc. Include denture needs and extra eye glasses if necessary and since we live in a colder climate you should include a jacket, blankets, and warm clothes. Develop a communication plan on how to get and stay in contact with family and friends after an emergency strikes, decide whether you will go to a shelter or stay in your home, and one of the most important things is to stay informed of what is happening. Grand Traverse County recommends you keep your battery powered radio tuned to the local channel of 103.5 - WTCM for critical information from the National Weather Service regarding weather changes as well as county alerts. You can visit www.ready.gov for more detailed information or...

Use your smart phone and scan this QR code to see the small steps toward being prepared for an emergency or visit www.do1thing.com


Upcoming Events Senior Center Network - 801 E Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686

Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Club

JANUARY and FEBRUARY, 2013

Mon Jan 7; 3:00 pm Attend this meeting to help us form the club. Advance registration required.

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Interested in Downhill Skiing? Let us know! Contact us at 231-922-4911.

Snowman Day Sat Jan 19; 1:00 - 4:00 pm; $5 Donation Teams of 2 or more compete to build the coolest snowman in this special local celebrity judged event. Warming station and hot chocolate provided. Families and businesses welcome - fun for all ages. Canned good items will be collected on day of event to be donated to Father Fred. Advance registration required. Call the Senior Center Network for complete details. Weather permitting.

Fridays in February Show your support for Women’s Heart Health! Wear red to the Senior Center on Fri and receive a drawing ticket for a Heart Smart Prize Pack. Drawing will be held on Feb 28. Need not be present to win.

Valentine’s Day Party Thu Feb 14; 11:30 am; $3 Donation Bring someone new to the center! Singles and couples welcome. Games, musical entertainment and special refreshments provided. Reservations must be made 24-hours in advance by calling 231-947-5285.

Meet & Eat Fri Jan 11 - Airway Oxygen Fri Feb 8 - Rysso & Wingfield $12 per person for the entire year. Each month we feature a different culture to explore with food. Entree is provided by the sponsor and participants bring a themed dish to pass along with the recipe. Recipes are published in a cookbook for all participants. Call 231-922-4911 for themes and more information.

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, and it is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Over 2.2 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. To learn more, visit: www.glaucoma.org. Medicare patients at high risk for glaucoma can receive dilated eye examinations as a benefit of Medicare coverage. Currently eligible beneficiaries are individuals with diabetes mellitus, individuals with a family history of glaucoma, Hispanic-Americans age 65 and over, and African-Americans age 50 and over. The American Optometric Association provides a Glaucoma/Diabetes Hotline program which matches patients with participating optometrists in their area. To find an optometrist in your area, please call 800-262-3947. 2

8:45 AM Energetics 9:30 AM Current Ethical Issues 10:00 AM Wii Bowling League 8 wks: Jan 10 - Feb 28 11:30 AM Music with Treva 12:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM Pinochle - Single 1:00 PM Social Bridge 1:00 PM Mah Jongg 1:15 PM Dominoes

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Jan 3 & Feb 7 9:30 AM Comfort Keepers Foot Care Clinic 6:00 PM Evening Parkinson’s Support Group Jan 10 9:30 AM Comfort Keepers Foot Care Clinic Jan 17 & Feb 21 9:30 AM Comfort Keepers Foot Care Clinic Jan 31 8:00 - 5:00 PM Membership Drive Week Feb 14 9:30 AM Comfort Keepers Foot Care Clinic 10:30 AM Blood Pressure 11:30 AM Valentine’s Day Party

FRIDAY 8:00 AM Yoga 10:30 AM BINGO 10:30 AM Zumba Gold 12:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM Chess 1:30 PM Poker 2:15 PM You Can Exercise 3:00 PM Knitting Circle 3:30 PM Front St. Jazz Band 7:00 PM Euchre

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Jan 4 & Feb 1 11:30 AM Dulcimers Jan 11 & Feb 8 12:00 PM Music: Bob Pierce 4:30 PM Meet & Eat Club Jan 18 & Feb 15 10:00 AM Reflexology 11:30 AM Dulcimers

SATURDAY 8:00 - 10:30 PM Dance $3/Members $5/Non-Members MUSIC: Week 1: Ann Peterson Week 2: Live Entertainment Week 3: Rhythm Tones Week 4: The Reflections

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Jan 26 1:00 PM Women Dining Out at Minervas Jan 19

1:00 PM Snowman Day Feb 23 1:00 PM Women Dining Out at Chilis

Feb 1

8:00 - 5:00 PM Membership Drive Week Feb - Every Friday

Wear Red for Heart Month

SUNDAY 7:00 PM Euchre

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UNDERLINED ITEMS: Must Pre-Register BLUE ITEMS: New or Changed

All programs listed below occur the same day and time each week for the month. Special programs are listed by specific date.

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9:30 AM Active for Life 10:30 AM BINGO 11:00 AM Hobby Group 12:00 PM Lunch 12:00 PM Beg. Bridge Class 6 Wks: Jan 7 - Feb 18 1:00 PM Club Day 2:00 PM Senior Shimmy 10 Wks: Feb 11 -Apr 15 2:30 PM Int. Bridge Class 6 Wks: Jan 7 - Feb 18

8:45 AM Energetics 9:35 AM Line Dancing Beginners 10:00 AM Grief Support 11:00 AM Scrabble 12:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM Mah Jongg 1:00 PM Cribbage 1:00 PM Line Dancing Advanced 3:00 PM Tap Dancing 6:30 PM Pinochle

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Jan 7 & Feb 4 11:00 AM Meet Your State Representative

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Jan 1 CLOSED FOR NEW YEARS DAY

3:00 PM Snowshoe, X Country Meeting CLOSED FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

Jan 15 & Feb 19 11:00 AM Blood Pressure Jan 29 8:00 - 5:00 PM Membership Drive Week

Jan 28 8:00 - 5:00 PM Membership Drive Week

9:00 AM Zumba Toning 9:30 AM Watercolor Class 9:30 AM Swimming-Sleep Inn 10:15 AM Pilates 12:00 PM Lunch 1:00 PM Pinochle - Double 2:15 PM You Can Exercise 3:30 PM Karaoke

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Jan 2 & Feb 6 12:30 PM Legal Advice 1:00 PM Financial Club 3:00 PM Farkel Jan 9 & Feb 13 3:15 PM Parkinson’s Dancercise 6:00 PM Amputee Support Grp 11:00 AM Brain Food 9:00 AM Casino Departure

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Feb 5 6:00 PM Parkinson’s Evening Support Group

Jan 16 & Feb 20 1:00 PM Financial Club 3:15 PM Parkinson’s Dancercise 4:00 PM Housing Hours Jan 23 & Feb 20 12:45 PM Massage Jan 23 & Feb 27 10:00 AM Parkinson’s Support Group Jan 30 8:00 - 5:00 PM Membership Drive Week

HEALTH

The Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) Michigan’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program - SHIP The Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is a non-profit organization with over 725 trained counselors in communities across Michigan. Since 1984, MMAP counselors have provided thousands of people in Medicare and their families or caregiver with free assistance and education so they can make informed health care coverage decisions. Today there are 58 MMAP sites throughout Michigan, many staffed by volunteers.

tion drug coverage plan (Part D) or enroll in a Medicare Savings program

MMAP receives funding and support from the federal government as well as from the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging. All MMAP counselors are individuals who have received specialized training in Medicare and Medicaid law and regulations, health insurance counseling and relevant insurance products. They are not connected with any insurance company nor are they licensed to sell insurance. Their purpose is to serve you objectively and confidentially.

• Understand doctor bills, hospital bills and Medicare notices Summary

• Understand health care options under Medicare Advantage plans • Solve problems related to Medicare, Medicaid coverage • Provide advice about Long Term Care options

In Northwest Lower Michigan, fully trained MMAP counselors are located in the Council or Commission on Aging offices or other locations in the following counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford. The Regional office is located in Traverse City and serves the counties listed above as well as Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. You can reach one of these offices by contacting the MMAP program at 1-800-803-7174.

A local MMAP counselor can help you: Understand Medicare/Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, coverage, claims and appeals

This article was produced by the Regional MMAP office at the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan. MMAP is funded by a grant from the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging through funding received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

• Identify resources for prescription drug assistance and help you join a Medicare Prescrip-

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ATTENTION: Homemaker Aide Clients

In order for us to provide our staff with a safe working environment, we will be making changes to how we provide mopping to our clients that receive house cleaning. After careful consideration, we do not feel that our staff should be mopping large areas throughout their day on their knees. This puts a lot of stress on their knees and may cause long term damage or problems. Floors that take longer than ten (10) minutes for our staff to mop on their knees, will be required to be mopped with some type of mopping device provided by the client. In small areas, such as a bathroom, our staff will still be able to get on their knees to clean the floors, bathtubs, behind toilets, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Jill at 231-922-4688. Many of our field staff have been receiving calls from clients directly on their work cell phones or at home. It has always been a policy of the COA that clients contact our office to cancel a home visit or to request a schedule change. To improve communication, we are asking that clients do not call their workers directly. Please be assured that all schedule changes will be passed on to your worker as soon as information is received in the office. If you need to cancel an appointment, you may contact the office at 231-922-4688 between the hours of 8:00 am 5:00 pm. After hours you may leave a message on our answering machine, which we check right at 8:00 am. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

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AARP Free Tax Preparation Program The GTCOA will host the AARP Free Income Tax Preparation Program again this year. Grand Traverse County residents age 60 or older are eligible for this service. The program will run between February 1 and April 14, 2013. Simple Federal and State of Michigan 2012 income tax returns can be prepared and e-filed for low to middle income Grand Traverse County res idents age 60 and older. Taxpayers with complex tax returns are advised to seek paid tax assistance. Appointments are required and may be scheduled beginning January 15th, 2013 by calling the COA office at 922-4688.


February is Heart Month The Rock - 115 E Blair Street, Kingsley MI 49649

JANUARY and FEBRUARY, 2013

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

To register please call 231-922-4911 or 231-620-3750.

Nutrition: “As We Age” Sponsor: Extendicare Wed Jan 9; 12:45 pm Program & lunch. 24-hr advance registration required. KISS (Keeping Independent Seniors Safe) Wed Jan 23; 12:45 pm RSVP & Senior Center Network introduce this 5-county telephone contact program; info packets & volunteer registration forms will be distributed during program. Saving on Heating Bills Wed Feb 6; 12 pm Sponsor: VOZZA Insurance Echoes of Distant Thunder Wed Feb 13; 12:45 pm Frank Slaughter, author & radio host, shares his civil war era novel & research, including historical Northern Michigan photographs

MONDAY • 8:30 am Hiking Club will resume in the Spring

WEDNESDAY • 9:30 - 3:00 pm Open Activities: Pool, computers, Cards, Wii Bowling, staff assistance etc. • 10:00 am Line Dancing • 10:30 am BINGO • 12:00 pm Lunch $3 suggested donation. Reservation required 24 hours in advance. Menu available on-site • 12:45 pm Special Presentations. Schedule on-site. • 1:00 - 3:00 pm Mah Jongg Introduction & lessons for beginners provided by Marlene Evans. Play groups forming • 1:30 pm Discussion Group

To register please call 231-922-4911 or 231-620-3750.

KISS ( Keeping Independent Seniors Safe) Wed Jan 16; 12:45 pm RSVP & Senior Center Network introduce this 5-county telephone contact program; info packets & volunteer registration forms will be distributed during program. Echoes of Distant Thunder Wed Feb 6; 12:45 pm Frank Slaughter, author & radio host, shares his civil war era novel & research, including historical Northern Michigan photographs

The “holiday” was established to urge Americans to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and to support programs that solve the problem. Risk factors that lead to heart disease are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and family history. Good health habits to help prevent heart disease can be daily exercise, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting sodium, avoiding tobacco, and moderating alcohol consumption. Wear red day is February 1st, so don’t forget!

FRIDAY

AMERICAN DISEASE FEBRUARY HEALTH INFORMATION RESEARCH

• 9:30 am Euchre Play begins at 10:00 am • 9:30 - 12:00 pm Open Activities: Pool, computers, Cards, Wii Bowling, staff assistance etc. • 12:00 pm Social Lunch at downtown locations

Fife Lake Library Community Room - 77 Lakecrest Lane, Fife Lake MI 49633

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

American Heart Month/Women’s Heart Month and Wear Red Day

• Jan 16 & Feb 6; 12:00 pm Lunch followed by speaker. • Jan 2 & Feb 20; 12:00 pm Lunch followed by BINGO. Lunch: 24 hr advance registration required 231-879-3707 $3 suggested donation. Menu available on-site ADDITIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS BY APPOINTMENT: Foot Care provided by Comfort Keepers at all outreach locations (pg 11) - Legal Aide - Staff Consultations Programs take place at main outreach location unless otherwise noted. Winter Weather Closing Policy (pg 9)

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6 ounces dried bow-tie pasta 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup sliced portobello or other fresh mushrooms 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups thinly sliced fresh spinach 1 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme ⅛ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese

AWARENESS EDUCATION FUNDRAISER HEART RED STROKE

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You could feel so short of breath, “as though you ran a marathon, but you haven't made a move,” Goldberg said. Some women experiencing a heart attack describe upper back pressure that feels like squeezing or a rope being tied around them, Goldberg said. Dizziness, lightheadedness or actually fainting are other symptoms to look for. “Many women I see take an aspirin if they think they are having a heart attack and never call 9-1-1,” Goldberg said. “But if they think about taking an aspirin for their heart attack, they should also call 9-1-1.”

By: Emily Rice, RN - Nurse Supervisor

Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Take Care of Yourself

Heart disease is preventable. Here are Goldberg’s top tips:  Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease.  Quit smoking. Did you know that just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent?  Start an exercise program. Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.  Modify your family’s diet if needed. You’ll learn smart substitutions, healthy snacking ideas and better prep methods. For example, with poultry, use the leaner light meat (breasts) instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs), and be sure to remove the skin.

We’ve all seen the movie scenes where a man gasps, clutches his chest and falls to the ground. In reality, a heart attack victim could easily be a woman, and the scene may not be that dramatic. “Although men and women can experience chest pressure that feels like an elephant sitting across the chest, women can experience a heart attack without chest pressure, ” said Nieca Goldberg, M.D., medical director for the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women's Health at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and an American Heart Association volunteer. “Instead they may experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue.” Even when the signs are subtle, the consequences can be deadly, especially if the victim doesn’t get help right away.

Heart Attack Signs in Women

Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.  Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.  Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.  Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.  As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. 

‘I Thought I Had The Flu’

Even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, women often chalk up the symptoms to less life-threatening conditions like acid reflux, the flu or normal aging. “They do this because they are scared and because they put their families first,” Goldberg said. “There are still many women who are shocked that they could be having a heart attack.” A heart attack strikes someone about every 34 seconds. It occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances (plaque). Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable — the image of the elephant comes to mind — but in fact they can be subtler and sometimes confusing.

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Hope Village - 4354 Mount Hope Road, Williamsburg MI 49690

JANUARY and FEBRUARY, 2013 MONDAY • 9:00 am Coffee & Conversation w/Sharon Neumann, Outreach Coordinator HV Main Dining Room • 11:00 am Exercise w/Michelle from Great Lakes Therapy Sunroom • 2:00 pm Euchre Main Dining Room • 2:00 pm Jan 14 Stitches of Kindness Charitable sewing/quilting. Senior Center Activity Room • 3:00 pm Knitting/Crocheting Group and Stitches of Kindness HV Activity Room

TUESDAY • 10:00 am Watercolor Class with Charles Murphy, supply list available upon request. Registration required. Senior Center Activity Room • 11:00 am Exercise w/Michelle from Great Lakes Therapy Sunroom • 12:00 pm Piano Program in main lobby • 7:00 pm NEW Line Dancing for Beginners w/Ryan Dobry; $5/class. HV Senior Center Activity Room

THURSDAY • 11:00 am Exercise w/Michelle from Great Lakes Therapy Sunroom • 12:00 pm Piano Program in main lobby • 7:00 pm NEW Line Dancing for Beginners w/Diana; $5/class. HV Senior Center Activity Room

FRIDAY • 10:00 am NEW Line Dancing for Beginners w/Jacquie; $5/class. HV Senior Center Activity Room

SUNDAY • 6:30 pm Rummikub HV Sunroom ADDITIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS BY APPOINTMENT: Foot Care provided by Comfort Keepers at all outreach locations (pg 11) - Legal Aide - Staff Consultations Programs take place at main outreach location unless otherwise noted. Winter Weather Closing Policy (pg 9)

For more information or to register for any activities, please call: Senior Center Network Office 231-922-4911 or Sharon Neumann, Outreach Program Coordinator 231-620-3750

SPECIAL PROGRAMS Hearing Aid Maintenance Thu Jan 10 & Feb 14 Call for times and dates. Pizza Lunch Mon Jan 28 & Feb 25; 12 pm $1 Followed by conversation, games, Mah Jongg, crafts, etc. HV Senior Center Activity Room Meet & Eat Dinner Club Mon Jan 14: Country Comfort; 5 pm Mon Feb 11: Valentine’s Day; 5 pm $1; Advance registration required, bring side dish/dessert to share. Jan Dessert sponsor: Bright Star Home Care KISS ( Keeping Independent Seniors Safe) Mon Jan 14; 6 pm RSVP & Senior Center Network introduce this 5-county telephone contact program; info packets & volunteer registration forms will be distributed during program. Talking Books Tue Jan 15; 2pm Presentation by Mary Orth, TADL HV Activities Room Lunch Programs: Sponsor: VOZZA Insurance Jan 23; 10am Senior Center Activity Room Medicare Made Easy: Turning 65 - For people turning 65 in next 6 months. Birthday dessert provided. Jan 28; 11am Saving on Heating Bills SC Activity Room Cambodia: Part 1 Mon Feb 11; 6 pm Member Lynn Allesio will share a photographic journal of her experiences living in the jungle & mentoring villagers striving to rise from poverty. Echoes of Distant Thunder Tue Feb 26; 2 pm Frank Slaughter, author & radio host, shares his civil war era novel & research, including historical Northern Michigan photographs


Board Meetings The Commission on Aging Board oversees both In-Home Services and the Senior Center Network.

Golden Fellowship Hall - 9700 Riley Road, Interlochen MI 49643

JANUARY and FEBRUARY, 2013

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Please call 231-922-4911 or 231-620-3750 to register for these programs and/or the lunch served prior to program.

Lunch Programs: Sponsor: VOZZA Insurance Thu Jan 3; 12:45 pm Saving on Heating Bills Tue Feb 19; 11 am Medicare Made Easy; Turning 65 For people turning 65 in the next 6 mo, birthday dessert. FREE Movies Thu Jan 10 & 24/Feb 14 & 28; 11 am Schedule available on-site. Joint program with Interlochen Public Library (Movie Licensing USA®) “WAIST AWAY” Thu Jan 10; 12:45 pm Author Mary Clifton MD & Sharon Neumann of the Senior Center Network introduce the “Waist Away” weight loss program; schedule & registration available on this date. KISS (Keeping Independent Seniors Safe Thu Jan 17; 12:45 pm Susan McQuaid of RSVP & Sharon Neumann of the Senior Center Network introduce this 5-county telephone contact program; info packets & volunteer registration forms will be distributed during program. The Monk & The Artist: Part 3 FREE Susan Griffith with other facilitators will continue program by popular demand; call for dates & expanded locations. Cambodia: Part 1 Thu Jan 24; 12:45 Member Lynn Allesio will share a photographic journal of her experiences living in the jungle & mentoring villagers striving to rise from poverty in a region where “everything is hungry.” Japan Revisited Thu Feb 7; 12:45 pm Member Lisa Simpson will share a photographic journal of her experiences returning to Japan and staying with the family who hosted her when she was a young student.

MONDAY

GTCOA Board Meeting

• 9:00 - 11:00am Available for special programs, call Sharon Neumann 231-620-3750. • 11:00 am Exercise with Elite PT; $3 • 1:30 pm Euchre

COA Meeting Room 9:00-11:00 am

Jan 8 & Feb 5, 2013 Finance Committee Meeting

TUESDAY • 9:00 - 10:45 am TOPS Meeting • 10:45 am FREE Line Dancing Peer led group • 11:00 - 1:00 pm Massage; $1/minute • 12:00 pm Community Meal bring dish/dessert to pass • 1:00 - 5:00 pm Open Activities Stitches of Kindness, Mah Jongg, crafts, games, etc.

COA Committee Room 8:30-9:30 am

Jan 15 & Feb 19, 2013

Did You Know…

• 9:00 - 11:00 am & 1:00 - 5:00 pm Available for special programs, call Sharon Neumann 231-620-3750 • 11:00 am Exercise with Elite PT; $3

• 9:00 to 11:00am Available for special programs, call Sharon Neumann 231-620-3750 • 11:00 - 1:00 pm Massage; $1/minute • 12:00 pm Lunch $3 suggested donation. Reservation required 24 hours in advance. Menu available on-site • 12:45 pm Special Presentations Schedule on-site. • 1:30 Open Activities Wii, games, socializing, etc. • 7:00 pm Line Dancing with Ryan Dobry; $5/class

FRIDAY • 10:00 am Watercolor Class No classes Jan & Feb; Classes resume in Mar.

ADDITIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS BY APPOINTMENT: Foot Care provided by Comfort Keepers at all outreach locations (pg 11) - Legal Aide - Staff Consultations Programs take place at main outreach location unless otherwise noted. Winter Weather Closing Policy (pg 9)

For more information or to register for any activities, please call: Senior Center Network Office 231-922-4911 or Sharon Neumann, Outreach Program Coordinator 231-620-3750

COA Committee Room 1:30-2:30 am

“The mission of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging is to offer home and community based services to maintain and improve the quality of life for resident senior citizens.”

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

Community Relations Meeting

In-Home Services employs 40 people.

Of those 40 people 34 (85%) are working directly at your homes providing house cleaning, home health care, respite, foot care, outside chores, and meeting with you to see how you are doing and what your needs are.

Jan 16 & Feb 20, 2013 Program Committee Meeting

COA Committee Room 3:30-4:30 pm

Jan 16 & Feb 20, 2013 Executive Committee

All COA staff have gone through an extensive background check ensuring they have no criminal, child abuse, or elder abuse records.

The COA is committed to running the background checks at time of hire, and throughout each employee's time with the COA.

All staff working in your homes have been certified in CPR and First Aid.

All staff working in your homes have been trained on Universal Precautions, Blood Borne Pathogens, Asbestos Awareness, and how to properly use Personal Protective Equipment. You are the reason we provide service in Grand Traverse County and we appreciate each and every one of you! Happy New Year! 7

COA Committee Room 8:30-9:30 am

Jan 17 & Feb 21, 2013

Commission on Aging Board and Committee agendas, minutes and meeting schedules can be accessed on the Grand Traverse County website http://www.co.grand-traverse.mi.us/ departments/Commission_on_Aging/ Board_of_Directors_-_COA.htm

Missed A Board Meeting?

Meetings are televised on LIAA Public Access Television, Channel 99 and are normally shown the second week of each month. For a complete schedule visit www.upnorthmedia.org.

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Travel With Us! American Heart Month

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Tue, Apr 2, 2013 - $99

* Must income qualify $16,800-$24,250

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SIGN UP NOW! For complete information, please visit our website or stop by the Senior Center Network. Pricing for all day trips are per person and due in full at time of registration unless otherwise noted.

Two Bedr o $890 om mo*

Independent Living 231-995-9385 3850 Scenic Ridge - Traverse City TTY 800-649-3777

This Artifact Exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of Titanic. Along the way, you will learn countless stories of heroism and humanity that pay honor to the indomitable force of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. Enjoy lunch at the Women’s City Club followed by a visit to the Frederik Meijer Gardens, featuring their Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit.

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Gordon Lightfoot Tribute

Thu, May 16, 2013 - $87

Be an informed consumer… Call to see why your friends and neighbors choose Life Story

Have your viewing, gathering & funeral/ceremony or Memorial Service at Life Story We can help with Cemetery Burial, Body Donation and CREMATION Cost Friendly, Locally owned and not franchised

To My Traverse City Senior Hiking Club Friends, Each of you is a gift to me loving to walk as I do and being so willing to “friend” one another. Your support to me during my Mike’s death and funeral is treasured. With Sincerity, Gloria

Island of Coudres in Quebec - SOLD OUT Aug 19-27; $1,024/dbl Poland and Prague Apr 5-13; $3,383/dbl; $449 deposit Hawaii Oct 10-19; $3,899/dbl; $350 deposit

Are you ready for an acoustic trip from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Rockies; through the pains and of lost loves and haunting melodies? Mackinaw City musician Mike Fornes performs the music of Gordon Lightfoot, the legendary Canadian entertainer. Don’t miss this impressive concert!

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Mount Rushmore

Jun 1-9, 2013 - $819/dbl $75 deposit

Travel over rolling prairies and pine covered hills to the spectacular Mount Rushmore National Memorial, a site rich with rugged determination. Stop at the Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Badlands National Park to immerse yourself in our nation’s history. Return with a sense of pride and love freedom.

Mystery Spring Tour - SOLD OUT Thu, May 30 - $73 Billy Elliot Play at DeVos Theater in GR Sun, Jun 16 - $145 Turkeyville Thu, Jun 27 - $105 Tigers Vs. White Sox Thu, Jul 11 - $87 Straits of Mackinac Lighthouses Thu, Jul 25 - $111 Jack Pine Lumberjack Show Mon, Aug 5 - $82 Labor Day Bridge Walk Mon, Sep 2 - $50 Grand River Steamboat Cruise Mon, Sep 9 - $99 Tunnel of Trees Thu, Sep 26 - $74 Mystery Fall Tour Wed, Nov 6; $51

Casino Day Trip (Little River Casino) Jan 9 & Feb 13, 2013; 9:00 am departure $25 per person due upon reservation. $30 back in gaming package. Includes deluxe motor coach transportation. 13

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Cards & Games Day

Time

Mon & Fri 10:30 am 10:30 am Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri Fri & Sun

Game BINGO Scrabble

Cost $1 per card for 10 games FREE

Mah Jongg

FREE

Farkel (Dice Game)

1:00 pm

Cribbage

$3 per player

6:30 pm

Pinochle

$3 per player

Wed Jan 2 & Feb 6; 3:00 pm FREE No registration necessary. New players welcome

1:00 pm

Double Pinochle

25¢ per player

3:00 pm

Farkel

FREE

10:00 am

Wii Bowling

$7/per player

1:00 pm

Social Bridge

50¢ per player

1:00 pm

Mah Jongg

FREE

1:15 pm

Dominoes

$1 per player

1:00 pm

Chess

FREE / Beginners welcome!

1:30 pm

Poker

$3 per player

7:00 pm

Euchre

$3 per player

Wed of Month)

Halloween Party 2012

Classes Social Bridge Class Begins Mon Jan 7 - Feb 18 Beginners 12:00 pm Intermediate 2:30 pm Instructor: Shirley Delaney $20 Members/$25 Non-Members $5 for instruction manual also required. Advance registration required

Groups Hobby Group

Each Mon at 11:00 am FREE No registration necessary

Current Ethical Issues Each Thu at 9:30 am FREE No registration necessary

Women Dining Out

Register by calling 231-922-4911 Sat Jan 26 - 1:00 pm Minervas Sat Feb 23 - 1:00 pm Chilis

Financial Club Wed Jan 2 & 16; 1:00 pm Wed Feb 6 & 20; 1:00 pm FREE - No registration necessary

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If Traverse City Area Public Schools are closed due to bad weather, all Senior Center Network programs, including lunch, will be cancelled. If Kingsley Public School is closed due to bad weather, the Seniors Rock program will be cancelled. Local radio and television will announce school closings. We will also announce when we’re closed on our Facebook page. The Traverse City location will remain open for business 8 am to 5 pm.

Begins Thu Jan 10; 10:00 am 8 week session; $7 per person Advance registration required

1:00 pm

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Winter Weather Closing Policy

Wii Bowling League

FREE at the Senior Center 801 E Front St, Traverse City  Board Games  Cable Television  Computer Lab & Wi-Fi  Pool & Ping Pong Tables  Wii Fit & Games (Bowling, Tennis, etc)  Exercise Equipment  Library with Large Print Books & Audio Books  5 Wishes Document Assistance by Appointment  MiCAFE (Bridge Card/Food Stamps Assistance by Appt)

Membership Enjoy all the wonderful programs and benefits of membership by joining today!  FREE for GT County residents age 60+  Residents under 60 pay only $10/year!  Elmwood Township residents pay $20/year.  All others pay $50/year.

NOTICE: We have a new phone feature that allows us to make reminder and courtesy calls for different activities. So, if you see a number with a pre-fix (617) that’s US!

Membership Renewal Membership Drive Week Jan 28 - Feb 1, 2013; 8:00 - 5:00 pm Did you know that membership renewal is required each year? Stop by and renew your membership for 2013 today! OR renew during our membership drive to be entered into a drawing for a special prize pack! Renewal is easy. We pull your information and review it to make sure there are no changes and that you would like to continue to receive our newsletter. Yearly renewal helps keep our newsletter and postage costs low and allows us to keep your information up to date. Thank you for your cooperation!

Are You New To The Senior Center?

Welcome!

Mix & Mingle Open House

Wed Feb 6, 2013; 4:00 pm Get to know the network and programs by attending our open house designed just for new members. Advance registration required. Short program followed by the opportunity to get to know other new members.

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Health & Wellness

Fitness Programs The Senior Center Network offers many fitness classes. Please see the calendar, website or call for more information. Prices listed are per class.

Senior Shimmy Begins Mon Feb 11; 2:00 pm $20 for 10 weeks/$3 for drop ins The newest belly dancing class for seniors!

Active For Life

Wellness + You Do you want to feel better by nourishing your body, mind and spirit? Join our new Wellness + You program! The Senior Center Network cares about your health so we offer several fitness programs and learning opportunities to help you. To learn more about this exciting new program, check out the Senior Center website or visit us in person. This symbol indicates a special Wellness + You event or activity. You can earn points towards reaching your goals by participating in these special activities.

Mon; 9:30 am - FREE Led by Evelyn Lambert, this chair exercise class will help you increase your overall strength and flexibility.

Energetics Tue & Thu; 8:45 am $2 per class. Led by Karen Belanger, certified personal trainer from Premier Fitness. Karen uses music, mats, stretch bands, balls and all kinds of tricks to keep this class fresh, interesting and challenging to build your strength inside and out.

Strong Bones and Balance Wed & Fri; 2:15 pm $1 per class. Led by Michele Hollis, physical therapist from Great Lakes Therapy House Calls. During this low-impact exercise class, you will concentrate on balance and preventing osteoporosis.

Massage by Dr. Joel Roskamp

Wed Jan 23 & Feb 20; 12:45 pm $5/15 minutes; Appointment Required

Pilates Wed; 10:15 am $4 per class. Led by Bridgit Frank of Village Pilates. It’s designed to restore natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on core strength and improving balance, coordination and circulation.

Yoga Fri; 8:00 am - FREE Peer led. It has wonderful physical benefits and will help you decrease stress by focusing on special breathing techniques.

Zumba Gold Wed; 9:00 am & Fri; 10:30 am $5 per class. Led by Martha, certified instructor. The largest fitness dance craze! An exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired class that’s moving people of all ages toward joy and health.

Line Dancing Beginners: Tue 9:30 am $3 per class. Led by Diana Munoz. Advanced: Tue; 1:00 pm $3 per class. Led by Chris Bowie.

Foot Care Clinics

Thank you to Comfort Keepers for offering Foot Care Clinics at all of our Senior Center Network locations. There are no pre-requirements for these clinics. $20 per person. Advance registration and payment required. Bring your own towel and water basin.

Traverse City Senior Center Network 801 E Front St, Traverse City Thu Jan 1, 10 & 17/Feb 7, 14 & 21 9:30 - 12:30 pm

Interlochen Golden Fellowship Hall 9700 Riley Road, Interlochen Tue Jan 11; 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Kingsley The Rock 115 E Blair Street, Kingsley MI Tue Jan 11; 10:00 - 12:00pm

Acme

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Blood Pressure Check Thu Jan 10 & Feb 14; 10:30 am Tue Jan 15 & Feb 19; 11:00 am

A well-balanced, nutritious meal served daily. $3.00 60+ Suggested Donation $5.00 for all others. Menu available on our website, on Facebook and at each location.

TRAVERSE CITY 801 E Front Street

12:00 pm/Monday-Friday For reservations call 24 hrs in advance

947-5285

Reflexology by Leslie Friend From On The Spot Fri Jan 18 & Feb 15; 10:00 am $5/15 minutes; Appointment Required

Support & Assistance Options for Senior Living

Wed Jan 16 & Feb 20; 4:00 pm Owner Kim Bauml, helps guide you through the many housing options in our area. Appointment Required.

Grief Support Every Tue; 10:00 am

Parkinson’s Day Group Wed Jan 23 & Feb 27; 11:00 am

INTERLOCHEN 9700 Riley Road

12:00 pm/Thursday For reservations call 24 hrs in advance

922-4911 KINGSLEY 115 E Blair Street

12:00 pm/Wednesday For reservations call 24 hrs in advance

922-4911

Brain Food

801 E. Front Street, Traverse City Attend these special learning presentations to earn points for the new Wellness + You program or simply attend for your own benefit. Complimentary lunch provided after presentation. Reservations required 24 hours in advance, call 231-947-5285.

Hope Village 4354 Mt Hope Road, Williamsburg Thu Jan 10 & Feb 14; 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Evening Group

Fife Lake

FREE Legal Aid

Wed Jan 9; 11:00 am Glaucoma Awareness

Wed Jan 2 & Feb 6; 12:30 pm Speak with Jim Dalrymple, Attorney. Appointment required.

Wed Feb 13; 11:00 am Women’s Heart Health

Fife Lake Public Library 77 Lakecrest Lane Fife Lake Tue Jan 16; 9:30 - 11:30 am

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Have Lunch With Us!

Thu Jan 3 & Feb 7; 6:00 pm

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January-February 2013