Relaxing chair massage available at the Senior Center


Hello Manistee County! The weather was very cold last week and the snow piled up. I like the snow, but I don’t like the cold. At the Wagoner Community Center, the wind blows off the lake and it can sometimes be bitter to enter. Remember, this is Michigan and you never know what you might get.

Well, the Maple Street Bridge is closed for repairs, and we all know it needed a little TLC. I was listening to one of the ladies I work with and she mentioned that she leaves her house early and brings her lunch now because of the bridge. It’s funny I never thought of that, during the winter I can’t imagine it causing a ton of trouble but as the weather improves in the spring I can see waiting a bit longer with traffic. I’ll let you know if it takes me a little longer. I took a trip over the M55 bridge and it was beautiful. They did a very good job. It was nice to drive through East Lake and back to town. We are quite lucky with this beautiful area of ​​Michigan. I don’t think there is a more beautiful place.

Things have been busy here. I can’t believe we’ve already run the Senior Nutrition Program with the Manistee area public schools for an entire year. Keri and the high school team are amazing with all the work they put into this program and our volunteers are truly amazing! Happy birthday to everyone involved. Remember, if you want hot, nutritious meals delivered to your home, call Beth or Shannon and see if you qualify for the program.

Valentine’s Day is approaching in February, and we have to decide if we want to celebrate, or should we wait a little longer. I would like to hear your opinion on the subject. Call us, email us, or send us a note.

I’m looking for a great way to organize myself more this year. Not just cupboards, drawers and my house, but my life. I’m looking for ways to find that extra time to visit my mom or dad, go help my daughter, or even take some time for myself. I keep thinking that I was able to do this when I was younger, working full time, and having 3 kids and a husband. I don’t seem to be able to do everything anymore, is that what happens with age? I would like to know if you feel like that or am I expecting too much of myself?

If you are interested in a relaxing chair massage, call and make an appointment with Anita Shaffer. She was here on Wednesday and boy, everyone who walked away from her chair looked very relaxed. Anita is amazing, and it’s so important that touch is part of our lives. Thank you, Anita, for all you do for the seniors of Manistee County!

I wanted to learn to play pickleball. If you’re like me and looking for a fun and somewhat competitive game, I think pickleball is for you! I’m out of shape and have never played sports, but I really want to learn something new. The Armory Youth Project has pickleball during the week so you can call them for details or if you don’t want to go alone maybe a few of us can go together and have some fun. Call me and let’s set up a pickleball date. 231-723-6477.

Many thanks to Tom Hesch and the team at Morton Salt for the generous donation of salt, to keep our facilities safe during the winter.

Hope you’re 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. for curbside takeout. The menu is subject to change, as some food shortages may affect the kitchen.


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 always appreciated. The next food bank will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on January 21 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 Manistee County Council on Aging has a program designed to help seniors stay independent, by reimbursing eligible expenses. If you are a senior in Manistee County, you could be reimbursed for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, and snow removal services. For current Senior Reimbursement Program clients, please note that all receipts must be current and no older than 30 days. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form. Mail all receipts to 260 St. Mary’s Parkway and 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 at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. (chair yoga) and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (regular yoga). Tai Chi takes place at 9 am on 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 Monday at 11 a.m. 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 more about and supporting our community of older people with dementia. The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. on January 13. 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. Call with your questions. 231-723-6477 ext. 215


Monday: Spanish rice with burger, refried beans, tomato compote, mixed berry cup

Tuesday: Beef & homemade noodles, sliced ​​carrots, steamed peas, diced peaches, cookie

Wednesday: BBQ pulled pork on a bun, baked beans, fiesta corn, cinnamon apple slices

Thursday: Lemon baked fish, lima beans, mixed vegetables, pineapple, pudding cup, bun

Friday: Turkey and cheese pita, 3-bean salad, beets, blueberries

Menus are subject to change.


January 17

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 11 a.m. – Walking group

• 1 p.m. – Pinochle

• 1pm – Mah Jongg

• 2pm – Zumba (call center to confirm)

January 18

• 11 a.m.: Toe tapping Tuesday

• 2 p.m. – Knitting/Crocheting circle

• 3:30 p.m. – Chair yoga

January 19

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 10:30 am – TOPS

• 11 a.m. – Fun Bingo

• 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group

• 2pm – Zumba (call center to confirm)

January 20

• 10:00 a.m. – Cribbage

• 11 a.m.: Bunco

• 4:30 p.m. – Yoga

• 5:45 p.m. – Cardio-drums

January the 21st

• 9am-11am – Food Bank

• 1:00 p.m. – Walking group

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