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ActiveLiving on Tape
Do you know someone who might enjoy listening to the monthly ActiveLiving on cassette tape? Why not give them a call and let them know about this free service? To receive ActiveLiving on cassette tape, just call 772-0748.
The Caregiver Support Group meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. at the Commission on Aging Activity Center, 2200 South Lincoln Road, Mt. Pleasant. This confidential support group is for men and women taking care of another person, be it their spouse, friend or a family member.
The group discusses current stressful situations that involve care giving and participants problem solve to find solutions and strategies for coping. Educational hand outs, tips, and pertinent articles are always included to help you as a caregiver. If you have questions please feel free to call Commission on Aging, Ann Kowaleski, at (989) 772-0748.
Bingo at the Commission on Aging
3rd Friday of the month in Activity Room C, at 12:45 p.m.
Meijer Card Bingo
4th Friday of the month in Activity Room C, at 12:45 p.m.
Laurel's Gift Bingo
A book club has now been formed at the Commission on Aging. Members will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The group will meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys reading. There are a few spots available. If you are interested, call 772-0748 to receive information and to reserve your place. The commitment to meet monthly is encouraged.
Second Book Club For the Snow Birds
The Snow Bird Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. from May thru October of 2012 at the COA Activity Center.
Call Sally at 772-0748 if you are planning to come to join.
Classes at Commission on Aging
Learn to Knit
Every Thursday at 10:00 a. m.
Thursdays' 4:30 p.m.
Beginner level lessons are designed to give the student an in depth understanding of basic beading techniques while producing small jewelry items. Each class covers a different technique. Class size is limited.
Call the instructor for a supply list and to reserve a seat.
$30.00 per class plus kit fee
Contact Instructor June Johnston at (989)773-3398
Lo Impact Aerobic Class
Commission on Aging Activity Center has two sessions available:
- Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays Two times slots 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
- There is also a class in Weidman Community Building 4:30 p.m. Monday -
Classes last about 45 minutes.
Banjos and Guitars
Learn the basics
First and second Tuesday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
Every Monday 10:00 a.m. Craft Room
Line Dancing Classes at the COA Activity
Tuesdays - 2:00 - 4:00 Intermediate
Thursdays - 1:00-3:00 Beginner
Ukulele Group Fun
Fridays - 12:30 p.m. Bring your Ukulele if you have one. Musical assistance is available.
Tai Chi Classes
10:30 - 11:00 Beginners Only Class Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - Noon Regular Tai Chi Tuesday / Thursday
Tai Chi Five Elements Class
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 a.m.
To register call Judi 989-773-0786
$60.00 for 8 weeks or $10.00 per class
Mondays: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Open to all ages. Call 772-0748.
Game Day - Mondays at 12:45 p.m.
Come out and play your favorite game in Room C of the Activity Center. Already there are these games: Canasta, Pinochle and Dominos. If anyone wants to play scrabble or another board game, take it with you and a couple of friends and maybe others will join in.
Open Wii Bowling
Room C of the Activity Center from 10:00 a.m. till Noon, Monday - Friday
Every Friday from 10:00 a.m. till Noon in the Craft Room
Readers Theatre Group
Meets at the COA Activity Center on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 1:00 p.m. Come join the fun and express yourself. No experience necessary!
The Readers Theatre group is available to perform for your organization,
church, club or event.
For information contact Laura Straight at 773-9699.
Mt. Pleasant Garden Club
The Mt. Pleasant Garden Club meets on the third Monday of each month, except January, at the Commission on Aging, Room A. We meet at 1 p.m., except in June and December, when we begin at noon.
There are no requirements for membership other than an interest in gardening.
Movie and Popcorn at Commission on Aging
The monthly $1 movie and popcorn will be “Lincoln” shown Tuesday, April 23 at 12:45 p.m.
Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis to his third Academy Award for Best Actor in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come. Also starring Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Hal Holbrook and James Spader, this movie is rated PG-13 for emotional thematic content throughout, and some scary action sequences. Running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes.
Reservations are required 24 hours in advance and may be made by calling 772-0748.
Come in and join us for FREE popcorn and view the movie on a 12’x 9’ “Big Screen.”
If you have a special movie request, please let Terri know about your favorite movie.
Food With Friends Gift Certificates Available
Are you looking for a good way to introduce friends or family members to the Food with Friends Program? Try giving them a gift certificate. Gift certificates are also great for regulars to our sites.
Gift certificates are available to be used by adults age 60+ at any of our Isabella County sites in Mt. Pleasant, Rosebush, Weidman, Winn, and Shepherd. They may also be used by Home Delivered Meal clients.
Separate gift certificates can also be purchased for use at our Gratiot County Sites in Breckenridge, Ithaca, Fulton, Sumner, and St. Louis. Gift certificates can be purchased for $2.50 per meal at the Commission on Aging office or any of our meal sites.
If you will be purchasing several Gift Certificates, please call ahead to be sure they are available. Give your loved ones the gift of great food, fun, and friendship!
Foster Grandparent Volunteers Needed
- Must be 55 years of age and older and meet our income guidelines
- Able to commit to 15 – 20 hours per week
- Have a desire to work with children with special needs in a variety of settings such as day care centers, head start programs and elementary classrooms
Benefits You Will Receive:
- A small non-taxable stipend of $2.65 an hour
- Transportation Reimbursement
- Daily Meal
- Annual Physical
Training will be provided prior to placement. For more information
please contact Mary Ann Mooradian, FGP Coordinator at 772-0748.
If you need assistance installing smoke alarms or replacing batteries, COA can assist you through our Helping Hands Gold Key Volunteer Program. Call COA at 772-0748.
Lakeshore Legal Aid is providing FREE legal advice to people over age 60.
For an appointment call Toll Free: 1-866-552-2889
Ride Guide Volunteers for iRide
COA has Gold Key volunteers available who will ride with an older adult to assist with medical appointments, grocery shopping or transportation to food sites until the individual feels comfortable riding alone. Your first ride is FREE! COA has first time user tickets available for your use. Just call 772-0748 for more information.
Do you like working with children? Ride Buddies are Gold Key Volunteers from the Isabella County Commission on Aging who ride ICTC buses to provide assistance, security and a friendly presence to all young children riding alone. If you enjoy working with young children, this might be just the volunteer opportunity for you!
Mileage reimbursement is provided from volunteer’s home to pick up site and from drop off site back to volunteer’s home. An ICTC Bus Pass is provided to the volunteer for use when volunteering as a Ride Buddy.
Ride Buddies are needed on weekdays during peak hours 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. or 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. The program continues throughout the school year.
Just call 772-0748 for more information or to register as a volunteer. Please help ICTC and the Commission on Aging make public transportation easy to use for the youngest riders.
Upcoming Health Events
Register for these FREE educational programs to be held at:
MidMichigan Health Park, 4851 E. Pickard, Mt. Pleasant
by calling 775-1650 or 1-800-999-3199.
Blood Pressure Screenings
April 5, 12, 19, 26 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon MidMichigan Health Park sponsors free blood pressure screenings as a public service. No appointment and no preparation are required. Screenings will be canceled due to holidays or bad weather.
Treatment Options for Hip Pain
April 15, May 13, 21 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. While many causes of hip pain arise from trauma to the joint itself, there are numerous structures surrounding the hip that can also be the source of inflammation. Join Orthopedic Surgeon Brad Binsfeld, D.O., as he discusses the common types of hip pain, how to properly diagnose the source of the problem and the latest treatment options available.
April 13 from 8:00-11:00 a.m. If you have diabetes, or provide for someone who does, join us at the Diabetes Expo. Visit vendor displays on the latest diabetes products, get your questions answered by the diabetes educators. Free screenings for participants who have diabetes on a first-come, first-served basis and include: Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Total Lipid Profile (HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides), BMI and Waist Circumference, Bone Density Heel Scan. Registration is required. Presentations Include: ~ 9:30 a.m.– Dr Jennifer Morse-Diabetes “Weighty Issue,” ~ 10:45 a.m.– Kathleen Moore, R.D.-“Nutrition Made Simple”
Register for the following FREE educational programs to be held at:
McClaren-Central Michigan Hospital, 1221 South Drive, Mt. Pleasant.
by calling Health Promotion Services at 779-5606 or register on line at www.cmch.org.
Could you, or a loved one, benefit from
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Wednesday, April 10 from 4 - 5 p.m.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment for slow healing wounds. Discover what this treatment is all about, what is involved and if you, or a loved one, would ever need, or benefit from, this type of treatment. Join Rose Shufelt, wound care clinician, and Robert David, hyperbaric technician, at the Wound & Hyperbaric Center 4639 E. Pickard, Suite A in Mt. Pleasant.
Explore Treatment Options for Hip Arthritis
Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Inflammatory arthritis of the hip is characterized by a dull, aching pain that is usually worse in the morning and lessens with activity; however, vigorous activity can result in increased pain and stiffness. The pain may limit your movements or make walking difficult. Join Orthopedic Surgeon Michael Moutsatson, DO for a discussion on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options for hip joint pain. McLaren Central Michigan, FDJ Conference Room, 1221 South Drive, Mt. Pleasant
Is Joint Replacement Right for You?
Thursday, April 11 or 25 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The program features a planned course of treatment that places a strong focus on wellness and education, not sickness. If you would like to learn more about the joint replacement process, join Joint Replacement Coordinator, Beth Nesbitt, RN, at McLaren Central Michigan, FDJ Conference Room, 1221 South Drive, Mt. Pleasant. Registration is required for this free seminar. Call (989) 779-5651.
Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
Tuesday, April 16 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Learn more about Bariatric surgery including treatment options, types of procedures, risks and benefits, program expectations, and insurance requirements. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and hear honest answers from Bariatric experts — James Pilkington, MD, FACS or Jeffrey Bonacci, MD, FACS and Sue Hahn, RN, BSN, McLaren Central Michigan Bariatric Coordinator. Call (989) 772-6739 to register for this FREE seminar. McLaren Central Michigan, Conference Room E, 1221 South Drive, Mt. Pleasant
Protect the Skin You’re in
Thursday, April 25 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Skin cancer can be successfully treated before it has a chance to spread. Warning signs suggesting skin cancer include: a small change on the skin, a sore that does not heal, small change in an existing mole, or the development of a new mole. Call (989) 779-5606 to schedule your FREE appointment. Nisha Vashishta, MD, will perform skin screenings at 4639 E. Pickard, Suite A in Mt. Pl., on Friday, April 19, 9 am - Noon and Lacey Gardner, PA-C, at 1970 Ashland Drive, Suite B, Mt. Pleasant.
Your Life Line - Arteries
Thursday, April 18 from 6 - 7 p.m.
Arteries course throughout your body, supplying blood to vital organs. When an artery becomes clogged with plaque, it increases the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, and even death. It is important to be aware, no matter how old you are, of the causes of artery plaque and treatment strategies to prevent serious consequences. Join Interventional Radiologist Rami Safadi, MD, MBA to learn more about your life line. McLaren Central Michigan, FDJ Conference Room, 1221 South Drive, Mt. Pl. Call (989) 779-5606 to register.
A Friend is only a Phone Call away...
The Isabella County Commission on Aging offers Friendly Calling service to Isabella County older adults and their families. The Friendly Calling program is available to any older adult who would like or benefit from a daily telephone call. Calls can be temporary while recuperating from an illness, or calls can be arranged on a permanent basis. Older individuals do not need to be homebound. Perhaps they are isolated and would just like someone to say hello to them each day.
A trained Gold Key Volunteer will make regular telephone contact with a program participant, checking the older adult’s safety. If the older adult does not answer his/her telephone, the Volunteer will contact COA staff who will try to reach an established emergency contact. If none of the contacts are available, COA Staff will attempt to contact the participant. Emergency services (9-1-1) may be used if necessary. If you know of someone who would benefit from this service, please call 989-772-0748.
The Commission on Aging has medical equipment to loan, at no cost. We currently have a number of wheelchairs, walkers and transfer benches, plus many other items.
Stop by (Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or give us a call at 772-0748 if you’re in need.