HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES AT THE SENIOR CENTER?
Seniors 60 years of age and over may be eligible for services. Seniors 55 and older can enjoy the Center and its social activities.
INFORMATION & REFERRAL
This service provides seniors with information as to what source can best help with solving or answering their questions or problems. Many questions and problems are handled by the staff at the Center. If you are looking for your law, makers phone number, where to get a wheelchair, the Social Security Office, free legal advice, dates of distribution of food commodities or any unanswered questions, just give us a call at (906) 341-5923.
We are able to provide long distance transportation runs for medical appointments to out-lying areas, such as, Escanaba, Marquette, Iron Mountain, Newberry, etc. Rides must be arranged through the Center and given as much advance notice as possible to make the arrangements. The fee is by donation, which goes back into the program to provide more rides.
If you are unable to come to the Center, we will try to make arrangements to come to you. We do this on a limited basis, as we do not have the staff to be out of the Center for long periods of time. We will do your taxes, help with paying your bills, letter writing, balancing your check-book or whatever the situation may be. If we are unable to come to you we will make arrangements to take care of your questions or problems.
HOMEMAKER AIDE SERVICES
This is our housekeeping service that helps seniors maintain their home. Duties can include sweeping, dusting, dishes, bed making, cleaning bathroom, mopping, vacuuming, general housekeeping tasks. We encourage seniors to do whatever tasks they can to maintain their home and let us do the things they can’t. Scheduling is done in advance by the Center Staff so that seniors using the service will know dates and times the aide will be at their home. Seniors must be home at the time of service, and should let us know in advance if they need to cancel for any reason. Sometimes we are able to reschedule. This service is provided on a donation basis. All donations go back into the service.
Each week in the Manistique Pioneer Tribune a column is written about events and activities at the Center. Check for events, cards, memorials, birthdays and other information each week.
PHONE NUMBERS & ADDRESSES OF CURRENT ELECTED OFFICIALS
An updated list is kept at the Center for your information.
The Center’s office will make copies for the seniors. The cost is .25 cents.
CHECKBOOK BALANCE & BILL PAYING
We will assist Seniors with balancing their checkbook and help them set up an appointment if you need help.
We are required to keep a registration form on each senior who receives a service or participates in activities at the Center. Each year they are updated starting October 1. On the forms we request such information as a contact person in case of emergency, doctors name and medication. We never know when this information will be needed.
HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAXES & HOME HEATING CREDIT
These forms are filled out countywide for all eligible Seniors. It consists of a refund on your property tax or rent and a credit on your home heating costs. (We) make arrangements to go directly to Harborview Towers, Heritage House and Germfask Community Center to complete these forms). Listed below is the information needed to complete your forms.
- Social Security number(s).
- Last year’s return if available.
- Income-including social security, pensions, SSI, and bank interest.
- Property Taxes or rent paid.
- Medical Insurance premiums you paid.
- Heating costs (Billed 11/1/13 thru 10/31/14).
- Copy of 1099 from Social Security or a bank statement and if you received financial assistance, statement from the Dept. of human services (DHS) Form SA1099.
- Telephone number where you can be reached.
- If renting, name and address of landlord. Under 60 years of age call Community Action Agency in the Courthouse (906) 341-2452.
Wideman/Filizetti Elder Law Attorneys provide services at least once a month for estate planning and elder law.
Seniors are encouraged to bring in store coupons for exchange. A box is located at the Center for your use.
EDUCATIONAL CLASSES & SPEAKERS
We provide as many speakers and classes that we can, that we feel will be of interest to seniors. The purpose is to keep you informed and updated on changes on such subjects as Social Security, Medicare, Local/County Government issues, health-related issues, AARP driving classes. We have also been able to provide classes on wills and estate planning, living wills and prescription drugs. We are always open to suggestions and always on the lookout for new and interesting speakers or classes. If you have a topic of interest, please let us know.
Any health-related service that we can help provide is scheduled as often as possible through the Center and at the nutrition sites. In the fall of each year we schedule a health agency to provide flu shots. We also provide as often as possible blood pressure checks, cholesterol testing, blood sugar testing, and health screening when available through the local health agencies.
The loan closet is located at the Manistique Senior Citizen Center. We have numerous items available, such as, wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, quad canes, bath chairs & benches, and crutches. All we need is a prescription from your doctor stating what type of equipment needed. A $5.00 donation for 6 months is suggested. If equipment is still being used at the end of 6 months, it can be renewed for another 6 months at the same $5.00 fee. We also have a supply of adult protection briefs, and occasionally we have blue pads. Anyone having equipment in good condition and no longer being used, please consider donating it to the Loan Closet here at the Center.
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 by North Woods Home Nursing & Hospice. Fridays 11:30-12:30 by Schoolcraft Memorial Home Care.
FOOT CARE CLINIC
(Toe nail clipping) This clinic is scheduled the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. by North Woods Home Nursing & Hospice. The fee is $12.50 and appointments are made by calling the Senior Center 341-5923. Please Bring your own towel.
HEARING AID SERVICE
This service is provided once a month by the Northern Michigan Hearing Aid Service from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For testing appointment please call 1-800-637-7816. Batteries are available in the office in between visits.
Birthday cards are sent from the Center to registered member seniors that are 80 and older. (You must give us your birthday when signing up for the newsletter.)
NOON MEAL NUTRITION PROGRAM
Meals are served and prepared by the Community Action agency. Meals are for anyone 60 years of age or older for a donation of $3.00, under the age of 60 is $5.00. The menu is published weekly in the Advisor and the Pioneer Tribune. Meal sites are:
- Manistique Senior Citizen Center – Monday thru Friday at 12 noon. Call 341-5085 the day before to register.
- Germfask Senior Citizen Center – (old school) Meals are served Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. Call 586-9697 to register.
HOME DELIVERED MEALS
Contact the Manistique Nutrition Kitchen at 341-5085 for more information on home delivered and frozen meals.
Calls are made beginning at 9:00 a.m. to give a cheery “Good Morning” and to make sure you are fine. We will be happy to give you a call. The only information we need is your phone number, address, and a contact person. We do ask that if you are not going to be home that you let us know. We worry about you when we can’t find you!
This is our monthly newsletter. We update seniors on such topics as Social Security, Medicare, health issues and calendar of events. We encourage seniors to write articles or share stories they may have. We include as much as we can. The cpst of the subscription to the newsletter is $5.00 per year.
FILLING OUT FORMS
If you have forms that need to be filled out and you need help, bring them in. If we can’t fill them out we will find out how or find someone who can.
Manistique Papers Inc. is currently paying us per pound for all magazines or any shiny materials and newspapers we bring to them. Please put in % filled grocery bags. We have a volunteer couple that sees that the recycling gets delivered to the mill.
CENTER’S BULLETIN BOARD
A bulletin board is located at the front door of the Center where we post all kinds of information. We also encourage the seniors to use the bulletin board if they are selling something or belong to an organization that is holding an event. You will also find names of people willing to do odd jobs, yard work, shoveling, etc. or any other service we can find available. We have added a second board where we post upcoming activities.