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Education & Enrichment

Education sessions at Senior Services address both the physical and mental aspects of life. Topics range from fall prevention, local history, dementia care, and advance care planning. Our classes will engage you intellectually and/or emotionally, assist you in planning your own care or care of a loved one, recognize memory changes or help you learn ways to keep yourself safe.

We also offer numerous ways to stay on top of your health each month with health education programs and an array of fitness classes, low-cost clinics and access to fitness equipment.

Enrichment programs are offered online and at each of our Dining and Activity Centers and include musical and theatrical entertainment, arts and crafts classes and groups, creative writing and book clubs, and card, Bingo, pool, Wii and other games. 

Evidence Based Classes

Evidence Based Classes

When you sign up for an evidence-based program, you have the security of knowing that the class has been tested thoroughly and has proven that it works. Evidence-based workshops empower people to take an active role in managing their own health or that of the person they care for. The goal is to help participants become better self-managers who have the knowledge, skills, outlook  and ability to successfully navigate the challenges they face.

“The best part of the program was on-target communication is a safe environment. I am feeling more confident and much better at managing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Participant

Diabetes Self-Management Program (PATH)

For people with Diabetes and those who care for them, this proven workshop is given 2½ hours, once a week, for six weeks. People with type 2 diabetes and/or close family members attend the program in groups of 12-16. Participants will make weekly action plans, share
experiences, and help each other solve problems in creating and carrying out their plan.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (PATH)

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is an evidence-based program appropriate for those with chronic pain, and their caregiver. Meeting 2½ hours once a week for six weeks and led by two trained leaders, learn techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise, and much more.

Matter of Balance

This outstanding evidence-based series is proven to help reduce risk of falls. As we tend to lose balance, strength and flexibility and have vision changes as we age, our risk increases. We will address fear of falling, learn to assess our home, how to get up safely if we do fall, and practice basic exercises that can help increase strength, flexibility and balance.

“Knowing that I am responsible for making changes to improve the quality of my life. The part regarding communication with health care providers was very valuable and newer information.”  

Chronic Pain Management
Participant

Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC)

Creating Confident Caregivers is an evidence-based program that helps people caring for a person suffering from the memory loss and confusion of dementia, to gain the knowledge, skills and frame of mind necessary to navigate their challenging role. Through the six-week series of classes, caregivers learn how to adopt a strategic outlook on the care they provide that will help them keep their person more contentedly involved in their daily life, and take care of themselves as well. Respite care at no charge may be available if needed to attend.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC)

Family members who assist in the care of a loved one tend to spend themselves until there is little left. In this evidence-based program taking place over the course of six weeks, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to other family members and healthcare providers, deal with difficult feelings and make tough caregiving decisions. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program you can count on to make a positive difference in your life!

Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) is an evidence-based fall prevention program for adults age 65+. SAIL gives you ALL the key elements of fitness in one class- strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning. This fitness class is adaptable for all fitness levels. Exercises can be performed in a chair or standing. 

“The book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain is a wonderful resource that will be used often in my future.” 

Chronic Pain Management
Participant

Regular Monthly Education Programs

Lunchtime Learners

A live speaker program that brings scholars, educators, and nonprofits to Senior Services to present topics of interest. Past topics have included: local history, government, travel, nature, inspiration, organization and fraud prevention.

Lunchtime Learners occurs online and/or at the Trailside Center from 12:30-1:30 pm. Check the calendar for upcoming topics.

Online Tuesdays with TED

The nonprofit TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) offers knowledge and inspiration from the world’s foremost thinkers under the moniker “ideas worth spreading.” Enjoy your lunch at home while watching a TED talk of 10-20 minutes and participate in lively discussion about the ideas presented.

Tuesdays with TED occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1-2. Check the calendar for upcoming topics.

Online Travel & Adventure Series

Whether you used to travel the globe and want to comfortably revisit favorite places, are curious about amazing locales you have never seen or are seeking inspiration for your next trip, the Travel and Adventure Series offers a window to the world!

Join us online for monthly video programs and explore!

Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

We offer numerous ways to stay on top of your health each month with health education programs
and an array of fitness classes, low-cost clinics and access to fitness equipment.

Fitness Classes

  • Fitness Rooms* (Virtual Tour)
  • Walking Tracks and more*
    *Currently closed due to COVID-19 prevention

“After my time here, I’m more flexible, my balance is better and I have more energy—all while having a great time.”

Zumba Participant

Senior Services offers many online
and in-person fitness classes including:

Zumba

Zumba Gold is designed for people ages 50 and up, with low impact dance steps, balance and strength built into each session and set to Latin and world music.

Zumba Gold/Gold Toning
The best of both Zumba Gold & Zumba Gold Toning have been combined into one class. Zumba Gold Toning is a fitness party with lightweight resistance to enhance muscle strength, tone and endurance.

Your first Zumba class is free! Classes after that are $4 drop-in, $30 for a 10-visit punch card or $60 for a 20-class punch card. Instructor Trena Winans is a certified Zumba Gold instructor and has over 40 years of dance experience.

Tai Chi

Beginner Tai Chi is known to improve balance, flexibility and strength, and to benefit one’s overall sense of well-being. Tai Chi is one of the exercises recommended by CDC for better balance and fall prevention. The slow and gentle movement is suitable for all ages. The class will be taught by a certified instructor. 

Class sessions run month-to-month. The cost is $12 for the session. It can be paid at the first class. 

Advanced Drop-in Tai Chi is for students who have taken one session of Beginning Tai Chi or students who have previous Tai Chi experience. Students will continue to practice the forms learned in the beginning class. New forms of Tai Chi, either Yang or Sun style, will be taught in the class as well. 

$3 per class for drop-ins.

 

Gentle Yoga

Yoga has numerous positive health effects including calming the mind, easing arthritis, building strength, increasing flexibility and improving balance.
Join Steve for a wonderful class. The cost per class is $4. You may purchase a punch-card. The charge is $36, which gets you 10 classes for the price of nine.

Chair Yoga

Yoga has numerous positive health effects including calming the mind, easing arthritis, building strength, increasing flexibility and improving balance. Chair Yoga makes this practice available to anyone. Join Steve for a wonderful class utilizing seated and standing poses and see the benefits for yourself! The cost per class is $4. You may purchase a punch-card. The charge is $36, which gets you 10 classes for the price of nine.

“I didn’t realize how much balance I lost over the years.  Excellent program for seniors.”

Move with Balance Participant

I used to fall a few times a week, but since I started taking Bonesaver regularly a year ago, I haven’t fallen at all.

Bonesaver Participant

Line Dancing

Join friends new and old for a great time moving to music! Unlike circle dancing, line dancers are not in physical contact with each other – making it a great exercise for these times! No fee.

Fun & Fitness

Start off your week with a great 40 minute workout with Instructor Trish Cruz. Cost is $3 per person/class. Please plan to bring your own equipment and help sterilize chairs after use. Meet in Trailside.

Bonesaver Exercise

This weight-training class is for the prevention of osteoporosis. Suitable for all fitness levels, adaptable to your physical restrictions. No equipment needed to start. There is a suggested donation of $2 a class. Please send a check at the end of each month until the time when we restart in-person classes. Payment instructions will be sent upon registration. 

SAIL: Stay Active & Independent for Life!

SAIL is an evidence-based fall prevention program for adults age 65+. SAIL gives you ALL the key elements of fitness in one class- strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning. This fitness class is adaptable for all fitness levels. Exercises can be performed in a chair or standing. Trish Cruz is a certified SAIL instructor. Instructions will be included via email upon registration. Call 633-3700 for details.

Please see our Calendar for the latest schedule and locations. 

Health Clinics

Blood Pressure Clinics
If you have ever been diagnosed as having either high or low blood pressure, it is important to regularly keep track. Monthly blood pressure screenings at a Center near you, coming soon!
Foot Care Clinics

In cooperation with MidMichigan Home Care, Senior Services provides the opportunity to have feet professionally cared for monthly at the Trailside Center. People with diabetes or on blood thinning medication must have an authorization form from their physician. Foot care clinics are extremely popular and typically have a waiting list, so call early to make an appointment 989-633-3700. Cost: Initial visit $25, Subsequent visits.

$20

Dental Clinics
Dental Hygiene Health Services, a private non-profit operated by Linda McLaren, RDH, and Karen Pavlawk, RDH, come to our site twice a year with portable dental equipment to provide dental cleaning, fluoride varnish treatment, oral cancer assessment, and dental hygiene assessment and home care education. Cost is $77 for non- insured, or billable for those on Medicaid or private insurance.
Flu Shot Clinics
Once a year in early Fall, Senior Services hosts flu shot clinics. It is recommended that everyone get vaccinated, but it is especially important for anyone over the age of 50. Clinics are conveniently offered at all six Dining and Activity Centers in the county and administered by experienced pharmacists. Please check the dates and times for the center of your choice. No appointments are taken; injections are given on a first come, first served basis. Have your Medicare Part B or other insurance card with you and present it at the time you receive your injection along with the name of your regular Doctor. Non- insurance payments will be accepted as
cash only.

Healthly Hints

Once a month, our Health Education Coordinator, an RN, BSN, comes to each Dining and Activity Center to teach a program on medical health-related issues.

Past topics have included:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep
  • Brain health
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart health
  • Stroke

Meet the Team

Trena Winans

Director of Education & Community Outreach

Tom Lowrey

Education Program Assistant

Billie Ritter, RN

Health Education Coordinator

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