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Crawford COA: February activities and updates

Chess and Checkers Club

The Crawford County Commission on Aging is hosting a Chess & Checkers Club called Checkmate. Now you can come and play Chess & Checkers and make new friends and enjoy the company of old ones on Mondays at our Lawndale Senior Center from 1-4pm. If have questions about Checkmate, please call 989-348-7123.

Chair Yoga

The Crawford County Commission on Aging is offering a Chair Yoga class every Wednesday at 11am at our New Senior Center!  Chair Yoga is designed to provide choreography options that support the goals of increasing flexibility, range of motion, balance, and mind-body integration. In chair yoga, students practice poses while seated in a chair or use the chair for assistance in some standing poses. Those with chronic conditions, weight issues, past injuries, disabilities, or anyone looking for a gradual and gentle ways to increase range of motion can all experience benefits from this practice.

People of all ages, levels, and physical conditions can start chair yoga practice without hesitation.  If you are interested in joining this class, the fee is $30/month per person, drop-ins $10.  Please pre-pay at 308 Lawndale Street, Grayling.

Grief Support Group

Need to talk? One of the best things you can do to help yourself in time of grief is to get together with others who have experienced similar losses. This needs to happen in a safe, non-judgmental environment so that you can share your experiences and feelings safely.   You are invited to join a Grief Support Group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is a multi-week program for bereaved persons providing understanding ofthe grief process: Exploring the emotions of grief, identifying the personal uniqueness of grief, and establishing support systems. Please join us for support, hope, and healing.   Six sessions on Mondays, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, starting February 6th through March 20th (skipping week of Feb 13th and shifting to Tuesday on Feb 21st) At the Crawford County Commission On Aging, 308 Lawndale Street.  All sessions are free. Pre-enrollment is requested. For more information call: Lon Cook, Bereavement Coordinator Promedica Hospice of West Branch 989-387-3390.  Participants are invited to stay for lunch at noon, following the presentations.

State Plan on Aging Community Conversations

The Bureau of Aging, Community Living and Supports in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a Needs Assessment to inform the development of Michigan’s State Plan on Aging for Fiscal Years 2024-2026. The voices of Michigan’s older adults are critical to the plan, and the Bureau will be distributing surveys and conducting community conversations both online and in-person at locations across the state during January and February.   The Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center is pleased to be hosting a Community Conversation on Monday, February 13th beginning at 1:00 pm. Please RSVP to participate in the Community Conversation by calling 989-348-7123. To learn more about the statewide needs assessment and planning efforts, please contact State Assistant Administrator Tammy Lemmer at 517-230-9707 or via email atLemmerT1@michigan.gov.

Taste Test Tuesday

“Would you like to try something new? Come join us at the senior center for lunch and be among the first to taste test our new menu items. On Thursday February 16th come try our new Balsamic Chicken with Tomato Feta Pasta and Beef and Broccoli.  During lunch (11:30-12:30) on this date anyone who comes in to eat will have the option of taste testing these new items in addition to their meal. We are working hard on updating our menus and would love to hear your thoughts as we move forward. These meals are created with you in mind and your opinion matters to us. Those 60 and over each meal is a suggested $3.50 donation. Those under 60 the cost of each meal is $6.50. The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center is located at 308 Lawndale St., in Grayling. For more information call (989) 348-7123.

Sound Therapy

The public is welcome to join Pauline Hardacre to learn and practice sound healing.

Frequencies and vibrations can relax, and release known, or unknown stress and tension stored in the body. Different emotions vibrate at different levels. Blocked, or unexpressed emotions, are the main source of dis-ease. Some of the most common benefits of sound therapy are: triggers the relaxation response, reduces blood pressure, alleviates symptoms of chronic stress, releases and harmonizes the mind, body and spirit. This healing and meditation session will be on February 17th from 10am – 11am at the Senior Center on Lawndale Street. We will begin with a discussion and taking a moment to get into a comfortable seated position (feel free to bring a blanket). This is followed by a guided meditation that leads into listening to the sounds of a variety of instruments being played throughout the room.

Cooking for one

In Partnership with District Health Department #10, Michigan State University Extension, Munson Healthcare Prescription for Health, and Crawford County Commission on Aging.  Earn up to $100 in fruits and vegetables by attending Cooking for One Seminars.  Over the course of six, 2-hour lessons, you will:  Learn ways to make cooking for one simple and enjoyable.  Learn and discuss helpful tips and tricks to making healthy choices on a budget.  Participate in cooking real recipes for one.

To receive $100 in vouchers you must attend all six weekly classes and complete pre and post session surveys.  The Cost is FREE but you must be a resident of Crawford County and be 18 years of age.  (Vouchers are redeemable at any Family Fare location in Michigan) Dates: Fridays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm starting February 17th thru March 24th.  For more information contact: Crawford County Commission on Aging at 989-348-7123.

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