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Crawford COA: January activities and updates

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 a chair yoga practice without hesitation.

If you are interested in joining this class, the fee is $30/month per person, drop-ins $10, and there maybe scholarships available for people who cannot afford the cost. Please pre-pay at 308 Lawndale Street, Grayling.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

This support group is designed to provide an outlet for caregivers to talk, share, get support, learn coping skills, and get education about these dementias. Conducted by trained facilitator, Sherry Haag, meetings take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Brook of Grayling, 503 Rose St. at 11:00am. There is no charge to attend this group. If you are unable to leave your loved one alone, Respite Care services are available by contacting the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-712


The Crawford County Commission on Aging is hosting Pickleball at their new Senior Center location just east of Grayling on M-72. Pickleball courts will be open Monday through Friday each week from 9-11am. Please bring dry shoes to change into. All are welcome to play, whether you are new to the sport or are already experienced. Please call 989-348-7123 for more information.

Indoor Walking

Meet and walk together with the Commission on Aging’s Indoor Walking Group every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 5th from 11-11:45am at the new Senior Center location just east of town on M-72. There is no cost to use the indoor walking path. Please bring a dry pair of shoes to change into and your own beverage, or water bottle to use. Get your steps in and start melting away those holiday pounds! For any questions, please call the Commission on Aging at 989-348-7123.

Medicine Shoppe Bingo

Everyone is invited to play Medicine Shoppe Bingo monthly at the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center. Play FREE to win Medicine Shoppe coupons. These coupons can be used to make purchases at the Medicine Shoppe! Medicine Shoppe Bingo will be on Thursday, January 5th at 3pm. For more information, call the Commission on Aging at (989) 348-7123.

Foot Care Clinic

Foot Care Clinic on Monday, January 23rd from 12:00-3:00pm. Appointments are provided by Comfort Keepers where a nurse will soak the feet, trim and file toenails, lotion feet, provide foot care tips, and inspect feet for injury and circulation. The cost of the service is $25. This payment must be made at the time of booking to secure the appointment. Please bring your own towels (2) and a foot basin to soak feet. The Foot Clinic takes place the Crawford County Commission on Aging 308 Lawndale, Grayling. Call 989-348-7123 to make your appointment

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 January 20th 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.

Winter Picnic

The community is invited to the Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center’s Curbside Winter Picnic on Thursday, January 19th from 11:30am–1pm. On the menu will be BBQ Ribs, Hickory Smoked Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Mixed Fruit, and Lemon Cake for dessert. RSVP before the luncheon by calling (989) 348-7123. The cost of the luncheon is $6.50 for those under 60 and a suggested donation of $3.50 for those 60 years of age or older.

Birthday Lunch

The Crawford County Commission on Aging & Senior Center would like to invite you to a monthly Birthday Lunch on Tuesday January 24th to celebrate the current month’s birthdays. Everyone is invited to celebrate with lunch plus cake and ice cream for dine in guests only. Lunch is served from 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested donation for those age 60+ is $3.50 and price for those under 60 is $6.50.

New to Medicare Seminar

Join the Crawford County Commission on Aging on Wednesday, January 25th at 11am via Zoom for a presentation that will help demystify the issues surrounding Medicare. Tammy Findlay, Advocacy & Resource Coordinator, will discuss the various parts of Medicare including what is covered or not covered, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans, and how Medicare recipients who have low income can get assistance paying for Prescription Drug Plans and the Medicare Part B premium. For more information, contact Tammy at tfindlay@crawfordcoa.org or (989) 348-7123.

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