January events planned for Mason County seniors


By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



MASON COUNTY — Efforts to stay active and healthy will be the goal for senior citizens during the month of January at both Mason County senior centers.

The Healthy Steps Exercise Classes will continue in 2017 at both the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant and the Mason Senior Center.

The exercise class is a fun session, set to music, that can be done while seated. The class will be held in Point Pleasant on Jan. 3, and in Mason on Jan. 4, 11, and 25. All classes begin at 10:30 a.m.

Other activities scheduled for the month at the Gene Salem center are a wellness check by the Arbors on Jan. 10 at 10:30 a.m., and a Veterans Administration representative visiting from noon to 2 p.m. on Jan. 18. There will be three presentations, including “Living Wills and Medical Power of Attorney” by Elisha Jackson of Pleasant Valley Hospital on Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; “Who Pays First? Medicare or Other Insurance” by Ann Dalton of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (S.H.I.P.) on Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m.; and “In Home Physical Therapy, Options and Outcomes” by Sara Gore of Holzer Home System on Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Regular weekly activities at the Point Pleasant center include bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and church service on Thursdays, all at 10 a.m.

In Mason, a wellness check will be offered by the Arbors on Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m., while Brooke Fletcher of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office will visit from 11 a.m. to noon on Jan. 11. Ann Dalton will present “Who Pays First? Medicare or Other Insurance” on Jan. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Regular Mason activities are bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and music on Fridays, all at 10 a.m.

Both senior centers will be closed Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Lunch is served every weekday at the centers at 11:30 a.m. A donation of $2.50 is suggested for those age 60 and older, although no one is denied a meal. Those under 60 years are required to pay $5.25 per meal.

Renae Riffle, executive director of the Mason County Action Group, said senior centers operate on the Mason County Schools closure schedule during the winter months. If schools are closed due to snow or inclement weather, senior centers are also closed. The business office will remain open unless the weather creates unsafe conditions for staff.

Riffle urges seniors and their families to listen to local radio and television stations prior to leaving for the centers. Information will also be posted on the Facebook page at “Mason County Action Group, Inc.”

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at mindykearns1@hotmail.com.