The ‘Senior Scene’ for February


By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register



MASON COUNTY — Valentine’s Day celebrations will highlight activities in February at the two Mason County senior citizen centers.

A king and queen will be crowned during the holiday party at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant. The party will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14, and will also feature cookies and punch.

A celebration will be held the same day at the Mason Senior Center. Cake and punch will be served there.

Two informational sessions will be among the other activities at the Point Pleasant center. “Living Wills and Medical Power of Attorney” will be presented by Elisha Jackson of Pleasant Valley Hospital on Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. On Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m., Ann Dalton will present “Original Medicare Costs in 2017.”

Brooke Fletcher Albright of the West Virginia Attorney General’s office will be at the center on Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon, and a representative from the Veterans Administration will visit on Feb. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. The Arbors will conduct wellness checks on Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m., and the Healthy Steps exercise class will be held Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Regular 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 begin at 10 a.m.

In Mason, Ann Dalton will present “Original Medicare Costs in 2017” on Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m. The Arbors will conduct wellness checks on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m., and Healthy Steps exercise classes will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, 15, and 22.

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

Both centers will be closed on Feb. 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Centers are also closed any time Mason County schools are closed due to inclement weather.

Lunches are served at both senior centers on weekdays at 11:30 a.m. The suggested donation for those age 60 and over is $2.50, although no one is denied a meal if unable to make a donation. Those under 60 years must pay $5.25 per meal.

Another program of the Mason County Action Group, according to Renae Riffle, executive director, is the Medicaid Personal Care Program. Those who qualify can receive a personalized care plan developed by a registered nurse during a home visit.

The service allows clients to remain in their homes, while receiving assistance such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and light housekeeping. Those over 60 years of age, or with a disability, might be eligible. For more information, call 304-675-2369.

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.

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