‘Meals’ event kicks off month of senior activities

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON COUNTY — March promises to be a busy month for the county’s senior citizens as Nutrition Month is celebrated with a huge fundraiser.

The “March for Meals Bingo” will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant. Doors open at 5 p.m., with refreshments being offered.

Local residents and businesses have donated enough prizes that every bingo will be a winner, Renae Riffle, executive director of the Mason County Action Group, stated earlier. Tickets at the door will be $25, with proceeds benefiting home delivered senior meals, as well as the nutrition program at the Gene Salem center and Mason Senior Center.

Also on Friday, Derek Walker of the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office will be speaking at the Mason center at 10:30 a.m. on “Seniors Against Investment Fraud.”

Both centers will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with punch and cookies or cake. It will begin in Point Pleasant at 10 a.m., and in Mason at 10:30 a.m.

Other activities at the Gene Salem Center will include a pneumonia vaccine clinic by Rite Aid Pharmacy on March 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and wellness checks by Medi-Home Health on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. The Arbors will host a second wellness check at 10:30 a.m. on March 28.

A representative from the Veterans Administration will be at the center March 15 from noon to 2 p.m. Two presentations are also planned, including “Nutrition Education” on March 21 at 10:30 a.m. by Holzer Dietitian Chelsea Schott, and “Special Medicare Enrollment Dates” by Ann Dalton on March 24 at 11:30 a.m.

Regular activities in Point Pleasant are bingo on Mondays and Fridays, Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and church service on Thursdays. All begin at 10 a.m.

In Mason, Brooke Albright from the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office will visit March 8. Ann Dalton will present “Special Medicare Enrollment Dates” on March 22 at 11:30 a.m. Healthy Steps exercise classes will be held at 10:30 a.m. on March 8, 15, 22, and 29.

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

Riffle urges all county residents to remember their local senior citizens.

“As we diligently provide services to the seniors of Mason County, we urge you to remember to check on your elderly friends and neighbors,” she said. “Sometimes just a short visit can mean so much to someone isolated from socialization and no one to talk with. The one concern that we hear so often is about individuals being so lonely.”

To find out more information on the senior centers or services offered, 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.