Senior events planned for December

By Mindy Kearns - Special to the Register

MASON COUNTY — Senior citizens will be celebrating the Christmas season during the month of December at centers in both Point Pleasant and Mason.

On Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m., those attending the Mason Senior Center will hear the holiday sounds of the Jackson County Senior Choir. The choir will present it’s program again on Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant.

The seniors will be treated to bingo, with Christmas cookies and punch, at 10 a.m. on Dec. 22 in Point Pleasant. Mason seniors will have holiday cookies and punch on Dec. 21.

Christmas lunch will be served at each center on Dec. 21. The menu will include baked ham, sweet potatoes, corn, rolls and apple pie. Lunch is offered each weekday at 11:30 a.m.

Other events scheduled for the month in Mason include a presentation by Ann Dalton on Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m., as well as the regular activities. Dalton will speak on “Medicare Savings Programs, Low Income Subsidy.” Regular activities are bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Healthy Steps exercise classes on Wednesdays, and church services and music on Fridays. All begin at 10 a.m.

At the Gene Salem center, a representative from Pleasant Valley Hospital Home Health will present “Living Wills and Medical Power of Attorney” at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 5. Wellness checks will be conducted by Medi-Home Health on Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m., and Dalton will speak on “Medicare Savings Programs, Low Income Subsidy” on Dec. 26 at 11 a.m.

Brooke Fletcher of the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office will visit the Point Pleasant center on Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to noon. On Dec. 20, a representative from the Veterans Administration will be at the center from noon to 2 p.m.

Regular activities at the Gene Salem center are bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Citizen Country Band on Wednesdays, and church services on Thursdays. All start at 10 a.m.

The senior centers and the Mason County Action Group (MCAG) business office will be closed Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas.

Renae Riffle, executive director of MCAG, reminds residents if they know someone living in the Point Pleasant area who would like to attend senior activities and lunch, but has no transportation, to call the office at 304-675-2369. The senior can be picked up in the van.

Transportation is also available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for doctor appointments, testing centers, dialysis appointments, and more. Those needing a ride should call at least two days prior to their appointment to be placed on the schedule.

By Mindy Kearns

Special to the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at