MASON COUNTY — A new six-week program on diabetes, plus two holiday celebrations, will top activities at the county’s two senior citizen centers this month.
“Everyone With Diabetes Counts” will begin Tuesday, March 22, at the Gene Salem Senior Center on Second Street in Point Pleasant. The six classes begin at 10 a.m., and are two hours in length, according to Executive Director Renae Riffle of the Mason County Action Group, Inc.
Presented by Natalie Tappe and Leigh Rice of the West Virginia Medical Institute, the program will cover a variety of topics. They include: Understanding the Human Body, Risk Factors of Diabetes, Monitoring Your Body, Physical Activity and Diabetes, Controlling Diabetes Through Nutrition, Diabetes Complications, Medications and Medical Care, and Living With Chronic Disease.
Though the program doesn’t officially begin until March 22, an introductory session, “Lunch and Learn,” will be held March 15 at 10 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated at the Mason Senior Center, Second Street, Mason, on Thursday, March 17. Punch and cake will be served at 10:30 a.m.
Easter will be celebrated at both centers. A “Senior’s Easter Egg Hunt” will be held in Point Pleasant from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, March 21. It will be followed with punch and cookies at 10 a.m. during bingo. In Mason, Easter will be celebrated on Thursday, March 24, with punch and cake at 10:30 a.m.
Three speakers are scheduled at the Mason center during the month, including Derek Walker of the WV State Auditor’s Office, who will talk on “Fraud Against Seniors” on March 14 at 10:30 a.m.; Brooke Fletcher of the WV Attorney General’s Office on March 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and Ann Dalton, SHIP counselor, who will speak March 30 at 11:30 a.m. on “Medicare Costs in 2016.”
Wellness checks will be done March 16 at 10:30 a.m. by a representative from Overbrook. Regular weekly activities will include bingo at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and music on Fridays, also at 10 a.m.
At the Gene Salem center, Chelsea Shott with Holzer Health Systems will present “Savor the Flavor, Sodium Free Diet,” at 10 a.m. on March 8; Michael Chirico from Congressman Evan Jenkins’ office will be at the center from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 9; and a Veterans Administration representative will be present on March 16 from noon to 2 p.m. Ann Dalton will speak on “Medicare Costs in 2016” on March 23 at 11:30 a.m. In addition, the Caregiver Support Group will meet March 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Regular weekly activities at the Point Pleasant center are bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and church service on Thursdays, all at 10 a.m. The Healthy Steps Exercise Class is held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The fun exercises can even be done sitting down.
Both centers, as well as the Mason County Action Group business offices, will be closed Friday, March 25, in observance of Good Friday.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.