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News from the Martin Senior Center

News from the Martin Senior Center

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 8:02 pm
By: Debra J. Edwards, Special to The Press

Hello from the staff and myself from the senior center. Our fall decorations at the center are very beautiful.
I think Trina did an excellent job again this year with our fall theme. If any of you have not seen our center, please come in and look around at the decorations.  
We have just finished with our Dining with Diabetes class. The staff from the U.T. Extension office did an excellent job with presentation of food, vegetables and the importance of staying on top of your diabetes. The class took place for three weeks. Participants were taught how to read labels and what to look for as well as planning for their meals. Each week, the class got to try at least five different recipes.
Everyone enjoyed the lunches that were prepared. A follow-up class is scheduled for December to see how each class member has been able to use the information, which was shared by the U. T. staff. This class was sponsored by United Way of West Tennessee.
 If you did not get to attend our cookout and hayride, then you missed a good time.
The parks and recreation department of Martin did an outstanding job in helping us get this project completed.
First State Bank along with instructor Gene Busby just finished another 55 Alive class which was held in the First State Bank Community Room. Mr. Sam and DeAnna did a fine job with sponsorship as well as refreshments each morning.
The S.H.I.P. program (Medicare) is now making appointments for our annual Medicare One Stop Shop. This is an opportunity for seniors in Northwest Tennessee to compare and shop for 2012 Medicare prescription drug plans. This event is free. In order to participate, you need to bring your medicine prescription list including the dosage and quantity. Call 1-877-801-0044 to set up your appointment. The dates for the event are Monday and Tuesday. This event will take place here at the Martin Senior Adult Center located at 701 North Lindell Street.
During the month of November, we are celebrating “Bring A Friend Month”.
I want to ask all of our seniors to invite at least one new person to our center. We want to reach out to those who might like to come, but are not sure what to expect when they get here. We have a lot of fun and look forward to meeting new faces and folks.
Get ready, we will be doing  “Seniorcize” every Tuesday and Thursday starting Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. We have plenty of equipment as well as some new items which have been purchased by United Way of West Tennessee. Come on out and let’s get ready to start fighting those extra pounds we always put on during the holidays.
On Thursday, the public is invited to come for a fund raiser lunch. We will start serving at 11:30 a.m. Each plate will have a meat, vegetable, dessert and drink for $4. This money will be used toward clothing and toys for Santa’s Helpers.
On Saturday, our center will participate in a Diabetic Health Fair at the Dresden Senior Center. This health fair is free and open to the public. The health fair folks are always informative, courteous and bring plenty of door prizes.
On Nov. 10, Cherie Wallace from Martin Health Care will be here at lunch to speak to us with information concerning what the Martin Health Care facility can do for you and your family.
We will be closed Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day, but will open back up on Monday Nov. 14 at 7:30 a.m.
The following week will be very busy starting with Nov. 17, Tennessee Quality Hospice and Home Care will be in the house doing a free sugar check and blood pressure check for our folks.
This will be the same day we will have our Thanksgiving Day potluck. Don’t forget to mark this date down and come eat with us. Bring a dish or dessert and of course yourself. Don’t be late.  
In addition to the turkey and dressing, we will also have Jennifer Wood, a representative from United Way of West Tennessee. She will talk to us about their great sponsorships and work they do for our community. We are very proud to be a partner with United Way and look forward to Jennifer’s visit.
As always, we welcome everyone to the center. We have plenty of activities and special events that we like to try.
Call us or come out to see us at the center.
wcp 11/1/11  
   

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