Senior center: Programs available to help seniors in Austin

Published 3:48 pm Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Mower County Senior Center has many great programs available to seniors in our community.

One of those programs is the chore program which has been a part of the community for more than 24 years. The program is for seniors 60 and over who reside in Mower County. The chore program does housekeeping, handyman work, lawn care and snow removal. Currently the program is doing lawn care and getting geared up for fall yard cleanups, house painting project, furnace filter checks and getting lists together for the snow removal that is right around the corner.

Sign up with the program if you’re interested in yard cleanup or snow removal.

Email newsletter signup

The Lions Club is donating their time to paint a seniors home in early October. Sherwin Williams is donating the paint for that home. Applications will be available for next year if you would like your home to be considered for a painting.

There is a furnace filter project coming up for October.

What and where is a filter and why do I need to check it? Winter is coming and now is the best time to have your furnace filter checked. The importance of a furnace filter check or changing the filter on a regular basis is crucial to any homeowners. The filter is one of the most important items on any heating and air conditioning system. The filter traps particles preventing them from getting into the mechanical workings of the furnace. As the filter collects these particles, it restricts the airflow going through the system.

As this restriction increases, the blower motor begins to work harder in order to provide the proper amount of airflow to allow the system to heat and cool sufficiently. Continued restriction of airflow can cause some major problems to arise.

The restriction in airflow can cause the blower motor to draw more amps (increased energy usage), get hot because there is insufficient airflow to allow the cooling of the motor, and eventually cause the motor to burn out. This can be a costly failure.

Greenman Heating And Refrigeration, Inc. will be doing free furnace filter checks through the Chore Program for seniors (60 and over) in our community the last week of October 2013. Greenman and the chore program are happy to team up with this important project as many homeowners are not aware of the importance of checking the furnace filters.

Plus with any questions you may have a Greenman technician can help. Take advantage of this free furnace filter check and give the chore program a call. Please call or stop by before Oct. 25, to get your name on the list.

Upcoming Events

Monday: Blood pressure checks, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Exercise with Evie,1 p.m.; Movie, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers 8:30 a.m.; Hormel Breakfast, 9 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; Ron’s Massage, 10:30 a.m.; Hotdish Tuesday: Tator tot hotdish, 11:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, 500), 12:30 p.m.; Glasses adjustment, 2 p.m.; Zumba Gold 4 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba/Zumba Toning, 5:15/6:35 p.m.; Yoga, 7:40 p.m.

Wednesday: Wood Carvers, 8:30 a.m.; Volunteer Appreciation, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi 9:30 a.m.; Macular Degeneration, 10 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; Open chess, 1 p.m.; Boot Camp, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: Silver Sneakers 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Open chess, 1 p.m.; Hearing aid checks, 3:15 p.m.; Zumba Gold, 4 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba/Zumba Toning, 5:15/6:35 p.m.; Yoga, 7:40 p.m.

Friday: Defensive driving, 9 a.m.; Tai Chi 9:30 a.m.;

Picnic in the Parking Lot, 11 to 1 p.m.; Cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, 500), 12:30 p.m.; Ping Pong 3 p.m.

Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

Sept. 23, three tables

1st Arnie Lang, 2nd Pat Swenson, 3rd Carolyn Higgins, 4th Quinten Fiala, 5th Lois Johnson

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge

Sept. 24, 4.5 tables

1st Carolyn Higgins, 1st Arnie Lang; 2nd Ray Schmidt, 2nd Gayle Schmidt; 3rd Edna Knobe, 3rd Rick Stroup, 3rd Millie Seiver, 3rd Joyce Crowe; 4th Jim Fisher, 4th Bud Higgins

Tuesday “500”

Sept. 24, four tables

1st Hilton Henschen, 2nd Beulah Luthe, 3rd Mildred Ballantyne, 4th Dick Davies


Dave Solomonson

Friday Bridge

Sept. 27, three tables

1st Mary Johnsen, 2nd Ella Rouhoff, 3rd Carolyn Higgins, 4th Russ Vaale, 5th Jaynard Johnson

Weekly Cribbage

Sept. 25, 3 1/4 tables

1st Jaynard Johnson, 2nd Hilton Henschen, 3rd Dale Peters, 4th Russ Vaale

Weekly “500”

Sept. 20, five tables

1st Dennis Bray, 2nd Paula Davies, 3rd Betty Fisher, 4th Wilbur Mittag