Advocacy program there to assist

Published 5:48 pm Saturday, August 2, 2014

We would like to remind the community that the Advocacy Program at the Mower County Senior Center is here to assist you. The mission of the Mower County Senior Advocacy Program is to assist, provide support and resources that will allow older adults to live as safely and independently as possible in the community.

Some ways that we can assist you include: money management, check writing, interpreting bills, balancing checkbooks, housing issues, explaining and sorting mail, helping to complete various applications for assistance, completing health care directives and power of attorney forms, assisting with various forms and confusing paperwork.

The Caregivers Support Group meets at the Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. every third Thursday. This month the meeting will be held Aug 21. All caregivers are invited.

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Our meetings are informal. We provide information on a topic of interests and time is given for open discussion. It is a time for caregivers to share with one another and discuss the challenges and triumphs that they face. If you need respite care or if you have any questions, please call the advocacy office, Marianne at 507-433-3462 or Nancy at 507-433-8376.

You may also call the advocacy office to schedule an appointment with Nancy or Marianne to discuss caregiving support issues in private.

In addition to our monthly caregiver support group we offer a telephone reassurance program. The telephone reassurance program is designed to provide consistent and timely phone contact for individuals desiring daily contact to assure their safety and well being.

The Senior Center has a group of trained volunteers that provide respite care. Volunteers come into the home and will visit with your loved one, giving the caregiver much needed free time for themselves.

Advocacy Office hours:

Nancy, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Marianne, 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

We encourage you to call to set up an appointment. This will assure that we are available when you need to speak with us.

The Mower County Fair starts for 2014 on Tuesday. As always the Senior Center will be there. We will have the big flour sack towels embroidered on for sale and the refrigerator towels. We also have an A/C unit if anyone needs to cool down. Stop by and say, Hi. See you at the Fair.


Upcoming Events

Monday: Blood Pressure Checks, 9 a.m.;Cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge),12:30 p.m.; Exercise with Evie, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; zucchini sausage casserole, 11:30 a.m.; Cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, 500)12:30 p.m.; Silver Sneakers 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: cards (Duplicate Bridge, Pinochle, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; Open Chess, 1 p.m.

Thursday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; Cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Bingo, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Friday: Cards (Duplicate Bridge, Pinochle, Cribbage),12:30 p.m.; Ping Pong, 3 p.m.


Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

July 21, two tables

1st Mary Johnsen, 2nd Loretta Nelson, 3rd Arnie Lang, 4th Quentin Fiala, 5th Carolyn Higgins

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge

July 22, 6 tables

1st Marge Blaser, 1st Teresa Baldus,

1st Dave Ring, 1st Loren Cleland, 2nd Gene Muchow, 2nd Ron Peters; 3rd Gail Schmidt, 3rd Ray Schmidt; 4th Millie Seiver, 4th Joyce Crowe

Tuesday 500

July 22, four tables

1st Dave Solomonson, 2nd Arlys Spurlin, 3rd Dennis Bray, 4th Dorothy Stern

Friday Bridge

July 25, two tables

1st Arnie Lang, 2nd Carolyne Higgins, 3rd Quentin Fiala, 4th John Karnes

Wednesday Cribbage

July 23, two tables

1st Russ Vaale, 2nd Barb Dickman, 3rd Bud Read

Friday 500

July 25, four tables

1st Dave Solomonson, 2nd Beulah Luthe, 3rd Eddie Hall, 4th Dorothy Stern