Program will help caregivers balance their lives

The Mower County Senior Center will be holding Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This six-week educational program was developed to provide caregivers with tools to increase their self-care and confidence. This is a national program that has reached more than 70,000 caregivers in 32 states.

This program will help caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Two experienced class leaders conduct the series (many are experienced caregivers themselves, who have successfully applied the techniques they teach).  Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

You will receive a book, The Caregiver Handbook, developed specifically for the class.  If you care to keep the book, a donation of $25 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required to attend the class.

The classes consist of six 90-min sessions held at the Mower County Senior Center on Thursdays, starting March 7 running through April 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

If you would like to register or have questions, please call Marianne at 507-433-3462 or Nancy at 507-433-8376.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.


Upcoming events

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

Tuesday: SilverSneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Zumba, 4:05 p.m.; SilverSneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba 5:35 and 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; Open chess, 1 p.m.;

Zumba Toning, 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.; Bingo and open chess, 1 p.m.; Zumba 4:05 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba, 5:35 p.m.; Zumba, 7 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.


Weekly card results

Monday Bridge

Feb. 11, two tables

1st Russ Vaale, 2nd Arnie Lang, 3rd Loretta Nelson, 4th John Karnes, 5th Jim Fisher

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge

Feb. 12, three tables

1st Gail Schmidt, 1st Ray Schmidt; 2nd Larry Crowe, 2nd Arnie Lang, 2nd Bud Higgins, 2nd Jim Fisher; 3rd Connie Johnsen, 3rd Lorraine Lippert

Tuesday “500”

Feb. 12, five tables

1st Eddie Hall, 2nd Marion Zimmerman, 3rd Barb Dickman, 4th Jerry Downing


Feb. 12

1st Loretta Nelson, 2nd Mildred Ballantyne, 3rd Hilton Henschen, 4th David Solomonson

Friday Bridge

Feb. 15, two tables

1st Loretta Nelson, 2nd Carolyne Higgins, 3rd Mable Vaale, 4th Jaynard Johnson, 5th Lois Johnson

Weekly Cribbage

Feb. 13, 2 2/3 tables

1st John Karnes, 2nd Jessie Swain, 3rd Dale Peters

Weekly “500”

Feb. 15, four tables

1st Dorothy Stern, 2nd Dick Davies, 3rd Paula Davies, 4th Gene Rauen

Semcac daily meals

Monday: Ham scalloped potatoes

Tuesday: Goulash casserole

Wednesday: Pork steak

Thursday: Vegetable soup/sandwich

Friday: Baked fish. Alt: Pork steak

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