Senior Center News, July 30, 2021
Last updated 7/30/2021 at 9:40am
North Central Senior Citizens Center Aug. 2-6
Monday — Swedish meatballs, rice, Harvard beets, pudding
Tuesday — Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, cauliflower, rolls, peach kuchen
Wednesday — Unstuffed chicken cordon bleu, potato wedges, veggies, dessert
Thursday — Tator tot casserole, garlic cheddar biscuits, salad, cookies
Friday — Soup, salad bar, chef’s choice, dessert,
The Senior Center’s doors are open to the public, and crowds have been growing. We are all very excited to be open and seeing our senior friends again. Marci wants everyone to remember to make an appointment if you need help from her. Also, everyone must be wearing a mask to go back and meet with her. We are still providing limited services by phone with individuals bringing their paperwork down to the center only if they have an appointment. Help is also being given over the phone whenever possible. For those still a little worried about eating out, our grab-and-go bags are still available. Remember to call for the to-go bags before 10 a.m. that morning.
Reopening: With the increase of COVID-19 cases in Hill County, we did delay our reopening of the center until now. The reopening plan was taken to the commissioners and they agreed it was time to open our doors. When we opened, many things had to change. The center will be open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Upon entering the building, you will have to wear a mask and your temperature will be taken at the door. The number of occupants in the building will be limited. We will seat only four guests to a table. When they came in they kept mask on until they began eating. Meals were served at their table. Our new hours for the Senior Center will now be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Transportation: The Senior Center will provide Senior Transportation Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday is medical transportation only and you must give 24-hour notice. Shopping trips are still on, call ahead for Walmart the first Thursday of the month, 1:30-3:30 p.m. There will be no more grocery delivery.
Bingo: We will be playing bingo at the Senior Center Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. Come try it and see what you think.
Important phone numbers
• Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 Tumbleweed Runaway and Family Crisis Program: 259-2558 (local) 1-888-816-4702 (toll free).
• Friendship Line by Institute on Aging – The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warm-line for non-emergency emotional support calls. It is a 24-hour toll-free line and the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. Toll-Free Line: 800-971-0016.
• For those seniors getting frustrated with staying home and needing someone to talk to you can call 1-877-688-3377 for Montana’s Warm Line.
Medicare open enrollment has come to an end. However, if you are having problems with prescriptions you can call Marci and see if she can help you. For those on Medicaid and Big Sky she can still make changes. For an appointment Call Marci at 265-5464.
Improving care through telehealth: Technology can be especially valuable for people in remote areas or places with few medical professionals. Using portable devices, health care providers can test and treat patients without them coming into the office. This practice is called telehealth. A doctor in a rural area can consult on a patient’s scan with a specialist in another state if need be. Someone with diabetes can monitor their blood sugar in real-time and have the data sent to their health care provider. Wearable sensors can alert a caregiver if a person with dementia leaves the house. These are all examples of how telehealth is changing medical care. Researchers are developing new ways to analyze blood samples for patients at home. Through advances like this, telehealth is helping medical professionals deliver effective, long-distance care.