Senior Center News, Dec. 17, 2021
Last updated 12/17/2021 at 8:06am
North Central Senior Citizens Center
Monday — Swedish meatballs, rice, Harvard beets, fruit
Tuesday — Salad, oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, sunshine carrots, cake
Wednesday — Baked fish, potato supreme, peas, coffee cake
Thursday — Soup, chef’s choice, dessert
Friday — Closed for Christmas Eve
Keeping up with the pandemic: As of Dec. 15 there was 1 new COVID-19 case, 2 cases recovered, reported for Hill County. There are 12 active cases, no cases currently in the hospital listed. Total cases for all of Hill County 3,527. Deaths at 71. Right now, community transmission is going down but everyone should still be wearing a mask. As of now we are 58% vaccinated in Hill county. And of course, now we are waiting for information on the latest variant, omicron, first identified in southern Africa, to be understood. Hopefully it won’t set us back any further.
Surprise Just For You: We have a welcoming gift especially for new seniors who come to have lunch with us at the Senior Center. Come enjoy our wonderful lunches and pick up a gift we have just for you. We will be giving these gifts for the next five weeks.
Gift Shop: While you are out shopping don’t forget to stop in to see the wonderful things we have now. On Tuesday 14th everything in the Gift Shop will be 50% off. What a deal. We have handmade slippers, jewelry, fishing flies, Christmas decoration, glassware and many cards. See you there.
Eagles Christmas Dinner: The Senior Center is taking orders for those who would like their Christmas meals delivered. There will also be dine-in meals at the Eagles on Christmas Day. Please do not leave any messages for delivered meals at the Senior Center the afternoon of Thursday. Dec. 23, as we might close early and those meals might not get reported to the Eagles Club. We will be closed Christmas Eve Day, Friday Dec. 24, Christmas Day, Saturday Dec. 25, and on Sunday, Dec. 26. We will also be closed for New Year’s Eve Day, Dec 31, and Jan. 1 and 2. Have a wonderful holiday and we will be opened again on Monday, Jan. 3, see you then.
Bingo: For a good time, come to Havre Senior Center at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Open enrollment for Medicare is over for this year. It ended Dec. 7. Marci can still help you if you need help with dual coverage — Medicare and Medicaid — or Big Sky coverage.
Commodities: If you are interested in receiving commodities, we still have some open slots. You can sign up at the senior center, fill out an application and find out if your income falls within the guidelines. If you qualify, you can receive commodities once a month. You do have to come to Senior Center to pick them up.
Would you like to be a volunteer at the senior center? We are very thankful for the many volunteers who help us daily and also during our special events. If you have a little extra time, we could sure use your help. We are finding ourselves a little short on volunteers now that we have opened our doors after closing due to the pandemic. If you would like to share your time and talents, please give us a call at 406-265-5464 to let us know. There are many different volunteer opportunities, maybe one just right for you, give us a call.
Available COVID-19 testing in Hill County: Northern Montana Health Care — Testing of contacts call 406-262-1570 for an appointment. Sick people 16 and under: Call 406-265-5408 for an appointment. Sick people 17 and over: call 406-262-1570 for an appointment.
Bullhook Community Health Center: Testing of contacts: register at this link: https://forms.gle/ark5xEKJDFaXZHZ97 .
Montana State University-Northern: Staff and students of MSU-Northern only: Call Student Health Services at 406-265-3599.
Havre Public Schools — Staff and students of Havre Public Schools only: Call Jeri Zorn at 406-390-2210.
Rocky Boy Health Center: Anyone who is eligible to receive services at Rocky Boy Health Center, or community members that live or work on the reservation: call 406-395-1712 for an appointment or with questions.
**Testing subject to change based on availability and demand. **
Silver Sneakers Membership: The Hill County Counsel on Aging, also known as the senior center, is excited to say we are working with Down Under Physical Fitness for the seniors and sponsoring a total of 20 Silver Sneaker memberships at Down Under for December. You may already be attending their Silver Sneaker program and still take advantage of this offer. The classes are at 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday and also 2 p.m. Wednesday. At this point in time, the Wednesday classes will be limited to 10 participants with all COVID-19 safety precautions in place. As a senior wishing to participate, contact Down Under at 406-265-4805 and request the Silver Sneaker membership being sponsored by the Hill county Senior Center. Please call Down Under at 406-265-4805 and schedule your time while requesting one of the memberships.
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.