Senior Center News, Jan. 28, 2022
Last updated 1/28/2022 at 10am
North Central Senior
Jan. 31-Feb. 4
Monday — Shepard’s pie, salad, rolls, applesauce bars
Tuesday — Oven baked chicken, mash potatoes/gravy, broccoli normandy, rolls, cake
Wednesday — Lasagna, salad, bread stix, dessert
Thursday — Chicken broccoli casserole, garlic cheddar biscuit, salad, cookies
Friday — Soup, salad bar, chef’s choice, dessert
Keeping Up with the Pandemic: As of Jan. 25, Hill County had 66 new COVID-19 cases and 32 cases recovered, and 3 cases hospitalized with 235 active cases and total of 3,957 recovered. Total cases for all of Hill County 4,263 and deaths were still at 71. Right now, community transmission is going up and everyone should be wearing a mask. As of now we are 60% vaccinated in Hill County. And of course, now we are waiting for information on the latest variant, omicrom, to be understood. Sounds so far very easy to transmit but not quite as lethal as other variants. Still dangerous because the numbers are so high and hospitals are very over crowded.
Winter Weather: Make sure you are keeping an eye on the furnace in your home and are changing filters as needed. Also prepare your vehicle as winter continues. Get everything checked so you are safe and warm for the continuing cold weather. If traveling, keep a box of things that might be needed if you get stranded, blankets, hats, extra gloves, boots and things to snack on and water. Stay Warm!
Wanted: If you have any gently used knick-knacks (chaska’s) you don’t need or want anymore we would be glad to take them off your hands. Call us at 265-5464 or stop down to see us. Thanks.
Keep Well: Don’t forget your flu shot. And be kind, don’t forget your mask. Masks are required at the Senior Center.
Transportation: Remember the Senior Center has reached an agreement with North Central MT Transit to take over the transportation of our seniors. This change seems to be going very well. If you need a ride call 406-265-4762. They would appreciate a 24-hour notice for local rides and a 48-hour notice for Great Falls trips.
SCAMS: Scam Calls are still widespread. Text messages and emails are also becoming popular. Do not respond to any of them. Do not even open them, just delete them. Medicare isn’t issuing gold cards. Talk to someone in the community before you consider a reverse mortgage.
Gift Shop: The 50% sale has ended. While you are out shopping don’t forget to stop in to see the wonderful things we have in our Gift Shop. We always have great selections. We have handmade slippers, jewelry, fishing flies, glassware, Valentine decorations, and many different kinds of cards. See you there.
BINGO: For a good time, come to Havre Senior Center at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays.
Open Enrollment for Medicare: is over for this year, it ended December 7th. Marci can still help you if you need help with dual coverage (Medicare & Medicaid) and 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 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 262-1570 for an appointment. Sick individuals 16 and under: call 265-5408 for an appointment. Sick individuals 17 and over: call 262-1570 for an appointment. Bullhook Community Health Center: Testing of contacts: register at this link: https://forms.gle/ark5xEKJDFaXZHZ97. MSU-Northern: Staff and Students of MSU-Northern only: Call Student Health Services at 265-3599. Havre Public Schools – Staff and students of PS only: call Jeri Zorn at 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 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 for the seniors and sponsoring a total of 20 Silver Sneaker memberships at Down Under. You may already be attending their Silver Sneaker program and still take advantage of this offer. The classes are at 10:00 a.m. Monday and Wednesday and in addition also 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. At this point in time the Wednesday classes will be limited to ten 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 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.