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Wellness Center

There is a secret to remaining happy and independent while aging – social engagement. While you do not have control over your aging, you do have a say in how you live your life. MSHL is proud to empower healthy aging and enhance your quality of life through our Wellness Center. People who maintain an active and independent lifestyle gain benefits that boost their physical health, emotional well-being, and their ability to remain independent for longer.

“Spring has sprung,the grass is riz; wonder where the flowers is?” -- Unknown

May is known as a month of transition. May is a time of change no matter where in the world you are. Perhaps it is one of the most beautiful months of the year for change with the rebirth of nature at every turn. What a perfect month to celebrate another one of our wellness dimensions—Environmental Wellness.

Environmental Wellness is the way you feel about, respect, and protect the world around you. It is how you interact with nature. Environmental wellness is a process that involves learning about and contributing to the health of the world around you.

In this month’s newsletter, we have two exciting presentations that speak to Environmental Wellness. We are beginning with a new biology series starting with “A Virtual Walk Through Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve.” (p2). John Farmer, biologist and Milanite, will lead us with slides and conversation through one on Milan’s most beautiful preserves. Consider coming to “Coffee With a Solar Farmer” (p3) and hear about solar energy and sustainability with APEX Clean Energy. Both programs promise to be exciting and informative.

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In-Person Programs


Monday, January 30th @noon
Hosted by Jodi Griffor

Consider coming to our new series Meet the Authorthen stay for lunch at our Senior Café!
(Order the week before, please!)

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

WHAT’S COOKING: Vanilla Extract, Butter & Cream Cheese

Monday, January 30th @noon
Hosted by Jodi Griffor

Join Jodi in the kitchen as he demonstrates how to make vanilla extract from vanilla beans and alcohol, rich creamy butter, and smooth white cream cheese. After the demonstration, taste the difference between store bought vs. homemade then take home our own pure vanilla extract!

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Tuesdays in January @1:45pm
Hosted by author MaryAnn Opal, MSHL Executive Director

Join MaryAnn Opal, our very own Executive
Director, each Tuesday for a reading each week of
her book “I Can’t Be Dead” (see p1).
Described as “a memoir with an inspirational twist”,
the reading will be a time of reflective listening
much like listening to an audio book. At the end of
each reading, there will be a time for questions and
answers. This is not one to miss. Register now!

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Wednesday, February 1st @1pm
Hosted by EMU Diatetics

Register by February 10th 

The MIND diet is a brain-healthy diet that focuses on plantbased foods and aims to reduce dementia and the decline in brain health. It combines aspects of two very popular diets, the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. Join EMU Dietetics and cook up some tasty dishes using this eating approach designed to prevent dementia and loss of brain function as we age.

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Wednesday, February 8th @11am
Hosted by Lindsy Mamp, BS

Evangelical Homes of Michigan (EHM) is one of Michigan’s oldest and most respected non-profit senior health care providers. EHM has options for you, whether you choose to move into a senior living community or prefer to remain in the comfort of your own home with necessary care and support. Join Lindsy for a light snack and listen to the full continuum of care that is offered by EHM.

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Monday, February 13th @11:00
Hosted by Betty Chafffee, Pharm D

Register by Friday, February 10th

You’ve probably seen plenty of advertisements or heard lots of talk about the benefits of CBD. But what exactly is CBD? And does it really offer health benefits? What safety concerns should you know about? Join Betty Chaffee, PharmD, of Better My Meds to discuss the pros and cons of CBD.

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Tuesday, February 14th from 10:30—12:00 Hosted by John Armstrong—Lic. Physical Therapist, Plymouth Physical Therapy
Schedule a one-on-one time with Plymouth’s Physical Therapist, John Armstrong, and let him assess your physical limitations and weaknesses. Once a month, John will offer advice, prescribe exercises, and give treatment suggestions to help get your body back to optimum strength and mobility. Then consider coming to some of our fitness classes (p8) to help get you back on track and maintain your physical health. Call the office to schedule your time slot

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Thursdays in February @10:30
Hosted by Katie Mitchell

Find great value and joy in writing snippets of your life story. Choose a few highlights from your life and share them on paper providing valuable and interesting information, helping your children and grandchildren know what kind of life you lived and who you were as an individual throughout your life. Volunteer and Professor of Journalism, Katie Mitchell, will lead this workshop. No writing experience necessary. Please bring 3-5 pictures of highlights from your life to get started. Register soon

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.


Mondays @11am
Hosted by Sophie Poelker

“Widen My World,” made possible by a very generous grant, will offer tools necessary for you to engage in a myriad of platforms. Technology is crucial in today’s world. Sophie is prepared to teach novice through seasoned computer users how to “Widen Your World,” using various programs and platforms. You will want to be here every Monday for this interactive computer workshop. There will be a Q&A time at each session. Sophie will also teach you how to use MSHL’s Computer Lab so you can stay connected even if you don’t have a computer. Sign up now

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Ongoing Programs


Every Tuesday from 9—11am
Hosted by Gary Bourdeau

This is one of our biggest groups yet! A casual place for men only.
Come “shoot the breeze”, solve the world’s problems, or simply enjoy the comradery of this great group of men.


Wednesday, February 8th @2
Hosted by Monroe County Library

Library in Motion is here every month with loads of books and movies. Stop by and get your new library card then take a look at the cart of all the books and movies you can check out.


Every Wednesday @11:00am
Hosted by Cindy Swope

Join in the conversation! Share your experiences, challenges and insights in this safe space for women only. Or keep it light and enjoy a laugh or two. You can steer the conversation in whatever direction the wind fills your sails. Newcomers are always welcome!


Wednesdays @1:30pm/February 1, 8 and 22
Hosted by Kui-Bin Im

What a fun way to keep in shape! Part of senior health is working to keep your brain healthy, active and sharp – just as you would exercise your body to keep it strong. Back by popular demand, Cranium Crunch is back with more puzzles, riddles and word games to keep you sharp as a tack! Don’t let poor memory keep you from benefitting from this fun and engaging class!

Quilting B's

Every Thursday at 10:00 am

Enjoy a morning of stitching and friendly
conversation with this group of Quilting B’s.
Bring your own project and work together
with other fellow stitchers.

No registration necessary.

Grief Support Group

First Thursdays at 10:30 am

Presented by Ann Gerlach of Cabby’s Ladder

Support groups normalize the grief process. During periods of intense grief, it’s okay to feel a wide array of emotions. A grief support group will help guide you towards living life again. Ann will support you through the grieving process, as you walk towards healing and rebuilding your life within this “new normal”.


Tuesdays @1:30pm
Hosted by MaryAnn Opal

Studies show that there is something you can do to dramatically improve your intelligence as well as your overall IQ: meditate. That’s right meditation is not just good for your physiological health, reducing stress, and improving mood, but it can also set you up for emotional equilibrium rather than reactivity. It can also make you significantly smarter. Ask one of our current participants, and they will tell you how beneficial it has been to them!

Please register with the office.


Mondays from 10—12/February 6, 13 & 27
Hosted by Dr. Linda Moaucheupao,
Licensed Acupuncturist

Experience this community-style treatment as
Linda treats a wide range of health concerns
from migraines, arthritis, anxiety, depression,
insomnia, digestive problems, respiratory issues
to allergies and much more. Linda has been
quite successful in reducing pain with many of
our regulars. She can even prescribe Chinese
herbs as a compliment to the acupuncture.
Cost: $20 per treatment for
MSHL members


Tuesdays @1:30pm
Hosted by MaryAnn Opal

Retired pastor John White is known not only for his pie-making skills, but for his vast knowledge of theology and his deep spirituality.

This Month: “Dealing with

Featured Pies:
Lemon Meringue &
Chocolate French Silk
Register in advance!


Third Wednesday of the Month
February 15th @1:00pm
Hosted by Mayor Ed Kolar or Council Member

Join our mayor or one of his council members as they
share his vision for Milan and address your questions,
WOMEN’S HOUR comments, or concerns.


Wednesday, January 25th @12:00 noon
Hosted by Jolie Choe

Register by January 24th

Jolie is very passionate about painting, and she leads you stepbystep with detail and patience as she guides you in a creating your own master piece in a relaxing, creative atmosphere.

Fitness Pass - For Exercise Programs

Mix and match your favorite exercise classes marking off a
square for each class you attend. When your card is used up,
buy another. Each Fitness Pass is good for 20 classes.

What a bargain!


Thursdays @10
Instructor: Beverly Robinson

This one-hour exercise class is designed to challenge the mature adult of any fitness level, maintain abilities to perform day-to-day activities through low-impact cardio, strength conditioning, and stretching movements, with balance exercises sprinkled throughout.

Chair Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays @2pm
Instructor: Janae LeBar

Yoga targets muscle strength, softness, and flexibility. It can encourage the body, mind and spirit to remain healthy and strong.
What are some benefits of participating in yoga?

• Helps ease symptoms of arthritis
• Improves balance, strength, and flexibility
• Helps manage and relieve stress
• Boosts energy levels and brightens your mood
• Helps ease back pain
• Improves your heart health
• Relieves anxiety and depression
• Helps you maintain a healthy metabolism

Experience some of these benefits for yourself and sign up for the class today!


Mondays & Wednesdays @1:15
Instructor: Janae LeBar

Yoga targets muscle strength, softness, and flexibility. It can encourage the body, mind
and spirit to remain healthy and strong. This series will introduce you to basic poses, 
postures and breath that will be the building blocks to take you to that next level.


(New name—same great workout!)
Mondays @10
Hybrid Instruction: Live and Recorded Classes

Come workout every Monday morning with Plymouth Physical Therapy. Let the profes- sionals guide you through a full-body workout from warm ups, to free weights, to stretches.


(New name—same great workout!)
Tuesdays @10
Instructor: Beverly Robinson

This class is predominantly a seated class with an emphasis on upper and lower body strength with weights. Range of motion, stretches and balances make for a complete workout in just one hour.


Mondays @10
Plymouth Physical Therapy

Come workout every Monday morning as Plymouth Physical Therapy guides you through a full-body workout from warm ups,
to free weights, to stretches.


Tuesdays @10
Instructor: Beverly Robinson

This classes is predominantly a seated class with an emphasis on upper and lower body strength. Stretches and balances are sprinkled throughout for a complete workout in

Fun & Food

Birthday Celebration

Thursday, February 9th @11:15am

Please join us to honor these individuals!


Thanks to a donation from Mullins Auto, all MSHL members whose birthday is in August will receive a complimentary lunch.

If you are a member whose birthdate is in August and your name is not listed, please call the office


Do some spring cleaning and donate your gently used items for our rummage sale! Items may be dropped off the second week in July. Then come shop on the day of our birthday celebration and find some treasure you can’t live without!

Eat Well! Live Healthy!

Eating a well-balanced diet is an important part
of wellness as you age. It can help you maintain a
healthy weight, stay energized, get the nutrients
you need, and lower your risk of developing
chronic health conditions.

Reserve your meal 48 hrs. in advance by calling 734-508-6229 

Menus available at the office or on our nutrition page.

Meals on Wheels

Monday thru Friday Meals on Wheels is specially designed to come alongside those who are homebound. Registration is simple, can be done over the phone and can be implemented within 48 hours of registration.

Check our nutrition page or give us a call for additional in-formation


Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday @11:45 am

We have added another day, Wednesday,
that you can come and enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal in community with others!

$3 suggested donation for those over 60
Required $5.50 charge for those under 60


First Wednesday of Each Month February 1st @11:45
Cost is $3.

Our new Members Meal will be the first
Wednesday of every month. Sign up today for a
space at the table as Jodi prepares for us, homemade Shepherd’s Pie, garlic bread
and a surprise dessert.
(Next luncheon is Wednesday, March 1st.)

Call MSHL to reserve your meal


Support Services


By MSHL Monday—Friday, 7:30am – 3pm

For those 60+, living in the 48160 zip code.
We can take you up to 20 miles outside of Milan.
Visit our website for additional information or
call us for a brochure.

Resource Advocacy

By Diane London By Appointment

Diane is a retired RN and brings her passion for help-ing people and sharing her resource advocacy skills in several of our newer service areas. She is available to help members discuss and plan for the care you want to receive when faced with serious health problems, and to assist you with the completion of the Advance Care Planning (Living Will) document. She can also help you find resources to improve your quality of life (in-home care, podiatrist for home visits, Covid vac-cine assistance, etc).

In-person meetings are not necessary as this information can be discussed over the phone. If you need resource assistance please call the office at 734-508-6229

Library In Motion

Stop by and get your new library card. Then stay and take a look at the cart of books and movies you can check out.


Monday, February 27th @1:30pm
James Giordani, Clear Computing

Topic: Fake News How it’s shaping the world, how it’s made, and how to identify it.


Monday, February 6th
By Dr. Felhandler, DPM

Dr. Felhandler is a Foot Specialist and Surgeon. He will be on hand monthly for MSHL members.

Dr. Felhandler specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thick nails, ingrown toenails, neuropathy, corns and calluses, arthritis, swelling, bunions, hammer toes, and other conditions of the foot and ankle.

Call MSHL office to register for an appointment.
*Rates are based on your medical insurance 

Blood Pressure Checks

Every Thursday from 10:30—11:30am

Come get your blood pressure checked by HVAs paramedic, Glory Harris! Walkins are welcome (As an EMT, Glory is occasionally called away for emergencies, but she will make every
attempt to come.)

Technology Assistance

Monday, February 27th from 11:00am—1:30pm

CEO of Clear Computing, James Giordani (MSHL Alternate Board Member) and his partner, Sophie Poelker, are here to assist you with your technology needs.

Call MSHL to reserve your spot.

• $20 for 30 mins (non-members $25)

• $40 for 1 HR (non-members $45)

• $10 for no shows.

• One person at a time.

• Pay at time of service with check or credit card.


Second Tuesday of each
Month @ 12:30pm
By: Huron Valley Pace

This group offers information, emotional and affirmational  support to help reduce the care-giver burden that one experiences as a care partner. Huron Valley Pace provides a safe space offering strategies and support for those traveling down similar paths. Free!

Looking for Services?

During Covid there has been a lot of move-ment in our Services Department. If you know anyone in these services PLEASE let us know:

Massage Therapy | Acupuncturist | Reflexologist