Activity 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 Senior Activity 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.

As sad as we may be about the passing of summer, autumn brings with it November, a month of reflection and gratitude.

In positive psychology research, gratitude is strong and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps us feel positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve our health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

This month at the center, you will see a table with Gratitude Stones. Here is what to do:

  • Pick out one you like or one that “speaks” to you
  • Carry it around in your pocket or set it where you see it every day
  • When you see it or touch it, pause to think about something you are grateful for
  • Use as a mini-mindfulness moment

See our Craft class this month where you can make some of these
Gratitude Stones for the center and a few for yourself (see p. 2).

MSHL is grateful for all our members and participants, and as you peruse this November’s newsletter, we hope you are excited and
thankful for all we have to offer.

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In-Person Programs

Dynamic Stretch & Strength

October 25 (Monday) 10:30-11:15 am
Enroll by Thursday, October 21

Join Andrea from Plymouth Physical Therapy as she guides you through a gentle warm up before mov-ing on to practical stretches that will help you maintain flexibility as well as strength.
This class will be a wonderful comple-ment to our new Matter of Balance class or our existing Chair Yoga and Ex-ercise4U classes.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Use your fitness pass or pay $2 to drop in.

Depending upon the feedback, we may be able to offer this class on an on-going basis.

Flue Shots & Covid-19 Vaccines

October 26 (Tuesday) from 1-3 pm

Presented by: Little Pharmacy

With the weather turning cooler, we will be spending more time indoors with less exposure to fresh air. This heightens our risk of exposure to viruses. Health officials are encouraging protection from the duel threat of Covid-19 and the flu by getting vaccinated.

Little Pharmacy will be at MSHL to administer flu shots and Covid19 vaccines to all who wish to receive them!

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office to register.

Ask The Lawyer

October 26 (Tuesday) at 1 pm
By Law Office of Dominic N. Hamden, PLLC

Free advice! Bring all your legal questions both big and small, as we meet our resident lawyer, Dominic Hamden. Join our community style setting and get some answers to all your questions.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Coffee With The Mayor

October 26 (Tuesday) at 2 pm
By Mayor Dominic N. Hamden

Meet with the mayor for one more session before midterm elections. Enjoy a cup of coffee and join in this open forum as Dominic Hamden addresses your concerns and political wonderings.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Halloween Luncheon!

Thursday, October 28 @ 11:00
Reserve your meal by October 25th.

Join us for lunch to celebrate Halloween
‘Beat Covid’!
Before the meal , we will provide a Covid pina-ta and let anyone who wishes to swing the bat to ‘beat’ Covid.
$1 for each whack!
In addition, anyone who wears a Halloween costume will get a free Meal.

To register, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Date: Once a Week for 8 Weeks/2 Hour Classes
Complimentary Information Session
Wed, Oct 6th from 10—11 am
Regular Sessions: Wednesdays (Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 17, 24, Dec 1, 8)
Time: 10—12 pm
Presented by: Lisa Klinkman

Do you have concerns about falling?
Have you restricted your activities because of falling concerns?
Would you like to increase your strength and balance?
Matter of Balance will give you practical strate-gies to manage falls and minimize your risk of fall-ing. Lisa Klinkman, a licensed Matter of Balance trainer and coach, will help you set goals for in-creasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and provide exercises to increase your strength and balance.
Anyone who has fallen in the past, or has con-cerns about falling should NOT miss this excellent series.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

The Parkinson’s Dance Project

October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 11. 

Thursdays, 1:30-2:30pm

Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body. Dance is a means for the human spirit to transcend the limitations and challenges faced by persons living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Dance focuses attention on eyes, ears and touch as tools to assist in movement and balance. Dance focuses the body like an instrument – like the paintbrush of an artist. 

The Parkinson’s Dance Project is modeled after the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson’s Group’s “Dance for PD”. This six-week session will be led by one of our own staff, Beverly Robinson. With an extensive background in dance performance and education, Beverly has completed over 40 hours of intensive Parkinson’s dance training and wants to bring a quality program like “Dance for PD” here to Milan Seniors for Healthy Living (MSHL). 

Why Dance? 

•Dance is magical! 

•Dance tells stories. 

•Dance sparks creativity. 

•Dance breaks isolation. 

•Dance develops flexibility and instills confidence. 

•Dance is a form of multitasking which strengthens focus. 

•Dance uses music as a dynamic element to explore context, melody, rhythm and emotions. 

•Dance is joy! 

The Parkinson’s Dance Project is appropriate for all levels of PD, and no dance experience is required! Class is open to those living with PD and their care partners. It is also open to those recovering from stroke, MS or other diseases with balance challenges. 

To Register, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our facility

Craft: Gratitude Stones

November 1 (Monday) 10:30am 

Presented by: Sharon Early

Register by October 28

Come paint stones with words of gratitude as a way of reminding ourselves of the many things we can be thankful for. As a class, we will “paint” with acrylic markers to create gratitude stones for the center (see explanation on p.1) and keep a few for ourselves.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our facility

Community Wide Concert

November 5 (Friday) at 6:30 pm

Presented by: Milan Jazz Band & the Water House Clogging Group

The term Jazz is thought to have derived from the slang word “jasm” which originally meant energy, vitality, spirit, pep. The Milan Jazz Band fits this definition with its mix of melody, harmony and syncopated rhythms as they play the tunes of songs you’ve mostly likely remembered. 

In addition, the Water House Clogging Group will present their own style of rhythmic energy through their instrument—the feet. Don’t miss this lively, toe-tapping event that will leave you humming a tune and tapping your feet!

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office to register.

Chronic Kidney Disease

November 8 (Monday) from 12:45-1:45 pm

Presented by: EMU Dietetic Program

Register by November 4

CKD is a condition characterized by the gradual loss of kidney function over time. 

• What are the symptoms of kidney failure? 

• What causes CKD? 

• What are the complications? 

• How do I know if I have CKD? 

• How is it treated? 

• What diet supports healthy kidney function?

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit the office.

Milan FCI Presentation

November 10 (Wednesday) at 11:00 am

Presented by Supervisor of Education, Geoffrey Schlottman & Chaplin Jon Cooper

Have you ever wondered about the Federal Correctional Institution located in Milan’s backyard? Mr. Schlottman and Chaplain Cooper will be joining us to share what life is like there. 

Mr. Schlottman oversees educational programs at the Milan Federal Correctional Institution. Chaplain Cooper manages the Life Connections Program, an 18 month long faith-based reentry program for federal inmates.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit the office.

Fire & Falls Prevention

November 15 (Monday) at 1pm

Presented by: Milan Fire Dept’s Kyle Maury

Register by November 8

Kyle Maury will lead off with a FUN Fire & Falls Prevention workshop beginning with a trivia game called “Remembering When”, then proceed with excellent tips to “fall proof” your home.

He plans for a fun and informative workshop!

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

CBD - All You Ever Wanted to Know

November 16 (Tuesday) at 11:00 am

Presented by Little Pharmacy

For the curious and the skeptic, Pharmacist Ziad Ghamraoui will present facts and dispel myths surrounding the usage of CBD or cannabidiol products and the recent trend to seek out alternatives to modern pharmaceuticals. He will also speak to the possible interactions of combining CBD with your own medications. This promises to be very informative!

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Tech Talk: Cell Phone Security Settings

November 18 (Thursday) from 1:30-3:30 pm

Presented by: Digital Connecting Corps

Register by November 15

Tech-savvy students from EMU and UofM will be on hand to give a short presentation on phone security and privacy, then assist you with your personal technology needs and questions whether it be phones, laptops or computers. 

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Virtual Medicare Open Enrollment Counseling

November 23 & November 30 (Tuesdays) from 9-2:30 pm

Presented by: AAA 1-B

Register by November 18

There are many Medicare insurance options available and it is bewildering trying to it figure out. Annually, Medicare offers an open enrollment period from Oct 15 – Dec 7 where you can evaluate and make adjustments to your existing plan. Sign up for free, confidential, one-on-one virtual counseling to help determine what Medicare options are best for you.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Painting & Pizza

November 29 (Monday) from 10-12 pm

Presented by: Marsha Steers

Register by November 22

Enjoy expressing yourself through paint in a relaxing and
creative space without the pressure to be perfect!
Marsha Steers of Creating Canvas provides all the
supplies needed for your paintings including step-by-step
easy to follow directions and one-on-one attention. In
addition, Marsha can even sketch out the design for you at no additional charge! 

After your masterpiece is finished, please hang around for a pizza lunch and some friendly conversation.

Otherwise, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Ongoing Programs

Grief Support

November 4 (Thursday) at 10:30 am

Presented by Gabby’s Ladder

Support groups normalize the grief process. During periods of intense grief, people often think they’re going
crazy, but it’s okay to feel a wide array of emotions. Going to a support group often normalizes the grief process. A grief support group will help guide you towards living life again. Ann will gently lead you through
the grieving process particularly through the coming holidays as this may be the first holidays you may be
experiencing without your loved one

To register, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Caregiver Support

Second Tuesday of the Month

November 9 at 12:30 pm

Presented by Huron Valley PACE

Marketing Director, Lindsay Mann-Shanahan, MHA
While you are welcome to come and go as your schedule allows, we ask you register in advance to help us be prepared.

To register, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Men's Hour

Hosted by Gary Bourdeau, MSHL’s Board Chair
Every Tuesday from 9—11am

A casual place for men only!
Come “shoot the breeze”, solve the world’s problems, or simply enjoy the comradery of this group of men.

No registration necessary.

Music by Judith

Wednesdays at 12:30pm

Played by Judith Hofweber

Have you ever strolled into a high class establishment where a pianist fills the room with beautiful background music? MSHL will now be enjoying piano melodies through the talented fingers of Judith Hofweber on Wednesdays at 12:30pm. Be sure to stop in and enjoy this treat

No registration necessary.

Solo Seniors

Fourth Wednesday of the Month

November 24 at 11:00 am

Peer Led Support Group

Discuss the stresses of living alone and create meth-ods of 24/7 mutual assistance. We can compile lists of our favorite professional services, exchange phone numbers among those who’d be happy to offer emotional support at any time, swap contact info among those who’d be willing to assist at each others’ homes, and more.

To register, call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

Quilting B's

Every Thursday at 10:00 am

If you would like to enjoy a morning of stitching and chatting, join this group. This semester, they will be working on a group project of making baby blankets for area hospitals. You can work on the group project or enjoy the time to work on your own individual project.

No registration necessary.

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! In addition, we will be adding additional classes as we continue to phase in!

For 15 classes

eXercise4U - New Time!

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10—11 am
Instructors: Jennifer Michalak
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 activ-ities through low-impact cardio, strength con-ditioning, and stretching movements, with bal-ance exercises sprinkled throughout.

NOTICE THE TIME CHANGE!! We moved class back a half hour to make it easier for anyone who wishes to remain with us for lunch at our Senior Café or Curbside options.

Chair Yoga

Mondays & Wednesdays 2-3 pm
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!

Member's Exercise Room

The Exercise Room is open! Members can use the exercise room with a medical release form on file. We have treadmills, elliptical, recumbent bike and free weights.
For your safety there are additional hygiene protocols so be sure to check! Thank you!

Fun & Food

Birthday Celebration

A huge Happy Birthday to all our October birth-day Members! In the future we hope to bring back our monthly Birthday Bash. Stay tuned…

Birthday Celebration

Mary Bennett Carolyn Burlingame Donna Carver Susan Grundy Carol Vollink Margaret Harper Hurshel Howard Pat Kachenko Sam Mills Nina Palmer

Game Schedule

Games are BACK! Bring on the FUN! Please see below for the game schedule:

Mon. @12:30 (Penny Bingo*)
Wed. @12:30 (Dime Bingo**)
Euchre: Tues. at 12:30
Pinochle: Wed. at 12:30
Mah-jongg: Thurs at 12:30

*for Penny Bingo, bring: 25 pennies, 1 dime
**for Dime Bingo, bring: 12 dimes, 1 nickel, 1 quarter


We are seeking Bridge players! Whether experienced or an amateur, let MSHL office know you would like to play so that we can begin to form some teams.

Eat Well! Live Healthy!

Eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of staying healthy as you age. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, stay energized, get the nutrients you need, and lowers your risk of developing chronic health conditions.
According to the National Resource Center on Nutri-tion, Physical Activity, and Aging, 1 in 4 older Ameri-cans have poor nutrition.

At MSHL, we are passionate about providing tools and resources to empower healthy aging.

To that end, we partner with AAA1-B, OCED, and MCCOA to bring you several meal options: enjoy a meal with friends at our Senior Café, pick up a meal to-go (Curbside Cuisine), or receive a ready-to-eat meal (Meals on Wheels) delivered to your door.

Senior Café

Tuesday and Thursday 11:45 AM
You will be able to chose between our main menu item ($3 suggested donation) or an alternate of soup/salad and sandwich ($3). Younger than 60,there is a required $5.50 charge for the meal.

Curbside Cuisine

Monday thru Friday between 11:30 and 12:30pm. For those times when you need the convenience of just grabbing a meal on the go.

Call MSHL to reserve your meal
734-508-6229 48 hrs in advance.

Menus available at the office or on our nutrition page.

Meals on Wheels

Monday thru Friday
Meals on Wheels is specially designed to come along-side those who are homebound.
Check our nutrition page or give us a call for additional in-formation

Call MSHL to reserve your meal


Support Services



Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM –4 PM
For those 50+ living in the 48160 zip code. We can take you up to 20 miles out of Milan

Resource Advocacy

By Diane London

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).

Inperson 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

Looking for Services?

During Covid there has been a lot of move-ment in our Services Department. Our Mas-sage Therapist and our Acupuncturist-for happy reasons– is moving on. One is getting so much business they need to be at the shop more and another is going to support their partner’s dream of working in castles! We thank them for their services and many years of dedication to the center and wish them nothing but the best! While we are excited for their new adventures; please know we are working diligently to replace these services and bring you additional services! If you know anyone in these services PLEASE let us know:

• Massage Therapy
• Acupuncturist
• Podiatrist (Toe Nail Cutting)

Thank you and stayed tuned for updates on these services!

Technology Assistance

By Kovir, LLC

Second Thursday of the Month from 9am-2pm (July 8th)
Appointment Needed

Kovir, LLC Kovir LLC (pronounced “Cover”) is a woman-owned social enterprise leveraging systems-based and
strength-based approaches to increase an agency’s effectiveness, efficiency, and impact in the aging sector.
The CEO of Kovir, LLC is Marie Gress, LMSW (formerly of MSHL) and she is here to assist you with your technology

• $20 for 30 mins (non-members $25)
• $40 for 1 hr (non-members $45)
• No shows – $10
• Please only one person at a time.
• Pay with check or card payable directly to Marie at time of service. No cash accepted.
• 10% of the income will be donated to the center as a thank you

To schedule your visit with Marie call 734-508-6229 to reserve your spot!