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.

“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

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Tuesday, May 24 @ 10:30 am

Presented by Betty Chaffee, PharmD of BetterMyMeds

Register by May 23

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis
affecting the cushion at the end of the bones causing
pain, stiffness and swelling. Also known as the “wear
and tear” arthritis, there is no cure but symptoms can
be managed. Betty will touch upon the symptoms and
causes of osteoarthritis, but her main focus will be on
the treatment through medication. If you are one of
the many arthritis suffers wanting to understand your
current medication or learn about new treatments for
arthritis, join us!

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

CHAT WITH THE MAYOR

Tuesday, May 31 @ 1:00 pm 

Presented by Mayor Ed Kolar

Register by May 27

Ed Kolar was very popular back in March with 18 in attendance to hear what he had to say! Join him again as he shares his vision for Milan and addresses your comments, concerns and questions.

There is always a pot of hot coffee on so come by and join in on the conversation.

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

ASK THE EXPERT: Sleep & Sleep Aids

Tuesday, June 7th @11 am

Presented by Little Pharmacy

Register soon!

Do you struggle to fall asleep or have difficulty staying asleep? Come listen to what Little Pharmacy has to say about sleep and sleep aids to help you get a better night’s sleep. Our local pharmacist, Ziad Ghamraoui, will discuss some over-the-counter medications as well as some natural products that may be beneficial to your sleep.

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

TECH TALK: BEST TECH DEVICES for OLDER ADULTS

Monday, June 13th @ 1:30 pm

Hosted by Digital Connections Corp (DCC) 

An EMU/UM Collaboration

Register by June 9th

James Giordani is back with his advice on the best tech devices for older adults. Get his input and suggestions as to what can be most helpful to us in the ever-growing world of technology. Also take advantage of DCC’s Tech Help Line to help with questions you might have between sessions. Information is located in MSHL’s resource cabinets.

BREAKFAST W/ THE BETTY BRIGADE: Downsizing the Silver Tsunami

Tuesday, June 14th @ 9:30 am 

Sponsored by Sharon McRill of The Betty’s Brigade

Register right away!

Does the thought of having friends over give you anxiety? Would you rather be out and about than home where your stuff overwhelms you? Have breakfast with The Betty Brigade and get some answers and strategies to help you organize and pare down your stuff. Sharon is the owner and founder of The Betty Brigade, an Ann Arbor business recently featured on The Dr. Phil Show, for their expertise on helping figure out how to sort and downsize. Sharon is a #1 BestSeller of Downsizing the Silver Tsunami: Who to call and Where Does All the Stuff Go. Join the brigade and get some helpful tips (and maybe a pastry or two) on how to manage your overflow.

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

BRUSH TO CANVAS

Wednesday, June 15th @ noon

Presented by Jolie Petticord

Register by June 13th

Express yourself with paint!

Experience a relaxing and creative atmosphere to create without the pressure to be perfect. Jolie is very passionate about painting and leads you step-by- step with detail and patience as she guides you in creating your own masterpiece. This is a sample of what you paint in June.

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

CREATE A PLATE II

Thursday, June 16th @10 am 

Presented by Linda Schultz

April’s class was so successful that we are having another class! Linda shares her creative talents to guide you through the process of taking a clear glass plate and turning it into a decorative work of art made from patterned fabric, glue and trim. This time we will experiment with a card or picture placed inside. Stop by the office to see a sample or two.

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

MEDICARE COVERAGE OF VACCINES

Monday, June 20th @ 10:45

Presented by Mich. Medicare & Medicaid

Assistance Program (MMAP)

(Pre-recorded)

This is a free presentation

Register by June 17th

Join MMAP for the Medicare coverage of vaccines. The Medicare Coverage of Vaccines Program goes over the basics of Medicare, which vaccines Medicare covers, under which program (Medicare Part B or Part D), as well as your out of pocket costs.

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

HOMEMADE CLEANING SUPPLIES

Tuesday, June 21st @ 10 am 

Presented by Beverly Robinson

Register by June 20th

June is the perfect time to get into some spring cleaning. Cleaning products, however, are expensive and even harmful. The benefits of making your own cleaning supplies make it:

  • Cost effective (about half the cost of regular cleaners)
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Less toxic/ Better air quality

We will teach you how to make three different cleaning products—laundry detergent, multi-surface cleaner, and glass cleaner. Then take home your samples and try them out!

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

COOKING WITH THE INSTANT POT

Wednesday, June 22nd from 12—2 pm

Presented by Christine Chie

Register by June 20th

Did you know that you can use your Instant Pot to make some scrumptious baby back ribs—and believe it or not—cheesecake? Learn how to make these two summer recipes and enjoy sampling a taste of each. Enroll soon as this promises to be a very popular class!

Call us at 734 508 6229 or visit our office.

ACID REFLUX

Tuesday, June 28th @ 11:00 am 

Betty Chaffee, PharmD of BetterMyMeds

Register by June 27th

Acid reflux disease or GERD is a digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acids back up from the stomach and into the esophagus. This backwash can irritate the lining of your esophagus leading to heartburn, nausea, chest pain, and other lung issues such as a chronic cough. Most people have experienced acid reflux from time to time, and GERD can affect people of all ages. Betty addresses this digestive disorder and talks about over-the-counter treatments as well as long-term medications.

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

Ongoing Programs

Podiatry Services

2nd and 4th Monday at 1:30 pm

Presented by Dr. Felhandler, DPME

Dr. Felhandler is a Foot Specialist and Surgeon. He will be on hand twice a month for MSHL members.
Dr. Felhandler specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of:
Thick Nails * Ingrown Toenails * Neuropathy
Corns & Callouses * Arthritis * Swelling *
Bunions * Hammer Toes * Conditions of the
Foot & Ankle

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

Spanish Club

Next Session: June 13–July 18th (no class July 4)

Mondays @11am (5 weeks)

Presented by Eunice Pizarro

If you ever wanted to learn a new language and dabble in its culture with music, food and dance, look no further. We have a super fun, native Spanish speaker who teaches both English and Spanish as a second language who leads and inspires our new Spanish Club. The group fosters interest in the Hispanic culture and provides the opportunity to speak Spanish in an informal setting. Join Eunice as she leads you through exciting and engaging activities to promote learning the Spanish language. While the goal is on learning, the emphasis is on FUN! Come be a part of our Spanish Club—Si?

Massage

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30-1pm

Presented by: Jamie Mercer

Jamie Mercer of FHL Massage in Clinton is excited to be able to offer massage here at MSHL. She specializes in full-body, relaxation, as well as neck and shoulder massages. She will be on hand each Wednesday to provide your problematic areas with the gift of healing touch.

Jamie will be giving 5-minute neck and shoulder massages on December 8th at our “Spirit of Christmas” (see p. 1) for the price of a donation. Anyone receiving a 5-minute neck massage will be entered in a drawing later that day!

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

Men's Hour

Hosted by Gary Bourdeau, MSHL’s Board Chair

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. And if that’s not enough, there’s coffee and delicious treats to enjoy.

No registration necessary.

Caregiver Support

Second Tuesday of the Month

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.

NEW! WOMEN’S HOUR

Every Wednesday @11:00am

Hosted by Cindy Swope

Men have their time, now women have theirs! Formerly Solo Seniors, we are launching Women’s Hour—a time for you to enjoy the company and comradery of other women. We gals can chat about whatever we like and steer the future of the group in whatever direction the wind fills our sails. Let’s have some fun, ladies!

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

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.

Technology Assistance

Second Thursday of the Month

Hosted by KovirTech LLC

KovirTech’s team of “techies” and digital navigators are here to assist you with your technology needs.
•$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.

Register by calling MSHL.

Blood Pressure Checks

Every Thursday from 10:30-11:30am

IHA’s Paramedics

Come get your blood pressure checked by IHA’s paramedic Glory Harris! Walk–ins are welcomed.

No registration necessary.

Quilting B's

Every Thursday at 10:00 am

This month, the project will be hand-stitched baby quilts. If you would enjoy a morning of stitching and friendly conversation, check this group out!

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”.

TECH TALK: BEST TECH DEVICES for OLDER ADULTS

Monday, June 13th @1:30pm

Hosted by Digital Connections Corp (DCC) 

An EMU/UM Collaboration

Register by June 9th

James Giordani is back with his advice on the best tech devices for older adults. Get his input and suggestions as to what can be most helpful to us in the ever-growing world of technology. Also take advantage of DCC’s Tech Help Line to help with questions you might have between sessions. Information is located in MSHL’s resource cabinets.

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!

Monday Morning Workout

Mondays 10:30—11:15 am

Come workout every Monday morning with SitFit and Dynamic Stretch & Strength. Join Andrea from Plymouth Physical Therapy as she guides you through a full-body workout from warm ups, to free weights, to stretches. Try out SitFit with Beverly Robinson as she gives a more comprehensive series of stretches followed by strengthening and toning using free weights and therabands.

The schedule is as follows:
Week 1: SitFit
Week 2: SitFit
Week 3: SitFit
Week 4: Dynamic Stretch & Strength

Stay tuned as we hope to add more fitness instructors to our morning rotation.

Tuesday Afternoons with Kaizen

Tuesdays at 1:30pm

Instructor: Karen Kaizen, RN

Back by popular demand, Karen from Kaizen
Home Health will be back Tuesday afternoons to
lead you through stretch and strength conditioning using weights, balls and therabands.

eXercise4U

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

Join us for a birthday celebration on
Thursday, June 9th @11:30am

Please join us to honor these individuals.

June Birthdays

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

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

RUMMAGE SALES HAVE RETURNED!

Do some spring cleaning and donate your gently used items for our rummage sale! Items may be dropped off the first week in June. 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 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.

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

Menus available at the office or on our nutrition page.

Senior Café

Tuesday and Thursday @11:45 am for a suggested donation of $3 per meal you may enjoy a delicious, nutritious lunch eaten in community with others. (Younger than 60 requires a $5.50 charge per meal)

Curbside Cuisine

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

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

Call MSHL to reserve your meal

734-508-6229

Support Services

Transportation

By MSHL

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
needs.

• $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!