Thursday, February 22, 2018

Joni Schaff

Are our seniors tough enough to wear pink?

Senior Center News
This year’s Pack the Place in Pink for Big Horn County is on Wednesday, Oct. 18. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are asked to participate in this way. This also is our birthday dinner day at the Hardin Senior Center. An annual portrait of everyone present will be taken by Margaret Arbogast, so be tough enough to wear pink.
The senior center is decorated with the special autumn colors including centerpieces, window decors, wall hangings and a new quilted wall hanging. Volunteers included Kris Clausen, Etta Kollekowski, AnnaBelle Rogers, Elaine Malensek, Pat Anderson, and Cliff and Margaret Arbogast. Cliff and Margaret captured the Hardin High School homecoming parade in September and featured the young folks in the photo gallery. Photo of the Month shows Homecoming Queen Sharmayne Hardy and King Codi Small.
The E & R Church Women’s Guild has donated to the Homebound or Needy Persons Nutrition Program.
Mrs. Mary Hovland recently passed away. Mary was a registered nurse for many years at the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital, delivering many a baby. 
Mary was a proficient and professional nurse. She was an active, healthy person, for the most part, and very nice. I read in her obituary that she was a horsewoman in her younger years. This explains Mary’s tenacity and willingness to work hard, long hours in the hospital E.R. and care for patients. Our condolences are sent to her family. She will be missed by her many friends in Hardin.
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) newsletter for October is about scams, scams, everywhere a scam. Here are a few reminders they want to pass along. 
One such scam occurs when you get a call, email or piece of regular mail telling stating you need a new Medicare card, but to receive it, you must pay for it to provide personal information. 
The truth is that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service is sending out new cards as part of its initiative to remove social security numbers from Medicare cards. The new cards will begin arriving in April 2018. 
Beneficiaries do not have to do anything to receive their new cards. They will be mailed automatically. 
Another scam consists of an official-sounding caller or email sternly warning you that to continue receiving benefits or keep you insurance coverage, you must provide certain identifying information to update your account. 
Medicare will never call or email you and request this kind of information. If you ever have a question about your Medicare coverage or account, call 1-800-633-4227 or go to for the official scoop.
Stay safe and never answer a call from a number you do not recognize, and do not follow links from emails, no matter how legitimate they look.
Montana State University Extension Agent Holly Jay is providing an exercise class especially for senior citizens beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 in the MSU Extension office at 317 N. Custer in the Little Big Horn Center Complex. 
Funding is provided by Montana Arthritis Foundation for equipment and program materials. If you stop by the Hardin Senior Center you may sign up, pick up information on dates and take an informational form to fill out before the class begins. For questions, call Holly Jay at (406) 665-9772 or email her at
Call the Hardin Senior Center at (406) 665-2581 for information on programs, meals and referral questions.
Senior Health Insurance Program Counselor Patricia Fischer is available from 2-4 p.m. each weekday for appointments. This year’s Open Enrollment Period is from Oct. 17 to Dec. 7. Call her at (406) 665-9768. You may leave a message to be returned as well.
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, Oct. 12 – tuna casserole, vegetables, salad, dessert
Friday, Oct. 13 – hot roast beef sandwich, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, dessert
Monday, Oct. 16 – goulash, vegetables, salad, dessert
Tuesday, Oct. 17 – turkey rice soup, sandwiches, dessert
Wednesday, Oct. 18 – pork roast, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, salads, cake, ice cream
Thursday, Oct. 19 – breakfast casserole, sausage, fruit
Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:
Friday, Oct. 13 – ham, mac ‘n cheese, corn, fruit, blueberry lasagna
Monday, Oct. 16 – chicken enchilada casserole, beets, Jell-O, fruit
Wednesday, Oct. 18 – roast beef