Thursday, February 22, 2018

Joni Schaff

People mean funding for Hardin Senior Center

Senior Center News
The Hardin Senior Center is an important part of the community. Your attendance at the senior center is what the county takes into consideration for funding.
Here are some comments from people who utilize our services at the Big Horn County Council on Aging:
“I am unable to cook for myself anymore due to my use of oxygen and not being able to use my gas stove. This home-delivered meal is really a life saver.”
“My wife is unable to cook for us anymore and this really helps us to get the good meals every day at noon. She just can’t do the cooking and our daughter has a full-time job and can’t always be here to help us. This is great!”
“I’ve been pretty ill lately and just don’t feel like I can cook the right foods for myself. Your meals help provide the nutrition I need and helps me to stay in my own home.”
“We don’t want to lose our senior center, so we will come more often for meals to show our support. This is a great place with friendly people and good food. We plan to come more often and we’ll tell our friends, too.”
“We enjoy the game day and bingo games.”
“This is the nicest senior center I have ever been to. It is so nice and clean, and the environment is really pleasant.”
The SHIP Counselor is really knowledgeable and can assist you with questions on Medicare or insurance, or your billing questions from Medicare. Just set up an appointment with Patti in the afternoon from 2-4 p.m. Her phone number is (406) 665-9768.
Our senior center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is (406) 665-2581. The location is at 317 N. Custer in the Little Big Horn Center Complex.
I would now like to tell you more reasons to come to the senior center.
You do not have to pay Seniors Association dues to partake of any service the Council on Aging has to offer. This includes the meal program, both congregate and home-delivered.
The seniors’ dues are $5 a year and will ensure your invitation to the birthday dinner on the month of your birthday and you can attend the Seniors Association meetings held once a month.
The meal cost is most reasonable. A donation of $4.50 is asked for persons over the age of 60 and $5.50 for those under the age of 60.
A reservation by phone or in person is appreciated to come for a congregate meal. We ask that you please sign up the day before or call by 10 a.m.
There are no guidelines to follow. You will not be asked to prove your income. There is no application to fill out for services.
We do need your birth date and address, though,the seniors programs are not welfare. They are offered at a lower price because of state and federal funding that is received and distributed through the Area II Agency on Aging.
Our commodities program does not offer much of a variety of foods. It is unlike other commodity programs. We get hamburger and a few other meats, but not always canned vegetables or fruit. Most of the budget is for groceries.
Thank you for thinking of us, and we hope to see you here soon.
Employees of First Interstate Bank in Hardin recently donated $100 to the Meals on Wheels program. Kim Fassett from FIB proudly presented the check to the Big Horn County Council on Aging on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Next week’s activities include game day on Friday, Oct. 6, bingo on Tuesday, Oct. 10, a movie in the afternoon of Oct. 11, blackout bingo on Thursday, Oct. 12 and the Seniors Association meeting on Friday, Oct. 13. This month’s birthday dinner is on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Please make reservations early.
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, Oct. 5 – picnic/potluck at the museum or cook’s choice
Friday, Oct. 6 – chicken burger, fries, dessert
Monday, Oct. 9 – Columbus Day (center closed)
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – vegetable beef soup, sandwiches, dessert
Wednesday, Oct. 11 – beef and cabbage bake, vegetable salad, dessert
Thursday, Oct. 12 – tuna casserole, vegetables, salad, dessert
Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:
Friday, Oct. 6 – closed
Monday, Oct. 9 – closed for Columbus Day
Wednesday, Oct. 11 – meatloaf, baked potato, spinach, biscuit, pumpkin pie