Trips

NEW! SOC and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial (GPWM) have teamed up to offer community trips. All registration will be handled by the GPWM. You can register by phone, 313-881-7511, in person Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m, or online at warmemorial.org. All trips will depart from the GPWM. Persons requiring mobility assistance must be accompanied by an individual escort.

 

Diamond Jack’s River Tour
Wednesday, August 16
$38 per person–Includes bus transportation and cruise tickets
Patron responsible for own lunch costs at Pegasus in Greektown.
Arrive for check in no later than 10:15 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a two-hour narrated Diamond Jack’s Detroit River tour. Passengers of all ages are invited to treat their senses to an awe-inspiring, narrated river tour. Lunch at Pegasus in Greektown.

 

Detroit Zoo Senior Day
Wednesday, September 6
$19 per person–Includes bus transportation.
Lunch is on your own–various options available at the zoo. 
Arrive for check in no later than 10:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 3:30 p.m
Senior citizens 62 and older and a caregiver residing in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are invited to enjoy a special day at the Detroit Zoo, including free admission and parking. Senior Day features live music, tram tours, bingo, zookeeper talks and a senior resource area.

 

Belle Isle – Docent Led Tours of Aquarium and Conservatory
Thursday, September 14
$32 per person–Includes bus transportation and tour fees
– Patron to bring own snack or lunch to eat on the island. 
Arrive for check in no later than 11:15 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 5:00 p.m.
The Belle Isle Aquarium was designed by famed Detroit architect, Albert Kahn, and opened on August 18, 1904. It is the oldest aquarium in the country and has served the Detroit community as a beloved attraction for generations. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. Join us on a docent-led tour of these historic gems of Detroit. If there is time, we will also visit the Belle Isle Nature Center. Please pack a snack or bag lunch and we will have a picnic on the island!

 

Guys and Dolls – Festival Theater in Stratford
Wednesday, September 20 – 2:00 p.m. performance
$155 per person (Includes Motor Coach, theater tickets, lunch and a bus snack)
Arrive for check in no later than 7:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 7:00 p.m.
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, this dance spectacular travels from Times Square to Havana, Cuba – where all bets are off. Lunch at The Parlour Inn.
Must have an unexpired passport or Enhanced Driver’s License to attend.
Please check the Grosse Pointe War Memorial website often because new trips are always being added.
Click here: gpwminfo@warmemorial.org

 

Mall Shopping Trips

Looking for a great way to get out during the week? Love to shop or grab lunch with a friend, but do not want to deal with driving or parking? SOC is offering monthly trips to shop at local malls. We have added Macomb Mall as a new stop on the PAATS bus route the last Wednesday of every month and will do a special trip to Somerset monthly as well.

 

Shopping at Macomb Mall
Last Wednesday of every month, beginning March 29th
$10.00 per person includes transportation
–Pick-up time at your homes begins: 9:15 a.m.
–Depart Macomb Mall: 12:30 p.m.

Featuring Kohl’s, Babies-R-Us, and Bath & Body Works and many other specialty retailers, this is one of our local malls perfect for quick shopping trips.
Space is limited! To make your reservation, contact PAATS at 313-343-2580.

 

Ongoing Activities

Join us for lunch!
Monday- Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Note!!! New Price – $5.00
Reservations needed at least one day in advance
Acclaimed Chef Brian Brenner uses the freshest of ingredients, including herbs from our garden, to prepare a healthy, hearty, and delicious lunch. Chef Brian was most recently the head chef for Bayview Yacht Club, and previously he worked at Opus One, Tribute, and the Golden Mushroom. Come for the food and friendship!
View Lunch Menu

 

One-on-One Technology Instructions
Every Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Learn beginner, intermediate and advanced computer lessons in computer basics, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Also, if you need help with your Smart Phone, either Android or iPhone, your E-Reader such as Kindle, Tablets such as IPad or Android, or you just want to get to know Facebook and E-Mailing, this is the place for you.

 

Full Circle Farmers Market

Every Tuesday through October, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

This summer the Full Circle Foundation will be operating a “Garden Growers” Farmers Market at Services for Older Citizens. The market is sponsored by Beaumont Hospital and community members will enjoy the week’s harvest, which is organically and locally grown. Beautiful garden flowers will also be available.

 

Groups

Walking Club
Every Monday, 9:00 a.m. (Weather permitting)
Facilitators: Wilhelmina Giblin
No Charge
If having someone to walk with helps motivate you to lace up and hit the pavement, then our new Walking Club is just what you need! Bring walking shoes, a water bottle and meet us on our patio. If it’s your first time, please go inside to our registration desk and sign our exercise waiver.

 

SOC Garden Club
Mondays, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Garden Coach: Richard Thomas
No charge – reservations needed
Important! Call in to the SOC office by 2:00 p.m. on previous Friday to confirm you will attend the following Monday.
There will be no classes on Mondays that have no registered students. There is no class on days that SOC is closed or the instructor is out of town.

Garden instruction, gloves on experience for any level of garden enthusiast available every Monday morning with professional Garden Coach, Richard Thomas. The purpose of the club is twofold: first provide hands on experience, cultivate your knowledge of plants and flowers and, secondly, volunteering and helping keeping SOC landscape beds beautiful.

Learn plant identification – trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and weeds by name and by their care needs, proper use of tools, where to obtain garden materials, season by season gardening including indoor plant care, pollinator information, and field trips. Bring garden gloves and trowels and questions.

 

Mindfulness/Meditation Practice – Finding Your Little Piece of Peace
Every Thursday, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Jennifer Raybaud – Certified Mindfulness Instructor; Beaumont Health Systems Instructor
$3.00 – registration required
This 30-minute class will bring together 4 essential elements to calming the mind and enjoying your life more. Through the practices of gentle stretch, breathing basics, engagement in mindful ways of thinking, doing and being and finally, meditation, a more peaceful, purposeful life awaits. Walk – ins are welcome!

 

Free Blood Pressure Screenings
The 2nd Tuesday of every month, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Advantage Living Center – Harper Woods
No charge – Reservations necessary
High blood pressure is a silent killer that shows no symptoms but can cause very serious health problems if left untreated. The strain placed on the arteries from high blood pressure weakens the arteries and can lead to a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or even dementia. Monitoring your blood pressure is an important step in maintaining your health.

 

The Chit Chat and Color Club…It’s fun and relaxing!!!
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mary Kay Fiorentino
No Charge – reservations are necessary
If you would like to relax and socialize at the same time, come and join us for our brand new “Chit Chat and Color Club”. Just like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and produce a sense of calm. The health benefits are tremendous. We will supply the coloring books and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.

 

Knitting for Charity
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Matheson, employed at The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe.
Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations are necessary
Join our group to knit a wide variety of items to benefit local residents touched by cancer. The group began with knitting caps for chemo patients and has expanded to scarves, small lap blankets, shawls and more. The knit lap blankets are for Henry Ford Hospital-Cottage, Radiation Oncology department. The knit caps are for Knit Michigan. Knitters can choose any project they like!

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group
Third Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Carolyn Van Dorn, Nursing Unlimited and Marian Battersby, Home Instead
No Charge – reservations needed
We offer a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.

 

Note New Day!!!!! – Loss and Grief Recovery Support Group
First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
No charge – reservations needed
This new group will be facilitated by area experienced counselors including Dr. David Dieter. This is not a therapy session but attendees will share their losses as they choose with each other in an atmosphere of trust, gentleness and confidentiality. This is nonsectarian and open to all. Group is limited to 12.

 

Grannie Nannies
The 1st Friday of every month beginning September 1, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Big Boy Restaurant, 20710 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations needed
Come join a fun group of grandmothers who love spending time with their grandchildren! You’ll share innovative, memory-making opportunities that bring quality to your relationships with the young people in your life, such as where can you take your three-year old for a fun afternoon or what games do six-year olds like to play? If you are a grandmother and would like to share experiences with others, join the “Grannie Nannies” for laughs and great advice! Look for the group at one of the back tables. They will be glad to have you join them. For more information, please call 586-944-0299.

 

Games

Bocce Ball on our Front Lawn!
Wednesdays, through August, beginning June 21
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Weather Permitting)
Throwing balls toward a target is the oldest game known to mankind. As early as 5000 B.C., the Egyptians played a form of Bocce with polished rocks. This ancient sport will be played on our front lawn once again this summer! There is no experience needed and in addition to making friends and having fun, the game can help you with coordination and balance. Please join us!

 

Mah Jongg Club
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
If you know how to play the American version of this ancient game, come join the fun!

 

Mah Jongg Lessons
Wednesdays, September 27 – October 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Instructor: Donna Carloni

$12 for 3 sessions – Registration required

Maximum of 8
Learn the American version of the ancient game Mah Jongg. Very simply, it’s like rummy in which players collect sets of numbers. But that’s where the similarity ends since Math, probability, strategy, skill, and luck factor in. Your brain will get an invigorating workout. If you want to learn, you must be committed because Mah Jong isn’t for sissies!

 

Bingo
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
$2.00 per card – Registration required
Bingo is not only fun but really good exercise for your brain. Join us for the fun, the friendship and the great prizes!

 

Progressive Rummy
Every Tuesday, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations needed
Don’t know this simple card game? We’d be happy to teach you. It’s an extremely popular variation of Rummy also known as Contract Rummy. Pretty much addictive. Guaranteed!

 

Texas Hold’em Poker
Lessons: Every Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tournaments: Every Monday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
For more information about the game and fees, contact Harry Burkey, 313-885-1393
No Charge – Reservations needed
Learn to play this popular, competitive game where the object is to win everyone else’s game chips. For most of the players, the game is more about the fun and friendship than the competition.

 

Intermediate Bridge Lessons
Wednesdays, August 9 – September 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cynthia Luce – Life Master and member of the American Contract Bridge League
$24 for 6 sessions – Registration required
Maximum of 12
Build on the basics, tune up your skills and learn new tricks in this class for intermediate players. Each class will begin with a lesson to help improve your bridge skills followed by play with at-the-table coaching.

 

Contract Bridge Club
Every Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations needed

Bridge is the world’s greatest game of the mind. It is stimulating, challenging and provides the ideal setting for socializing and making new friends. The club is not a class. We are offering a room for players who already know how to play bridge to join with friends. Groups must bring their own playing and score cards.

 

Duplicate Bridge Lessons
Fridays, October 6 – November 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Cynthia Luce – Life Master and member of the American Contract Bridge League

$24 for 6 sessions – Registration required

Maximum of 8
Welcome to the World of Duplicate Bridge, the ultimate partnership game.  Duplicate bridge is a variation of bridge which eliminates much of the luck from the game.  Each hand is played at many different tables.  Afterwards, the results at each table are compared, and you score depends on how well you did relative to others who held exactly the same cards as you did.  The challenge is to find a better line of play than anyone else.  If you like to have fun and enjoy meeting people, please join us.

 

 

Exercise

SOC exercise classes are dedicated to providing dance and fitness programs for people of all ages and abilities in a fun, exciting, welcoming, and non-competitive atmosphere. No need to register; all classes are drop-in. For more information contact SOC at 313-882-9600.

Pricing (60 or older):
– $23 for a 4 class punch card ($5.75 per class)
– $60 for an 11 class punch card ($5.45 per class)
– $50 for a VIP card for unlimited monthly classes (huge savings)
– $8 drop in rate

For individuals between 50 and 59 years of age, add $5.00 to each punch card price. 

New Participants:
– Choose to take the first week of all classes free, OR
– Purchase an 11 class punch card for just $30 (a $30 savings). Good for 90 days.

If you take two classes in one day, the second class is only $3.00!

 

DAAA Evidenced-Based Fitness: Level 1 – Seated
Incorporates seated warm up with stretch, muscles and back care and includes standing chair support for balance and mobility. Caregivers welcome!
Tues. 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Rosa Hunter
Thurs. 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Rosa Hunter

 

Active Fit
Incorporates the three principles of fitness: movement (cardio), muscles (strength) and more (flexibility and balance) for the more active adult.
Mon. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Stacey Panduren
Wed. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Terri Murphy
Fri. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Stacey Panduren

 

Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese discipline designed to enhance body, mind and spirit, and leave you feeling refreshed. You’ll gain better muscle tone, improve joint flexibility and increase circulation. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Tues. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Susan Smith

 

Yoga
This hour-long journey will promote strength, endurance, stability, mobility, flexibility and postural challenges by yoking the mind, breath and body. Classes are designed with a “start where you are approach”. Instructions will be tailored to a person’s capability. Please bring a yoga mat.
Mon. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Wed. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Fri. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Jessica Kodanko

 

Chair Yoga
Chair yoga is a unique yoga style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. You are able to warm up your body and safely perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses. Chair yoga is suitable for all fitness levels and physical conditions.
Mon. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Wed. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Fri. 10:15 a.m. Instructor: Jessica Kodanko
Mon. 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Wed. 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Judy Sarvis
Fri. 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Jessica Kodanko

 

Entertainment

Alice Laitner plays the Piano for You!
Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
One of our favorite seniors, Alice Laitner, will lull you into a lovely state of mind as she plays the piano just for you in our living room.

 

Movie: “Brooklyn” – PG 13
Friday, August 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time: 105 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan lights up the screen as Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating through 1950’s Brooklyn. Although her initial homesickness soon gives way to romance, when Eilis’s life is disrupted by news from her hometown, she is forced to choose between two countries and two men on opposite sides of the world. Based on the best-selling novel, Brooklyn is a warm and wonderful story about falling in love…and finding your way home.

 

Movie: “Concussion” – PG 13
Monday, September 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 123 minutes

$2.00 – Registration required
Will Smith stars in Concussion, a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world.

 

Movie: “Joy” – PG 13
Monday, October 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 124 minutes

$2.00 – Registration required
JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations, and centers on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

 

Parties and Celebrations

“In the Good Old Summertime” Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, August 23, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
DJ: Aki Miyamoto
Sponsor: Advantage Health Care
No charge – registration needed
Did you know that on July 15, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring July National Ice Cream Month, and “called upon the people of the United States to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Well, OK, we are a month late but it still counts. We will provide the ice cream and tons of toppings and your favorite summertime songs!

 

September Birthday Celebrations!
Thursday, September 14, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in September? Let us know and come join us for a celebration of you! Gourmet lunch on the house, birthday cake (with a candle!) and a keepsake photo with your friends at SOC is just a part of how we want to wish you a Happy Birthday!

 

October Birthday Celebrations!
Thursday, October 12, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

No Charge – Reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in October? Let us know and come join us for a celebration of you! Gourmet lunch on the house, birthday cake (with a candle!) and a keepsake photo with your friends at SOC is just a part of how we want to wish you a Happy Birthday!

 

Halloween Party!
Wednesday, October 25, 11:30 a.m.
Entertainment: Don Stidham
Party Sponsor: Henry Ford Village
$15.00 per person – Registration needed
Come in a costume or just as you are. First enjoy Chef Brian’s tossed salad with spiced pecans and dried cranberries, herb rubbed pork roast on a bed of sausage, cornbread and granny smith apple stuffing, white wine gravy, bacon braised cabbage, and cranberry juice and apple cider, plus dessert! After lunch we will have our annual costume contest and certificates will be awarded for the top 3 best costumes. Then sit back and enjoy Don Stidham, a wonderful vocalist and guitar player who does an amazing impression of Elvis among others.

 

 

Classes and Presentations

One-on-One Technology Instructions
Every Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
No charge – reservations needed
Learn beginner, intermediate and advanced computer lessons in computer basics, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Also, if you need help with your Smart Phone, either Android or iPhone, your E-Reader such as Kindle, Tablets such as iPad or Android, or you just want to get to know Facebook and E-Mailing, this is the place for you.

 

Mindfulness/Meditation Practice- Finding Your Little Piece of Peace
Thursdays, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Jennifer Raybaud – Certified Mindfulness Instructor; Beaumont Health Systems Instructor
$2.00 – Registration required
This 30-minute class will bring together 4 essential elements to calming the mind and enjoying your life more. Through the practices of gentle stretch, breathing basics, engagement in mindful ways of thinking, doing and being and finally, meditation, a more peaceful, purposeful life awaits.

 

Free Blood Pressure Screenings
The 2nd Tuesday of every month beginning August 8, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Advantage Living Center – Harper Woods
No charge – reservations necessary
High blood pressure is a silent killer that shows no symptoms but can cause very serious health problems if left untreated. The strain placed on the arteries from high blood pressure weakens the arteries and can lead to a heart attack, stroke, kidney disease or even dementia. Monitoring your blood pressure is an important step in maintaining your health.

 

Let’s Talk Nutrition – Reading between the Lines plus Dynamite Nutrients in a Small Package
Wednesday, August 16, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Alena Krygier, Registered Dietician, Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe
No charge – reservations needed
As we age, our body’s needs change, making it even more critical to get key nutrients to maintain a healthy lifestyle by keeping us strong and fit, and fill us with energy to live a fun, enjoyable and happy life. Join Alena to learn how to read the Nutrition Facts Food Label to ensure you are meeting all the essential nutrients to keep your body smiling! For some individuals, meeting all of your nutrient needs through meals alone can be difficult. This presentation will also include an explanation on how nutrient dense nutrition supplements can be a convenient, quick way to boost your daily nutritional intake.

 

Creating Confident Caregivers
Thursday, August 17 – September 21, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Carolyn Van Dorn
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or memory loss? In the Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop you will learn new information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase effective care-giving skills. You will learn strategies to reduce caregiver stress, improve caregiver confidence, create a positive care-giving environment and manage behaviors caused by dementia and its effects on the brain. The Workshop is available to anyone providing care for a family member or friend at home who is experiencing symptoms of dementia. Caregivers who are assisting the primary caregiver are also eligible to participate. Call Carolyn at 313.642.1122 to register for the workshop.

 

Knee Replacement Surgery
Tuesday, August 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Robert Ference, M.D., Yvonne Lacrosse, PT Assistant
No charge – reservations needed
Join us for a highly informative educational talk about knee replacement surgery and recovery. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Ference will discuss the best techniques to insure a great surgery. Yvonne Lacrosse and the team from X10 Therapy will be there to showcase the latest in rehabilitation technology, the X10 Knee Recovery System. Free knee assessments for all on the X10 Knee Recovery Machine.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Exercises to Increase Walking Speed”
Thursday, August 24, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
Keith Finley – PT
No charge – reservations needed
It turns out that walking speed has been shown to predict mortality, risk of falls, functional decline, and nursing home placement! A decrease in gait speed can change your ability to perform your activities of daily living which will make you more likely to be dependent on others. A slowed walking speed may also increase your risk of falling which can lead to a loss of independent living. Join Keith as he demonstrates exercises to increase the speed of your gait.

 

“Minimizing Vulnerability: Protecting your Health and Wealth in Retirement”
Tuesday, August 29, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Lisa Ficker – Wayne State University, Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
No Charge – reservations needed
All seniors, especially women, need to educate themselves to protect assets in retirement. Learn the strategies to identify trusted social resources, take care of your cognitive health, make plans for the future and of course, avoid the common scams: grandchild scam, Jamaican lottery, IRS, ‘broken’ computer, etc.

 

Drawing and Painting Lab

Thursdays, September 7 – November 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Marlene White

Location: Wayne County Community College University Center

Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class

Maximum of 15 participants
This is a basic drawing and painting class designed to introduce participants to the skills required to accurately render what they see. It is also an opportunity for the more advanced artist to gain some visual and creative practice in drawing and painting that will enhance any artistic endeavors. Participants are responsible for their own supplies. Class will be held at the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center computer lab at 19305 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, across from Eastland Mall.  Call PAATS at 313-343-2580 if you will need transportation to and from the Lab.

 

Conversational French
Fridays, September 8 – December 8, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Dib Saab
Location: SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed
This course will provide participants with the ability to speak and express themselves in the French language. Participants will be able to recognize and respond appropriately to basic questions, read, interpret authentic selections and read aloud familiar passages using acceptable pronunciation. Participants will create basic sentences using appropriate agreement (subject, verb, adjective).

 

Demystifying Alzheimer’s Disease
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Rhonda Hamborsky, Certified Dementia Practitioner and MA Gerontology Student
No Charge – Reservations needed
Rhonda writes and speaks on the topics of Alzheimer’s and end of life and is also a Hospice volunteer and an advocate for brain wellness. Join us for a discussion about Alzheimers, what it is and what it isn’t; how it compares to other diseases of dementia; what is mild cognitive impairment and the latest research on what we can do earlier in life to delay onset.

 

AARP Driver Safety Program
Tuesday and Thursday, September 12 and 14, 1:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Facilitator: Rosa Hunter
$15.00 for AARP members, $20.00 for non AARP members – Reservations needed
Limited to 25 participants
Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course and you can save money on your car insurance! Refresh your driving skills and know the new rules of the road. Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. Plus, there are no tests to pass!

 

Muscle Matters! Healthy High Protein Meal Ideas that can keep you Strong
Wednesday, September 13, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Chef Dan Kellogg and Nancy Weis, Registered Dietician – Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe
No Charge – Reservations needed
Join Nancy Weis, Beaumont registered dietitian and Beaumont chef Dan Kellogg for a healthy cooking demonstration. New studies suggest that a higher level of protein is needed for active older adults to build and maintain muscle mass for optimal health. Nancy will be discussing how to achieve the best quality protein through food and supplements and Dan will demonstrate how to prepare easy, healthy, delicious high protein meals.

 

A Matter of Balance Workshop
Wednesdays and Fridays, September 13 through October 6, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Jackie Thomas and Rosanne Ficaro
No Charge – Reservations needed
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. This very popular class is limited to 12 participants.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – Core Strengthening Exercises
Thursday, September 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health and Rehabilitation Center 
Craig Miller– PT 
No Charge – Reservations needed
Craig will be discussing and providing demonstrations of a collection of core strengthening exercises designed to protect the spine, increase energy conservation and dynamic balance and improve safety by decreasing the risk for falls.

 

Computer Basics and Beyond
Fridays, September 15 – October 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Christopher Wheatley
Location: Wayne County Community College University Center Computer Lab
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed
This course introduces the mature learner to computer basics and more advanced computer skills with hands-on training and step by step instruction. Explore a new skill and become a competent computer user. Class will be held at the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center computer lab at 19305 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, across from Eastland Mall.  Call PAATS at 313-343-2580 if you will need transportation to and from the Lab. Class is limited to 20.

 

Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Classes – Genealogy Series
Instructor: Felecia Lewis – Williams
Note: Students will discover techniques and resources to help uncover their family’s history. Strategies for using research facilities and the Internet to document one’s family tree will be introduced, therefore some computer skills are necessary. Class will be held at the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center computer lab at 19305 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, across from Eastland Mall.  Call PAATS at 313-343-2580 if you will need transportation to and from the Lab.

You may sign up for one or all of the classes. Classes are limited to 20.

Introduction to Genealogy
Friday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This introductory course is designed to help students discover the fundamental building blocks of Genealogy research. You will also learn how to document your family history.

Genealogy: What’s in the Library
Friday, September 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students will learn techniques on how to use the library to conduct their family Genealogy research.

Genealogy: History and Research
Friday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students will learn how to use the Genealogy forms to abstract important information. This class is also designed for Genealogy enthusiasts who are researching their family history and would like to explore additional resources.

Genealogy Research for the Beginner
Friday, October 6 – 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students will discover techniques and resources to help uncover their families history. Strategies for using research facilities and the Internet to document one’s family tree will be introduced.

Find your Family History on the Internet
Friday, October 27 – November 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students will learn how to use the Internet for family history research, identify and explore popular genealogy websites, and discover techniques for getting the most out the Internet search engines and databases.

Building your Family Tree
Friday, November 10 – 24, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This course will cover techniques using Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint for displaying your Genealogy history for presentations. You should have the basic skills of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint before registering for this course.

 

Flower Power…Think Sunshine…Be Happy!
Monday, September 18, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club

No Charge – Reservations needed
Members of the Grosse Pointe Farm and Garden Club will be here to help us create simple arrangements in vases to be used in the cafe and other areas of the SOC building. You do not need any experience in flower arranging and the garden club will supply all necessary materials. What could be better than working with gorgeous flowers?

 

Preparation and Planning – A Quality of Life and Caregiving Discussion
Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Rhonda Hamborsky, Certified Dementia Practitioner and MA Gerontology Student
No Charge – Reservations needed
Rhonda writes and speaks on the topics of Alzheimer’s and end of life and is also a Hospice volunteer and an advocate for brain wellness. Are you or a loved one confronting a chronic or terminal illness? Do you want your family to understand well – your wishes for quality of life? Do you understand the differences between Hospice and Palliative care? Do you need assistance having the conversation and doing the planning? Have you thought about developing a care map? Join us for a facilitated discussion, during which the considerations for decision making for quality of life will be examined. You will take away a care map for yourself or a loved one, in addition to learning some conversation tools to aid in a discussion with your loved ones.

 

Individual Nutritional Counseling
Wednesday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. then 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator – Alena Krygier, Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe
No Charge – Reservations needed
Do you have questions about your diet or need help following a certain diet? If so, Nancy Weiss, Beaumont registered dietitian will be available for individual appointments. She will talk with you one-on-one about your diet questions and can provide you with educational materials. Come discuss topics such as weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal issues or any other diet related topics. Make your appointment for a 30 minute session and please state what health issue you would like to address.

 

Home Safety for Seniors
Thursday, September 21, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Rachel Nagorsen, Lake Shore Senior Living
No Charge – Reservations needed
How do you know if you or your loved one is safe living at home alone? Are there steps to take to help you or your loved one be safer at home? This seminar will review safety issues for seniors. Home safety assessment information and tips will be discussed.

 

PREVNT (Prevent Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Exploitation, Neglect Today) 
Tuesday, September 26, 1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Gillian Bentley – Disability Network Oakland and Macomb
No Charge – reservations necessary
Please join us for a free awareness presentation regarding elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Research indicates that one in ten American elders are affected by some type of abuse. Unfortunately, abuse can happen in all types of relationships as a result of family dynamics, caregiver interactions, or targeted scams that prey on vulnerability. Through the PREVNT program you can learn how to recognize high risk situations and various ways to get assistance. Only through YOU can we make progress in changing the statistics and address the abuse that is occurring in our communities.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “The Importance of Daily Stretching for Injury Prevention”
Thursday, September 28, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health and Rehabilitation Center 
Craig Miller– PT 
No Charge – Reservations needed 
A comprehensive look at stretching for the arms, legs and trunk as a means of injury prevention.

 

Keeping a Lock on your Finances
Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Rhonda Hamborsky, Certified Dementia Practitioner and MA Gerontology Student
No Charge – Reservations necessary
Join us for a review of the top frauds perpetrated on our older citizens and learn what to avoid. Rhonda Hamborsky, Elder Advocate will give you education and tips compiled from the FBI, the IRS, NOLO (a do it yourself legal aid service), NCOA (National Council on Aging), AARP and other credible sources to help you stay financially and digitally aware and safe.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – Core Strengthening Exercises
Thursday, October 12, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health and Rehabilitation Center 
Craig Miller– PT 
No Charge – Reservations needed 
Craig will be discussing and providing demonstrations of a collection of core strengthening exercises designed to protect the spine, increase energy conservation and dynamic balance and improve safety by decreasing the risk for falls.

 

Memoir Writing Class
Thursdays, October 19- November 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nancy Solak
$20.00 for 4 sessions – Registration required
Maximum of 8
In these workshops, you will be given writing prompts to stimulate memories and creativity. There are guidelines by which the workshop is held, including the necessity of complete confidentiality among the participants, only giving feedback that supports the writer, and understanding that each person has a unique voice. The craft of writing (i.e., grammar, metaphor, simile, alliteration) will only be touched upon. The goal of the workshop is to tap your creativity. Please make your reservation early by calling 313-882-9600.
Nancy Solak is an award-winning author and editor, a certified workshop leader in the Amherst Writers Method, the author of A Footpath in Umbria: Living, Loving and Laughing in Italy, and maintains a web site called A Reluctant Traveler: www.areluctanttraveler.net

 

Aging Parents? Strategies to remain Conflict–Free 
Thursday, October 19, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Attorney Sean Cleland, Cleland Collaboritive Solutions and Marian Battersby,  Home Instead Senior Care
(Presented in partnership between Services for Older Citizens and The Family Center)
No charge – Reservations necessary
Families with aging parents face a multitude of issues and concerns. Learn how to resolve conflicts and work together within your family to put primary focus on the elderly family member(s).

 

The Importance of Hearing Well
Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Lynn M. Shawl, Community Outreach Coordinator for Miracle Ear
No Charge – Reservations required
When we do not hear all the wonderful sounds of life, we are not truly enjoying life to it’s fullest.  If you have questions about hearing reduction, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the importance of hearing well.  Lynn will host this short informative presentation.  Afterwards there will be an opportunity to have your hearing screened for FREE! Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Don’t Hurt Yourself taking care of your Loved One”
Thursday, October 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health and Rehabilitation Center 
Craig Miller– PT 
No Charge – Reservations needed 
Learn how to safely help someone at home who needs physical assistance with daily mobility.

 

Artist Lounge: “Sunset”

Wednesday, October 11, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

$20.00 – Registration required

Minimum of 10 participants

The Artist Lounge returns! NO PAINTING EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. You will walk away with your own personal masterpiece! You will be given an 11” x 14” canvas to begin your work of art. The instructor will walk you through the painting so you cannot fail. What a fun way to spend the afternoon!

 

Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesdays, October 11 – November 29, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Evola Music
$39 for 8 sessions plus a $15 material fee – Registration required
Maximum of 12
Learn to play your favorite songs in just a few weeks without tedious drills or finger exercises. Learn to play for the fun of it in groups with other people just like you! Evola Music is excited about partnering with SOC in providing a music program for active retirees. Playing an instrument can benefit you mentally, physically and socially, no matter if you’re 5 or 95. Scientific research reveals playing a musical instrument exercises the brain and helps to fight memory loss. It helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  Meeting new friends through a common love of music is one of the lasting benefits of this program.

 

 

Creative Workshops and Crafts

The SOC Sing – Along Serenaders!
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Choir Director: Jean Curtis Demeulmeester
No Charge – reservations needed
If you love to sing, in tune or out, you are exactly the person we are looking for! All singers are invited! Experienced? Great, but not necessary. Read music? Nice, but also not necessary. Do you like to just have fun and make new friends? This IS necessary😊. Bring in at least 10 of your favorite songs.

 

The Chit Chat and Color Club…It’s fun and relaxing!!!
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Mary Kay Fiorentino
No Charge – reservations are necessary
If you would like to relax and socialize at the same time, come and join us for our brand new “Chit Chat and Color Club”. Just like meditation, coloring allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate anxiety and produce a sense of calm. The health benefits are tremendous. We will supply the coloring books and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.

 

Knitting for Charity
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Matheson, employed at The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe.
Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations are necessary
Join our group to knit a wide variety of items to benefit local residents touched by cancer. The group began with knitting caps for chemo patients and has expanded to scarves, small lap blankets, shawls and more. The knit lap blankets are for Henry Ford Hospital-Cottage, Radiation Oncology department. The knit caps are for Knit Michigan. Knitters can choose any project they like!

 

No-Sew Fleece Blanket-Making
Wednesdays, 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
Sponsor: Blanketed with Love
No Charge, reservations needed
Come and help this wonderful, non-profit organization, “Blanketed with Love” fulfill their goal of making 500 fleece, no sew blankets for those in need. No experience necessary.

 

SOC Sing-a-long Group!
Wednesdays beginning September 13, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Choir Director: Jean Curtis Demeulmeester
No Charge – Reservations needed
Our SOC Sing-a-along group has been on summer vacation and is happily returning by popular demand! All singers invited! Experienced? Great, but not necessary. Read music? Nice, but also not necessary. If you love to sing, you are exactly the person we are looking for! Bring in at least 10 of your favorite songs.


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