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.

 

Sanders Factory Tour & Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit
Friday, March 9
$25 per person (includes bus transportation, admission to tour/exhibit; lunch is on your own)
A sweet tour indeed!We will go on a guided tour that includes free chocolate samples, the history of Sanders and, of course, a visit to the Chocolate and Ice Cream Shoppe. Before the tour we will visit the Lorenzo Cultural Center located at the Macomb Community College campus to visit the exhibit Making Macomb: Voyagers to Swing Votes. Lunch at Max and Erma’s at Partridge Creek. Arrive for check-in no later than 9:15 am – Return to the War Memorial by 3:00 pm.

 

Downtown and Beyond Bus Tour with the Detroit Experience Factory & Lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug
Tuesday, April 10
$55 per person (includes bus transportation, tour, 2 tour guides and informational materials; lunch is on your own)
Bus tours are a fun and engaging way to expand the area of your tour and see more of Detroit. The Detroit Experience Factory has designed a unique 4-hour tour for our patrons! Knowledgeable tour guides will explain historical facts and the exciting endeavors going on in our beloved city. Some of the highlights will be Campus Martius Park, The Guardian Building, Historic Indian Village, The Willis/Canfield Retail District, and may others. We will stop for lunch at Traffic Jam and Snug. Arrive for check-in no later than 9:00 am – Return to the War Memorial by 3:30 pm.

 

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

Free Tax Preparation Assistance at SOC
Thursdays, February 1st through April 12th
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer run tax counseling service preparing taxes and answering tax related questions free of charge for taxpayers of all ages from middle to low income with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. The program offers free, quality, confidential tax preparation service. Appointments can be made beginning January 15th and are taken on a first come basis. All slots fill quickly.

 

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

 

Groups

Sing-a-along Group!

Every Wednesday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Choir Director: Jean Curtis Demeulmeester
No Charge – reservations needed
If you like to sing but would love to sing with a group vs. in the shower, please join us for an extremely pleasant afternoon. No experience necessary…just a desire to sing!

 

Grannie Nannies

The First Friday of the month, March 2 and April 6, 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.

 

Loss and Grief Recovery Support Group 

First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

No Charge – reservations needed
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.

 

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.

 

Games

Contract Bridge Lessons – Beginners
Wednesdays, January 17 – February 21, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cynthia Luce –  Life Master and member of the American Contract Bridge League
$20 for 6 sessions –  registration required
Maximum of 12
If you always wanted to learn how to play bridge, this is your opportunity.  Cynthia will teach you how to bid, how to keep score and the basic dynamics of the game. Her method of teaching is casual and fun!

 

Intermediate Bridge Lessons
Wednesdays, March 14 – April 18, 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. Basic knowledge of Bridge is required.

 

Mah Jongg Club
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

No Charge – reservations needed
American Mahjong, more commonly known as Mah Jongg or Maahj, is a variant of the Chinese game Mah Jongg. American Mah Jongg utilizes racks to hold each player’s tiles, jokers, and “Hands and Rules” score cards. It has several distinct gameplay mechanics such as “The Charleston”,which is a set of required passes, and optional passing of the tiles. If you know how to play the American version of this ancient game, come join the fun!

 

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.

 

Bingo
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

$2.00 per card – registration required
Bingo’s history can be traced back to 1530, to an Italian lottery called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia,” which is still played every Saturday in Italy. From Italy the game was introduced to France in the late 1770s, where it was called “Le Lotto,” a game played among wealthy Frenchmen (who knew?). Bingo is fun, good exercise for your brain, and a great social gathering. Join us for fun, friendship and 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. Similar to Contract Rummy, Progressive Rummy is played with three to eight players and two decks of cards. This version of rummy includes all four jokers from the two decks, totalling 108 cards. It’s an extremely popular variation of Rummy and pretty addictive. Guaranteed!

 

Texas Hold’em Poker
Poker Lessons and Tournament: Every Monday, 10:00 a.m. 

For more information about the game and fees, contact Harry Burkey, 313-885-1393

No Charge – reservations needed
Described as a “thinking man’s game,” Texas Hold’em had a humble start in the poker world. Robstown, Texas, is officially recognised as the place in which it originated. Learn to play this popular, competitive game where the object is to win everyone else’s game chips and then join our weekly tournament. For most of the players, the game is more about the fun and friendship than the competition.

 

Health and Wellness

“BrainStorm – A Workout for the Mind Workshop”
Tuesdays, February 6 – April 3, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitators:  Janet Horan, RN and Allie Short, Wayne State University Masters in Social Work Intern
$15 – 9 sessions
Reservations required – Maximum of 20
SOC’s BrainStorm Workshop consists of 9 sessions of research-based wellness activities developed by the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. BrainStorm addresses multiple facets of brain health, as well as physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Presentations are filled with hands-on activities, humor, social interaction, and take-home materials.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Balance Matters Too…”
Thursday, February 22, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
ShorePointe – A Beaumont Health & Rehabilitation Center
Craig Miller –Physical Therapist
 No Charge – reservations needed
Falls often occur due to a variety of factors; some external, such as your home set up, and some internal, such as decreased strength or range of motion of our joints.  Many of us know about the benefits of exercises that improve our strength, endurance and flexibility, but did you know that it is possible to exercise your balance system?  Craig will describe how the balance system works, and take you through a range of exercises/activities intended to help you improve your balance system.

 

Managing your Diabetes by Counting Carbohydrates
Wednesday, March 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Andrea Hageman – Registered Dietitian, Beaumont Grosse Pointe
No Charge – reservations needed
Learn how to better manage diabetes by counting carbohydrates. Andrea will discuss portion sizes, nutrition label reading and tips on how to improve blood sugar control through your diet.

 

DPATH (Diabetes Personal Action Towards Health) Workshop
Tuesdays, March 20 – April 24 – 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Donna Hutcherson, RN – Advantage Living Center
No Charge – reservations needed
Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DPATH) is a workshop for adults with type 2 diabetes, their family, friends and caregivers. The DPATH program was developed at Stanford University and is designed specifically to provide the skills and tools needed for you to improve your health and manage your symptoms. It doesn’t matter how long you have had diabetes or how well or how poorly you think you are doing with your diabetes. Anyone with diabetes can attend. This workshop will give you the support you need to find practical ways to deal with diabetes, discover better nutrition, exercise choices, and learn ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home –
How to Safely Assist Someone who requires Help with Functional Mobility  
Thursday, March 22, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Heartland Health Care Center – Keith Finley, Physical Therapist
No Charge – reservations needed 
We will take a close look at how to apply safe handling techniques and equipment for helping someone with various types of transfers (getting in and out of bed, getting in and out a chair, getting in and out of a car, and getting in and out of the shower / bath) while protecting the caregiver with education for utilizing proper body mechanics.

 

Cooking Demonstration – Low Sodium Cooking for Blood Pressure Control
Wednesday, April 4, 12:30 p.m.
Nancy Weiss, Registered Dietitian and Chef Dan Kellogg – Beaumont Grosse Pointe
No Charge – reservations needed
Nancy and Dan will discuss how to cook great tasting meals without adding salt. They will demonstrate how to improve your blood pressure through diet and teach you how to use different seasonings to make your meals healthy and delicious.

 

How to get a Good Night Sleep
Tuesday, April 17, 1:00 p.m.
Virginia Skiba, M.D. and Maria Tovar, M.D., Senior Staff Physicians,
Sleep Disorders and Research Center – Henry Ford Health System
No Charge – reservations needed
Tired of being tired? Learn all about the best sleep practices, the changes in sleep in the elderly and obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Workshop: Live Your Best Life with Parkinson’s Disease
Learn how to Improve or maintain your quality of life while living with Parkinson’s. 

Join us for a two part series at the Services for Older Citizens in Grosse Pointe Farms.

“The Role of Rehabilitation Therapy in Managing Parkinson’s Disease”
Wednesday, April 18, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Keith Finley, PT and Maribeth Saylor, OT, Heartland Health Care Center
Sponsor: Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation
No Charge – reservations needed
This program will explore the role of the rehabilitation therapies in prevention of problems a person with Parkinson’s may experience related to mobility changes and in management of problems.  Topics addressed will include gait, balance, tasks for daily living and the role of exercise in managing Parkinson’s symptoms.

“Managing the Anxiety and Depression Associated with Parkinson’s Disease”
Wednesday, April 25, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Daniel Stettner, LP, PhD, Licensed Psychologist with St. John Providence and Eastwood Community Clinic
Sponsor: Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation
No Charge – reservations needed 
This presentation will provide coping strategies of living with a chronic disease. It will address the stages of grief, managing anxiety, visualization, mindfulness, deep breathing, and recognizing the signs of depression and the benefits of exercise in combatting depression.  It will also discuss pharmacological options.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – Techniques on how to Perform Daily Activities using Less Energy.
Thursday, April 26, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 
Heartland Health Care Center
Keith Finley – Physical Therapist
No Charge – reservations needed 
We will examine useful ideas for helping people perform daily responsibilities with less energy expenditure including personal hygiene, dressing, meal preparation, light household cleaning and laundry.

 

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

$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.

 

Free Blood Pressure Screening

The Second 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.

 

Call 313-882-9600 to reserve your spot for all activities.
If there is a charge, your registration will not be complete without payment.

Refund Policy:
If SOC cancels an activity or event, you will be reimbursed in full.  If you cancel your registration prior to the start date (excluding trips), you will be given a SOC gift certificate as your refund.  No refunds can be made after the start date of an activity or event. 

 

Technology

One-on-One Technology Instructions
Every Friday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Do you have questions about your cell phone, computer or tablet but you are either too embarrassed to ask your family for help or you just don’t want to bother them?  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.

 

Computer Basics – Windows, Word Processor, Email and Internet
Tuesdays, January 23 – March 20, 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 – Maximum of 20
This hands-on course will guide students through the fundamentals of computer literacy. Concepts and skills to be learned include windows basics, word processor basics, e-mail and internet. No computer experience is required, but students are urged to practice on computers as the course progresses. This course uses Microsoft Windows computers and Microsoft Office software. This is a lab-lecture class in which skills are presented by the instructor and students will complete tasks individually or in groups. Students must bring a flash drive to class for storage of exercise files. 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.

 

What is an App and how can it make my Life easier?
Thursdays, February 1 – March 29, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Facilitator:  Erica Jankowski, SW Intern, BSW student at Wayne State University
No charge – reservations necessary – Maximum of 6
Apps for smartphones or tablets can make your life easier and more interesting. However, with thousands of apps available to individuals and more coming out daily, picking the best ones can be difficult to find. In this group, you will learn more about senior friendly apps pertaining to your health, staying connected with friends and family, and brain games, and downloading them to your device.

 

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!

 

Enhanced Fitness – 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: 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.

Continuing Class for those with SOC Tai Chi Experience
Tues. 9:00 a.m. Instructor: Susan Smith

Tai Chi Beginner Class
Thurs. 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: “The Founder” – PG 13
Monday, February 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time:  115 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. The movie details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

 

Movie: “La La Land” – PG 13
Monday, March 26, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 128 minutes

$2.00 – Registration required
La La Land
is more than the most acclaimed movie of the year – it’s a cinematic treasure for the ages that you’ll fall in love with again and again. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams – and finding each other – in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.

 

Movie: “Going in Style” – PG 13
Monday, April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Running Time: 120 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

 

Parties and Celebrations 

Paczki Fest!
Tuesday, February 13
$1.00 per Paczek – registration required
We will special order for you, one or more paczek to celebrate our annual Paczki Fest! Call the SOC front desk at 313-882-9600 and let us know your favorite flavor of paczek by 12 noon, Friday, February 9.   You can choose from strawberry, custard, raspberry, apple, lemon, apricot, prune and blueberry.  Note:  We have been seriously reprimanded in the past by referring to one paczek (singular pronounced “ poon-check”)  as paczki (plural).  So just to recap, order one paczek or two or more paczki.😊.

 

“A Winter Serenade”  Luncheon
Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Entertainment:  Michigan Opera Theatre
Sponsor:  Lakeshore Senior Living
$10.00 – registration required
Lucky us!  Once again, we are all in for a really special treat!  First in keeping with the beginning of the Chinese New Year, we thought it would be appropriate and fun to serve a Chinese meal catered by Moy’s, our favorite local Chinese caterer, consisting of an egg roll, pork fried rice, almond chicken and sweet and sour pork plus dessert.  Then sit back as the Michigan Opera Theatre whisks you right out of your mid-winter doldrums with a repertoire of some of your favorite musical theatre hits plus, of course, a bit of opera.  If you missed this event last year, do not make the same mistake twice!  This event is made possible by the Mary Thompson Foundation.

 

March and April Birthday Celebrations!
Thursday, March 8, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Thursday, April 12, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in March or April? 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!

 

11th Annual SOC Spelling Bee and Luncheon!
Wednesday, March 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsor: Lake Shore Senior Living
No charge – reservations needed
Whether you are going to participate in the spelling bee or just cheer the spellers on, you need to join us for this totally fun, unique and free event not to mention also a FREE LUNCH! And those of you who pride yourself in being a good speller, please join us and test your skills and possibly win some great prizes!

 

Classes and Presentations 

Play for Fun – Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesdays, January 24 – March 28, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Evola Music
$49 for 10 weeks plus a $20 Book  – The book fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class
Registration required – 
Maximum of 12
Learn to play for the FUN of it – You will learn to play your favorite songs in just a few weeks using a proven method. No experience necessary. Keyboards are available for rent.

 

Play for Fun – Continuing Class for People who took the First Session
Wednesdays, January 24 – March 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor:  Evola Music
$49 for 10 weeks plus a $20 Book  – the book fee  is payable to the instructor on the first day of class –
Registration required – 
Maximum of 12
Continue learning to play for the FUN of it. Advance to the next book level and continue your musical journey!

 

Sign Language – Beginners  
Thursdays:  January 25 – March 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Stewart Glen
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Maximum of 12
Students will learn how to communicate with deaf individuals through the use of sign language.  The instructor will explain beginning vocabulary, grammar, finger spellings and insight into the deaf culture.

 

Conversational French – Beginner
Fridays, January 26 – March 23, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. Dib Saab
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Minimum of 8
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).

 

Conversational French – Intermediate
Fridays, January 26 – March 23, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. Dib Saab
Location:  SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No Charge – reservations needed – Minimum of 8
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).

 

Senior Resources Team of Experts
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Cindy Shields, MSN NP-C and Marianne Garascia, ACSW, LMSW
Wilson Center: Senior Resources for Independent Living, St. John Providence/Ascension
No Charge – reservations needed – Space is Limited
Join us for a panel discussion for individuals, family members, caregivers and friends who are looking for answers to many of the challenges that are facing our seniors today.
· Are you feeling unsure about what to do, how to keep your loved one safe and healthy?
· Are you feeling overwhelmed with figuring out their needs, understanding the options, and making decisions?
· Where do you go?
· Who do you ask?
Bring your questions and concerns to our panel discussion! Our multi-disciplinary panel will include experts in their particular field and might include: case management, geriatric nurse practitioner, geriatric social worker, elder law, senior living placement, private hire, community centers, home health, hospice, advanced planning – licensed funeral director and more. Each panel member will take a few minutes to explain their respective field, and then the floor will be open to YOUR questions. All panel members will be available for a short time following the discussion.

 

For the Love of Music – History of the Orchestra
Mondays, April 2 – 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jean Curtis Demeulemeester
$16 – Registrations Required
Maximum of 12
For all lovers of the Symphony, spend your Monday afternoons in April here at SOC. In this class you will learn how the orchestra (different instruments) is placed and the different instrument families and their sounds, which include percussion, string, reed and brass.

 

Creating Confident Caregivers

Thursdays, April 5 – May 10, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Carolyn Van Dorn, Nursing Unlimited
No charge – reservations needed
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 caregiving skills. You will learn strategies to reduce caregiver stress, improve caregiver confidence, create a positive caregiving 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.

 

Play for Fun – Beginning Piano Lessons
Wednesdays, April 11 – June 13, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Evola Music
$49 for 10 weeks plus a $20 Book – registration required
The Book is Payable to the instructor on the first day of class  

registration required
Maximum of 12
Learn to play for the FUN of it – You will learn to play your favorite songs in just a few weeks using a proven method. No experience necessary. Keyboards are available for rent.

 

Play for Fun – Continuing Class for People who took the First Session
Wednesdays, April 11 – June 13, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Evola Music
$49 for 10 weeks plus a $20 Book – registration required
The Book is Payable to the instructor on the first day of class  

registration required
Maximum of 12
Continue learning to play for the FUN of it. Advance to the next book level and continue your musical journey!

 

Medicare 101

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Deborah Wagner and Micki Nowinski, Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program Counselors

No Charge – reservations needed – space is limited
If you’re about to become eligible for Medicare, you no doubt have questions about this very complex, confusing program. Your mailbox is probably full of correspondence from different insurance companies urging you to sign up for their prescription drug, Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement plans. What’s a person to do? SOC’s Medicare counselors can help you sort through the Medicare maze. Every three months, SOC offers a 90 minute session on Medicare 101. You’ll get a comprehensive overview of Medicare, including: what is and isn’t covered, the costs involve, the pros and cons of different optional plans and how to sign up. SOC also offers free, one-on-one appointments with our Medicare counselors to help you understand your options, choose the best plans for you and answer any specific questions you have. The best time to meet is during the three months before your 65th birthday. Call Information and Assistance to get in touch with a Medicare counselor.

 

Aging in Place
Thursday, April 19, 1:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Cindy Shields, MSN NP-C and Marianne Garascia, ACSW, LMSW
Wilson Center: Senior Resources for Independent Living, St. John Providence/Ascension
Most seniors desire to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives. To age in place requires knowledge and planning. Join us to discuss ways to enhance the quality of life for older adults experiencing functional, cognitive, and physical changes related to aging, and strategies to remain safe in the home. Learn about the Senior Resources for Independent Living Centers in Grosse Pointe and Novi.

 

Call 313-882-9600 to reserve your spot for all activities.
If there is a charge, your registration will not be complete without payment.

Refund Policy:
If SOC cancels an activity or event, you will be reimbursed in full.  If you cancel your registration prior to the start date (excluding trips), you will be given a SOC gift certificate as your refund.  No refunds can be made after the start date of an activity or event. 

 

Creative Workshops and Crafts

Drawing and Painting
Tuesdays, January 23 – March 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jacquline Duncan
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.

 

Memoir Writing Class
Thursdays, January 25 – February 15, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator:  Nancy Solak
$20.00 – 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.

Nancy Solak, a certified facilitator of the Amherst Writers & Artists method, will be releasing her second travel memoir, Welcome to Here: A Reluctant Traveler Goes to China, early in 2018.  Visit Nancy’s web site, A Reluctant Traveler www.areluctanttraveler.net

 

Writing through Grief and Loss
Mondays, April 2 – 23, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Nancy Kelley
$16 – registration required
Maximum of 12
In this workshop we use the tool of writing to navigate through grief and loss. In each session participants will be given various prompts to stimulate thoughts for writing and then have the opportunity to share their responses if they choose. Workshop guidelines include strict confidentiality and provide group members the opportunity to make supportive comments about shared writing. Though not intended as a support or therapy group, individuals often experience this writing process as therapeutic. This workshop is based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method which celebrates the unique voice within each of us. The actual craft of writing may be touched upon but is peripheral to our activity. This is a writing workshop open to all levels predicated on the belief that each of is already a writer with a unique story to tell.

Nancy Kelley managed both academic and various newspaper publications throughout her career. Now retired, she enjoys writing memoir, short fiction and poetry. She graduated with a BA in English from Alma College and a Masters in Communication and Fine Arts from Wayne State University.

 

Knitting for Charity
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Patty Matheson
The Wool and the Floss, Grosse Pointe
Sponsor: Heartland Health Care Center,
Grosse Pointe Woods
No Charge – reservations needed

This long-standing SOC group is always looking for more talented (or new!) knitters. They have gathered weekly for many years to knit a wide variety of items to benefit local residents touched by cancer. The need is great for caps for chemo patients, scarves, small lap blankets, shawls and more. Join us in supporting the Henry Ford Hospital – Cottage, Radiation Oncology department and 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 the wonderful, non-profit organization, “Blanketed with Love” fulfil their goal of making 500 fleece, no sew blankets for those in need. Making and donating soft comforting blankets for all ages, this group has donated to many local charities, including Sweet Dreamzzz, Saint Patrick’s Senior Center in Detroit, the Detroit Rescue Mission. No experience necessary, just a kind heart!

 

The Chit Chat and Color Club…It’s Fun and Relaxing!!!

Wednesdays, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

No Charge – reservations needed
If you would like to relax and socialize at the same time, come and join us for our “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 (from simple to complex!) and the colored pencils. All you need to bring is a desire to relax and have fun.

 


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