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.

 

 

Tour of DPTV- Detroit Public Television Station
Thursday, June 8
$29 per person–Includes bus transportation and tour.
Patron is responsible for own lunch costs. 

Arrive for check in no later than 9:00 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 4:00 p.m.
WTVS Detroit Public Television is the viewer-supported PBS member station serving the nation’s 11th largest television market. DPTV is the only public television station in the Detroit market and Michigan’s most watched public station, regularly viewed by some 1.5 million people in southeast Michigan each week. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the station and watch a taping of a popular show. We will enjoy lunch at Volare Ristorante in downtown Wixom.

 

Romeo and Juliet – Festival Theater in Stratford
Thursday, June 29 – 2pm performance
$150 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.
Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families. But daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost, as the needless sacrifice of young lives brings this heartbreaking story to its tragic conclusion. Lunch will be at Bard’s Steakhouse.
Must have an unexpired passport or Enhanced Driver’s License to attend.

 

Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Tuesday, July 18
$60 per person–Includes Motor Coach, admission tickets
Patron responsible for own lunch costs at the Taste of the Gardens Café
Arrive for check in no later than 7:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 6:00 p.m.
A destination marrying world-renowned sculpture and horticultural landscapes, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s indoor and outdoor gardens and sculpture galleries hold something for the whole family to enjoy. A landmark exhibition features internationally renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State is his first show in the upper Midwest as well as the first of its kind for the artist at a botanical garden or sculpture park. Ai Weiwei has emerged as one of the definitive cultural voices of the 21st century. This will be a self-guided trip. Trip is co-sponsored with The Grosse Pointe Garden Center.

 

Million Dollar Quartet – Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, Ontario
Thursday, August 3 – 2pm performance
$110 per person (Includes Motor Coach, theater tickets, lunch and bus snack)
Arrive for check in no later than 9:45 a.m. – Return to The War Memorial by 6:30 p.m.
They came together to make music. They ended up making rock ‘n’ roll history. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award winning hit musical inspired by the legendary 1956 recording session at Sun Records in Memphis. History was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought together then-rising star Johnny Cash, unknown Jerry Lee Lewis, veteran musician Carl Perkins, and chart-topper Elvis Presley for the first and only time. Lunch at the Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend.
Must have an unexpired passport or Enhanced Driver’s License to attend.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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: Room – R
Friday, June 30, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time: 118 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required

Critics are raving about this ”must see” drama which tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. However, they are trapped in a windowless, 11-by-11-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named ”Room.” As Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

 

Movie: “The 33” – PG 13
Friday, July 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Running Time: 127 minutes
$2.00 – Registration required
Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed men. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a test of the human spirit.

 

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.

 

Parties and Celebrations

June Birthday Celebration!
Thursday, June 8, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in May or June? 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!

 

July Birthday Celebration!
Thursday, July 13, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in July? 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!

 

August Birthday Celebration!
Thursday, August 10, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
No Charge – reservations needed
Celebrating your birthday in August? 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!

 

“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!

 

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.

 

**Canceled** Genealogy
Fridays, May 26 – July 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Felecia Lewis- Williams,Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
Location: Wayne County Community College University Center Computer Lab
Maximum 20
No charge – reservations needed
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.

 

 

**Canceled** Genealogy Continued…
Fridays, June 30 – July 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Felecia Lewis- Williams
Location: Wayne County Community College University Center Computer Lab
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
Maximum 20
No charge – reservations needed
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.

 

 

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.

 

Services for Older Citizens Introduces genusConnect
Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Presenter: Joe Gleason, genusConnect Founder
No charge – reservations needed
Introducing genusConnect, the family Caregiver app. Join us for an informative and heartwarming evening introducing an innovative app designed specifically with family caregivers in mind: genusConnect. Founder Joe Gleason will share how the platform provides family caregivers with the ability to coordinate, communicate and care better, together. Highlights will include insights from care professionals, doctors, lawyers, and psychologists, along with powerful stories from fellow “givers of care” who have been by the side of their loved one providing them with love and support through their time of need. The event will also include a complete walk-through of the app’s full capabilities explaining how it connects you to your family members and a loved one in need.
RSVP is helpful, but not required: http://www.genusconnect.org/SOCrsvp/

 

Maximize Social Security
Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Matthew Swegles, Raymond James
No charge – reservations needed by June 1
Given the thousands of complex rules and hundreds of claiming options, creating a plan of action for Social Security can be an overwhelming prospect. One Social Security misstep could leave you missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone.  Join us for a free seminar on ways to maximize your Social Security benefits and optimize your retirement strategy. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

 

Un-Lock the Keys to Healthy Aging – Free SOC Wellness Screening Day
Wednesday, June 14, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reservations required by June 7 to reserve a box lunch
Free Health Screenings! Free Healthy Box Lunch! Free Tin Can Raffles! Information Tables! TED Talks on health and wellness, and more! The following screenings will be available through St. John Health System, Beaumont Health System and Henry Ford Health System: Fall Risk Assessment, Hearing Screening, Carotid Artery Screening, Depression Screening, Knee Pain/Osteoarthritis Evaluations, Droopy Eye Lid Vision Screening, Ask the Doctor, BMI/BP, Nutrition Screening and Pharmacy Medicine Review. The St. John Mobile Heart and Vascular Screening Center will also be on-site. They will perform comprehensive heart and vascular screenings for $55.00.

 

Elder Mediation
Tuesday, June 20, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Facilitator: Antonia Harbin-Lamb, MBA, JD
Great Lakes Legal Mediation (Division of Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan)
No charge – reservations needed
The Great Lakes Legal Mediation Division’s mission is to help families coming apart, come together. Mediation helps parties assess risks, allows the parties to attain their own best resolution, saves time, money, and it is preventative against elder abuse when used early.  Our goal is to help protect seniors’ right to self-determination by resolving conflict between the older adult, their family, their caregiver, and their care team when communication becomes difficult. We intend to assist individuals to preserve or restore relationships by eliminating fundamental misunderstandings and by improving communication between parties. Learn about whether mediation is right for you and your family.

 

(Rescheduled) Meet “Duke” the Grosse Pointe Farms’ Police Canine
Tuesday, June 27, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Police Safety Officer Tim Harris and “Duke” 
No Charge – reservations needed
Come and meet Duke and his handler, Officer Tim Harris who loves to show off Duke and his capabilities. Duke is the only Police Canine for all of the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods who is often borrowed by the St. Clair Shores and the Eastpointe Police Departments. Learn why certain breeds are used as Police Canine and the selection process for Police work. Find out what is going through Duke’s mind on and off duty and his lifestyle during his days off. There will be time for questions and answers after Duke demonstrates his evidence search and narcotics detection abilities.

 

Low Back Pain
Thursday, June 29, 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
David Williams, PT and Kelli Roskelly, PT, Henry Ford Medical Group Physical Therapists,
No charge – reservations needed
Henry Ford’s Physical Therapists will address the mysteries of low back pain, including tips for prevention and an overview of treatments that do and don’t help. Learn which symptoms indicate the need for professional care, exercises to help alleviate some forms of back pain, and what to expect when you visit a physical therapist for treatment.

 

Spotlight on SOC Seniors
Wednesdays, July 5 – 26, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Harry Burkey
No Charge – reservations needed
Learn how to act and be in a movie! Harry Burkey, acting coach and member of the Screen Actors Guild, will teach students how to act for the screen. All students will be invited to participate in some short films being produced this summer.
For more info: Contact Harry Burkey, 313-885-1393.

 

Michigan Attorney General “In Home Care and Senior Residences”
Tuesday, July 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Zana Macki, Michigan Attorney General’s Office Consumer Education Program
No Charge – reservations needed
Decisions about long-term care are complicated and emotional. By visiting residences, becoming knowledgeable about their services and fees, and understanding the legal agreements you will be prepared to make informed decisions. For those of you who are considering in-home care and senior residences, this is a presentation not to be missed. Learn all about the different levels of in-home care available in your area and all about Michigan senior residence options and resources. Recognizing the warning signs of elder abuse will also be addressed.

 

“The Mind Diet” – Healthy Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Chef Dan Kellogg and Andrea Hageman, Registered Dietician – Beaumont Health System – Grosse Pointe
No charge – reservations needed

New research about the “MIND Diet” shows that adding foods such as leafy greens, berries and whole grains to your diet can improve your brain health by about 7 years and decrease your risk of developing dementia by 50%! Andrea and Dan will be discussing how to incorporate these foods into your diet in ways that they are easy to prepare.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – Core Strengthening Exercises
Thursday, July 13, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 10, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
Keith Finley – PT
No charge – reservations needed
Keith 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.

 

Gardening Practices
Tuesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, and Thursday, August 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Deirdre Hope, Master Gardener
Location: SOC
Wayne County Community College Continuing Education Class
No charge – reservations necessary
Back by popular demand, in this workshop Deirdre will be covering lawn care, tool care and sharpening, propagation and perennial splitting, pest management – good bug vs. bad bug and gardening for pollinators!

 

Veteran’s Benefits
Tuesday, July 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Mark Kelly, True Harbour Wealth
No charge – reservations needed
VA Accredited Agent, Mark B. Kelly President of True Harbour Wealth Management & Advisory Group, assists veterans and their families in understanding Veterans Benefits and Aid and Attendance. Mark is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are a veteran or the surviving spouse of a veteran, this is an excellent seminar on some of the ins and outs of the application process as well as understanding the qualification process. If you have considered the application process or have been told you do not qualify, this might be a good time to gain additional information for your long-term income needs.

 

Individual Nutritional Counselling
Wednesday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. then 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Facilitator – Nancy Weiss, 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.

 

Keeping you Fit at Home – “Modifications in the Home to Reduce your Risks for Falls”
Thursday, July 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Heartland Health Care Center – Grosse Pointe Woods
Keith Finley – PT
No charge – reservations needed
Six out of every 10 falls happen at home, where we spend much of our time and tend to move around without thinking about our safety. Many falls could be prevented by making simple changes in your living areas, as well as personal and lifestyle changes. Keith will explain the modifications you can make in your home that can reduce your risks for falls.

 

Demystifying Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, July 27, 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.

 

Cars and Trucks Art Exhibition & Classic Car Show
Saturday, July 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living
No Charge
Join us to explore the American love affair with cars and trucks and support art programs for dementia patients and their caregivers. The Grosse Pointe Art Center’s extraordinary “Car and Truck” art exhibit will move to SOC July 27. We will make a special day of it with classic cars from the Veteran Motor Car Club, an amazing ice cream sundae station where you can engineer the sundae of your dreams, and plenty of helpful information on brain health and community resources, including Home Instead and Nursing Unlimited. Although this event is free, we are asking for donations to support the GPAC’s art therapy program.

 

Medicare 101
Wednesday, August 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Deborah Wagner and Micki Nowinski, Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program Counselors
No Charge – reservations needed
Are you about to turn 65? Are you inundated with Medicare information in your mail? Are you confused about the process of signing up for Medicare? If you answered YES to any one of these questions, Medicare 101 is for you. This presentation will cover a variety of topics for individuals who will shortly become eligible for Medicare or who simply want a general overview of Medicare. We’ll discuss: what Medicare does or doesn’t cover; current premium costs; alternatives for supplementing traditional Medicare (including prescription drug plans, Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans); the enrollment process for individuals newly eligible for Medicare; and changes you can or cannot make after enrolling. You will come out of this program with a wealth of information and a better understanding of Medicare.

 

Preparation and Planning – A Quality of Life and Caregiving Discussion
Thursday, August 3, 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. 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.

 

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.

 

“The Detroit Tigers: The Big 50” Book Presentation
Tuesday, August 8, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Author: Tom Gage, Award Winning Sports Writer – Detroit News
No charge – reservations needed
This is a special treat! Are you a Tigers fan? Do you remember Tom Gage, the Detroit News’ sports writer who covered the Tigers from 1979 to 2014? Well, his newly published book combines his encyclopedic knowledge and passion for the Tigers to explore the most significant elements of franchise history. From the early years of Ty Cobb to the recent dominance of Miguel Cabrera, he provides a thorough and thoughtful ranking of the men and moments that helped define the Detroit baseball experience.
Add to the fun of the day- come early and join us for lunch. Our chef will be serving Ball Park Hot Dogs, coleslaw, a bag of chips, pop and a dessert.

 

12th Annual Senior Fun Day
Thursday, August 10, 9:30 – 2:30 a.m.
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
No charge- reservations needed
Join the fun at the 12th Annual Senior Fun Day, “A Day for Being Kind to Yourself”. The fun begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the event and valet parking is complimentary. The day will include workshops, panel discussions, a delicious lunch, entertainment by Matthew Ball, and a fabulous keynote presentation by Marl Ruhana. Reservations are limited to the first 230. Registration is required because the even is expected to be sold out, the group is unable to accept walk-ins. For more information or to register for the event, please call SOC at (313) 882-9600 or online by clicking the button below.
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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.

 

 

Creative Workshops and Crafts

Artist Lounge: “Red Poppies”
Wednesday, June 21, 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. Note: You can paint your poppies any beautiful shade that you’d like!

 

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.

 


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