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Official Newsletter of the Senior Citizens of Romulus FEBRUARY 2013
Free Valentine’s Luncheon is February 11
The annual Romulus Seniors Valentine’s Luncheon will get under way at 11 a.m. February 11 at the Senior Center. This year, the party will be FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Health Quest, which will provide pizza and beverages. There will be gifts and raffles. Entertainment will be provided by the Dubisky and Ryzner Band, so bring your dancing shoes. Health Quest representatives will educate seniors about how to stand properly to avoid and relieve back and neck pain and how proper posture will help get you through the day. Please register in advance if you plan to attend the luncheon so the Senior Center staff can get a count.
Photo from 2012 Valentine’s Luncheon
Above: Early arrivers enjoy each other’s company at last year’s Valentine’s party at the Senior Center.
Attorney General staff will provide tips on residential care
A representative of the Senior Brigade from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office will make a presentation about “residential care choices” and your rights. The discussion will take place during the Romulus Seniors Valentine’s Luncheon, which starts at 11 a.m. February 11 (see above). According to Attorney General Bill Schuette, seniors need information now more than ever to help them with financial and health care decisions and to protect themselves against scam artists and predators. Information will be distributed to seniors during the luncheon. In addition, the website www.seniorbrigade.com is a clearinghouse for helpful information on consumer protection, financial matters, health care issues and veterans services. Also, the Long Term Care Ombudsman program is available toll free at 1-800-833-9548 for residents and concerned relatives to investigate complaints, suggest remedies and assist with resident rights, payments, issues, guardianship and nursing home placement. The Ombudsman works with individual residents to resolve problems and promote high-quality care. The Ombudsman provides a community presence by routinely visiting residents of long-term care facilities.
Reminder: Free tax services available at the Senior Center
Tax season is here. The Romulus Senior Center provides free tax services through AARP to senior citizens ages 60 and older, handicapped persons and low-income individuals from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, February 7 through April 11. Tax services also will be available at the Romulus Senior Towers. Dates will be announced. Services are provided by appointment only. No walkins will be accepted. Call (734) 955-4120 to schedule an appointment.
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Staff of the Romulus Senior Center
February 5 February 12 February 19 Meeting, Games Bag Lunch Meeting, Games Bag Lunch No Meeting Sam’s Restaurant in Belleville Meeting, Games Birthdays Bag Lunch
Bingo is played at Noon Mondays and Wednesdays at the Senior Center. Everyone is invited to play for free. Thanks to our sponsors. Tender Care will provide pizza and cookies on February 6. Mission Home Health Care will provide pizza on Feb 13. Atlas Home Improvement will provide a snack and dessert on February 20.
Dates to Remember
Motor City Casino Feb. 19 – 9 am Talk to the Lawyer February 20 – 1 to 2 pm Haircuts $5 Feb. 23 – 10 am Commodities/ Focus Hope Feb. 21 – 9:30 am Caregiver Support Feb. 27 – 10 am Quilting Thursdays 6 pm
MEMBER’S BIRTHDAY January 16 Kathy Burgess
Game Days & Exercise Class
Members of the Romulus Senior Center can play games and exercise throughout the week: • Bingo is played at noon Mondays and Wednesdays. • Bunco is played at noon Tuesdays. • Pinochle and other games are played during Wednesday “Fun Days.” • Game Day is scheduled for noon Thursdays. • Pokeno is played at noon Fridays. • A new stress-free chair exercise class has been added to the Thursday schedule, starting at 9:30 a.m. To register, call the Senior Center at (734) 9554120. • Seniors who enjoy quilting and each other’s company gather at 6 p.m. Thursdays.
Fun Trips for Seniors
Sign up for trips at the Romulus Senior Center or call (734) 9554120. All trips must be paid in full upon booking. The admission prices include transportation. SOARING EAGLE DAY TRIP – February 5 and April 12. Six hours at Mount Pleasant’s casino. Receive up to $25 in casino incentives. Admission is $33 for February or $35 for April. CAESARS WINDSOR – February 12 and 18 and June 3 and 17. Receive $15 in casino incentives. A passport or enhanced license is required. Admission is $10. GUN LAKE CASINO – February 20. Receive $10 in slot play and $5 in food. Admission is $42. FIREKEEPERS DAY TRIP – March 7, April 28, May 22 and June 8. Receive $20 in coin and $5 in food. Admission is $33 for March and May or $35 for April or June. FOUR WINDS CASINO – March 12. Michigan’s largest casino, located in Buffalo. Receive $15 in coin and $10 in food. Admission is $47. HORSESHOE CASINO – March 19. Located in Cleveland. Admission is $72. SAGANING EAGLE’S LANDING – March 25. Located in Standish. Receive up to $20 in slot play. Admission is $32.
Mayor Lambert’s State of the City Address recognizes Romulus seniors and center
1 Mary Vick 2 Pat Witherow 3 Madeline Yeary 3 Fran Bredow 3 Patt Lucke 4 Eleanor Moore 6 Ethel Watkins 6 Bonnie Poet 6 John Treganowan 7 Pearl Brown 7 Ann Turner 7 William Wright 8 Ardena Vaughn 9 Kenneth Berlinn 9 Gloria Forbes 11 Alice Flood 12 JoAn Pallas 12 Vick Kossel 12 Garold Hoffer 13 Dorothy Friedman 14 Gladys Hadeynak 16 Cathy L Burgses 17 Jerry Fornwald 18 Verna Lalonde 19 Georgia Chears 19 William Galofaro 21 Alice McGrew 20 Emma Beanum 20 Dorothy Lutze 20 Karen Shonta 21 Laura Chesno 22 Georgia Cole 23 Ruby Richardson 25 Mildred Campbell 25 Mickey Durham 26 Alice Ries
Romulus Mayor Alan R. Lambert mentioned the city’s senior citizens and the Senior Center during his 2013 State of the City Address on January 15. Most notably, the Mayor said the Senior Center would be paid off in 2014. “I’m happy to announce that the center will be paid off by next year and the building will be free and clear,” Mayor Lambert said. The Mayor also praised the work of Director Rose Swidan and her staff as well as the volunteers who assist with Meals on Wheels and other services at the center. Mayor Lambert sent a “special hello” to the seniors in attendance for the speech and to those watching on the Romulus Government Channel (Channel 12 on Comcast). The State of the City was presented during a regular monthly meeting of the Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce. The speech continues to run periodically on Channel 12. (Thanks to Portrait America for providing the group photo. Thanks to Roger Kadau for the photo of Mayor Lambert.)
Motor City Casino
Romulus seniors are invited to visit Motor City Casino on Tuesday, February 19. A bus leaves the Romulus Senior Center at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 per person. The casino provides $20 in credit upon arrival. Seats are limited. More trips are detailed on Page 2 of this newsletter. For more details, call the Senior Center at (734) 955-4120.
The annual Mother/Son Valentine’s Dance is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, February 21, in the cafeteria of Romulus High School, 9650 Wayne Road. Admission is $16 per couple and $7 for each additional son. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road. Tickets will be sold from 5 to 6:30 p.m. February 1 and 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon February 16 and 4:30 to 6 p.m. February 18. No tickets will be sold at the door. The night includes a flower, a special photo, pizza, music, dancing and much more. The dance is presented by TM Photography and Event Planning and former Parks and Recreation director Tanya Cofield with special thanks to the City of Romulus, Romulus Community Schools, sponsors and volunteers. Proceeds help provide scholarships for 2013 graduates of Romulus High School. For more information, call (734) 635-6995.
The Romulus Senior Center is seeking donations of a shower chair and medical equipment. The center also needs plastic bags to pack commodities and meals. Thank you!
The Romulus senior center
Romulus Senior Center
36525 Bibbins, Romulus, Michigan 48117 (734) 955-4120 Mayor Senior Center Director Meals-On-Wheels Alan Lambert Rose Swidan Teddy Hall Sylvia Dubisky Betty Lenossi Karen Kusibab Leondo Smith Jesse Charles www.romulusgov.com
Have a Question? Find an Answer Senior Resources
Prescription Assistance Information (734) 282-7177 Food Assistance/ Wayne County Meals (734) 727-7357 Counseling & Substance Abuse (734) 729-9286 Department of Human Services (313) 277-4800 Care Management Family Resource (734) 282-7177
Chore Services (CDBG)
Hot Meals Daily
Please call the day before if you are interested in having lunch at the Senior Center: 955-4120.
City of Romulus Website
Closed for the Day
The Romulus Senior Center will be closed Tuesday, February 12, for Lincoln’s Birthday and Monday, February 18 for Presidents Day (Washington’s Birthday). The center will be closed Friday, February 15, which is an unpaid city furlough day.
Party Rooms for Rent
The Romulus Senior Center is a great place to celebrate birthdays, baby showers, family reunions and wedding receptions. The beautiful banquet halls and facilities at the Senior Center are available for rent at very affordable rates. There are rooms that can hold up to 120 people and they are available any day of the week. Bring your own caterer or make arrangements to use the Senior Center kitchen. Book early and tell your friends! For more details, please call the Senior Center at (734) 955-4120.
Caregiver Support Group
If you have ever wished you had an understanding person with whom to speak, know that you are not alone. A monthly Caregiver Support Group provides helpful information and assistance, including information on Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Meetings are generally scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Wednesday of the month (February 27) in the Board Room of the Romulus Senior Center, 36525 Bibbins. The group is provided by the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. There is no charge. In order for the family caregiver to attend, either the caregiver or the care recipient must be at least 60 years old. Those attending for the first time are asked to call to verify the date and time as the schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact Nancy Coman at (734) 955-6752, Extension 228. Individual counseling is also available.
Low-income residents are eligible for free commodities each month at the Romulus Senior Center. A variety of food is provided by The Emergency Food Assistance Program of Wayne County Senior Services. This month’s food distribution begins at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 17. Romulus Senior Director Rose Swidan encourages anyone in need of food any time to contact the center at (734) 955-4120.
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