Aging in Place
Staying Home as you Grow Older

This special series is presented by Friendship Centers of Emmet County. Presentations take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Monday, January 30:     Talking to Your Doctor
Monday, February 27:     Home Safety
Monday, March 27:     Preventing Falls and Fractures

It’s important to think ahead if you plan to stay in your home as you age. There are many issues that come up as people age that should be considered when deciding to stay in your home.

Chris Scott, R.N., Health Services Director, will lead this series of short presentations which will aid you in making decisions as you are getting older. You will learn about things to consider and discuss options.

Please join us for lunch at noon prior to this enlightening presentation! Lunch is available to those 60 and older for a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person. Those under 60 and accompanying a senior may purchase a lunch pass for $5 per person.

Cognitive Impairment and Hearing Loss Presentation

Over 16 million people in the United States live with cognitive impairment. The relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline has been studied closely for over a decade. Cognition screening is a useful tool that can assist in alerting an individual of any possible concerns for changing cognitive ability. There are multiple risk factors for cognitive decline, including hearing loss; however, hearing loss has been found to be one of the easier to change.

Dr. Kathleen Eimers, Audiologist, will present information to provide an understanding of the relationship between cognitive decline and hearing loss, as well as the benefits of hearing loss intervention.

She will also address daily ways to help one’s cognitive abilities, and offer free cognition screenings after the presentation.

The presentation will take place on Friday, February 10 at 1:00 p.m. Please join us for lunch at noon prior to this presentation! Lunch is available to those 60 and older for a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person. Those under 60 and accompanying a senior may purchase a lunch pass for $5 per person.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association Presentation

Jim Tamlyn, Director of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, will talk about lighthouses in the Straits of Mackinac and interesting happenings in this area. The presentation takes place on Thursday, February 16 at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Jim has been involved in the purchase, restoration, and reopening of McGulpin Point Lighthouse, as well as the Headlands, near Mackinaw City. He is a lifelong resident of northern Michigan.

Please join us for lunch at noon prior to this enlightening presentation! Lunch is available to those 60 and older for a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person. Those under 60 and accompanying a senior may purchase a lunch pass for $5 per person.

Paddling Through Time:
A Raft Trip through the Grand Canyon

Martha Lancaster and Doug Fuller are avid outdoor people and enjoy exploring landscapes and waterways around the world. In the spring of 2021, they rafted the canyon as part of an educational program offered by The Grand Canyon Conservancy.

Martha and Doug will share photos and stories of their 18-day adventure on the Colorado River, including wildlife, geology, and archeology. This presentation on Monday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m. is sure to be entertaining and informational.

Please join us for lunch at noon prior to this enlightening presentation! Lunch is available to those 60 and older for a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person. Those under 60 and accompanying a senior may purchase a lunch pass for $5 per person.

Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation CEO to visit Petoskey Parkinson’s Support Group

The Petoskey Parkinson’s Support Group will welcome Kristin Rossi, CEO of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, to the meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. The Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 2:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Road. Persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Donuts and coffee, sponsored by the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, will be provided. The support group meeting opens with a 7-minute exercise workout geared toward those with Parkinson’s disease. The group topic for discussion will be Home Safety Measures for Parkinson’s Disease. An open round-table session will follow.

Going in Circles:
A Great Lakes Adventure

In 2015 Stephen Brede completed his goal to paddle his canoe around the shoreline of all the Great Lakes. His presentation will feature slides culled from the thousands of photos he took on his voyage.

In 2009 Brede embarked on a series of summer paddles of each of the Great Lakes, beginning with Lake Huron. He followed with circuits of Lake Michigan in 2010, Lake Erie in 2012, and Lake Ontario in 2013. He paddled the south shore of Lake Superior in 2014 and finished with the north shore in the summer of 2015.

The voyages taught Brede about self-reliance and the generosity of strangers and instilled in him reverence for the lakes and concern for their future. Come hear his story on Friday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Please join us for lunch at noon prior to this enlightening presentation! Lunch is available to those 60 and older for a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person. Those under 60 and accompanying a senior may purchase a lunch pass for $5 per person.

Talons Over Mackinac Presentation

The Mackinac Straits are part of one of the most important raptor migratory routes in all of North America, with tens of thousands of hawks, eagles, and owls passing through each spring and fall.

Spend some time with Scott Davis, Executive Director of the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch, and learn a bit more about these incredible birds, why they chose the Straits, and what the MSRW does to support their conservation. The presentation takes place Tuesday, March 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Please join us for lunch at noon prior to this enlightening presentation! Lunch is available to those 60 and older for a suggested minimum donation of $3 per person. Those under 60 and accompanying a senior may purchase a lunch pass for $5 per person.
FCEC is partnering with MSRW to invite seniors to take part in the annual Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch this spring. More details coming soon.

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