News from UCare Skyway Senior Center-950 Nicollet Mall, Suite 290, 612.370.3869

Senior Outreach & Caregiver Services: A  program of Senior Community Services –provides support to friends, spouses and other family members who help an older adult remain at home. The staff not only assists these caregivers in connecting with needed services and resources for their loved one, but gives support to them as well. The licensed social workers can provide consultation, caregiver support groups, family meeting facilitation and coaching to the caregiver. For computer-savvy caregivers, the program also offers an online care team tool – CareNextion – to provide an efficient method of enlisting other family and friends in sharing the care. For more information or to request service, call 612.770.7005.

*Flu Shot Clinic: MVNA provides so many services around Minnesota to those in need. Proceeds from their flu shot program provide home health and preventative health nursing services to thousands of uninsured Minnesotans each year. Every shot matters. Numbers will be given out first come first served. Bring your identification and your insurance and Medicare information card – 16 insurances accepted for flu shots. If paying out of pocket:  Flu – $35 & Pneumonia – $89 – other vaccinations available, call for prices. Wednesday, October 7       1:00-2:00 – Call for prices.

Walking Club  Walking Club is a fun, free workout. Everyone is welcome to join! Participants meet at the Center and head out for a healthy walk through the downtown skyways and when weather permits, outdoors. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Walking club meets on Fridays. Every Friday, 10:00-11:00. Free.

Foot Care Clinic:Comprehensive foot care, including a foot soak. The cost is $25 payable to nurse. *Note:  if you make an appointment and don’t call 24 hours in advance to cancel, you will be charged for the appointment. Call the Center at 612.370.3869 to sign up — the clinics are popular and fill up fast. You must bring your own towel. Wed. Nov. 25, 11:00-2:00      $25

Book Club: Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.  October Book — Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller. This book is an intimate exploration of Fuller’s parents and of the price of being possessed by Africa’s  uncompromising fertile, death-dealing land. Thursday, October 15, 10:30-11:30am   Free.

December– Book Club Social: If your new year’s resolution is to read more books, consider participating in the Book Club. At the December Book Club meeting, participants will meet to discuss the book club books for 2016. This is a great opportunity to bring forward your ideas or suggestions for 2016 books and discus books with other readers. Whether you come once or every month, new members are always welcome. Thursday, December 17, 10:30 – 11:30  Free.

Catching Up on Current Events: Did you catch the news last night? Read the paper this morning? Do you enjoy discussions about important issues? The Current Events Discussion Group meets every Monday to discuss today’s top local, national and international issues. Bring information, articles or topic ideas. Share your opinion, do some research & learn from others. This is a great way to engage and connect. Meets every Monday. Monday October 5 – December 28, 1:00-2:30pm.    Free

* AARP Driver Safety Course: The four-hour refresher course is open to any licensed driver but focuses on those 50-plus. The refresher course covers information on laws that may be new or have changed since many participants got their licenses. Limited space – register early. Wednesday, December 30, 11:00 – 3:00, ($15 AARP members/$20 for non-members).

*What is Medical Assistance:  Ever wondered what Medical Assistance is and what it does? This presentation will give you a quick overview of some of the ins and outs of MA, and how it might be able to help you in the future. Tuesday, December 15, 1:00-2:00 Free.

Birthdays of the Month: Celebrate your birthday, your friend’s birthday or just wish a stranger a Happy Birthday the first Tuesday of every month at 12:30. Enjoy birthday cake compliments of the UCare Skyway Senior Center. Tuesday, October 6, November 3 & December 1. 12:30 pm    Free.

Holiday Party Sponsored by UCare & Friends of the Skyway Senior Center: Please join us for our annual holiday party sponsored by UCare and the Friends of the Skyway Senior Center. Come see old friends and new. There will be food, music and fun! Wed. December 16, 11:00 – 1:00  Free.

Pre-registration encouraged for classes marked with an asterisk (*). Please call 612.370.3869 to register. If a class gets cancelled, you will receive a call if pre-registered. You are still welcomed and encouraged to drop in to any class if there is a space available.

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