It is pretty quiet at the senior center this month but some events will happen. We won’t have yoga on Monday or Thursday or Tai Chi, but you can always go for a hike or walk at nearby trails. That is one of the best things about living in Kodiak — the scenic trails that are easy to walk.   

Activities which are going on this month at the center are Friday music (and dancing) with The Whippersnappers; Foot clinic on Aug. 16  and 23; summer picnic Aug. 23; monthly food distribution Aug. 21 and an ice cream social Aug. 30.  Of course, great lunches, with the best salad bar in town, are available each weekday for a $7 donation for those 60 and older.  

Thanks to About My Fathers Business, we have $50 Safeway cards for those seniors who lost their senior benefits due to the Governor’s budget cuts. Just come to the center between 2-4 p.m. each weekday and show us your ID and proof that you have received senior benefits and we will give you one of the cards. We do hope these important benefits, which assist low-income seniors, are reinstated and the Governor does not veto what the Legislature feels is important assistance for low-income seniors.  If you have any questions, please call the center, 486-6181.  

At the center, we always have information and referrals available each weekday. If you have questions on Medicare, Medicaid, housing or other services, please come by or call for an appointment. Laurie Murdock is a trained Medicare counselor and can help you through this maze of figuring out the federal benefit.  

The center also has several programs that can assist you in staying safely in your own home: Lifeline, chore, respite, home delivered meals, transportation through KATS and Island Cove, which is a day program open seven days a week.  Call the center to get more information on each of these programs. 

As we roll through August, we remind you that September is national Senior Center Month and we will have lots of activities and special events to celebrate the occasion. This year’s theme from the National Council on Aging is: “Senior centers: The key to aging well.”

That theme matches the Kodiak Senior Center’s logo of “making our island a good place to age” as well as the agency’s mission “to enhance the lives of older adults.” 

Look for the September newsletter, which will have the special activities listed for this special month.      

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