Bigfork Senior News

Submitted by Bruce Peck


The mission of the Bigfork Community Center/Bigfork Area Association of Senior Citizens is trying to bring people in our community together for the purpose of education and social activities. During April we will continue to host the speaker series, “Celebrating History - Stories about living in the rural Community of Creston, located between Bigfork and Kalispell. The series is being held at the First Baptist Church of Bigfork located north of Bigfork at 6933 Mt. Hwy 35. Watch for the signs. PLEASE NOTE – This is a change in venue from that published in our March Newsletter and will provide a comfortable opportunity for increased attendance. A special thanks to the First Baptist Church for welcoming the series to their facility. The lower fellowship hall and sufficient parking spaces provide easier access for all who attend. All talks begin at 1 p.m.

APRIL 5 CALLING CRESTON - Topics: Creston Telephone Exchange, Ole’s Store, Myrtles Store and Post Office. APRIL 19 DOWNTOWN CRESTON Topics: Creston School, Creston Fire Department, East Side Grange APRIL 26 HISTORY LIVES ON Topics: Montana State University Research Station, US Fish & Wildlife Service Creston Fish Hatchery, Gatiss’ Gardens Public invited, no charge. Information 837-4157 or 756-8992. MONTHLY POTLUCK AT THE BIGFORK COMMUNITY CENTER at noon APRIL 13. We encourage all members to attend AND invite all members of our community to attend – always plenty of great food. We will continue on our regular schedule of congregate meals – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week. See our schedule of future events later in this newsletter. The March menu appears later in this newsletter. We urge anyone with ideas or interest in future activities or improvements to please contact any of the board members or the center coordinator.

MONTHLY AND WEEKLY ACTIVITIES 1. Hot lunch three – days per week at noon. All seniors age 60 and over donations are requested to defray the cost of meals $4, $6 for non-seniors).See menu down the column. 2. Meals on Wheels program with deliveries to home available to seniors who are homebound. Call for more information 837-4157. 3. Monthly potluck lunches at noon the second Thursday of each month followed by a general meeting of members for discussion with question and answer session to provide information regarding the future of your Community Center and promote interest in future activities.

SENIOR HELP WITH ENERGY BILLS IF you are struggling financially and your home heating costs are a burden, please look into this program. Reminder LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) may be able to help with high energy costs. Sponsored by CAPNM – may be contacted at 406-758-5433 OR 800-344-5979. LIEAP applications will be accepted through May 1, 2017 for the 2016 / 2017 heating season. Most benefits are RETROACTIVE to October 2016 charges even if you have already made payments to our account ALSO regarding energy costs – Flathead Electric COOP and Northwestern Energy will allow averaging of energy bills to provide ease of budgeting. Contact your utility for information.

NEW AND CONTINUING ACTIVITIES **Come and have lunch with us. Check out the menu. Donations for meals: Seniors $4.00, other $6.00 CELEBRATING HISTORY – CRESTON SPEAKER SERIES: APRIL 5, 1:00 PM: “CALLING CRESTON” Topics – Creston Telephone Exchange, Ole’s Store, Myrtles Store and Post Office. APRIL 19, 1:00 PM: “DOWNTOWN CRESTON” Topics – Creston School, Creston Fire Department, East Side Grange APRIL 26, 1:00 PM: “HISTORY LIVES ON” Topics – Montana State University Research Station, US Fish & Wildlife Service Creston Fish Hatchery, Gatiss’ Gardens Public invited, no charge. Information 837-4157 or 756-8992.

ATTENTION LADIES A knitting group is continuing to meet Monday mornings at 10:00 AM continuing through 2:00 PM. Anyone interested is invited to join in the group. Knitting lessons are available and beginners, experienced, and anyone interested in learning to knit are welcome. Anyone interested in other fiber crafts are also encouraged to attend. For information or questions please contact Robin Sticka at 837-2294 or email OR simply show up, introduce yourself – all are welcome – you need not be a “senior” to participate.

ONGOING PROGRAM – MIND & BODY EXERCISE Qi Gong and Tai Chi – TUESDAYS 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Bigfork Community Center - 639 Commerce St. (across from BF Elementary School) All levels – beginners and experienced All ages – sitting positions accepted Wear loose comfortable clothing, including indoor footwear. Instuctor: Adele Zimmerman Information: call center 837-4157 or Adele 755-4905 Email: From Harvard Health Letter: TAI CHI – A gentle exercise that may help heal your heart. The slow, flowing movements are never forced, and your muscles remain relaxed rather than tensed. You don’t have to get on the floor. The sequence of movements can be done standing or while seated in a chair.

COMING IN MAY – Memory Support Group for Caregivers. Look for details in the May Newsletter. Call 837-4157 or 756-8992 if interested and identify a day and time that would work for you personally for a monthly meeting. Leave name and phone number with message. STATISTICS – Information from: Alzheimer’s Association, MT Dept. of Commerce and AARP 2015 survey. 19,000 older Montanans with Alzheimer’s $150 million in annual cost of care to Medicaid 6th leading cause of death (viable treatment or cure not available at this time) Projection for year 2025 27,000 older Montanans with Alzheimer’s – a 42% increase from 2016 Montana caregivers 118,000 family caregivers of adults, 48,000 of whom care for someone with Alzheimer’s or some other dementia Average age of care recipient is 80 years old Providing 10 million hours of care at a value of $1.4 billion; many

APRIL 2017 LUNCH MENU MONDAYS April 3rd Chicken cutlet Mashed potatoes/gravy Blackeyed peas dinner roll April 10th Grilled chicken sandwich On whole grain bun Buttered corn, potato salad April 17th Swedish meatballs Rice pilaf, diced tomato & Okra, dinner roll April 24th Salisbury steak / mushroom Sauce, hashbrowns, Mixed vegetables Wheat roll WEDNESDAYS April 5th Porkchop sandwich on wholewheat bun, grilled onions & cheese, peas, carrots, parsley potatoes April 12th Chicken fajita on tortilla grilled peppers/onions shredded cheese, salsa Mexicana veggies April 19th Chicken Alfredo Primavera Parmesan cheese Garlic & cheddar biscuit April 26th BBQ pork riblet Baked potato, veggies Sider salad w/ ranch FRIDAYS April 7th Baked chicken wild rice, pickled beets, buttermilk biscuit April 14th Hot pork sandwich on whole grain bun mashed potatoes/gravy Vegetables April 21st Baked cod, potato wedges, buttered corn Blueberry muffin April 28th Chicken tortilla soup topped with shredded cheese & sour cream corn muffin All meals served with a choice of beverages, roll, and dessert.

DIRECTORS CORNER APRIL 2017 WE WILL NEVER MAKE PROGRESS WITHOUT PARTICIPATION AND INTEREST!!! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SERIES OF PROGRAMS TO LEARN ABOUT THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS IN AND AROUND BIGFORK, AS WELL AS KALISPELL THAT YOU MIGHT NEED IN THE FUTURE, CONTACT -- JOLYNN YENNE 756-8992 OR The statistics on family caregivers provided on a previous page have obvious implications for all of us – seniors AND our families. We want for our loved ones and for ourselves to be able to age at home, in familiar surroundings with assistance if required. Our caregivers are physically and emotionally stressed by their caregiving responsibilities. They want and need help with information, respite, transportation, meals, household tasks, and possibly interaction with others for emotional support on a difficult journey. It is the intent of our announced Support Group to help provide that support. PLEASE contact 837-4157 or 756-8992 – we can, as seniors with a better understanding of these needs, be of value to our community.


The Newsletter is published monthly. We attempt to provide items and activities of interest to seniors and all members of the Bigfork community. We encourage all community members and especially seniors to take advantage of the many programs we provide. We wish to encourage and solicit input from the community at large with ideas to improve our center and support programs to enhance our value to the community of Bigfork.

BIGFORK AREA ASSOCIATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS – Board of Directors (2017-2018) Rick Baird – Secretary, (406) – 300-2355; Phil Bolstad – Past president, (406) 837-6009; cell (406) 750-7449; Chuck Hanson – VP, (406) 212-3297; Chuck Hubbard – President, (406) 837-1344; Bruce Peck – Treasurer, (406) 837-0884; JoLynn Yenne – VP, (406) 756-8992;

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