MASON COUNTY — Halloween parties aren’t just for kids, and participants at the county’s senior citizen centers will be treated to one as part of their October activities.
The parties will be held Oct. 28 at both the Gene Salem Senior Center in Point Pleasant, as well as the Mason Senior Center. Starting times are 10 a.m. in Point Pleasant, and 10:30 a.m. in Mason.
Seniors are encouraged to wear costumes to the events. Holiday snacks will be served, and there will be fun activities.
Several presentations will be held during the month at the Gene Salem Senior Center.
On Oct. 14, Ann Dalton will present “Medicare Open Enrollment Information” at 11:30 a.m. Dalton is the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs/Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act counselor for Mason and Cabell counties.
“Diabetic Foot Care” will be presented Oct. 18 at 10:30 a.m. by Pleasant Valley Hospital, and “Fraud Against Seniors” will be the topic on Oct. 25 when Derek Walker of the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office speaks.
Visits by representatives of the Veterans Administration (V.A.) and the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office will also attend the center. The V.A. representative will visit Oct. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. Brooke Fletcher of the attorney general’s office will visit Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Wellness checks and blood pressure readings will be conducted Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m., by Medi-Home Health. On Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m., the “Healthy Steps” exercise class will be held.
Weekly regular activities at the Point Pleasant center are free bingo on Mondays and Fridays, the Senior Center Country Band on Wednesdays, and church service on Thursdays. All begin at 10 a.m.
In Mason, Dalton will present “Medicare Open Enrollment Information” on Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m.
Wellness checks and blood pressure readings will be conducted Oct. 4 by Arbors of Pomeroy. “Healthy Steps” exercise classes will be Oct. 5, 12, and 19, all at 10:30 a.m.
Regular Mason activities include free bingo on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and music on Fridays. They begin at 10 a.m.
In addition to the activities, both centers serve lunch each weekday at 11:30 a.m. The suggested donation for those age 60 and over is $2.50, although no one is denied a meal due to inability to pay. Menus can be found at the centers.
Both centers will be closed Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.