Contact Phone Number
If you call the Outreach office (838-7117) and get an answering machine, press 220 and you will immediately get to a place where you can leave a message. All staff has access to that phone “mailbox”, so you will get a quicker response to your message.
Tax Assistance Appointments
Tax assistance will be available at no cost for McFarland elderly and low income citizens. Tax counselors will assist persons with simple tax issues, and excludes those with business tax forms. Assistance will be by appointment only on the following dates: Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on March 7th and 21st . Call the Outreach Department for appointments.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Retirees are invited to come to the Municipal Center on Monday, March 17th for an Irish celebration of live entertainment and a typical St. Patty’s day meal of corn beef, boiled potatoes and cabbage. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Sid Boersma, renown Stoughton musician, will treat the audience with his talent of playing various string instruments. Of course, Irish music will be the top o’ the day. The entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. (Donations accepted.) Reservations for lunch are required by 10 am March 14th. The cost of a meal for seniors is on a donation basis (what a senior can comfortably afford), but $4 for the meal would be greatly appreciated. Cost for people under age 60 is $7.50.
The theme for the month is March for Meals. Area seniors can get home delivered meals through the Outreach Department for noon meals, and Independent Living for supper meals. A noon meal site, Mondays through Fridays, is also provided for those who are not homebound. As a part of acknowledging March as senior nutrition month, Village Board President, Brad Czebodar, will volunteer at the meal site on the 17th. Watch your board president in action!
Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi is now being offered by the Senior Outreach Department. Tai Chi combines meditation and movement, making it a good activity for people of all ages and abilities.
Tai Chi classes meet at the McFarland Municipal Center on Fridays from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Cost is $5 per class, pre-paid per month. The first class is free for those wanting to try out the class before making a commitment. Interested participants should contact Outreach at 838-7117.
Yoga classes are offered on both Mondays and Thursdays. Sessions will be held from 9–10 a.m. Cost is $8 per class and must be paid in advance. Participants can come to either or both of the days yoga is offered. Drop-in fees are $10 for occasional participants. The first class is free for people wanting to check it out.
Yoga benefits every body, regardless of fitness level, age or size. It promotes relaxation and focus, and improves physical strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Piggy Bank Fund-raiser
The annual piggy bank fund-raiser for Senior Outreach Endowment has begun. Piggy banks are used to raise money for the Endowment Fund. Bank holders are asked to deposit their loose change in the banks through May, when the banks will be collected. Monies raised help to assist senior and disabled adults with special financial needs that are not met by any other program. People interested in having a bank should stop by the Outreach office to pick one up. Home-bound people may ask Outreach to drop off a bank at their home. It makes “cents” to help our seniors!
Volunteer Drivers Needed
Senior Outreach is looking for volunteer drivers for the driver escort program. Responsible drivers are needed to take older adults to medical appointments in Stoughton and Madison. Schedules for driving are flexible, so volunteers can designate which days and times they are willing to drive. Mileage is reimbursed for drivers. Many seniors rely on this form of transportation to get to vital appointments. Interested drivers should contact the Outreach office at 838-7117.
Free smoke detectors for the visually or hearing impaired are available through a grant with the McFarland Fire Department. Homeowners for the Village of McFarland and Town of Dunn are eligible. The detectors have a ten year lithium battery and the Fire Department will install them. Please contact the Outreach Department at 838-7117 to register.
New RSVP Driver Escort Coordinator Announced
Senior Outreach is pleased to announce a new coordinator for the driver escort program. Jackie Burger recently assumed the coordinator position. She comes to this position as a seasoned volunteer, having donated her time and talents to the Senior Outreach Department for many years in a variety of positions.
The nutrition program and Outreach activities will be cancelled on days McFarland schools are closed due to inclement weather.
People participating in the nutrition program should have food on hand to eat when the meal site is closed.
Seniors who have used RSVP services before and need rides to their medical appointments can reach Jackie at 838-8443. Newcomers must register with the Senior Outreach Department (838-7117) prior to getting their first rides. The driver escort program is available for seniors who have no other transportation to their medical appointments.
McFarland, in collaboration with other Dane County senior centers, will be offering extended trips in 2014. They include:
Scandinavia: May 28 - June 9
Pacific Coast: August 6 15
Panama: October 9 - 17
Click on the link to see a brochure. For further information or to register, contact Georgia Ascher at the Fitchburg Senior Center.
Meal Cost Updates
The Dane County meal program for seniors is funded through the Older Americans Act. That money is distributed to various counties in Wisconsin to off-set costs for senior nutrition sites. When calculating the actual cost of the meal, it takes into consideration the food, salaries of employees, transportation expenses, and other overhead costs of operating a kitchen. In 2013, funding and meal donations did not keep up with the full meal costs. Thus, you’ll notice that the meal prices and preferred donation amounts have increased.
The Marketplace - Is It For You?
NO – If you are covered by Medicare (people age 65 and older), Medicaid (disability), the VA health program or you are covered by good and affordable insurance through you or your spouse’s job, you do not have to enroll in the Marketplace.
YES – If you have no insurance, you are losing your insurance, or you are not eligible to be covered under an affordable quality employer plan.
The Marketplace is a website where you can see and sign up for one of the health insurance plans offered in Dane County. There is also a phone line to help you. When you enroll, you will be able to find out if you are eligible for federal financial assistance.
Website: www.healthcare.gov Phone: 1-800-318-2596
All of the insurance plans provided by the local insurance companies through the Marketplace must cover the same full range of services, including doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions and more. You cannot be turned down because of health problems. Financial assistance will be calculated when you sign up, to see if your monthly costs can be reduced.
Free Personalized eBook and eReader Training Sessions
Learn to use the library's free eBook service, Wisconsin's Digital Library, at a personalized eBook training. The free sessions through McFarland Senior Outreach are available for all levels of eReader users. We’ll cover everything from setting up and registering your new device, to searching the eBook collection and downloading free books to your eReader or tablet. The 45 minute one-on-one sessions, will be conducted by helpful (and very patient!) staff from Dane County Library Service. Interested? Contact Outreach at 838-7117.
Have a computer question? Call or stop into the E.D. Locke Public Library to arrange a session (up to 30 minutes) to sit down with a librarian and get some help with a specific computer/digital device question. Contact them by stopping in, calling 608-838-9030 or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org .
RSVP Sewing Group
Do you enjoy knitting or sewing? Are you a person who likes to help the less fortunate? If you answered “yes” to both questions, then we invite you to join the RSVP sewing group.
The group meets on the first and third Fridays of each month, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at the Homestead Apartments on Anthony Street. The group is assigned projects by the Dane County Retired Senior Volunteer Program to create for people in need. Items can include quilts, baby hats, mittens, aprons, stuffed toys and much more. Outside of the group meetings, many volunteers create items at home and then bring the completed projects to the meetings.
Interested persons may call Outreach at 838-7117 for more information.
Singles Over Seventy
The SOS gathering will be held at 5:00 p.m. on March 8th at Angelo’s, 4706 Farwell. Call Bea at 838-3060 by March 7th for reservations.
JULIETs (Just us Ladies Is Eatin’ Together) Breakfast at Green Lantern on Tuesday, March 25th at 9:00 a.m. Fellowship for retired women. Newcomers are welcome. No reservations are needed.
ROMEOs (Retired Older Men Eating Out) will get together for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26th, at the Green Lantern. Newcomers are always welcome. No reservations are needed.
This is a reminder that transportation for a variety of reasons is available for seniors. On page two of this month's newsletter is a summary of options and fees. Of particular note is the once a month “taxi bus”, which takes seniors to destinations of their choice in McFarland between 9:30 a.m. – noon, the second Thursday of each month. The other options include rides to the daily nutrition site, twice a month rides to Pick 'n Save and monthly shopping trips to Madison. Call Outreach to sign up for these rides. Rides to medical appointments can be scheduled through the Outreach during normal business hours. Cost for those rides is on a donation basis. We encourage seniors to take advantage of these offerings.
RSVP Ride Policy
The RSVP Driver Escort Program is a Dane County service which is coordinated by many local volunteers throughout the county. The county screens potential drivers for driver safety records and funds the mileage for those authorized to drive seniors to medical appointments. RSVP’s policy for all rides is that they are a last resort. Family, friends, and public transportation are expected to be the first means of getting a ride.
Because of a shortage of resources (a tight budget and a low number of drivers), riders are limited to a maximum average of one ride per week for their medical appointments. Although this may be a hardship for some riders, RSVP is providing a valuable service under challenging circumstances. In 2010, RSVP provided over 6,600 rides for the county, which covered 338,000 miles of driving. This cost $169,000 for mileage reimbursement. We are grateful that this program exists for seniors. For any transportation concerns, call Outreach.
Senior Nutrition Program
Are you over age 60 and are tired of eating alone or fixing meals for one to two people? Are your menus the same ones over and over again? Then perhaps you would like to consider another option.
McFarland offers a meal site and home delivered meals for people over age 60. Meals are available Mondays through Fridays for the noon meal. Outreach encourages more seniors to use the site, located in the Community Room at the Municipal Center. The meal program is for every senior, no matter what the income. The meals are prepared by a caterer and brought to McFarland for consumption. It is a well balanced meal. Typically, seniors who live alone eat meals which tend to be those of convenience – cereal, soup, sandwiches – rather than meals balanced with fruits, vegetables, food rich in anti-oxidants, fiber, and omega-3.
Dane County, ever mindful of the impact of sequestration and tight budgets, is carefully looking at meal site attendance. McFarland needs to demonstrate a need and support for this program. Strong attendance will benefit its continuation. Will you join us?
Shared Table Free Community Meal
A community sponsored free meal is offered each Thursday evening at McFarland Lutheran Church (corner of Marsh Road and Hwy MN). Doors open at 5 p.m., with meals served from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The benefits of the community meals include: supplying meals for those in financial need, building community and relationships, and providing fellowship. These meals are especially appealing to those who have a hard time making ends meet financially, food pantry clients, the elderly, those wanting companionship, and families who need a respite from making a meal. No reservations are needed. Simply show up at the designated time.
Medicine Drop-Off Box
There is a MedDrop Box in the McFarland Municipal Center for people to discard their unused medications. Patrons should pour pills into a zip-lock bag before discarding. It is important to clean out your cupboards of unwanted medications to prevent others having access to them. To protect the environment, the MedDrop Box is the best way to dispose of medications. (Do not flush them down the toilet or put them in your trash, since that could pollute area land and water.)
The Board on Aging and Long Term Care has launched its Medigap Part D and Prescription Drug Helpline. Counselors are available to assist callers age 60 and over who have questions related to prescription drug insurance, including Medicare Part D and SeniorCare. Counselors will also aid callers in exploring other coverage options for prescription drugs.
Medigap Part D and Prescription Drug helpline can be reached at 1-855-677-2783
For other questions about Medicare and other insurance, call 1-800-242-1060.
The Helpline is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Drivers for RSVP Driver Escort Program
Responsible drivers are needed to take older adults to medical appointments in McFarland, Stoughton, and Madison. Schedules for driving are flexible, so volunteers can designate which days and times they are willing to drive. Mileage is reimbursed for this program. Many seniors rely solely on this form of transportation to get to vital appointments. Call 838-7117, if interested.
Senior Newsletter Subscription
Activities and services for seniors are included in the Senior Outreach Department’s monthly “McFarland Area Senior News”. Free copies can be picked up at the Municipal Center, library, doctors’ offices, and other McFarland locations. It can also be emailed for free by adding your email address on Outreach’s group mailing list through email@example.com. Subscriptions for receiving the newsletter by mail cost $8 annually. A check made out to “McFarland Senior Outreach” for $8 may be mailed to Senior Outreach at PO Box 110, McFarland, WI 53558.
Vegetarian options are now available at the McFarland meal site. Please refer to “VO” listed in the menu for substitutes to the main entrée.
Thursday Salad Options
Salad options at the meal site will take place on Thursdays. Each Thursday, diners at the nutrition site may choose to order a salad instead of the main entrée. All salads are served with the dessert of the day. Check with the Outreach Office (838-7117) for "salads" of the month schedule.
Homebound Library Service
Do you have an ongoing physical condition that prevents you from going to the library? Do you live in Dane County outside of the Madison City limits? If so, then you qualify for the homebound library service. This is how it works:
1. Call 608-266-4419.
2. Tell them what types of books interest you.
3. They select books for you according to your criteria.
4. They mail them to you in postage-free packages as you request them.
5. You return your finished books in the postage-free mailers.
6. They can also reserve specific books and materials for you at your request.
The library also has talking books, books with large print and CD’s. Feel free to ask about them.