- Lunch & Learn
- Coffee & Conversation
- Film Fridays
- Mah Jongg
- RSVP Sewing Group
- Tai Chi
- Mindfulness & Meditation
Lunch and Learn
Join us for our quarterly Lunch and Learn Program. Guest speakers are invited to present on a range of topics pertaining to aging. Attendees are served a luncheon at noon, followed by the presentation from 12:30pm to 1:15pm with a Question & Answer period following. Space is limited and reservations are required.
Downsizing: Friday, March 22nd
12:00 p.m. Luncheon
12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Presentation
Is your home starting to feel like too much for you? Are you struggling to find the physical energy needed to maintain it? Are you tired of climbing stairs? Do you feel like you've accumulated 2 lifetimes' worth of stuff and are unsure what to do with it all? If this describes you, it may be time to consider downsizing. Join Jess Lex, local real estate agent, for a seminar all about the downsizing process. Jess will discuss options and provide you with the tools to get the process started. Lunch will include: Macaroni and Cheese, Capri Vegetables, Vegetarian Baked Beans, Cantaloupe, Brownie, and choice of beverage.
Pharmaceuticals and Older Adults (October 2023)
It is quite common for older adults to take multiple medications on a daily basis. Pharmacist Tony Peterangelo of Forward Pharmacy in McFarland shared important information about what to watch out for when taking medications, such as common adverse drug reactions for over the counter and prescription drugs. He also discussed ways to manage the costs of medications with prescription savings cards and Medicare Part D plans. .
Fall Prevention (June 2023)
Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults suffers a fall each year in the United States and falls are the top cause of injury-related death among our older population. The good news is that falls are NOT a normal part of aging and can be prevented! Tracie Halvorsen, Level 2 Trauma Program Director at St. Mary's Hospital and member of the Falls Free Dane Coalition of Safe Communities, presented about why we should care about falls and what we can do to help prevent a fall. She shared community resources and programs to help you stay upright, independent and healthy. The recording of the presentation is available from WMCF McFarland Cable.
Dementia: Signs, Symptoms & Treatments (April 2023)
McFarland Senior Outreach partnered with the University of Wisconsin Badger Talks Program to present, "Dementia Signs, Symptoms and Treatments," with Dr. Alexis Eastman, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. The recording of the presentation is available from WMCF McFarland Cable.
Coffee & Conversation
Join McFarland Senior Outreach staff and older adults in the community for our lively Coffee & Conversation Group! Hot coffee and fresh pastries are provided. Door prize drawings. Representatives from local organizations are invited to mingle and answer questions. Check the Senior Outreach Events calendar to view occasional guest speakers.
$2.00 suggested donation.
McFarland Municipal Center
5915 Milwaukee St.
9:00 to 10:00 a.m.
No Coffee Hour in January
Wednesday, February 14th
Wednesday, March 13th
Wednesday, April 10th
Wednesday, May 8th
Senior Film Fridays
McFarland Senior Outreach welcomes older adults to our new, in-person Senior Film Fridays. We will be screening some popular flicks at the McFarland Municipal Center, complete with comfortable seating, fresh popcorn, a selection of traditional cinema candies, and soft drinks. Seating is limited and reservations are required for these free events. Showings are Friday afternoons with the feature starting at 1:00pm at the McFarland Municipal Center Community Room, 5915 Milwaukee St. Call McFarland Senior Outreach at 1-608-838-7117 to reserve your seat today!
Friday, February 2nd at 1:00pm: Hidden Figures (2016)
In celebration of Black History Month, we will be showing the 2016 film, Hidden Figures. This biographical drama features a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.
Friday, April 19th at 1:00pm: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mary Poppins is back! The magical nanny returns to the Banks' household to help the family through some difficult times. Filled with delightful new songs and whimsical adventures, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- McFarland Municipal Center Community Room at 5915 Milwaukee Street
- Free to attend
- Drop-ins welcome
- No pre-registration required
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Sewing Group
If you would like to touch lives in your community using your creative sewing, knitting or crocheting skills, consider joining the McFarland RSVP Sewing Group. Volunteers create items like quilts, afghans, shawls, fidget/activity quilts, mittens, face masks and more to donate to nonprofit organizations to help people of all ages throughout Dane County. The McFarland group partners with RSVP of Dane County to determine projects and distribute completed items. If you prefer to work independently, volunteers are welcome to create items at home and then bring the completed projects to the meetings. Supplies such as yarn, thread, and fabric are available.
The sewing group welcomes new people who can donate some time at the group meeting or in their own homes to make items. Donations of supplies for the projects are also welcomed. For questions about group participation or donations, contact McFarland Senior Outreach at 608-838-7117.
- 1st Thursday of the month
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Homestead Apartments Community Room, 5910 Anthony Street in McFarland
Tai Chi with Margaret Reeves
According to Mayo Clinic, "Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi may include:
- Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Improved mood
- Improved aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Improved flexibility, balance, and agility
- Improved muscle strength and definition"
- Mondays from 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
- McFarland Municipal Center, Community Room, 5915 Milwaukee St.
- $5.00 suggested donation per class
- Drop-in, no pre-registration required
For questions, email instructor Margaret Reeves or call 608-515-4722.
Mindfulness & Meditation Course
Four consecutive Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 7th
Thursday, March 14th
Thursday, March 21st
Thursday, March 28th
McFarland Municipal Center, 5915 Milwaukee St.
McFarland Senior Outreach invites you to an introductory Mindfulness Meditation Course with Beth Lindner, PhD, APNP. Research has found mindfulness-based meditation has many health benefits. Regular practice has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, and help with pain management. In four, one-hour classes, participants will learn the basics of mindfulness such as:
- Gaining awareness of the connection between thoughts and the body, exploring how these connect to a sense of well-being.
- Learning skills to support getting “unstuck” from unhelpful mental habits that contribute to emotional and physical pain.
- Being with problems beyond our control.
- Developing greater self-acceptance of and care for ourselves.
There is no cost for participants, but space is limited, and registration is required by calling McFarland Senior Outreach at 1-608-838-7117.