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Music series in Manson to feature vintage tunes

Good Samaritan Society opens its doors for ‘Senior College’

March 25, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

You're never too old to learn something new.

The Good Samaritan Society of Manson is presenting "Music from American Decades - Songs from World War II, the 40s, and the 50s."

It's part of what the society calls Senior College, a program to help retired people expand their knowledge in areas of interest.

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-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Activity Director Deb Poppen prepares the DVD for the Good Samaritan Society’s presentation of “Tales of a Travel Nurse,” part of its Senior College series. After an ice cream break, Sheryl Keil, left, and Virginia Janis are ready to begin again.

The class runs from 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday for three weeks at the Manson center's chapel.

Though they're called college classes, the workload is not too demanding, said Sharyl Keil, Good Samaritan resource development coordinator.

"There's no tuition fee, no homework, no credit, no tests," Keil said. "It's an informational, fun time."

The intention, she said, is to draw people from the community into the nursing home.

"We want to be the go-to source for senior anything in the community, whether it be our grocery delivery service, meals on wheels, or our physical therapy which is for all ages," she said.

The classes consist of hour-long sessions on DVD provided by Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Each Wednesday features two of the one-hour videos, with snacks in between.

"We like to do two (courses, but we like to go for six weeks, not 12," Keil said. "We do it this time of year, when it's getting nice, but it's not summer yet."

The music course will be the second one offered this year. The first one, "Tales of a Travel Nurse," featuring Vicki Hoffman, R.N., began on March 7.

Virginia Janis attended all the sessions in that series. She said she found it interesting because she was a retired nurse herself.

"I plan on coming to the next series too," Janis said over a bowl of freshlymade ice cream during the snack break. "I'll see if I can get some more people to come."

The music course promises to be a hit, Keil said.

"Whenever we do something with music, there's always a bigger draw, both for residents and people from the community," Keil said. "It's not real intellectual, mainly entertainment. It's a good way to draw people in and interact with our residents here."

Courses are held in the spring and fall, she said; the first one was held in spring of 2011.

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