Aging Well October 30th 2012

Ah, the body: the vehicle that used to attract young women with such ease, that could zig-zag through the backfield of the opposing team and catch passes with a single leap; and could stay up all night and still get to work in the morning – on time. Where, my friend, have you gone?

Now because of your wayward behavior, I have another part time job: maintenance man. Unexpected trips to the hospital, doctors testing and poking you; often finding not an answer but several “it-could-be’s”; and then I spend weeks worrying what the “could- be’s” could really be! Body, you were once an asset and now it’s just “patch, patch, patch”.

But I haven’t given up on you – at least not yet. Even though you haven’t been kind, I will still do my part. I will keep moving, stay active, laugh with friends, and eat well. And then will you see the error of your ways?
But maybe I am over reacting. Maybe it really isn’t your fault. Maybe what the doctor said is true. And maybe, just maybe, we are both getting – older?
But nah, that can’t be.

Until medicine and technology advances to the point we can trade in our bodies like we can a 2004 PT Cruiser, we have to live with the body we have. And here are several resources to help keep your body in the best working condition.

Diabetes is a chronic disease marked by high levels of blood glucose. It is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. And according to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 10.9 million, or 26.9% of all people 65 and older have diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes – the highest rate among all age groups.
But one step people with diabetes can take to learn more about how to control the disease and lower the risk of complications is to attend Diabetes Discovery Day on Friday November 9th from 11:00 – 3:15 at Water’s Edge. It is an opportunity for those with diabetes and their families to receive the latest information about the disease. You will have a chance to hear experts from various fields discuss the latest advances in research and treatments; visit community resource booths and diabetes vendors and receive a free blood glucose test by MCMC lab.

Also a Stroke Support Group has been reestablished to provide encouragement, education and socialization. It is meeting on the second Wednesday every month at 2:00 PM in the second floor conference room at Water’s Edge. For more information contact Meagan Wells at 541-506-6902 or email

Maybe you have bought an eBook reader such as a Kindle, Nook or iPad. Or possibly one of your kids sent you one to make sure you were keeping up with all the modern technological conveniences – even though you told them several times “I like the feel of a real book in my hands!” If that is the case, next Tuesday at the Center at 11:00 on November 6th, bring your eBook reader and Sue Ann Arguelles from The Dalles – Wasco County Library will provide a hands on demonstration of how to download free e-books from the library to your electronic device.
At the Center tonight starting at 7:00 PM “For the Good Times” will be performing. And next week we go back to the top of the charts with “The Strawberry Mountain Band” – back for another high energy evening. Everyone is welcome – even ghosts and goblins – and donations are suggested.

“Where the elite meet to eat” was at Duffy’s Tavern, the popular radio comedy series starring Ed Gardner as the bartender Archie. (The winner of a free Saturday breakfast is Karl Vercouteren.) But allow me just one more “Remember When” question from the glory days of radio (and television). What was the name of the popular comedy series that aired on the radio from 1948 – 1958 and television from 1952 – 1956 starring Eve Arden as the sardonic high school teacher and Gale Gordon as the blustery high school principal? Email your answer to the, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a picture of Walter Denton from the 1956 Madison High School yearbook.   
Well, it has been another year trying to reach Halloween before turning on the furnace. Until we meet again, stay warm, stay dry and keep a smile in your soul.

“After thirty, my body has a mind of its own.” Bette Midler (And I wonder what she felt when she turned sixty-five!)