Senior Living March 1st

In just a split second your world can turn – literally – upside down. With just a slip and a fall, what once was just an embarrassing distraction, can be a serious trip to the hospital. Our bodies –those uncooperative outer shells – aren’t as strong and flexible or as quick to heal as when we were young and spry. And the odds of falling aren’t on our side. One in three older adults falls each year; and falls are the most common cause of non fatal injury and the leading cause of injury death among older adults. Pretty sobering stuff.

But fear not. (We may not be able to run the bases as fast, but we know the short cuts.) There are steps all of us can take to help decrease our risk of falling. First, improve your strength and balance. The Center, MCMC and The Fitness and Court Club all offer classes that can help. (And my constant reminder – you just need to take one small step at a time. New Jersey wasn’t built in a day.) Also check your medications. Ask your doctor if the medications you take or the combination of medicines increases your risk of falling. And finally there are changes you can make around your house to create a safer environment: move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands from high-traffic areas; use recommended bath aids, fitted properly; and store clothing, dishes, food and other necessities within easy reach. You can learn more about what you can do to prevent falls and keep yourself safe at home at the Center’s Tuesday lecture featuring Thomas Koelker from Hearts of Gold Caregivers on March 8th at 11:00

For all of you who receive emails (about the only way you can connect with your kids and grandkids anymore) and are an avid gardener (proud of the dirt showing under your fingernails) or just a gardening wannabe (Master Gardeners are your new idols), you can receive a little gem of a newsletter called Garden Highlights – signed, sealed and delivered to your e-mailbox by Master Gardener, Marty Miller. The latest double issue is full of useful information: reminding us spring will be making its long awaited appearance on March 20th; describing how to grow your own groceries – “Grow what you can, buy locally what you can’t.” and identifying when to plant, what to plant, and where to plant. (And for those gardeners who have to know – last average frost date in The Dalles is April 15th.) If you have not subscribed to the newsletter and want to know what all the excitement is about, sign up by emailing And then start digging.

Tuesday night music at the Center will keep you swinging from limb to limb all night long with The Strawberry Mountain Band playing tonight and Martin and Friends doing the honors next Tuesday. The party starts at 7:00 and donations are gladly accepted. And if you are a dancing fool (and as the saying goes “God respects you when you work, but he loves you when you dance.”) or just want to catch Monday night fever, Neva and Bill will be offering their latest class, “Intro to Jive/Swing”, once a week starting March 14 from 7 – 9 at The Civic Auditorium. For more info call 541-296-1570 or email

Many folks remembered watching Sky King but only a few remembered (including this week’s winner Kathy Lindell) the name of Penny – Sky King’s teenage niece, who often found her way into the hands of local desperados. But before I ride off into the sunset on my horse Topper, here is one last “Remember When” question from the category “TV westerns”. It is from the very beginning – the first TV western series that aired on NBC starting in 1949. For the first several years, this series were just re-edited and shortened versions of the sixty-six western movies starring William Boyd. (The show became such a marketing hit you could find the image of this cowboy hero on everything from lunch boxes to children’s wristwatches.) What was the name of this TV series and the name of the fair dealing, soft spoken, good guy hero played by William Boyd? E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or write it on the back of a movie poster for the 1944 movie “Forty Thieves”.
Well another week has passed bundled up like a babe in the woods. Until we meet again, stay on your feet and keep moving; preferably more often forward than backwards.

“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” Will Rogers

Wednesday (2) Hot Turkey Sandwich with Groovy Gravy
Thursday (3) Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
Friday (4) Pub Battered Fishy Fish
Monday (7) Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday (8) Lemon Peppered Chicken

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