Aging Well October 23rd 2012

The Social Security system has protected and supported millions of older adults since 1935. And next Tuesday on October 30th at 11:00, Amy Throop from the local Social Security Administration office will be at the Center to help you better understand the past, present and future of Social Security. Amy will touch on a variety of subjects including who receives Social Security; where the money comes from what the retirement benefits are and how they determined; who can receive Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental Security Income; and what is the relationship between Social Security and Medicare. 

In honor of Veterans Day and in recognition of their dedication and commitment to service, in November, the AARP Driver Safety class taught by Dennis Davis (and his floozy assistant and wife – Mary. He is a lucky man!) will be free to all veterans and their spouses. The class will be offered from 9:00 – 12:00 on November 19th and 20th, the third Monday and Tuesday of the month. But knowing there are plenty of veterans who can recognize a good deal, Dennis will schedule another class if needed. To sign up or for more information, call the Center at 541-296-4788. And for non-veterans the cost is $14.00 and $12 for AARP members.

I have finally confirmed the trip to Portland to see the Singing Christmas Tree for the 1:30 Matinee performance on Sunday, December 2nd. The Center’s regular transportation provider is unavailable, but thanks to Sherman County Community Transit the trip is a go. Consequently, I have set aside five tickets for any folks from Sherman County who would like to make the trip. So for all you readers in Sherman County, spread the word and ask anyone interested to call the Center. The tickets are $52 including transportation.

After Amy Throop’s presentation, the Center’s next Tuesday Lecture will be on November 6th when Sue Ann Arguelles from The Dalles – Wasco County Library will explain how to download free e-books from the library to your iPad, Kindle or Nook. You know, one of those ebook readers many of you received from your kids to make sure you are keeping up with all the modern technological conveniences – even though you told them “I like the feel a real book in my hands!”.

I am afraid I’m still pounding the SHIBA drum. The Medicare open enrollment period has already started and will end before you know it on December 7th. And my advice is – don’t wait till the last moment. The SHIBA Medicare counseling times at the Center have changed to only Wednesdays. But you can now make appointments for the morning as well as the afternoon.  And if Wednesdays don’t fit your schedule, the SHIBA volunteers can make appointments at other times. Call the Center for more information.

Short and sweet – tonight at the Center, crowd favorites “The Dufur Boys” will be playing. And on Tuesday the 30th “For the Good Times” will be performing their jamming favorites. Music starts at 7:00, everybody is welcome and donations are appreciated. 

The radio series spin off from Fibber McGee and Molly featuring a confirmed bachelor who oversaw his late brother-in-law’s estate while raising his orphaned niece and nephew was the Great Gildersleeve. (The winner of a free Saturday breakfast is Don McAllister.) For this week’s “Remember When” we’ll take another peek at the glory days of radio. This radio program ran for a decade from 1941 – 1951 and took place “where the elite meet to eat”. It was run by the manager, Archie, whose  mangled use of words were often quoted and included such malapropisms as “Fate has fickled its finger at me”; “Leave us not jump to seclusion”; and “Now, don’t infirm me that I’m stupid.”What was the name of this working man’s comedy radio series?  Email your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or mail it with a picture of the married couple – Ed Garner and Shirley Booth. 

And if you want to listen to these old time radio (OTR) classics and have access to the Internet you can visit The OTR.Network Library at – a free resource with over 12,000 radio shows available for instant listening. 

Well, it has been another week trying to keep an eye on the ball and the water in the kettle. Until we meet again, as it has been said by Henry Haskins “Don’t refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase; that’s what wild geese are for.”

 “Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, he sings” – Archie

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