Aging Well September 20th

Good news! The popular “Strong Women” program will be returning on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:00 starting November 1st with Fern Wilcox back at the helm. This addition will complete the Center’s full array of quality exercise and movement classes to improve your strength, flexibility and balance. Besides Fern’s “Strong Women’s” class, Drill Sergeant Debra Lutje will get you moving in her Seniorcise class on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:15 – 10:00 and then switches personalities to Miss Sunflower – leading the yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30. On Tuesdays from 1:00 – 1:45 Corliss Marsh teaches the gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi which many folks take to improve their balance. And Ardyce Edling teaches tap, clogging, pole and now fan dancing every Thursday from 10:00 until noon. (For those who know Ardyce – I’m just kidding! She doesn’t really teach pole and fan dancing. But then — maybe she does. You never know what goes on behind closed doors!) But all the classes are targeted for men and women 55+ who want to improve their physical well-being but also want to keep it real: knowing none of us are getting any younger. Better maybe, but not younger.

There wasn’t any dancing on the tables or food fights in the halls, but there was a rockin’ good time at the Center’s “Back to School Breakfast” last Saturday – organized, mobilized and energized by the spirited TDHS class of ‘63. It was such a success that if there are any other classes who want to show “you still got what it takes” – by sponsoring a breakfast next year, call the Center and we will get your class signed up.

For those who missed the excellent presentation by Lynette Black, OSU Wasco County Extension faculty, on how to prepare for an emergency, we have at the Center the materials she distributed including “Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors”. But the easy part is knowing what to do: to prepare for at least three days, rotate your supplies every six months, and have your kit packed and ready to go. The hard part is doing it: putting together the kit, making a plan and staying informed. There is always something else at the top of the to-do list, and besides, what really are the chances? But as we have seen, disasters do strike and it is best to be prepared. Not everyone lives next to a Boy Scout who can help during a crisis.

The 11:00 Tuesday Lecture on the 27th will feature Joyce Powell Morin from MCMC describing the activities that will take place at the Health and Wellness Fair from 10:00 – 2:00 on October 1st at River’s Edge. She will get us so fired up that waiting until the 1st will be like waiting for Christmas morning when we were kids.

Is it time for another mental puzzler? (And I consider moans and groans as affirmative answers!) In previous columns, I have written the music announcements by arranging the letters backwards, reversing the words in the sentences and by representing each letter by the letter before it. So see if you can figure this one out. And like many things in life, it’s relatively simple – if you know the secret.

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During the spring of 1963, Dr. No, the first “Bond, James Bond” movie was released starring Sean Connery. And on the jukebox, Leslie Gore was singing the #1 hit “It’s My Party”. (And the winner of a free Saturday Breakfast was Sandy Goforth.) The winner of this week’s “Remember When” question will have five raffle tickets entered in their name for the beautiful quilt that is hanging in the Center’s lobby. The drawing will be during the December Christmas Breakfast.

This country and pop singer had his own prime time variety show from 1956 -1961which always ended with a gospel song. And in 1955 he had a #1 hit on both the country and pop charts. What was the name of “the ol’ pea-picker”?
Email your answers to the, call 541-296-4788 or drop your answer off with an original Davy Crockett coonskin cap.

Well it’s been another week and “another day older and deeper in debt”. Until we meet again, just be yourself – no one else can.

“A gentleman is one who can play the bagpipes, but doesn’t.” Anonymous

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