Ava Senior Center

Glaucoma, which affects 4 million Americans, occurs when the fluid flowing in and out of the anterior chamber at the front of the eye drains too slowly, causing it to build up.  As the fluid builds, the pressure in the eye rises.  If this pressure is not controlled, damage to the optic nerve and other parts of the eye may develop, leading to loss of vision.  Glaucoma affects people of all ages and races, but anyone over the age of 60, African-Americans over the age of 40, people with a family history of glaucoma and people with diabetes are at a higher risk.  At a screening, a technician will test for glaucoma by emitting a puff of air on the eye.  If you show higher than normal eye pressure, you are urged to schedule an eye exam with your eye care professional.

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, January 30—Cheeseburger, onion, lettuce, coleslaw, cookie.  Tuesday, January 31—Cook’s choice.  Wednesday, February 1—Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, baked potato, corn, jell-o with fruit. Thursday, February 2—Chicken and dumplings, peas and carrots, salad, sherbet. Friday, February 3—Fish on a bun, potato wedges, coleslaw, strawberries and ice cream.

Our activities for this week include, but are not limited to:  OATS bus rural Ava to Ava on Wednesday and Friday, Grace Health Care Foot Clinic (by appointment) and Douglas County Health Department blood pressure screenings on Thursday.  Sheriff Degase will talk to us about scams on Wednesday at 11:15.

You may qualify for a rebate on residential rent or real estate tax.  Our volunteer tax counselors are available to fill out the necessary application for you free of charge.  You will need to bring all W-2’s, 1099’s, a paid receipt for real estate or rental receipts, VA letter of proof if you are disabled, Medicare card, statement from the Assessor showing homestead portion, (Form 948) if you live on more than 5 acres, and paperwork of each sale of securities or property.  We will begin to take appointments on February 3, and will schedule appointments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 9:00 to 2:30.  You may call 683-5712 for appointments and no one will be seen without an appointment.

The character word for this month is PATIENCE.   Wow, could they have picked a harder word for us seniors!  I know these are good character traits to be used by our children and grandchildren in the school system, but if they are good for them, then we need to possess them, also.  A good definition for patience is:  The ability to idle your engine when you feel like stripping your gears.

Congratulations to Connie Osburn (208), Sybil Heckendorn (207) and Hulda Tipton (205) winners of the pitch tournament on Tuesday.

Until next week, have a good one!