Ava Senior Center

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, April 1—BBQ pork, soup, salad, cookie. Tuesday, April 2—Country fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, fruit.  Wednesday, April 3—Bone-in chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, roll, mixed vegetables, pudding. Thursday, April 4—Beans, cornbread, spinach, potatoes, fruit.  Friday, April 5—Baked spaghetti, green beans, roll, cake.

Anne Hutchison of Experience Works announces she has some openings for those older folks that would like a part-time job.  You can contact her at (417) 926-4551.

Heart valves, like joints, break down over time because of wear and tear.  And every year about 50,000 patients undergo complex open-heart surgery to receive new ones.  Now doctors at Stanford University have developed a procedure to replace ailing valves without cutting open a patient’s chest.  The procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, uses a catheter to guide the artificial valve to the beating heart through a small incision in the leg or between the ribs.  TAVR takes thirty minutes, and patients are awake and talking within a couple of hours.

The activities around the Center this week include:  Monday—OATS bus to Springfield, Jam session from 6-9.   Tuesday—Tai chi senior exercise class 10:30, Pitch tournament at 12:30.  Wednesday—OATS bus in and around Ava.  Thursday—Douglas County Health Department blood pressure screenings 9:30 to 10:30.  Friday—OATS bus in and around Ava, Tai chi senior exercise class 10:30.

Salmon isn’t the only healthy fish in the sea.  With 20 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, trout boasts almost 1,000 milligrams of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Pollock is just as tasty and one serving supplies 73 percent of your daily need for selenium, a mineral that may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 24 percent.  And catfish offers 100 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin B12.  Adequate vitamin B12 intake may also protect against cognitive decline by slowing the rate of brain shrinkage.

With a cold wind blowing and the threat of snow piling up, our attendance at the Monday night Jam Session was down just a little.  We still had good music, plenty of snacks and the addition of a french harp.  You are invited every Monday night beginning at 6:00 pm to come and sing, play, or just listen.

Until next week, have a good one!