Ava Senior Center

Last Weeks News – A true saying is “the darker the berry, the healthier the fruit.”  Purple fruit such as blueberries and blackberries and vegetables such as eggplant and purple cauliflower are packed with anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant, and other substances that may help fight heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers and help prevent age-related memory loss.

Ruth and Tommy attended a TCE volunteer appreciation dinner in Springfield on Friday, receiving certificates of appreciation for their volunteer work during the tax season.

Fatigue, depression, falls, and memory lapses could be triggered by treatable problems, so don’t automatically chalk them up to getting older.  They might be a sign of a disease or a problem with medication, such as side effects, interactions, or increased tolerance.  Here’s what to do:  Consult your doctor; make an appointment for a free annual wellness visit; and find a local senior center that offers evidence-based healthy aging programs, including self-management, fall prevention, exercise, medication management and care-giving.  (That would be us!)

Happy birthday blessings go out to Peg Robinson on April 28, Louise Chandler April 30, Evelyn Twitty on May 1, Lester Gillespie, Kenneth Sorensen and Kathleen Loyd on May 2, John Ellis and Nancy Wilson on May 3, and Ulla Farrow on May 5.

I think my friend, George, is a little weird; he has braces on his false teeth.

Until next week, have a good one!

This Weeks News – Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, May 6—BBQ sandwich, potato wedges, salad, brownie.  Tuesday, May 7—Country fried steak, potatoes, gravy, green beans, jell-o.  Wednesday, May 8—Cashew chicken, rice, Oriental vegetables, egg roll, ice cream.  Thursday, May 9—Polish sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, peas, cake.  Friday, May 10—Ham, sweet potatoes, hominy, roll, fruit.

Ten ways to take care of yourself:  1)Weigh yourself every day first thing every morning.  If you gain 2%, it’s time to pass up dessert.  2) Limit your TV watching to no more than 2 hours per day.  When you watch, you are tempted to eat junk food.  3) Get up and get out—walk, play tag with the grandkids.  4) Call a friend three times a week for moral support.  5) Eat at least four grams of fiber every meal.  Fiber promotes weight loss by slowing down your eating because it requires more chewing, and it speeds the passage of food through the digestive tract and it boosts satiety (state of being full) hormones.  6) A typical person walks 5,000 steps per day, so increase it another 5,000 by taking the stairs or by parking farther away from the front door.  7) Exercise some every day.  8) Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.  9) Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  10) Limit work to only 8 hours a day.

The activities around the Center this week include:  Monday—OATS bus to Springfield, jam session 6-9.  Tuesday—Pitch tournament 12:00, Karen’s line dancing class basement 1:00.  Wednesday—OATS bus in and around Ava, Pinochle Tournament 12:00, Extension exercise class 10-11.  Thursday—Driver’s exam in the basement 9:30-3:30 (motorcycle exam 10-11).  Friday—OATS bus in and around Ava, Extension exercise class 10-11.  I want to remind the folks that the pitch and pinochle tournaments have been changed to begin at 12 noon, instead of 12:30, so be on time.

The jam session on Monday nights is going very well.  We continue to have good crowds and the snacks are bountiful.  Come and be a part of it; you won’t be sorry you did.

Birthday greetings go out this week to Norma Stillings May 6, Martin Hathcock May 8, Frieda Thurman May 10, John Slocum, May 11, and Audrey Huffman May 12.

I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.

Until next week, have a good one!