Ava Senior Center

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, May 20—Grilled chicken sandwich, savory potatoes, baked beans, sherbet.  Tuesday, May 21—Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, hominy, fruit.  Wednesday, May 22—Chicken and dumplin’s, peas and carrots, coleslaw, cake.  Thursday, May 23—Spaghetti, green beans, garlic roll, pudding.  Friday, May 24—Hamburger/tater tot casserole, cucumber slices, tomato slices, roll, fruit.

One in three adults has high blood pressure, called the ‘silent killer.’  High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, means the blood running through your arteries with too much force and puts pressure on your arteries, stretching them past their healthy limit and causing microscopic tears.  Our body then kicks into injury-healing mode to repair these tears with scar tissue.  But unfortunately, the scar tissue traps plaque and white blood cells which can form into blockages, blood clots, and hardened, weakened arteries.  The normal blood pressure is 120 over 80.  To help reduce your blood pressure, you can eat a heart healthy diet, watching portions and reducing sodium; have regular physical activity (walking is good); maintaining a healthy weight; managing stress; and avoiding alcohol and tobacco products.

Winners in the pinochle tournament on Wednesday, May 8 were Joretta Sawyer (1010), Hulda Tipton (1009), and Annabelle Walker (938).  We had three tables and played five games.  Glad to have new people show up.  If we can get back some of the regulars, we might have four tables next time.

The activities for the week include, but are not limited to:  Monday—Jam Session 6-9.   Tuesday—Pitch Tournament 12:00 noon.  Wednesday—OATS bus in and around Ava, Extension arthritis exercise class 10-11 in basement.  Thursday—Driver’s exam 9:30-3:30.  Friday—OATS bus in and around Ava, Extension arthritis exercise class 10-11.

Monday night jam session was great again.  We had new singers and players with lots to eat and the attendance was still good.  The Monday night jam session band will be playing at the live theatre on Thursday night, June 6, so set your calendars for that and come and enjoy.

Did you know water heating can account for up to 25% of your home’s energy consumption?  Save energy and money by turning down your water heater to a temperature of 120 degrees F.

Birthday greetings go out this week to Rachel Frederickson on May 26.

Drug companies want you to look at the brand name, but you should focus on the active ingredient.  Take Tylenol for example.  The active ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen.  Acetaminophen is in dozens of products—not just Tylenol.  That’s one reason overdoses are common.  And that’s not good, because even slight overdoses of acetaminophen can be toxic to your liver.  To protect yourself, read the label and don’t use more than one drug containing acetaminophen at a time.

When people see a cat’s litter box, they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?”  Just once I want to say, “No, it’s for company!”

Until next week, have a good one!