Ava Senior Center

Winners in the pitch tournament on Tuesday, August 20 were:  Juanita (227), Claude (218) and Ruth (217).  Some scored 50 while others scored 5.  Five games were played with 24 in attendance.

The activities around the Center this week include, but are not limited to:  Monday—CLOSED, Jam session 6-9.  Tuesday—Tai chi senior exercise class 10:30, Pitch tournament noon.  Wednesday—Free hearing aid cleaning 10-1, OATS bus in and around Ava.  Thursday—Driver’s exam 9:30-3:30.  Friday—OATS bus in and around Ava, Tai chi senior exercise class 10:30.  Saturday, September 7—Miles for Meals 7:30-10:30.

Birthday wishes go out to Norma Corpening on August 28, Bernie Hutchison on August 31.

You can build a powerful memory at any age.  It’s easier than you thought.  Get enough sleep!  The reason is simple:  you are sharper when rested.  Shave even one hour off the recommended 8 hours of nightly sleep and you’ll probably lower your response time and have more difficulty with complex tasks.

Rest gives your brain time to make connections to new information and shuttle it into long-term memory.

To keep your mind sharp, you need something called ‘cognitive reserve.’  That is a buffer of extra brain networks built by stimulating experiences.  Think of your brain as a forest.  People with a lot of these networks, have a dense forest.  When Alzheimer’s disease comes in with a weed whacker, it can’t do as much damage.  The good news is that you can increase the density of your brain ‘forest’ at any time in your life.

Reading, writing, crossword puzzles, playing board games, or card games, participating in group discussions and playing music all may help to keep your mind agile and ‘dense.’

Come eat breakfast with us on Saturday, September 7 from 7:30-10:30.

Monday night jam session continues to improve.  We had double spoons, double fiddles and a keyboard added for this last session; a banjo ambles in during the break and begins playing.  We appreciate everyone who made this night possible, especially the talented Howard Hale. Due to a surprise wedding during the session, the crowd was humongous- over 175. Congratulations to the happy couple who are honeymooning in east Ava!

My neighbor is improving in the hospital, but he is still in the expensive-care unit.

Until next week, have a great one!