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Senior News: Advice on how to beat those winter blues

Maybe it’s the weeks without seeing the sun or the chilly days cooped up inside, but it is easy to get down during these cold grey days of winter.

Andrew Soloman, who wrote the award-winning book “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” describes his own depression as the opposite of vitality. In 1994, three years after a series of personal losses things changed for him. He no longer wanted to do the things he regularly did and he didn’t know why. Through his emotional horror he saw depression as “… much, much too much sadness, much too much grief at far too slight a cause.”

Depression affects 15 in every 100 adults over 65, of which 70 percent are women. It is a serious illness that should not be confused with sadness and grief which we all experience at different times of our lives.

Depression is nothing to be ashamed of or to hide from. Most importantly it is treatable. If you feel you may have depression, talk to your health care provider to find help so you can climb out of the emotional abyss of depression and live a happier life.

Walking is an activity most anyone can do, but as we walk to improve our stamina, mobility and balance, we should also be aware of the dangers of falling. On Tuesday Feb. 11, at 11 a.m., Ann Stanley and Linda Alexander from Columbia Gorge Spine and Sports Medicine will discuss the benefits of walking and how to prevent falls as we get older.

Two reminders: Don’t forget to have your Passport to Happiness passport stamped at the StrongWomen’s table during the Go Red for Women’s Heart Expo at The Civic Auditorium on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. And if you are one of the millions who own an Apple iPad (or an iPhone) join us at the Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to learn more about your new device.

Now that you are fluent in the new Euro-English spelling, I’ll use it one more time for the center’s music announcement. Tusday night Feb. 11, Martin and Friends vil be performing for yur dansing and listning pleasur. Ze dors opn at 6 p.m., musik starts at 70 and ze fun nds at 9. (And to se if yu ar stil reading zis, if yu ar ze first to email me or kal the senter, you’l reseive ten fre quilt rafle tikets.) And I mustn’t forget …everyon is velkom and donations ar apresiated.

English grammar can be a cruel mistress. You forget one verb, a punctuation mark and confusion breaks out! It was pointed out to me that last week I forgot to include “was” and a question mark. The sentence should have read “… the popular television show “Candid Camera” which ran on NBC from 1960-1967 was hosted by what television personality?” which explains why only Sandy Haechrel emailed the correct answer: Allen Funt.

But this week’s “Remember When” question is inspired by the Seahawks’ dominant (and boring?) victory in Sunday’s Super Bowl. After their win, the team took home the Super Bowl trophy named after Vince Lombardi who coached what team to the first two Super Bowl victories? E-mail your answer to mcseniorcenter, call 541-296-4788 or send it with a “cheesehead” hat first worn in 1987.

Well, it has been another week enjoying the rollercoaster of life.

Until we meet again, as Vivian Greene wrote “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass—it's about learning to dance in the rain!”


Wednesday (5) Pub Battered Fish

Thursday (6) BBQ Pulled Pork on a Bun

Friday (7) Meatloaf

Monday (10) Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Tuesday (11) Ham and Sweet Potatoes


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