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Senior News: Mid-Columbia offers many organizations for senior support

There are many organizations in the Mid-Columbia supporting older adults, but there are very few whose only mission is the health and wellbeing of older adults. One of those organizations is the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) operated under the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments serving a five county region: Wheeler, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco and Hood River counties. Through the Older Americans Act (OAA), the AAA receives funds for food and nutrition programs, support services, and planning and coordination of local services. The AAA also receives funds from the state of Oregon to operate the Oregon Project Independence program which pays for in-home services so older adults can stay in their homes and live as independently as possible.

But the AAA also recruits and trains many volunteers to provide several other important services for older adults including the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance program (SHIBA) that offers free counseling to people eligible for Medicare; Friendly Visitor program that helps older adults stay socially connected, and the AARP Money Management program that provides help with simple financial tasks such as paying bills and balancing a check book.

Hopefully you have received your Passport to Happiness Calendar in the mail. The first community event where you can have your Passport stamped is the Go Red for Women’s Heart Expo at The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Friday February 7th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Pick up your Passport at the StrongWomen table and have it stamped by Fern Wilcox the volunteer coordinator for the StrongWomen program. And each month another community event will be announced where your “Passport” can be stamped.

For this week’s music announcement, I am adding the last three changes: replacing "th" with a "z", the "w" with "v"; and dropping the "o" from words containing "ou".

Nxt vek starts a vhol new monz and on ze first Tuesday night in February (4th) if yu want to “kut a rug!”, kom on down to ze Cnter and njoy the sunds of ze Stravbery Mountain Band. Ze dors open at 6:00, and althugh it von’t be all night, yu kan dans from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Everyon is velkom and donations are apresiated.

The answer to last week’s “Remember When” question is Wingtips - a style of leather shoe decorated on the toe cap with perforations in the shape of a “W”. (And the winner of a free March 21st Saturday Breakfast is Ted Mahoney.)

This week’s question was inspired by the funny YouTube video “Smart Dog Drives Smart Car” emailed to me by Diana Weston. E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or send it with a picture of Durward Kirby, the co-host of the show for several years.

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison


Wednesday (29) Turkey with a Green bean Casserole

Thursday (30) Pork Chop with Dressing and Gravy

Friday (31) Meat Loaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Monday (3) Salisbury Steak

Tuesday (4) Chicken and Dumplings


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