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Senior Center awarded $1,500 grant

SPOKANE, Wash. – Northwest Farm Credit Services has awarded the Mid-Columbia Senior Center a $1,500 Northwest Farm Credit Services/CoBank Rural Community Grant Award.

Senior news: Several events taking place at the Senior Center

When I start writing this column, I usually have a particular topic in mind, in this case the diversity among older adults. But sometimes my thoughts just don’t come together —they need more time to incubate.

Senior news: Communication is key factor for better health outcomes

Do you remember when a visit to the doctor was for an easily diagnosed and treated ailment, such as measles, ear aches and sore throats? The visit was not for complex health issues, such as broken hips, knee replacements, urinary infections, fainting spells or heart problems? Life is so much more exciting these days!

Senior News: Ten tips for a healthier life

Last week I shared twenty tips I’ve learned over the last eight years about aging well. I hope you found them useful, but I imagine some of you might have thought they were just a bunch of hooey. (Does anyone use the word “hooey” anymore besides myself and Dick Cheney?)

Senior news: How to live the rest of your life to the fullest

This is the seventh year I have had the opportunity to wish all of you a Happy New Year. When I started writing this column, I had no idea what the next eight years would bring, but over those years attending state and national conferences, listening to the Mid-Columbia Senior Center’s Tuesday lectures, preparing for this column, and particularly listening to the amazing “elders” at the center, I have learned more than I ever could have imagined.

Senior news: Don’t take for granted the simple joys of everyday life

I’m not fond of these winter doldrums in The Dalles: grey overcast skies with a few days of sunshine, just to tease us that better days are ahead. And although I may not like them, I find these gloomy days are necessary, because without them I wouldn’t really appreciate the warm T-shirt days with blue skies. And isn’t that the way it is in our daily lives? All the challenges and difficulties, the missteps and losses, remind us not to take for granted the simple joys and comforts we can experience every precious day.

Senior news: ‘­Tis the season to show appreciation

With Thanksgiving becoming another shopping holiday — Black Friday morphing into Black Thursday — I have begun to appreciate the perspective that comes from having lived these many years.

Senior news: I often find the cheese in the freezer

I have come to realize that it isn’t my memory I should be worrying about. I haven’t forgotten my social security number or the combination to my locker.

Senior news: Don’t fall for the Grandparent Scam

You receive a call from your grandson. He is in trouble in a foreign country and he needs your help, now! He sounds desperate and you want to help, so you send him a Western Union money order. And you never hear from him again or see your money.

Senior news: Laughter really can be the best medicine

It is said laughter is the best medicine. Although it is not a cure for major depression, according to the Mayo Clinic website, laughter can improve your mood, relieve stress and pain, and increase personal satisfaction while stimulating your heart, lungs and muscles — and improving your immune system. Not bad for a couple of knock-knock jokes!

Seniors and people with disabilities topic of meetings Oct. 6

Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) invites The Dalles area residents to share ideas about the future of Oregon’s services for seniors and people with disabilities Monday, Oct 6, at two locations: The Dalles Senior Center, 1112 West 9th Street, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and at Spooky’s Pizza Restaurant, 3320 West 6th Street in The Dalles, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Senior News: Lots of events at the senior center

I usually try to avoid being too focused on the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, but this week is going to be an exception because of these opportunities: Wednesday, Sept. 18: Passport to Happiness event from 1-2:30 p.m. Lauren Kraemer, OSU Extension Family and Community Health specialist, will demonstrate several healthy dishes.

Senior living: Mental stimulation is key component of brain health

Because of Labor Day, I had less time to write this week’s column, so I decided to keep it simple and include a pop quiz for some mental stimulation.

Senior news: Is there something wrong with being older?

How many times have I heard that folks don’t come to the Mid-Columbia Senior Center because it is just for old people — as if there is something wrong with being older.

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