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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.

Senior news: Even knowing the benefits of moving, it will be hard

Have you had to move from a place that was your home for many years? Rita and I are considering selling our house where we have lived 28 years. The children have moved away, and it is just too darn big. (My perfect size for a house is one small enough, I only needed to plug in the vacuum cleaner once.)

Senior news: It’s never too late

I was reading an online post from a young person asking if, at the age of 30, she still had time to make something of her life. When I read it I wanted to say to her, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING! It is never too late. At the age of 60, 70, 80 or even 90!”

Senior news: Remembering the good ol’ days has benefits

When you listen to an old favorite song, smell a certain perfume or browse through a picture album, are long-forgotten images and emotions triggered? That is nostalgia.

Senior news: Being realistic isn't giving up

Do we always have to act our age? Do we really have to stop dressing up for Halloween, or drawing with watercolors and crayons? Or telling corny jokes we have all heard several times before (but still find amusing)? If you are 92, should you really climb under the house when your wife is afraid she will have to call 911 to pull you out? (I don’t think you really want to be the opening segment on the Channel 6 news: “Stubborn Geezer in over his head.”)

Senior News: Summertime and family reunions go hand in hand

Summer and reunions go hand in hand — from high school class reunions to family reunions.

Community Meal looks for funding

Organization missed deadline for United Way grant, needs $2,750

Free Social Security

When selecting Social Security benefits, recipients must choose from dozens of options, regardless of age. A free Social Security workshop is being offered by financial planner Ryan Jensen of Jensen and Sons of Vancouver, Wash. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ at 1 NE Pioneer Place in White Salmon.

Senior News: Enjoying the climb through your senior years

I came across this quote by Mitch Abom, journalist and writer best known for “Tuesdays with Morrie.” “It’s funny. I met a man once who did a lot of mountain climbing. I asked him which was harder, ascending or descending? He said without a doubt descending, because ascending you were so focused on reaching the top, you avoided mistakes. The backside of a mountain is a fight against human nature,” he said. “You have to care as much about yourself on the way down as you did on the way up.”

Senior news: Common sense steps to manage medications safely

It is said that if you are over 65 and need a conversation starter, bring up the subject of medications.

Senior news: Enjoy your time with a little bit of gardening

Today it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that: something that just might tickle your fancy. So let’s start by getting our hands dirty with a little bit of gardening news.

Senior News: There are many advantages to growing older

Over the last six years since I turned 60, I have found getting older is a series of adventures: never knowing what to expect next.

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