"Bingo!” The triumphant cry rings from the back of the room and runs like a ripple through the crowd, breaking the quiet tension created by the game. A volunteer moves to the winner’s table, reads the winning numbers aloud: “One. Three. Seven. Seven. Five.” The volunteer calling the game, Gary Patton, checks the numbers on a computer screen, confirms a winner. “We have a Bingo!”
A column by local writer Scott McKay
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Director Scott McKay said the mission of the Mid-Columbia Senior Center is “to promote healthy aging by providing opportunities for people to explore, connect and contribute.” With five different exercise classes, a Brain Fitness Club and many more activities like table tennis and Wii Bowling, the senior center has accomplished that mission.
Technology is constantly changing and, as most of us would agree, much too fast. But the upside is that the technology is becoming more intuitive and responsive. If you have any “techie” questions, you can drop in at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Or, if you have an iPad or iPhone, I will attempt to answer your questions. I can often help or at least give you some direction before you ask for professional help.
Many of you may agree with Fran Lebowitz who said, “Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, simply eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.”
Care facility, nurse team up for better health
Do you still receive unsolicited calls from telemarketers trying to sell you something you don’t want or need, such as security systems, satellite television or a new remedy for diabetes? They are often scams but can also be calls from telemarketers representing Fortune 500 companies. And there are steps you can take to limit them.
I have always forgotten things. (Fred MacMurray in the Absent Minded Professor was one of my role models.) I can still remember the sinking feeling when I forgot an appointment for a haircut or picking the kids after school.
Group has met too many years to remember
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.
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.
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!