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Senior News: September 22 is National Fall Prevention Day

Gary Grossman at BiCoastal Media reminded me that “Brevity is the soul of Clarity” (I wonder what he was trying to tell me?). But that is good advice — particularly this week when there is so much to mention.

Senior News: Let’s kick off National Senior Center Month

It is often said, “If you’ve seen one senior center, you’ve seen one senior center.” That’s because every senior center is unique in how they are structured and operated; and how they reflect their community. And that’s true of every senior center and the many meal sites in the Mid-Columbia from Sherman County to Hood River and Klickitat counties.

Senior News: Sharing the ‘Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess’

Because of the Labor Day Weekend, I had fewer days to collect my thoughts for this column, so I decided to kick the ball down the field until next week and instead share with you some sagely advise I found called the “Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess.” (But I do it with some reservation. I have this notion in the back of my head that I have shared it before. But then I shouldn’t be too overly concerned — there’s a lot of stuff I’ve discovered in the back of my head that should be ignored!)

Senior News: Pledge encourages us to stay strong and confident

Because we live in a society that reflects the cultural values of independence, youthfulness, and productivity, often the elderly are either negatively portrayed as frail, decrepit and burdensome “old” folks — ignored, stored away and forgotten. Or on the opposite extreme “super seniors” accomplishing age defying feats of strength and daring.

Senior News: Be real, but don’t let them ‘graywash’ you

You see them advertised in magazines and on television: vitamin supplements, exercise contraptions or plastic surgery – products that will turn back the hands of time.

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Throw out the spotted owl

Federal wildlife officials are back at the scrimmage line with a Hail Mary play they hope will provide added life support to the perennially struggling Northern spotted owl

Senior News: Surviving the highs and lows of summer

As I am trying to stay cool in my air conditioned bedroom like a kangaroo rat in its desert burrow; with my laptop computer sitting appropriately on my lap, I am wondering what to write about this week. And then, like a sweaty palm slapping me across my face, it hits me: the dangers of overexposure to summer heat!

Senior News: Pondering the ideals of today with the Lone Ranger

Do you ever miss the “good ole days” when the Lone Ranger could dispense justice without fanfare or press conferences — and the local citizens had to ask, “Who was that masked man?”

Senior News: Driving and technology set a different reaction time

Automobiles have changed over the years, from push button transmissions, metal dash boards, and cigarette lighters to computerized engines, backup cameras and remote car keys (so you can lock your car from your living room and accidently set off the car alarm as you fumble with your car keys!) And so have traffic rules, driving conditions, and, although I hate to admit it, so have we.

Senior news: People helping people overcome cancer. Won't you help?

Several weeks ago I highlighted the public transportation options available in the Mid-Columbia area (for a reminder you can go to www.gorgetranslink.com).

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Grandparents play important role in lives of their grandchildren

Ah, grandchildren. For many, grandchildren have been the joy of their lives. For my parents, who retired between Florida and the mountains of North Carolina, they never visited me after my wife and I moved to Oregon. (I guess 18-plus years raising me was enough!) But once my son Andrew was born, it didn’t take them long to say goodbye Ashville, N.C., and hello The Dalles — living in our small basement apartment and inviting Andrew downstairs every afternoon for Sesame Street. You could tell who they were interest in seeing!

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Let’s get ready for some summer activities at the Center

As we move closer to summer and the temperatures rise, it’s the time when door-to-door salespeople start hitting the sidewalks.

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Medicare unavailable for long term patients

How do you travel to the store, your church or to visit friends? Do you ride a bike or a four wheel electric scooter? Or do you careen around town on a Vespa like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Roman Holiday?”

Senior Citizens’ Prom set

A Senior Citizens Prom is planned for Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles. The event is hosted by The Dalles Meals on Wheels and Area Agency on Aging.

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Senior News: Planning with medical insurance in limbo

Do you expect you will ever need long term care services? And knowing that Medicare does not cover long term care, are you prepared to pay for it, i.e. long term care insurance or personal assets?

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