Updated May 16th, 2020
ALL TOGETHER- ALONE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The Center's Quilters are sewng Homemade Face Masks to help fulfill the need in the area. If you would like a mask, call the Center at 541-296-4788 and leave your name, phone number, address and the number of masks you need.
The Center is closed and all classes and activities are canceled except for MEDICARE HELP (call the local coordinator at 541-288-8341) and the MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN CLOSET (call 541-296-4788 to see if we have the equipment you need and to schedule a time for pick-up.)
TAX AIDE has been canceled indefinitely but the filing date has been extended to July 15th. I have not heard if or when the program will start again.
The eligibility for a home delivered meal has changed to include anyone 60 and over. If you would like a home delivered meal call Meals-on-Wheels at 541-298-8333 or if you would like to pick up a meal call before 10:00 and pick up your meal at noon but not before.
CIRCLES OF CARE
Circles of Care is looking for older adults who are self-isolating and need support during these difficult times. Because of the situation they are limiting their assistance to picking up groceries and check-in calls. Call Gracen 541-397-0724 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Well in the Gorge February 9th 2016
My wife and I have celebrated Valentine’s Day as a married couple for over forty years. And as with most older adults, we feel our marriage has improved and these later years have been some of the happiest years of our lives. Part of the reason is I have learned the secrets of a happy marriage: put down the toilet seat, (apparently it looks gross to women), put the cap back on the toothpaste; and answer any request from your wife with a gentle “As you wish my dear”. (But I have still been able to maintain a certain level of cave man aesthetic which I am sure she has come to lovingly appreciate.)
But then as life often happens, your spouse passes away, leaving only memories and pictures of all the special times. It is a tremendous adjustment and changes your world - even more than when you had your first child. But you learn to adapt, and life continues. And then one day, after you have learned to accept the solitude, you unexpectedly find a second love, a companion, someone to share new stories and adventures with.
It may be someone you knew from church, or an old friend from your school days you accidently found on Facebook. And you decide to remarry, or just live together or be friends with benefits. And surprisingly, you find you have never been happier in your life.
It happens to many. And Valentine’s Day reminds us when love is lost, it doesn’t mean all is lost forever - because it is never too late to find a little romance one more time.
A big thank-you to Dave Griffith Motors for sponsoring the Center’s successful Southern Fried Chicken Dinner. It would not have been possible without Griffith Motors and all the volunteers including the Red Hat ladies (Pat Lucas promised to bring me a red hat to wear next year); the donated desserts from Petite Provence and Shari’s Restaurant; Debra Jones and Donna Baldwin for arranging the center pieces for the tables; Andre Lemoreaux, KC Kortge and Sheryl Doty for the music; Denise Patton, Rick Leibowitz and the kitchen volunteers for preparing the food; and to Joan Silver for leading the charge. And last but not least, thank-you to all the folks who attended the dinner so the Center can continue to provide opportunities and supports for older adults.
There is still room in next week’s AARP Smart Driver class on Monday and Tuesday (February 15th and 16th) from 8:45 to 12:05. The cost is $20 and $15 for AARP members. You need to bring your driver’s license and a pencil. You will learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. And with completion of the class, you should be able to receive a discount on your auto insurance.
Consequently, there will not be a 11:00 Tuesday lecture, but on the 23rd, Tracy Dugick, MCMC Registered Dietician, will discuss how to eat healthy while on special diets.
At the Center on February 16th starting at 6:30 PM, the Simcoe Boys will drive all the way from Goldendale to perform for your dancing and listening pleasure. Everyone is welcome and donations are always appreciated.
The football the team that won four Super Bowls in the 1970’s and included future all-stars Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, “Mean Joe” Greene, Mel Blount, and Lynn Swann was the Pittsburg Steelers. (The winner of one of the hot-selling quilt raffle tickets is Morris Melton.)
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, this week’s “Remember When” question is about a film considered one of the most romantic by the American Film Institute (ranked number nine). What is the title of the movie released in 1970 starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw and made famous the line, “Love means never having to say you're sorry.”? (Was it really forty-six years ago?) Email your answer to email@example.com, leave a message at 541-296-4788 or mail it with the book of the same title written by Erich Segal.
Well, it’s been another week running further behind, but enjoying every minute. Until we meet again, as Milton Berle once said “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”
“Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you.” Loretta Young
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