Updated Thursday April 1st 2020

GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE WHO TYPICALLY DO NOT FILE FEDERAL TAX RETURNS

The latest from the Treasury Department.

If you receive Social Security and do not typically file federal tax returns, the treasury department has reversed its position and you will now NOT have to file a simple tax return to receive your Economic Impact Payment of $1200.

You can find more information by clicking on the link below to an article in the Washington Post.

Washington Post Article April 1st

ALL TOGETHER ALONE WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

The Center's Quilters have started a COVID-19 Homemade Face Mask project to help fulfill the need in the area. Click on the link below for patterns and directions, needed material and how the masks are to be collected. The quilters are prioritizing the Meals-on-Wheels drivers, long term care facilities and group homes while distributing over 230 handmade masks. If you personally want a mask call the Center at 541-296-4788 and we will put on the list.

Handmade Face Mask Information including a Pattern

THE CENTER

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 up again but hopefully will have some idea by the first of May.

MEALS-ON-WHEELS

Meals-on-Wheels is delivering meals but is not serving meals in the dining room. If you want a take-out meal, call Meals-on-Wheels at 541-298-8333 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. They are also looking for volunteers to support older adults who are self-isolating because of COVID-19. Call Gracen 541-397-0724 or email her at gbookmyer@ageplus.org.

Aging Well in the Gorge March 18th 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives across the globe: cancellations and closures, travel restrictions, layoffs or reduced hours, empty shelves and worse - deaths. It is a serious threat particularly for us older adults over 60. But we can do our part to protect ourselves and others by washing our hands often - Wet, Lather, Scrub (20 seconds), Rinse and Dry and by practicing social distancing: keeping three to six feet from each other. (Since I like to shake hands and offer hugs, I find that hard to do - and elbow bumps just don’t feel right. So, don’t be surprised if you see me do as the Japanese and bow when greeting you.)  

I won’t mention all the cancellations and closures, but Meals-on-Wheels is NOT serving meals at the Center this week but are making sure meals are delivered. And I’m not sure what they’re doing next week. The Center is working to stay open (which may have changed by the time you read this) by implementing several conditions: excluding anyone showing flu symptoms, limiting group activities to no more than sixteen, requiring anyone entering the Center to wash their hands or use sanitizer, reminding everyone to keep a safe distance, and sanitizing surfaces with disinfecting wipes or bleach water (4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water).

We’ve been around long enough to know that this too shall pass. But until it does, we need to do our part to reduce the severity of this pandemic. And if you have decided to self-isolate and hunker down at home, make sure you stay in touch with friends and family. And consider this. Why not catchup doing what is now a relic of the past – writing letters.

Have you been singing Happy Birthday twice while washing your hands and wondering “Who am I singing Happy Birthday to?” Or maybe you have mixed it up and chose the first verse of a different song: Gloria Gaynor’s” I Will Survive”? Hank William’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”? or the Temptations “I Can’t Get Next to You”? Email any song you would suggest singing.

You know it’s spring not because of the budding plants, the warmer days (with the occasional snow showers) or the longer evenings, but by seeing Bruce and Lori Harris driving around town in their Today’s Rays pickup getting sprinkler systems ready for spring. And once again I want to thank Bruce and Lori for donating their time servicing the Center’s irrigation system for the last many years.

After writing last week about scam phone calls, I received two – one asking me to press 1 for further information; and the other telling me I needed to call a certain number to avoid being charged for I’m not sure what. They were very convincing if I didn’t know any better.  

But there is some good news as reported on the AARP website. “Attorney General William Barr recently announced the largest-ever annual sweep of alleged fraudsters accused of targeting older Americans. More than 400 defendants have been charged in the past year, and they are purported to have been behind victim losses surpassing $1 billion. Barr also announced that preventing and disrupting transnational elder fraud is now one of the top priorities of the U.S. Department of Justice.” So, there is some hope. But I wouldn’t hold my breath.

The name given to the failed landing operation along the southwest coast of Cuba led by Cuban exiles opposed to the increasingly communist government of Fidel Castro was the Bay of Pigs. I received correct answers from Barbara Cadwell, Lana Tepfer, Cheri Brent and Sam Bilyeu who is this week’s winner of a quilt raffle ticket. And last week I missed Rhonda Spies

This may be a guy thing, but do you remember moistening a small piece of paper and blowing it throw a straw - a favorite way to disrupt the class by harassing a fellow student? Today you can even find a professional guide on the internet! For this week’s “Remember When” question, what was the name for this moistened piece of paper rolled into a ball? Email your answer to mcseniorcenter@gmail.com, leave a message at 541-296-4788 or send it with your favorite prank from your school days – that you are willing to admit!

Well, it’s been another week, looking for the silver lining in an old worn out jacket. Until we meet again, as they said in in England during WW II “Stay Calm and Keep Your Distance” – or something like that.

 “Introverts Unite – Separately.”  seen on Twitter

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