Aging Well in the Gorge September 15th 2021

Falls can be more than an inconvenience when you would just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move on - although often a little embarrassed. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. And according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four older adults will experience a fall. 

Most of the time falls and accidents don't "just happen." Here are a few tips to help you take care of your overall health to avoid falls and broken bones. (For an explanation of the benefits of each tip, go to the National Institute on Aging’s website https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures.) 
1. Find out about the side effects of any medicine you take. If a drug makes you sleepy or dizzy, tell your doctor or pharmacist. 
2. Stay physically active. 
3. Wear non-skid, rubber-soled, low-heeled shoes, or lace-up shoes with non-skid soles that fully support your feet. 
4. Have your eyes and hearing tested. 
5. Get enough sleep. 
6. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink. 
7. Stand up slowly. 
8. Use an assistive device if you need help feeling steady when you walk. 
9. Be very careful when walking on wet or icy surfaces. 
10. Always tell your doctor if you have fallen since your last checkup, even if you aren't hurt when you fall. 

I addition to these tips, Providence Senior Health Programs along with Oregon State University’s StrongPeople™ is offering the following free online webinars. “Making the Most of Your Mobility as You Age” on Thursday, September 23rd from 10:00 to 11:30. Providence experts will explain how to reduce your risk of falling and remain healthy and mobile as you age. Register in advance at https://forms.office.com/r/1zLuYdAc3D or contact Deana VandenHoek at 503-537-1471 or deana.vandenhoek@providence.org. 

"Falls and Incontinence: Hidden Connections and Practical Solutions" on Wednesday, September 22nd from 9:00 to 10:15. This training will provide education for men and women regarding falls and incontinence and what can be done to reduce the prevalence of these conditions. Register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/mpnj5b7c. If you have questions, contact Lauren Kraemer at Lauren.Kraemer@oregonstate.edu. 

I’ve found knowing what to do is the easy part. The hard part is doing what you know, so you can prevent falls and maintain your independence for years to come. 

Remaining answers to last week’s “Quantagories”. 4 = Quarts in a Gallon; 24 = Hours in a Day; 1 = Wheel on a Unicycle; 5 = Digits in a Zip Code; 57 = Heinz Varieties; 11 = Players on a Football Team; 1000 = Words that a Picture is Worth; 29 = Days in February in a Leap Year; and 64 = Squares on a Checkerboard. 

From two weeks ago I received the correct answer of Dinah Shore from Susan Ellis, Steven Woolpert, Billie Maxwell, Claire Zumwalt, Rhonda Spies, Barbara Cadwell, Norma Simpson, Lana Tepfer, Doug Nelson, Gene Uczen, Linda Frizzell, Dave Lutgens, Rose Schulz, Kim Birge, Tiiu Vahtel, and the winner of a quilt raffle ticket Mark Fortin who sent in the answer Dinosaur. Don’t you love autocorrect! 

The 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film starring young Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford that portrayed cruising and early rock 'n' roll was American Graffiti. I received correct answers from Susan Ellis, Doug Nelson, Rhonda Spies, Norma Simpson, Jess Birge, Jay Waterbury, Lana Tepfer, Steven Woolpert, Dave Lutgens, and this week’s winner of a quilt raffle ticket Gene Uczen who remembered it was Suzanne Somers in the T-bird. 

When my family drove from Indiana to Florida (my dad was thrilled when the interstate highway system was built!) my sister and I would have to find ways to entertain ourselves during those long trips. One way was singing. For this week’s “Remember When” question, this song began with ninety-nine bottles of what on the wall? E-mail your answer to mcseniorcenter@gmail.com, call 541-296-4788 or send it with the thirteen and a half minute live recording of the song in its entirety. (Yes, there is a recording!) 

Well, it’s been another week waiting for the leaves to fall. Until we meet again, keep your head up, but watch your step. 

“I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.” Kurt Vonnegut

Aging Well in the Gorge September 8th 2021

Do you feel you have lost your intellectual edge? That you may not be as mentally nimble as you once were! Join the party. But don’t fret because recent brain research suggests even though the mature brain may not be as quick, it does produce better decisions (At least that’s what I keep reminding myself!) Below is a quiz sent to me by Dan Erickson ten years ago. It may or may not tell you anything about your intelligence, but I found it fun and challenging - frustratingly challenging! But did I say it was fun? Well, I’ll let you decide. 

If you can answer correctly 18 out of 24, you will have done as well as Dan when he was a younger man. For myself, I won’t testify to how many I could solve this time around. I’m pleading the right not to incriminate my intelligence.

Each of the following phrases contains the initials of words that will make it correct. See if you can find the missing words. (Example: 16 = O in a P. Answer: Ounces in a Pound) Ready, set, GO!

1.) 26 = L of the A; 2.) 1001 = A N; 3.) 7 = W of the W; 4.) 12 = S of the Z; 5.) 54 = C in a D (with the J); 6.) 9 = P in the S S. 7.) 88 = P K; 8.) 13 = S on the A F; 9.) 32 = D F at which W F; 10.) 18 = H on a G C; 11.) 90 = D in a R A; 12.) 200 = D for P G in M; 13.) 8 = S on a S S; 14.) 3 = B M ( S H T R ); 15.) 4 = Q in a G; 16.) 24 = H in a D; 17.) 1 = W on a U; 18.) 5 = D in a Z C; 19.) 57 = H V; 20.) 11 = P on a F T; 21.) 1000 = W that a P is W; 22.) 29 = D in F in a L Y; 23.) 64 = S on a C.

The singer/actress who during her television variety show each week sang "See the U.S.A. in Your Chevrolet” was Dinah Shore. Since I had to submit this column early because of the long Labor Day weekend, I’ll mention everyone who sent in the correct answer next week.

This 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film set in Modesto, California in 1962 was directed by George Lucas and starred Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, and Cindy Williams. For this week’s “Remember When” question, what was the name of the film that portrayed cruising and early rock 'n' roll through a series of adventures of a group of teenagers over the course of a night. E-mail your answer to mcseniorcenter@gmail.com, call 541-296-4788 or send it with the name of the actress who played the blonde in the T-bird.


It looks like I am running out of space and time. So here are the answers to just the first fourteen “Quantagories” - you have one more week to figure out the rest. But if you can’t wait, you can find the answers at www.midcolumbiaseniorcenter.com under the tab Brain Challenges.


1.) 26 = Letters of the Alphabet; 2.) 1001 = Arabian Nights; 3.) 7 = Wonders of the World; 4.) 12 = Signs of the Zodiac; 5.) 54 = Cards in a Deck (with the Joker); 6.) 9 = Planets in the Solar System. 7.) 88 = Piano Keys; 8.) 13 = Stripes on the American Flag; 9.) 32 = Degrees Fahrenheit at which Water Freezes; 10.) 18 = Holes in a Golf Course; 11.) 90 = Degrees in a Right Angle; 12.) 200 = Dollars for Passing Gin Monopoly; 13.) 8 = Sides on a Stop Sign; 14) 3 = Blind Mice (See How They Run).


Well, it’s been another week, proving once again there is no such thing as normal. Until we meet again, remember the words of the venerable philosopher W.C Fields "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it."


"Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance." old farmer from Fossil”


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