By Janice Vuich-Cawyer

Did you realize that May is Older Americans Month?  Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either until I received an email  from the Area on Aging, reminding me that it was that time of year again.  The theme for 2019 Connect, Create, Contribute, encourages older adults and their communities to :

  • Connect with Friends, family and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning health and personal enrichment,
  • Contribute time, talents and life experience to benefit others.

 

Ironically, I read another article, about the high rates of suicide among older populations, mostly those who live in  Nursing homes, assisted living and adult care homes.   I found the article very interesting.  Among the risk factors for senior suicide the four D’s  top the list:  depression, debility, access to deadly means and disconnectedness.

What Older Americans month seeks to do is to spotlight the things that will keep us mentally and emotionally healthy.  That even in the face of a shrinking personal world, or physical disability that we are able to find meaning and purpose.  By reaching out, engaging in activities and contributing talents and experiences to the benefit others, we benefit ourselves as well.

Now, I know that you all know this, so I’m not going to get all preachy about what we should do, but I do want to remind you that participating in “Senior’s “ is one of the best ways to help take care of yourselves and others and ensure that there is a center for future seniors to socialize and connect with others. 

I just spent a pleasant 30 to 45 minutes talking with Carol Bumgarner about everything from, well you name it and we probably talked about it.     That means the card players are starting to drift in a few at a time, for the tournament starts at 6:30 pm, but most will be here early for the potluck at 5:30.   If you ever want to play, come early say around 4 or 4:30 to play some practice hands and then stay for the game, or not, you decide.

I have kind of been all over the place today, sorry about that, I will do better next week.  Right now I need to get this column out before the rest of the gang gets here. 

This Wednesday, May 8th we are having roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, beets, salad, rolls  and Key Lime Pie in celebration of mothers day on Sunday, May 12th.  Friday, May 10th we are serving Ham and beans, cornbread, salad, mixed fruit and key lime pie for dessert.

On Wednesday, May 15th Ursula is making sweet and sour chicken, rice, green beans, rolls, salad and magic cookies for dessert.  After lunch, on the 15th is our monthly food pantry.  It starts around 1:30 or so and ends at 3 PM

If you are lucky enough to still have your mother around, this coming Sunday be sure to give her an extra big hug and tell her “Thank you for being my Mom” , “I love you”.   Have a great week, everyone!