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Senior Center News

January 10, 2013

Pump Up the Brain

I used to have a great mind for trivia. While answers to critical college exams might escape me, the names of obscure actresses in forgotten films tripped off my tongue with ease.

Not so any more. These days it takes longer and longer to retrieve information from the recesses of my mind. Facts that would have taken mere seconds to pull up a decade ago now dodge my cognitive processes for minutes, hours or even days. Either I’ve accumulated too many mental files for my brain to sift through quickly or the neural connectors to my memory banks are just frayed and worn.

You’d think that the best remedy for an overstuffed brain would be to avoid inputting more data. But oddly enough, using our minds more keeps them healthier as we age. Learning new knowledge and skills actually helps improve memory rather than bogging it down.

That’s why we are continually looking for new things to learn and try here at the Senior Center. Some of the ideas we’re playing with for the coming year include a Spanish class or even a language course for beginning Korean, if we can find any takers. Our oil painters will be tackling portraits in the next few weeks and we’ll soon be offering a training session for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for income tax preparation assistance.

Of course our program favorites will continue, such as the computer classes every Monday, Tuesday morning Domino 42, Bingo on Wednesdays, Wii Bowling on Thursday afternoons and our monthly dances and movie nights.

Before long it will be time for the center’s annual Gigantic Garage Sale, held March 8-9, in the [City of Mineral Wells Activity Center in the Fort Wolters Industrial Park].

Our participants are already busy sorting and pricing donated items as they come in. Volunteers are welcome to come join the process any time between now and March.

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    Linda Gilley has been named interim executive director of the Mineral Wells Senior Center, replacing Vivian Conrad.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hurrah for Volunteers!

    Great Britain’s King George IV (1762-1830) once said, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

    April 10, 2014

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    Upon leaving the house Sunday morning, my husband and I startled a yard full of robins.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ordinary heroes

    It seems kind of funny to me that our society celebrates the abilities of some people while ignoring those of others.

    March 27, 2014

  • Strengths and Weaknesses

    I will never understand the kind of person who criticizes others for lacking ability in his own area of competency.

    March 20, 2014

  • FEB BD.jpg Treasures Galore

    Have you heard that old saying, “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”? Well let me tell you, we’ve got treasure to spare!


    Since early Monday morning, our volunteers have been unpacking, sorting, pricing and arranging truckloads of treasure for the annual Gigantic Garage Sale that begins tonight. Our $10-per-person Early Bird Sale will run from 5-7 this evening, but the real fun begins tomorrow morning. The sale from 9-5 on Friday, March 14, and 9-1 on Saturday, March 15, is free to the public.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ready for Some Fun!

    Makeovers are so much fun.

    March 6, 2014

  • Creative Pursuits

    Like many other Americans, I’ve been heading straight for the television as soon as I get home from work each evening.

    February 20, 2014

  • A Great Place to Learn

    It is deeply satisfying to hear multilingual conversations floating around the Senior Center as the Spanish class dismisses every Tuesday.

    February 13, 2014

  • Thanks for your Help

    Last weekend my son and his wife showed up at our door and announced, “We’re here to help you clean your garage.”

    January 30, 2014

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