What is it that they say …”no news is good news”?

For the coming summer months, the Senior Center will be in a slow-down mode, but slow is good when you are a senior citizen.

Most of the helpful aspects of the senior program will continue, but the more active will be slightly mitigated (how do you like that word? I have been reading my dictionary recently and have found that I can often misuse big words because no one reads my columns, or those who do have bad eyesight. Then there are those who use the paper to line their birdcages or put on the floor to potty-train their kittens or puppies, and they only have a quick glimpse of the words used). But let’s get down to business.

Beginning on Monday, the 7th, the opening activity is, as always, your morning walk around the inside of the center. As the weather heats up, this is a good way to get your walking workout, as much or as little as you please, and still enjoy the benefit of the cool of the air conditioning and being close to the coffee pot and chairs when you need them.  Of course, this activity is undirected and you can start and stop at your own will. Just be here at 8 a.m. and feel free to walk until you are worn out or the clock reads 9, whichever comes first.

If you missed the walk, there is still another hour in which you can loosen the joints, with participation in the Silver Sneakers’ range of motion and muscular strengthening exercises. By 10 a.m., you will be looking forward to listening to the Silver Notes’ efforts to bring God’s Word, in song, to the center’s participants. You can even sing along, if it suits you, and if you will either stay on key or sing quietly. Either choice gives you pleasure, to be sure.

Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be Craft Time with Linda Gilley. She will be teaching those interested how to be crafty while using a computer during those hours.  Hummm, crafty, huh? Maybe I should join that class. So far my computer use only exercises my ignorance, not my craftiness. Got an opening, Linda?

Health Check Day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the 8th of June, so if you need to keep track of your physical condition, there is this once-a-month visit by the Palo Pinto Home Health nurses and the guys from Mineral Wells Medical Supply to assist with different tests, suggestions and help with maintaining your personal records.

This has been going on for so many years that these special people know more about the condition of the Senior Center participants’ physical welfare than their families and maybe their doctors. Seriously, this is a good way to keep in touch with blood pressure and blood sugar readings, weight gain or loss and other easily overlooked situations, and it never costs a penny. You will be referred to your physician if anything suspicious or serious is noted in your tests.

After lunch, at two o’clock, there will be a Silver Sneakers exercise program later on in the summer. Call the center for the starting date. Other exercise times will remain as they have been for ages.

Wednesday looks like a biggie. Cathy Torres will be here all day, seeing those who need connection with resources and services. Bingo, sponsored by IntegraCare, continues in its 9:30 a.m. morning spot, and the Willing Workers’ quilting group will be here as well.

About the only thing for Thursday and Friday of this week is Sharon McKinley’s Craft Time and the Silver Steppers on Thursday, the Silver Steppers’ Line Dancing, both in the 9-11 a.m. spot, with the Friday activity Happy Feet Foot Care, by appointment only, also sponsored by IntegraCare, same time: 9-11 a.m.

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