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Here’s a poem I’m sure every senior can relate to:  A row of bottles on my shelf caused me to analyze:  One yellow pill I have to pop goes to my heart so it won’t stop.  A little white one that I take goes to my hands so they won’t shake.  The blue ones that I use a lot tell me I’m happy when I’m not.  The purple pill goes to my brain and tells me that I have pain.  The capsules tell me not to wheeze or cough or choke or even sneeze.  The red ones, smallest of them all, go to my blood so I won’t fall.  The orange ones, very big and bright, prevent my leg cramps in the night.  Such an array of brilliant pills helping to cure all kinds of ills.  But what I’d really like to know is what tells each one where to go!

Need to save some money on your electric bill?  If your freezer or refrigerator is too empty, they work overtime to keep the empty space cool.  Add jugs or cartons of water to fill the gaps making sure to leave room for circulation.

Don’t pre-rinse your dishes.  Scrape off food bits and use a small amount of water to loosen residue if necessary.

Electric outlets can leak cold air in, so make sure you have inexpensive foam insulation sheets behind the cover and use safety plugs in the outlets you don’t often use.

And if you’re watching the big game, use the slow cooking crock pot, microwave or toaster oven to make snacks.  Less energy is used than with your stove and cooktop and conventional oven.

Our menu for this week is:  Monday, October 22—Hot ham and cheese sandwich, broccoli soup, crackers, ice cream.  Tuesday, October 23—Frito pie, corn, fruit.  Wednesday, October 24—Pork chop, dressing, gravy, green beans, pudding.  Thursday, October 25—Cashew chicken, oriental vegetables, egg roll, cookie.  Friday, October 26—Fish, macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, cobbler.  Meals are $3.50 if you are over 60 and the salad bar is free on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with your meal.  We invite you to come and join us any day.

The activities for this week include:  Monday—OATS bus to Ava.  Tuesday—Line dancing at 1:30, OATS bus to adjoining county.  Wednesday—OATS bus to Ava.  Thursday—Driver’s exam in the basement 9:30-noon, 1:00 to 3:30, (motorcycle from 10-11 only), Grace Health Care foot clinic (by appointment only).  Friday—OATS bus to Ava.

Congratulations to these winners in the pinochle tournament on Wednesday, October 10:  Hulda Tipton (1089), Mary Baumgardner (884) and Dessie Miller (828).  Each of these ladies received a ticket for one free meal.  We had four games and three tables.

We are taking appointments to go over our seniors’ Part D prescription coverage and do individual comparisons during this Medicare Part D Annual Open Enrollment period, which is from October 15 through December 7, 2012.  We are scheduling these appointments from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm.  We will be doing these by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week throughout the open enrollment period.

This is also a good time to decide if you need to change your Medicare Advantage Plan that has Part D coverage attached to it.

Please contact the Ava Senior Center at 683-5712 if you wish to make an appointment.  You will need to bring your Medicare card as well as a listing of any prescription drugs you may be taking on a regular basis.

Until next week, have a good one!

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