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Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths in seniors.  Seniors, is your time 13.5 seconds or longer?  If so, you may be classified as a faller.  Home health agencies across the state of Missouri utilize a TUG score (Time Up & Go) to determine your time.  This is the amount of time it takes to stand up from a seated position, walk ten feet, turn, walk back to the chair, and sit down.  If you are experiencing balance problems, mobility issues, low blood pressure, or sensory deficits, you may need assistance from your local home health agency to be safe at home, and to maintain your independence.

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, February 6–Taco salad, Mexican corn, brownie.  Tuesday, February 7—Cook’s choice.  Wednesday, February 8—Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, roll, peaches.  Thursday, February 9—Teriyaki chicken over rice, oriental vegetables, cookie.  Friday, February 10—Ham, sweet potatoes, peas, roll, cheesecake.

Our activities include, but are not limited to:  OATS bus to Springfield on Monday, OATS bus to Ava on Wednesday and Friday; DCCA Board meeting on Tuesday at 12:30; Pinochle tournament on Wednesday; and driver’s exam on Thursday in the basement.

We appreciate our corporate sponsors:  Ava Drug Company, Ava General Baptist Church, and Chris Swatosh Law office.

And speaking of chocolate, Prevention magazine reports that Dove dark chocolate is really good for you.  Cocoa is rich in antioxidant flavanoids, called flavanols.  People with high blood levels of flavanols, have lower risk of heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes.  One ounce of dark chocolate a day increases good cholesterol and prevents bad cholesterol from oxidizing.  Try eating it with nuts and fruit for more good fats and even more antioxidants.

We just couldn’t make it without our volunteers, and we don’t give our appreciation often as we need to, we very much appreciate Ruth Barrett, Katherine Coats, Virginia Crank, Mabel Everett, Ulla Farrow, Heart of the Ozarks staff, Jerry Huffman, Blair and Pam Karges, Tommy Roberts, Jim Rosso, Ryder and Reba Scobba, Joan Small, and Mike Wilson.

Until next week, have a good one!