A recent issue of the AARP magazine had a short article titled "Why Do I Feel Isolated?" The article cited several situations that can lead to isolation. Among them are caregiver responsibilities, physical limitations, lack of transportation, no access to the Internet, and family and friends who are too far away or too busy. While reading the article, I realized that the senior center and its partners can help with many of these situations of isolation.

The senior center is located at the corner of 10th and Jones streets. We have a huge parking lot with numerous handicapped parking spaces. The entrance at the southeast corner of the building has an automatic door and no steps. The back entrance on the west side has only one step. Our building has a large, open room, wide hallways and handicapped restrooms. We can accommodate physical limitations. Our building has six computers with Internet access available to the public. Set up an email account and communicate with family and friends nearby or far away. Call 272-3620 for more information.

A big obstacle cited was lack of transportation. In Garden City, lack of transportation is not an issue. We have the Mini Buses which will pick you up at your front door and drop you off at your destination. A brief application is required for the Mini Bus. The City Link buses make hourly loops throughout Garden City. Transfers are available to make it possible to get from one route to another. Fees vary depending on the service. Call 272-3626 for more information.

Need some relief from caregiver responsibilities? Our friends at Legacy Senior Services can help. Call Stephanie Metheney at 277-7112 for more information. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They accept customers as drop-ins or on a regular ongoing basis.

The AARP Foundation plans to learn how to help with these issues of isolation. In Garden City, we don't need to wait for AARP. Pick up the phone. Don't sit at home. Staying in touch is good for your health.

Christmas dinner

Our annual Christmas dinner sponsored by Commerce Bank will be on Thursday, with entertainment at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Tickets are required. Stop by the senior center office to get your ticket.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the volunteers from Judy Whitehill's Garden City Community College nutrition class, RSVP volunteers, Jamie Hitchcock and Duane Riley, who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Transit news

It is time to renew your eligibility to ride the Mini Bus in 2013. Be sure to ask the next time you schedule the bus. Don't delay so you don't lose your service!

Never ridden the Mini Bus? Get an application now before the weather turns bad. Let us do the driving.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 8:30 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Join us for our annual Christmas Luncheon sponsored by Commerce Bank. Tickets are required for lunch. Stay and play bingo at 1 p.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday has Prairie Land Food pick-up at noon. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band meets at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba starts at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. The senior center board of directors meets at 2 p.m.

Dec. 19 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Inez Wasinger Free Dance sponsored by Dr. Michael Baughman and Sandhill Orthopedic and Sports Medicine will begin at 7:30 p.m. Music is provided by the Ortiz Band. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Baked ham, sweet potatoes, winter vegetables, roll, cranberry crunch dessert.

Friday: Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, oriental vegetables, wheat bread, pineapple tidbits.

Monday: Beef and macaroni, peas and carrots, wheat roll, mandarin oranges.

Tuesday: Fish, au gratin potatoes, cabbage, wheat roll, cranberry crunch.

Dec. 19: Smothered steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.