The senior center is partnering with Eagle Scout candidate Zach Champlin to provide wooden platforms for recliners and glider rockers. These platforms are constructed to add approximately four inches of height to your chair. This added height will make it easier to get out of the chair. The platforms will be built, stained and secured to your recliner or glider rocker.

For more information about getting a chair platform, call the senior center at 272-3620.

Financial abuse

If you know or care for an older adult, here are some warning signs that may indicate they are the victim of financial abuse:

* There are unusual recent changes in the person's accounts, including atypical withdrawals, new person(s) added, or sudden use of a senior's ATM or credit card.

* The senior suddenly appears confused, unkempt and afraid.

* Utility, rent, mortgage, medical or other essential bills are unpaid despite adequate income.

* A caregiver will not allow others access to the senior.

* There are piled-up sweepstakes mailings, magazine subscriptions or "free gifts," which means they may be on "sucker lists."

Every state operates an Adult Protect Services program, which is responsible for receiving and investigating reports of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and, in most states, the abuse of younger adults with severe disabilities.

APS is the "911" for elder abuse. Anyone who suspects elder abuse, neglect or exploitation should make a report. The reporter's identity is protected. APS services are confidential, so the reporter may not be able to learn the outcome of the case.

APS respects the right of older persons to make their own decisions and to live their lives on their own terms. In cases of cognitive impairment, however, APS will take steps to protect the older person to the degree possible.

If you think you are a victim, don't be afraid or embarrassed to talk about it, waiting could only make it worse. Immediately, call your bank and/or credit card company, cancel any debit or credit cards linked to the stolen account, reset your personal identification number(s), and contact legal services and Adult Protective Services if warranted.

Call 1-800-922-5330 to report adult abuse. If the adult is in imminent danger, a follow-up will occur within 24 hours. If the adult has been abused but is not in imminent danger, follow-up will occur within three working days. If the adult is being neglected or exploited, follow-up is required within five working days. If the person is a resident of a medical care facility, call (800) 842-0078.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the Presbyterian Church volunteers 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.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. The Association meets at 3:15 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. 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, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday, the Walking Club meets at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

March 21 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature the OK Cowboys. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, tossed salad, wheat roll, fruit crisp.

Friday: Baked fish or hot beef sandwich, broccoli soup, mashed potatoes and gravy, pineapple.

Monday: Chicken pot pie, cauliflower, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, apricots.

Tuesday: Swiss steak and tomatoes, baked potato, carrots, muffin, tropical fruit salad.

March 21: Beef stew or ham and beans, steamed cabbage, corn bread, rosy pears.

Note: Fish is available on Fridays in Lent. Call 272-3620 to order by Wednesday.

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