Charley and June Kempthorne from The Life Story Institute in Manhattan are returning to present another life story workshop at the senior center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday. They will begin with tips on remembering and on story writing. Then the group will write together, and then read what's been written. Following that will be discussion on how best and easiest to get the writing done, and what to do with the writing to get it in the hands of family and friends. The workshop is free and open to the public. Call 272-3620 to reserve a space at the workshop.

Scamming solutions

The last several weeks this column has discussed the many scamming opportunities out there. Today, we look at some solutions from the National Council on Aging.

First, be aware that you are at risk from strangers and from those closest to you. More than 90 percent of all reported elder abuse is committed by the older person's own family members, most often their adult children, followed by grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and others. Common tactics include depleting a joint checking account, promising but not delivering care in exchange for money or property, outright theft and other forms of abuse, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation and neglect of basic care needs. Everyone is at risk of financial abuse, even people without high incomes or assets.

Second, don't isolate yourself, stay involved. Isolation is a huge risk factor for elder abuse. Most family violence only occurs behind closed doors, and elder abuse is no exception. Some older people self-isolate by withdrawing from the larger community. Others are isolated because they lose the ability to drive, see or walk about on their own. Some seniors fear being victimized by purse snatchings and muggings if they venture out.

Always tell solicitors: "I never buy from (or give to) anyone who calls or visits me unannounced. Send me something in writing." Don't buy from an unfamiliar company and always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. Neighborhood children you know who are selling Girl Scout cookies or school fund-raising items may be an exception, but a good rule of thumb is to never donate if it requires you to write your credit card information on any forms. It's also good practice to obtain a salesperson's name, business identity, telephone number, street address, mailing address and business license number before you transact business. And always take your time in making a decision.

Shred all receipts with your credit card number. Identity theft is a huge business. To protect yourself, invest in and use a paper shredder. The senior center has a shredder available for you to use. Monitor your bank and credit card statements and never give out personal information over the phone to someone who initiates the contact with you.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City.

Many thanks to these volunteers who delivered meals last week: Vern Pfeifer, Kathy Adams, Jan Coulter, Betty Dague, Mary Seibert, Lee and Hazel Jones, Bill Schmekel, Jerry Wallace, Dianne Hunsberger, Derick Hahn, Emma Corbett, Harvey and Dora Marcotte, Stephanie Metheney, Mark Singhisen and Duane Riley.

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. Also at 1 p.m. is a Domino Tournament. A new activity will begin: Yoga at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own yoga mat and wear loose clothing. This class will meet once a week for six weeks. No charge.

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. At 6 p.m. will be the Finney County Senior Citizens Association covered dish dinner. Bring a covered dish and enjoy good food and a program from Johnetta Hebrlee with the Finney County Historical Museum.

Saturday the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with a life writing workshop from 9 to 11:30 a.m., presented by Charley and June Kempthorne. 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. Duplicate bridge begins at 7 p.m.

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

March 7 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 Blue Notes. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Beef stroganoff, noodles, green beans, wheat bread, ambrosia.

Friday: Baked fish or chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, wheat roll, yellow cake.

Monday: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, cauliflower, wheat roll, strawberries and pears.

Tuesday: Pork cutlet, au gratin potatoes, broccoli, wheat roll, fruit crisp.

March 7: Potato soup, chicken breast, California blend vegetables, French bread, pears.

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

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