As we enter into spring and the warmer months, it is equally important to be prepared for emergencies.

The spring/summer emergencies are different than we have in the winter, but, being ready is still important. The information below comes from the April-May Older and Bolder newspaper that is published by South West Kansas Area Agency on Aging and from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

The Administration for Community Living website tells us “Approximately half of those over age 65 have two or more chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. These conditions increase a person’s vulnerability during periods of time without food, water, shelter, and adequate rest.”

What should you do to be prepared? As a starter, creating an emergency preparedness kit is recommended. This kit should include: contact information for people and care providers; a list of medications you need with dosage and instructions and any allergies you have; style and serial numbers of medical and assistive devices; and need-to-know information for first responders and others.

Also, you will want to consider these three areas: food, water, and essentials for you and your pets and service animals; medicines, medical supplies, batteries and charges; and copies of Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance cards. Lastly, it is important to plan how you will communicate, to plan for your transportation, and to plan how you would evacuate with your assistive devices in an emergency. You can never be “too ready” for an emergency.

 

Senior center weekly activities

Thursday: Tops, 8:30 a.m.; Learn Wood Carving Class, 9:30 a.m.; Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Exercise Class, 10 a.m.; Art Class, 10 a.m.; Lunch and Learn, 11:30 a.m.; Skip Bo, 1 p.m.; Bridge, 1:15 p.m.; Exercise, 4 p.m.; PIYO/Yoga, 6 p.m.

Friday: Good Friday: Line Dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Nurse, 10:30 a.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Qwirkle, 1 p.m.; Bridge, 1:15 p.m.

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

Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.

Monday: Double Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Gentle Exercise, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Zumba 6 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Learn Wood Carving Class, 9:30 a.m.; Stay Strong, Stay Healthy Exercise, 10 a.m.; Pitch, 12:30 p.m.; Bridge, 1:15 p.m.; Exercise, 4 p.m.; PIYO/Yoga, 6 p.m.

April 24: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Completely Unraveled, 9:30 a.m.; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Gentle Exercise, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; PIYO/Yoga, 6 p.m.; Dance with Moonshiners, 7:30 p.m., ($5 donation per person).

 

Lunch menu

Wednesday: Teriyaki Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas and Oreo cookie

Thursday: Sloppy Joe on a bun, chips, Broccoli and cheese sauce, Strawberry Ice Cream

Friday: Garlic shrimp, Fried Rice, Sliced carrots, Grandma’s cookie

Monday: Tator Tot Casserole, peas, California Pasta Salad, fruit

Tuesday: Crispy Baled Chicken Breast, Baked Potatoes, Sour Cream, Green beans, Grapes,

April 24: Bacon cheddar cheeseburger, Potato salad, Baked Beans, and pudding

 

Shari Campbell is the executive director of the Senior Center of Finney County. Check us out on the internet at www.finneycountyseniorcenter.org.