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While the holiday season is a festive time for many, it can cause depression for sen-iors who've lost loved ones or are having health or financial problems. For some seniors, this despondency can lead to suicide, according to the American Geriatrics Society, which noted that the 2004 suicide rate for Americans over the age of 65 was 14 per 100,000. The society offers seniors some tips on how to avoid feeling blue during the holidays:
Get out and about. Ask family and friends for help traveling to parties and events or invite family and friends to your home.
Volunteer. Helping others can be a great mood lifter. Contact local schools, churches, synagogues and mosques to find out about volunteer opportunities.
Don't drink too much alcohol, which can lower your spirits.
Accept and express your feelings. There's nothing wrong with not feeling happy during the holidays -- many people feel the same way. Talking about your feelings can help you understand why you feel the way you do.
Recognize the signs of depression, which include: sadness that won't lift; loss of interest or pleasure; changes in appetite and weight; sleeping much more than normal; crying often; feeling restless or tired all the time; feeling worthless, help-less or guilty; slowed thinking; thoughts of death or suicide.
If you notice that an older loved one seems depressed, lend a hand by offering to help them with shopping, transportation and preparations for get-togethers in their homes, the society advises. Encourage your loved one to talk about how he or she is feeling and acknowledge their difficult feelings. You should also encourage your loved one to talk to a health-care provider. Many older people don't realize when they're depressed. If you believe an older loved one is depressed, tell them depression is a medical illness that can be treated and managed.
Don Watt 12/05
Virginia McSwain 12/06
Barbara Callaway 12/07
Verla Wells 12/07
Cindy Eason 12/09
Ruby Morehead 12/12
Dorothy Erwin 12/12
Janet Amerine 12/17
William Titterington 12/18
Ardena Matlack 12/20
Peggy Chitwood 12/20
Barbara Caddy 12/21
Carla Butterfield 12/22
Ron DeWeese 12/22
Fran Nickels 12/23
Linda Whitney 12/24
Ester Murphey 12/28
Shirley Tarrant 12/31
Aaron Finney 12/31
HELPING EACHOTHER BEAT THE HOLIDAY BLUES!
DECEMBER B IRTHDAYS HOW OLD WOULD YOU BE IF YOU DIDN 'T KNOW HOW OLD YOU ARE? SATCHEL PAIGE
C l e a r w a t e r C o m m u n i t y C e n t e r
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Upcoming Events Pg 2,
Bits & Pieces Pg 3
Senior Lunch Report Pg 6
Calendar Pg 7
Join us for a great lunch made by the best cooks in
town. We will have Gartens Music here to provide
music and talk about music lessons. We ask that
everyone brings in a dish to share and a plate and
utensils. The event is free but donations are accept-
Date: Tuesday, December 9th
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Main room at Center
Cost: Free but donations for meat are appreciated
as this will be our Christmas dinner.
Biscuits & Gravy breakfast
All you can eat Biscuits & gravy made by Center
volunteers. This is open to ALL age groups. It is a
nice place to come feed the family when you dont
feel like cooking.
*NO BISCUITS & GRAVY IN DECEMBER*
We will pick back up in January.
Come down and paint with friends. This group is
for people who already know how to paint. Please
call the Center first to regis-
Date: Every Monday
Location: Art & Crafts
Tai Chi & Exercise Class
Tai Chi is a Chinese system of slow meditative
physical exercise designed for relaxation and bal-
ance and health. Come down and enjoy this class
which is taught by Lew Kellogg.
All ages welcome!
Date: Every Tuesday & Friday
Time: 8:45 am
Location: Centers Main Room
Cost: $8 per month
Blood Pressure Checks
Has your Dr told you to monitor your blood pres-
sure? Do you not have a blood pressure machine at
home? Stop by the Center to have your blood pres-
sure checked for free
Date: Every Monday
Time: 10 am 12 noon
Location: Center Main Room
Have you been looking for a place to come have
morning coffee and visit with friends? The Center
is now offering morning coffee. This is open to
everyone. We will have a donation jar out for cof-
Date: Every Wednesday morning
Time: 9:00 amuntil you are
Location: Centers Main Room
Cost: donations for coffee
Pastor Whitlow will be leading a Bible Study on
Mondays here at the Center. The group is now
going through the book of Acts.
Date: Every Monday
Location: Craft Room
Time 9:30 am
Come down and play BINGO with friends. There
will be plenty of prizes to chose from. Bring a
friend and come play some good ol fashion BIN-
Date: Friday, December 19th
Location: Main Room
Time 1:00 pm
Cost: .25 per card
12-6 Red Cross
12-9 Carry In
Closed due to
BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, will be taking the place of our Computer Help. Each Thursday, minus the 2nd Thurs-day of the month we offer time for people to come in and get help with their computer. We can help with laptops, tablets,
smart phones, digital picture frames, GPS, you name it and we can probably help you understand it. If we cant figure it
out we can usually find someone who can. If you are interest-ed in learning how to use your device efficiently then stop by on a Thursday morning at 9 am and lets see what we can fig-
Ingredients: 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
One 14 oz Can Of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 & 1/2 cups gra-ham cracker crumbs
1 cup Holiday or regular chocolate chips (divided into 1/2 cup portions)
1 cup chopped nuts (I prefer walnuts)
1 cup Holiday or regular M&M's (divided into 1/2 cup portions) 1 & 1/2 cups flaked co-conut
Directions: 1. Unwrap butter and place in 13" x 9" pan. Place pan, with butter, in the oven and turn the oven on to 350*F. Butter can melt in pan while preheating. Keep an eye on it, checking eve-ry few minutes and pulling out of the oven when butter is melted. Please be careful while preparing recipe as pan will be very hot.
2. Crush graham crackers in a food processor to create graham cracker crumbs (or buy crumbs).
3. When butter is melted, remove pan from oven and carefully sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter. Press in lightly with fork or back of spoon.
4. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the crumb layer.
5. Sprinkle 1/2 of the chocolate chips, 1/2 of the M&M's & the nuts over the sweetened condensed milk layer. Sprinkle coconut on top, followed by re-maining chocolate chips & M&M's. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Allow bars to cool completely. Slice, give and enjoy!
closer and closer to colder months and we have some Seniors who are interested in learning how to play BUNKO. It is a nice activity for inside. If you are interested please call 620-584-2332. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED We are wanting to start some new activities here at the Senior Center. In order to do this we will need some leaders to step up and lead the class. We are needing the following people. A singing instructor. (ex. Retired music
or choir teacher) A painting instructor. BUNKO instructor/player. If interested please call 620-584-2332.
SAFE HOUSE NEEDS Betty Jo Embry who works with the Safe House in Wichita, KS, states that there is a need for small snack items that homeless chil-dren can put in their back packs. Also there is a need for boys and mens pants and blankets. If you would like to donate some items they may be dropped off at the Senior Center. VOLUNTEER DRIVERS If you would be interested in being a volunteer driver for our Meals on Wheels program in Clearwater please contact Cindy at 620-584-2332. We are currently needing back up driv-ers for when others can not make it. BUNKO PLAYERS Calling all BUNKO players. We are getting
B ITS & P IECES
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BYODSAME EVENT , NEW NAME
CHRISTMAS MAGIC COOKIE BARS
we can not afford to
City of Clearwater Senior
Mission Statement: The Clearwater Senior/Community Cen-ter is here to provide, maintain, and ex-pand to the Community the social, edu-
cational, physical, nutritional, health, recreational, spiritual, and intellectual
well being of each senior in our commu-nity.
1. Keep a