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Senior Moments: One day and one moment at a time

By Emma Edwards, Friday, March 2, 2018

Seniors may enjoy hearing about my latest toy.

One of my Christmas presents this year was a “Fire Stick.” With it, I can watch television programs such as “Murder, She Baked,” old black-and-white movies and even recent Hallmark movies.

I’m having fun with it. It means another remote by my recliner. And, sometimes when the phone rings, I’m not sure if it’s my iPhone, house phone, that new stick or my other three TV remotes.

Once I even grabbed the control for my La-Z-Boy recliner, which makes it go up or down or out. It’s at times like these that we wonder if we’re “losing it.”

So, what is “it”? At one time or another, we’ve all thought about the “big A.” Seems we used to think more often about the “big C” or the “big H.” Which is scarier?

I kind of think I would rather have cancer or a heart attack than Alzheimer’s. I suppose the most tolerable would be to have the “big A” and then we would not remember or know to worry about the others.

I most certainly don’t mean to joke about any one of these ailments that our generation seems to live with at this time of our lives.

Northwest Senior and Disabilities Services sponsors Alzheimer’s workshops and symposiums from time to time. I attended one and learned that there are more than 100 types of dementia and Alzheimer’s is simply one of them.

If you or a loved one need more information on the subject, call Suzanne Bjaranson, community program supervisor, at 503-861-4200. A book highly recommended to me and that I personally have shared with others is “The 36-Hour Day” by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins.

Also of interest is “Cancer – Thriving and Surviving,” a class sponsored by Clatsop Community College, Northwest Senior and Disability Services and Columbia Memorial Hospital. It meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, April 16 through May 21, in the new cancer center in Astoria. To sign up for this free class, call 503-338-7564.

Also, consider “Living Well with Chronic Conditions,” such as heart disease. It’s from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, April 19 to May 24, at CMH. If interested, call 503-325-4321, Ext. 5758.

Before I was accepted into the class a few years back, I had to wait and wait for an opening. So it’s not too early to get your name in to this worthwhile class, which also is free.

At a recent Warrenton Senior Citizens Inc. meal gathering, Dawna Rekart, who was representing Warrenton Christian Church, was called upon for the prayer. She reminded us of the prayer written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr around 1934.

It seems appropriate to close our column with the first part of it today.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time.”

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