Young at Heart: July

By Lorrie Conyac

June was a fabulous month for the senior center, with bright summer days and outdoor lunches. Now we’re all looking forward to fun in the sun and the long, sunny days of July. So, how about taking a few steps to feeling stronger and getting in shape for bocce ball, pickle ball, kite flying, barbeques and time out in the sun with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

Come to the senior center and stretch on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Loosen up all of your muscles along with your friends or, better yet, meet new friends who, just like you, get stiff when sitting for a long time.

On Tuesday, July 21, stay for the line dancing at 10:30 a.m. which will kick your metabolism into high gear and prepare you to tackle anything that day.

We all have challenges in our lives and need the support of family and friends to get the help we need, but sometimes we need the support of a professional to help us see our situation objectively. The Alzheimer Society of Washington has chosen to provide memory support at the Blaine Senior Center on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. This support group is open to the public. If you are a caregiver, family member or friend of someone showing evidence of memory loss, come to this gathering and learn how you can be more effective and less stressed in your daily interactions with memory-challenged individuals.

On Friday, July 10 there’s an opportunity to attend a Lummi Elders Lunch. Meet at the senior center and be ready to leave by 9 a.m. in order to arrive in time to park before registration and light refreshments at 10 a.m. The theme is “LOL” (laugh out loud), so bring your funny stories and jokes and prepare to laugh and enjoy the day. Lunch will be served at noon. We only have 30 seats available, so sign up in advance at the Blaine Senior Center.

Have you heard of our senior center supper club? Our members will meet at Birch Bay on Tuesday, July 14 for a summer potluck. The club has room for 16 participants. This event is for senior center members only.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will have its mobile unit in our parking lot on Thursday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, food and medical assistance programs are just a few of the services you can receive.

The senior center also invites you to a lunchtime talk on the future status of Medicare by Erik Endresen from Soundpath Health on Thursday, July 30. Don’t forget to stay for ice cream after our program.

The Blaine Senior Center is located at 763 G Street, Blaine and can be reached at 360/322-8040.

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