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Seniors participate in the Walk to End Alzheimers

Events and activities from the WLACC


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Seniors took part in the Walk to End Alzheimers on Sept. 23.A group of West Linn seniors hopped on the band wagon (aka our West Linn Adult Community Center bus) and headed to the Portland International Raceway early morning on Sept. 23 to join in the annual Walk to End Alzheimers. It was a great fall day to take the lap around the speedway.

We joined approximately 3,000 other walkers and helped to raise more than $250,000 (and still counting) for the fight to end this disease that has no cure. Our WLACC team, “Still Kicking,” under the leadership of Mike Lindner, helped raise $2,000 towards the worthy cause.

The event attracted a wide variety of vendors with a lot of information and giveaway goodies available. The 2-mile walk started a little past the initial 11 a.m. start time, but it was a beautiful day for a walk with a few of our (closest 3,000) friends. Participants were young and old alike and mobile or wheelchair bound.

The location of the walk was moved this year from downtown Portland.

The new location allowed a little more open space to expand further than the previous Pioneer Courthouse Square location allowed and it made our bus parking a breeze. Everyone enjoyed lunch with a stop at Stafford’s Corner Saloon on the trip home. Good food, good company and a beautiful fall day.

When you hear the word Alzheimers does someone you know immediately come to mind? For many of us, that is the case. Just like the rest of our bodies, our brains change as we age. Most of us will eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other changes may be a sign that brain cells are failing.

Alzheimer’s has no cure currently but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Treatments cannot stop the disease from progressing, but they can temporarily slow the worsening of symptoms and improve quality of life. Early symptoms may include difficulty remembering newly learned information.

More severe symptoms may include disorientation, mood changes, unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers, difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking. If you know someone experiencing these or other symptoms, please contact your local Azheimer association or visit alz.org for more information.

Here are the upcoming week activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. All meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer classes are offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Friday, Oct. 19

In the morning we have the core strength class, the strength and balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics class and the oil painting group. The whist card group meets from 10 a.m. to noon.

At noon we will serve chicken with peach barbecue sauce for lunch. The pinochle group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and the Texas hold ’em poker will deal at 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 22

In the morning we have tai chi, the Peripatetic Walkers, the wood carving group, aerobics class and hand & foot card game group. Today we will offer pasta primavera for lunch. After lunch, the bridge group, exercise-for-all program and the new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Morning offerings include the core strength class, strength and balance class and gentle yoga class. The “Honoring Our Memories” writing group meet from 10 a.m. to noon. Our ukulele group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach new players the game of pinochle starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, chair aerobics class, core strength class, strength and balance class and the gardening club. The new pilates-inspired core strength class will meet at 9:45 a.m. The line Dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon.

At noon, we will serve soup and sandwiches. After lunch, the bridge group and the exercise-for-all program will meet. The pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25

The bus for our trip to the Tillamook Forestry Center and Tillamook Cheese Factory will depart at 9 a.m. Our morning offerings include the core strength class, strength and balance class and our gentle yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m. and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m.

WLACC Gift ShopCome visit the best-kept shopping secret in town. It’s time to think about Christmas shopping and we have many perfect Christmas gifts from which to choose. The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.