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LOACC offers program to teach seniors to talk to doctors

VIEWS (Volunteers Involved for the Emotional Well-being of Seniors) will host a Conversation in Aging class on March 13 atby: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Conversation in Aging class will focus on talking with your doctor. 10 a.m. This class through the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center focuses on talking with your doctor.

Have you ever been anxious or frustrated by a doctor’s visit in which your needs were not met? Are you in charge of your health care? Let’s talk about what it would take to feel that you and your doctor are part of the same team. Registration is required no later than March 6. This is a no class fee.

Here’s what is on tap at LOACC for the coming week:

Friday, March 1

Lunch will be served by Lake Bible Church. The lunch includes applesauce, ham with pineapple sauce, yams, green beans and tomatoes, freshly baked wheat rolls and angel food cake with mixed berries for dessert. Suggested donation for those 60 and over is $4; $5 for those under 60. Lunch is served promptly at noon. Please call 503-635-3758 for a reservation.

Free blood pressure checks will be done at the center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (donations accepted). No registration is required.

Monday, March 4

The Computer and Technology Users’ Group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. everyone is welcome to drop by. Please contact the center for more information.

Lunch is served by Our Lady of the Lake Church members. Lunch starts with Greek yogurt with honey, baked fish, potato wedges, broccoli, freshly made rosemary rolls and apple crisp for dessert.

Lunch and Shop today. Come to the center for lunch, then take our center’s lift van to Safeway for one hour of grocery shopping. Our driver can assist with parcels as needed. There is a suggested donation of $1 for this service. Call the center to get yourself on our schedule. (503)635-3758

Socrates Café meets in the Acorn room from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a discussion group where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the Socratic method.

Tuesday, March 5

The Happy Hikers group meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. to explore the trails of Tryon Creek State Park, Foothills, Willamette Park and more. Carpool or caravan will leave from LOACC east parking lot to park. Saturday morning group meets at George Rogers Park’s lower level at 9:30 a.m.

The Lake Oswego Respite Program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Acorn room. The program costs $30 per participant each day, and is held both Tuesday and Thursday on an ongoing basis. Contact Berta Derman, human services supervisor, at 503-635-3758 to register for the program.

Wednesday, March 6

Our Widows Support Group meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Expect to be greeted with acceptance and understanding by the men and women in this group. The members, all of whom have lost a spouse, offer encouragement and hope for maintaining a meaningful life in spite of the changes. No fee and walk-ins are welcome.

Lunch will be served by our friends from Helping Hands. Lunch will start with a fruit plate, the main dish will be chicken cassoulet with white beans, chard, carrot coins, freshly baked wheat rolls and those famous lemon bars for dessert. Suggested donation for those 60 and over is $4; $5 for those under 60. Seating opens at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served promptly at noon. Please call 503-635-3758 and let us know if you would like to join us.

The weekly supervised computer lab runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. downstairs in the Alder room. Everyone is welcome.

From 1 to 3 p.m., experienced pinochle players meet in the Willow room. Please call in advance to let us know you are coming so that the pinochle group can coordinate play.

American Mah Jongg meets and plays between 1 and 4 p.m. each Wednesday in the Birch room at no cost. This group is for experienced players.

Come to the center for the first of a three-part series: Baby Boomers and Diabetes: Educate Yourself! Hear chef Ken Gordon speak from 7 to 8 p.m. Gordon is the owner/chef at Kenny and Zuke’s Deli in downtown Portland and author of a weekly column in The Oregonian “Diary of a Diabetic Chef.” He relates his personal experience of being diagnosed and how he’s taking control.

Thursday, March 7

AARP Tax Assistance Program: Trained volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns free of charge via e-filing. Bring copies of 2011 returns and all documents related to earned income (W2s), dividend and interest (1099s), etc. Must bring photo ID to appointment. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 503-635-3758 to make your appointment.

“Creative Hands,” meets in the Dogwood room from 9:30 a.m. to noon to work on handicraft projects benefiting various charities in the community. New participants always welcome.

The Lake Oswego Respite Program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Acorn room. The program costs $30 per participant each day, and is held both Tuesday and Thursday on an ongoing basis. Contact Berta Derman, social services supervisor, at 503-635-3758 to register for the program.

Scrabble is a great game to help keep your mind active. Come join us in the Willow room from 1 to 3 p.m. Please call the center at 503-635-3758 to pre-register as this helps to coordinate play,



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