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Family members need a break from caring for those with dementia

Taking care of a loved one with dementia is difficult and can be demanding. It is important for family caregivers to get a break, or respite.

The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center’s day respite program offers caregivers a four-hour break once or twice each week, while their loved ones enjoy a fun, stimulating social/recreational program. The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch is included. Call the Berta at 503-675-6394 for information or to enroll your family member.

Here are other upcoming events through LOACC:

Friday, March 29

Shop at Chico’s in Lake Oswego and mention the Lake Oswego Meal Network and Chico’s will donate 10 percent of your total sale to support our meals at the ACC and Meals on Wheels program in LO. This offer is good today only.

Lunch will be served by the Lake Oswego Rotary Club. The menu includes tossed salad, chicken with apricot and plums, orzo, peas, freshly baked hot cross buns and palmiers for dessert. Suggested donation for those 60 and over is $4; $5 for those under 60. Lunch is served promptly at noon. Call 503-635-3758 for a reservation.

After lunch we have the Woodman Chronicles. The movie today will be “The Crimson Pirate” from 1952 featuring Burt Lancaster and Eva Bartok. Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. This is a light-hearted adventure involving prison breaks, an oddball scientist, sailing ships, naval fights and tons of swordplay.

Monday, April 1

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

Lunch is served by Our Lady of the Lake Church. The meal begins with marinated veggies, followed by pork with country gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread stuffing and Jello with fruit for dessert.

Lunch and Shop. Come to the center for lunch, and then take the center’s van to Safeway for your weekly shopping. The center’s lift van takes participants from the center to Safeway for one hour of grocery shopping, and then drives them home! The 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, April 2

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. The Saturday morning group meets at George Rogers Park Lower 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.

Part II: Preventing Type II Diabetes: This 12-week workshop meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. A certified diabetes educator and coach is an invaluable asset to help healthy Boomers and others learn the skills and tools necessary to prevent diabetes and to assist those who have been newly diagnosed and how to self-manage the disease.

Wednesday, April 3

The Widows Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month 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 cost and walk-ins are welcome.

Lunch will be served by our city’s economic department. Menu includes spinach salad, barbecue meatloaf with sides of potato wedges and peas and carrots, freshly made dinner rolls and apricot 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. 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. Call in advance to help the group coordinate play.

American mah jongg meets and play between 1 and 4 p.m. in the Birch room at no cost. This group is for experienced players.

Thursday, April 4

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 today from 1 to 3 p.m. Call the center to pre-register, this helps to coordinate the afternoon. 503-635-3758




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