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Seniors need daily human contact for safety

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lillian Guy suffered cuts and bruises from her fall, but a neighbor came to the rescue.

Lillian Guy is one of the West Linn Adult Community Center’s oldest and most loved members. We were saddened to learn she had fallen on her driveway and hit her head last month. Fortunately, she’s tough, even though her bruises would indicate she lost a fight with a mugger.

Luckily, Lillian’s neighbor saw her fall and was on the spot with assistance and a call for medical help. The rest of us should not take Lillian’s luck for granted.

As we age, and especially if we live alone, it’s critical that we have contact with a relative, neighbor or friend every day.

This may involve a telephone call, a visit or a signal, such as a window shade being drawn daily by 10 a.m., so that if it weren’t to happen an attentive neighbor would call to make sure everything was all right.

A Portland woman and friend named Betty didn’t heed this advice. So when she had a stroke in her bedroom and fell to her bedroom floor, she lay there, paralyzed, for five days before police broke in and discovered her alive, but with bedsores to the bone from being unable to move for such a long time. Betty died a painful death from her injuries a month later.

All seniors should learn from Betty’s tragedy. Make arrangements to communicate with someone on a daily basis. The risks are just too great not to.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Friday, Sept. 13

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, oil painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas hold ‘em poker. Lunch entrée is fried chicken.

Monday, Sept. 16

Tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge, exercise for all class. Lunch entrée is a salad buffet.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle lessons, Ukulele Strummers, exercise for all.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Peripatetic Walkers, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, board meeting, pinochle, book club. Lunch entrée is soup and sandwiches.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Computer instruction (by appointment), foot clinic, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, knitting/crocheting, bridge, Exercise For All.

WLACC Gift Shop

If you’re a regular gift shop shopper, share the wealth and bring a new person with you. Many wise shoppers are beginning to think about holiday shopping and wiser-yet shoppers know our gift shop boasts fall, winter and holiday items that turn over weekly. It’s a stress-free place to look for children’s gifts and always — new jewelry.

We are looking for volunteers to staff the shop as subs and as Monday afternoon regulars.

Contact Veronica Ferenz at the WLACC front desk if you are interested. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.



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