Elaine Carlson’s journey of recovery has been an inspiration to many at the West Linn Adult Community Center.

Before suffering a debilitating stroke three years ago, Elaine was an active participant in yoga classes and the painting group at the center. After the stroke, Elaine was admitted to the Rehab Institute of Oregon unable to walk and unable to do many of the things that she had previously taken for granted.  

As she began her uphill battle to recovery, Elaine wasn’t sure if she would ever get to return to her former activities. However, her determination to recover was strong. Besides her own tenacity and the loving support of her husband, Elaine credits her initial recovery success to strength gained in past yoga classes and the expert help of the Rehab Institute of Oregon. When she was able to return home, Elaine found that it was the people of the WLACC that also gave her the support she needed to get back on her feet.

She was back to the painting group within six months and has continued to find the people here to be helpful when she needs it most. In Elaine’s own words, “This is a nice, safe place to come and everybody supports me.  I would encourage anyone to come and get involved. It was the first place I came after my stroke. Come and join!”  

Elaine hopes to get back to exercise classes and pursue her other crafts as she improves.  

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, Oct. 11

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle and Texas Hold’em poker.

Lunch entrée is lemon pepper fish.

Monday, Oct. 14

Senior Law Project, tai chi, Peripatetic Walkers, woodcarving, aerobics, hand and foot card game, bridge and exercise for all. Lunch entrée is cabbage rolls.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

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

Wednesday, Oct. 16

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

Thursday, Oct. 17

Computer instruction (by appointment), foot clinic, Share Singers, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC gift shop. If you’re a regular gift shop shopper, bring a new person with you. Many wise shoppers are beginning to think about holiday shopping, and wiser-yet shoppers know that 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 new jewelry.

We are looking for volunteers to staff the shop as subs and as Monday afternoon regulars. Contact Veronica Ferenz at the front desk if you are interested.

The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are accepted.

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