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No need to be nervous talking to seniors

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There exist people in our community (unnamed here) who don’t like to be around seniors.

“They’re old!” they say, in spite of the fact these people may be just as old. “I don’t know what to say to seniors,” is another common refrain. Herein is a primer on how to talk to seniors.

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For a very lengthy conversation, all you need to ask any senior is “How are you feeling?” This question alone is guaranteed to generate hours of conversation.

If time is limited, you might try asking about one of the 12 systems of the human body. Recommended systems for inquiry include skeletal, muscular, nervous and cardiovascular. Systems to avoid are digestive and excretory. Likely answers here may include too much information. Also, questions about the reproductive system will likely be unproductive.

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Questions about grandchildren and their accomplishments will also yield lots of comfortable talk as well as plenty of smiling and nodding.

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Lastly, you can always rely on a question about arthritis. The really great thing about it is that it’s universal; no one escapes arthritis. Everyone will have a story.

Should you find yourself in the unenviable position of not knowing any local seniors, feel free to stop by the West Linn Adult Community Center. We will provide an authentic, card-carrying senior for you to practice these suggestions with.

If you are among the five regular readers of this column, you may notice the weekly calendar of events at the WLACC is no longer included here. It can, however, be found on the WLACC Newsletter which is available on the city’s website.

Questions? Lunch menu information? Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn.

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