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Be sure to include all in Thanksgiving conversations

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Be sure to involve the seniors at your Thanksgiving feast in conversation and activities.

The good people at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center realize the holidays can be very difficult for seniors for many reasons and holiday gatherings can be a dreaded event. It can be a challenge to hear conversations with so much background noise. It can be hurtful when people avoid engaging you in conversations. It can be uncomfortable when everyone is talking about things or people you have never heard of.

This message is for everyone under 80. Take the time to make sure the older generation at your family gathering has a good time. I know it can be difficult to find something in common to discuss or you just don’t know what to say. Don’t over think it, simply start by asking who their favorite movie star is or their favorite dish at Thanksgiving. The answers might surprise you and soon a conversation is born. I know it sounds simple and most of us don’t see this kind of problem in our families but the issues of aging within some families does exist. And it is vitally important for all the family to have the older generation engaged in the social event. It may be many years before we truly understanding the challenges of aging, but remember, some day you will be a senior, how would you like to be treated?

Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events and make lunch reservations. The LOACC is located at 505 G. Ave, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

Here are some of the activities coming up at LOACC in the coming week:

Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29

The LOACC will be closed. Enjoy your leftovers.

Monday, Dec. 1

Ack! Can you believe it is December? At 9 a.m. Art Henderson will be hosting the ACC Learning Group. For lunch Our Lady of the Lake will be serving pork with country gravy, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing and Jell-O for dessert.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Ease holiday stress with a massage by Michelle, every Tuesday, 60 min. ($48), 30 min. ($24) and 15 min. chair ($10) call for an appointment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Widowed Support Group meets at 10 a.m. Lunch is a European tour, with Swedish meatballs, egg noodles and rye rolls with ice cream for dessert served by the Transition Program.

Upcoming:

Registration for classes and activities starts Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

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