A Feb. 6, 2013 article in The Oregonian (“Seniors get wired”) by Kelly House, cites evidence that increasingly large numbers of seniors are using technological devices.

“Last year marked the first time more than half of adults over 65 were connected to the Internet . . . And 70 percent of seniors in the same age group own a cell phone, up 13 percentage points since 2010.”

House goes on to report that seniors are overcoming technological anxiety by learning to use tablet computers like the iPad. “They’re portable, touch-based, vibrantly colored, and are easier to navigate for those without a lifetime of past experience.”

So how do we at the West Linn Adult Community Center stack up against these facts and figures? An informal survey of 34 unsuspecting seniors just trying to eat their lunch in peace indicated that only nine were not connected, at least minimally, to the Internet. That’s nearly 75 percent of the sampled group. Not bad!

Nearly everyone in this cohort indicated a need and/or desire to learn more about the particular device each uses. And, hopefully, the WLACC will begin offering even more classes and assistance than it currently does. Richard Hunt has been helping people, by appointment, with their computers for a number of years now, but it would be good to expand this service to devices other than just computers.

If this is something you’d like to see happen at the WLACC, please let our coordinator, Lynn Depretto, know, or call the front desk at the number below to share your opinion.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Please call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all meals listed below are subject to change, but only for the better. Computer assistance is currently being offered by appointment between 9 a.m. and noon, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Friday, Feb. 22

In the morning, we have the Core Strength class and the Strength and Balance class, the Peripatetic Walkers, Aerobics class, and the Oil Painting group. The Whist card group will meet between 10 a.m. and noon. At noon we will serve beef stew. From 12:30 until 3 p.m., the Pinochle group will meet. At 1 p.m., the Texas hold ‘em poker group will deal.

Monday, Feb. 25

In the morning we have Tai Chi, The Peripatetic Walkers, the Wood Carving group, Aerobics class, and Hand & Foot card game group. Today we will offer chicken cacciatore for lunch. After lunch, the Bridge Group will meet, and the Pilates-Inspired Core Strength class will meet (off site) at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

AARP tax preparation appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Morning offerings at the WLACC include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class, and Gentle Yoga class. The “Honoring Our Memories” writing group also meets today from 10 a.m. to noon. Our Ukulele Group will strum together at 2 p.m. and Luella Hunt will teach pinochle to new players starting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

The Pilates-Inspired Core Strength class will meet (off site) at 9:45 a.m. In the morning, we offer the Peripatetic Walking group, Chair Aerobics class, Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class. and the Gardening Club. The Line Dancing class meets from 11 a.m. to noon. At noon, we will offer soup and sandwiches for lunch. After lunch, the Pinochle group will shuffle and deal from 12:30 to 3 p.m. At 12:30 p.m. the board of the Friends of the WLACC will meet. All members are welcome to attend.

Thursday, Feb. 28

The bus trip to the Portland Police Museum will leave from the WLACC this morning. Our morning offerings at the Center include Core Strength class, Strength and Balance class and our Gentle Yoga class. The knitting/crocheting group will convene at 10 a.m., and the bridge group meets at 10:30 a.m..

WLACC Gift Shop

Come visit the best-kept shopping secret in town: the WLACC Gift Shop! We have added many new donation and consignment items. It you like the looks of glass, we have many cut glass and crystal pieces including a punchbowl with 14 cups, and glass cake plates. Additionally, we have many locally made items: rope/fabric woven baskets and new jewelry. We also have new blingy fashion watches. And if you just love beautifully painted Big Sky and Oregon Wildlife wood duck decoys, signed and dated, we’ve got ‘em. Also a Spanish zaphir figurine and several Lenox pieces, as well as Lithuanian real amber necklaces! The WLACC Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gift shop accepts cash, checks and well-behaved children.

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