One of the great fears of senior citizens is to take a fall. We’ve all heard the horror stories and justifiably dread the possible results of a fall. At 84, my father was a healthy individual who slipped in his home and broke his hip. He did not last long after that. Our aging bones are not up to the resiliency necessary to survive the trauma of a fall. Also, the shock to the body of a elderly individual after a tumble can have deleterious psychological effects.
I just heard from Senior Citizens Foundation vice-president Judy Daniels that the Senior Smarts Program will sponsor a workshop entitled “Needlepointing Christmas Ornaments” on Thursday, December 7 at the Senior Center. The workshop will go from 9:30 am until noon and the cost is $5 to cover the needlepoint kit. Space is limited so call (631) 268-5723 to register. And I think it is wise to clarify just what the Senior Citizens Foundation does for the Island.
I almost forgot about writing my column this week because I have been so busy in New Jersey carrying out grandfatherly duties. I went there last Tuesday to watch 3-year-old Andrew and 7-year-old Avalene. Their father had to work and their mom had to be on the West Coast. So I took over the daily care including transportation to school, feeding, dressing and entertaining. Avalene was very good about getting dressed — she knows exactly what she wants to wear.
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Selecting a term
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