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In the blink of an eye

By Stephanie Watson, Director
Osage County Senior Center

It is so too often we take for granted our good health and mental capacity. But we all need to realize that can change in the blink of an eye! Either an accident or a medical incident can steal our good health without compassion or mercy. And as we age, the odds of something happening to us increases considerably. One little blood clot; one little dislodged piece of plaque in an artery; one little slip from the brake to the gas pedal; one little misjudgment of where the next stair step is – and on and on. Or it could be the cruel and slow onset of a neurological disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia that robs our mental capacity, or MS that cripples us to mention just a few. We all know people who have met this fate and still we must treat them with respect, compassion and love because they are still a child of God. And often that is very hard to do.

And then there are those who are not as fortunate as us and were born with a disease, a genetic disorder, or a traumatic brain injury or illness as a child that had their good health or mental capacity stolen at or before birth or at a very early age. They, too, deserve to be treated with respect, compassion and love just as those friends and family members we have that have had their once-good health or mental capacity stolen.

My prayer is threefold: first, that all, young and old alike, would be spared from poor health; second, that if a friend or loved one falls into poor health that makes them a challenge to be around and care for, that I have the respect and patience to love them just the same as before; and finally, if I fall into poor health that makes me a challenge to be loved and cared for, that my friends and family will treat me with respect and patience. Kind of sounds a little like the Golden Rule, doesn’t it? I hope that is your prayer too!

So, let’s work toward helping ourselves and others maintain our good health and mental capacity by joining us at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, for the following events and activities, or call 785-528-4906 for more information.

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 23 – Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; play pitch and eat 5:15 p.m. cards begin at 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 24 – Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving; senior center closed.
  • Friday, Nov. 27 – Black Friday; happy shopping! Senior center closed.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.

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