Cool off at the senior center during the dog days of summer

By Stephanie Watson

Dog days! They usually kick off around the first of August, but they are definitely here now. How do I know? My hogs tell me – they are desperately looking for mud holes to waller in. I don’t know about you, but this past week has been brutal on our outdoor four-legged friends. And on us too!

Summer heat is as hard on living things, just as much or more than the brutal cold. Both plants and animals need relief from the direct sun and the sweltering heat that is upon us. They need shade, water, and cool places to hang out. Our four-legged friends, both wild and domesticated, have instinct dictate to them to slow down, stay hydrated and stay out of the direct sun.

My advice is this. Take care of yourself first! Stay out of the heat as much as possible, and work outside only in the early morning if possible. Drink plenty of fluids that maintain proper hydration. And for our four-legged friends – be sure the water bowls are full and clean, provide plenty of shade and shelter for the heat, and even let them inside if it is brutally hot outside (maybe not your hogs). Just do what you can to make it a little easier for them to endure the heat.

Just as we keep it toasty in the winter, we also keep it cool at the Osage County Senior Center. If you need a place to get out of the heat and beat the dog days, don’t hesitate to visit the center. We have a lot going on this week to keep you cool and engaged with lots of fun indoor activities. For more information, call 785-528-4906 or stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City.

Upcoming:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 2: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; chair massage 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 4: Art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 5: Bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 8: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; abstract art 12 p.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 9: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; chair massage 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 11: Art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.; bus trip to Ottawa leaving the center 9:30 a.m., shopping at antique stores, movie at 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 12: Bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.

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

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