The New Year Brings New Programs For Seniors



How did you celebrate the final moments of 2005? If you were awake, you were probably counting the seconds until the New Year began. Did you know that 2005 had one second more than previous years? This is called a "leap second," a timing adjustment to make up for changes in the Earth's rotation. Scientists added an extra second into atomic clocks around the world at midnight.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, children had to learn how to tell time. "When the little hand is on six, and the big hand is on 10 ..." Nowadays, clocks have readout displays that show the time. I think it was author Annie Dillard in her book "Tinker at Pilgrim's Creek" who wrote, "I am an analog person in a digital world ...." It certainly has become a digital world, hasn't it?


Christel Aigner was the winner of the Senior Circle's Holiday Theme Tree decorating contest. Her tree was adorned with mini hand-knitted mittens and scarves.

In case you are suffering post-holiday blues, here are a few January events you can celebrate: today, the third, is the Festival of Sleep (now that shouldn't require much preparation); Jan. 4 is Trivia Day. If you are into power, Jan. 9 is Play God Day, followed by Peculiar People Day on Jan. 10. Here's one I will pass on -- Jan. 14 is Dress Up Your Cat Day. I can't imagine trying to get a sweater on Q, our resident feline. I may observe Answer Your Cat's Question Day, though, on Jan. 22. Or, if you've had enough holidays for a while, you'll love Jan. 16, which is National Nothing Day.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Here's a new event for the new year. At 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5 there will be storytelling with Janet Erickson. Seniors may tell stories of their lives and they will be recorded and given to them.

There will be a program on dealing with the holiday blues at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9 by the Gila-Pinal Council for Senior Citizens.

Legal help for seniors is available Jan. 10. The sign-up sheet is at the greeting desk in the center lobby.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meet from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 11.

There will be a pancake-bacon-scrambled egg breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Cost of the meal is $3.50 and no reservations are required.

Registered nurse Betty Pontious is accepting appointments for pedicures Wednesday afternoons.

Bo Bochansky has been named Volunteer of the Month at the center. Bo works with Meals on Wheels and is all around assistant in the kitchen.

The January birthday celebration will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18. Menu for the day is pot roast with vegetables, salad, dinner roll, beverage and birthday cake. Advance reservations are required.

The center is located at 514 W. Main Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. For information about any of the above activities, call (928) 474-4876.

Euchre has been added to the card games played each afternoon at the center. If you are interested in playing that or any of the other games, such as pinochle, bridge, canasta or dominoes (Mexican Train), pick up a schedule on the back of the monthly menu any time at the center.

Volunteers of the month at the Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, are husband and wife Arthur and Marjorie Morrison of Christopher Creek. Arthur works in the receiving area and tests appliances that have been donated. Marjorie is a cashier and also helps with sorting and pricing.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Director Cory Houghton was recognized for five years of service at Payson Regional Medical Center's December Service Awards reception.

A new program, Walking Works, will be offered free of charge through Blue Cross-Blue Shield. To learn more, stop in at the PRMC Learning Resource Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 17 or call Lynn Sommars, R.N., director of education, at (928) 472-1256.

Beginning Jan. 10, Senior Circle will offer a passive exercise class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Participants should bring a mat, two pieces of 12-inch-by-12-inch foam padding, a small pillow and two hand weights. Pre-registration is required; call (928) 472-9290 to register.

Also new at the circle is a knitting-crocheting-sewing group that meets each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Advanced knitters will be on hand to help those less experienced. Participants may donate baby booties, hats and blankets to New Beginnings, or make lap robes for patients in the hospital. The Circle Gift Shoppe, located in the Circle Building at 215 N. Beeline Highway, also will accept participant items to be sold.

There will be no member luncheon in January; the Volunteer Award Banquet will be held instead. This event is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Circle Building. Volunteers are asked to call (928) 472-9290 to reserve a spot.

Christel Aigner was the winner of the Holiday Theme Tree decorating contest. Her tree was adorned with mini hand-knitted mittens and scarves.

Massage therapy is offered at a discount to SC members from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday. Call (928) 970-1773 for an appointment.

The Senior Circle needs medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers with wheels, bedside commodes and bath stools, for the Medical Loan Closet. The items are loaned free of charge to people in need. Donated items will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Arko Free Spirit Tours, in conjunction with Senior Circle, is offering several short trips for seniors in the coming months. Stop by the Circle office for a free catalog or call Arko at (888) 278-9844 for more information.

Smile for the day: Some folks who say they aim to please could use some target practice.

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