Take Care Taking Generic Medications

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A word of advice about generic medications -- recently I requested a refill of a hypertension name-brand drug I have taken for several years.

When I picked it up, the pharmacist said, "This has just become available as a generic, so we have substituted it."

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Leonard Zedrowski, left, the only male Canasta card player at this senior center game. He enjoys the company (clockwise) of Shirley Warmuth, Elsie Plonski, Clyden Phillips and Cheryl Jamison. Leonard didn't win this game; the women showed no mercy.

I thought nothing of it, as I have previously taken generics of other medications with no ill effects. Not so this time: my blood pressure went sky high by the second day and I ended up in the emergency room.

Since nothing else had changed, I told the doctor of the substitution.

He immediately called the pharmacy and was told other patients had the same reaction. I'm now back on the original prescription, but it took more than a week to stabilize my blood pressure. Make very sure you can tolerate generics if you are asked to switch to them.

If you are on e-mail, you may have received one asking you to send a Christmas card to "Recovering Veteran" at Walter Reed Medical Center, along with a complete address.

Check it out, according to SNOPES, the post office will not accept mail so addressed. For security reasons, unspecified mail will be destroyed without opening. It's a nice idea, but it won't work.

Payson Regional Senior Circle

Senior Circle will be closed Nov. 21 through 25 for Thanksgiving.

The Senior Circle will hold a Holiday Craft and Bake Sale Dec. 7 and 8 at the Circle Activity Center, 215 N. Beeline Highway.

Donations of baked goods are welcomed and may be dropped off at the Circle Dec. 5, 6 and the morning of the Dec. 7. There will be a gift-wrapping booth available at the event so not only can you purchase unique gift items but also have them wrapped.

Donations of holiday wrapping, ribbon, bows and tape can be dropped off at any time.

Through the end of November, craft sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving Day. Members are welcome to take part in making easy craft items to be sold. Supplies will be provided. Call (928) 472-9290 for more information.

Movie Day

There will be a movie day Wednesday, Nov. 28 for Senior Circle volunteers. For information call the above number or stop in at the Circle building.

Members are invited to participate in a holiday decorating party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Circle Building. Donations of indoor or outdoor decorations are appreciated.

Senior Circle will be a drop-off point for Toys for Tots sponsored by the Payson Police and Fire Departments and the U.S. Marine Corps. Unwrapped, new toys may be dropped off at the Circle Building, no later than Dec. 10, for Christmas distribution to needy children. The Senior Circle also will help with the purchase of toys.

Senior health insurance specialist and Payson resident Tom Russell will assist seniors in understanding Medicare and Part D more fully, so they can make informed decisions. There is no obligation.

Contact Russell at (928) 474-1233.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

White elephant bingo will be played at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main Street. You need not be a member to attend.

The Center offers a variety of programs weekdays, such as aerobics, line dancing, woodcarving, computer classes and card and board games. Visit the center to pick up a full schedule of events and monthly lunch menus.

The Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main Street, will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 22, but open Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24.

The store is featuring a large selection of Christmas items -- trees, ornaments, decorations, cards, gift items and more, all at very reasonable prices. Christmas gift certificates in various denominations also are available.

There is a 25 percent off sale on men's and women's clothing marked with blue tags. Beginning Nov. 26, blue-tagged clothing will be 50 percent off the marked price; yellow-tagged clothing will be 25 percent off. Selected boutique items also are on sale at $1 each.

A large collection of Avon items has been donated to the thrift store and individual pieces are being displayed and offered for sale.

The thrift store will be open until 8 p.m., Dec. 7 for First Friday on Main Street activities. Refreshments will be served and a 10 percent discount given on purchases from $1 to $100, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Here's a blessing for your Thanksgiving dinner:

Thank you, Lord, for these vittles,

May they add to your glory

And not to our middles.

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