A Special Message For The Holidays

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It seems like it was just last week that I walked into the Senior Circle for the first time. I just don’t know where this last year has gone.

It seems like most people agree with that saying. But that’s a good thing; that means that you are staying active and busy and that’s a healthy way to live.

I love seeing the commitment of the “over 50” population of the Payson community. I’ve never been too good at sticking to a regular exercise regime or taken up a hobby or for that matter joined a group of ladies that get together to play cards, go to water aerobics or go to the movies.

The job of Senior Circle adviser is inspiring. Members who are active are committed to staying healthy and more importantly, being there for others.

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Photos courtesy of the Payson Senior Circle

Terri Garret, Janie Lopez and Sharon Myers organized the Senior Circle’s holiday bake sale, held Dec. 14. The event raised more than $900 and sold out.

My favorite part of the day is when a group stays after class to visit and you just hear them laughing it up.

Robert Curtis, a regular qigong member, says he looks forward to coming to the Circle and getting his weekly hug.

The highlight of my year was Robert saying to me that he loves coming to the Circle because we feel like family. We truly have become a Circle of Friends.

The support of everyone, the compliments, the love, and the care that I receive on a daily basis has been what has sustained me through what may have otherwise been a very stressful year. I have made life-long friends and an experience that I will never forget.

It is rewarding to work for an organization such as Payson Regional Medical Center that offers these programs to its community. It’s the best thing in the world to truly be part of a community that cares.

Senior Circle bake sale huge success

The Senior Circle bake sale boasted sales in excess of $900.

Thank you to all the bakers and volunteers who made the event a huge success.

The goodies, cookie jars and holiday treats sold out by 2 p.m. Auction items that included artwork, a musical rocking horse, barbecue charcoal grills, a Santa cookie jar, a coffee maker and holiday décor items brought in $125.

Thank you to all of you who donated the various items.

Terri Garrett, Janie Lopez and Sharon Myers turned the Senior Circle gift closet into a winter wonderland of goodies. They are also super sales people and not a single cookie crumb was left.

The proceeds of the sale will go toward a much-needed flat screen television to accommodate the monthly physician presentations, which have enjoyed an increase in attendance. It will also be used for some of the classes.

In addition to the bake sale, the Circle sold raffle tickets for a beautiful Christmas basket and T-shirts and some members just made donations toward the television. Members raised a total of $1,413.

I was hoping to raise $700, but once again, the members and volunteers all pulled together and exceeded expectations.

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Photos courtesy of the Payson Senior Circle

Members of the Senior Circle went the extra mile to buy gifts for nursing home residents in Rim Country.

Knitting club wins wreath contest

Several Senior Circle classes participated in a holiday wreath-decorating contest. Most the wreaths represented the class itself; the Zumba wreath was decorated with belly dance skirt materials; knitting was decorated with balls of yarn and knitting needles; Pinochle with decks of cards; ballroom dancing had little, shiny, silver dance shoes; Bunco was decorated with dice; qigong with shiny oriental-looking materials; feeling fits was just lovely; and the volunteer wreath was decorated with angels.

Members voted the knitting class entry the best wreath. It was a good choice because the class actually did the wreath together and it was really creative.

Circle membership a great gift

This holiday season give yourself the gift of Senior Circle! If you’re 50 or better or know someone who is, join the Circle for just $15 a year. It’s a great gift for your loved ones — and yourself!

In addition, to the great, new friends you will meet, you will receive the benefits of complimentary meals for your spouse or caregiver each day a member is hospitalized at Payson Regional, a free upgrade to a private room if available, free health talks from local medical professionals, local and national discounts, social events, travel opportunities, exercise programs and more.

Have the time of your life, in the prime of your life — call (928) 472-9290 or visit paysonhospital.com.

The Senior Circle is sponsored by the Payson Regional Medical Center.

Holiday hours

The Senior Circle is closed from Monday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 31. Regular hours of operation and classes will resume Monday, Jan. 3. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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