Much To Celebrate This Month


Wow! How did it ever get to be December so soon? With Thanksgiving being so late this year, somehow, December snuck in before we noticed. Say December and people think Christmas, but the month has other noteworthy events as well. Dec. 3 was National Roof Over Your Head Day, a time for all of us who are fortunate enough to have one to be grateful and to wish one for the millions of people around the world not so fortunate. Many of the days observed nationally pertain to the holiday season: Dec. 4 was Santa’s List Day; St. Nicholas Day was Dec. 6; Christmas Card Day, Dec. 9; Poinsettia Day, Dec. 12.

Bill of Rights Day is Dec. 15 — a day to observe the anniversary of when the first Bill of Rights adding 10 of the original 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, to protect the rights of citizens — was approved in 1791.

Ah-h-h, two of my Sure To Observe days are Dec. 16, which is National Chocolate Covered Chocolate Anything Day and Dec. 24, best known as Christmas Eve, but which also is National Chocolate Day. Whatever your choices, December doesn’t lack occasions to celebrate.

Payson Senior Center and Thrift Store

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Center’s December menu and activities schedule was not available by press time, but you should now be able to pick up a copy at the Center, 514 W. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Be sure to look for the dates of the annual Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve party, or call (928) 474-4876 for more information.

Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens

You may not be aware of the many services PGCSC offers seniors in the two counties it covers. As the local Area Agency on Aging, home care to those who are at least 60 years of age and functionally impaired or younger individuals who have a diagnosed disability that substantially limits their ability to perform daily living activities is available. They also offer assistance with performing activities related to routine household maintenance and tasks related to personal physical needs, provide intermittent health maintenance, continued treatment and monitoring, make minor home repairs such as structural repairs, cooler tune-ups and furnace maintenance, and necessary modifications to the home. For caregivers of the disabled (family members or other unpaid persons), PGCSC offers short-term care and supervision of the patient, to give them respite from their duties.  Numerous other services are available; to obtain a copy of their assistance programs, call 1-800-293-9393 (Central Intake, Screening and Assistance) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


New medications prescribed recently required cleaning out our home medicine cabinets, which should have been done long ago. It is unbelievable what we found — prescriptions from 2007 (Neither Len nor I remember for what); an almost full bottle of antiseptic/anesthetic mixture “to prevent skin infections,” over the counter, half-used, outdated medications such as a psoriasis moisturizer, although neither of us ever had psoriasis. Well, you get the picture.

Now, what to do with the disposables?

Fortunately, the Payson Police Department has a medication drop box at the station, 303 N. Beeline Highway, open 24 hours a day.

Think about it: The best of all Christmas gifts is a family all wrapped up in each other.


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