Senior center receives close to 200 Deterra bags for medication disposal

Senior Center News
Thursday, February 28, 2019
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This month’s birthday dinner was held at the Hardin Senior Center on Wednesday Feb. 20. Birthday guests included Dean Barnes, Lee Joyce Denny, Vi Lazz, Ramona Real Bird, Delilah Hert (turning 90) and Shirley Margheim. Shirley was hostess to her birthday table and also played the doxology and “Happy Birthday” song.

The birthday cake was contributed by Cliff and Shirley Groombridge. It was made and decorated at Reese & Ray’s IGA in Hardin by Carol Fergerson.

First Interstate Bank contributes the cost of the meal ingredients for both our senior centers as an ongoing community service, for which we are grateful. Violet Hankel, FIB employee, volunteered to help serve the meal to our 60 guests.

A 50-50 drawing was held as a fundraiser for the Senior Citizens Association. The winner was Elaine Malensek of $40.50. She donated it back to the Seniors Association. She’s been the lucky girl this week, also winning a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.

The Seniors Association donated to the Council on Aging meals and transportation programs. The support of the members and volunteers is appreciated by our senior center.

We have received the Deterra Medication Disposal Bag from DPHHS and have nearly 200 of them. This is a proper disposal bag for unused medication. Medication safety includes proper use, and keeping track of and taking your medication as directed, maintaining a medication log and organizing your medication by day.

Make sure to keep your medication out of sight and in a secure place. Medications that are not properly stored are at risk of being stolen, and can be a safety hazard for kids and pets. Proper disposal of unused medications is important so they are not misused or stolen. You can safely dispose of medications by using the Deterra Bag or to drop off all unused medications at your local drop box.

The Deterra bag is easy to use. Fill it with water, place pills, liquid meds or patches inside and seal. It then can be put in the trash. The activated carbon in the bags acts similarly to an emergency room charcoal treatment for overdose. The carbon begins to deactivate the added pharmaceuticals once a small amount of warm water is added to the disposal bag. In our area, drop box locations are located at the Bighorn Valley Pharmacy in Hardin, the Crow Indian Hospital Pharmacy in Crow Agency, the Pryor Health Clinic #2 in Pryor and at the Lodge Grass Health Clinic in Lodge Grass.

Stop in at our Hardin Senior Center if you would like some of the Deterra bags. They are simple and easy to use.

Coming up next week is black out bingo on Thursday, Feb. 28, pedicure by appointment on Monday, March 4, bingo on Tuesday, March 5 and center decorating at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6. The theme for decoration in March is St. Patrick’s Day.

The Seniors Association meeting is at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8 at the senior center. Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 10 this year.

The phone number for the Hardin Senior Center is 665-2581. We are open Monday through Friday.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, Feb. 28 – meatloaf, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, dessert
Friday, March 1 – barbecue pork sandwich, baked beans, salad, dessert
Monday, March 4 – potatoes and kielbasa, vegetables, dessert
Tuesday, March 5 – beef noodle soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, March 6 – sweet and sour chicken, rice, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, March 7 – pork chops, potatoes and gravy, vegetables, dessert

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, March 1 – pork cabbage soup, sandwich, fruit salad, cream puff
Monday, March 4 – spaghetti and meatballs, salad, peaches, cheese bread, peanut butter cake
Wednesday, March 6 – ham, mac and cheese, peas, roll, Jell-O salad, brownie