Seniors adapt when rain interrupts picnic

Senior Center News
Joni Schaff / Council on Aging Dir.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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The picnic at the museum on Friday, June 29 was interrupted by Mother Nature’s weather, so the group came to Hardin Senior Center and we had a nice afternoon together. The next scheduled potluck/ picnic at the museum is on Friday, July 27.

Activities coming up at the senior center include bingo on Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers are needed to help clean out the cupboards at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 11. We will have a movie in the afternoon that day. The Seniors Association meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 13. This month’s birthday dinner is on July 18. Sign up for the dinner before at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.

The fundraiser for the Seniors Association this summer is a gift basket. Tickets are on sale until Sept. 4. Stop in the senior center at 317 N. Custer to view this wonderful creation and buy your lucky tickets.

Minkie Medora, registered dietician, has shared the following guidelines for “Eat By the Colors – Antioxidants in Food.” Some foods give you extra benefits, over and above all the good nutrition they already have. Certain foods have special benefits such as antioxidants that can help us as we get older. Different colored vegetables and fruits have many different benefits. Purple fruits and vegetables help with slowing down the aging process, slowing down memory loss, lowering risk of some cancers, and preventing urinary tract infection. Good sources of purple foods are: blackberries, blueberries, plums, purple cabbage and purple potatoes.

Green fruits and vegetables that are green and dark green in color help with preventing macular degeneration – a problem in the eyes that reduces your ability to see and other vision loss and also aids in lowering the risk of some types of cancers due to the beta carotene in green vegetables.

Good sources of green and dark green vegetables are: apples, grapes, avocado, honeydew melon, kiwi, lime asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens like spinach.

Fruits and vegetables that are red in color help with improving vision – keeping your eyes healthy, improving your heart health, helping to prevent infection by increasing your immunity, less illness and lowering risk of some types of cancers.

Good sources of red vegetables are: cherries, cranberries, red grapes, watermelon, beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes.

Fruits and vegetables that are orange or deep yellow help with improved immunity, or your ability to fight infections and lowering risk of some types of cancers.

Good sources of orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables are apricots, cantaloupe, mangos, peaches, pineapples, carrots, yellow peppers, corn and yams.

Help support your local senior centers in Hardin and Lodge Grass by attending the congregate meal at noon. Hardin serves meals Monday through Friday. The Lodge Grass Senior Center serves meals on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call before 10 a.m. for a meal reservation. The Hardin Senior Center phone number is (406) 665-2581 and the Lodge Grass Senior Center phone number is (406) 639-2265.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, July 5 – sweet and sour chicken, rice, vegetables, dessert
Friday, July 6 – cheeseburgers, chips and dip, salad, dessert
Monday, July 9 – goulash, vegetables, roll, dessert
Tuesday, July 10 – pasta salad, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, July 11 – beef tips and noodles, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, July 12 – meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dessert

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, July 6 – taco, French fries, tossed salad, chocolate éclair dessert
Monday, July 9 – meatloaf, baked potato, corn, biscuit, lemon pudding
Tuesday, July 10 – ham, macaroni and cheese, peas, roll, pineapple cake
Wednesday, July 11 – tacos, rice, beans, peanut butter pie