2012-07-19 / Community

Senior Center

Who is most at risk of having a
stroke? Anyone can suffer from a
stroke. Although many risk factors for a stroke are out of our
control, several can be kept in line
through proper nutrition and medical care. Risk factors for a stroke
include the following:
• Over age 55
• High Blood Pressure
• High Cholesterol
• Smoking
• Diabetes
• Obesity
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Heavy Alcohol Use
• Male
• African American, Hispanic,
or Asian/Pacific Islander
That is why the Senior Center
is teaming together with Life Line
Screening to help save a life and
the Center actually receives a donation in the process.
Protect your health by finding
out your risk of having a stroke
by participating in the Life Line
Screening which will be at the
Manistique Senior Center on
Saturday, Sept. 15. Through ultrasound, the carotid arteries can
be evaluated for the buildup of
fatty plaque, which is the leading
cause of stroke. Register today
for the Stroke, Vascular and Heart
Rhythm package by either calling
the special Helping Hands registration number at (800) 324-9458
or by contacting the Manistique
Senior Center at 341-5923.
By signing up for this health
event, not only will you be able
to receive $10 off any package of
$139 or more, but the Center will
also receive a $10 donation for
every member who signs up and
attends this Life Line Screening
event. The Stroke, Vascular and
Heart Rhythm package includes
four screenings: carotid artery,
abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and atrial
fibrillation.
I know this is dreaming, but
Life Line Screening can do up to
90 people a day. Can you imagine
that actually happing and the Center receiving $900?
An often asked question is
“DoesSeniorMedicareCenter orad 052012:insurance
Layoutcover professional health screenings?”

The answer is Medicare not currently cover most these screenings. Medicare currently covers a one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening at their “Welcome to Medicare” physical for men only, at age 65, if they have a history of smoking. It is recommended you check with your doctor to see if you are eligible for this test.

How long do the screenings take? Typically a set of screenings like this takes approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the number of tests, the level of disease, your vascular anatomy and your body type.

At what age should you be screened? This is a personal decision, based on your risk factors and family history. For example, the National Stroke Association states your risk of stroke increases with age and doubles every decade after age 55. It is generally recommended to begin vascular screening at age 50; however, if you have diabetes, or a family history of stroke, heart disease, or AAA, you may want to start at age 40. This is about the age we wish we would have taken better care of ourselves.

You will receive your screening results in 21 days. However, if they find a condition which requires immediate attention, they will notify you the day of the screening.

I could go on and on with questions and answers, so I encourage you to drop by the Center and get a copy of what I haven’t spoken about. I have found it to be very interesting.

With it already being the mid of July, I am getting a little nervous, as always when the Center is up for a renewal of a millage. If those who have used services from the Center in the past just take the time to get out and vote, we should pass by a large volume.

For such a small community, the Center is one of only a couple Centers which run on its own, and we are hoping to keep it that 2way.5/18/The2012community9:56hasAM been very supportive in the past and hopefully will continue to do so. Feel free to drop by the Center, and we would be more than happy to give you a tour, along with sharing our information on our many services and activities that are offered. You will also get the chance to see how busy it is.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, as I would be more than pleased to try to answer them. The Center’s telephone number is 341-5923 and my home phone for after hours is 283-3224. You’re also welcome to contact me by cell phone 286-3347.

Gosh, now that I am old enough to enjoy the activities offered, I am crossing my fingers it will be available for a long time.

A great big thank you goes out to Mary LaFleur and Mary Burns for assisting in the office while Carol has taken vacation. You’re the best!

Kristen Anderson dropped by with “Treasure and Trash” trinkets. If you have any little knickknacks, kitchen utensils, pictures, etc. we accept them Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. No clothing please. Our daily attendees enjoy their many purchases! This is one of our many all year around fundraisers.

The gardens are starting to hum. This past week we have received beets, rhubarb and red skin potatoes from the following green thumbers, Grant and Ruth Taylor and Ivan Rochefort. We thank you for sharing!

Are you crafty and looking for odd pieces of wood to make projects? I was recently contacted by Dave Johnson looking to give some away. If you are interested, give him a call at 341-6587. Thanks for thinking of the Center, Dave.

The Dorothy Larson family gave medical equipment to the Medical Loan Closet. Annette Anderson donated a bingo bag.

Monetary donations were received in memory of:

• Ken Thorell from Mike and Kim Burnis and Betty Heinz

• Deb Carlson from Betty Heinz

• George “Steve” Anderson from Betty Heinz

We received Maintenance and Support donations from Mary Weber, Jules Rivard, Joe and Clara Bosanic.

BRIDGE July 9: 1st-Larry Savoie, 2nd-Lois Bellville, 3rd- Audrey Savoie, 4th-Helen Barton, 5th-George Lowman, CFCDoris Demars. Hostess, Eva Wendling served chocolate truffle, crackers and candy.

BRIDGE July 13th: 1st- Chris Orr, 2nd-Larry Savoie, 3rd-George Lowman, 4th-Hanna Mammen, Low-Mary Ann Thorell. Host, Larry Savoie served cherry dessert, pistachio dessert, and cheese and crackers.

PINOCHLE July 11th: 1st- Gary Hill, 2nd-Gerry Henkel, 3rd-Cathy Wise, Should’a Stayed Home-Pat Clark.

500 July 13th: 1st-Teddy Bouchard, 2nd-Don’a Nelson, 3rd-Carl Sundling, Should’a Stayed Home-Perry Wise.

Birthdays this week: July 19-Lorraine Segerstrom, Herman Luitink, and Donna Morden, July 21-Robert Leny, July 22-Betty Erickson and Pat Osterhout, July 23-Betty DeSautel, July 24-Russ Ruggles, Ann Willcock and Addie McNally, July 26-Tom Burge. Happy birthday wishes to all!

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