Merry Christmas from the Senior Center

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Submitted by Teresa Carr, P.R./Social Services Assistant

All of us here at the Adams County Senior Citizens Center wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and wonderful New Year. Enjoy your holiday “get-togethers” and share in all the laughter and love with your family and friends. Remember the real “reason for the season” and pass that along to the younger generation. Traditions are important to every family and children/grandchildren and even great (great) grandchildren will remember what you teach.

The Senior Citizens office/Senior Center will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 to keep Christmas with our families and friends. Our office will also be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Happy New Year! Remember, this year brings new changes for our agency and we look forward to serving you from our new location.

The Adams County Senior Citizens Office and Senior Center are moving to a new location: 10835 State Route 41 South, West Union, Ohio 45693 (the former location of the West Union Flower Shop). The target date for the move is the week of Dec. 16 and will be completed by Dec. 31. We hope you will have patience and work with us, as it may be hectic for a little while as we all adjust and get everything back in place. A future Open House will be planned, watch the paper for exact date/time. We invite everyone to come out and visit our new location.

Do to our upcoming move, many activities normally held at the Senior Center will be temporarily on hold until January 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will resume activities and exercise programs as soon as we settle in at our new location.

A representative from Southeastern Legal Services will be at our new location on Jan. 28 from 1-4 p.m. Please contact Ms. Spradline at 1-800-837-2508 to set up an appointment.

H.E.A.P. (Home Energy Assistance Program) season is here. This federally funded program is designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the cost of home heating this winter. Again, here at the Senior Center our emphasis is placed on reaching the elderly, 60+, homebound and/or disabled. We have applications and an Out-Reach Aide available to assist you for the State HEAP. If you need Emergency HEAP, please contact ABCAP at 1-800-233-7891. For more information call Teresa at 544-3979.

With Christmas at our door step and the wonderful possibilities of receiving gifts from friends, relatives, co-workers, etc., remember to thank people when they do something nice or give a gift. All too often we forget to acknowledge a kindness or let the giver know how much we really do appreciate it. In this “me” generation, the art of expressing gratitude seems to be falling to the wayside and the words, “Thank you” are not heard often enough. It takes only a moment to write a little note, make a call, e-mail a message or even make a small gift in return to show our appreciation and possibly really make someone else’s day.

While many of us dream of a “White Christmas” and enjoy the beauty of snow, it can also be very hazardous. Sidewalks, steps, driveways and wooden decks/stairs need to be cleaned off to walk safely. While exercise is important to our health, shoveling snow has caused many heart attacks and back injuries. If you have younger family members who are in good health, leave that particular job to them. If you have to “do it yourself”, please “exercise” caution and remember to take frequent breaks, dress appropriately for the weather conditions, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf to help you warm up the air you breathe and don’t try to do too much at one time. A little does go a long way in getting the job done while keeping you safe and healthy.

Just a Thought: It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. ~Mother Teresa


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