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Giving caregivers a place for support

The Caregiver Support group at the Mower County Senior Center is facilitated by senior center advocates.

This group is now meeting two times per month. This month it will be Thursday, Dec. 6 and 20.

On Dec. 20 we will have Carmen Tribbett talk about her children’s book on Alzheimer’s, and her partnership with the Frank and Barbara Broyles Foundation.

The Broyles Foundation supports Alzheimers caregivers in crisis. They have created a book called “Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.”

This playbook has answers for the tough questions and situations caregivers will face, tips and strategies for providing quality care, and what worked well for the Broyles family. Holidays can be stressful for caregivers.

Our support group provides the opportunity for caregivers to share their experiences, discuss their concerns, and gain support and information from other caregivers. We meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

If you are a caregiver, please join us. If you have any questions about the support group, contact either Advocate Nancy Donahue 1-507-433-8376 or BreeAnna Strouf 1-507-433-3462.

Lunch with the Cedars

On Tuesday, Dec. 11 starting at noon, the Cedars of Austin is sponsoring a lunch and wrap. If you have your gifts bought and need help wrapping them, bring them in for the Cedars to wrap.

While you are waiting you will be served lunch. There is no cost to you, any donations will be given to the Center. Everyone is welcome.

Don’t forget our coffee shop where every day you can have homemade soup for $1 and sandwich for 50 cents.

Tuesday we are having scalloped potatoes and ham in the coffee shop for only $2. You are always welcome at the center. See you here.

Upcoming events

Monday: Blood pressure checks, 9 a.m.; SAIL Bone Builders, 9 a.m.; Walking Club, 9 a.m.; Cards (Pinochle and Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Exercise with Evies Friends, 1 p.m.; Living Well with Diabetes class 1 p.m.; Facebook, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:15 a.m.; Exercise with Evie’s Friends, 9 a.m.; Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, 11:30 a.m.; Cards(500, Duplicate Bridge,  Pinochle), 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Woodcarvers, 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 9 a.m.; SAIL Bone Builders, 9 a.m.;  Walking Club, 9 a.m.;  Weight Watches, 12:15 p.m.; Cards (Duplicate Bridge, Pinochle, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; Open chess, 1 p.m.

Thursday: Tops, 8 a.m.; Silver Sneakers, 8:15 a.m.; Exercise with Evie’s Friends, 9 a.m.;   Caregivers Support Group, 10:30 a.m.; Cards (Pinochle) 12:30 p.m.; Bingo and open chess, 1 p.m.;  Weight Watchers, 5 p.m.

Friday: SAIL Bone Builders, 9 a.m.; Walking Club, 9 a.m.; Cards, 12:30 p.m.; Bridge Tournament, 500; Ping pong 3 p.m.; KC Bingo, 5:30 p.m.

Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

Nov. 20, one table

1st Anna Dvorak, 2nd Dave Solomonson, 3rd Mary Johnsen, 4th John Karnes

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge

Nov. 20, five tables

1st Judy Bungum, 1st Dave Solomonson; 2nd Lorraine Lippert, 2nd Ron Peters; 3rd Rick Stroup, 3rd John Leisen; 4th Connie Johnson, 4th Jaynard Johnson; 5th Ray Schmidt, 5th Gail Schmidt

Tuesday 500

Nov. 20, three tables

1st John Karnes, 2nd Deanna Ashley, 3rd Sally Michels, 4th Betty Fisher

Friday 500

No Results

Wednesday Duplicate Bridge

Nov. 21, four tables

1st Tom Flaherty, 1st Stan Schultz; 2nd Vandy Newman, 2nd Ron Peters; 3rd Dave Ring, 3rd Orrion Roisen; 4th Gail Schmidt, 4th Ray Schmidt; 5th John Leisen, 5th Rick Stroup

Friday Bridge

No Results