Senior Citizens

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Living in Montana, everyone knows what you need to do to protect yourself in the winter. Unfortunately, not everyone applies the equivalent precautions to the heat in the summer, which can be just as dangerous. Here are some guidelines for keeping safe in hot weather:

1) Drink plenty of liquids – dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. 2) Wear appropriate clothes – when it’s hot out, wear light-colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat. 3) Stay indoors during mid-day hours – the best time to run errands or be outdoors is before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m., when the temperature tends to be cooler. 4) Take it easy – avoid exercise and strenuous activity, particularly outdoors. 5) Watch the heat index – this factors humidity and temperature to approximate how the weather really feels. 6) Seek an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat. 7) Know the warning signs of heat-related illness – dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately.

Congratulations to the winners of the pinochle tournament held on Friday, June 28: first place – Kay Arellano and Kent Wangsness; second place – Bob Siegle and Stella Bakken; third place – Irene Reidlinger and Dorothy Weiland. The winners of this week’s activities were: pinochle – Kay Arellano; whist – Dee Hall.

Thank you to the following individuals for their donations to the center: Velma Kinsey, Kay Arellano, Stella Bakken, Ronna Masters, Helen Granmoe, Bernice Rudnick and Eileen Melby.

Thank you to the following individuals for their memorials given to the center: in memory of Betty Kuntz from Frankie Paslay; in memory of Judy Nephew and Everett Smeltzer from Dennis and Sandy Snow; in memory of Barb Wuest from Audre’ Avilla and Dee and Willie Hall; in memory of Everett Smeltzer from Connie Undem.

Next week’s activities: Monday – exercise at 9 a.m. and bridge and cards at 1 p.m.; Tuesday – whist at 1 p.m.; Wednesday – exercise at 9 a.m. and marbles at 1 p.m.; Thursday – pinochle at 1 p.m.; Friday – exercise at 9 a.m. and pinochle tournament at 1 p.m.

Next week’s menu: Monday – chicken strips or legs; Tuesday – tater tot hot dish; Wednesday – roast beef; Thursday – baked fish; Friday – taco salad