Summer is here and you may be wanting to slow down a bit, but there is still a lot you can do at the RAC. Every day you can play cards or domino's. We have activities for those more active such as Aerobics, Line Dancing, Tap dancing, Tai Chi, Zumba and Pilate's. We also have more artistic activities such as Painting, Quilting, Knitting, and Woodcarving. As you can see a plethora of activities to choose from so take a chance and try something new.
We also have are monthly activities. This months trips are as follows: June 5th Lucky Star Casino bus leaves at 10:30 am, cost is $5.oo; June 14th Domino Tournament in Mustang at 9:00 am, bus will be going to mustang see Darrell for bus time; and finally on June 20th we have a Mystery Lunch, bus leaves at 11:00 am and cost is $4.00 for bus, bring $ for lunch. The Eater Outers will be meeting at Catfish Cabin on June 12 at 5pm. This months Birthday Dinner will be on June 28th. It is a Hawaiian theme so get out you Hawaiian shirts, skirts and leis and come learn to hula.
We are celebrating Fathers Day on Friday June 15th. Come out for some coffee and door prizes as we thank you for being such wonderful Fathers! You may want to come early and get in on the Woodcarving Group which meets fridays at 9am.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Older Americans Month
Older Americans Month is celebrated each May to honor and recognize older Americans for the contributions they make to our families, communities and society. The Administration on Aging (AoA) issues a theme for Older Americans Month each year to assist our National Aging Network and other groups plan for activities during this month. This year's theme “Never Too Old to Play” encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities.
As large numbers of baby-boomers reach retirement age, many communities have increased their efforts to provide meaningful opportunities for older adults—many of whom remain physically and socially active through their 80s and beyond. Current trends show
that people over age 60 account for an ever-growing percentage of participants in community service positions, faith-based organizations, online social networking, as well as arts and recreational groups.
There has also been an increase in the number of workers over age 55 in the workforce. This is due to several factors. Number one being the hit employees took to their 401(k) retirement accounts during the recession. The aging of the Baby Boomers, increased life expectancy, the need to maintain health insurance, and a desire to stay active and earn extra income are other factors driving the increase.
Last May Barack Obama stated in his Older Americans Day Proclamation that “My administration is committed to improving the health and well being of older men and women. The historic Affordable Care Act gives Seniors more freedom and control over their health care, and people on Medicare are able to receive an annual wellness visit and many critical preventive services for free, including certain cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies.”
Having lived through many of our Nation's most challenging times, older Americans have shaped the story of America and secured the promise of our future. We are privileged to recognize these treasured citizens during Older Americans Month, and honor both the impact they have made and their accomplishments yet to come. We here at the RAC want to acknowledge our patrons and thank them for their contribution to our Nation.
National Senior Health and Fitness Day
One of the events that takes place during Older Americans Month is the National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This is held the last Wednesday of May each year. This year it is May 30th.
The RAC will be hosting this event here in Yukon. In order to help promote healthy living and health activities, we will be providing health screenings, a wellness Fair, door prizes, and opportunities for seniors from our community to interact with each other.
Be at the Robertson activity center at 10:00 am to enjoy physical activities such as Line Dancing, Laughter Yoga, Weightlifting, and Tai Chi. We also have competitions planned. These include Ladder Golf, Bean Bag Toss, and Wii Bowling. There is so much fun to be had you just can’t miss it! Did I say, don’t forget the Door Prizes!
Who’s Who at the RAC
Twila and Scott Teter:
(Brother and Sister In-law)
They both started attending the RAC in January of this year. Scott lost his wife of 55years in October and needed an outlet. Twila brought Scott to the RAC because her husband of 44 years used to come here to play bridge before he passed away in 2010.
Scott and Twila have known each other since they were kids. Their families owned businesses in the same building. So, they used to play in the ally behind the stores while they waited to go home. They enjoyed growing up in Stillwater and were privileged to meet Frank Eaton the inspiration for Pistol Pete the mascot of the Oklahoma A&M Aggies.
Twila eventually married Franks brother and they moved to the Oklahoma City area in 1968. She has two sons that live here in Yukon and she worked for Demco for 28yrs.
Scott was in the US Army for 23yrs . He has been stationed in Iceland, Germany, Japan, Alaska, 2 tours to Vietnam, and Korea. After leaving the US Army, Scott started working as the superintendent of Maintenance at the Air National Guard. He retired after 25 yrs. Scott has three daughters. They live in OKC and Midwest City.
Scott and Twila enjoy playing cards here at the RAC, and doing the Arm Chair Exercises from which they have seen benefits health wise.
Please make them feel welcome. They are always looking for people to play cards with.
By Angela Kasbohm
The Great Grain Group
The grain, pasta and rice group are at the base of the Food Guide Pyramid. This food group is a great source of carbohydrates. We need 6-11 servings from this food group. Some sample portion sizes include 1 slice of bread, 1-6” tortilla, ½ cup cooked rice, pasta or hot cereal, ¾ cup of dry cereal, or a 2”x2” piece of cornbread. We get vitamins and minerals from this food group as well as fiber and energy. The number of servings needed varies depending on health issues, age and activity level. It also depends on your sex. Most older adult women will need 2-3 servings per meal and most older adult men will need 3-4 servings per meal. It is best to space the number of servings throughout the day.
Fiber is very important in our diet and the grain group is a great source of fiber. It’s important to include a mix of soluble and insoluble fiber in the diet. We find soluble fiber in beans and legumes, oatmeal, oat bran and ready-to-eat oat type cereals. Insoluble fiber is found in wheat products and whole grains. The Nutrition Facts Label will tell you how much of each type of fiber is in a serving of the food item. It will be located just under Total Carbohydrates. We need 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Most people only get about 13 grams per day. If you plan to increase your daily fiber intake you should do it slowly over a 2-3 week period and be sure to drink plenty of water. Increasing fiber intake slowly helps to decrease the occurrence of cramping and bloating.
This food group provides many good things for our bodies and if consumed in moderation will not cause excess weight gain. Be adventurous and try a grain that you haven’t tried before-millet, quinoa, barley!
Solve These Brain Teasers
Monday, April 16, 2012
First a sprig, then a trunk,
Yukon Senior Games
Seniors in Yukon have been competing against each other this week to claim the title of "Most Athletic."
The Yukon Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the 11th annual Yukon Senior Games, which are being held from Saturday, April 7, 2012 through Saturday, April 14, 2012.
The event offers athletic competition for adults 50 years young and older. Over 150 participants come from the metro area and even out-of-state to compete in the "Live Long and Compete" games.
The competitions include basketball, billiards, bowling, golf, horseshoes, pickelball, table tennis, track and field, washer pitching and weight lifting. New events this year are archery and cycling.
In addition to the athletic events, there will also be a series of activities and a creative writing and photography contest.
On Thursday, April 12, 2012, a social/health fair expo was held at the Robertson Activity Center. The social consisted of a Saloon inspired casino night complete with live music, flavored water and lemonade, dancing, door prizes and socializing.
Casino games include Blackjack, Texas Hold'em and others. Many Vendors were their with booths which offered information on health issues some offered discount coupons on services.
Several of the patrons from the RAC are competing in the games this week. Melba Williams has already won gold for weightlifting and push-ups. Ozella and Jack Hinton competed in Bowling and Mike Wilhite is competing in basketball and Track. Make sure to congratulated them for the participation in the games.
“April” - a poem by James Williams
Hi, my name is April
There really is no reason for it,
except to irrigate the pots
That people all have set
For they knew it would be wet.
So the earth they fertilized
and soon the dirt began to rise.
Many branches soon to come.
Next a bud begins to show
Waiting for the sky to glow.
Then my sister May arrives
with her mate the Sun.
The buds begin to bloom,
the branches dance in fun.
All this fragrant beauty
which I am still denied.
An all too famous saying
from which I cannot hide.
This saying, so fruitful in it’s powers,
“April Showers bring May Flowers.
Health Beat - by Angela Kasbohm
A General, Healthful Diet
Following a healthy diet does not need to be complicated, expensive or extreme. A General, Healthful Diet tends to be lower in calories, fat, sodium, saturated fats and trans fats. It is higher in fiber due to the focus on whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Follow the guidelines in the table below for a healthy diet.
1/2 cup of pasta, rice, cooked cereal; 1 slice bread, 1 (6 in.) tortilla, ¾ cup ready-to-eat (no added sugar) cereal
Whole grains such as whole wheat, Quinoa, millet, bulgur; bread, rolls and pasta made from whole grains; brown r wild rice; hot or ready-to-eat cereals made from whole grains without added sugar; barley
½ cup cooked or 1 cup raw
All fresh vegetables, focusing on dark green, red, or orange vegetables; peas and beans; frozen or canned vegetables (low sodium); low sodium vegetable juices;
½ cup canned or 1 piece fresh fruit
All fresh, frozen and dried fruits; canned fruit packed in water or fruit juice without added sugar; fruit juice without added sugar in moderation
Milk and Milk Products
1 cup milk, 6-8 ounces yogurt, 1 oz cheese
Low fat milk-skim, 1%; low fat yogurt-fruit flavored or plain; cheeses
Meat and Other Protein
1-3 oz portions
Eggs, lean meats such as pork, chicken, turkey, beef, game, fish baked, broiled or grilled-not fried; plant sources such as dried beans and peas and legumes, peanut butter and other nut butters (unsalted), tofu; unsalted nuts
1 tsp butter or margarine, olive, canola or peanut oil; 1 Tbsp sour cream, salad dressing, mayo
Olive, peanut, canola oils; margarine; salad dressings and mayonnaise made from canola, olive or peanut oils; olives, avocadoes
Watch for more information in your next newsletter for specifics about each of these food groups as well as recipes that are easy to make, great tasting and good for you!
Who’s Who at the RAC
Jim and Vernell Conley met at a club in Watonga, OK in 1956. Jim being born and raised there was just out with some friends. While Vernell was visiting the owners of the club who were family friends from back home in Illinois were she was born and raised. Vernell caught Jim’s eye while she was dancing (even then Vernell couldn’t help but dance if there was music playing). They courted and eventually got married. Although they have no children together Vernell has a son from a previous marriage.
Through the years Jim has worked several jobs. He worked shortly for Arrow Commander and Paint Warehouse and eventually found a career working for the city of Yukon ‘s power department. Vernell worked in the nursing industry working for both nursing centers and hospitals. When they weren’t working they enjoyed Square Dancing which took a lot of persuading from Vernell to get Jim to try it. They both really enjoyed it and continued dancing many years until they had to quit because Jim had to have heart surgery.
Jim and Vernell attend the RAC regularly. Vernell participates in line dancing, tap dancing and Zumba classes. Meanwhile Jim can be found playing dominos. Your also likely to find them at all the special events that are held here at the RAC. If you do not already know these two marvelous people, please take the time to introduce yourself, and get to know them.