Friday, February 23, 2018

Joni Schaff

Grandma’s Bible brings back memories

Senior Center News

Grandma’s Trunk revealed its hidden treasure last week. The drawn winner was Margaret Arbogast and the answer was a Bible. The heirloom was from Kris Clausen’s family.

This last week of Grandma’s Trunk will take two different guesses as to what has been special to Grandma. Stop in, take a look, and take a guess every day. The drawing will be held Friday. It is guaranteed fun for all.

Grandma’s Bible is a special keepsake. I have my own Grandma Schubert’s Bible. In her own handwriting, she wrote the day of the week as well as the date each of her three children were born, when her dear son died and when her beloved husband died. She also included the songs she would want played at her funeral. The flowers from her late son’s lapel were pressed and saved in it. Bookmarks of special Bible verses and poems are tucked away. Funeral cards from family members can be found in the pages throughout the book.

There are several precious postcard letters written in pencil from her mother from the 1920s and 1930s. Grandmother Sophia Brandt Miller would write so small in the space provided, yet cover a lot of news. The postage was one cent. At the end of each news-filled letter, she would include a Bible verse as a special remembrance. And, as all of the Bibles that a grandmother would have, it is very well worn.

A thank you was sent to Sarah Rhoads, who sent a donation to the Meals on Wheels in memory of her grandmother, Bea Bullis. Sarah’s mother is Carol Bullis Rhoads.

A news article was forwarded to the senior center directors about senior nutrition and the powerful impact of Meals on Wheels. This article goes on to say that older adult malnutrition has become an area of growing concern in America. The cost of disease-associated malnutrition is estimated to be $51.3 billion per year. This issue is only going to increase in importance as the aging population continues to grow and live longer.

 One in two older adults either is malnourished or at risk of becoming malnourished. Older adults are at increased risk of malnutrition for a variety of reasons that include – but are not limited to – poverty, food insecurity, poor mental health, social isolation, depression, chronic disease and repeated hospitalization.

There are, however, programs in place to help address these needs through the Older Americans Act, established in 1965.

A major focus of these programs lies in supportive nutrition services. The most well-known among these is the home-delivered meal program, often referred to as Meals on Wheels (MOW). Few are familiar with the impact this program has on the aging population.

Programs like MOW are designed to reach the most vulnerable older adults with the greatest social and economic need, and help them remain in their homes.

Older adults’ access to nutritious meals through MOW helps reduce hunger and food insecurity by providing meals to individuals who may otherwise struggle to acquire them, while also helping elders improve their nutrient intake. MOW participants have been found to have between 4 and 31 percent higher daily nutrient intake than nonparticipants.

MOW is about more than a meal. A positive consequence is that MOW providers are positioned to become sources of referrals to other needed services, as well as serving as a daily check-in to ensure everything is satisfactory with respect to a client’s needs. These daily check-ins may be the only contact MOW participants have with other people each day. A smiling face at the front door each day can make a world of difference in an older adult’s life.

Providers, family members and caregivers can contact their local Agency on Aging at 1-800-551-3191 for services that are available in their immediate area. This phone number is throughout the state of Montana.

The Big Horn County Council on Aging phone number is (406) 665-2581 and (yes!) we are providers of the Meals on Wheels. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need help.

Activities coming up at the Hardin Senior Center include the Seniors Association meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, a nutrition education speaker, Tiffani Schubert on Tuesday, Dec. 12 and the Birthday/Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 13. A donation to the local Child and Family Services is on Thursday, Dec. 14 for hats, gloves, mittens and socks for all ages.

Stop in at 317 N. Custer in the Little Big Horn Center Complex and get your December calendar/menu.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, Nov. 30 – baked potato with broccoli and cheese, vegetables, dessert
Friday, Dec. 1 – hamburger gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert
Monday, Dec. 4 – tacos, rice and beans, salad, dessert
Tuesday, Dec. 5 – chicken noodle soup, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Nov. 15 – tuna casserole, vegetables, salad, dessert
Thursday, Dec. 7 – baked steak, gravy, potatoes, vegetables, dessert