Welcome March! This is the month that most of us start looking for hints of spring. This year we got to experience several spring-like days in February, along with some cold and icy or snowy ones.
March is also when we spring forward with daylight savings time. That will be happening on Sun., Mar. 12, at 2:00 a.m. Before you go to bed on Mar. 11, remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour. That way when you wake up, you’ll be all set. The fact that it will stay light later does help us to feel a little better and feel like spring is not that far away.
The official first day of spring is Mar. 20. We hope March brings more spring type temps and days than winter ones!
The food drops happening this month are CSFP (senior cheese box) on Mar. 21, from 10 – 11 a.m., and the Together We Can Food Pantry will be on Mar. 23, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Don’t forget if they run out of food before 2:30 they will be gone.
The Council on Aging’s Board meeting will be on Mar. 13 at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.
March is also when St. Patrick’s Day happens, on Mar. 17. On that day you could wear something green, dance a little jig, or sing a few Irish tunes to celebrate and get in the holiday spirit.
Our exercise class is still happening on Tuesday’s at 10:30 a.m. You can join in any week and meet some new people and get yourself moving a little.
I am also happy to let you know that beginning on Wed. Apr. 5, we will be having a Tai Chi class here at the Senior Center. It will run from Apr. 5 – June 14 on Wed. mornings from 9 – 11 a.m. This Tai Chi is for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, but even if you don’t have arthritis, it helps improve balance both mentally and physically. This will help significantly reduce the rate of falls experienced by older adults.
Studies have shown that tai chi can reduce falls by nearly 70%. Come, join in, and find better balance for yourself. Just don’t forget to register ahead of time.
March’s full Moon, also called the Worm Moon, will be shining for us on Mar. 7.
There is always at least one thing to be grateful for daily. Have a marvelous month and keep smiling! When we smile at others it can cause them to smile too. The world sure needs more smiles, positivity, and kindness. A small kind gesture goes along way. We are all struggling with something.
Suzanne Barker is the Director of the Oscoda County Council on Aging.
To contact her please call 989 826-3025.