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    Stroke Awareness – Content by Judy

    Yes, it is a true emergency!! If anyone, any age has sudden numbness in their face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, lack of coordination. Sudden severe headache with no known cause. Call 911 right away!! This is a real emergency. If left unattended the consequences can be life altering if not fatal.

    If you think someone might be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.

    F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

    A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

    S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

    T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

    The sooner someone is treated the better the outcome. Strokes can be potentially reversed or at least stopped if a stroke is treated within the first 3 hours. Call an ambulance. Do not drive them!! The crew on the ambulance can start treatment sooner and the outcome will be better. You want life-saving treatment as soon as possible!!

    If you think you are having a stroke call 911 right away. You might not be able to make that call even a few minutes later.

    Every year over 800,000 people have a stoke. Nearly 150,000 die each year. Strokes are the leading cause of serious long-term disability. BUT 80% of strokes are PREVENTABLE!!

    Most strokes are caused by clots blocking blood flow in the brain and strokes are a leading cause of disability. Some ways to prevent or lower your risk of having a stroke is to stop smoking, limit alcohol,  maintain a healthy weight, eat plenty of veggies and fruit, and exercise. Also be sure you are managing your diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. Stress and depression can also contribute to the risk of a stroke.

    By looking at your own risk factors  of having a stroke and living a healthier lifestyle you can help reduce the odds of having a stroke. Be sure to review all of this with your health care professionals. Check with them before taking or changing supplements to see if they are right for you. Get regular checkups. Reach out to other professionals for help to improve your lifestyle.

    And it is never too late to change! Talk to your doctor and modify some things in your life!!

    Summer Formal Dinner Dance

    A yearly favorite. Our annual June dinner dance is a SUMMER FORMAL this year Friday, June 11th 5:00- 8:00pm.  This event is for anyone 55 and older. $20.00 per person.
    We are happy to welcome back DJ Gabe! Our menu is Shrimp cocktail, Wedge salad w/ bacon & blue cheese dressing, Grilled ribeye steak w/ garlic mustard sauce, Twice baked potato w/ sour cream & chives, Roasted parmesan broccoli and dessert. Limited to 50 persons.

     

     

     

     

    Our Coastal Café Take Out Menu

    Each meal is $5. Orders can be called in starting at 9 am the day of.
    At this time, we are only providing hot meals (NO soups, sandwiches, salad bar)
    Orders will be picked up curbside—just pull up-11:30am-12:30pm

    May 3   Monday – Baked Ham, Homestyle Black Eyed Peas and Vegetable

    May 4   Tuesday – Chicken Salad Sandwich, Potato Salad, Deviled Eggs and Side Salad

    May 5   Wednesday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Side Salad and Garlic Bread

    May 6   Thursday – Oven Fried Pork Chops, Potato Apple Au Gratin and Vegetable

    May 7   Friday – Crab Cakes, Roasted Potatoes and Vegetable

     

    COMMUNITY FIRST DINNER THURSDAY, MAY 6TH

    Our next COMMUNITY FIRST DINNER is THURSDAY, MAY 6TH from 4:00 -5:00 pm.

    The meal is PENNE RIGATONI WITH SAUCE AND MEATBALLS.  Yum!

    FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    THIS IS A DRIVE THRU STYLE AND CONTACTLESS SO WE ASK THAT YOU POP OPEN
    YOUR TRUNK SO MEALS CAN BE PLACED IN.

    COVID 19 MASKS ARE MANDATORY AT PICK UP

    May 2021- FROM THE DESK OF MARY JO RILEY

    In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in
    their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again in Groton as
    friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other.
    In our community, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their
    experiences, successes, and difficulties, they have built resilience that helps them to
    face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.
    Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of
    Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Communities of Strength,
    recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and
    engagement that build strong, resilient communities.
    Strength is built and shown not only by bold acts, but also small ones of day-to-day life – a conversation shared
    with a friend, working in the garden, trying a new recipe, or taking time for a cup of tea on a busy day. And when
    we share these activities with others—even virtually or by telling about the experience later—we help them build
    resilience too.
    This year, our Groton Senior Center celebrates Older Americans Month by encouraging community members to
    share their experiences. Together, we can find strength—and create a stronger future.
    Here are some ways to share and connect:
     Look for joy in the everyday: Celebrate small moments and ordinary pleasures by taking time to recognize them. Start a
    gratitude journal and share it with others via social media, or call a friend or family member to share a happy moment
    or to say thank you.
     Reach out to neighbors: Even if you can’t get together in person right now, you can still connect with your neighbors.
    Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores, or deliver a home cooked meal.
     Build new skills: Learning something new allows us to practice overcoming challenges. Take an art course online or try
    a socially distanced outdoor movement class to enjoy learning with others in your community. Have a skill to share?
    Find an opportunity to teach someone, even casually.
     Share your story: There’s a reason storytelling is a time-honored activity. Hearing how others experience the world
    helps us grow. Interviewing family, friends, and neighbors can open up new conversations and strengthen our
    connections.
    When people of different ages, backgrounds, abilities, and talents share experiences—through action, story, or
    service—we help build strong communities. And that’s something to celebrate! Please join the Groton Senior
    Center in strengthening our community.