The Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford Daffodil Month & Dementia 041019

April is Daffodil month for the Canadian Cancer Society. Please buy and wear the Daffodil which helps fund their research, support and advocacy programs.

Call 613- 932-1283 in Cornwall for more information.

The Canadian Cancer Society would probably be grateful for volunteers also.

Here is an old photo from the family album of the British- American Oil Company tanker which seems to be travelling here through our Cornwall canal. Date unknown.

The BA was founded in 1906 in Toronto by Albert Leroy Ellsworth.

According to the web site which has interesting information on the company which later was known as Gulf Canada.

Remember the musicals of the 50’s? I heard a few old songs lately and thought about all the fun we had watching the movies and listening to so many great songs.

The list is extensive according to a web site. Remember : Singing in the Rain, The King and I, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ( according to Marilyn Monroe), Calamity Jane, Brigadoon, Show Boat, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, A Star is Born, Guys and dolls, Carousel, Hans Christian Andersen, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, to mention only a few.

Singers and dancers such as: Doris Day, Gordon McRae, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Cyd Carisse, Fred Astaire, Van Johnson, Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Mario Lanza, Gene Nelson, Dan Dailey, Fernando Lamas, Danny Kaye, Ester Williams and Howard Keel.

We loved the Glenn Miller story with Jimmie Stewart and June Allyson. When we came out of the shows we were still singing one of the songs. It was great. And who can forget Elvis in the movie “Jailhouse Rock”??? Those were the days.

With our stressful world today we could use a few more wonderful musicals and also comedies, for sure.

A recent newsletter from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario states that in the next five minutes another Canadian will be diagnosed with dementia and if the current trends continue, Alzheimer’s threatens to devastate countless more families and bankrupt our healthcare system.

However the newsletter also states that we can do something to make a difference by donating today. It says that donations will help develop and sustain programs and services that enhance the quality of life of those affected by the disease and other dementia as well and fund new research that will bring us closer to a future without dementia.

Here are the warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease with some examples from one of their pamphlets:

1) Memory loss that affects daily activities: forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.

2) Difficulty performing familiar tasks: forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life.

3) Problems with language: forgetting or substituting words that don’t fit the context.

4) Disorientation in time or space: not knowing what day it is or getting lost in a familiar place.

5) Impaired judgment: not recognising a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.

6) Problems with abstract thinking: having difficulty balancing a chequebook or not understanding numbers.

7) Misplacing things: putting things in strange places like a dress in the fridge or a watch in a sugar bowl.

8) Changes in mood or behaviour: exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick tempered.

9) Changes in personality: behaving out of character, becoming confused, suspicious or fearful.

10) Loss of initiative: losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.

For more information please visit the Alzheimer Society’s or in Cornwall call 613 -932-4914 or visit their office at 106 Second Street West.

It is hard to know what to watch on TV these days with all the sports. Curling, the Special Olympics, football, golf, basketball, hockey, soccer, skating, skiing, snowboarding and baseball.

The Jays had their opening game lately and it is ‘Play Ball’ from now on.

I often wonder how some of those curlers get so much time off work to play in the tournaments, not only in Canada but abroad as well. And they are not exactly the highest paid of our athletes, it seems. Good sponsors, I guess.

Some seniors were asking if we were going to have an Armchair/Wheelchair Tai Chi class again.

We had one some time ago but we would need a new instructor. If anyone knows a trained teacher in this form of Tai Chi, please let us know.

Here is that Tiger cat on my housecoat again. I can’t leave it for one second on the bed or he pounces on it right away and doses off.

My housecoats are’ wash and wear’, then a Tiger’s bed, then wash and wear again. What a big baby!! Anyone want a cat??? Cheap!!

No, just kidding – he’s too precious.!!

Here is a joke from a reader:

John, a jogger, is running down a country road and is startled when a horse yells at him, “Hey – come over here, buddy.”

John is stunned but still runs over to the fence where the horse is standing and asks, “Were you talking to me?”

The horse replies, “Sure was!! Man, have I got a problem. I won the Kentucky Derby a few years ago and this farmer bought me and now all I do is pull a plough and I am sick of it.

Why don’t you run up to the house and offer him $10,000 to buy me. I’ll make some money because I can still run.”

John thought to himself, “Wow. A talking horse.” Dollar signs start appearing in his head. So he runs to the house and finds the old rancher sitting on the porch.

John tells the farmer,” Hey, man. I will give you $10,000 for that old broken down nag you have in the field.”

The farmer replies, “Son, you can’t believe a word that horse says. He’s never even been to Kentucky.”

Have a good week, Dawn

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