I've done it yet again. I woke at 11:58 PM. I checked my BS level and it was 97. Perhaps that is the reason I was feeling very hungry. I gave myself a treat of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate covered Coconut Mango Bites. I hadn't tried them before. It was a good choice. Yes, there are 200 calories in a serving which consists of three pieces. They are very tasty and satisfying. I am very glad I have a whole package.
My friends stopped by last evening after picking up my prescriptions for me. We talked for a short while before they left. It is interesting how much my social world has shrunk with the change in the weather. I now go for several days at a time without speaking to another person. I used to talk with at least sixty persons each day. Life for me has taken a strange and often lonely turn.
I have begun to understand all the things I learned in my gerontology classes. Because I had worked in a senior center I had no idea that my concept of aging was so different from what really happens. We were taught that peoples world shrinks as they become less able to get around. I see that now. My problem is to figure out how to re-expand my world.
I loved the senior center where I worked because I found the participants to be "alive". They were always involved with something. Those with whom I was most familiar used their skills and talents to organize, stock and manage a gift shop. They attended pot lucks and created new dishes with the help of our in house chef. (He really was a qualified chef) We did all sorts of things to keep a young perspective.
Now, I am trying to do the same thing, but in a much less cosmopolitan area. There are no senior centers here that offer classes across a broad spectrum of interests. When I have visited the senior centers they have been small and with few areas or schedules for making things or learning new skills.
Our center in Alaska had classrooms for actual academic classes. There were two rooms in my arts and crafts department, one for dry crafts and the other for messy, wet crafts. There was a library, and a physical fitness department with a locker room and a hot tub in addition to the exercise room. We had a dining room where healthy meals were served every day and finally there was a huge meeting/event room where we held dances or programs. Our gift shop was a later addition and was placed in a tiny room that had a display window.
I can't begin to describe the energy I found there. The whole building seemed to vibrate as people there lived in celebration of life. I would like to find that sort of place again. As I search for a new home perhaps I should investigate the local senior centers to see if their outlook is as young and vibrant as I experienced in AnchorAge Senior Center.
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