Never too Old to Learn

Classroom 302 at the Cary Senior Center will be the location of a new computer class called: Never too Old to Learn. There are literally 100’s of free classes on the internet that you could be utilizing. This class is to teach you where to find them and how to use them as an educational resource. The class will be from 1:30 pm to 4pm Thursday, March 14th. This is a great opportunity to get some hands on work with a computer.

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Money Saving Tips and Tricks

Whether you are retired or still trying to save up, the worry of money is always present. You want to make sure that you have enough saved up, but how can  you cut a few corners  to help make  that happen? Lucky for you we have a few tips and tricks that can help you save a few dollars here and there along the way.

1. Senior discounts – This one is something that many seniors look forward to. Here on Cary Seniors there is a tab that tells you of different retail stores and restaurants that have a senior discount. Some have certain days that you can get a discount and others are 24/7 deals  you could be missing out on!

2. Don’t wait to shop the week of – Pick out presents for birthdays and Christmas as the year goes on. The holidays is a great time to stack up on wrapping paper and boxes throughout the year, but sometimes the things that catch your eye are available for much cheaper during the summer as opposed to the holiday season. Also, if you use a computer, look into doing some online shopping. Deals online can be more helpful than those in the store, especially when it comes to Cyber Monday. Don’t try to fight the crowds after Thanksgiving, wait until the following Monday when all online stores have super discounts and usually free shipping as well!

3. Discourage extra spending – A list can be your best weapon when you go to the grocery store. The list only told you eggs and milk, but here you are coming home with four or more bags! Stop impulsive shopping by just getting the essentials that you need. Also, try to not eat out as often. It would be best to buy in bulk and use those items at home as opposed to spending $20 a meal at a fast food or sit down restaurant.

4. Finally, cut corners literally! – There is always more toothpaste in the tube, that is not a figure of speech. Snip off the end of the tube to get to that last bit. You’ll be surprised how much toothpaste you have  thrown away over the years! When doing laundry, use less than recommended. Most times, the bottle tells you to use more and therefore send you back to the store for another bottle. Finally, don’t be too proud to ask for essentials. When it comes to the holidays, your family has good intentions but knowing what to buy the person gets difficult as they get older. Make a list of food items you purchase regularly, include brand names or even the type of shampoo and soap you prefer. Your family can make you a lovely gift basket with all your essential, at no cost to you!

NC Triangle Area Chinese Singers Club

Launched in Spring 2008 by Xiaojuan Wang, the RTP Chinese Singers Club has grown to 5 professional and 30 amateur singers. They have become a very active group in the research triangle area, attracting much attention and participation from Chinese friends. They will be at the Cary Senior Center on Saturday, February 2nd and again on April 6th from 2 pm until 4 pm. Come out to meet and hear this amazing group of performers.

Location: 120 Maury O’Dell Place

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Battle of the Cattle

Seebold

Helen Seebold is seen pictured with her art, part of Cow Parade NC, named Night-N-Day (aka Nadia). Night-N-Day will be auctioned to benefit UNC Children’s Hospital on February 2nd. The “Battle for the Cattle” tickets are on sale now and the auction will be held at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center in Downtown Raleigh. You can purchase your ticket now through a link on the website featured here.

Seebold is an established artist in Cary, NC. Her studio, Little Flower Art, holds work that has been shown all over from New York to Connecticut to our own Raleigh, NC. Check out her exhibit 101 Masks at 108 Morris Street in Durham, NC.

Location:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Living Healthy

Are you looking to turn your life around in terms of health?
Cary Senior Center is offering a six week class series called Living Healthy.
Learn how to deal with fatigue, frustration, isolation, pain, etc.
You will also be taught how to properly manage your medications, eat healthy, effective communication skills and so much more.
This class is looking for seniors who will be willing to participate for this free series.
Meetings are every Thursday from 9 am until 11:30 am staring January 31st. See you there!

Location: Ballroom I

Phone: (919) 469-4081

Living Alone

Living alone is a great source of independence, but it can also come with a lot of work. I have a few tips to help you keep yourself on top of things and make your home for senior-safe.

1. Organize – Have a special place for all your essential items. Know where your list of phone numbers is, your wallet, medical cards, appointment cards and medications. Having a set area for each will help keep you organized so no appointments are missed and all medications are taken on time.

2. Have a Back Up System – This system does not have to be all that complex. Keep back up supplies in your house in case the power goes out or a storm leaves you stuck in-doors or a couple days. Things to always have ready: batteries, candles, matches, flashlights, canned foods, paper products, bottled water and maintain a well stocked freezer. These will give you and your family peace of mind in case anything happens.

3. Connect in your Community – Make it part of your routine to stop by the local senior center. Learn about different events going on and socialize with some new friends. You don’t have to end up spending all day every day there, but it is a great resource for seniors to use. Also, get to know your neighbors. Again, you don’t have to always interact with them or become best friends, but getting used to the daily routines around you can be helpful to you as well. If you ever need some sort of assistance, you know you can call Miss Kelly next door to watch Spot if you are going to get groceries or help carry those groceries in if she sees you struggling.

4. Make your Home Safe – Have a security system in your house that you are comfortable using. Replace mats in the bathroom with ones that have grips or even that extra railing so that both sides of the staircase are covered. Purchase an emergency bracelet and pendent to wear around your wrist and neck. The medical bracelet will help if you get lost or fall in a public place. The pendant can help you alert emergency services if you have fallen in your home and cannot get up. Also, have a system with family if they live nearby. Call them if you are going out and make sure you call back when you return home. This way, if they try to contact you and there is no answer, they will know that you simply stepped out for a carton of milk.