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Eating for Diabetes Prevention Friday, April 19, 11 a.m.

What role do fats and carbohydrates play in preventing or managing diabetes? Come learn the answer to this and other questions about diabetes prevention through diet at this month’s Food For Life class. Food for Life instructor Barbara Smith teaches monthly classes on cooking and eating for optimum health. Adults of all ages are invited to sign up. Each 1-hour class includes samples and take-home recipes. Barbara shares information about the benefits of the foods she prepares at each class. This month’s featured recipe is Fruited Breakfast Quinoa. Classes are free to attend. Please sign up in advance. Stop by the front desk, or give us a call at 208-608-7580.


National Health Care Decisions Day Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m.

What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to communicate for yourself? Who would communicate for you? What would you want them to know about your values and wishes? Honoring Choices® Idaho, along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making. Join us for an advance care planning conversation. Honoring Choices representatives will lead the discussion and offer a Q&A session. For more information, give us a call at 208-608-7580.


Mike Fritz: Explore the Salmon River Thursday, April 25, 10 a.m.

Join us on a journey of the headwaters of the Salmon River through the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the River of No Return Wilderness and where it meets the Snake River in Hells Canyon. The presentation will include a showing of Idaho’s Scenic Byways. No need to sign up. This free presentation is part of the Chat-n-Chew social group regular meetings every Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. The group invites two guest speakers each month. Everyone is invited to attend.


Learn to Draw with Teresa Thursday, April 25, 12:30 p.m.

Participants will learn to draw using the five elements of shape “to help us see like an artist. We will stretch our brains and embrace our creativity using pencil, pen, and markers. Come join us for an hour of fun!” Open to all levels and abilities. Please sign up for this free program at the front desk or by calling 208-608-7580.


Explore with Lifetime and Leisure

The Winter/Spring Activity Guide is now available and we have some great trips planned for the upcoming season. Lifetime and Leisure activities are social, educational and fitness-related programs for adults age 62 and older. Join us for an activity, meet new friends and leave the driving to us!

April 18: Schick Ostolasa Farmstead and Lunch We will stop first at the Dry Creek Mercantile for lunch, then travel on to the Schick Ostolasa Farmstead. This historic site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 for its regional significance as an outstanding example of early homesteading in Idaho, and 19th & 20th century agriculture in the West. Stop by the front desk or give us a call at (208) 608-7580 for details on cost and pick-up locations.

  >> Learn more about Lifetime and Leisure Activities offered through Boise Parks and Recreation.

Celebrate your special day with us!

Birthday Friday is on the second Friday of every month,
eginning at 11:30 a.m.

If your birthday falls within the month, we'll sing happy birthday to you and everyone else who is celebrating a birthday. You can also look forward to a delicious lunch (suggested donation is $4 per person), a special gift from Idaho Pizza, and a yummy birthday dessert made just for the occasion. No need to RSVP - your seat is ready for you!

For more information about programs and activities at the Dick Eardley Senior Center,
take a look at our monthly newsletter.

Active Living Every Day (ALED)

Winter/Spring session is February 5 to April 23
Dick Eardley Senior Center

ALED is a group-based behavior-change physical activity program developed at the Cooper Institute that focuses on helping sedentary people become and stay physically active.

Program philosophy:
Moderate amounts and intensities of physical activity result in significant health benefits. 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both, pay off big in terms of health benefits.
Lifestyle physical activity is an important alternative to more traditional fitness-center based exercise. Everyone is different; some people prefer a structured exercise program. But when you’re just starting out, in particular, lifestyle physical activity gets you moving without special equipment, and you can do it anywhere.
People are more likely to become and stay active when taught appropriate lifestyle skills based on their readiness to change. Wonder why you start a new program, then are right back where you started six months later? You haven’t changed your behavior. This program teaches you how to change.

How does it work?
Participants, about 20 people in a group, come together for one-hour weekly sessions for 12 weeks of education and discussion to learn skills (i.e., identifying and overcoming barriers, setting goals, creating an action plan) needed to become more physically active. A variety of moderate and vigorous physical activities are discussed in the program, giving the background for individuals to make their personal decisions the type and amount of exercise they want to do. Participants do their actual physical activity outside of the group setting. Facilitators (instructors) that teach the course are trained and certified. A participant book is used in conjunction with the course.

Who can participate?
Anyone interested in becoming physically active.

Cost to participate is $15R/$22.70NR. For more information or to sign up, call (208) 608-7583.


Are you interested in a memoir writing group?

Most seniors have lived interesting, inspirational, and sometimes challenging lives. Our experiences may range from struggles growing up during the Great Depression or WWII, or surviving family illness, divorce, and other life-altering events. We have had career, family, or aspirational adventures, and we would be remiss if we didn’t pass our stories on to our families and friends.

We are looking forming a group to encourage each other to tell our stories and to leave a written account of who we are and the experiences that shaped our lives. If you are interested in getting together every Thursday from 1-3 p.m., please call the Senior Center at 208-608-7580.

WHAT IS A MEMOIR? A brief, personal memory that expresses the thoughts and emotions experienced at the time.

WHY WRITE ONE? Refresh your memory of the events that influenced your life; Pass your memories on to family and friends; Share with your children, relatives and friends who you really are and describe the events that may have influenced their lives.

WHO CAN WRITE ONE? Anyone can write a memoir. You don’t need to be a writer. We don’t care about grammar or punctuation. We just want to offer you a place to tell and share your story.