Senior Centers

 

Fort Worth Texas

Healthy happy aging certainly does start with each of us, but we don’t have to do it alone. Do you know that Fort Worth has at least sixteen (16) Senior Center locations throughout the city geared toward meeting the needs of its older adults? Some centers even serve nutritious meals. Sometimes it’s more fun to eat with others than to eat alone, and who doesn’t like to take a mini-vacation from cooking. The meal menus are created by a registered dietician, and provide well-planned, balanced food that meets 1/3 of the recommended daily dietary allowance for adults. There is no income eligibility and no cost for the meals, but small donations, usually two dollars, are always welcome.That’s not going to break anyone, Annie hopes, but if you don’t have it, you won’t be turned away.

There are weekly activities designed to enhance and sustain physical, mental and emotional wellness, including health, fitness, education, arts, volunteerism, excursions, and recreational programs. Who wants to sit home and vegetate?

By providing transportation to local senior centers and beyond, seniors gain access to community resources, including meals, grocery shopping, social activities, and access to a local pharmacy. Even if you don’t have a car handy, you can still get around town.

If you want to make a difference in Fort Worth and feel more connected to our city, you can do some volunteer work as arranged through the Centers. This service matches seniors with volunteer opportunities in senior centers as well as various hospitals, nonprofit organizations, city government, and school districts. Volunteer training, social and recognition events, and personalized attention help us seniors make a positive difference in so many ways. Mama always said it’s good to give back.

Contact Senior Citizen Services by calling (817) 413-4949. You can reach Marcus Rockwell who is the Center Operations Manager via e-mail at mrockwell@scstc.org. Be sure to ask where your closest Senior Citizen Center is located. Annie’s is Casa, 3201 Sondra (76107), which is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Annie Ambles explores some Senior Citizen Centers

Shrimply Irresistible

Who among us is a shrimp lover? Yes, Annie sees those hands going up all across Texas and maybe even as far away as Florida. Annie loves eating them, especially if they are peeled and deveined with tails still there to get a grip. Then, she’s ready to eat ’em by diving into her favorite gumbo, scampi, or just straight from the boiling pot. Well, you can get P&D Shrimp 21/25 count for only $9.99/pound right now at Central Market and eat ’em for yourself. That’s a savings of $8/pound, and you don’t have to go all the way to Aruba to get them.

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While you’re there at I-30 and Hulen in Fort Worth, you may want to take the New Orleans Steakhouse cooking class, Friday, May 13, 6:30-9:00 PM. Call 817-989-4700 for details, including the cost. You’ll spend some time in the kitchen learning to make a delicious meal inspired by the best of the Crescent City. What’s cooking? Oysters Bienville, Muffaletta Salad, Steak with Crawfish Bordelaise, Creamy Grits with Corn and Anduillo Sausage, and Classic Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. Rumor has it that you’ll eat what you cook. Let Annie know.

Before you take the class, you may want to sit on the patio this Friday, May 13, at 6 PM to hear a free musical treat of dueling pianos played by Tim Georgeff and Mississippi Street Thomas. They’ll be playing until 9 PM. Park on the huge lot for free, too.

Annie Ambles to Central Market for food and music

Cinco de Mayo Lunch

The theme for our May first Friday  Y luncheon is Cinco de Mayo or Mexican Celebration! After we eat, we’ll play bingo and enjoy one another’s company. Annie hopes to win one of the prizes, but she’ll be happy to go home with a full tummy and pleasant memories.

According to Wikipedia, “Cinco de Mayo (pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]; Spanish for “May 5th”, or literally, “Five of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.”

Now you have the facts. Come on all you lovely senior citizens who frequent the downtown YMCA on Lamar. Friday, May 6 is our Potluck Luncheon. Gather in the large meeting room on the second floor across from the Wellness Studio at 11:30 AM to put out the dish you have brought to share. Please plan to have it serve 6-8 people. Happy eating!

Annie Ambles to the Y for First Friday Potluck Luncheon

 

 

May Expo for Senior Citizens

You’ll want to register for the 4th. Annual Senior Synergy Expo before April 28 to guarantee a free box lunch and parking. Call 817-884-1234 to register, or register online, like Annie just did, at http://www.SeniorSynergyExpo.com. Annie has been to one of these events and had a great time.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Cigna invite you to come to the Expo to learn about the services available in Tarrant County that empower boomers, seniors, and caregivers to live a healthier lifestyle. Sounds like a really good thing to do. You just need to be 50 or older or a caregiver to get in.

The Expo opens at 8 AM on Thursday, May 5, at the Will Rogers-Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, in Fort Worth 76107. It’ll continue until 1:30 PM. There are free health screenings like dental, blood pressure, vision testing, fall risk/balance assessment, mammograms and many more. The keynote lunch speaker is Ana Martinez from Facebook who will discuss online safety and privacy issues. Workshops include Healthy Cooking Demos, Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse, and Aging Gracefully. Now, I ask you. Who doesn’t want to age gracefully? I’m all ears.

More than 100 exhibitors will fill the Exhibits Hall with new or favorite products. Participants usually receive bags that can be filled with all kinds of free goodies and samples. But, you won’t have the chance to be there unless you pre-register.

Annie Ambles registers for the Senior Synergy Expo

 

 

 

Yoga at Sundance Square

Sundance Square Yoga and Boot Camp

The TV weather folks are predicting a beautiful Saturday with sunshine and nice temperature. It’s about time, don’t you think? Even the next day, they are saying we’ve going to be having more rain, but why worry. Just concentrate on being at Fort Worth’s Sundance Square at 8:30 AM, Saturday, April 23, for a free group yoga class. Yes, yes, Annie knows that it’s early, but you can do it.  If you missed today’s session, plan on coming to the next one in two weeks on May 7 and every other Saturday through June.

Bring your mat, towel, and water, even family and friends. Kick that body into high gear as you prepare for the weekend. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, this class is for all levels. After you exercise, you can reward yourself with breakfast at the new Yolk cafe or at the Corner Bakery (love those cinnamon buns). Get a fruit smoothie right there on the Square or a cup of coffee–your choice.

Stick around until 10:30 to walk over to Bass Hall for a tour where you’ll go on stage, back stage, on all the levels, and out on the balcony to commune with the angels. It’s a fun 30-45 minutes, and it’s a free every Saturday event.

While you’re downtown, you may want to walk through the new H & M store that’s in the old Barnes and Noble space, or you can take a free tour of the Sid Richardson Western Museum to see the Lonesome Dove exhibit.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square

 

Live Music

Aw, come on. Get out of the house and go out. Live a little and enjoy some live music Friday, April 22,  when Latin Express plays for your listening pleasure at Central Market, 4651 West Freeway (I-30 and Hulen) for three whole hours 6-9 PM. The group plays Tejano, Salsa, and Funk. Should be fun, and it’s free. Bring a lawn chair, if you like, and enjoy the fun on the patio in front of the store. There’s plenty of parking in the store’s lot.

If you can’t make it for the Friday music, you’ll be able to hear Spanish Fly play Tejano and more music Saturday, April 23, 5:30-9 PM. The good people at Central Market are giving us free musical treats for our ears as well as providing fine groceries for our tummies. Please thank the staff for making all this possible.

Annie is not pushing Central Market, but does want to let you know that the Fort Worth Cooking School is offering a “Seafood from South of the Border” class on Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-9:00 PM. It’s a hands-on class where you can spend a few hours learning to make some quick and easy dishes. Like what you ask? Well, like Camarones al Guajillo con Nopales (shrimp with quick-fried cactus paddles), Filetes de Pescado a la Campechana (fish fillets with tomato, habanero and corn); Red Snapper, Vera Cruz style, and Mejillones con Cilantro (mussels with cilantro). These are mouth-watering dishes that you can learn to make at home. Sorry, but there is a charge for the class. Call 817.989.4700 to make inquiries.

Annie Ambles to Central Market for the music and groceries

Keeping Your Kitchen Safe

Annie never would have thought that the kitchen is more dangerous than a bathroom, but maybe it’s so. According to the April AARP Bulletin, here are some strategies that you can use to keep your kitchen a safer place.

Pay close attention to your pots and pans. In 2014 more than 32,00 people were hurt while cooking. They suffered burns as well as cuts from shattering glass pans. Please use kitchen mitts and remember that you don’t take glass dishes directly from the freezer and put them in the over. Never ever add liquid when a glass pan is piping hot. More than likely it will shatter. Talk about having a meal destroyed. That will do it. If you’re frying, keep a lid nearby to smother any grease fire.

Enjoy those bagels? Annie does, too, and is careful not to cut her hand or fingers when trying to slice one. Buy them pre-sliced, or, better yet, buy a bagel slicer. They are relatively inexpensive.

Harmful germs in marinade or food can multiply quickly at room temperature. Keep your marinating food in the refrigerator, not out on the counter.

You’d think using a dishwasher would be pretty safe, but people forget to place utensils with the sharp ends down. Don’t rush to put things away; wait for the machine to cool before emptying it.

You may be tempted to save energy costs by setting the refrigerator and freezer at slightly higher temps, but you’ll be welcoming bacteria if you do. The best temperature for the fridge is 40 degrees, while the freezer needs to be set at 0 degrees.

Mother always told us to rinse our fruits and vegetables. She’s right. We can use a brush to get the dirt off and rinse them under running water. This cleaning method is even more effective than using a commercial produce wash. Who knew?

One last hint on how best to deal with three germ magnets is to zap moist sponges for two minutes in the microwave, soak facet screens in bleach solutions, and remove and wash stove knobs in hot soapy water.

If you adopt these ideas, you’ll have a much safer kitchen.

Annie Ambles strives to make her kitchen safe