Spring cleaning? Consider doing a medication clean up as well

Zee Chevalier reports from the Clinton Seniors' Centre.

Zee Chevalier

 

“For every person who has ever lived there has come, at last, a spring he will never see. Glory then in the springs that are yours.” (Pam Brown)

 

Spring is a miraculous experience. The whole world comes alive after the winter, in which it seemed that everything was dead. Beneath the cold, hard ground the plants and trees were preparing for rebirth.

Spring gives us hope for rejuvenation in our own lives; a time to renew the excitement and zest for life that lives inside. Temperatures are slowly moving from miserable to tolerable. Spring cleaning has begun in many homes, and we look forward eagerly to new beginnings, fresh starts, and the beauty of this time of year.

If spring suggests new beginnings, how about scheduling a medication check-up with your doctor or pharmacist? This should be done about every six months or at least once a year to help get the most benefit from your medicines and to reduce your risk of complications.

A pharmacist will update your medication list and identify any concerns. Why should you schedule a medication check-up? It will help make sure you are taking the right medicine at the right dose at the right time. Also do a medicine cabinet safety check. Always keep medicines in a cool, dry place where children can’t see or reach them, and get rid of expired medications by taking them to your pharmacy, where they can be disposed of properly.

Daylight Savings Time begins March 13. Spring forward!

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and March 19 is the official first day of spring; it also marks the day of Earth Hour. On that day turn off your lights and unplug your electronic devices. Going off the grid from 8:30–9:30pm shows your commitment to responsibly managing our energy resources.

Every year during Earth Hour, millions of people around the world join together to highlight the urgent need to address climate change. There are 196 nations willing to heed the world’s call to act together with urgency to address climate change. The worst effects of a warming world have to be stopped. Together we can create a future where people and nature thrive side by side.

Easter Sunday is March 27. Will winter have lost its grip by then?

The Foot Clinic will be held Thursday, March 10 in the Clinton Seniors’ Centre at 217 Smith Avenue. There will be two nurses to attend to your foot-care needs. To book an appointment or to discuss your foot health, call Colleen Thom, RN CAFCN, at 1-250-819-1632.

A free Tax Preparation Clinic will be held every Friday for several weeks from 10:00am–2:00pm at the Clinton Seniors’ Centre. For information or to book an appointment call Yvette at (250) 459-7725.

Cards and games are held on Tuesday at 1:00pm in the centre. Some seniors like to play Canasta while others have been enjoying Yahtzee or Chicken Feet using coloured dominoes, an easy card game called Golf, or a great word game called Quiddlers. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of games and coffee!

The next regular General meeting of the Clinton Seniors’ Association will be held at the centre on March 17 following a 12:00 noon lunch. Come and join us!

Memories of the Volunteer Recognition Night on Feb. 13 will stay with me forever, because of special guests, friends, and family; good food and wine; beautiful flowers, engraved plaques, and a service medal; and good wishes and accolades from so many.

Thank you to the Village of Clinton, the Spirit of Clinton Committee, and to everyone who nominated me for Citizen of the Year for 2015. To be recognized as such is both humbling and thrilling; such a wonderful surprise, and such a gratifying experience. Many thanks!

Happy March birthdays to Eleanor Pigeon (March 25) and Mary Burrage and Alice Crosson, both on March 27.

“He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.” (Plato)

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