This month it’s time to laugh — and that is best done with others. April is National Humor Month. All of us have heard that “laughter is the best medicine,” but did you know that laughter has physical health, mental health and social benefits? For example, laughter can boost your immune system, decrease pain, relieve stress, and strengthen relationships.
My mother, a long-time subscriber to Reader’s Digest, kept all the past issues of the magazine so she would be able to read the jokes as she aged. She wanted to always be able to laugh.
Join us for one or more of our programs at the Urbana Senior Center as we laugh ourselves to better physical and mental health and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some highlights of our April programs:
April 16, 6:30 p.m.
This presentation, offered by the Postal Inspection Service, includes tips on how to spot the schemes as well as what to do if someone becomes a victim. You are welcome to join us for pizza at 5:30 p.m.
Coffee and Donuts
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.
Stop by the center and have a donut and coffee with other seniors. According to an article in Psychology Today, “a tasty chocolate covered donut first thing in the morning is going to provide your brain with everything it needs to pay attention and learn new things.”
Omelet Bar/Ask Nurse Steve
April 17, Noon
Omelets created to order! Choose from a variety of ingredients to make lunch your way. Nurse Steve’s talk will be “How do our five senses change as we age?”
Fiddler on the Roof (Toby’s Dinner Theatre Columbia)
April 24, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us for this matinee. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler on the Roof” touches audiences with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Cost: $75 per person.
Mobile Information and Assistance (I&A)
April 10, 10 a.m.
A team from Maryland Food Bank, Energy Assistance and the Department of Aging will visit the center to provide information, answer questions and complete applications for SNAP (food stamps), energy assistance and Medicare subsidies. This program is offered the second Wednesday of each month.
This fair will be held at the Department of Aging. Check www.freerickcountymd.gov/aging for more information.
Blood Pressure Screening
April 9 and 23, 1 p.m.
Stop in for a blood pressure check!
Exercise to Video
Mondays – Thursdays, 1 a.m.
Come exercise with us! These videos are made especially for seniors.
Mondays, 10 a.m., and Tuesdays, 1 p.m.
Come to knit, crotchet or just talk. This is an informal group whose members help each other with projects, patterns and learning new skills.
May 1, By appointment
Attorneys will be at the senior center to assist with the completion of Health Care Advance Directives. Make your appointment today for this free service.
Ways to a Healthier Heart
May 2, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This health fair, focusing on the heart, is organized by the Towson University School of Nursing. It will be held at the Department of Aging.
Drop-in Any Time
Drop-in anytime we are open to use our computers, play a game, have a cup of coffee or tea, read the newspaper or chat with other seniors.
Free WiFi and computers, with high-speed Internet access, are available for use any time the center is open.
Each month we publish a complete schedule of our programs. Copies of the monthly calendar are available at the senior center at 9020 Amelung Street (bottom floor of the library building), via phone at 301.600.7020 or at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/aging. Also, to read more about laughter and its health benefits, go to www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm.
Editor’s Note: Susan Hofstra is coordinator of the Urbana Senior Center, Frederick County Department of the Aging.