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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Senior Voices – True Confession


Cheers to good health!

As some of you know, our Senior Task Force has been on a mission to not use the cement bumpers in front of parking spaces. Tall posts, called bollards, are so much safer for all people, including folks using wheel chairs and walkers. After my fall over one of the cement bumpers, and 27 stitches later on my forehead, I’ve been really super careful.

However—and here comes the embarrassing confession—I fell over a 4-inch diameter log in front of my tires in my own garage. The log has been there for years, and I never thought about it until after I fell.

So 9-1-1, and an ambulance ride to Edward confirmed a femur fracture. Following that was surgery and three days at Edward, then two weeks at Marianjoy, then home. However, four days later excruciating pain sent me back to Edward Emergency Room and then two weeks to Tabor Hills. Now home.

The reason I confess is to ask all you to not be as stupid as I was. My kids and all felt guilty that they never thought about using a string and a tennis ball as many people do. But the log had been there for so many years, it never dawned on us. So please, please, don’t let this happen to you.

Register for Free 2020 Silver CPR Classes

Happy to report that our Senior Task Force (STF), along with the Fire Department, has given 140 seniors the Free Silver CPR classes. We already are taking reservations for them in 2020. If you wish to get your reservation in for 2020, visit www.naperville.enrollware.com/schedule and select “CPR for Seniors” toward the bottom of the page. Class size is limited to 25 per session, so sign up quickly as they fill up fast.

Ride Assist Naperville (RAN) seeks volunteer drivers

Also, I’m happy to report our RAN program has given its 2,000th ride for seniors to medical appointments. We would do more rides for seniors if we had more drivers, male or female. We have had to turn down some riders. Please help us! It is really fun and you can do it on your own time.

Here’s wishing all my readers and friends an upcoming year of good health and peace!

Chuckle Time: A new survey states that 80 percent of men help cooking the Christmas dinner. Does saying, “Mmmm. That smells good!” count as helping?

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Bev Patterson Frier
Bev Patterson Frierhttp://napervill.il.us
Bev Patterson Frier was co-founder of the Senior Task Force with Karen Courney. Their efforts led to RAN, Ride Assist Naperville. Bev hails from Anderson, Ind., but the dedicated arts enthusiast boasts that Naperville is her family.