Annual senior event features picnic at city’s Point Park

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A “Senior Picnic at the Point” is the theme for the 2012 Carroll County Senior Event tomorrow evening.

We invite all senior citizens to participate in an evening of fun, good food, games and entertainment plus enjoy socializing with old friends and meeting new. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. followed by a delicious picnic served at 5:30 p.m.

Guests may participate in games or just sit back and enjoy the music. We also invite our guests to have a photo taken as a remembrance of the evening.

Any senior wishing to dress up in old-fashioned or other special picnic attire may participate in the “best dressed man” and “best dressed lady” contest and have the chance to win a special prize.

You do not need to dress in costume.

We will also honor the oldest person attending with a special gift.

If you have a favorite senior friend — or a mother or father who might be of an age to be our “oldest senior” and would love to attend, please bring or arrange for them to attend this year’s Senior Event.     

Anybody needing transportation may call the Carroll County Senior Center at (502) 732-7026 to arrange to be picked up and taken home.

We invite you to bring your own lawn chairs for more comfort if you wish. One important note – even though this is an election year, no politicking will be allowed at the Senior Event.

If you have questions, please call the Carroll County Extension office at (502) 732-7030.

Water: The Forgotten Nutrient

With all the talk about protein, carbohydrates, and fat, it’s easy to forget about the most important nutrient — the one that makes up 55-75 percent of your body weight and plays a role in everything your body does every day.

Water plays a starring role in every cell, organ, and system in your body. It makes up all body fluids, acts as a lubricant and protectant, aids in digestion and elimination of waste from the body and it regulates body temperature.

How much water should I drink daily?

In general, men need at least 12 cups of fluid daily, while women require at least nine cups.

Hydration is important for seniors since they are less active and might not feel thirsty; additionally, getting enough fluids, along with adequate fiber, helps prevent constipation.

Why so much?

Your body loses 8-12 cups of water every day and this needs to be replaced. Some factors, which increase your fluid needs even more include exercise, hot weather, low humidity, high altitude, a high fiber diet and increased fluid losses (from caffeine and alcohol intake).

Healthy water habits:

• Start the morning off right by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up (before coffee).

• Carry a water bottle wherever you go so you are not tempted to grab sodas and other sugared beverages.

• Switch to sugar-free coffee, tea or sodas. Caffeine free is also a good idea.

• Order water with lemon at restaurants.

• Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack.

• If you’re at home, keep a half-gallon pitcher of water in the refrigerator.

• Set goals for yourself. For example, one cup of coffee then switch to tea or water. Stick with tea instead of soda.

This information was printed by permission from Food and Health Communications, Hollis Bass, MEd, RD

Dates of interest

Thursday, Sept. 13:Carroll County Senior Event “Picnic at the Point.” Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Meal at 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 and 15:RiverView Farmers Market. Wednesday afternoons on the Old Courthouse lawn, in downtown Carrollton and Saturday mornings at Hometown Pizza on Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.