Out and About – Week of January 10th

We just celebrated our New Year ten days ago. The Chinese New Year will be celebrated at the Oaks Enrichment Center, in Sturgis, on Wednesday, January 26. All are invited to come and enjoy a catered meal of Chinese food. The Oaks Enrichment Center is located at 306 North Franks Avenue in Sturgis. There will be a 50/50 drawing and plenty of door prizes. Tickets must be purchased by this Friday, January 14. Cost of tickets is $15 per person. The fun begins at 5 PM. For more information, please contact the Oaks Enrichment Center at www.sjccoa.com or phone the center at 1-800-641-9899.

“What Moses brought down from Mount Sinai were not the ten suggestions.” ~ Ted Koppel

With 2021 now in the history books, it’s time to start thinking about getting last year’s taxes filed. Most of us are still waiting for our 2021 tax statements to arrive, so until they do, we should be getting our financial records in order so that our returns can be completed. Now days, it’s pretty easy to do our own tax returns by computer. I still feel better having a professional run the numbers.

AARP volunteer tax preparers will be available beginning January 10 at both Commission on Aging centers in Three Rivers and Sturgis. Please don’t call for an appointment before January 10. There are a few changes from past years. They include:

Make an appointment, bring all of your paperwork to the appointment, then wait in a different area while your taxes are being prepared.
You are required to stay in the building while your taxes are being worked on.
When giving your preparer your paperwork, masks are required.
Bring your W-2, a 1099R, your drivers license and social security card and the previous year’s tax return.
Appointments will be available in Sturgis on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9AM until noon. In Three Rivers, appointments will be available on Thursdays from 9AM until noon. Appointments will be scheduled from Tuesday, February 1 through Thursday, April 14.

You may call for an appointment at (269) 279-8083.

As you age, it’s common to experience some type of hearing loss. In most cases, it occurs gradually, and you might not notice it at first. About one-third of the people here in the United States, between the ages of 65 and 75 have some degree of hearing loss. Approximately one in two people over the age of 75 have some degree. Once you experience loss of hearing, you’ll never get it all back.

There are three types of hearing loss:

Conductive (involves outer and middle ear)
Sensorineural (involves inner ear)
Mixed (combination of loss involving the inner, middle and outer ear)
To preserve your hearing, wear ear protection when around loud noises, such as power equipment.

Next week, I’ll share information concerning signs and symptoms of hearing loss.

“Shaving brush was like old Rover. When he died, he died all over.” ~ BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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