Daily Life, July 1, 2015

Parkinson?s group to focus on meds

?General Information about Common Medications Used to Treat Parkinson?s Disease? is the topic for the next meeting of the Parkin?son?s Disease Support Group offered through Prairie View.

The group will meet from 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, in the community room at Prairie View, 1102 Hospital Drive in McPherson.

David McDonald, a licensed psychologist, leads the group. It is open to anyone interested in Parkin?son?s disease, including caregivers and care receivers.

For information about this support group, phone 620-245-5000 or 800-992-6292.

Tai chi classes open for July, August

The Marion County Department on Aging is offering learn-as-you-follow Tai Chi classes this summer.

The class in Hillsboro will meet at 8 a.m. each Thursday starting July 2 and continuing through August at Memorial Park.

The Marion class will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday starting July 2 and continuing through August at the Marion Senior Center.

Tai chi is slow, flowing motions that improve balance, stretch and strengthen muscles while lowering blood pressure and heart rate.

It is an excellent exercise for those looking to get back into an exercise program or simply to release stress, according to Gayla Ratzlaff, department coordinator.

The class will last 20 to 30 minutes. There is no charges.

Movies Wednesday at Marion Library

During the month of July, movies will be shown at the Marion City Library in the Santa Fe Room. The start time is 2:30 p.m. July 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Movies are for children of all ages, but those under age 8 should be accompanied by an adult.

Movies are rated PG and run about 90 minutes long.

For titles and other information, call the library at 620-382-2442.

Relay supporters will walk in parade

Organizers of the Marion County Relay for Life invite supporters of the event to walk as a group in the Fourth of July parade in Peabody Saturday.

Walkers are encouraged wear a Survivor shirt, any Relay shirt or dress up in a colorful 1980s ?New Wave? outfit. As they walk, they will be handing out fliers about the Relay For Life event.

Walkers are asked to meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Peabody High School parking lot; the parade starts at 5 p.m.

Relay participants from any team are welcomed. Organizers are planning to invite walkers to participate in the Marion County Fair parade later this month in Hillsboro.

Commodities arrive at senior centers

Government surplus commodities are arriving at senior centers in Marion County Wednesday, July 8. Each site will distribute them according to its schedule and may not distribute that day.

Check with local site for distribution schedule. For Lehigh residents, commodities should be picked up at Main Street Ministries.

It there are no commodities left at someone?s designated site, persons are asked to call the Marion County Department on Aging at 620-382-3580 to find out where commodities are available.

The commodities are for persons meeting income eligibility requirements.

To be eligible for commodities, a household?s total monthly income must be below $1,276 for one individual; $1,726 for two; $2,177 for 3; $2,628 for four and $3,078 for five.

Effective April 1, each additional family member should add $451. For more information, 620-382-3580.