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Older population continues to grow, thrive

Most of you know that my responsibility at the senior center is providing activities for people 55 or older. You probably already know we have an aging population. Here are some facts you may not know:

• The older population (65 or older) numbered 39.6 million in 2009, an increase of 4.3 million or 12.5 percent since 1999.

• The number of Americans aged 45-64 — who will reach age 65 over the next two decades — increased by 26 percent during this decade.

• More than one in every eight, or 12.9 percent, of the population is an older American.

• Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.9 years for females and 17.2 years for males).

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• Older women outnumber older men at 22.7 million older women to 16.8 million older men.

• In 2009, 19.9 percent of persons 65 or older were minorities — 8.3 percent were African Americans. Persons of Hispanic origin (who may be of any race) represented 7 percent of the older population. About 3.4 percent were Asian or Pacific Islander, and less than 1 percent were American Indian or Native Alaskan. In addition, 0.6 percent of persons 65 or older identified themselves as being of two or more races.

• Older men were much more likely to be married than older women — 72 percent of men vs. 42 percent of women; 42 percent of older women in 2009 were widows.

• About 30 percent (11.3 million) of non-institutionalized older persons live alone (8.3 million women, 3.0 million men).

• Half of older women (49 percent) age 75 or older live alone.

• About 475,000 grandparents aged 65 or older had the primary responsibility for their grandchildren who lived with them.

Thank you for your support in 2011. We had a great year. I'm looking forward to seeing you down at the center in 2012.

Membership is $24 per year. For those of you who have never visited the senior center, come down and see what changes we have made. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful place to have our daily activities.

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We are also available for for rent and are able to hold parties up to 300. You are always welcome at the senior center. Happy New Year! See you soon!

Upcoming events

Tuesday

• Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.

• Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.

• Cards, 12:30 p.m. — Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge.

• Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.

• Movie: "Four Christmases," 6 p.m.

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Wednesday

• Wood Carvers, 8:30 a.m.

• Tai chi, 9:30 a.m.

• Cards, 12:30 p.m. — Pinochle, Cribbage.

• Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.

• Open Chess, 1 p.m.

Thursday

• Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.

• Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.

• Investment Club, 10 a.m.

• Cards, 12:30 p.m. — Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge

• Bingo, 1 p.m.

• Open Chess, 1 p.m.

• Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.

Friday

• Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.

• Cards, 12:30 p.m. — Bridge.

Weekly card results

Bridge results for Dec. 12, with three tables playing:

First: Arnie Lang; second: Bud Higgins; third: Mary Johnson; fourth: Jaynard Johnson; fifth: Quinton Filla

Results for Dec. 13 "500," with four tables playing:

First: Dorothy Stern; second: Willard Ballantyne; third: Wilbur Mittag; fourth: Jerry Downing;

Dec. 13 Bridge, with 4 1/2 tables playing:

First: Fred Langrock and Sheryl Ehkle; second (tie:) Gail Schmidt and Ray Schmidt and Marge Blaser and Joyce Crowe; fourth: Dave Solomonson and Arne Lang; fifth: Jim Fisher and Bud Higgins.

Dec. 16 Bridge, with four tables playing:

First: Bill Myers; second: Jaynard Johnson; third: Jim Fisher; fourth: Dave Solomonson; fifth: Loretta Nelson; sixth: Shirley Knowlton.

Pinochle

Jaynard Johnson.

Dave Solomonson.

Weekly "500" for Dec, 16 with four tables playing:

First: Willard Ballantyne; second: Betty Fisher; third: Sally Michels; fourth: Beulah Luthe.

Weekly Cribbage for Dec, 14 with 3 1/2 tables playing:

First: Loretta Prantner; second: Mercedes Nordstrom; third: Lorraine Low; fourth: Barb Dickman.

Semcac daily meals

• Tuesday: Beef tips.

• Wednesday: Pork steak.

• Thursday: BBQ beef on bun.

• Friday: Spaghetti with meat sauce.

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