The weather man wasn't quite fair with the Steele County Fair and the exhibitors, vendors and visitors this year, but I am quite sure they will still retain their status as the "Biggest Country Fair in the state of Minnesota." Many people plan their vacations, family reunions or class reunions during the fair.
Going to the fair or expositions you receive a fair share of handouts. I won't say all the handouts are true or timely, but it does leave you room for thought and investigation as to accuracy.
Allina Health handed out a "Patient Education" information magnet of "Quick Tips To Guard Against Falling."
The first tip was to get regular exercise to improve your strength and balance. Exercise saves you money because it make you stronger and more steady on your feet. According to surveys, active Americans over the age of 15 saved an annual average of $330 in medical costs compared to folks who weren't as active.
It also suggested people should have their doctor or pharmacist review the medicines that they take. Some medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy. It would be my advice to ask your doctor to put on your prescription when you should take those medicines, a.m or p.m. In my opinion, it just makes sense to take pills that make you tired or dizzy, if possible, in the evening. I hope you get an expert’s opinion.
It also suggests that people should have their eyes checked at least once a year by an eye doctor and to use night lights in your home, which of course will help light the way for people who get up during the night and help prevent them from falling.
It also suggests people install hand rails on both sides of their stairways, as well as non-slip treads in their tub or shower. They also suggest people make sure, especially as they grow older, that any furniture they may lean on for support is non-moveable.
The magnet also shares that people should wear shoes or slippers inside your home and avoid going barefoot.
Our family would always give my grandmother static because she often went barefoot. My mother said she could relate to her mothers habit of going barefoot as she got older. People who go barefoot can "feel" what is under their feet and are less apt to stumble. As you get older there is a tendency not to lift your feet as much off the ground, and as a result they sort of "shuffle," which can be dangerous. My mother says she has never fallen going barefoot and she has found wearing shoes makes her feel more clumsy.
Which is right and which is wrong? I guess it depends on what suits you best. I know they do advise people remove their shoes when they enter theirs or someone else’s home because you can carry in bacteria from the outside. Practicing patience and taking time do more than strength and fury. Doing multiple things at once is a sure way to ask for accidents.
Remember, something good happens everyday.
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There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries.
Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, August 25th: Chloe Lynn Muilenberg, Carl Glienke Jr., Evelyn Anderson, Renee Brandt, Ted Dahl, Jayme Hohansee, Craig Kammerer, Jessica Kubat, Pete Rietveld, Mary Larson, Melissa Peterson, Jim & Lynn Arends, Mark & Deb Hillesheim, Deb & Jim Bohnoff, Rachel & Michael Grunklee, Leah & Dama Clark, Everett & Linda Lang
• Friday, August 26th: William Michael Rodney Tuttle, Christopher Cook, Clarice Pence, Catherine Haugen, Mike Riley, Elijah Lee Ackland, Catherine Mae Haugen, Tim Falksen, George Stieglbauer, Michael Rodney Tuttle, Sharon Peterson, Travis & Kelly Johnson, Angie & Michael Den Herder
• Saturday, August 27th: Martin Johnson, Kory Kress, Alice Randall, Sandra Thostenson, Dee Ann Jensen, Jim Collins, Mary Lageson, Sharon Ramaker, Terry Pelzl, Angela DeGeus, Jessica Marie Nygaard Paulson, Corlyn & Janice Paulsen
• Sunday, August 28th: Mitch Helmers, Larry Motl, Bev Newgard. Waynetta Peterson, Justine Randall, Marlys Van Kampen, Tammy Johnson, Linda Kelly, Marvin Thompson, Jim & Fran Ladlie
• Monday August 29th: Mark Lee, Eunice Smith, Barbara Klinger
• Tuesday, August 30th: Brett Richards, Joel Born, Danielle Cook, Katie Cleven Richards, Staci Hohansee, Donna Demmer, Everett Jensen, Grace Paulson, Craig Schwartz, Eva Elayna Thomas; Ashlee (Pence) & Jeffrey Andrew Jr., 2015
• Wednesday, August 31st: Carole Schember, Judy Deml, Terry Walterman, Kari Hohansee, Jerry Flugum, Tony Holmes, Connie Misgen Evenson, John Tasker, Heather Reese, Nancy Bottelson, Garrett Avery, Ron & Karen Huber, Melissa & Tyler Moe
• Thursday, September 1st: Byron Norell, Jim Motz, Payton Thomspon, Daryl Nelson, Jody Farr, Catherine Carlson, Gregory Ray, Dianna & Matthew Beckman, Adam & Lalya Lang, Jim & Marian Motz
• Friday, September 2nd: Krista Paulsen, Brent Broulik, Barb Grunwald, Dean Richards, Logan Callahan, Peyton Moore Ayers, Randy & Barb Horan, Christine & Tom Krause, Amy & Jeff Conley
• Saturday, September 3rd: Marie Carroll, Lori Ingvaldson, Joanne & Mitch Wayne, Dick & Paulette Nelson, Tatum Wilson
May your special day hold the promise of many bright tomorrows.