The other day, as we were finishing up an exercise class, and one person said she was going on vacation. That started us talking about the importance of having ones wishes known. We discussed having an advance directive. One person mentioned that a person should speak with the person who is chosen to make health care decisions, to let them know they are being named, and to be sure the person will follow through on ones wishes.

It doesn’t have to be a family member, if ones family doesn’t see things the same way you do. It is important to have the wishes in writing, and copies given to ones family, lawyer and doctors. It is also important to keep the Advance Directive up to date. We talked about the five D’s when the advance directive may need to be updated: 1) Every time a person celebrates a decade birthday, the advance directive should be looked at to be sure all names, and phone numbers are still accurate; 2) In case of a death, the order of names listed on the advance directive may need to be changed; 3) In the case of a divorce (or change in marital status), one may change who is responsible for making decisions; 4) If a person has a new diagnosis, she may change her mind about what her wishes are; 5) If one experiences a sudden decline in ones health, ones priorities may change.

I bring this up because April 16 is National Health Care Decision Day. If you have experienced any of the five D’s perhaps you should review your document. If you have never filled out an advance directive, now is the time to take the first step, and make an appointment to do it. If you might be shy about starting a conversation with your loved ones, “Carl” suggested getting a pack of “Go Wish” cards. They can help you prioritize your goals, and are a good way to broach the subject with others. Don’t forget to check the schedule of events below or go to our website at gibsoncenter.org. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless.

Thursday, April 11: Tai ji quan class moving for better balance begins at 11 a.m. at Silver Lake Landing. Belly dance class begins at 9 a.m. in the activity room. Chair exercise starts at 10:30 a.m. in the activity room. Peer Support for Caregivers meet in the social room at 12:30 p.m. Spring Bus Ride Fun Day meets at 12:30 on the bus. Tai ji quan better balance class starts at 3:30 p.m. in the activity room.

Friday, April 12: Strength, balance and stretch class starts at 10 a.m. in the activity room. The Friday Painters group will meet at 12:20 p.m. in the activity room. There will be Go Green Raffles at lunch on Fridays in April. We welcome back our computer volunteer, Quentin, call (603) 356-3231 to sign up for your own computer one-to-one.

Is living a healthier, more active life your personal goal? Come join a Gibson exercise class.

Strength, balance and stretch classes are held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Chair exercise classes are held on Monday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Belly dance classes with Joanne Bailey, Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. $20 for six classes.

Upcoming programs

• Tai ji quan Moving for Better Balance: Classes are Monday and Thursday at Gibson at 3:30 p.m. in the activity room. New class started, at Silver Lake Landing Monday and Thursday in the morning.

• Service Link Medicare counseling. Third Wednesday of the month. Call (603) 356-3231 for an appointment.

• Peer Support Caregivers program every Thursday from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Craft clubs

• Learn to Knit: Tuesdays after lunch at Silver Lake Landing. Beginners welcome.

• Quilting: second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome.

• Veteran’s Coffee: a chance to spend time with fellow veterans. Meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.

• Friday Painters: a different subject each week. Bring your own supplies. Meet after lunch on Fridays in activity room.

Upcoming trips

Payment is due when you sign up for a trip. Checks are not cashed until the day of the trip. Call (603) 356-3231 to sign up.

• Museum of Dumb Guy Stuff: Wednesday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $22. Lunch is on your own at Dinnerhorn/Brattskeller.

• Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: May 1st $83 Dinner on your own at Sebago Brewery.

• “Footloose:” Friday, May 3, from 3 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $40. Dinner is on your own at Granite Steak & Grill.

• Sea Dogs, Joan Benoit Samuelson Day: Wednesday, May 15, from 2:30 to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $25.

• Arabian Nights: Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $23. Lunch is on your own at Granite Steak & Grill.

• Lupine & Polly’s Pancakes: Tuesday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $18. Lunch is on your own.

• OOB Concerts: Carpenters, June 25; The Beatles, July 9; The Diamonds, Aug. 6; Simon & Garfunkel, Aug. 13. The cost is $32 each show.

• Norwegian Cruise to Bermuda: Oct. 18-25, 2019. Price varies on cabin, inside, outside or balcony.

• Peru: Ancient Land of Mysteries: Jan. 18-25, 2020; $4,399 per person double occupancy.

• Cape Cod: Rhododendron Festival; Martha’s Vineyard; 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. May 4-8, 2020.

• Sunny Portugal: April 14-23, 2020; $3,899 per person double occupancy.

Menu: Thursday: spaghetti and meatballs; Friday: macaroni and cheese.

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