The end of October wraps up with Halloween and endless amounts of candy and brings on the month of November and in my opinion, the start of the holiday season. The holidays bring some of the best times of the year spent with family, great food, white winters, and plenty of presents but for many, all of the treats and sugar can be a major problem. November also brings us American Diabetes Awareness Month, a great reminder during the holidays to be mindful of what we eat and what we cook for others. While we’ll still stick with many of the traditional foods such as sugar cookies or pumpkin pie, try out a few new recipes with low or no sugar for everyone to enjoy.
Preheat oven 350 degrees
4 cups flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 t cinnamon
½ t clove
½ t ginger
1 t nutmeg
2 c butter, softened
2 cups Splenda (or sugar alternative)
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
2 t vanilla extract
2 c chopped pecans (optional)
Combine dry ingredients in medium bowl and set aside.
Cream butter and Splenda in large mixing bowl.
Add pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla extract; beat until blended.
Gradually add flour mixture into pumpkin mixture at low speed until combined.
Mix in pecans, if using.
Drop cookies onto ungreased baking sheet using cookie scoop or rounded teaspoon.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
Shelby Senior Services offers a variety of opportunities to support active lifestyles for building strength.
Yumba Gold is here!! Join us on the 1st & 3rd Monday each month. The class focuses on balance, strength, range of motion and coordination. Cost is $5.00 per class. What a fun way to get healthy!!
Parkinson’s Exercise and Support Group: This is a FREE event that meets at SportWorks at the Renovo Clinic on Wednesday November 14th and Wednesday November 28th from 11:00-11:30 a.m. led by Lakin Covey.
Can You Help Us?
The agency offers blood pressure and blood sugar checks to seniors every Friday morning 8:30-9:30 a.m. Can you help administer those for us? Call 317-398-0127.
Active Lifestyle Enhance Safety, Socialization
Senior Services offers a variety of opportunities to support active lifestyles for building strength. Fitness programs include:
Geri-Fit has changed it’s time!
Classes will now take place Tuesday afternoons at 1:00pm. Join us for healthy snacks and exercises May 1st. If you attend four classes within May 1st to June 26th, your name will be put into a raffle for a prize! Join us for some strength training, fall prevention, and muscle building. There’s no cost for this program, only healthy benefits and rewards! This is a chair exercise, strength training, and muscle building and maintaining class for seniors. This class prevents falls and reduces arthritic conditions. Please bring your water bottle and two 2 lb. weights. Please contact Liz Oeffinger if you are interested in the class or have questions.
Chair yoga Mondays at 12:30-1:00 p.m. Cost is $5; regular yoga Mondays at 1:00p.m. Cost is $5. Class is led by certified instructor Jerrillee Lucas. Classes are helpful for balance, flexibility, and strength. Anyone is welcome to attend!
T’ai Chi Alumni:
Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Every Friday, 12:30 p.m. for anyone 60 years of age and older at Blue River Bowl, 1601 S. Miller St. Either $2 per game or colored pin bowling at three games for $7.50.
Walk with Ease:
Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Friday 11:00 am. We meet at Sunset Park, if it rains we will go to Shelbyville Parks Department to walk inside.
Line dancing two times per month, the 2nd and 4th Thursday.
Rock Steady Boxing:
Attention: Punch back against Parkinson’s! Rock Steady Boxing Shelby County is a non-contact exercise program designed for those with Parkinson’s. Each class helps to improve physical and mental health through boxing, exercises, and friendship. Stop by a class to see what it is all about! If you have Parkinson’s and are interested in becoming a boxer with ROCK STEADY BOXING, please contact Liz Oeffinger at 317-398-0127 for more information. Classes meet every Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.; as well as Saturday 9:30 a.m. (call for Saturday availability) at the Briley Family Center located at 762 Fair Avenue, Shelbyville.