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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008 Health SIDNEY HERALD Dear Savvy Senior, Over the past few years my mother, who is 75, has gotten where she dreads the holiday season and becomes very melancholy. What can I do to help? Hating the Holidays Dear Hating, Millions of people experi- ence the holiday blues this time of year, but seniors tend to be especially vulnerable. Here are some suggestions that can help. HOLIDAY BLUES There are lotsof fac- tors that can contribute to an older per- son's sadness "SAvvY SENIOR" or apathy around the holiday season, such as the loss of a spouse, sibling or a close friend• Some seniors feel alone and isolated because their grown children and grandchildren live far away. While others may feel blue because of fi- nancial concerns, poor health or because they're un- able to perform routine holi- day activities like shopping, baking or even attending reli- gious services. HOW TO HELP ings with someone can help• • Prevent isolation: Encour- age family members to be around your morn as much as possible during the holidays. If you can't be there physical- ly, be sure to call more often. • Find community help: Contact her church or other community resource where someone may be able to stop by for a visit, or pick her up for a religious service or com- munity activity. • Ease her financial guilt: If your mom is on a tight budg- et, be sure she doesn't feel guilty if she can't afford to buy the grand- children fancy gifts. It's not what the holi- days should be about. • Lend a helping hand: If poor health or physical limitations are causing her blues lend her a hand with shopping, decorat- ing and other holiday prepa- rations• • Suggest volunteering: Many churches or civic groups would love her help (also see Web sites like www.volunteer and to fred volunteer opportuni- ties). Helping others is a great way to forget your own troubles. • Watch the holiday spirits: encourage your mom to go for a daffy walk, or if possi- ble, take one with her. WATCH FOR DEPRESSION There's a big difference be- tween feeling sad or blue and being chronically depressed• If your moh~'s blues linger beyond the holidays into the New Year, she may have a more serious problem. Here are the signs to watch for: • A persistent feeling of sadness. • Lost interest in hobbies or activities that she formerly enjoyed. • Feeling worthless or hope- less. • Inability to sleep or sleep- ing too much. • Loss of energy or motiva- tion. • Not eating or eating too much. • Trouble thinking, concen- trating and making deci- sions. • Feeling anxious, restless or irritable. • -Thinking about dying or killing herself. Another good way you can check your mom's mood is by giving her a depression screening test at If you find that she's depressed, en- courage her to get help begin- ning with her own doctor. There are a variety of treat- D.A.R.E. speakers Judge Greg Mohr, left, and police officer Travis D.A.R.E. activity last week. SUBMITTED Rosaaen talk to Sidney's seventh-grade students for a Montane Food Bank Network receives funding boost Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and the Depart- ment of Public Hearth and Human Services (DPHHS) announced last week that the Montana Food Bank Net- tance eligibility workers in the field who earned these bonus awards for our state," Hudson said. "I also applaud Gov. Schweitzer for recog- nizing the need for this type The program's name changed on Oct. 1. Hudson said, not all of the bonus award money the state has received over the past couple years has been allo- .; nding on what's mak- mother blue during Alcohol consumption for ment options that can help, work will receive a check for of assistance to those who cated and the decision was holiday season, here are many people goes up during such as medications, profes- $250,000 to help stock the desperately need it." made to assist the MFBN :~ tips that may help: to the holiday season, and alco- sional counseling or a combi- shelves of food banks across Hudson also noted while based on current data. :i~(~, Be a good listener: Talk hal is a depressant that can nation of both. Montana this holiday sea- the Montana Food Bank Net- According to MFBN execu- m0m about how she's intensify the problem, son. work will facilitate the distri- tive director Peggy Grimes, ; ing and why. Very often Go for a walk: Exercise is SAM T|PS Considering the difficult bution of food, all state food network members are re- ~t being able to share feel- a natural antidepressant so The American Association economic times facing our banks are eligible to receive porting a 20 percent increase for Geriatric Psychiatry pro- country, I'm grateful our food from this distribution in the number of new house- rides a variety of helpful state is in a position to pro- even if they are not a mem- holds needing food this year publications on senior de- vide hunger relief assistance ber of the MFBN, such as the over last year and a 26 per- ! ,*[~X,, ..... . . ~ pression including "Coping in Montana," Schweitzer Billings Food Bank. cent increase in the number with Depression and the Hal- said. "Now more than ever '~ percentage of the food of food boxes provided. ~ ~y~O~~ h~ W['~ :,~. idays." To order your free Montanans are turning to will be set for the Billings "We are thankful for this ~1 copies, visit www.aagpon- food banks for help." Food Bank and delivered di- help and look forward to pro- Gi~ C~|~ O? :i line.orgorcal1301-654-7850 The fundingsourcestems rectly to them," Hudson ex- viding more food to the grow- ~T ext. 100. Also see www.posi- from U.S. Department of plained. "In addition, contact ing number of Montana Agriculture bonus awards ~ ~ will be made with srhaller households seeking emer- Send your senior questions the DPHHS Supplemental pantries who do not normal- gency food assistance," to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box Nutrition Assistance Pro- ly receive deliveries from the Grimes said. 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or gram has received over the Montana Food Bank Net- Grimes said the funding is visit, past several years for the work to invite them to share enough to purchase about J~m Miller is a contributor to state's accuracy and timeli- some of the food•" 360,000 pounds of food that the NBC Today show and au- ness in processing SNAP ap- Most recently, the Montana will be distributed to food • • ' ! thor of "The Savvy Senior" plications, said DPHHS Hu- SNAP received a $238,990 banks over the next approxi- book. man and Community Ser- bonus award in October from mately six months. 433-7 : .... [ vices Division administrator the U.S. Department of Agri- The MFBN is a private ~ • 1035 S. Central Ave~ • 433-3055 ]0 ~mlO pm Mon-Thurs • ]0 am-l] pm Fri & Sat • 11 am-tO pm Sun i~¸ ,; y Mixed 8 weeks: 3an. 5-Feb. 23 $12 • USBC sanctioned • team spots [eft 8 weeks: Jan. 6-Feb. 24 Y Sidney Bowling Alley Lounge & Street ~,,dney MT Hank Hud~sQn. culture (USDA) and in 2906 ~ monprofit orKanization that "This wonderful an- " .... the sth~rece~ved a check for solicits, gleans, sorts, repack- nouncement was made possi- ble through the dedicated ef- forts of local public assis- a $1.8 million bonus award• SNAP is the new name for the Food Stamp Program• Reynotds Market wilt be dosing at 6 p.m. /, for its company Christmas party. Happy Holidays! 1151 South Central I=e Sidney ~V.°. • =lM= 433-2305 Re-I sued Locations: Richland Wildcat Continental Resources Inc. Earl 2-25H SHL: SE SE 25-23N-55E (300 FSL/700 FEL) EL 2383' GR PBHL: 20292' NE NE 24-23N-55E (660 FNL/700 FEL) Bakken Approved: 12/02/2008 Richland Wildcat Crusader Energy Group Inc. 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In addition to provid- ing food, MFBN offers part- nering agencies ongoing sup- port, services and education by providing them with a va- riety of tools to help strengthen their programs. For more information, call Hudson at 406-444-5901. Food banks interested in receiving some of this food are encouraged to call Grimes at 406-721-3825 or 800- 809-4752. Ag contracts meeting scheduled today The Richland County MSU Extension Office will have an ag contracts and custom rates update meeting Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. It will be held at the USDA-ARS tech transfer room in Sidney, Topics covered will include land rental contracts, custom farming and feeding rates, and additional farm fmancia] items. Contact the Richland Coun- ty MSU Extension Offic~at 433-1206, if you have ques- tions. Check out wedding invitations at WWW. carlson craft cam One source, endless possibilities.