Senior Voices – Turkey mishaps!


I’m sure you all have had some mishaps making your turkey. Years ago I had five retail stores and usually I decorated them for Christmas the day before Thanksgiving. One year, dead tired, I got up early Thanksgiving morning and stuffed the bird, wrapped it in aluminum foil and put it in the oven feeling sorry for myself.

I had invited people over for dinner about 3PM. They all arrived, and as I was fixing the cocktails, I thought I would remove the aluminum foil and let the turkey brown. Guess what! I had neglected to turn on the oven. So I served the drinks and announced that dinner was served in the dining room. When they entered the dining room, on the table were cereal bowls with Rice Krispies, Shredded Wheat, etc.

Then I said due to a technical error, the oven didn’t get turned on and dinner would be much later. Elmer said it was the first time he had had a martini before his Wheaties. Then we played games and had a wonderful time. The turkey and all was served late that evening. After that year, whenever I cooked a turkey, everyone put their hand on the oven door to make sure I had turned it on.

Nothing smells as good a turkey in the oven. Olfaction, the sense of smell, is the least appreciated of the five senses. Most of us would rate vision first and hearing second, with taste, touch and smell last.

But as we age, we often begin to lose our sense of smell. Sometimes we lose our sense of smell and taste with a severe cold. But impaired olfaction can be a warning of many serious diseases i.e. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. So if you can’t smell the turkey cooking, best to contact your physician in order for an appropriate evaluation to be done.

Get your flu shot! Adults over 65 account for 50 percent of the flu hospitalization and 65 percent of the deaths. The new “senior” dose has four times more strength and has proven to provide a higher level of antibody response. And that’s a good thing.

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