Seniors

Why is our society obsessed with surveys

NIAGARA, Wis. — For those of you who have watched “60 Minutes” over the years, Andy Rooney needs no introduction. For those who were not regular viewers of this Sunday evening program on CBS, you really missed learning valuable life lessons from a very lovable curmudgeon. He was quite a ...

DISCA, RSVP programs discussed at Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The Golden K began settling into their favorites spots awaiting the Chairman Vance Uhazie’s cue to open the Monday morning meeting. Since the weather seems to be unpredictable, it is only fair for these seniors to follow suit. As Alyce ...

Sensory room opened at Iron County Medical Care Facility

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Iron County Medical Care Facility committee worked tirelessly to take “Sensory Trails” from an idea last December to a reality. The committee snipped the ribbon to officially open the Snoezelen multi-sensory environment. Snoezelen or controlled multisensory ...

Social Security honors and supports military members

By Edward Cariuty Social Security District Manager Escanaba Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military’s service members, and we honor these heroes and their ...

Resources available for older Americans

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Florence County. As volunteers, employees, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month in May has been ...

Enjoying the simple pleasures that come with retirement

NIAGARA, Wis. — As I sat in the early afternoon sun recently, I was struck by the realization that I could actually watch spring arrive. I could take the time each day to gauge its progress, from the first emergence of the sun after months of gray skies, to its rising each morning a little ...

UP Honor flight presentation at Golden K meeting

By SHARON SCHOLKE For The Daily News IRON MOUNTAIN — Under the direction of Al Calcari and Alyce Derwinski on the piano, the Golden K meeting began with a number of familiar songs — making a beautiful morning even better. Don Pedo, chairman for the month, opened the business meeting ...

Teaching how to analyze and guess

Children love guessing games. A favorite one is called “What's in the Box?” It's something that families can do anytime, anywhere to encourage children to analyze, narrow options, and make a reasonable guess. They will need to listen carefully when they shake the box and analyze what could ...

Getting older makes you more and more ‘real’

NIAGARA, Wis. — I recently read an excerpt from “The Velveteen Rabbit” written by Margery Williams that brought tears to my eyes. Here it is: “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, ...

Bay Cliff Health Camp presentation at Golden K

KINGSFORD — Don Pedo, chairman for May, opened the Monday Golden K meeting. Alyce Derwinski took over from there, getting the piano keys rocking with some favorite “oldies.” Under the direction of Al Calcari, singing soon took over and filled the room with melodic voices. “I’m a ...

ADRC hosts AARP Smart Driver Course on May 21

AURORA, Wis. — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will host an AARP Smart Driver Course from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Learning Center in Aurora. The course is geared toward drivers 50 and older; however, ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Creating a flower garden in a day

Sometimes a springtime atmosphere needs a little nudge. Here is an easy table decoration activity for springtime family gatherings that gets the flowers inside and brightens the house. Why do these little extra activities? New studies report adults are talking with children only a total ...

City Mouse needed to look a little closer

NIAGARA, Wis. — This week’s column is a bit of a departure, in that it will not be discussing a senior issue. It stems from a Letter to the Editor that I read in the April 22 issue of this newspaper that was written by a woman from Caledonia, Wis., a village of 23,000 in Racine County. ...

Easter Bunny visits Pinecrest

POWERS — Easter was a busy time at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers this year. The Easter Bunny made a personal visit to the senior living facility — filling the hallways, living rooms, dining rooms and two greenhouses with 4,000 eggs. Staff and residents were on hand to help ...

KHS Concert Chorale performs for Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The birds are singing, the flowers are working their through the winter mulch, rabbits are hopping and the trees are stretching their branches, glad to be free of the snow cover. Sunshine or not — spring has sprung. Monday morning saw many ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Traveling solo with grandkids, part two

Sandi Poindexter, grandparent and worldwide traveler has more suggestions for traveling solo with a grandchild based on research and personal experience in part two. She suggests to set expectations, reinforced by parents. Beside the basics of where, when, and how, there are the creature ...

More safe driving tips for senior drivers

NIAGARA, Wis. — Last week, I began a discussion of seniors and driving — how and why our abilities change with our increasing age. I included a list of signs that may indicate a senior has a driving issue that needs attention. We continue the discussion this week by examining when it is ...

Alpaca farm presentation at Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Sharon Scholke, chairperson for April, got the Golden K meeting rolling. Sitting at the piano this Monday morning was Sue LeDuc, filling in for Alyce Derwinski — a pleasant surprise to have her play. Don Pedo jumped up to direct the singers. ...

100th birthday

Elsie Klump celebrated her 100th birthday Thursday at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. Klump’s friends and neighbors came out to celebrate during the nursing home’s monthly birthday celebration with a cake, balloons and live music performed by Ray and Mindy Pilon.