Seniors

Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program offers help to seniors

IRON MOUNTAIN — Navigating Medicare can be tough for many seniors. From prescription drug plans to private health plans, it’s not surprising people with Medicare sometimes are confused about their health insurance and options. The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress, or UPCAP, ...

Joan Jouppi introduces Golden K guest speaker Debbie McKinzie of Iron Mountain, who talked about her latest project, the Healing Lounge, in the old Salon 323 building downtown Iron Mountain. She hosts sessions for mostly women, giving them a place to connect on a confidential Facebook site with others to sharing, encouraging and supporting each other. 

McKinzie presents program on the Healing Lounge at Golden K meeting

IRON MOUNTAIN — Monday morning may have been rather dismal, however as the Golden K members gathered they brightened the day with their own sunshine. There is not much that slows this group down. Joan Jouppi, as chairperson for December, opened the business meeting. They welcomed Mary ...

Golden K members enjoy a Monday morning meeting filled with Christmas carols.

Golden K preparing for Christmas party for special needs children on Dec. 18

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The countdown for Christmas has begun. The Thanksgiving turkey hardly had time to digest before the Black Friday adrenaline rush came. Now it is crunch time. Presents to buy, plans to be made and the list keeps growing. Lights, decorated ...

Helping with impromptu child care

By Iris Katers, Jean Hetrick, Cheryl Anderegg,  Esther Macalady, Tim Fox Preschool children are coming in half an hour for child care. No problem. You’re always well stocked. There are many educational toys found in your kitchen. Open up your low kitchen cupboards and drawers. They ...

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Anderson — 70th

KINGSFORD — Roland and Maria Anderson of Kingsford celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their three children, grandchildren and their spouses at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford in February. Roland and the former Maria Scherer were married Nov. 29, 1947, in the ...

How-to guide for family caregivers of individuals with dementia offered

By Maria Bournoville ADRC Florence County Health officials today released “Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers,” a new online resource for caregivers of family members with dementia. Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. This ...

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Mini-grant awarded

The Dickinson Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $250 mini-grant to the Crystal Lake Senior Center. The funds will be used for their newsletter and a brochure to educate the public on their services and programs. From left are board member Kathy Falls, board president Gary Carlson and ...

How can you be thankful when you feel so very downtrodden?

IRON MOUNTAIN — My husband proposed downtown Chicago, outside the big tree in Millennium Park on a freezing December night. Despite my begging him to not get down on one knee after I realized what was happening (because I hate huge crowds of people and being the center of attention) he did it ...

Pictured are Trooper Ryan Rossler and Nikko, Joan Jouppi, First Lt. Paul Campbell and Trooper Geno Basanese.

IM State Police dog visits Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The Golden K has gone to the dogs — actually, the dog came to the Golden K and brought along his trainer, Trooper Ryan Rossler. Nikko is a 2-year-old German shepherd originally from Hungary, in training for the Michigan State Police Post in ...

Is it Medicare or Medicaid?

By EDWARD CARIUTY Social Security District Manager Escanaba A lot of people have a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs begin with the letter “M.” They’re both health insurance programs run by the government. People often ask ...

Handling holiday stress and caregiving

By MARIA BOURNOVILLE Information and assistance specialist Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County FLORENCE, Wis. — Here come the holidays. Family gatherings, parties, teas, concerts, shopping, presents, decorations, greeting cards and the list goes on. Many people look ...

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Lois Outcelt, Golden K chairperson for November introduces guest speaker Jonathan Ringle of Northern Lights YMCA at Monday morning meeting.

Northern Lights YMCA director gives informative review at Golden K meeting

By Mary Jane Nelson For The Daily News With Sue Leduc at the piano and Margaret Trudell directing, Golden K members began the pre-meeting singing with an enthusiastic “Army Air Corps” song followed by “I‘ve Got Rhythm” and several other old time favorites. Lois Outcelt, ...

Loving fall and Christmas, but no love for November

IRON MOUNTAIN — I’ve always said that fall is my favorite season, and Christmas is my favorite time of year. I’ve also said the month of November is my least favorite because it’s just so ardently ugly. In October, all the leaves are changing and color is splashed across the U.P., ...

IMHS jazz band plays at Golden K meeting

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Green grass, blue skies and lots of sunshine greeted the Monday morning Golden K seniors gathering at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. Six days into November who could ask for a more beautiful fall day. The ambiance of the room ...

The past has a story that should be carried into the future

IRON MOUNTAIN — When I was growing up, my grandfather and father and anyone born during or before the ‘50s would constantly remind me that when they were my age, they “walked to school uphill… both ways… in a snowstorm no matter the season… with holes in their shoes… and only the ...

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Ben Determan Golden K program chairman introduces guest speaker Lindsay Peterson, project manager Dickinson County Conservation District. 

DCCD project manager gives presentation on invasive species

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Jack Frost in full array across the lawns greeted the Golden K seniors as they came together at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford Monday morning. Shrugging off the chilly air, Ben Determan as chairman for the Month of October invited ...

A woman’s dilemma: finding the true meaning of feminism

IRON MOUNTAIN — “So you’re going to be a working woman then?” I remember my grandfather saying these words to me perfectly. I was a junior in college, telling him about my after graduation plans, and I was suddenly at a loss for words. It felt like such a dig, a burn, at what I was ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Charity: Another form of sharing and love

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity. It is about love. Charity and love are the same-with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”—Mother Theresa About age 3, children start realizing that others have feelings, ideas, and ...

True friends in your life are a rare treasure

IRON MOUNTAIN — When my husband and I were planning our wedding, one of the hardest things we had to do was choose who would be in our bridal party. This was hard because my husband had about eight people he wanted as groomsmen, and I had five; we settled on six. My husband, the charismatic, ...

DJ dances at the Crystal Lake Center

IRON MOUNTAIN — DJ dance parties are planned Saturday and Nov. 18 at the Crystal Lake Center in Iron Mountain. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the dance begins at 7:30 p.m., with music provided by Voice Works DJ Service of Iron Mountain. Cost is $6 and includes music, light snacks, coffee ...