Seniors

Creating roots and wings in your children

My husband and I visited our “St. Paul son” over the Labor Day holiday weekend. During that visit, my son and I had a couple of opportunities to talk, just the two of us. One good conversation took place in the car after dropping Natalie at the Minnesota State Fair to work another shift at ...

Crystal Lake Senior Center expands its meal services

The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency has expanded meal offerings at the Crystal Lake Senior Center in September when it offered its first night meal on Tuesday. The next night meal will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, and will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The menu ...

Advice on being easier on ourselves, others in life

As we journey through life, don’t you wish sometimes that there was an instruction manual or guide book to prevent us from making mistakes? For many of us, I guess that is what our parents tried to be. But like most kids, we did not listen, so were destined to make our own mistakes and ...

Golden K’s Golden Throats entertain while having fun

The present-day Golden K singers known as The Golden Throats are a group of Dickinson County area Golden K members who sing a variety of songs that are mostly Golden Oldies. This group of mostly retired people who like to sing join their voices in song every Wednesday at an area nursing home, ...

Cooler weather brings memories of back to school

There is a different feel to the air now that August has come to an end. It happens every year; that cooler, drier air that signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn and generally includes the presence of ground fog and more deer roaming than you can shake a stick at. The days are ...

Basanese, Roberts speak at Golden K meeting

One does not need sunshine to brighten a day. Just join the Golden K on any Monday morning and the day will brighten up automatically. Sue Proudfit, as program chairperson, rings the bell. Alyce Derwinski positions her music, pulls up her bench as Al Calcari raises his director arms and ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Help children focus on homework

Step one for helping children focus on school-related tasks is to start with correct information. It helps to read everything the teacher sends home, including textbook instruction, if needed, and the assignment book. Children may insist something absolutely must be done a certain way when it ...

Golden K speaker recalls club’s formation in 1976

The Golden Kers got a beautiful, sunny Monday morning as they gathered for their meeting. Getting the piano warmed up was Alyce Derwinski, while director Lois Outcelt rounded up the singers and the music began. A rousting rendition of “You’re A Grand Old Flag” got those “golden ...

With age you acquire more than you lose

I came across a quote by Diane von Furstenberg that intrigued me. At 72, this fashion designer — famous for her wrap dress and worth $1.9 billion — said, “I think of age as an acquisition, not a loss.” I began thinking about the losses that come with aging. And I thought about what we ...

Music provides many benefits for people of all ages

I wrote last week about the importance of reminiscing; a process of life review that helps to unlock the entanglements of dementia and reconnect us with our past, which can help to make better sense of our present. Senior living centers also use music therapy to assist with the challenges that ...

Tamara Juul speaks at Golden K Club meeting

No matter how you approach summertime, it is a busy time. The days seem to fly by with things to do, places to go and people to see. With their 65th Iron Mountain High School class reunion Aug. 10 under their belts, guests included Jerry Koller from Maine with Mike Micensky and wife ...

Memories help us better relate to changing times

It occurred to me today that I have been writing this column every week now for six months. In searching for a topic for this week, I noticed how much of what I have already written contains personal memories or the memories of someone I have interviewed. I have written about childhood memories ...

Golden K visits the Niagara museum

They did it! The Golden K went on a field trip. Branching out, they gathered at the First Presbyterian parking lot, car pooled and headed on to Niagara, Wis.. Meeting up with other G K members who drove themselves there, the group was met at the door by Karen Klenke, president of the ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Kids making healthier choices

Vacation meal and snack times provide a time to encourage healthy habits and conversation. When wise snacking is added to three nutritious meals a day, adults can achieve the total recommended daily guidelines for healthy American children. Otherwise, the government guidelines can be a ...

Senior news — When it comes to health care sometimes bigger isn’t better

IRON MOUNTAIN — The need for quality healthcare does not wait for our retirement years, but it does increase as we age. And the importance of easily accessible healthcare increases as well because travel becomes more difficult when we get older. I mention this because it is really important ...

Taking advice from the ‘Story of the Cracked Pot’

IRON MOUNTAIN — Since I started writing this column, I have kept my eyes open for material that will be of interest to those of you who decide to read it; I want it to be helpful and worth your time. I have been struck by a common theme of “choice” in much of the information I have found ...

Ringel updates Golden K on improvements at YMCA

KINGSFORD — With Alice Derwinski at the piano, the Golden K members just keep on singing each Monday morning. As usual, the group acknowledging guests and the birthdays of Jeanne Polkinghorn, Louise Swope, Karen Burgess and wedding anniversary of Vance and Doreen Uhazie. Happy Dollars ...

Happy residents

Tablemates at Victorian Pines Estates in Iron Mountain enjoy a meal in the dining room. The trio is smiling because “they no longer have to cook or clean.” Residents, from left, are Elsie Bruns, Ron Brown and Lucy Brown.

Social Security can help those who are young and lose a parent

By Edward Cariuty Social Security District Manager Escanaba For young people whose parent passes away, Social Security is here. Losing a parent is both emotionally painful and, oftentimes, devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Fun and physics with racing ramps

What’s more fun for young children than playing with their toy cars? Here is an exciting way to incorporate science into playtime. You will need boxes, books, small cars, balls, marbles, thin boards at least 8 inches wide, or a series of tubes and masking tape. Gravity and friction Choose ...