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Seniors

‘Tis the season for food and family memories

As we enter this holiday season, our thoughts naturally turn to food. Whether it is pasties at hunting camp, Thanksgiving turkey at grandma’s or Christmas ham with the whole family around the dining room table, holidays are special because of those wonderful meals and the people who gather ...

Some thoughts on the virtue of patience

I began the process of writing this column today based on my feelings of supreme impatience with life right now. So, I thought it would be a good time to have a discussion on the merits of patience with maybe some added advice on how to develop that particular character trait. And, to make ...

Observations made as a result of our current election

NIAGARA, Wis. — No, this is not 2000 … but in some respects, it feels that way. That was the year that Florida’s voting machines held up the count, and we seemed to wait forever to find out whether George W. Bush or Al Gore would lead the country. Images of poll workers staring cross-eyed ...

Pay attention to what our bodies are trying to tell us

Most of us do not like to admit to ourselves that we are getting older and that those advancing years mean we probably should not be doing all of the physical things we used to do. Or at the very least, we need to accept the fact that chores will simply take longer to accomplish. It takes me ...

Walter Cronkite must be rolling in his grave

NIAGARA, Wis. — Within the past four years, the term “fake news” has entered the lexicon of our culture. I would never have expected to see the pairing of those two words in my lifetime. I grew up with the likes of Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. Then came Dan Rather, ...

I am wondering, ‘Where does the buck stop these days?’

NIAGARA, Wis. — I watched “CBS Sunday Morning” this past week, as is the custom in our house. John Dickerson’s closing commentary had to do with the phrase, “The buck stops here.” He traced the origins of that phrase as well as the metamorphoses of its meaning throughout history. ...

The importance of mental strength through difficult times

NIAGARA, Wis. — When I have my “down days,” I find myself wondering how our country will come through the challenging time in which we currently find ourselves. The last time I remember such division was in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and we were fighting the war in Vietnam ... and ...

SS can help with your plan for achieving self-support

If you rely on Supplemental Security Income payments or Social Security Disability benefits and want to start working or return to work, we can help. A Plan for Achieving Self-Support is a rule under SSI to help people with disabilities return to work. If you receive SSI or could qualify for ...

Dementia training offered online

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress is offering a three-part online dementia training series for caregivers of people with dementia. Each class is an hour long and includes “The Dementia Overview for Family and Friends,” “Planning Activities for Persons With ...

The quest for Easy Street and lessons learned along the way

NIAGARA, Wis. — My husband and I began our marriage with a plan indicative of our ages; he was 21 and I was 20. He would finish college in Green Bay while we lived near his parents in Neenah — that would take one and one-half years. Then we would move back to Ripon, Wis., so I could finish ...

New Benefit Verification letters

By Edward Cariuty Social Security District Manager Escanaba ESCANABA — We are excited to announce the release of a new, standardized Benefit Verification letter.     People receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits can obtain their letter by using their ...

UP ‘supercentenarian’ marks 111th birthday

HANCOCK — A Hancock native recently marked a milestone few people accomplish: 111 years. Julia Dennis toasted her birthday Sept. 10 with a glass of wine with family and friends at Portage Pointe Nursing Home in Hancock. She enjoyed seeing all her family, as well as having cake at a ...

A few beers and flowers bring back sweet little memories

NIAGARA, Wis. — I had to go grocery shopping today and decided to get an early start, since it was a Wednesday — senior citizen discount day, after all. I had stopped at one store to pick up just a few items I could not find at the first one I had visited, so did not have very many things ...

Ways of coping until life can return to normal

Paying attention to our health — both physical as well as emotional and mental — takes on increasing importance as we age. The aging process, as we have all learned, wreaks havoc on our bodies. There is, after all, only so much preventive maintenance we can do before age and genetics — ...

Dementia workshop offered online

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County has partnered with Wisconsin Health Literacy to bring an Improving Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia Care Through Health Literacy workshop to the community from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. This is a free, ...

Memories of my mother come in ripples

NIAGARA, Wis. — As I have shared in a previous column or two, I lost my mom this past December. She had come to live up here at Maryhill Manor nearly seven years before her death. Initially, people asked her why she was there because she looked so spry; she did not use any assistive device ...

Five reasons to use My Social Security

ESCANABA —There are countless reasons why you can benefit from using your personal My Social Security account. Here are five that highlight why opening an account today can help you and the people you love. Saving you time There’s no need to leave your home when using the features of My ...

Building a happy life amid chaos and confusion

NIAGARA, Wis. — If, like me, you have lived long enough to know that this is not the first time we have seen such strife and turmoil in our country, then you also know it will pass. Times will improve as issues are confronted and resolved. Somehow, we find our way through the conflict to the ...

United We Stand: Together, all is possible

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have been doing a lot of thinking lately about the word “unity.” The simple definition of the word is “joined as a whole.” Synonyms include such words as unification, integration, amalgamation, and coalition. I remember when I was in grade school, our teacher ...

Living in the layers and remembering falling stars

I have long kept a folder on my computer titled “Food for Thought,” into which I save a variety of inspirational type things that have “spoken” to me in some manner — things I have stumbled upon myself or that have been sent to me by others. I have been doing this for years and will ...