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Seniors

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 ...

Five reasons to use My Social Security

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. Saves time There’s no need to leave your home when using the features of my Social Security. ...

Thoughts on facing mortality and creating a legacy

“I have reached that time of life when I find myself faced with my own mortality. This feeling of “nearing the end” or of “running out of time” has been ignited, I think, by a combination of both the times in which I am living as well as personal events marked by their accompanying ...

The danger of devaluing education and experience

NIAGARA, Wis. — My husband and I recently took a ride up to Marquette to get our Lake Superior fix and to visit Thill’s Fish House. On the drive up, we tuned in to WNMU on the radio and caught a very interesting NPR program. The program examined the topic of why our culture no longer values ...

The Marines and the Navajos

IRON MOUNTAIN — As we look back at this month in history, we remember VJ Day with the Japanese accepting the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Atlantic Charter of War, which outlined the postwar goals. One important group ...

Appreciating the long and winding road of life

NIAGARA, Wis. — Recently I had the kind of Saturday morning that only retirement allows. I had a great night’s sleep for a change — a full eight hours — and woke up feeling completely rested with nothing on my mind. I remembered I had fresh strawberries in the fridge, so I asked my ...

Enjoying life at the end of a dirt road

I have written often that I am not a native of this northern area. I have shared the fact that I grew up in a farming community and lived in a neighborhood — always with a paved street and never without a street light. I never saw any wildlife running through any of our yards. I never had to ...

Just bubbly

Virginia Barber, a resident at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis., shows you’re never too old to enjoy blowing bubbles.

I want you to tell it to me straight

NIAGARA, Wis. — I spent most of my working years in the field of public relations. I was keenly aware that the profession suffered from an image problem. People tended to believe that public relations staff were the “party planners” for the organization and held primarily a social role. ...

There is no better time for laughter

NIAGARA, Wis. — There is no doubt that we are living through a very difficult time in our nation’s history so the headline for this week’s column may seem to be poorly timed — almost disrespectful of the challenges and sadness facing so many people across our country. Yet, research ...

To everything there is a season

Back in 1965, I was a high school freshman. A song entitled “Turn, Turn, Turn” hit number one on the pop charts. Written by Pete Seeger and sung by a British group called The Byrds, it eventually ran its course, like all songs do. It was not until I was older that I realized the lyrics were ...

Important update to My Social Security’s representative payee portal

Millions of Americans who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits need help managing their money and may need a representative payee. A representative payee is a person or an organization we appoint to receive the Social Security or SSI benefits for beneficiaries ...

100th birthday

Patricia Dixon turned 100 years old on June 10. Formerly from Felch Township, Dixon now resides at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. She celebrated this milestone birthday with a cake and many, many birthday cards from friends and family. Shown outside her window is her daughter, Gail.

How to avoid caregiver burnout

By TERESA BROULLIRE Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County Stress can wear out caregivers if they do not lighten their loads. Caring for an aging or sick relative is not always so easy. In addition to the physical demands of caring for such loved ones, tending to sick ...