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Seniors

Grandparents Teach, Too — Children help with family gatherings

While a meal is in the oven children and adults can do a little cooking together. On average, American families are spending about 29 minutes a day talking together. Most of the time is spent giving children directions to finish meals, prepare for school, lessons and bedtime. Those minutes of ...

From parents to grandparents – making the transition

NIAGARA, Wis. — As most of you who have children — and have attained a certain age — already know, being a parent is very different from being a grandparent. I did not realize this, of course, until I had grandchildren. I mistakenly believed that since my husband and I had successfully ...

Huotaris give presentation on local Civil War veteran

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — First, the body is still trying to adjust to the time change. Then the snow keeps showing up a little here and there. Ready or not — sweaters, hats, mittens and coats are taking over the closet space. Golden K members just shrug off the ...

Celebrate family caregivers this month

November is National Family Caregiver Month, a time to recognize and thank the many hard-working and devoted people who provide care to a loved one. We all know a caregiver — the gentleman who patiently walks with his wife whose mobility is failing; the woman who gently prods her forgetful ...

In the spirit of the season, practice gratitude

NIAGARA, Wis. — Here it is November already — another month has come and gone in the blink of an eye. November requires us to turn the clocks back by one hour, which typically leads us to mourn the loss of daylight as we leave work in the dark. Instead of giving in to that typical ...

I am aging … but I am not a senior

NIAGARA, Wis. — On a recent visit to see our Minnesota son, we passed a public building in his suburb that was hosting a health fair aimed at the “older” generation. The sign outside advertised “Boomer/Senior Health Fair Today.” My son laughed and asked, “Well, what’s the ...

Eye doctor speaks at Golden K

KINGSFORD — For those who forgot about Monday, let me refresh your memory — it rained, the wind blew and it rained again. What appeared to be a dismal day soon turned into a bustling, chatty group of Golden K members filing into the fellowship hall at the First Presbyterian Church in ...

Find ways to re-energize so you can be the best caregiver you can be

No one can anticipate what it will take to care for another person. It starts out with little things, and then slowly progresses to more and bigger things. Pretty soon, you find yourself spending an enormous amount of time and energy taking care of someone else. The responsibility becomes ...

It’s important to be pro-active about children’s vaccines

NIAGARA, Wis. — I can remember as a kid and member of the baby-boom generation that when it came time to get vaccinated, we took home parental approval forms from school. With parental permission attained, we lined up in the gymnasium or auditorium grade by grade and, with arms extended, got ...

Road commission chief speaks to Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — A bright sunny Monday morning greeted the Golden K members as they gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. The piano is a large musical instrument. When one hits the keys, the keys hit the hammers and the hammers hit the ...

Some seniors prefer to experience life without a cell phone

My husband and I do not own smart phones. Yes, you read that correctly. We do not own them and we do not miss them. Our two sons believe this makes us totally old school and opposed to learning new things, our grandchildren cannot understand how we can even function in life without them, and ...

Hogan and Kranz perform at the Golden K meeting

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The last Monday of September started out to be wet, dreary and rather depressing. The Golden K members taking things in stride turned the day into a bustling get-together. Orice Walters brought the group to attention with the ringing of the ...

Positive thoughts can make good things happen

Let me begin by telling you what I am not going to talk about in this column today. I am not going to discuss the specifics of what is going on in our world because we all hear enough about that when we read the newspaper, or watch the news on television, or listen to it on the radio … or get ...

Fall beautiful time for finger painting

Fingers make the best painting tools. Bright-colored commercial finger paint works just fine and washes out easily from clothes. It is even more fun to finger paint with products you have around the house. You will need vanilla pudding, shaving cream, food coloring, paper, gallon-size plastic ...

Finding peace on a spontaneous adventure

I believe that the ability to be spontaneous is one of the best things about retirement. This past Tuesday, I set aside my usual need to plan and acted on a whim. I am so glad that I did, because I was able to make a bit of a pilgrimage to put a piece of my past to rest. It turned out much ...

Laylin celebrates her 104th birthday in Crivitz

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Irene (Dallapiazza) Laylin turned 104 on Sept. 12. Her family had a celebration of her life at her residential facility, New Care in Crivitz, Wis., which included a bingo party, cake and sharing facts from her birth year in 1915. She was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Norway. She ...

Stolze- 50th

KINGSFORD — George Jr. and Mary Stolze of Kingsford recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They were married Sept. 12, 1969, at St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Denver. They met at Fort Ord in California and were married just before being sent to Vietnam. Both are retired — Mary ...

Welcome to Medicare Workshop set in Aurora

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will sponsor another Welcome to Medicare Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College/Hillcrest school, 2030 Calvary Drive in Aurora, Wis. Janice Jonet, the Florence County elder ...

Evening meal Tuesday at Crystal Lake Senior Center

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency has expanded meal offerings at the Crystal Lake Senior Center. The next night meal will be Tuesday and will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The menu for the next evening meal is Swedish meatballs, rice ...