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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 ...

The need for men to get in for an annual tune-up

My husband always gets a little nervous whenever I start a sentence with the phrase, “You know, I’ve been thinking …” Over the years, he has come to realize that it usually means whatever comes next will either cost money or require an expenditure of his time. Quite often it is an idea ...

Learning the subtleties of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease

By MARIA BOURNOVILLE Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” are often used interchangeably. However, the Alzheimer’s Association notes it is important to understand the subtle distinctions that make dementias ...

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with SS

By EDWARD CARIUTY Social Security District Manager, Escanaba We pay monthly Supplemental Security Income to people with disabilities who have low income and few resources, and people who are age 65 or older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. Income is money you receive, ...

Golden K to give kids refurbished fishing poles

I received a call from Dr. Paul Jacobs regarding a fishing pole project Golden K started months ago with the idea that upon completion fishing poles would be handed out free to children this summer. Earlier this year, several people donated fishing poles they no longer used. Duane Barnard ...

Preventive maintenance … it’s not just for women

Back when I still was working in public relations at our local hospital, I paid close attention to the various health observances in each month. Quite often we used those observances as a reason to feature a hospital service or to offer helpful tips on maintaining good health. Women’s ...

ADRC programs are here to help

By TERESA BROULLIRE Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County People want to grow old gracefully and maintain their independence as long as possible. There are many decisions to make as well as information to wade through to ensure needs are met and proper care is received ...

Channeling our forefathers’ pioneering spirit

Unless you are a Native American, your ancestors came from somewhere else; we are a nation of immigrants. Whether you live in cities on the east coast, farm lands in the Midwest, desert towns or Pacific coastal communities, you have your ancestors to thank for their pioneering spirits that ...

IM-K GFWC has cupcakes delivered to ManorCare center in Kingsford

By Terri Castelaz Lifestyles Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — The Iron Mountain-Kingsford General Federation of Women’s Club continued its annual project event at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to established restrictions, however, ...

Farm to Family Program to begin in Dickinson and Iron counties

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency announced that it will be participating in the state of Michigan’s “Farm to Family” program. The program provides for the distribution of food boxes to anyone 60 years old or older. Each box contains fresh fruits and ...

The American Dream belongs to all of us

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have to admit that this column is difficult to write this week. And it is not just because I have been writing it for well over a year, and I am running out of topics. When I began, I wanted the column to be of interest to an age group of folks who, like me, were dealing ...

When our hearts and minds clash

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have been thinking a lot lately about how we, as a society, can face the same crisis in our lives yet make such different decisions about how to navigate through it. How is it that when facing a killer virus, some of us decide to stay at home while others hit the beaches and ...

My life in refrigerator magnets

NIAGARA, Wis. — As I was eating breakfast recently, with my husband at the kitchen counter, my eyes landed on the heart-shaped refrigerator magnet that read, “A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of love and dreams.” It is so true, and it reminded me of the column I wrote ...

Stay informed with Social Security’s top five social media pages

We strive to keep you informed with accurate and helpful information. In addition to information we provide on our website at www.ssa.gov, we also engage regularly on social media. We invite you to read our posts and share items of interest with your family and friends. 1. You can ...

A few thoughts on the true meaning of home

NIAGARA, Wis. — Since we are spending so much more time at home these days, I thought it would be worthwhile delving into the topic of the meaning of that word. What does home mean to us? Is there a difference between house and home? Must a home be a real physical place or does it transcend ...

Reminiscing while taking a long drive down memory lane

NIAGARA, Wis. — For the past few months, we have all been living under a “coronavirus cloud” that also has made its way into this column. This week, I am indulging in a bit of reminiscing in the hopes of providing a lighthearted escape from our current situation. My husband and I recently ...