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Seniors

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 ...

Reunion brings memories, hope for the future

The 50th high school class reunion is a rite of passage for retirees; I just returned from mine in Ripon, Wis. — home of the Ripon Tigers. It was one of the most heartwarming experiences I have ever had and a true homecoming. Our class has faithfully had a reunion every five years since our ...

Recognizing the different causes of sleep disturbances

IRON MOUNTAIN — Sleep issues seem to be one of those concerns we have more often in retirement years. It is critical for overall good health and longevity that we get seven hours or better of restorative sleep each night. However, more than one-third of adults aren’t getting enough sleep. ...

Golden K plans annual picnic Monday

KINGSFORD — July has arrived and it came in with a bang. Parades, picnics, family outings and lots of fireworks have now settled into a quieter time. Monday morning found the Golden K members gathering in the fellowship hall at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, eager to share ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Using weather apps, forecasts with kids

Weather observation helps children be alert for changes in their environment and their need to prepare. Sometimes we underestimate what we can teach young children. Checking the weather forecast every day on media, plus learning weather clues for their own forecast, are good ways to nurture ...

Finding out if your personality traits are compatible

IRON MOUNTAIN — Last week we continued our discussion about adjusting to the 24/7 togetherness of retirement by examining the difference between the introverted and extroverted personalities. The week before we talked about the importance of sharing your retirement expectations with each ...

Ways for retired spouses to deal with different personality traits

IRON MOUNTAIN — Last week, we discussed how once retirement begins, you are with your spouse 24/7 and how effective communication about a variety of topics could ease the transition into so much time together. This week we will take a closer look at specific personality traits that may become ...

Golden K hears about improvements at Lake Antoine

KINGSFORD — Vance Uhazie, chairman for June, stepped up to the podium, rang the bell and another Monday morning began for the Golden K. Wasting no time, Alyce Derwinski sat down at the piano and Margaret Trudell gathered the group in a circle to begin the singing. With many “oldies” ...

Discussing your retirement hopes, dreams

IRON MOUNTAIN — We have been exploring the subject of retirement in this column for some time now and have covered topics dealing with when to retire, if downsizing a home is part of retirement, finding happiness during retirement, watching out for scams, and the various physical and ...

Flannery presents program on important topics for seniors

By SHARON SCHOLKE For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Has summer finally arrived? The Golden K meeting June 17 was in a summer mood with songs that were lively and music sprightly with Alyce Derwinski on the piano and Al Calcari leading the group. Vance Uhazie, chairman for June, opened the ...