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Seniors

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 ...

Beware of people pretending to be from Social Security

By Edward Cariuty District Manager, Escanaba Social Security is committed to protecting your personal information. We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid providing sensitive information such as your Social Security number or bank account information to unknown people over the ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Rocks are cheap yet priceless for learning

What are 10 things a family can do with rocks after children no longer put things in their mouth? Top of the list — children love to throw and skip stones in the water. Help them look for thin, flat rocks and show them how to flick their wrists to have rocks hit the water on the flat side. ...

Paying it forward to others can create happiness

NIAGARA, Wis. — Last week’s column talked about choosing happiness as a way of healthy aging. It advanced the idea that while some people are actually genetically predisposed to having a positive outlook toward life, the rest of us could actively attain happiness through the choices we ...

Frantz discusses annual Art for All at Golden K meeting

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News IRON MOUNTAIN — The Golden K’s annual trek across the First Presbyterian Church parking lot began early Monday morning. Thanks to Vance and Dorleen Uhazie securing the key to the Masonic Temple, several hardy members came to transport the necessary ...

Free training on defibrillator

NIAGARA, Wis. — The Niagara Area Rescue Squad will provide free training on the proper use of a heart defibrillator at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Niagara Senior Center. No sign up is required. Also, consider lunch at the center. The menu is beef tips over noodles, with a suggested donation ...

Your choices can add to your happiness if it’s not in your genes

NIAGARA, Wis. — I recently read an interesting article that was based upon a Harvard Medical School study done in 2017, which stated that some people are genetically predisposed to be happier than others. That same study also explained that nearly half of our happiness comes from the choices ...