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Seniors

Making wise choices when a representative payee manages your money

y Edward Cariuty Social Security District Manager, Escanaba ESCANABA —Some of the millions of people who get monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits need help managing this money. A person assigned to help you manage your monthly benefits is called a ...

Senior day event set at Fortune Lake camp

CRYSTAL FALLS — Mike Ausema, a National Park Service ranger on Isle Royale, will be guest speaker at a senior day event Monday at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp in Crystal Falls. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m., with lunch provided. Call the camp office at 906-214-2267 ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Gifting’s last step: ‘Thank you’

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” — Cicero Teaching children to be appreciative of others is an important goal. However, helping children learn to value the attention and gifts from others is a big task. It takes time and effort. To develop ...

The importance and benefits of optimism

NIAGARA, Wis. — I had a real dose of reality as I began this column today, as I always do, with its date of publication in the upper left-hand corner. Yes, it is the beginning of a new year, but not just any new year. The beginning of this new year is also the start of an entirely new decade, ...

This New Year, see what you can do online at socialsecurity.gov

Are you looking for new ways to save time this new year? Social Security offers many of its services online by signing up for a secure My Social Security account. Once you create an account, you can review your work history and see an estimate of your future Social Security benefits. We ...

Social Security benefits to increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit ...

Exploring the tradition of Christmas greetings

NIAGARA, Wis. — Last week, we explored the topic of family traditions around the holidays and how important they were to establish and maintain family bonds. One of our traditions is sending out Christmas cards with an annual letter enclosed. I started this after our fourth year of marriage ...

Regaining strength, hope as a caregiver

FLORENCE, Wis. — Caregivers are unpaid individuals — typically a spouse, child, neighbor or friend — who assist with activities of daily living and medical tasks. These informal caregivers often fill in gaps between medical professionals or paid aides to meet the needs of incapacitated ...

Celebrating family traditions during the holidays

NIAGARA, Wis. — Family traditions come to life during the holiday season like no other time of the year and are what help to make the holidays so special. There is great value in family traditions as explained in an article on fatherhood, relationships and family written by Brett and Kate ...

Just some thoughts throughout a snowy night

NIAGARA, Wis. -- I am having “one of those nights” tonight. I fell asleep easily, woke up once after about four hours, fell back to sleep only to wake up again an hour later. Sleep did not return, so here I am, making the best of it instead of lying awake in the dark. My response to nights ...

IMHS Jazz Band performs for Golden K Club

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Those big powerful plows came — again, again and again. And we are so glad they did. Winter made its appearance in the U.P. and it brought out plows — big and small — shovels, and scoops. Cities, counties and townships all had their ...

The post war years: Coming to America

NIAGARA, Wis. — Last week we described World War II through the lens of 6-year-old Barbara Spooner, who lived with her family near Oxford, England during the war and visited her grandmother in London throughout those difficult and dangerous years. This week we will see the post-war years ...

Golden K gets update on Lake Antoine Park Partners Project

KINGSFORD — Bill Roberts, chairman for the month, opened the Golden K Thanksgiving week meeting. Don Pedo and Alyce Derwinski led the group with appropriate songs during the coffee and donut time. The business meeting noted Virginia Yarcy’s birthday and Al and Laverne Calcari’s ...

Hints from Heloise: Senior technology

Dear Readers: Technology is advancing every day, and to senior citizens, it can appear complicated and overwhelming. With so many devices out there (desktop, laptop, smartphone, digital audio players), no wonder there’s confusion! Social media platforms are great ways to keep up with ...

Seniors should take someone with when going to appointments

FLORENCE, Wis. — While it is important for all to visit their physicians at least once a year for a checkup, seniors may need to schedule their appointments more frequently than other age groups. When visiting the doctor, it is easy to miss important components of what the doctor is saying, ...

A different perspective for Veterans’ Day

IRON MOUNTAIN — Every year in the month of November, our country observes Veterans’ Day — a tribute to those men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves, both in defense of our country and in aid to others, in wars around the world. They most certainly deserve our recognition and our ...

Foster families topic at Golden K meeting

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Monday morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford was buzzing with chatter as the Golden K seniors began filtering into the fellowship hall. It seemed as though everyone had exciting stories to tell about their weekend activities. ...

Kind children are healthier

Children and adults who know how to be nice tend to be healthier. Darnell Hunt and Daniel Fessler from UCLA have been studying kindness and what it does to the body. They say that receiving kindness from others and providing kindness are good for our heath. Engaging in kindness, contemplating ...

Seasonal work while getting Social Security

By EDWARD CARIUTY Social Security district manager, Escanaba Many people pick up side jobs when the holiday shopping season comes around. It’s a good way to make some extra income during the busy season or ease back into working if you have been out of the labor force for a while. We’re ...

AARP seeks volunteers for tax season

IRON MOUNTAIN — AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting individuals interested in tax preparation. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that aims to provide high-quality, free income tax preparation to low- and ...