Seniors

What are all these Medicare parts?

September 20, 2014

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — This is the second article in a series designed to introduce emerging retirees to the basics of Medicare. In last Saturday’s Sheridan Press, the first article in this series addressed how one earns credits for Medicare coverage during their work history. You’ve done your due diligence and Read More

BAM! Class can help with balance

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Need help with balance, stability and upper and lower body strength? Consider trying out a Basic A.M. Moves class. “The exercises we do in this class are designed to help with all these things that can stop communication among the parts of the body,” class instructor Ginny Read More

Column: Caring tips when your loved one wanders

Guest columnist Stella Montano is the director of Family Caregiver Services at the Sheridan Senior Center.“Center Stage is written by friends of the Senior Center for the Sheridan Community.  It is a collection of insights and stories related to living well at every age.” Have you ever entered a building or room that you have Read More

Senior Happenings Sept. 13, 2014

September 12, 2014

• Class days for the Jewelry Class with Natural Stones have been changed from Fridays to Mondays in the Sheridan Senior Center’s Art Studio.  Class times are unchanged and will be from 1- 2:30 p.m. The classes will start this Monday, Sept. 15. • Basics of Social Security community presentation noon to 1:30 p.m. at Read More

Column: Keeping a cowgirls’ secret

Meadowlarks cheerfully welcomed spring as we blond cowgirls, dressed in old straw hats, shirts and Levis, trotted our horses across greening pastures to gather Hereford cattle.  My sister, Vera, 11, was riding Trixie, a small pinto mare, and I, 10, was riding Sailor, a roan gelding. Our dad had warned us that Midnight, the two-year-old Read More

Fall fishing trip planned

SHERIDAN — Kick off the first day of autumn with a fishing excursion at Lake DeSmet on Sept. 23. The Sheridan Senior Center is offering a half-day group trip for the community to the lake.  Participants may come to hike the lake and do not need to fish. Those wishing to fish must have their Read More

The key to qualify for Medicare begins years before retirement

By Lois Bell SHERIDAN — To say it nicely, Medicare qualifications, enrollment and coverage is involved. To not say it nicely, Medicare qualifications, enrollment and coverage is a complicated and requires planning and knowledge. In the upcoming weeks, this page will host a series of articles on Medicare. Experts in the field of Medicare will Read More

Navigating through Medicare presentation

August 29, 2014

SHERIDAN — When do I enroll with Medicare? What happens if I wait? Can I wait to enroll? What is covered? These and other questions can be answered at a community presentation September 2 with Kelly Wicks of the Wyoming State Health Insurance Information Program. The presentation is offered through the Sheridan Senior Center’s “When Read More

Just the way you would do it

We take care of your loved one just the way you would. I have been trying to sell the concept of adult day services for years. It is a hard sell. We go through our adult lives making decisions and being independent.  And then POW! something goes haywire and we are unable to care for Read More

Visitors learn how integrative therapies can aid in wellness

SHERIDAN — Acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractics, aromatherapy — can these play a part in your wellness? Attendees visited with area professionals in these fields at the Senior Center’s monthly Healthy U! health fair on Aug. 27. The August fair focused on non-mainstream options in promoting optimal health. “Chiropractics is based on two truths,” said Dr. Read More

Caregivers closer in heart than in blood

August 22, 2014

SHERIDAN — It was a beautiful day with friends and food. But this was no ordinary group. This was a group of people bonded by the common thread of caring for loved ones and finding support in each other’s company. Peggy Krizan, RN, is quizzing members on what makes this particular group, caregivers bonded through Read More

Not too late to go back to school

SHERIDAN — A new school year is coming. Although school for you may be way back in your rearview mirror, can you imagine yourself going back to school? Many schools and classrooms can envision elders in the classroom not as students but as a foster grandparent. Foster grandparents can be invaluable in classrooms throughout Sheridan Read More

Away from home with no wheels?

Are you a student at Sheridan College, away from home and stuck without wheels? So you are excited to be in Sheridan and ready to start classes. You can’t wait to explore all that Sheridan has to offer. There’s just one problem. You don’t have a car and it’s kind of a long walk to Read More

Senior Center happenings

August 15, 2014

• Have surplus produce? The Senior Center has a Gardeners Market table in the lobby at 211 Smith St. every Monday through August between 10 a.m. and noon. For specifics, call Jane Perkins at 672-2240. • Bluegrass and burgers at the Senior Center, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7- 9 p.m. Free music. Open to the public. Read More

Self-neglect and our right to choose

The guiding value for the Department of Family Services/Adult Protective Services is “that for every action taken there must be a balance of the duty to protect the safety of the vulnerable adult and the adult’s right to self determination.” This is the same value that all adult protective service agencies attest to and to Read More

Health fair to focus on integrative therapies in health promotion

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center is featuring the topic of integrative therapies in health promotion at its Healthy U! Health Fair on Aug. 26. Area professionals in  integrative therapies in health promotion will be at the fair to share educational information and demonstrations on topics such as chiropractics, yoga, acupuncture, Tai chi, deep tissue Read More

Enjoy a national monument for free

SHERIDAN — A trip to a monument can do a lot for perking up your attitude. Mark your calendars — there are free days in 2014 to national parks and monuments throughout the United States and in Wyoming. Each year the National Park Service waives entrance fees to national parks and monuments on designated days. Read More

Go in with a fighting spirit

August 8, 2014

SHERIDAN — Stormy Broad shares her experience when she was attacked. “It was mid-day in a busy parking lot,” Broad said, “when a man came up to me with a knife and told me to get into the car. I had enough fighting spirit in me. I pushed him back and shouted ‘No!’” Broad gave Read More

Goose bump moments

It was June 5, the evening before the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I couldn’t believe it: I was at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the eve of this incredible anniversary of that event. To add to the moment, I was with my friend, Bob Bender, a World War II Navy veteran. Read More

My first car

August 1, 2014

My first car was a 1931 Model A Ford pickup. I was working at the Colloid Bentonite Plant and needed transportation to the work place. I paid $100 to the M and M Service Station for the Model A pickup.  The year was 1947, the first year a driver’s license was required to operate a Read More

Senior companions provide kind, compassionate friendships

SHERIDAN — You can almost see the smile on her face through the telephone lines. Sheridan resident Joan Jensen admits she can’t say enough good things about her Senior Companion Margie Pierce. “I couldn’t do without her,” Jensen said. “She’s one of a kind.” One activity on Pierce’s schedule is to watch re-runs of the Read More

Presentation on self-defense for older women set for Aug. 5

July 25, 2014

SHERIDAN — Is self defense for an older woman different than for any other age? Not according to Francine Russell, founder and director of Empower Wyoming, an organization devoted to teaching women to fight back should they be confronted by an assailant. “We often visualize assailants as big and brutish but in reality they are Read More

VISTA volunteering for the young, young at heart

During my junior year of college, I had a bright idea. My minor was Spanish and I thought, “Why not go into the Peace Corps and get paid to polish my Spanish. I would be able to work with and in a completely different culture.” The response of the Peace Corps was, finish your degree, Read More

Nutrition secrets for those over 60

May 16, 2014

By Georgia Boley Registered Dietitian SHERIDAN — There are  five top tips if you’re 60 years or older: • The number one tip is more protein! Most seniors have a difficult time chewing, digesting, and absorbing protein, and therefore do not get enough. Those over 60 should try to have 2.42 grams of protein for every Read More

Loan closet — a community treasure

Did you know the Sheridan Senior Center has a loan closet available to the entire community? The closet has assistive devices and equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches, toilet risers, canes, grab bars, crutches, hospital beds and so much more…pretty much anything that helps with mobility, safety, comfort and providing independence and confidence. For Read More

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