Category Archives: Seniors

A new page for a caregiver

A new page for a caregiver

SHERIDAN — “For the longest time, granny was my life. Everything I did revolved around her,” said Tatiana Hom. Hom was a caregiver to the granny who raised her as a daughter. For many of Hom’s teenage years, her granny Julester Grant suffered from Alzheimer’s dementia, a decline in her mental ability that took a… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings — Nov. 14, 2015

• Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild…or great-grandchild? How can we help? The Senior Center is inviting grandparents raising grandchildren to an evening at the Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dining Room at 211 Smith St. We want to hear what challenges you face and what supports you… Continue Reading

Center Stage: The spirit of the holidays

We sure appreciate all of the warm wishes during the holidays and thank you to all of you who are thinking about being a part of our annual Holiday Spirit Campaign!  Our goal is $40,000 and the support from this effort helps keep our doors open, our public transportation vehicles safe, our meals ever-more nutritious… Continue Reading

A way to say ‘thank you’

A way to say ‘thank you’

SHERIDAN — Codee McKinzie breezes into a veteran’s home with a cheery smile and greeting then quickly moves to work. Her visit may include making breakfast, vacuuming, laundry, dishes or taking out the trash. McKinzie provides these services for veterans under a longstanding partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Senior Center. McKinzie… Continue Reading

Center Stage: The privilege to help

Hello! My name is Heather Comstock and I’m writing to you as a newest staff addition to the Family Caregiver Services department here at the Senior Center.  I have only been a part of the Senior Center for a few weeks and I can tell you, it is a busy place! As I explain my… Continue Reading

Halloween costumes fun for all ages

Halloween costumes fun for all ages

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Teddy Araas recalls fondly many Halloweens where she and her siblings would dress up and travel from door-to-door with their father trick-or-treating. Halloween was not only an evening, but also an event to look forward to for the entire Araas family. While father Fred escorted the children,… Continue Reading

Transforming glass into pieces of art

Transforming glass into pieces of art

SHERIDAN — It is an art form that came into its own millennia ago. Today, it can be found in museums, buildings and parks from Barcelona to Stockholm to Bangkok to South America. In Sheridan, a group of lifelong learners are discovering the mosaic art form for their personal enjoyment. Tena Twite is leading new… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Does hearing loss cause dementia?

With the initiative of the concerned and recent study circles currently being offered by Center for a Vital Community on the topic of dementia, I was offered to present an audiologist’s perspective on this disorder. The level of cognitive decline and the terminology may include but is not limited to: short term memory loss, dementia… Continue Reading

Prescription coverage review appointments now available

SHERIDAN — The Senior Center is taking appointments now for beneficiaries to review if their Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is still the best plan for them. “Beneficiaries need to make an appointment now to be sure they’re on the right prescription coverage plan,” said Gwen Burgess, outreach coordinator at the Senior Center. Under… Continue Reading

Medicare premiums, deductibles tagged to increase in 2016

SHERIDAN — Medicare premiums and deductibles are tagged for substantial law-driven increases in 2016 unless Congress intervenes to mitigate the impact of the increases. “New Medicare participants can expect to see a 52 percent increase in Medicare Part B premiums in 2016,” said Meg Pruett, president of the Sheridan Chapter of AARP. “And all Medicare… Continue Reading

Center Stage: A village to focus on who you are

Across the pond on the outskirts of Amsterdam in the small town of Wheesp, each resident has dementia. This village — called Hogeway — is approximately the size of 10 football fields with only 152 inhabitants.  Hogeway is a $25 million dollar top of the line elderly-care facility that was built and funded by the… Continue Reading

Declutter: Downsizing your life

Declutter: Downsizing your life

SHERIDAN — Your valuable collection, your mother’s dishes, your treasures…if you aren’t talking with your kids about these heirlooms, you may not be leaving the legacy you hope for. This was one of the points shared at the “Downsizing Your Life” presentation on Oct. 6 at the Sheridan Senior Center. At some point, you may… Continue Reading

Column: Create a dementia friendly community

I’m a lapsed yoga aficionado. That means I love yoga.  Unfortunately, I don’t make it to class nearly as often as I’d like. As a result, I’m generally stiff, sore and stressed, all characteristics that can be drastically reduced by regular yoga. I’m working on it. The point is that one of the best parts… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings Sept. 26, 2015

• My family doesn’t want my things — what do I do? We don’t want Mom and Dad’s stuff — what do we do? Join us on Tuesday evening at a free community presentation. Amanda Lawson of Caring Transitions and Shelley Kinnison of Real Estate Rehab will share tips and strategies for “Downsizing Your Life.”… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Italian friends and acquaintances

Several Italian families migrated to the Cambria coal mine when it was in operation from 1888-1928.  Newcastle and Cambria were named after towns in England.  Many of the Italian miners took homesteads in the area.  The CB&Q railroad needed coal and the Cambria coal mine furnished this before the vein of coal ran out. The… Continue Reading

Center Stage: To Russia with love

We were suspicious from the get-go of the party camped next to us.  They occupied three campsites at North Fork campground near Burgess Junction even though they were obviously together.  The group of five or six — one woman, as I recall — had this tarp covered, rectangular, mysterious, humming monstrosity at the edge of… Continue Reading

Gearing up for the annual Autumn Fest

Gearing up for the annual Autumn Fest

SHERIDAN — Individuals are already signing up for the annual fall event and looking forward to the 2015 Autumn Fest dinner and dance that will be held at the Dayton Community Hall. Sponsored by the Sheridan Senior Center, the annual Autumn Fest — previously named the Harvest Moon Ball — is scheduled for Friday in… Continue Reading

Hope and healing after the pain

Hope and healing after the pain

SHERIDAN — In time, she found her strength through her voice and through action. It was not a journey she had expected she would have taken in life. Twenty-two years later, Sarah Mentock speaks out about her sister’s suicide. Mentock was a graduate student at the University of Wyoming and in the week of final… Continue Reading

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