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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

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

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

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

Day Break full of people like you and me

March 21, 2014

You may have heard a lot about Day Break lately due to the talk of a new facility. You may not realize what adult day services are and that we have been breaking the fun barrier for 22 years. Day Break is a safe haven for those who cannot spend the day alone. It is Read More

Where music speaks

SHERIDAN — His goal was always to come back to Sheridan. Then, his goal was met last summer. Andy Edmundson returned to Sheridan and, with over a decade of experience in music therapy, started his Sheridan-based business, “Possibilities Music Therapy Service.” “My father inspired me,” Edmundson said of his decision to start with music therapy. His Read More

Build your personal emergency kit: Week 24

It’s been 24 weeks since a snowstorm created power outages in the Sheridan area on October 4, 2013. How did you weather the outages? The Sheridan Senior Center has published a weekly plan for assembling your personal family emergency kit and included tips on how to prepare for a possible emergency on a 24-week calendar Read More

School daze; missed opportunity

September 6, 2013

Now that school has started, it reminds me of the missed opportunity that I had to learn. It was self inflicted because there were a lot of well qualified teachers who tried to get me to learn. I was not interested in what they had to offer; I did only enough to get to the Read More

Riding for the sheer joy

SHERIDAN — “It was 16 to 17 years ago when a high school friend and I rode in a cyclists’ event in Ragbrai, Iowa,” Big Horn resident Bill Conrad said. “We then thought we’d do thi­­s every year. But every year it was one thing or another, so the annual ride didn’t happen.” Conrad did Read More

Sending out an SOS (Save Our Strength)

August 30, 2013

Calling out to each other for help has been going on for many years. The most commonly know is the SOS distress code for signaling danger. The SOS or (…—…) has been used internationally since 1906. The signal meant several things including “save our ship” and “save our souls”. Mariners are not the only ones Read More

Going back to local food

The “new” concept of choosing foods from as local a source as possible is old hat to many. Less than 70 years ago, most of the food consumed in Sheridan County came from a local source. In the 1940s, Sheridan had over 1300 vegetable gardens. Sheridan County had 29 licensed dairies, a flour mill, potato Read More

happenings for seniors

August 23, 2013

• The Iron Brotherhood is hosting its Second Annual Poker Run to benefit the Sheridan Senior Center’s meal program Aug. 31. Registration will be from 9:30-10 a.m. at Little Goose Liquors on Coffeen Avenue. The cost is $10 a hand or $15 for two hands. The route includes Little Goose Liquors, the Mountain Inn in Read More

Scams prolific as Portulaca oleracea L.

I see a parallel between unwanted telephone solicitations and an unwanted weed in my garden — the Portulaca oleracea L. known to many as Purslane. Both are prolific, tenacious, and invasive. I’ve experienced an alarming trend this year with telephone and email solicitations to the Senior Center: the solicitor using the name of a reputable Read More

Jeopardy contestant competes

SHERIDAN — Patrick Geary was propelled to local notoriety when it became public that he was selected as a contestant on the popular syndicated game show, Jeopardy! Geary was the winner the first round he participated in. Following his experience on the famous syndicated game show, Geary was contacted by Senior Center staff member Nancy Read More

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