Category Archives: Seniors

Question, persuade, refer could save a life

Question, persuade, refer could save a life

SHERIDAN — Those in the audience were age 14 and older. Every hand in the room went up when the presenter asked, “Do you know of someone who was lost to suicide or who lost someone to suicide?” Most would prefer to not have to talk about the topic of suicide. But it’s this difficult… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings — Feb. 13, 2016

• Senior Center 101. Join us on Monday, Feb. 15 at the Senior Center. Learn about the mission of the Senior Center! 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Conference Room, 211 Smith St. • Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild? There is support for you in your very special role. Join us on Wednesday,… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Giving care to caregivers

I often think of a quote by Rosalynn Carter saying “There are only four kinds of people in this world: Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Now that we have everyone covered, we can agree that it is in our… Continue Reading

Two valentines from Eatons’ Ranch

Two valentines from Eatons’ Ranch

The Academics for All committee is proud to honor Samantha Hamilton, daughter of Mike and Laura Hamilton, as this week’s Summit Award winner. Hamilton carries a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and received academic letters her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She remarks, “Education is indispensable, and learning gives me great satisfaction.” Having aspirations of becoming… Continue Reading

A bold new front for Green Boomerang thrift store

A bold new front for Green Boomerang thrift store

SHERIDAN — Volunteers worked with the efficiency of a bucket brigade and now it’s official: The Sheridan Senior Center’s thrift shop, Green Boomerang, has joined the business community in historic downtown Sheridan. The Senior Center is targeting to open Green Boomerang on Feb. 6 at its new location at 226 N. Main St. moving into… Continue Reading

Lady warrior with a gentle strength

Lady warrior with a gentle strength

SHERIDAN — One can almost hear the soft summer nights and country roads of a small Texas girl when Sue Moomey speaks. Moomey speaks with a soft elegance that is a light veil over an attitude of exuberance. One soon realizes he is speaking with a Southern lady, but may not readily discern that they… Continue Reading

Protect yourself from fraud: File with the IRS

SHERIDAN — The IRS and AARP Foundation tax aide volunteers are encouraging everyone to file a tax return for 2015 regardless if they don’tmeet the filing requirements. Why? “It’s part of the IRS campaign to try to protect us from fraud,” said Janet Dill. Dill has been preparing tax forms for AARP Foundation’s Tax Aid… Continue Reading

Michelle Keller: building bridges

Michelle Keller: building bridges

SHERIDAN — You wouldn’t immediately conclude that Michelle Keller is a bridge builder when you first meet her. But she is. Tongue River Valley resident Keller has joined the Sheridan Senior Center team. Her objective? To increase community awareness of what services are available for older residents to maintain independent living in their homes. For… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Valentine tributes and fun facts

Did you know that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day several times a year?  According to an article by Elizabeth Hanes on the History website, called “6 Surprising Facts about St. Valentine” because of the abundance of St. Valentines on the Roman Catholic roster, you can choose to celebrate the saint multiple times each year. Besides… Continue Reading

Cowboy up with your diabetes management

Cowboy up with your diabetes management

SHERIDAN — It’s a fit much like putting on your favorite pair of well-broken in boots: managing your own diabetes or pre-diabetes. What does it mean to cowboy up in managing your diabetes? According to one definition, to cowboy up is to keep going when the going is tough. But it does not mean going… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings Jan. 9, 2016

• Is it becoming a national event? Whether you spell your first, middle or last name Jane, Jayne, Janie or – however – you are invited to the annual JANE PARTY! The party is Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at the historic Sheridan Inn. Please call 672-2240 by 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 to let… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Another new year

Happy New Year! Are you someone who loves the New Year? Do you get excited and motivated to try something new or make a change to better your life? Maybe you are looking at it as good riddance to a tough 2015 and you have hope for better things to come in 2016? Are you… Continue Reading

Fraud watch: be your own advocate

Fraud watch: be your own advocate

SHERIDAN — The amount of money forfeited to fraud is estimated at $18 billion according to Les Engelter. Engelter was one of two presenters at the Senior Center on Tuesday as the Senior Center kicked off its 2016 monthly “When I’m 64…or more” life planning lecture series addressing the topic of fraud. Detective Jerome Smith… Continue Reading

Column: Say ‘no’ to IRS scammers

Last March, the Senior Center offered a Fraud Watch presentation as part of the Center’s “When I’m 64…or more” life planning series.  We invited local AARP Chapter leadership and the Sheridan Police Department to present warning signs and preventative actions all of us can take to dodge being scammed. Folks who attended were surprised when… Continue Reading

Ringing in the new year unique and varied

Ringing in the new year unique and varied

SHERIDAN — New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day give many an opportunity to reflect or resolve. For some, New Year’s Eve and Day called for special celebrations or activities. And even if the moment didn’t seem special at the time, some activities turn out to be special after all. “We used to go to… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings — Dec. 26, 2015

• The deadline to be included on a White House Tour in April 2016 with the Senior Center is Dec. 31. Names of travelers enrolled for the trip as of Dec. 31 will be submitted for the White House tours. This tour is part of the Senior Center’s trip to Washington, D.C., Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg,… Continue Reading

Column: Grumpy’s shack across the track

Roy “Grumpy” Norris was the city Marshall part of the time when I was in high school. He was the grandfather of Marjorie and Bob Douglas. He lived in a two room shack south across the CB&Q railroad tracks and the train depot. Bob and Marjorie lived rural about 10 miles north of town. When… Continue Reading

Rich with love and holiday memories

Rich with love and holiday memories

SHERIDAN — The holidays can bring special memories of family gatherings and special moments. At the Sheridan Senior Center, the Help at Home and Family Caregiver teams decorated the door to their building with their favorite Christmas memories. Following are five fond holiday recollections the team shared. — “My favorite Christmas was when I was… Continue Reading

Center Stage: The trip to south central Iowa

Since Dad had an older car, he rode to Iowa with his good friend Voy “Hopper” Cox. Hopper had just purchased a new Chevrolet car. The year was 1935. Dad’s grandmother had passed away and he was going to the funeral in Kellerton, Iowa. When they were approaching the Missouri River, they had to cross… Continue Reading

Inspired U, Healthy U!

Inspired U, Healthy U!

SHERIDAN — What comes to mind when you hear “healthy”? Do you think diet? Bland tasting foods? Exercise? Weight loss? Pain? Denial? When you hear the word “healthy,” do you think of sleep, breathing techniques, effective communication, decision making, enrichment, enhancement? The Sheridan Senior Center, in partnership with the Wyoming Center on Aging, is launching… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Tips and words of support for caregivers

The importance for caregivers to care for themselves is paramount. This was the message my father, Dr. Fred Araas, and I shared at an annual Senior Center’s caregiver Care for Yourself earlier this year. To help manage the stress related to changes in your roles, be cognizant of the stressors that will occur as a… Continue Reading

A special love: Grandparents raising grandchildren

A special love: Grandparents raising grandchildren

SHERIDAN — “We moved into a community and knew nobody,” said Robin Ruff. “We didn’t fit into any group. We are in our 60s. Parents with 10-year-olds could be our own children. People our age don’t have children. We are really isolated.” Robin and her husband, Roger, are two of the many Sheridan County grandparents… Continue Reading

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