Category Archives: Seniors

Tackle prediabetes with a healthy nutritional plan

When my mom was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus, I knew immediately that our family’s lives had changed forever. Before such a diagnosis, most individuals develop “prediabetes,” a condition involving factors such as age, gender, family history, personal health status, lifestyle or a combination of these elements.  My mom had likely lived with prediabetes… Continue Reading

A bountiful helping of conviviality

A bountiful helping of conviviality

SHERIDAN — “I could sit around and not come out of the house,” Dorothy Johnson said. “But I wouldn’t enjoy that. You know, you live longer if you’re around people.” Johnson has discovered there is more to eating than what’s on your plate. Dining with others not only offers nutritional benefits but other non-nutritional benefits… Continue Reading

Are you getting your dose of Vitamin F?

I checked the worldwide web for observances in March just for fun, but there were so many that I decided to focus on National Nutrition Month, in the area of caregivers. Caregivers have to be very resilient to do the jobs they do, day in and day out. Caregiving can take its toll, therefore, good… Continue Reading

Buddy up with the Senior Center for your diet

Buddy up with the Senior Center for your diet

SHERIDAN — Doing a lot of things is better when you have a buddy to do it with. Whether you are walking, exercising, enjoying activities or the outdoors, doing it with a buddy is always more enjoyable. But have you thought of teaming up with a buddy in your nutrition? Having a “running buddy” is… Continue Reading

Putting your best gluten-free fork forward

Putting your best gluten-free fork forward

By Lois Bell | The Sheridan Senior Center   SHERIDAN — Eight years ago, Brooke Holstedt was surprised to find out what was causing him pain. “I had neck pain and arthritis in my right arm,” said Holstedt. “The neck pain was excruciating.” His doctor told him to stop eating foods with gluten in them. Within… Continue Reading

Senior center happenings

• “Anybody for Tea?” and “Who is Herbert?” stage performances by the Young at Heart Players under the direction of Pat Tomsovic on March 9, 10 and 11,1:30 p.m. all three days. On the Senior Center dining room stage. A $2 suggested contribution at the door is appreciated. Entertainment for all ages! The Senior Center… Continue Reading

Senior Center happenings

• Be informed!  Hear how proposed changes to Medicare coverage can affect you and your wallet especially for those still working and not yet enrolled. Community meeting at the Senior Center, 211 Smith Street, Tuesday evening, Feb. 28, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hear AARP’s position on proposed changes. • Are you caring for a loved… Continue Reading

Column: Doing something … for a change

Column: Doing something … for a change

 SHERIDAN — Nancy Moses is doing something different…for a change. And in one week after making change, Moses was feeling better. “I was getting up every morning with severe back pain,” said Moses. “But I figured that’s just how it is when you’re 85. I don’t exercise enough; I sit too much.” Moses started walking.… Continue Reading

Column: Marching into better nutrition

March is recognized as National Nutrition Month by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (www.eatright.org). As such, the organization focuses on educational and informational efforts to spread the word about making healthy and informed food choices, as well as healthy eating habits to support optimal well-being. While the Academy’s primary mission and focus is on… Continue Reading

Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

Ch-ch-ch-ch changes!

This David Bowie song is definitely stuck in my head. Not so much the lyrics, but the classic refrain…Ch-ch-ch-ch changes. The first months of the year have come and gone and we at the Senior Center are looking at 2017 as a year of change. This is not news for those of you that work,… Continue Reading

Column: Getting down to the heart of the matter

Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. What’s even more important to note is that these diseases — many versions of them — can be prevented by managing modifiable risk factors associated with their development. It’s idealistic to… Continue Reading

A day (break) to look forward to

A day (break) to look forward to

SHERIDAN — Laughter Club, Harmonica by Bob, brain games and much more are on the calendar. But the heart of the day is not just about the fun, it’s about being together… and thriving. Three months after moving into a new location, the Senior Center’s Day Break program is sparkling with activity. Positive energy in… Continue Reading

Resources for utility assistance

SHERIDAN — If you find you need assistance to help pay for utility costs, there are a number of places in Sheridan to contact for information or to apply. Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program Heating assistance. Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street. Call 672-2240 for an appointment. Proof of income, identification, and your current… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Representing the utility consumer

The Wyoming Office of Consumer Advocate, formed in 2003 and known as the OCA, is an independent office that is responsible under state law for representing consumer interests in matters involving public utilities in Wyoming. Most often, the OCA represents consumers in utility cases heard by the Wyoming Public Service Commission. Currently, the OCA is… Continue Reading

Help for weathering electric costs increases

Help for weathering electric costs increases

SHERIDAN — Effective in March, customers will see increases from Montana-Dakota Utilities for their electricity usage. MDU provides electrical and gas services to approximately 16,000 residents in Sheridan County. After negotiations with the Sheridan City Council last year, the utility provider went before the Wyoming Public Service Commission earlier this month to request a rate… Continue Reading

Continuing care under budget cuts

Continuing care under budget cuts

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center   SHERIDAN — As director of the Senior Center’s Help at Home program, Janet Korpela is familiar with the rollercoaster funding world for nonprofit agencies. Her constant challenge is to provide in-home services in an environment of increasing demand with decreasing resources. So, when Korpela received news that almost… Continue Reading

Bridging the gap between hospital and home

Bridging the gap between hospital and home

The Senior Center is the home of many hats. I have worked for the Senior Center for almost nine years and am still amazed at all the programs we have to help our senior and disabled community. While all the services at the Senior Center are truly wonderful, the one that is nearest and dearest… Continue Reading

Moving in your 70s, 80s… and 90s

Moving in your 70s, 80s… and 90s

SHERIDAN — “It’s the greatest exercise program. You don’t feel tired when you’re through,” said Effie Rexroat. Effie and her husband, Richard, attend the Basic A.M. Moves (BAM!) class that meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Sheridan Senior Center. The Rexroats are unique: they are the only couple who are currently attending the… Continue Reading

Quinoa – ‘The mother grain’

“While no single food can supply all the essential life sustaining nutrients, quinoa comes as close as any other in the plant or animal kingdom” (White, 1955). While quinoa’s (pronounced keen-wah) health benefits were reported several decades ago (if not earlier), it wasn’t until more recently that these words, and the product, gained respect.  First,… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings

• Kick off 2017 with a Weight Release class. Learn effective strategies for weight release, empower your relationship with food, improve nutrition knowledge and identify food and emotion connections impacting your weight goals with registered dietitian, Georgia Boley. Tuesday evenings, 5:15-6:15 p.m., Jan. 17 through March 14 at the Senior Center, 211 Smith St. Sign… Continue Reading

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