Category Archives: Seniors

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

Center Stage: Looking at both sides

My career so far has taken me through the publicly traded, governmental and nonprofit worlds. Each world and company had its unique culture and ways of conducting business.  For those who don’t know the difference between these categories, here’s a brief synopsis of each – a “Reader’s Digest” version, so to speak, before I proceed.… Continue Reading

Key issues for an emerging and aging population

Key issues for an emerging and aging population

SHERIDAN — It was President Harry S. Truman who called for a national conference on aging to address the needs of a changing and aging population. Eight years later, in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law a bill passed by Congress that called for a national conference on aging to be held in… Continue Reading

New Year’s is more than just the bubbly

New Year’s is more than just the bubbly

SHERIDAN — “New Year’s 1981 I was north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska,” said veteran Harold Huber of a memorable New Year’s Day for him. “The Northern Lights were dancing all night long. The women in the headquarters wanted to go on a patrol and command sergeants.” A major, Huber relented to the request… Continue Reading

A very special Christmas gift

A very special Christmas gift

SHERIDAN — She will wake up on Christmas morning with her special family surrounding her — Henry, Jack, Tal, Fred, Bear and R.D. If the weather is nice enough, Kris Walker will walk her family, feed her family of six dogs, then head to the Sheridan Senior Center mid-morning to deliver meals on this very… Continue Reading

Be happy for this moment

Only three days until Christmas! Wow has this month been jam packed with fun and festivities! Weekly-daily-hourly, it’s true! It’s a catchy spirit of all colors. Just ask the SheridanAires choir, FA-LA-LA Holiday!! Oh, yeah, I guess you had to be at the annual Winter Concert. Two shows with master of ceremonies, the amazing AJ… Continue Reading

A caregiver’s survival toolkit

A caregiver’s survival toolkit

SHERIDAN — If you are caring for someone who is ill, frail or when the daily activities of living have become a struggle for them, you are a caregiver. Caregiving can be as simple as helping someone get ready for bed or preparing or getting them connected with meals or even bathing. Caregivers care for… Continue Reading

Burger Bowl Drive through

I found good ground pork at the grocery store. Not sausage. Just ground pork with no seasonings. I have seasoned my own ground pork for sausage — good quality spices, no sugar, no preservatives — since my days as a young wife and the days of Milt Johnson and the Banner Store, where we bought… Continue Reading

Happy to provide in-home care

Happy to provide in-home care

Her exuberance about her work is evident, immediately making one wonder if they have such passion for their work. Casi Bluemel is a certified nursing assistant, and she loves what she does. “Each day is a new day with a new outlook,” Bluemel said. As a C.N.A. with the Sheridan Senior Center, Bluemel takes care… Continue Reading

What was Thanksgiving like in your house?

What was Thanksgiving like in your house?

SHERIDAN — Growing up as ranch kid, Garry King’s Thanksgiving dinners saw eight children and the parents at the holiday table. “We lived in the middle of nowhere in central South Dakota on a ranch with no electricity and no indoor plumbing,” King said. “Life was different then. Mom would start cooking days ahead of… Continue Reading

Center Stage: What is your legacy?

Did you know that the Sheridan Senior Center and other hard working nonprofits in Sheridan County would really appreciate and be good stewards of your planned gift?  The Senior Center has and always will be a part of the Sheridan County community, but we don’t think we have done a good job of letting everyone… Continue Reading

Montano to be panelist in PBS Alzheimer’s program

SHERIDAN — Wyoming PBS will broadcast the program, “Alzheimer’s In Wyoming,” live on Friday, Nov. 18. The show will be broadcast on location from Rock Springs.  “Alzheimer’s in Wyoming” will be broadcast live as part of Wyoming PBS’ Wyoming Chronicle Live at 7:30 p.m. and a recorded broadcast of the program at 6:30 p.m. on… Continue Reading

Learning to cope as a caregiver

Learning to cope as a caregiver

SHERIDAN — A family member needs more help with shopping, cleaning, making a meal or managing their checkbook. Sometimes the change is slow. Other times the change is sudden. Whatever the reason, life has changed. The changes also affect their circle of family and friends. A caregiver emerges — often a family member — with… Continue Reading

Construction builds excitement for the Senior Center

Construction builds excitement for the Senior Center

SHERIDAN — “Despite the extra work and unexpected changes, people are excited — our customers, staff and volunteers — about the changes,” said Carmen Rideout, executive director at the Sheridan Senior Center. Rideout referred to construction that has begun at the Senior Center, the culmination of study and a subsequent capital campaign to transform the… Continue Reading

A history of homesteaders

All four of my grandparents were homesteaders in northeastern Wyoming. Homesteading meant free land if you managed to prove up and had the tenacity to stick it out. Many homesteaders did not prove up and returned to their homeland where it was easier to make ends meet. There was not much income to be made… Continue Reading

The magic of a car and a marriage proposal

The magic of a car and a marriage proposal

SHERIDAN — Maybe it’s magic. A car was involved in a marriage proposal for four couples at the annual Golden Years dinner at the Senior Center on Oct. 15. “We were in my Volkswagon Beetle convertible when I asked her to marry me,” said Don Wells said of when he proposed to his future wife,… Continue Reading

Defining ‘senior’

I’m so confused. I’m not sure what defines who is a “senior” (outside of high school or college, that is). When you turn 50, you can join AARP. You most likely are still working (like I am) and not old enough to retire, but you can join. If you go to Albertson’s on Thursdays, you… Continue Reading

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