Category Archives: Seniors

For the love of birds

For the love of birds

SHERIDAN — At least one Saturday of each month, Chuck Bailey is in the field with binoculars in hand. Bailey looks for birds, an interest he has engaged in for more than 50 years. “I’ve always liked birds since I was a boy,” said Bailey. “I find their diversity, habits and behaviors very intriguing.” Bailey… Continue Reading

Life link technology available for your safe being

Life Link of Sheridan County is our local provider for personal emergency response service for individuals living at home. This service allows individuals to call for help by pressing a button when they cannot reach their telephone. This technology allows people to live in their homes regardless of age, infirmities, or illness. And for active… Continue Reading

Center Stage: The wonders of water

Water is the largest component of the body and makes up 50 to 70 percent of our total body weight. Water is also a primary component of many important physiological functions that take place inside the human body each day. Our bodies rely on the presence of water for processes such as regulating body temperature,… Continue Reading

75 years singing for God

75 years singing for God

SHERIDAN — “My 11th birthday was December 8, 1941. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, Sunday. I didn’t get to have my birthday party as we were all listening to the radio. It upset me greatly,” said Leonard Hurst. “In those days, I would get a card from my parents and kids that… Continue Reading

To be the best caregiver, don’t go it alone

Did you know that every 71 seconds someone new is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? There is not yet a cure for Alzheimer ‘s disease, but research has discovered strategies, therapies and treatments throughout the course of the disease to help maximize the quality of life for all affected. It is particularly difficult and stressful for… Continue Reading

Honored to serve honorable veteran

Honored to serve honorable veteran

SHERIDAN — He quietly comes in and sits at a table he favors in the dining room. Soft-spoken Charles “Charlie” Gazdik has seen the tough side of battle. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart and Bronze Medal from battle in the Pacific campaign of World War II. But Gazdik was rejected at first… Continue Reading

Green Boomerang team traveling far together

Green Boomerang team traveling far together

SHERIDAN — There is an African proverb that says if you want to travel far, travel together. Traveling far together are the volunteers at the Sheridan Senior Center’s Green Boomerang Thrift Shop. These volunteers have brought operations at the thrift shop a long way since the store’s opening two years ago. “They are a group… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings

• What’s involved with planning your estate on your own? Learn the pitfalls in doing so at a free community presentation with Sheridan attorney, Tim Tarver, on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. on the Sheridan Senior Center’s dining room stage. The Senior Center is located at 211 Smith St. and this presentation is open… Continue Reading

Woman pilot Bobbie Whisler

Woman pilot Bobbie Whisler

SHERIDAN — She was the only woman in the pilots training program but Bobbie Whisler didn’t give that a second thought. She was going to learn to fly. “I thought it would be a wonderful thing to do,” Whisler said. “Those were the days where you would land in a corn field based on a… Continue Reading

A day late and a dollar short

Most everyone has felt like a day late and a dollar short from time to time. The first time that I felt that way was when I dirtied my diaper and Mom paddled me. Another time was when we boys broke into the community hall after the carnival and shot out several of the lightbulbs… Continue Reading

Ed Barbula: Setting the (Senior) Olympic bar

Ed Barbula: Setting the (Senior) Olympic bar

SHERIDAN — For 30 years, Sheridan resident Ed Barbula has been a presence at the Wyoming Senior Olympics. Covering the length of a 12-foot table, Barbula can display 50 medals he has garnered over the years. “And we think we may be missing some,” said Misty Plott-Barbula, his wife. Barbula has competed in the Wyoming… Continue Reading

Always something happening at the Senior Center

So I’m sitting at the Mars Theater engrossed in the musical talents of the local women’s musical group called the Spurs of the Moment and Rapid Creek Rangers. What’s obvious is the level of talents and dedication they all have to their passion of music. Their stage presences displayed a level of comfort and professionalism… Continue Reading

New wave of seniors changing Senior Center services

New wave of seniors changing Senior Center services

SHERIDAN — There’s a new wave of older adults coming and they don’t want the same things as their parents. From differing tastes in activities to food, younger elders are challenging senior centers across America to rethink the way they connect with them if they want these younger elders to cross the threshold of senior… Continue Reading

Myths about Medicare and long-term care

Myths about Medicare and long-term care

SHERIDAN — An older parent or spouse unexpectedly needs hospitalization and long-term care. Who pays and where does Medicare play a part? Where does long-term care play a part? “What I have seen is family members think Medicare is going to cover all of the bills, but this is not the case,” said Ann Gardner.… Continue Reading

Center Stage: A new twist to appreciating volunteers

At the Senior Center, we can’t do what we do without volunteers. For years, every year we celebrated volunteers at an annual volunteer breakfast held during National Volunteer Week in April. We even had a volunteer appreciation dinner during the summer in Whitney Commons. As we evolve with 600 volunteers, we are thinking about new… Continue Reading

A life dedicated to advocating for older adults

A life dedicated to advocating for older adults

SHERIDAN — The foundation for his path in advocating for elders began when he was a young boy. “My parents had always drilled in my head respect for elders,” said Tim Summers, the youngest of six siblings. “We did a lot of service through our church,” Summers said. “We would do yard work, taking meals… Continue Reading

Looking back at the Belle Fourche Rodeo

After graduating from high school in 1951, I was cowboying on a local ranch. I was sweet on a local girl that was a year younger than me. Our friends and we decided to attend the rodeo that was scheduled for the Fourth of July at Belle Fourche, South Dakota. I was driving a 1937… Continue Reading

Review of your MSN key to combating fraud

SHERIDAN — If you receive Medicare benefits, you most likely have received a Medicare Summary Notice or MSN from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS sends out MSNs for both Medicare Part A and MSNs for Medicare Part B services. MSNs are not an invoice but a summary of doctors and professional medical… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Embracing independence

As the development director for the Sheridan Senior Center, I get excited when the time rolls around for our annual Operation Independence Campaign. We are so thankful that your contributions and support help those who utilize the center’s services to find comfort, strength and camaraderie. There are many, many great stories that we hear and… Continue Reading

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