Category Archives: Seniors

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

Center Stage: Thank you Rita Hayworth

My mother is an avid movie buff. Mom knows so much about the actors of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, their personal lives, how many times they were married and on occasion, their life struggles. Mom told me about Rita Hayworth. For those who don’t know, Rita Hayworth was a glamorous film star. Her film… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Coal, coal and more coal

Northeast Wyoming has provided coal for personal use and the economy for many decades. When the railroad operated with steam engines, they burned a lot of coal. The CB&Q Railroad had coal chutes that coal was elevated into from a storage area beneath the rails of the tracks. The rail cars that provided the coal… Continue Reading

Trip brings family history to life for couple

Trip brings family history to life for couple

SHERIDAN — The trip introduced a unique opportunity for Nancy and Sam Talbott to see evidence of family ancestors. The couple is researching if Sam Talbott is a descendant of American patriot and colonial Williamsburg resident, John Blair. The Senior Center was organizing a trip that included a tour of Washington, D.C., and colonial Williamsburg,… Continue Reading

Lonnie Reed: Living his passion daily

Lonnie Reed: Living his passion daily

SHERIDAN —“You want to focus, to do the best you can,” said Lonnie Reed. “The most important golf is the game you’re playing now.” Reed is the golf pro at Sheridan’s Hidden Bridge Golf Course and living his lifelong passion for golf every day, a passion he has held for more than 40 years. “What… Continue Reading

Support for older adults to live at home

Support for older adults to live at home

SHERIDAN — It’s most often a family member who reaches out. When a loved one needs support to live independently in his or her home, there are resources in Sheridan to do so. For older adults, the Sheridan Senior Center offers community-based supports for independent living. But not all older adults reach out. “It’s most… Continue Reading

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