Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Lion’s Room, Clubhouse Aerobics, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10-10:30 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 ...

A jumble of thoughts as 2017 slips away

Melancholy is as much a part of me as my right arm. What would I do without my constant companion? Who would I turn to for comfort? Sometimes I stand in my yard and feel the wind upon my face. Regardless of the season it doesn’t take long before a few tears trickle down my cheeks. Salty ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: No Senior Dining GWINN: Senior Center closed ISHPEMING: Senior Center closed LOST CREEK: No Senior Dining MARQUETTE: Senior Center closed MUNISING: No Senior Dining NEGAUNEE: Senior Center closed SKANDIA: No Senior Dining TUESDAY GWINN: Senior Center closed HARVEY: ...

Nonprofit assisting low-income retirees in Washington’s King County

SEATTLE — Their first stop was Paul Alexander's place. He is 68, a retired bank-loan processor. By the federal poverty marker, Alexander is doing pretty well His monthly retirement math breaks down like this: Social Security, $1,800. Citibank pension, $359. That totals $2,159. His ...

Tale of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree

The perfect Christmas tree is elusive. Does it really exist or is it only something we imagine? Something magical remembered from a book or a childhood corner of our mind where myth and reality merge and blur until we cannot tell one from the other? One thing is for sure. Our Christmas tree ...

The life of an olympian

HELSINKI — Torsten Liljeberg's handshake is solid, and he's fit as only a former Olympian can be. For those who don't know him, he could pass for someone in his 80s enjoying his retirement at his seaside home in Helsinki. Liljeberg is in fact 101 years old — a year older than his homeland ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: No Senior Dining GWINN: Senior Center closed ISHPEMING: Senior Center closed LOST CREEK: No Senior Dining MARQUETTE: Senior Center closed MUNISING: No Senior Dining NEGAUNEE: Senior Center closed SKANDIA: No Senior Dining TUESDAY GWINN: Senior Center ...

Just don’t ever give me a flaky pie crust

An old acquaintance from high school called me last week to say he was bored and wanted to chat with someone other than his dog. I wasn’t sure how to take his comment, but I laughed and said I knew what he meant. I get tired of talking to my empty rooms. At least Larry has a dog, but since ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Organization seeks volunteers

MARQUETTE — Since the creation of Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, the non-profit volunteer-based organization has helped thousands of isolated and lonely elders worldwide by providing life-long friendships, even reaching those in secluded areas like the Upper Peninsula of ...

Tragedy of Pearl Harbor continues with us

According to a variety of articles I’ve read, Pearl Harbor was just the catalyst President Roosevelt needed to enter World War II. Since that Dec. 7 “day of infamy” all those years ago, books, movies, and documentaries have flourished. In many cases, the focus has shifted from Pearl ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Bringing a gift to life

MARQUETTE — The love of a father was resurrected this holiday season through the creative efforts of his widow in the form of a children’s book. The book, “Flitterbick’s Gift,” is self-published through Lulu.com. Fae Stuart Presley lost her first husband Edward Stuart to cancer in ...

Looking beyond measuring tape, digital sales

Thanksgiving is only a memory but if you’re still feeling as stuffed as the bird, it’s time to talk turkey. Most women in our age bracket gain weight whether we eat a carrot or a seven course meal. It’s just an unalterable fact of growing older. Sure I know there are some lucky gals who ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Champion fiddler, wife perform at Michigan retirement homes

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — You can learn a lot about someone by how they play the fiddle. Some play gently. Others pound their bow against the strings. Dick Wild plays his fiddle somewhere right in between. The 74-year-old Leoni Township resident and his wife, Polly, 76, are more than just a ...

Put down your thumbs and think for a minute

The other day someone inquired how I come up with ideas for this column. My response was fairly quick. I said I could write an interesting story about a piece of gum I saw on the pavement if I were so inclined. Then, I asked myself, why is it so difficult to come up with 900 weekly words that ...

Environment matters for memory care patients

MARQUETTE — Environment can make a big difference for memory care patients, whose health and quality of life is profoundly impacted by how they feel about their home and their ability to contribute to it, said Margaret Calkins, an internationally recognized leader in the field of environments ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Hitting a wall

MARQUETTE — Adventure and aging are not mutually exclusive, and one group of Marquette seniors has proven that point many times over. The Silver Samplers, a group organized by the Marquette Senior Center, went rock climbing on Wednesday, and even though the vast majority had never done it ...