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Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Tasson receives 2020 U.P. Service Award

ISHPEMING — Dennis Tasson has worn many hats over the years. A longtime teacher, school administrator and volunteer, the Ishpeming native has certainly made his mark on the community. That’s why he was recently recognized as one of the recipients of Grow & Lead: Community and ...

Smart 911

What is it? Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with ...

Senior centers in Marquette County

Forsyth Township senior center Brian Veale, director fsc@forsythtwpmi.org 165 N. Maple P.O. Box 668 Gwinn, MI 49849 Phone: 906-346-9862 Fax: 906-346-5913 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Service areas: Forsyth Township Ewing Township Sands Township Skandia ...

VR triggers happy memories for seniors

LAKE CHARLES, La. — Virtual reality isn’t just for gamers. The same technology that lets users battle monsters in mythical worlds is proving useful for local residents diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Katrina Dunn, executive director of The Verandah Retirement Community, ...

Let’s have a PARADE

ISHPEMING — It’s been a long and grueling five months for frontline workers, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities and their loved ones since COVID-19 first made its mark on the world. With visitation restrictions put in place throughout the spring and summer months, ...

Taking a walk

MARQUETTE — The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Marquette-area residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Sept. 19. The Marquette Walk to End Alzheimer’s continues, but instead of hosting a large ...

Senior centers in Marquette County

Forsyth Township senior center Brian Veale, director fsc@forsythtwpmi.org 165 N. Maple P.O. Box 668 Gwinn, MI 49849 Phone: 906-346-9862 Fax: 906-346-5913 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Service areas: Forsyth Township Ewing Township Sands Township Skandia ...

Area senior centers

Forsyth Senior Center Brian Veale, director fsc@forsythtwpmi.org 165 N. Maple P.O. Box 668 Gwinn, MI 49849 Phone: 906-346-9862 Fax: 906-346-5913 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Service areas: Forsyth Township Ewing Township Sands Township Skandia Township Turin ...

Living a gardener’s dream: Ishpeming resident opens greenhouse at 70

ISHPEMING — Even at 70 years old, dreams can come true if one sets their mind to it. Linda Andriacchi of Ishpeming had always dreamed of opening a plant business and providing a service that’s unique in the community. This came to fruition with the recent ribbon cutting at Andriacchi’s ...

Virus challenges seniors’ use of tech

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians. These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a ...

Millennials and boomers: Pandemic pain, by the generation

CINCINNATI — Millennials, you’re taking a big hit — again. And you’re not OK, either, boomers. Sometimes at odds, America’s two largest generations now have something to agree on: The coronavirus pandemic has smacked many of them at a pivotal time in their lives. For baby ...

80-year-old Negaunee author releases 12th history book

MARQUETTE — Though mining is slowly becoming a faded profession, fragment remains of abandoned railroads and old roads detail the days of yesteryear. For some people, history is just history. But for others, those forgotten ports of transportation are stories meant to be preserved. Author ...

Dancin’ to the beat from home

MARQUETTE — A new senior dance program is now being offered for area residents, and is suitable for all types of dancers regardless of experience or skill. The Marquette Senior Center and Marquette Arts and Culture Center are partnering up to offer “Senior Dance - Virtual Classes” with ...

Woman celebrates turning 103 years old, COVID-19 style

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — It was never a question of if, but how. How to celebrate Elizabeth Hill’s 103rd birthday, when her own health is fading and everyone else’s is uncertain due to a pandemic? “I told them to stay at home this year,” said Hill. Elizabeth’s daughter, Connie Hill, ...

Plastic keeps virus, not love away from Spain nursing home

BARCELONA, Spain — Even when it comes wrapped in plastic, a hug can convey tenderness, relief, love and devotion. The fear that gripped Agustina Canamero during the 102 days she and her 84-year-old husband spent physically separated during Spain’s coronavirus outbreak dissolved the moment ...

Annapolis gives back to its beloved ‘Walking Man’ after decades

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — For 40-some years he would patrol West Street like clockwork, picking up trash in an animated jaunt that sometimes led him into the road. With trashbags tucked into his pants, he’d ask “Where the girls at?” and flash his legendary beaming smile. Most knew him as ...