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Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

A world of angels

MARQUETTE — With November being National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Marquette County’s U.P. Home Health & Hospice is working to spread awareness through a series of angel displays in the community, as well as virtual and socially distant events. The theme of the week this year ...

Special ed teacher still there for students at age 80

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Special education teacher Shelley O'Dowd was working in the staff lounge at Pennfield High School on Oct. 23 when she was called upstairs to assist with something. It was a ruse. When O'Dowd returned, she was welcomed by 80 balloons, 80 donut holes and a birthday ...

Alzheimer’s caregivers

Special to the Journal LANSING — November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. To mark these events, the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter is encouraging people to lend a helping hand to the more than 518,000 Michigan family ...

UPCAP offers dementia training

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress recently announced a three-part dementia training series which is set to take place throughout the month of November. Each online course lasts approximately one hour and includes basic information about dementia, activities for ...

Drug discounts for seniors get snagged

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s plan to mail millions of seniors a $200 prescription savings card has hit legal and budget roadblocks, making it unlikely the government can carry it out before Election Day. Democratic lawmakers have raised questions about whether the administration ...

FaceTime

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Aging Services Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, is doing its part to help residents of two area care facilities in escaping the isolation they’ve had to deal with throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Through generous donations from the ...

Regulators crack down on dubious debt collectors

NEW YORK — Those mysterious debt collectors who call insisting you’ll be in legal peril if you don’t pay them big bucks are in hot water themselves, accused in a nationwide crackdown of harassing and threatening consumers including seniors, often about debts that don’t actually ...

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 ...