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Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Just a chat: Calls offered for older adults staying home

DALLAS — For 81-year-old Dell Kaplan, the offer to get calls from a stranger just to chat while staying home during the coronavirus pandemic was immediately appealing. “It gets pretty lonely here by yourself,” said Kaplan, a suburban Dallas resident who has been missing meals out with ...

From dime stores to a world war: Celebrating 100 years of Leo

MARQUETTE — From being a dime-store manager to serving in World War II, 100-year-old Leo S. Marczynski, who resides at Mill Creek Senior Living Community in Marquette, said his “good upbringing” has kept him patient and compassionate over the years. “We all want to end up in a good ...

Retirees, isolated by virus, become DJs for new radio hour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tucked away inside his room at a senior care facility, Bob Coleman knew he couldn’t go out into the world with the coronavirus raging. But he could share with the world his first love — country music. “Hello everybody, it’s a bright day in Franklin, ...

Lending a hand to aging family members: Acting as eyes, ears

MARQUETTE — After April’s showers, May begins to sprout flowers and it’s also National Aging Life Care Month. Aging Life Care Association is an organization that helps families and patients maintain their highest level of independence. Of the many professionals across the nation, Jensen ...

Telemedicine could bring specialists to rural health care

LANSING — Advocates for an increase in online-based health care — telemedicine — say it would help residents in rural areas who need specialists, but a lack of internet access is slowing them down. Telemedicine is the distribution of health services via electronic communication and ...

Retirement planning, investing different in pandemic

LANSING — Not being able to work was an issue for the thousands of Michiganders protesting the state’s stay-in-place orders at the Capitol. But now, many retired people are starting to struggle, too. Especially in a time where millions are collecting unemployment benefits, financial ...

Frontline heroes

MARQUETTE — During an uncertain time, a new hero has arisen; a hero whoíis working on the frontlines of the pandemic. There are the medical heroes, the police and fire department heroes and then there are heroes who continue to serve the older generation in nursing homes and assisted living ...

Little Free Libraries luring readers

LANSING— With the closure of public libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, Little Free Libraries have helped fill the void and given families new books to read while they’re stuck at home. In communities across the state, avid readers have created these little libraries, usually a ...

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s virtual program set

MARQUETTE — Peter White Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Association will team up to showcase a virtual educational presentation on Alzheimer’s disease and how to detect warning signs in one’s self and in others. The one-hour program titled “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s”î ...

Rides to doctor appointments still available in Upper Peninsula

LANSING — A nonprofit transit program providing rides to non-emergency medical appointments for Medicaid recipients plans to continue its expansion despite the COVID-19 outbreak. The program, called Rides to Wellness, is run by the Michigan Public Transit Association and includes ...

Alger Packs for kids, elderly too

MARQUETTE — A local organization is not only helping school children in need with pre-packaged weekly meals, but elderly folks as well in Alger County. When COVID-19 caused Michigan schools to close, in less than 24 hours the Alger County Communities That Care began brainstorming ideas on ...

Most coronavirus deaths in Missouri involve older people

O'FALLON, Mo. — Older people have been far more likely to die worldwide from the coronavirus, and statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services show the state is no exception. The health department on Tuesday reported 53 fatalities from COVID-19, the illness caused ...

Spotting red flags

By JACKIE JAHFETSON Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Shortly after the shelter in place order was put into effect in Michigan, Deborah Heino of Negaunee started receiving text messages from a philanthropist named Mike who was asking people who might be needing monetary support during the ...

Fears, infection thin staff at nursing home with 2 deaths

A Pennsylvania nursing home where two dementia patients died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19 has struggled to contain the spread, with staff thinned by suspected infection and fears for their own safety. Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver released a statement ...

A Mission in Motion: Little Brothers offer virtual activties

MARQUETTE — To combat isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 outbreak, a new program offers virtual activities, telephone reassurance and friendship mail for seniors in the Upper Peninsula. Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Upper Michigan Chapter is launching “Mission in ...

Buddy, can you spare a dime? Echoes of ’30s in viral crisis

WASHINGTON — The imagery floats in sepia-colored photographs, faintly recalled images of bedraggled people lined up for bread or soup. Shacks in Appalachian hollows. Ruined investors taking their lives in the face of stock market crashes. Desperation etched on the faces of a generation that ...

Senior events

GWINN Forsyth Township Senior Center is closed, however they are accepting phone calls, 906-346-9862 Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. NEGAUNEE The Negaunee Senior Center is closed for social activities at least until April 13. This includes all cards, meals, fitness classes and ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM noon-Senior Dining, Chatham Manor, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Forsyth Senior Center will be closed, open by appointment only due to the nature of the state of affairs. No congregate meals but meals on wheel will still be in operation at this time. If you have any ...