Senior Scene

Jamie 
Hammer, 
director of nursing at Trinity Homes, displays some of the sensory activities that Alzheimer’s patients work with at the nursing home.

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Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease

Alzheimer’s disease can be a disease as devastating for family members as it is for those who are living with the degenerative brain disease. Chennille Currier, Williston, has two family members living with the disease – her mother, Debby Olson, and her grandfather. “My mom is directly ...

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Trinity Health audiologists Laura Greer, Jerrica Maxson, and Tricia Nechodom.

Hearing aids more affordable with ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ pricing

About 48 million Americans over the age of 65 have some degree of hearing loss, the Hearing Loss Association of America reports. One of every three seniors over 65, and one of every two over 75, has difficulty hearing. To help combat the different degrees of hearing loss, those who struggle ...

Social Security recipients, Medicare beneficiaries targets of new scams

Another new scam is targeting people who receive Social Security benefits. A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security benefit. ...

Social Security Matters Q&A

Dear Rusty: My wife is 66 and not collecting S.S. She wants to wait until age 70 to collect the larger benefit, but I know she could collect now and her payments will grow if she continues to work until age 70 because there were at least 4 years that she had no income and several years where ...

Hello Senior Friends:

Minot Area Senior Coalition has been busy on our next “Salute to Seniors,” May 8, 2018, themed “Salute to Farmers and Rancher.” We are so excited about our entertainment for Salute to Senior 2018. We have as our headliner “Blind Joe” from the ‘Voice,’ singing all your ...

It’s a good time to be in North Dakota.

We are all sending our thoughts and prayers to locations in the U.S. such as Texas, Florida and Montana being affected by the wrath of Mother Nature. And we would be remiss if we were to forget our own seasonal trials and tribulations, from floods to blizzards to far-reaching drought. But ...

Doctor Giving Male Patient Injection In Hospital Room

Flu vaccine an important fall ritual for seniors

Of all the things we associate with autumn – falling leaves, cooler temperatures, the Norsk Hostfest – perhaps the event most important to the health of seniors is the arrival of new shipments of flu vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu ...

Hello seniors:

I was reading some different articles on pet visits with the senior population. I find it very interesting how our four-legged friends influence us. They show us unconditional love; lower our blood pressure and pulse rate. If we are sad, they make us feel better. Touching a pet or having them ...

Woman comes to grips with early onset Alzheimer’s

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) — Mary Read had been a nurse for years, using her extensive training to care for patients in nursing homes and doctors’ offices. “But all of a sudden I was forgetting stuff,” she says. “I didn’t understand what the doctor wanted me to do — and it was stuff I’d ...

Club Calendar Fall

Alamo Senior Center 528-4881 Business Meeting: 2nd Tuesday, 1 p.m. Social Activities: Birthdays, monthly, last Tuesday Cards: Tuesday p.m., following lunch Senior Meals: Tuesdays, noon Foot Clinic: Odd months, Divide County Health Nurse Anamoose Senior ...

New Aging Life Care manager to serve Minot region

As an Aging Life Care manager, Cheryl Coyle will help seniors live as independently and safely as possible, listen to what each older adult wants and needs and offer solutions, help to enhance each person’s life satisfaction and be a support to those who may not have family or friends who can ...

Aging Life Care: A New Program Available to Seniors in Our Area

What do the words elderly, senior, geriatric make you think of? Have you thought about what you will be like as an older person? For those that are already there, is life as a senior citizen what you expected? Think of someone you know who is older. Are they living life to the fullest? What ...

More work ahead to support North Dakota family caregivers

Legislation to support North Dakota’s 62,100 family caregivers met with mixed results during the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. House Bill 1038 made its way through both the House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Burgum on April 18. The legislation allows the Department of Human Services ...

Social Security Matters: Ask Rusty – Spousal benefits lost

Dear Rusty: I took my Social Security at 62 since I had to stop working to care for my mom when I was 57. I was widowed at the time but remarried when I was 58 1/2 years old. I collected on my own work record, which was low. Why didn’t I get half of my present husband’s benefit when he ...

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MarketPlace Foods in Minot is popular with seniors on Thursday.

Senior savings

If it’s Thursday, Adrian Tuchscherer of Minot is making his weekly run to MarketPlace Foods. The grocery store’s 5 percent senior discount on Thursdays can make a difference, he said. He watches for senior discounts wherever he shops, although he added, “You don’t find them too ...

Downsizing: What to save for your adult children

Downsizing is a time to re-evaluate and decide what things you enjoy the most. The motivations for downsizing vary. One reason may be to live a better quality of life in a smaller space. A larger home may hold you back from what you really want to spend your time doing, such as traveling, ...