Senior Scene

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, ...

Understanding the differences between Medicare and Medicaid

There are many confusing issues associated with health insurance these days – Medicare and Medicaid are two prime examples of such issues. I, along with the dedicated staff of the Consumer Assistance division at the North Dakota Insurance Department, believe that you shouldn’t have to ...

Medicare beneficiary identifier

What is a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)? The MBI is what will be replacing Social Security numbers on Medicare cards. All Medicare beneficiaries will be assigned a MBI and sent a new card. Starting around April 2018, CMS will start mailing the new Medicare cards. There are currently ...

Thank you seniors

A big thank you for attending this year 21st Salute to Seniors “Mardi Gras in May” theme. We had a great turn out. Big thank you to our sponsors and vendors. Without you, we could never do this event. Each year our event gets bigger. Seniors we need your ideas on what you would like to ...

Food safety when dining outdoors

Summer brings picnics, campouts, tailgate meals and family gatherings, which are a few great reasons to eat outdoors. Here are some tips adapted from information by Torey Armul, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and from Foodsafety.gov. It is important to pack and ...

Stepping On: Building Confidence and Preventing Falls

Falling is very common; it can result in injury and can shake your confidence. The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community. Preventing falls is critical to maintaining your independence. Did you know that more than ...

Senior housing in demand as baby boomers age

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — As McHenry County gets grayer, developers are responding by building age-restricted communities for those older than 55, even as other segments of the housing market lag. The real estate market has seen an increase in demand for senior housing as the baby boomer ...