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Written by Jerry Engler Wednesday, 13 June 2007 09:59Jayne Gottschalk is excited to succeed Noreen Weems as Marion County’s elderly director and to live as a new resident of Lehigh. “Every day here is such a warm experience,” she said. “There is always a senior citizen who stops to share blessings or needs.” Jerry Engler / Free Press. Click image to enlarge.
Jayne Gottschalk grew up playing cards, dominoes and Scrabble with senior citizens in her parents’ cafe in Geneseo.
She said her folks...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 13 June 2007 09:52Parkside Homes Inc. is hosting a Summer Safety & Wellness Week June 11-15, followed by a Summer Safety & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 16.
After focusing on weight loss, exercising and eating right for the past few months, Parkside residents and staff are learning that the “wellness” concept covers so much more.
Topics such as identity fraud awareness, wearing a scatbelt, eating breakfast, putting on sunscreen, handling grief and handling foods safely all affect one's wellness. Parkside wants the community to join them as they learn about these topics and more.
Nancy Pihl from the K-State Research and Extension Office will do a presentation on food safety from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Greenhaw Pharmacy will be doing $20...
Written by Fred Cicetti Wednesday, 13 June 2007 09:47Q: I’m not sure what’s going on, but, once in a while, I find myself losing my balance. Is this just an aging thing or what?
A: About one in 10 people over 65 experience difficulty with balance. More than 40 percent of Americans will go to a doctor complaining of dizziness. Getting older is only part of the problem.Inner-ear disturbances are the primary cause.
Losing balance when you’re older is serious stuff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, each year, more than one-third of people over 65 years suffer a fall.
Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. And, even if the fall doesn’t kill you, you could fracture a hip and then a whole bunch of problems will can cascade over...
Written by Fred Wednesday, 09 May 2007 09:20Q. Do older people need more sleep?
A. Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults—seven to nine hours a night.
Unfortunately, many older adults don’t get the sleep they need because they often have more trouble falling asleep. A study of adults over age 65 found that 13 percent of men and 36 percent of women take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep.
Also, older people often sleep less deeply and wake up more often throughout the night, which may be why they may nap more often during the daytime.
Nighttime sleep schedules may change with age too. Many older adults tend to get sleepier earlier in the evening and awaken earlier in the morning.
Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 25 April 2007 09:28An $800,000 housing project is being built at Washington and Grand, site of the former Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, which burned in 2004. Plans call for 10 units—two four-plex units and one duplex. The first phase—constructing one of the four-plexes—is under way and scheduled for completion in September. Click photo to enlarge
Workers level concrete for the first four-plex structure to be constructed at Washington and Grand. Martin Rhodes, building inspector for Hillsboro, is project manager for the construction. Rhodes is under contract with Solomon Langley of San Francisco, Calif., who is financing the $800,000 project. Ron Dirksen of Dirksen Construction, Goessel, is the general...
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