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Seniors

Osher Institute has a lot to offer lifelong learners
October 25, 2014
Lawrence-area residents have a chance to continue learning well into their twilight years thanks to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Kansas University. The center offers short university-quality classes on a variety of subjects to expand people’s knowledge no matter their age. By Giles Bruce
Medicare open-enrollment period leaves seniors with a lot of choices
October 25, 2014
It’s Medicare enrollment time, which means area seniors have a lot to think about.
9 ways for Lawrence seniors to have a healthy winter
October 25, 2014
The Journal-World recently spoke with Lawrence Memorial Hospital community educators Aynsley Anderson and John Drees to get their advice on how area seniors can have a healthy winter. Here are some tips they gave.
IRS phone scammers continue ‘threatening’ calls
October 3, 2014
The woman on the line told Juin Thomas she was from the IRS, that Thomas owed back taxes and that if she didn’t pay immediately the police would come to her door. “It sounded so legit,” said Thomas, a Lawrence retiree who got the call this week. “It took me a little while to figure out it was a scam.” Despite media attention and IRS warnings about such scams in recent months, officials say similar calls keep rolling in to households nationwide. By Sara Shepherd
Don’t fall forward: Maintain your hearing to reduce the risk of falls
September 29, 2014
The beauty of fall is upon us but there is another kind of fall that isn’t so pleasant. And with that, it’s important that we take time to help our loved ones and people of all ages learn ways to reduce the risk of falling.
Senior nutrition program coming to Lawrence
September 11, 2014
CHAMPSS, the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging’s popular nutrition program, is coming to Lawrence on Oct. 1. Orientations will be held in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, as well as on Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.
Act of vandalism totals Douglas County Senior Meals vehicle
July 21, 2014
Douglas County Senior Meals is down a vehicle after an act of vandalism earlier this month totaled a Subaru Outback the program used to deliver meals to local seniors. By Giles Bruce
Meal delivery programs serve hundreds of local homebound residents
July 21, 2014
Kristie Bowen, of Lawrence, is one of dozens of volunteers for Douglas County’s two programs that deliver meals to homebound residents: Douglas County Senior Meals and Lawrence Meals on Wheels. The latter serves residents 60 and older with normal diets, while the latter delivers meals to people of all ages and those with dietary restrictions. By Giles Bruce
Caregivers group helps spouses, parents, children through trying times
July 14, 2014
To deal with the emotional roller coaster of his wife’s dementia, Lawrence resident Chuck Kelly has turned to the caregivers support group held twice a month at the Lawrence Senior Center. The group is made up of current and former caregivers who share their experiences about topics like how to take away your loved one’s car keys, pick the right nursing home and deal with loneliness. By Giles Bruce
Affordable senior housing complex in south Lawrence progresses
April 26, 2014
An innovative affordable senior housing complex in Lawrence will likely break ground in the fall. Cedarwood Senior Cottages, which is being built by local nonprofit Tenants for Homeowners, will feature 14 individual one- or two-bedroom cottages, with a community room in the middle of the property. By Giles Bruce
Seniors don’t have to suffer from mental illness in silence, Douglas County experts say
February 25, 2014
Many senior citizens have their first experience with mental illness at a later age. Conditions like depression and anxiety can be brought on or exacerbated by situations that often accompany aging: the loss of a spouse, failing health, a move into a nursing home or assisted-living facility. By Giles Bruce
KU basketball snowbird picks ‘Hawks over heatwaves
February 24, 2014
Retiree Rosalie Gerstner doesn’t head south to escape the blustery Western Kansas winter. She heads east — for Allen Fieldhouse. By Sara Shepherd
Osher Institute classes will stay in building on St. Andrews
December 20, 2013
KU announced this week that classes with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, part of Kansas University’s Continuing Education Program, will stay in their current location on St. Andrews Drive. Many fans of Osher classes expressed concern that the classes would move after the announcement that KU Continuing Education was moving to KU’s Edwards Campus. By Ben Unglesbee
City slicker: Tales from a North Lawrence cowboy
December 2, 2013
Local lore has it that a fellow known as Slick once rode a horse right up to the bar inside the original Johnny’s Tavern. Anymore, 82-year-old North Lawrence resident Richard “Slick” Fraser’s horses live only in his photo albums, and his stories — but there are a lot of both. Says Fraser, “I’ve had a lot of fun.” By Sara Shepherd
Many options for older residents to stay active in Lawrence
October 27, 2013
Many seniors grapple with how to stay active and engaged in the community. The Lawrence area has a variety of programs and activities for retirees, from fitness classes to trips overseas. By Giles Bruce

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