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
Cottonwood provides activities for disabled older adults
New art show features work by participants
October 27, 2013
Every weekday, participants in Cottonwood’s Retirement Enrichment Services program can be found engaging in leisure or learning activities of their choosing. The day program is for intellectually disabled adults like Aaron, who are over the age of 62 and retired or working part-time. By Sara Shepherd
Physical therapist offers tips to prevent falls
October 27, 2013
One in three adults 65 and older fall each year in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many factors figure into taking a tumble. To keep your footing, physical therapist Cindy Johnson of TherapyWorks has a few tips. By Caitlin Doornbos
How does the Affordable Care Act affect seniors, retirees?
October 27, 2013
Everyone seems to want to know these days: How will the Affordable Care Act affect me? Retirees and seniors are no exception. By Giles Bruce
Older Kansans on Medicaid make do on relatively low monthly allowance
October 27, 2013
Older Kansas who use the state’s Medicaid program to continue living at home get by on a relatively small monthly allowance. By Giles Bruce
Affordable housing options available for seniors who plan ahead
October 27, 2013
With members of the baby boomer generation at or near retirement age, demand for affordable senior housing is only going up. Lawrence has several options for older residents looking for a place to live that isn’t cost-prohibitive. By Giles Bruce
Village’ group to help seniors remain at home expands to all of Lawrence
October 23, 2013
A local effort to form a nonprofit to help local seniors living at home has expanded to include all of Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
Lawrencian’s painting of Quantrill’s raid is a conversation piece across the border
August 19, 2013
In the 1950s, there was a painting of Quantrill’s raid by Lawrence artist Paul Penny floating around town, including for a time inside the former Drake’s Bakery on Massachusetts St. Now, Penny’s rendition of Quantrill sacking Lawrence has migrated to the Missouri side of the state line, where it’s quite the conversation starter. By Sara Shepherd
Local organizations work to keep older residents in the home
July 23, 2013
A number of programs in the Lawrence area aim to keep seniors in the place where most of them prefer to live out their twilight years: at home. By Giles Bruce
Eastside Village Lawrence to host first public fundraiser
12:00 a.m., July 16, 2013 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Eastside Village Lawrence, an in-progress organization created last summer, is hosting its first public fundraiser later this week. The group is part of the nationwide Village to Village Network, which helps communities establish a network of volunteers within neighborhoods to provide services to senior citizens.
Housing organizations team with artists to explore concept of ‘Nesting’
June 16, 2013
What does it mean to live in a nest, a home or interior? The Lawrence Percolator has teamed up with two community housing organizations to answer through art.