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Seniors

Lawrence senior citizens’ flash mob video at Target getting national attention
December 19, 2011
With nearly a half million YouTube views and mentions on NPR and the Huffington Post and Time magazine websites, a group of senior citizens from Meadowlark Estates has become an overnight sensation.
Adopt a Grandparent’ a tradition for duo
December 12, 2011
It’s been a decades-long holiday tradition for Lawrence women Barbara Downing and Judith Scheff. For about 20 years, the duo have adopted a senior during the holidays as part of the Douglas County Senior Services “Adopt-a-Grandparent” program.
Lawrence retirees give back
September 19, 2011
If these three couples are any indication, the retired population in Lawrence makes a significant contribution to the community.
Miniature horse makes big impression at area nursing homes
August 12, 2011
Cindy is just 4 years old, and for the past several weeks she’s been visiting area nursing homes, entertaining and delighting each establishment’s residents. Cindy is a miniature horse.
Poll: Boomers worried about finances
July 29, 2011
The “golden years” may lose some luster for many baby boomers worried about the financial pressures that come with age.
Man delivers daily bread to Douglas County Senior Services
July 18, 2011
Chuck Benedict was sitting in church one Sunday morning four years ago when the pastor was preaching about Jesus and Simon Peter.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging to hold public hearing on transportation, caregiver services
July 13, 2011
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will host a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on July 20 at the Douglas County United Way, 2518 Ridge Ct.
Rural Leavenworth County resident Audrie Hummelgaard celebrates 102nd birthday
June 16, 2011
Happy birthday to Audrie Hummelgaard. She turns 102 on Friday. After more than a century of roaming Kansas and beyond — she’s been to 46 states — she’s content to stay in her red brick home in rural Leavenworth County north of Eudora.
Breakfast celebrates Older Americans Month
May 10, 2011
Trinity In-Home Care is celebrating Older Americans Month with a community breakfast Friday.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging hosting annual fundraiser to benefit Guardian Angel Fund
May 5, 2011
The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will host its annual fundraiser, which benefits seniors in its Guardian Angel Fund.
Wichita federal judge is nation’s oldest at 103
April 11, 2011
In a courtroom in Wichita, the day begins much as it has for the past 49 years: Court is in session, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown presiding. But what happens next is no longer routine; it’s a testament to one man’s sheer determination.
No excuses
Nonagenarians maintain rigorous workout routines
September 26, 2010
Dorothy McGregor doesn’t like to drive much anymore. Erma Morgan is legally blind. But, those little things don’t stop the Lawrence 90-somethings from hitting their respective gyms three to five times a week.
Older residents seek job-hunting assistance at Lawrence employment expo
Expo features vendors, résumé reviews, workshops
September 23, 2010
Diane Krayenhagen has been without a job for the past year and half. Her unemployment benefits have run out and she’s living off a cashed-in CD.
Moore touts support for Medicaid at Shawnee health care facility
August 20, 2010
A Shawnee senior health care facility was the 36th stop for a national petition effort to encourage federal and state governments to support Medicare funding.
Forum to address seniors’ health care
April 17, 2010
Ageism in the health care debate will be the topic of a spring community forum sponsored by the Douglas County Coalition on Aging next week.