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Grandparents play important role in lives of their grandchildren

Ah, grandchildren. For many, grandchildren have been the joy of their lives. For my parents, who retired between Florida and the mountains of North Carolina, they never visited me after my wife and I moved to Oregon. (I guess 18-plus years raising me was enough!) But once my son Andrew was born, it didn’t take them long to say goodbye Ashville, N.C., and hello The Dalles — living in our small basement apartment and inviting Andrew downstairs every afternoon for Sesame Street. You could tell who they were interest in seeing!

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Let’s get ready for some summer activities at the Center

As we move closer to summer and the temperatures rise, it’s the time when door-to-door salespeople start hitting the sidewalks.

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Medicare unavailable for long term patients

How do you travel to the store, your church or to visit friends? Do you ride a bike or a four wheel electric scooter? Or do you careen around town on a Vespa like Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in the movie “Roman Holiday?”

Senior Citizens’ Prom set

A Senior Citizens Prom is planned for Friday, May 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles. The event is hosted by The Dalles Meals on Wheels and Area Agency on Aging.

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Senior News: Planning with medical insurance in limbo

Do you expect you will ever need long term care services? And knowing that Medicare does not cover long term care, are you prepared to pay for it, i.e. long term care insurance or personal assets?

Summer and fall salmon seasons set for Columbia River

Summer and fall salmon seasons set for Columbia River

Aging US in denial about long-term care need

WASHINGTON — We’re in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older — and are taking few steps to get ready.

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I’m no longer the young whipper-snapper I use to be

I’m trying to hold back the slow, methodical footsteps of time. I do all the right things: I wear a pedometer so I know when I reach my 10,000 steps a day; I keep mentally stimulated playing brain games and learning new languages; I now eat whole grains and a variety of fruits and vegetables; and I try to stay socially active by dating numerous women. (No Rita, I am just kidding!).

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Senior News: Thank you to all for a successful membership drive

Now that the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has completed its Spring Membership Drive, I would like to thank everyone who either renewed their membership or became a member for the first time. We surpassed 300 members, the largest number in the last several years, and it is all because of you! The 2013 Membership Campaign will conclude in July, before the center’s annual membership meeting, and the goal is still four hundred members.

Senior News: Financial health is the focus for the month of April

How are you doing financially? Are you able to live comfortably; able to take vacations to faraway places? Or are you just getting by — barely able to meet your basic needs: housing, food, clothing, transportation and medical?

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Senior News: Life is too short to worry about how short life is

Were you ever called a “Fraidy Cat?” Unable to go to sleep without a night light? Or teased because you were too scared to watch Godzilla? Young imaginations can run wild!

Senior News: Promote healthy aging by sharing and caring

For over 26 years the Mid-Columbia Senior Center has played an important role supporting older adults in the region by providing opportunities to explore, connect and contribute.

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All ages march against senior hunger

Generations young and old came together Thursday for a common cause as seniors and children from Colonel Wright Elementary marched against senior hunger. A brief downpour of hail didn’t stop the group as they marched around the Mid-Columbia Senior Center.

Spring is just around the corner: what are your plans?

As we age, our natural social support system diminishes: friends and loved ones move or pass away and there are fewer opportunities to make new friends. And without this web of caring friends and family, when there is an emergency or crisis, there are fewer places to turn to for assistance.

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For the aging, a commune-like alternative in NY

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — At the Fellowship Community’s adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks.

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