Seniors

Senior driving programs offered

Seniors for Safe Driving will hold several highway safety education programs for seniors ages 55 and older in the area. The programs are certified by PennDOT. The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a discount on their automobile insurance premiums. Those ...

Driving classes offered for senior citizens

Seniors for Safe Driving will hold several highway safety education programs for area seniors ages 55 and older. The programs are certified by PennDOT. The successful completion of the program makes senior drivers eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across ...

Former teacher competes in races, archery

In the 1984 movie “The Natural,” Roy Hobbs, played by Robert Redford, honed his baseball skills on the farm under the tutelage of his father. Such was not Bill Harsh­man’s experience, whose formative years were spent on the family farm in Washington County. “It was a farm that had ...

Football party, pancake lunch set at senior centers

Blair Senior Centers are planning a number of special events and activities during September. They are: Northern Blair Senior Center -- Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. — Zumba Gold! Class will be held every Saturday. -- Sept. 14 at 10:30 a.m. — Entertainment by Phil McCaulley. -- Sept. 19 at ...

Tailgating party includes dancing

TYRONE — A tailgating party with dinner and entertainment by the Dancing DJ’s will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Northern Blair Senior Center, 505 Third St. Individuals age 60 and older attending are to call Christina Fultz, center coordinator, at 684-7853 by Sept. 13 to reserve a ...

Check-in services can help seniors stay in their homes

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any services you know of that check in on elderly seniors who live alone? I worry about my 84-year-old father falling or having a medical emergency, and not being able to get to the phone to call for help. And he won’t wear a lifeline help-button. — ...

Bunco Club to begin at senior center

TYRONE — Northern Blair Senior Center’s Bunco Club will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 505 Third St. Instructors will be on hand to teach those who are interested in how to play the game. The Bunco Club will be meeting every Tuesday. For more information, or ...

NBCRC plans workshop on fall prevention

The Northern Blair County Recreation Center will host an interactive discussion on fall prevention for seniors from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 2. Topics that will be discussed include physical activity, fall prevention strategies, assessing your risk for falling and testing your home and ...

Online employment tools assist disabled veterans seeking work

The men and women who served our country in the military can count on Social Security to be there for them throughout their lives. Active duty military members earn credits toward Social Security retirement benefits. Wounded Warriors can receive expedited handling of their claims to ...

Centers plan music, lake cruise and ride on a float for August

Blair Senior Services announces activities at its centers for August: Northern Blair Senior Center — 9 a.m. Aug. 12 — Zumba Gold! will be held every Saturday. — 11 a.m. Monday — Enter­tainment by Kip Woodring — 10:30 a.m. Aug. 10 — Entertainment by Phil McCaulley — ...

Use of opioid painkillers a concern

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior: I’m worried about my 72-year-old mother who has been taking the opioid medication Vicodin for her hip and back pain for more than a year. I fear she’s becoming addicted to the drug, but I don’t know what to do. — Concerned Daughter Dear ...

Former ranger, city engineer maintains fitness regimen

Dave Diedrich may not be able to beat Father Time, but he surely has given him a run for his money. With one look at the 62-year-old, it is apparent that a life devoted to fitness has paid dividends. Diedrich started running cross country in junior high school. “I was a 100 pounds and ...

Sleep apnea often undetected

Dentists can keep you smiling beyond caring for your teeth. During a semi-annual checkup, a dentist may spot clues to concerns about your physical as well as your oral health. The condition of teeth and gums could indicate heart disease, mouth cancer or dry mouth. In addition to an oral ...

Oral exam involves more than finding cavities

Whether seniors wear dentures or have their own teeth, their smiles are important to them. But maintaining a healthy mouth may require a bit more work than it did in the past. As time goes by, changes in the mouth may require more attention to oral hygiene, even for those who wear ...

University Orthopedics CEO trains with team to stay fit

When he was in his mid-50s, David Davies faced a fork in the road. He had to determine which path to take, and he chose wisely. “The whole fitness thing started with a letter from a friend of mine who was appealing to a bunch of people in the community to try a fitness regime that they ...

Receiving military pension won’t reduce Social Security allotment

Question: I served in the military, and I’ll receive a military pension when I retire. Will that affect my Social Security benefits? Answer: You can get both Social Security retirement benefits and military retirement at the same time. Generally, we don’t reduce your Social ...

Playing in dirt not just for kids

There is a certain beauty that comes alive in spring and summer. Yards bloom with colorful flowers and bushes and gardens sprout vegetables for enjoyment. Besides creating a pleasant, attractive atmosphere, gardening has other benefits for people of all ages, especially seniors. There are many ...

Fitness class keeps women strong

Over the past few years, The Fitness Track has featured many outstanding local athletes and fitness aficionados. Typically, one individual or a couple is highlighted each month. This month, however, we are focusing on a group of dedicated women and their trainer. On a blustery winter’s ...

Blair Senior Services plans tea, concerts, educational programs

Blair Senior Services Inc. has announced its schedule of events for May. Events for the Northern Blair Senior Center at 505 Third St., Tyrone, are: -- May 10, 12:30 p.m. — Knowing Your Respiratory System presentation. -- May 11, 10:30 a.m. — Phil McCaulley concert. -- May 12, 10 ...

Centers are adding more free exercise opportunities

Blair Senior Services Inc. is expanding its exercise programming and will offer more free classes for individuals 60 and older at the Central Blair, Northern Blair and Williamsburg Senior Centers. Classes are: -- Central Blair Senior Center, 1320 12th Ave. — Zumba Gold from 1 to 2 p.m. ...