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Senior Sun

Sadie Says… Safe travels for you and your pet

Q. My husband and I will be driving to our vacation destination and plan to take our dog and cat. What can we do so our pets travel safely? A. For most of us, our pets are part of our family. They provide unconditional love and petting a cat or dog has been shown to reduce stress. Some people ...

‘WOW’ed by new wildlife habitat station, Nature Club

Residents and staff at Valley View Rehab & Nursing Center are now enjoying their second month of the new wildlife habitat station. It features several large windows from which residents can comfortably observe various birds and woodland creatures. They watch them eat, drink, bathe and ...

Sadie Says: Guardianship or custody? What grandparents should know

Q: I’m taking care of my granddaughter, her mom and dad left her with me. Do I have legal rights to her now? What should I do? According to statewide AARP statistics, 81,112 children in Pennsylvania live in homes where a grandparent is solely responsible for them. Grandparents are taking ...

Sadie Says… Buckle up every trip, every time

Q. My friend makes me crazy. She’s always on my case about wearing a seatbelt. I’m a good driver, my car has lots of airbags and usually I’m just bopping around town. Why buckle up? A. Seatbelts save lives. Excuses don’t. “I’m a good driver” You may be the world’s best ...

Keeping in contact with loved ones at care facilities

Although Lycoming County moved into the yellow stage for COVID-19, please remember that local long-term care facilities cannot. Facilities, such as The Meadows, need to continue to follow infection prevention and control practices as directed by the Department of Health, Centers for Disease ...

Sadie Says… Cleaning out the medicine cabinet

Q. I looked through my medications and see that I have quite a few that have expired or that I don’t use anymore. I’ve heard that I shouldn’t flush them down the toilet or put them in the trash. I want to get rid of them, but how can I do it? A. First of all, congratulations on deciding ...

Valley View recognizes director of the board

Margaret Piper is known for her generous heart when it comes to serving others. She was recently recognized for her 18 years of service as a director of the board for Valley View Rehab and Nursing Center and is beginning her 19th year by serving as emeritus director. Giving her time and talent, ...

Learning about Parkinson’s disease and new ways to cope

Parkinson’s disease is a complex disorder of the brain that involves the degeneration of nerve cells that produce a chemical called dopamine. With less dopamine production, people with Parkinson’s disease experience motor symptoms, or symptoms that relate to movement, such as tremors, ...

Sadie Says… COVID19: Knowing the symptoms

Q: What should I be doing to be safe regarding the Coronavirus? A: Prepare and protect your household for novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID 19). Protect: Practice good health habits • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, if you use a ...

STEP modifies programs due to COVID-19 concerns

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to program changes at STEP’s Office of Aging, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette’s March edition of the Senior Sun does not include the area’s monthly activities or menus for STEP centers.) The Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action (STEP), Inc., is a ...

Sadie Says… Signs video games may have a negative impact

Q: I’m worried that my grandchildren spend a lot of time playing video games. How do I know when it becomes a real problem? A: Your concern is understandable. Video and computer games have become a big part of many kids’ lives, especially for boys. Youth report that it’s one of the ...

Liberty Manor to hold memory screening

MUNCY — A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. It can indicate whether an additional check up by a qualified healthcare professional is needed. Liberty Manor, 169 Ashler Manor Drive, will be hold a memory screening from 10 a.m. ...

City native celebrates birthday with family, friends

Celebrating resident Jeanne Shuman’s 100th birthday, family and friends of the Presbyterian Home in Williamsport honored Jeanne for this milestone on Jan. 5. Born on Jan. 1, 1920, in Washingtonville, Pa., to the late Ralph and Sue Sidel, Jeanne is the middle child of seven children with ...

Sadie Says… Keeping children safe, using safety seats

Q. Is it true child safety seats should not be used as cribs? A. Did you know safety seats are safest when they are used as safety seats? Babies should not sleep in safety seats when not traveling. In a recent study of deaths associated with sitting and carrying devices for infants, almost ...

Volunteers make deliveries to Santa’s Seniors

Through the generosity of volunteers and donors, 362 boxes full of gifts and food made its way to the home of Meals on Wheels recipients in Lycoming and Clinton counties. The boxes contained ready-to-eat or easily prepared foods, cold weather necessities, personal care items, puzzles, mugs, ...

Sadie Says… Owning intangible and digital assets

Q. What are digital assets and how do they apply to estate planning? A. Do you have a Twitter handle or Facebook account? Listen to music on iTunes? Buy Kindle books on Amazon? Operate an email account? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you own digital assets. Your estate ...

‘Common bonds,’ Veterans connect over fellowship and food

Over a cup coffee, fellowship and sharing stories of times past, veterans, regardless of which military branch they served in, have the opportunity to come together to connect at the monthly Veterans Club Breakfast at The Meadows, 2160 Warrensville Road, Montoursville, said Christina C. ...

Sadie Says… The ABCs of safe sleeping for infants

Q: I have been hearing a lot about babies and safe sleep, and am concerned as I will be babysitting my infant granddaughter soon. What do I need to know? A: It is estimated that 3,600 infants will die across the United States this year from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). Approximately ...

What is Alzheimer’s?

MUNCY — Your memory often changes as you grow older. It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Normal age-related changes might consist of making a bad decision once in a while, losing things from time ...

Caring for yourself and for others

MUNCY — For the 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, daily life can present many challenges with communication, engagement with others and caring for themselves. Many emotions may also be present such as denial, sadness, confusion and anger as the person deals with the ...