The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Senior Outlook

Senior Outlook
  • When is someone too old to drive? It may be one of the most delicate topics a health professional can broach with an elderly patient — not sex, or even end-of-life choices, but driving.

    April 7, 2010

  • Melissa Gronda: Welcome spring with outdoor activities I think spring has finally sprung! Recently I was out driving with Carolyn McLaren, our executive director, and we began talking about how pretty the flowers were.

    April 7, 2010

  • Stephanie Denham: Senior centers recognize volunteers Our senior centers had a very busy schedule last month. It was National Nutrition Month and all centers participated in a “dinner plate” fundraiser. 

    April 7, 2010

  • Carolyn Trout: Age creates 'Lone Ranger' pop culture When we were kids, we used to lie on our backs and look at the clouds. We tried to see shapes and faces. It was great entertainment. And it didn’t cost us a dime.

    I wonder if kids still do that. Probably not. There’s no electronic component in cloud gazing.

    April 7, 2010

  • Dr. Debra Buckler: Finding relief for dry eyes and dry mouth As people age, it is not uncommon for them to develop a sensation of dryness in their eyes, sometimes accompanied by dryness of the mouth. Severity can range from a minor annoyance to a threat to vision and the ability to swallow.

    April 7, 2010

  • Jennifer Foraker: Make a difference and volunteer your time Praise be to Mother Nature, spring has been sprung! And as far as I’m concerned it hasn’t come a moment too soon.

    After a long, drawn out siege, Old Man Winter finally packed up his bags and left the area.

    April 7, 2010

  • Helen Hahn: Finding volunteers wherever you travel We have approached the great time of year when we get to celebrate our volunteers. National Volunteer Week, the biggest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in our country, is coming. 

    April 7, 2010

  • Allison Riddle: Gardening ideal for relaxation, exercise Spring is here so it’s time for many of us to head outside to work in our yards.  While gardening is a hobby many senior citizens enjoy, it can sometimes involve tasks that become more difficult the older we get.

    April 7, 2010

  • Carolyn McLaren: Spring brings alive memories from the past What a beautiful day! Driving to work, I saw so many bright yellow forsythia bushes and yards filled with daffodils.

    Seeing all the flowers reminded me of a book I once read that described the forsythias and daffodils as April’s gold, . . .

    April 7, 2010

  • Stephanie Denham: People's generosity does not go unnoticed We are into the third month of the New Year and already many good things have happened at our Senior Centers.

    A gentleman recently walked into the Joplin Senior Center and inquired about the homebound meal program, saying he would like to make a donation. The man ended up handing the manager a monetary donation, then turned around and walked away.

    March 3, 2010


Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is supporting an August ballot measure that would insert the right to farm into the state constitution. The governor is leaning toward opposing it. Do you support the Freedom to Farm amendment?

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