Category: Living

Debi Kreutzman

Woman behind ‘Bob Boxes’ merits honor

July 1, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

The number of older residents served by the Kansas Food Bank is on the rise. A few years ago, about 7 percent of the people served by the food bank were seniors. Today, that figure is about twice as large. “We have many seniors who are living on limited incomes that can’t make ends meet,” […]

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Play it safe outdoors this summer

| By Monica Cissell

Outdoor activity is good for the body and soul, but too much sun and heat can be dangerous. That’s especially true for older people, people with underlying medical conditions and people taking certain medications. Follow these tips to reap the benefits of fresh air and vitamin D without overdoing it: Consider a conversation with a […]

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Grand Central cooler than ever

| By The Active Age

NEWTON — When temperatures creep up this summer, visitors to Grand Central senior center won’t sweat it. The center recently finished a $60,000 overhaul of its air conditioning system. “It’s definitely a great addition,” Grand Central board president Bob Driskill said. “We couldn’t use this facility if we didn’t have that air conditioning.” Driskill said […]

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Pandemic helps people open up about mental health struggles

April 29, 2021 | By Matthew Kelly

Wichita Journalism Collaborative The psychological toll of the coronavirus pandemic is undeniable. At the height of lockdowns last spring, one in three Americans displayed signs of clinical depression or anxiety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  There’s no way to predict or quantify the long-term impact of this collective suffering, but experts say people are […]

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Room to roam: Kansas has plenty of it. Where will your next adventure be?

March 31, 2021 | By MeLinda Schnyder

In a year when travel was stymied in unpredictable and unprecedented ways, some people still went exploring.  A record 8.6 million people visited 28 Kansas state parks in 2020. State Park Director Linda Lanterman credits residents looking for recreation outlets within driving distance during the pandemic or canceling out-of-state vacations for in-state getaway.s The previous […]

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Where to explore from south-central Kansas

| By MeLinda Schnyder

Instead of the hectic travel schedule with at least a dozen out-of-state trips I had planned for 2020, I spent the year focused instead on rediscovering what was around me in south-central Kansas. From our east Wichita home, my husband and I found new-to-us urban parks, including the Pracht Wetlands in the northwest part of […]

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Peace work

February 5, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

When Lakshmi Kambampati arrived in Liberia, the schools had been closed for 14 years due to Ebola and a civil war. It was just the kind of challenge the retired Wichita teacher was looking for when she signed up for the Peace Corps. “I wanted to help and I was looking for adventure,” she said. […]

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