Category: Local Interest

‘Quitters Day’ here, but stick to your resolutions!

January 14, 2022 | By The Active Age

  The New Year is off to a fresh start, but many resolutions are close to their expiration date. “Quitters Day,” which falls on Jan. 14th this year, typically signifies the end of many resolutions made before New Years Eve. MedStar Health, a nonprofit that operates hospitals on the East Coast, surveyed physicians nationwide, and […]

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Library users can “check out” Internet access for 28 days at a time

November 29, 2021 | By The Active Age

The Wichita Public Library is putting 250 internet bundles into circulation for customers to borrow. The internet bundles will feature a wireless hotspot and a Chromebook. “This service gives the Library a unique opportunity to bridge the digital divide in Wichita by giving residents with low or no internet connectivity at home the tools they […]

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Thankful for the memories and so much more

November 1, 2021 | By By Mary Corrigan

When I was asked to write the Thanksgiving column this year, I admit to having a few moments of panic. There are so many things I am thankful for, and so few column inches to work with. Though I will be stepping down as president of The Active Age’s board of directors in December, I […]

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Scammer steals $100,000 from Wichita womancomputer which included a phone

| By The Active Age

A Wichita woman recently lost more than $100,000 in what’s known as the “Miscrosoft scam,” District Attorney Marc Bennett’s office said. The scam works by fooling people into thinking they need technical support from Microsoft. The scammer telephones the intended victim pretending to be a technician or engineer from Microsoft or a related company, or […]

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Volunteer shortage worries organizations

September 30, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

When Mark Mohesky retired, he quickly started volunteering with Meals on Wheels. Mohesky, who spent 33 years in the Wichita school district’s media production department, said he derives a great deal of satisfaction taking nutritious meals to people who might not otherwise have them. “Getting out into the community to deliver the lunches and looking […]

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Harvey County aging department gets new director

| By Joe Stumpe

NEWTON — The new director of Harvey County’s Department on Aging shares more than just mutual respect with her predecessor. Lona Kelly, who will start Oct. 4, and Robert Carlton, who is retiring, both say it was their personal experience caring for family members that led them into the field of aging services. Carlton grew […]

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Land of fire and ice

| By Bob Rives

It was by default that our family visited Iceland in August. My wife and I, our children and their spouses had planned a trip to France to celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary. Covid stopped that as Europe closed its doors. By 2021, though, Iceland was welcoming visitors. Tourism is one of the country’s economic drivers […]

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Vietnam War memorial returns to Valley Center

| By The Active Age

VALLEY CENTER — A half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be displayed here Oct. 21-25. There is no charge to visit The Moving Wall, which will be open 24 hours each day. The wall was displayed here in 2012, but local organizers felt it didn’t get the attention it deserved. This […]

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Whose game is this anyway? Pickleball explodes in popularity among all ages

August 31, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

By Debbi Elmore A funny thing happened to the funny-sounding game called pickleball. Popularized by older players, pickleball has captured the attention of people of all ages while becoming the fast-growing sport in the United States. The pop-pop-pop of paddles whacking plastic balls around the Wichita area indicates the trend has definitely reached here. So […]

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AARP: Care homes should require shots

| By The Active Age

The Active Age AARP is calling for mandatory vaccinations of Kansas nursing home staff and residents, citing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases among nursing home staff and residents. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has ordered that nursing homes require all employees to be vaccinated or lose federal Medicare and Medicaid funding. “The high COVID death […]

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