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LIVE: Picking The Right Medicare Plan

The Right Medicare Plan Could Save Seniors Money

  It can be hard navigating the ever-changing world of Medicare coverage. Seniors might now know which plan will save them the most money. As open enrollment starts Tuesday, October 15th, there’s help on the way. Valley Senior Services is hosting a series of Medicare comparison sessions starting on Wednesday through December 4th. They’ll help seniors figure out which plan…

Gov. Walz Signs Bill Providing More Protections for Senior Citizens

Protections include licensure for assisted living facilities and the option of putting cameras in residents' rooms

DILWORTH, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law that gives more protections to senior citizens. That means assisted living facilities will have to make changes, too. Minnesota is the only state that doesn’t have a standardized licensure system for them. That, along with several other provisions, will be added when the law goes in effect in 2021. “Although…

Bison Football Players Stop by Eventide to Visit Senior Fans

Some of the fans have been supporting the team for over 50 years

WEST FARGO, N.D. — As the NDSU football team prepares for its upcoming season, some of its players are finding ways to give back to the community. Many seniors at Eventide Sheyenne Crossings are giving these players a hero’s welcome. These fans are getting a chance to eat and talk with the players, and even look at their gold. Players say…

Doctors Seeing More Patients for Slips and Falls This Winter

Injuries to hips, elbows, knees, and hips are the most frequent

FARGO, N.D. — Doctors across the metro are seeing more cases of injuries from slips and falls on the ice. Sharilyn Althoff and her team at Eventide have had their hands full with victims of slips and falls. “We’ve seen an increase in falls in the community and a lot of people that have needed to come and rehab, so people…

Sen. Heitkamp Speaks to Seniors on Importance of Social Security and Healthcare Programs

Heitkamp focused the discussion around Social Security and bettering healthcare programs

FARGO – Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke to North Dakota senior citizens at Touchmark at Harwood Groves about the importance of their benefits. The Democrat focused the discussion around Social Security and bettering healthcare programs. Heitkamp said she is standing firm to reduce the cost of healthcare because it is crucial for parents with disabled children, elderly in nursing homes, and people…

Volunteers from Microsoft Team Up to Clean House of Coworker’s Father

The cleanup was part of United Way of Cass-Clay's "Day of Caring"

FARGO, N.D. — A few weeks away from his 70th birthday, Darrell Eck received an early birthday gift from his daughter and her coworkers: a freshly-cleaned home. “Now he doesn’t have to come here and clean so I think he’s very excited and it’ll be nice for him to come home to a comfortable clean house. When it comes to cleaning,…

Bethany Retirement Living Holds Annual ‘Soup of the Day’

The fundraiser raises money to help retirement home residents

FARGO, N.D. — Senior citizens got to have some hearty soup during Bethany Retirement Living’s annual “Soup of the Day” event. Soups and bread were donated by the auxiliary, staff and community. Offerings were taken at the door, and proceeds go towards equipment and materials to help those people living in the home. Organizers say they’ve raised over a thousand dollars…

North Dakota AARP Educates Seniors on How to Avoid Fraud

Elderly citizens lost nearly $3 billion last year in scams over the phone and online

FARGO, N.D. — In the United States, senior citizens lost nearly $3 billion last year as the result of financial scams. According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, 55% of the cases of elderly fraud came under the disguise of giving money to family and friends. “People have a tendency to be nice and give them information…

Cass and Clay County Volunteers Come Together for Day of Caring

United Way of Cass Clay is Hosting Their 26th Annual Day of Caring

REGIONAL — United Way of Cass Clay is hosting their 26th Annual Day of Caring on Thursday, October 12. Nearly 2,000 volunteers will be helping 470 seniors throughout both counties. Volunteers will be helping seniors with household chores such as raking leaves, fixing gutters, or cleaning behind their refrigerator. “It’s more than leaves, it’s more than raking,” said Kristina Hein,…

Sen. Franken Explains How Repeal of Care Act Affects Moorhead Seniors

A nonpartisan analysis estimates the American Health Care Act would immediately leave 14 million people without health coverage

MOORHEAD, Minn. — U.S. Senator Al Franken visited Moorhead to tell senior citizens how Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could impact them. A nonpartisan analysis estimates the American Health Care Act would immediately leave 14 million people without health coverage. State officials say 1.2 million Minnesotans under the current plan could lose insurance or get…