Don’t Be Afraid of Being ‘Old’

research finds that people who have a positive perception of aging live longer

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Leslie Fijalkiewicz

A few weeks ago my friend Chuck was bemoaning the fact that he was having his 60th birthday. He talked about “being old” and “feeling old” as though he had no control over what was happening to him ...

It’s Time to Look at Medicare Changes

four things seniors need to know about the Medicare annual election period

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Josh Sterling

Each year the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) occurs between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. This is a crucial time for Medicare beneficiaries to review their current Part C (medical) and/or Part D (drug) plans. This can be confusing, so here are four things you need to know ...

County Falls Behind in Mammograms

Eau Claire County trails state in share of women who get this vital cancer screening

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Eau Claire City-County Health Department

Mammograms save lives. Yet many women in the Chippewa Valley are not getting into the clinic for this routine breast cancer screening. Today we know much more about this disease than we used ...

Working to End Alzheimer’s

Eau Claire ophthalmologist Dr. Tom Dow will open center to treat dementia risk

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Barbara Arnold

I moved back to Eau Claire in 2004 to facilitate firsthand the care for my mom who had developed dementia. I asked Dr. Tom Dow of the Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic if my mom and I could have our appointments ...

Seniors, Don’t Skip This Day

Senior Americans Day offers a spectrum of activities for 55-plus crowd

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

Next June 4, the UW-Eau Claire campus will be overrun with seniors – and we don’t mean the kind who are a few credits away from graduating from college. We mean the kind of seniors ...

Age: When It Isn’t Just a Number

ageism keeps us from embracing the gift of growing older

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Jennifer Speckien

A quick Google search of “anti-aging” gives you 13.6 million results. The entire first page of results includes things like anti-aging diets, anti-aging skin creams, etc. – a plethora of consumer goods ...

Planning to Get a Move On?

how to feel good about downsizing and opening the next chapter of your life

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Connie Kees

The kids are gone, the big yard needs mowing, the snow needs removing, and you have too much stuff that used to serve a purpose. There is never enough time to just relax ...

Powering Pablo

female leaders are the new arts center’s not-so-secret weapons

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When the curtain rose for the first time at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Sept. 22, it wasn’t just a big moment for the performers on stage: It was a fulfilling, emotional crescendo for those who have been working for months to open downtown Eau Claire’s new arts center ...

Mothers of Music

3 chippewa valley women at the frontlines of music culture

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Tori Johnson

The Chippewa Valley has a thriving music scene that has been cultivated for decades. Woman leadership is invaluable to this community, driving forward creative and educational movements. Check out three of these awesome ladies and see what drives them ...

Empowering Local Businesswomen

women's business center encourages entrepreneurship

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Emilee Wentland, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Starting a business requires the proper tools, skills, and determination. On top of that, those looking to start their business ventures need proper financing – something that could be hard ...

A Helper with a Happy Heart

retired psychologist advocates for inclusivity and humane society

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Dr. Katherine Schneider likes to celebrate big birthdays with big projects. It started with her 60th, for which she organized a fundraiser potluck to raise money for the pet food delivery program she founded in 2006, We All Love Our Pets ...

Not on My Watch

woman founded & staffed organization fights human trafficking

Tue. Oct. 16th, 2018  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Timing is everything. Trust is essential. Everything happens for a purpose. These are some of the phrases you might hear in the offices of Fierce Freedom, an Eau Claire-based organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking ...

Art, Writing Contest Explores Theme of Poverty

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018  |  Tom Giffey

The arts – both visual and literary – have a unique power to tell stories in a way that traditional journalism can’t. Consider poverty: Is the real story of poverty fully told through statistic-based journalistic reports ...

On the Cover | Oct. 3, 2018

learn more about this week's cover art from Kathy Schmiedeskamp

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018

“In the last year I have been focusing on my photography. I have discovered art in ephemeral botanicals. I can spend hours looking at the colors and patterns on the leaves and flowers. Each one is a work of art. My husband and I have recently joined the Chippewa Valley Photo Club ...

Opening Shot | Oct. 3, 2018

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018  |  photos by Branden Nall

The 30th Annual International Fall Festival spread across downtown Eau Claire’s Barstow Street on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival places an emphasis on Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food, and music. The Elk Mound High School Marching Band (above) was part of the annual parade.

5 of the Spookiest Places in the Chippewa Valley

paranormal investigator Chad Lewis offers his list of top scary spots.

Thu. Oct. 4th, 2018  |  Chad Lewis

With that spirit in mind, I have put together my top list of spooky places in the Chippewa Valley. These places provide you with the opportunity to experience a Halloween filled with strange...