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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 23, 2014 5A nl :'Laura Beaton Staff Writer Ibeaton@plurnasnews.com "The changing picture of aging" was the topic of supervisor Sherrie Thrall's keynote address to a crowd of seniors gathered for the second annual Plumas County Senior Summit on July 16. "I am the changing picture of aging," Thrall said. She'll turn 70 this November, yet is still very active -- a growing trend as baby boomers begin ,-reaching retirement age. "I'm glad now when I wake up and hurt in the morning -- it tells me I'm alive," Thrall told the audience of about 50. She said in the past six months she has taken up shooting and began a ladies' trap-shooting group, an activity she had never imagined herself doing. The summit was held at the .~Veterans Hall in Quincy and Senior summit audience member Betty Clifton speaks into the microphone to tell a brief anecdote about the value of the oldest member of a family, whom she ;addressed important issueslikens to "a library burning." Photos by Laura Beaton concerning seniors. The event :: was organized by Nancy Lund Chester and there isn't one in Keynote speaker District 3 Christenson cited a 2013 and moderated by Jonathan Greenville, so folks from Supervisor Sherrie Thrall New York Times article that :i Kusel. outlying communities must says, "1 am the changing enumerated the benefits of Thrall said that baby travel to Quincy, the countypicture of aging," which was family connections; children : boomers don't believe they seat, to conduct their official also the title of the address with strong family are old: many of them remain business, she gave at the second connections were shown to be very active -- engaging inThrall said she is not seeing annual Plumas County more resilient, more able to i recreational and sporting the younger people stepping Senior Summit on July 16. solve problems and meet - activities, traveling and/or up to frill the shoes of the challenges and to possess continuing to work. aging population. When she higher self, esteem. Fewer seniors attend looks at the makeup of the She said it was important to congregate meals, she said, boards she is on, she sees Kay Christenson, the head share family stories with ; which results in less funding people like herself, of the family history center children and grandchildren, for senior nutrition, which in "We all have grey hair," sheof the Quincy Church of Jesus to build those connections turn generates less funding said, and if people ages 56 - 65 Christ of Latter-day Saints, and give kids a broader for transportation and other don't step up to volunteer, there points to the dash between perspective on the world. services, will be no advocacy for seniors, the birth and death dates of Christenson invited the The domino effect often and consequently no funding,one of her ancestors and says, community to come to the results in cuts to senior "Funding is short, and "It's the little dash in between family history center at the programs, which can greatly when seniors don't come, that tells the story." LDS church on Bellamy and impact services available to funding gets shorter," she research their family lineage seniors, reiterated. "We don't have the "Funding is short, and when seniors don't come, forfree. The family history Thrall spoke about "the money and we can't print it at " center has partnered with ', tsunami ofaging," whichthe courthouse." funding gets shorter." other genealogy research , includes increasing numbers Legal services are another organizations and offers of seniors even while funding big demand for seniors -- in several search engine : cuts continue and seniorfact, the biggest one, Thrall Sherrie Thrall, Keynote Speaker resources, she said. programs are threatened, said. And what many seniors A luncheon followed the What funding is available don't know is that there are Roberts said that after her records, halting her research. She praised the Catholic speakers, and the remainder -must be allocated where free legal services available to husband, Crawford, died 7 She decided to have her Church for being an of the summit included needed most, Thrall said. them, just as there is free years ago, the bishop came to DNA tested to try to learninvaluable resource in presentations by county Studies show. t at transportation. For more her and said she couldn't stay more. Although it helped to tracing family lineages agencies that support seniors transportation is one of the information on senior home and cry. He told her he identify that she was 1 because of its careful and caregivers. biggest needs, and to her it's services, call 283-6330 orwas sending her on a mission, percent Jewish, she hit andocumentation of births, Public Health Director even more important than 800-801-6330. so off she went to the family information roadblock thatmarriages and deaths. Mimi Hall; Mary Neuman, of nutrition, history center in Salt Lake City: she could not surmount. Kay Christenson spoke Passages; Jimmy LaPlante, of She said if people won't Family history "Those were six of the She said she hired a next, also recently returned veterans services; and Gary admit they're old, and they Two women spoke about happiest years of my life," researcher for a ridiculously from an LDS mission to Kiev/ McFarland, from Plumas get to the place where they the joy and benefits of Roberts said. "I felt productive." high price but had no success. Ukraine, with her husband. Transit, all spoke about the shouldn't drive but still do learning and sharing family She related a story about Then, while taking a trainShe too is passionate about services their agencies drive, it becomes dangerous, history. Tessie Roberts spent her grandmother, a direct trip, Roberts told her story to family history, provide for seniors. In our rural communities, six years in Salt Lake City, descendant of the Rothschild her seatmate, who turned out people often must travel 30 to Utah, first learning how to family, who ran off with ato be a German researcher. 50 miles for appointments and use the Church of Jesus gentile and immigrated to the Upon returning to Germany, transportation is critical, Christ of Latter-day Saints' U.S. Roberts said her the man researched her Thrall said. extensive ancestry research grandmother was cut off byfamily and found reams of She said the justice court system, and then helping the family, and all reference information that he sent to was recently closed in others research their families, to her was removed from vital Roberts -- for free. James & Amy Wi Ison on your new arrival! Mill Creek Fish & Chips [ Marjorie GladysWilson Join us at the Plumas-Sierra Count /FairI Lawn Clippings & Leaves for fun, family, friends and I for commercial -=1 S I =! 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