Our Seniors

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Patricia Kleine opens her refrigerator and points at two shelves that are loaded with boxes. "This is where I keep my medicine," she says. "It's about $3,000 worth of medicine." For the last 15 years, Patricia has suffered from diabetes and must take insulin in order to keep her blood sugar at a normal level. "I have to give myself five shots a day with one of these," she says, pulling a gray pen from one of the boxes. She puts the pen back and slowly closes the door. "I can't begin to tell you how lucky I am to have this refrigerator." READ MORE

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William Rankins Jr. always had a gift for seeing things a certain way.  He would see something that moved him and then draw it — sometimes on a pad of paper or a canvas — and sometimes on the side of a building.  If you’ve ever been to downtown Cincinnati, you’ve probably seen his work. He was paid to get your attention after all, or inspire you in some way. William Rankins Jr. is an artist — a muralist to be more specific — one of the first in Cincinnati and highly sought after during his time.  Some call him iconic. For decades, he adorned urban life in Cincinnati with his paint and his vision. Until he went blind. READ MORE

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Patricia Crenner has outlived two of her three ex-husbands so far. Only her second husband is still  around, and he used to visit Pat somewhat regularly. If he went to the store, he’d ask her if she  needed anything and then stop by to chat. But after their conversations became too political too  often, as they so often do these days, they agreed to disagree one last time and go their separate  ways — again. Apart from a granddaughter who visits when she can and a neighbor who will  accompany Pat to lunch occasionally, Pat’s most loyal day-to-day companion is her cat, Bootsy. READ MORE

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As we get older, once simple tasks around the house may become more difficult. From running errands to working in the yard and even making dinner can be much harder than in the past. Add in an illness or mobility issues and it can seem almost impossible to manage on your own. “If it hadn’t been for Meals on Wheels,” says Frank Snider. “We’d have been in trouble a lot of times.” READ MORE