October 24, 2012

Senior Briefs: Oct. 24, 2012


---- — Computer Club offering classes

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Senior Citizen Computer Club is offering a number of computer classes during the month of November.

All classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center, 5139 N. Catherine St.

The schedule includes: Word Processing 1 with Jean Schiffler, Monday, Nov. 5; Word Processing 2 with Jean Schiffler, Wednesday, Nov. 7; Excel Spreadsheet 1 with Jean Schiffler, Monday, Nov. 12; Excel Spreadsheet 2 with Jean Schiffler, Wednesday, Nov. 14; Email 1 with Ed Schiffler, Monday, Nov. 26; and Email 2 with Ed Schiffler, Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Preregistration is not necessary. Attendees should arrive about 15 minutes early for sign-in. In case of a snowstorm, listen to WIRY Radio, 1340 on the AM dial, for a class cancellation announcement.

A $1 donation to the center is asked for each class.

For additional information, call Ed or Jean Schiffler at 643-8575.


Taiwan fire kills 12 elderly patients

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese officials say a midnight fire at a nursing home has killed 12 elderly patients and injured 70 others.

Hsinying Hospital official Tsai Ming-shih says the 12 patients died of smoke inhalation early Tuesday as fire tore through the nursing home located on the second floor of the hospital.

Tsai says the fire was put out in 40 minutes and rescuers quickly evacuated the patients. Seventy of them were later treated at nearby hospitals for burns or inhaling smoke.

He says most of the victims were bedridden patients who were too frail to run for their lives.

Hsinying Hospital is located in Tainan city in southern Taiwan and run by the Health Ministry. Officials say they will investigate the cause of the fire.