Keeping seniors on their toes

Spokane County has a higher death rate from fall-related injuries than the rest of the state. Read more

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AARP issues warning for holiday fraud

The upcoming holidays and the “traditional season of giving” are a peak time for con artists to target Washington consumers, according to a new survey by AARP Fraud Watch. Read more

Alzheimer’s patient killed by roommate; widow crusades for prevention

Last year, in the middle of the night, a dementia patient attacked an Alzheimer’s patient in their shared room, clubbing him repeatedly with a bronze golf trophy, according to a Franklin County, North Carolina, sheriff’s report. Two weeks later, the victim died of his wounds − five days after turning 63. A medical examiner’s report labeled the death a homicide. Read more

Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

Volunteers − both medical and nonmedical − needed for local Medical Reserve Corps Read more

Courageous state of mind

Aging gracefully is a choice that takes courage and the ability to embrace change, advises award-winning actress Linda Evans who is known for playing Krystle Carrington in the 1980s drama “Dynasty.” Evans, who has lived in Rainier, near Olympia, for 30 years, is keynote speaker for the annual two-day Boomers and Beyond: Aging Successfully Conference on Friday and Saturday at the Spokane Convention Center. The conference, which includes presentations and resources for the elderly and their families, is a fundraiser for the Senior Assistance Fund of Eastern Washington that awards grants to nonprofits that provide services to low income seniors. Read more

Powerful prose: Youth essays show love for elders

Fostering relationships between youth and elders is an important mission for the Senior Assistance Fund of Eastern Washington, which has an essay writing contest each year for area students. In May, 60 students wrote about their grandparents or a special older person in their life. The winners were chosen this summer. GaoShoua Moua, who wrote the essay as a sixth-grader at Arlington Elementary last spring and now attends Garry Middle School, won for her tribute to her grandmother, Thia Thao, a Hmong refugee who lives with her family. Read more

In brief: Southside center plans garage sale

The Southside Senior and Community Center is having a “Ginormous and Humungous Garage Sale” on Sunday to raise money for center activities. One room of books, another for clothes and a ballroom stuffed with toys, tools, linens, fabrics, kitchenware and holiday surprises. A jewelry specialist will attend to answer questions. Read more

Older students return to school to exercise minds, shape new careers

You’re never too old for back-to-school, at least that’s the mantra of Hayden’s Brona Trutton, 74, who puts her oxygen in her backpack with her books and takes the elevator to her math class at North Idaho College. Two courses at a time, Trutton is working toward her bachelor’s degree – a goal that has eluded her since she was 19. Read more

In brief: Corbin center celebrates funds

The Corbin Senior Center will have a public Meet, Greet and Thanks on Friday to recognize state officials who helped secure $300,000 in state funds to install an elevator. The elevator will enable more people to attend programs and services at the center. Read more