Graying of suburbia: Can suburbs adjust to aging boomers?

The American suburbs, built for returning GIs and their burgeoning families, are already aging. In 1950, only 7.4 percent of suburban residents were 65 and older. By 2014, it was 14.5 percent. It will rise dramatically in the coming decades, with the graying of 75.4 million baby boomers mostly living in suburbia. Read more

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As with Prince, baby boomers’ chronic pain means risk of opioid abuse

When music legend Prince died in April from an overdose of fentanyl, it looked like just another example of celebrity excess. But his death is more a cautionary tale for some of his peers: aging baby boomers. Read more

Croquet league keeps seniors outside and staying active

Croquet league meets weekly and features 12 teams, all from area senior centers. Read more

For retiring artistic director, the Seattle Men’s Chorus heralded much more than music

From AIDS activism to marriage equality and gay pride: Dennis Coleman reflects on 35 years with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, and the need to hand leadership to a new generation. Read more

Bagger hits the big 9-0, and everybody knows his name

Grocery bagger celebrates 90th birthday on the job. Read more

Boomer U: Graduating at 64

For Sheila Foertsch, 64, a college degree was just a matter of time. On Friday when she received her diploma from Spokane Falls Community College, she proved the old adage true: You’re never too old to stop learning. Read more

Boomer authors release second novel

Two Spokane boomers and 1962 Holy Names Academy classmates who write to stay young have co-written their second novel about the post World War II era. Rita Gard Seedorf and Margaret Albi Verhoef recently released “Letters from a Wary Watcher: A Moira Edwards Mystery,” which is published by by Cozy Cat Press. The book is in local bookstores and the authors are booking local readings. Read more

Life expectancy trends hit home

A new life expectancy map – released last month by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – shows the health discrepancy between the Palouse and the northeastern counties of Washington, confirming what is already well documented. Read more

Hearing to address needs for older adults

Residents in Ferry, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties are invited to a public hearing Tuesday to discuss needs and gaps in services for older adults and people with disabilities. Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington is having the annual hearing as it plans for service delivery and program bids in the next year along with the 2017 budget. Read more

Alzheimer’s takes ultimate toll on emotional boundaries

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – It isn’t at all clear the time, or even the day, that Paul and Virginia Wilcox died, seated beside each other in the silver Ford Econoline he had parked in their driveway. On Wednesday, May 4, around dinnertime, Paul called their neighbor and longtime friend, Jeanine Sonntag. He told her that Virginia, his wife of nearly 48 years, once again couldn’t remember who he was. Read more

Young essayists put favorite elders on a pedestal

Students from across Eastern Washington recently wrote essays about elders they know who “Blaze a Trail,” a theme that gave youngsters a way to honor – and brag a little – about the special older people in their lives. Read more

Family caregivers, aging receive help from Washington lawmakers

When Leslie Woodfill’s mom started showing signs of dementia, the family felt confused and lost. They couldn’t get a solid diagnosis, and her father had to sell his business to become a full-time caregiver. The frustration was stressful for everyone and her mother didn’t want anyone to know about their struggles. Read more

55 Plus: Get rid of mementos that don’t mean anything

Household mementos that grow over the years have become such a problem that they’ve sparked their own genre of best sellers, such as Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” In it, Kondo advises looking around at each object in your home (especially clothing in closets), holding each of those objects, and asking yourself, “Does this item spark joy in me?” Kondo then suggests that if the item makes you happy, put it away. If not, toss or donate it. Read more

Fertile business: Sid Skrivseth, 74, continues to build regional reputation as expert cattle breeder

At 74, Sid Skrivseth continues to build regional reputation as expert cattle breeder. Read more

Some older couples have ‘weddings’ without getting married

Some older couples who want social recognition for their love relationships are exchanging rings, throwing parties and holding wedding-type ceremonies, but they’re stopping short of getting legally married to avoid complications with retirement funds, property and grown children. Read more