Forging friendships

Cristina Antles loves people, especially people with some age and history. So she invites them to a big dinner party each month that always includes good entertainment – strictly following her Italian upbringing to feed people and enjoy merrymaking. In fact, the idea for Northwest Dinner Among Friends sparked while she sat with friend Monica Waitt in the back of her uncle’s Spokane restaurant, Ferraros. The two were watching some elderly couples eat and enjoy the day. The pair knew they needed to create a way for seniors to get out and socialize. At the time, both women worked in the senior care industry. Waitt currently works for A Place for Mom. Read more

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Woman’s road to health inspires others

Irene Gonzales did her milestone 50th birthday so big she landed on NBC’s “Today” show Aug. 8 to share her infectious enthusiasm with the entire country. Like many baby boomers looking to do something extraordinary to mark the big 5-0, Gonzales, the principal at Spokane’s Franklin Elementary, decided to run a marathon on her actual birthday. But unlike most, she was joined by 50 friends she rounded up by starting a fitness Facebook page called Fit Fifty. Read more

Boomers should put nutrition on front burner

Good nutrition plays an important role in how well you age. Eating a healthful diet helps keep your body strong and can help reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis. Studies even show a link between healthful eating and longevity. “As we age, the body becomes less efficient at absorbing some key nutrients. Appetite and taste can suffer from loss of sense of smell and taste or from side effects of medications. Bad teeth can make some foods difficult to chew or digest,” said Dr. Arthur Hayward, a geriatrician and the clinical lead physician for elder care with Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. “So choosing foods carefully is smart.” Read more

Parkinson’s summit scheduled

The Parkinson’s Resource Center is having a daylong Parkinson’s Power Summit focusing on education and empowerment that includes speakers and workshops Sept. 6 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights. The summit is for Parkinson’s affected community members, family, friends, providers and caregivers. Preregistration is required. Read more

Agencies help seniors find roommates, companionship

NEW YORK – It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship. Read more

Seniors revel in drum-circle class

Rum-pum-pum. Rum-pum-pum-pum. Pum-pum-pum-pum-pum. Bang those sticks. Hear those drums. Feel that beat. Read more

Cosmetic surgery procedures continue to gain favor among baby boomers

We baby boomers have made it clear that we wish to live forever. The universe stubbornly refuses to grant our demand, possibly because the universe fears this would set a bad precedent and lead to overcrowding, or possibly because even the universe is sick of us hanging around and hogging everything. In any case, we have not been granted our mortality waiver. Read more

Surprise bruises are there for a reason

You don’t remember bumping into anything. Yet somehow, you have a shin full of bruises and a whole lot of questions. There are plenty of reasons for easy bruising, the discoloration caused by a trauma that ruptured blood vessels just under the skin. Check out the surprising explanations behind your sore spots and learn which ones are harmless and which ones need attention. 1. You take a daily aspirin. Read more

Youthful obsessions can hide true beauty

When Michelle Obama recently turned 50, People magazine asked her if she would consider cosmetic surgery. That is an oddly indiscreet question to ask the first lady, involving a variety of pernicious assumptions about gender, beauty and age. Obama said she wouldn’t rule out cosmetic surgery. She added that women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves. There is no doubt that we should have freedom to pursue happiness. And cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries can be therapeutic life-changers for those who have been disfigured. Read more