LC class of 1964 planning 50th reunion

It seems like a high school kid is trapped in every aging baby boomer body at the table – rebellious, self-indulged, gossipy, with a giggly interest in the opposite sex. Yep. It’s a planning committee for the 50th reunion of the Lewis and Clark High School class of 1964 and nothing gets them revved up than reminiscing about the “good ol’ days” for a willing audience. “We were raised in the days of innocence,” said Gloria Warrick Spear (née Nauditt), who is the head planner of the three-day reunion Sept. 5-7. She has the gavel to prove it and the glare to shush the rowdy guys in the group as she reads off a checklist of how it was in the early 1960s in Spokane. Read more

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LGBT seniors learn affordable housing can be scarce, often unwelcoming

The walls of Alice Herman’s home are covered in photographs. Herman and Sylvia Purdue, her partner of 45 years, smile in scenes from birthdays and hospital rooms. In black-and-white photos from their younger days, their hair is teased, their makeup flawless. Read more

Alzheimer’s expert to speak

Learn about the latest developments in Alzheimer’s research in a free presentation June 24 by a leading researcher. The program is open to the public and is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Dean M. Hartley, director of Science Initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Association, will speak about the newest research. Read more

Use checklist before allowing loved ones to age in place

More than 90 percent of people over the age of 65 would want to remain at home as they get older, according to AARP. This popular trend is called “aging in place” or “aging in community.” Yet many people fail to consider the many factors that help determine whether they can remain at home. “I tell our clients that what’s most important is to keep an open mind, be flexible about what will maximize independence, safety and well-being,” said Jody Gastfriend, vice president of senior care services at Care.com. “That’s really a very individual decision with several factors to consider.” Read more

Don’t let your posture belie your age

Bending at the waist can add decades to your appearance. You can end up looking a lot older than you are. In fact, a posture of carrying the torso bent forward almost defines the look of an old person. It may not be the easiest thing in the world to get back into the straight-backed posture of youth, but it can be done. Read more

Hooked on the fishing life since he was 5

NISSWA, MINN. – The plan was for 5-year-old Royal Karels to visit his grandparents’ resort near Brainerd, Minnesota, for a couple of days back in the summer of 1942. But little Royal was instantly hooked on life at the lake. Read more

Sundance Meadows residents launch community garden

Weeds and rocks and more rocks. Not the view Steve Groth wanted to see when he looked out over the 55-plus retirement community where he lives near Nine Mile, just north of the Sun Dance Golf Course. So the farmer did what farmers do: He tilled it up and got to work. For weeks, Groth and about a dozen residents from the Sundance Meadows Gated Community have toiled in the rocky, sandy soil to create a community garden that will provide vegetables and fruit for everyone in the neighborhood including those not able to work in the 50-by-90-foot plot. If the harvest reaps extra food, the community will donate the excess to Second Harvest. Read more

Care worker earns award from WHCA

Jackie Nelson, a special care unit manager at Pinewood Terrace in Colville, has been recognized as this year’s skilled nursing Red Carpet Quality Award recipient by the Washington Health Care Association. Nelson, who has worked for Prestige Care Inc. – which owns Pinewood Terrace – for 10 years, is known for her enthusiasm and positive improvements to the Special Care Unit. She developed an Alzheimer’s support group and finds alternative interventions and approaches to reduce use of medication in treating the disease and its effects. She also encourages residents to enjoy extracurricular activities and adventures. Read more

Boomers drive change in age structure

Fueled by baby boomers, the nation’s 65-and-older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in 2050, which is almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This changing age structure has implications for families, health care, policymakers and businesses. Read more

Idaho rancher, yak an inseparable duo

When Lynn Taylor retired to North Idaho, he wanted to raise something fun and exotic, not your standard cows or sheep. He had no idea a decade later his “life partner” would be a 1,140-pound Tibetan yak that he rides in the mountains, drives around in a cart behind his ATV and invites into his home for a few dog treats on the couch. Meet Makloud the Yak, who Taylor raised as a bottle baby after the calf’s mother died. Read more