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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Wally Lindblad is frustrated with the care he gets in assisted living. So he’s giving $1 million to WSU.

Waldron (Wally) Lindblad has a button strapped around his wrist that he presses when he needs help. Sitting in his recliner in his apartment at an assisted living facility in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Sister act: Weddle Twins use harmonies to connect with audiences of all ages

“Mirror twins” Kelsey and Marissa Weddle don’t let autism get in the way of their passion – singing vintage tunes in perfect harmony.


Long-term care costs keep climbing, study says

Long-term care grew more expensive again this year, with the cost of the priciest option, a private nursing home room, edging closer to $100,000 annually, according to a survey from …


Man gets prison time for sexually abusing elderly woman

A North Idaho man was sentenced Monday to 30 to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing a 102-year-old woman last year. Phillip Ray Smalley, 50, was sentenced in 1st …


Hidden ‘granny cams’ spread in popularity as weapon for catching elder abuse

Abuse caught on hidden “granny cams” in recent months has led to arrests and criminal charges for staff at two Twin Cities-area nursing homes.


A voice for the voiceless

From chewy bacon and hard-to-cut biscuits to encouraging a family to put their mother in a memory care unit, Michal Rosenberger has done it all in her year as a …


Health facility inspectors overworked, Idaho budget committee told

BOISE – The Idaho agency responsible for investigating complaints against hospitals and nursing homes has a backlog of 135 cases. “We’re barely avoiding financial penalties for our ability to meet …


Emeritus at South Hill under state investigation

An assisted living facility on Spokane’s South Side has been told to stop accepting new residents pending a state investigation of the facility. Emeritus at South Hill, 3708 E. 57th …


Cyclists promote active lifestyles by embarking on cross-country trip

It’s a race for all time as dozens of elderly Spokane assisted living residents keep pace with three baby boomer women pedaling 4,305 miles across the United States – all …


Buyers beware of long-term care insurance

Vera Gunnarson sat in her Seattle-area home recently, pouring through a neat file of long-term-care insurance papers. The oldest was signed in 1994, when Gunnarson was 61. “I probably should …


Washington not ready to handle Alzheimer’s increase

In the first decade of this century, the number of elderly Washington residents living with Alzheimer’s disease increased by one-third. That number is expected to balloon by a third again …


Senior living industry sets its sights on aging boomers

The economy is slowly recovering, home values are rising again, and baby boomers are turning 65 at a rate of nearly 10,000 a day. Leaders in the senior living industry …


Affinity Living residents find less stress, more fun and convenience

You won’t find the word “senior” in any of the promotional materials for Affinity Living Communities, though most Affinity residents are senior-discount age. Instead, you’ll find “active adult” and other …


Aging boomers be warned: Kids may be unable to care for you

Who will take care of us when we are old and frail? The answer has remained constant for centuries: Your grown children.


Caregiving obligations give daughter an education

It is said that our parents’ final gift is this: They teach us how to die. Aging experts predict that end-of-life care, as well as management of chronic illnesses, will …


Ankle bracelets proposed for Alzheimer’s patients

Utah authorities think they have a valuable new use for the ubiquitous ankle bracelet: to locate missing patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Officials in Davis County, about half an hour …


On alert for caregiver burnout

Being a caregiver is a wonderful, daunting and exhausting job. It can be especially overwhelming if you have many other responsibilities. When I was involved in the care of my …


Fairfield Care receives donation for upgrades

Fairfield Care recently announced it has received a $100,000 donation from retired Fairfield wheat farmer Jack Felgenhauer. Fairfield Care is a nonprofit organization created to take over a senior apartment …


One-man show offers revealing look at assisted living

Setting a play in a nursing home is an artistic risk. In real life, many people avoid nursing homes – now more commonly known as assisted living residences. So watching …


Elder care, personified

My father, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1996 at age 77, lived the last year of his life in an Alzheimer’s unit in a Spokane-area nursing home. The facility’s …


Aegis Living CEO puts seniors on pedestal

Dwayne Clark, CEO and founder of Aegis Living, is putting a man cave in his newest assisted living community near downtown Seattle. “It has a Wall Street ticker, and multiple …


Entrust advocate with end-of-life desires

Q. If I am unable to speak for myself when health care decisions are needed, what steps must I take now to be certain my wishes are followed? A. The …


Spokane seniors shine at Bring Your Talent competition

Gunnar Wold strapped on his accordion in front of a room full of people at Spokane’s Parkway Village senior community Wednesday. He started playing, but then paused.


Lincoln County senior facilities must close

Deep financial losses are forcing the closure of a nursing home in Davenport and an assisted living facility in Wilbur, Wash. The moves will force 42 elderly residents to find …


Town rallies for center

It happens all the time in small towns across America. The last big employer closes up shop and the town slowly fades away. But residents of Fairfield are determined that …


Health care options expand for when age saps independence

A neuromuscular disorder has diminished Paul Dunham’s robust 160-pound frame to a skeletal 83 pounds over the past two decades. Since he was diagnosed with the condition, little pieces of …


Fairfield nursing home may reopen in months

A newly organized nonprofit group is trying to reopen a Fairfield nursing home closed in June by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Fairfield Care President Carl Felgenhauer said Good …


Cooper George gets state order

For the second time this year, the state has ordered a Spokane retirement and assisted-living facility to stop placing new residents until it corrects several violations, including failure to report …


State: Assisted-living facility cannot place new residents

For the second time this year, the state has ordered a Spokane retirement and assisted-living facility to stop placing new residents until it corrects several violations, including failure to report …


Waves of funding cuts imperil nursing homes

HARTFORD, Conn. – The nation’s nursing homes are perilously close to laying off workers, cutting services – possibly even closing – because of a perfect storm wallop from the recession …