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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Center of attention

    Bingo is no longer cutting it as the Southside Senior and Community Center figures out how to serve the surge of baby boomers while attracting people of all ages and …


  • In brief: Gun club hosting shoot to benefit paralyzed veterans

    The Spokane Gun Club is having a veterans benefit shoot Aug. 29 for the Northwest Paralyzed Veterans of America. The local chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America will use the …


  • Colbert 55-year-old still competes in bareback riding

    Jed McKinlay can’t shake his love for the cowboy culture. It’s in his blood, a passion that’s deeper than just a pair of cowboy boots. So no surprise when the …


  • Volunteers take on new roles as funding lags for senior services

    Volunteers are key to ensuring the region’s aging population, especially low-income seniors and people with disabilities, have the services they need, whether it’s a ride to the doctor, help deciphering …


  • Birthday party honors Medicare’s 50th

    Medicare is turning 50 this year and the Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans and other retiree and labor advocacy groups are having a party Thursday at Spokane Community College …


  • Conference to address adult guardianship issues

    Families and professionals interested in improving adult guardianship in Washington are invited to attend the inaugural Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders conference Aug. 7 at the Wenatchee Valley College. …


  • Idaho’s senior population increases

    Idaho’s population is aging faster than the nation’s, with people 65 and older increasing by 19 percent in the last four years, according to estimates recently released by the U.S. …


  • White House streams today’s Conference on Aging

    Local senior advocates are watching today’s White House Conference on Aging and will provide feedback about how to improve aging services. The public can watch a live feed of the …


  • ‘We’re about helping people’

    REPUBLIC, Wash. – The power of a tiny rural town is that a spark of an idea can ignite into a large triumph in just a few weeks, without much …


  • All hands on tech: Savvy seniors receive schooling on Internet safety

    Baby boomers are, in general, technologically savvy, Skyping grandkids, texting friends, shopping online and banking from laptops and smartphones. Yet these seniors, like the majority of Washington adults, often forsake …


  • ACT 2 starts summer classes this week

    The deadline is looming for seniors 50-plus to register for the summer session of ACT 2 classes offered by Community Colleges of Spokane. The summer session, in which some classes …


  • Inland Northwest volunteer programs step in when caregivers need a break

    Depression filled Lee Hendrickson’s life after a stroke eight years ago. She needed a purpose, a way to care for others and not dwell on her own health. That’s when …


  • Seniors feel federal pinch

    For years, the Hunt family put the top of a picnic table over the front steps of their Lincoln Heights house as an impromptu ramp. It was rickety, unstable and …


  • Studies show hope for Alzheimer’s treatments

    PITTSBURGH – Alzheimer’s disease is one of the conditions that Americans are most afraid they will get, second only to cancer. Yet at least a generation of focused research has …


  • Local lawn bowlers enjoy camaraderie, competition

    “Boys, don’t bowl on the green. The green is for the king, the king is for the queen …” This evening as we approach the bowling green, three peregrine falcons …


  • Spokane sailors complete 26,000-mile odyssey

    Charlie Simon couldn’t imagine a better way to turn 60 than to sail around the world with his wife. So that’s what the retired Spokane couple did. They named their …


  • In brief: Meeting to examine proposal for county hoarding task force

    The public is invited to an organizational meeting June 2 for a proposed Spokane County Hoarding Task Force. Similar hoarding task forces exist across the country to provide a directed …


  • Community cornerstone: RSVP connects seniors with volunteer opportunities

    Some people knit or crochet – hats for the homeless, slippers for day cares, blankets for the sick. Other people tutor young students or deliver hot meals, help at the …


  • Toasting longevity

    Just live. Perhaps that’s the secret to living to age 100 – 20 years longer than the average life expectancy. The idea was to have local centenarians give advice to …


  • Downsizing matters

    As people age, they often are “frozen” in place because the idea of downsizing is overwhelming and unimaginable. Spokane Realtor Kathy Bryant said that’s the biggest mistake seniors can make.


  • Japanese students practice English, glean knowledge from Fairwood retirees

    The word “quilt” just didn’t translate when Joan Nelson told her young Japanese visitors of her hobby, even when she used her hands to mimic sewing. “We had a real …


  • 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 …


  • Guidance through the health coverage maze

    Before stumbling upon the free Medicare workshop last week, Toni Mastronarde spent three years feeling ashamed and beaten down because she couldn’t figure out her Medicare coverage and didn’t have …


  • Master strokes

    Underwater, anything is possible. Just ask the members of the Salvation Army Kroc Center masters swim club. For two of the oldest members, water is life. “I am water,” said …


  • For seniors, minor slips can mean serious injury

    The bruises are still visible on Ann Drake’s left arm and hip. The slightest movement causes intense pain from a dislocated shoulder, and a 2-inch gash, with dark blood caked …


  • Studies look to long-term fall prevention

    One out of every three seniors falls every year. Yet, though the problem is well known and preventive steps seem to help, researchers still struggle with the best methods of …

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