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  • 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 …


  • Aging boomers fuel Alaska statistics

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Aging baby boomers are significantly boosting Alaska’s senior population, while younger age groups are maintaining their numbers, according to the state Department of Labor. Alaska’s senior population …


  • Next time you’re tempted to shake a fist at an older driver, remember they might be safer behind the wheel than you

    Despite stereotypes to the contrary, drivers 65 and older are among the safest on the road. They are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to drink or …


  • Study explores secrets to old age

    What prolongs your life or prevents dementia might not be what you expect. Claudia Kawas, a geriatric neurologist at UC Irvine, has been working on a longitudinal study of people …


  • CCS branches out ACT 2 programs

    Beginning ukulele lessons, computer classes, yoga, amateur radio and bagel making are just few of the classes for seniors in Colville, Ione, Newport and Republic thanks to the expansion of …


  • Seniors take love for competitive basketball into golden years

    Eddy Birrer loves basketball. It’s that simple. Age is irrelevant to the 70-year-old Gonzaga University accounting professor who has shot hoops since about age 7, when he got a sports …


  • In brief: Workshops tackle care planning

    Advance care planning facilitators have scheduled 13 workshops in Whitman County today through Feb.28 to help people make important decisions for themselves and loved ones, specifically creating, writing and saving …


  • Depression takes a toll on seniors

    Along with the typical health issues that aging Americans face, more than 6.5 million people older than 65 also are dealing with the repercussions of depression, experts say. “Sometimes, depression …


  • Longtime director of regional aging agency brings career values into his own retirement

    Aging is Nick Beamer’s passion, which makes his retirement last week after nearly 28 years as executive director of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington an interesting juxtaposition …


  • Documentary tracks seniors in search of love

    It seems perfectly logical that baby boomers – forever on a conquest to remain young, relevant and fun – will date and look for love. Yet what about the older …


  • Widows Club offers new take on grieving

    ORLANDO – Carolyn Moor and her husband were both 36 years old the night he was thrown from his vehicle in a hit-and-run accident that killed him. It was Valentine’s …


  • Programs help boomers work their way back

    Baby boomer Mike Ball couldn’t find a job when he moved to Spokane even though he had many skills and a strong resume: college degree, U.S. Air Force veteran, 16 …


  • Ice queens

    Hockey has no age limit. It’s a lifelong sport, so say the women in the newly formed Silver Skaters – a division of Spokane Women’s Hockey League for women age …


  • Estate planning should include provisions for pets

    If Shirley Alexander and her husband die unexpectedly, they know exactly what will happen to their three beloved cats. Chloe, Oliver and Sophie are included in their will, just like …


  • Former Army buddies discover they’ve been neighbors for 18 years

    DETROIT – Dave Brown had scoured the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington looking for his Army basic training buddy Roger Watson’s name. While in Vietnam in 1968, Brown ran into …


  • Roundtable eases life challenges for seven grandkids

    MINNEAPOLIS – She’s a therapist and career coach, cheerleader and wise woman, secret keeper and borscht pusher. Mostly, 85-year-old Gretta Freeman of Golden Valley, Minnesota, is chief executive officer of …


  • Report details boomers’ disabilities

    Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million …


  • Roleo queens: New documentary captures log-rolling glory days

    Barbara Peterka Newbry’s past is no longer hidden away in boxes, a faded memory worth only a passing mention to grandkids who couldn’t comprehend that their grandmother was a world-class …


  • Fashion forward: Senior center stages benefit show

    No mom jeans are in this fashion show – even though many of the models are not only moms and dads, but grandparents. The clothes might come straight off the …


  • Workshops help seniors navigate life, end-of-life planning

    Stephanie Ekloff is excited to share her new knowledge about death with everyone she knows: her 92-year-old grandmother, her aging parents, her children and those seven – almost eight – …


  • 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 …

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