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  • Eyes and ears for elders

    Roughly one in 10 elders report mistreatment or neglect, according to federal statistics. But some who suffer emotional, physical or sexual abuse or neglect don’t tell anyone, fearful of retaliation …

  • Osteoporosis is more common and more dangerous than most think

    Osteoporosis doesn’t just happen to old ladies. Rather, it’s a disease that can weaken anyone’s bones, regardless of age or sex, putting them at higher risk of fracture – which …

  • Livestrong at YMCA helps cancer patients move toward fitness

    It was like many beginning yoga classes in most ways. Students gathered in a studio at the downtown YMCA raised and stretched their limbs in wobbly formation, their instructor at …

  • A less invasive approach to hip surgery

    Marilyn Bafus had always stayed active on the wheat farm she and her husband operate near Colfax, doing “farm wife things,” maintaining a big garden and caring for the half-dozen …

  • Program offers exercise classes aimed at helping to reduce falls among seniors

    I t was 9 a.m., and change was coming, Lori McCormick warned her students as they sat on cushioned chairs arranged in an oval in a brightly lit studio. There …

  • Value judgments

    At 26, Cara Hernandez has her untimely death about as well-planned as it can be. It’s all in her advance directive, instructions for family and doctors to follow if an …

  • Helping hand at home

    Marcella Poppe is 86, and her husband, Louis Poppe, is 88. The Spokane residents are not interested in living in an old-folks home. But they knew they needed help if …

  • Companions for life

    As a general rule, Dennis Robertson is in. Bowling? Fishing? Karoake? Yes, yes, yes. A homebound elderly resident in need of a companion, or a caregiver who needs a few …



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