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  • Senior activities

    For 09-06-2012


  • Broken retirement dreams

    CHICAGO – A decade ago, Christopher Thornton, a high-level recruitment specialist, thought he would retire in 2012. He envisioned traveling, volunteering, maybe working part time just for fun. But those …


  • On the bright side

    Both eyes fogged with cataracts that left him essentially blind and one failed surgery behind him, Edwin Smith decided to come to the United States, joining relatives from the Marshall …


  • CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C

    All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


  • Applying fridge wisdom

    When Dennis Carper visited his mother, Delores, on his way back home to Redmond from Spokane, she always wanted to feed him. So he’d look in the refrigerator. Always, she …


  • Study: Higher egg yolk consumption leads to accelerated thickening of arteries

    Just as you were ready to tuck into a nice three-egg omelet again, comforted by the reassuring news that eggs are not so bad for you, here comes a study …


  • Calcium in large doses can have harsh side effects

    Q. I was just visiting my mother, who took Fosamax for eight years. About three years ago, she decided to stop it and simply take calcium supplements. She is taking …


  • Poll finds seniors upbeat, but ill-prepared for aging

    Life is good, say more than 2,000 senior citizens in a new nationwide survey released in Miami recently. Almost three-fourths of those surveyed say their past year was as good …


  • Support group helps with stigma of Alzheimer’s

    PORTLAND – They used to call themselves I Forget, they joked. Until a few forgot the name, and they quickly scrapped it for the Wild Bunch. The group of Alzheimer’s …


  • Support groups help with stigma of Alzheimer’s

    They used to call themselves I Forget, they joked. Until a few forgot the name, and they quickly scrapped it for the Wild Bunch.


  • ‘Guardians’ step up for homeless Coeur d’Alene vets

    COEUR D’ALENE — For the past three months, Scott Roberts was living out of his old van. At night, the 55-year-old cuddled up into a small, makeshift bed on the …


  • In brief: Sign up for AARP driver safety program

    SPOKANE VALLEY – AARP will offer its driver safety program at the Good Samaritan Society Community Center, 17121 E. Eighth Ave., on Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. …


  • Funeral attire leans toward casual

    Q. Do people still have to wear black to a funeral or memorial service? A. Less and less.


  • Stepping into the light

    People suffering from severe age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in older adults, will soon have a way of seeing again – with a tiny telescope …


  • 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 …


  • Hip surgery complications are unusual

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m scheduled to have hip replacement surgery. What complications can occur with a replacement joint? DEAR READER: I’m answering your question as both a doctor and a …


  • In brief: Alzheimer’s drug fails late-stage test

    TRENTON, N.J. – An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment has failed to slow the disease in one late-stage study. Pfizer, which is testing bapineuzumab with partner Johnson & Johnson, said the injected …


  • 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 …


  • Feds fine adult group home in E. Idaho

    A federal agency is accusing operators of an adult day care center and group homes in eastern Idaho of failing to provide enough safeguards against violence for their employees.


  • Elderly more satisfied with health insurance than younger Americans, survey finds

    Elderly Americans on Medicare are substantially happier with their insurance coverage than their younger counterparts who rely on commercial insurance, according to a new national survey.


  • Meals on Wheels benefit drive under way

    During July, Downtown Spokane Grocery Outlet, 1617 W. Third Ave., is conducting an Independence from Hunger food drive to benefit Meals on Wheels Spokane. Grocery Outlet visitors are encouraged to …


  • Report: Too little mental health care for boomers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting older doesn’t just mean a risk for physical ailments like heart disease and bum knees: A new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seniors …


  • Family can help in process of cremation

    Q. My dad wants to be cremated, and I really want to be involved with the process. What is legal for a loved one to do when working with a …


  • Delivering relief from the heat

    The Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels is helping seniors stay cool. Though temperatures failed to reach searing forecasts Monday, the heat is still making things tough for some of …


  • Senior activities

    For 06-21-2012


  • For Alzheimer’s patients, new risk

    WASHINGTON – For people with Alzheimer’s disease, a hospital stay may prove catastrophic. People with dementia are far more likely to be hospitalized than other older adults, often for preventable …


  • Older workers admit they can’t sit still

    Kennard Kapstafer, 78 Job description: The Pediatric Associates of Spokane doctor has been a pediatrician since 1962.