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Spokane Elder Resource Team sets senior planning workshops

A series of senior planning workshops begin next week at two library locations. The free sessions are open to the public and led by the professional networking group Spokane Elder …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Older homeowners resist downsizing

That’s in part because seniors are working longer, so they don’t feel as pressed to dramatically reduce expenses, and because more seniors are housing their adult children compared with a …


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 …


Frugal to a fault? Smart planning helps retirees know when it’s OK to splurge

Can you be too frugal as you’re nearing or actually in retirement? Uncertain about a splurge? Experts say that’s actually pretty common, because people who apply sound fiscal habits for …


Northern Quest hosts Active Living Expo this weekend

Active Living Expo delivers 55+ action


Senior helps peers navigate cannabis choices

Many of today’s Baby Boomers have mixed memories of cannabis use.


Why more seniors are requesting cannabis help

Concern about side effects of narcotics and interest in more legal medical choices are leading to more seniors looking into cannabis options.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

Uber makes it easier to arrange trips for other riders

The ride-hailing company launched a feature in more than 30 countries on Tuesday that lets users of the Uber app book a ride for someone other than themselves. Given that …


Front Porch: Meeting high school kids cures the blues, Pettit writes

I’ve been a little blue lately, which is why I’m so glad May has rolled around – not for the weather or the longer and sunnier days, but for the …


Reverse mortgages: A few benefits, but use caution

Legal experts still advise caution, but reverse mortgages are showing a mild resurgence both regionally and nationwide. As baby boomers age, the trend could grow.


Think about aging and accessibility when buying, building or remodeling a home

Real estate agents and builders say homebuyers should think ahead to their old age when buying, building or remodeling a home.


Don Harding: Unemployed older workers face discrimination, long odds

I feel like a gray piñata. Having been laid off in August from my longtime software development position, I’m finding a less-than-brave new world out there as I seek re-employment …


High school seniors volunteer, discover career goals

It might have been following in family footsteps, or possibly too many binge-watching sessions of “Grey’s Anatomy,” or maybe it was as simple as opening the first door into the …


Focusing on seniors: Business owners follow the demographics

Some small business owners looking for customers are following the nation’s changing demographics – literally. They’re moving long distances to places like Florida, Arizona and California, expecting retiring baby boomers …


Millions on Social Security are hurt by low gasoline prices

When the price of gasoline goes down, Donald and Fran Shoemaker take a hit in their pocketbook, too. They say that’s not fair. He’s 90, and she’s 88, and neither …


True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl

There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and …


Gonzaga players express thanks for chance to play as close-knit unit

It was a bitter season-ending loss for Gonzaga and the realization that it was the last time this resilient team would suit up together didn’t make it any easier.


Tips for caregivers traveling with elderly, frail relatives

Caregivers face an assortment of challenges when traveling with a frail relative, friend or someone with dementia. Packing medications, getting to and from the airport and managing schedules and family …


Keeping seniors on their toes

Spokane County has a higher death rate from fall-related injuries than the rest of the state.


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 …


Serving Spokane: Volunteer finds purpose, family at Discovery Shop

You may call it many things, but don’t call it a thrift store. At least not while Phoebie Hensley is within earshot.


‘The culmination of our whole life’

REPUBLIC, Wash. – His hands match the bark on the homestead apple tree. Old. Rugged. Dying, yet so alive. Bob Faller touches the tree like a lover, caressing and hopeful. …


‘I remember Mama’

Mother’s Day is no Hallmark card for Debra Henderson, who has endured a lifetime of dysfunction and disappointment. The Spokane mother hasn’t seen or heard from her daughter in 23 …


Already missed

HOUSTON – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stopped Kevin Pangos in the handshake line for an extended verbal pat on the back. “He was really nice about saying how he really …


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 …


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 …


In Gaza lull, residents return to destroyed areas

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores …


Personal trainer keeps aging clients healthy

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and …


Game a family affair at LC

If being courtside at a state basketball tournament seems second nature to Lake City senior JJ Winger, it has been. His father, Jim Winger, has been taking teams to state …