Dennis Place and Dennis Ponsness met by chance nearly 50 years ago in Vietnam, when Ponsness piloted the helicopter that delivered an injured Place to safety. Last month, the two men reunited in Boundary County, a visit that was more about hunting memories than about hunting elk.
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 a conservative think tank that dislikes unions.
Two Spokane boomers and 1962 Holy Names Academy classmates who write to stay young have co-written their second novel about the post World War II era. Rita Gard Seedorf and Margaret Albi Verhoef recently released “Letters from a Wary Watcher: A Moira Edwards Mystery,” which is published by by Cozy Cat Press. The book is in local bookstores and the authors are booking local readings.
A new life expectancy map – released last month by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – shows the health discrepancy between the Palouse and the northeastern counties of Washington, confirming what is already well documented.
Idaho had the highest melanoma death rate nationally between 2001 and 2005, 26 percent higher than the national average with about 40 Idahoans dying of melanoma every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s skin cancer state statistics. The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/cancer/ skin/statistics/state.htm) show that in 2012, Idahoans developed melanoma at a rate of 26.9 per 100,000 each year.
Students from across Eastern Washington recently wrote essays about elders they know who “Blaze a Trail,” a theme that gave youngsters a way to honor – and brag a little – about the special older people in their lives.
When Leslie Woodfill’s mom started showing signs of dementia, the family felt confused and lost. They couldn’t get a solid diagnosis, and her father had to sell his business to become a full-time caregiver. The frustration was stressful for everyone and her mother didn’t want anyone to know about their struggles.
Andrea Snider’s students at Chester Elementary in Spokane Valley understand the importance of a hand-written letter, especially to homebound elders in the community who may not have much communication with children or anyone else.
A local nonprofit is having a workshop Friday on how aging-services providers – specially social workers and caregivers – can offer better care and understanding to Spokane’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging adults, a high-risk population that is often poor and has a higher percentage of health problems.
Ruth Calkins is traveling to Malawi in May to start a craft program for teenage girls with AIDS and their mothers and caregivers. She’s bringing her dachshund Max and bags of craft supplies – paper, cloth, batting for quilts, hardware for earrings and necklaces – because many of these items are unavailable in one of Africa’s poorest nations.
The reality of retirement is far from paradise, so says a group of retired teachers who want to school area educators and support staff, everyone from janitors and cooks to bus drivers, by having a free retirement conference with state and local experts next month.
Community-Minded Enterprises launched the new SpokaneHelpline number – (509) 960-7281 – last month. The hotline is designed to help guardians, advocates, caregivers, family members, neighbors, health care providers, community partners and law enforcement find resources. That includes everything from housing, transportation, Medicaid and mental health services to caregiver support and meals.
A federal pilot program that’s helped keep local high-risk Medicare patients at home and healthy while reducing hospital readmission rates ended this week, but not the community resolve to help patients from returning to the hospital in the first 30 days after release.
A new Washington-based website is a one-stop place for people to get information and resources for end-of-life decisions, everything from state-specific medical documents to funeral planning and financial tips.
Grandma and grandpa are having sex. So are the great grandparents and likely even people in their 90s and beyond, regardless if they have a partner. And sexual health experts say that’s a good thing. A very good thing.
Spokane scientist Richard Steele had career angst, a feeling that he could do more. So 30 years ago he custom-made a job that launched him as a world expert in helping people with aphasia improve their speech and communication after strokes and brain injuries.
Canadian filmmaker Leah Iwaniuk of 3Scape Systems, recently spent a week at Brookdale South Regal living on campus with the 160 residents, gathering ideas for new therapy films and getting feedback on the initial film – she also played bingo, did Sit and Fit exercises and got her butt kicked at Wii bowling.