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Nov. 10, 2016, 4:34 p.m.
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.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 16, 2016, 4 a.m.
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.

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June 27, 2016, midnight
Croquet league meets weekly and features 12 teams, all from area senior centers.

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June 19, 2016, 4 p.m.
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.

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June 19, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spokane Valley grandmother aims to break her own record as the oldest female finisher in the grueling Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run next weekend in California.

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June 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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May 31, 2016, 3:39 p.m.
At age 81, Gerald Ray has a mission – to let as many people as possible know about the dangers of skin cancer.

News >  Features
May 31, 2016, midnight
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.

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May 29, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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May 22, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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May 9, 2016, midnight
At 74, Sid Skrivseth continues to build regional reputation as expert cattle breeder.

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May 1, 2016, 7 p.m.
Kroc members age 60-plus are the largest and fastest growing membership at the facility that opened in 2009 after the city won a capital and endowment grant from the Kroc Foundation.

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April 24, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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April 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Coming out as a Type 2 diabetic was difficult for Jonathan Shuffield because he didn’t want people to judge him – his weight, his food choices, his lifestyle.

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April 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

News >  Features
April 1, 2016, 6:53 p.m.
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.

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March 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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March 20, 2016, 4 a.m.
When it comes to preventing illness and chronic disease, keeping people out of the hospital and making quicker recoveries, access to good nutritious is component that can be overlooked.

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March 6, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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March 1, 2016, 10:17 a.m.
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.

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Feb. 28, 2016, 7 p.m.
Care at Hand software allowed aging agency to identify patients during summer wildfires and November windstorm.

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Feb. 15, 2016, midnight
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.

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Feb. 14, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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Feb. 14, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.

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Feb. 7, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.