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Bagger hits the big 9-0, and everybody knows his name

Grocery bagger celebrates 90th birthday on the job.

Boomer U: Graduating at 64

For Sheila Foertsch, 64, a college degree was just a matter of time. On Friday when she received her diploma from Spokane Falls Community College, she proved the old adage …

Boomer authors release second novel

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 …

Life expectancy trends hit home

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 …

Hearing to address needs for older adults

Residents in Ferry, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties are invited to a public hearing Tuesday to discuss needs and gaps in services for older adults and people with …

Young essayists put favorite elders on a pedestal

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 …

Family caregivers, aging receive help from Washington lawmakers

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 …

55 Plus: Get rid of mementos that don’t mean anything

Household mementos that grow over the years have become such a problem that they’ve sparked their own genre of best sellers, such as Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying …

Fertile business: Sid Skrivseth, 74, continues to build regional reputation as expert cattle breeder

At 74, Sid Skrivseth continues to build regional reputation as expert cattle breeder.

Some older couples have ‘weddings’ without getting married

Some older couples who want social recognition for their love relationships are exchanging rings, throwing parties and holding wedding-type ceremonies, but they’re stopping short of getting legally married to avoid …

Whitworth, GU presidents to speak

Whitworth University President Beck Taylor and Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh will talk about education in today’s world Wednesday at Rockwood South Hill. The 3 p.m. event is sponsored by …

Boomers face pitfalls in complex Medicare choices

Signing up for Medicare, the federal government’s health care system for the elderly and disabled, involves complex choices. Medicare’s complicated options involve potential pitfalls that can hurt people later in …

Retired teachers help peers navigate retirement

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 …

New Meals on Wheels project brings nutrition to the forefront

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.

Six simple ways to help keep your brain in shape

If you love crosswords and other word-centric puzzles and games, you’re in luck: Doing them regularly may strengthen memory and concentration, and help keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

Sounds for seniors

Retirement has allowed Louie Richmond to return to his first love, music, while engaging those just a little bit ahead of him in the dance of life.

New website helps with end-of-life planning

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.

Canadian filmmaker aims to decrease depression, anxiety among seniors

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 …

Water polo: aggressive sport easy on aging joints

Water polo club offers an active, physical game for players of all ages.

As America ages, museums are adapting to audiences with memory loss

MINNEAPOLIS – The docent didn’t point out the brush strokes in the oil painting hanging in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She didn’t talk about the artist other than to …

Boomers find booming business with pot shop

Two Spokane couples team up to run Sativa Sisters, and find many customers are boomers, too.

Region’s long-term care ombudsman retires

Linda Petrie, who helped craft the region’s first long-term care ombudsman program in 1990, has retired.

Keeping seniors on their toes

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

AARP issues warning for holiday fraud

The upcoming holidays and the “traditional season of giving” are a peak time for con artists to target Washington consumers, according to a new survey by AARP Fraud Watch.

Alzheimer’s patient killed by roommate; widow crusades for prevention

Last year, in the middle of the night, a dementia patient attacked an Alzheimer’s patient in their shared room, clubbing him repeatedly with a bronze golf trophy, according to a …

Medical Reserve Corps seeks volunteers

Volunteers − both medical and nonmedical − needed for local Medical Reserve Corps

Courageous state of mind

Aging gracefully is a choice that takes courage and the ability to embrace change, advises award-winning actress Linda Evans who is known for playing Krystle Carrington in the 1980s drama …

Powerful prose: Youth essays show love for elders

Fostering relationships between youth and elders is an important mission for the Senior Assistance Fund of Eastern Washington, which has an essay writing contest each year for area students. In …

In brief: Southside center plans garage sale

The Southside Senior and Community Center is having a “Ginormous and Humungous Garage Sale” on Sunday to raise money for center activities. One room of books, another for clothes and …

Older students return to school to exercise minds, shape new careers

You’re never too old for back-to-school, at least that’s the mantra of Hayden’s Brona Trutton, 74, who puts her oxygen in her backpack with her books and takes the elevator …