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UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Feds: Virus frauds spread, preying on Medicare recipients

Scam artists are preying on older people’s fears by peddling fake tests for the coronavirus to Medicare recipients, a federal law enforcement agency warned on Monday.

Avoiding infection can lead to isolation, especially for seniors, but experts offer strategies for healthy connections

Millions of people are hunkering down in their homes to avoid getting or transmitting the novel coronavirus – including seniors who are most at risk of dying from COVID-19 and …

Grocery chains, Target provide shopping time for seniors and the vulnerable

All Rosauers, Albertsons and Safeway locations will be offering store hours designated only for seniors and vulnerable members of the community. Target stores nationwide have established a similar policy.

UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga players coming to grips with abrupt end to their season

As tough as that is to hear for the Zags’ fan base, imagine being one of the players on a 31-2 team that was considered one of the favorites to …

Age of service: Edith McNinch, 91, volunteers with ombudsman program to help senior citizens

Edith McNinch never let age be a limit. When she was 52, she started a 21-year career as a kindergarten teacher. Now 91, she’s often much older than most of …

Dr. Zorba Paster: Seniors binge drinking, smoking pot more – with serious consequences

OK, when you think of binge drinkers, who do you picture? Close your eyes and see them. College kids. Six-pack Joes and Janes after work. Am I right? But do …

Christine Opiela: Protect home health in Washington for Medicare seniors

As Washington state’s senior population continues to grow, providing patient-preferred home health care will only become more important. Passing the Home Health Payment Innovation Act would go a long way.

Hashtag Cannabis offers guided tours for seniors

Hashtag Cannabis in Fremont now offers guided visits on the second Wednesday of every month.

New CHAS clinic offers integrated care for seniors, complex medical cases

In December, CHAS opened its North Central Clinic, focused on health care for patients above age 60. It’s the only CHAS clinics with a senior focus including chronic disease management, …

Kate Burke: Long-term care act would give families peace of mind

Washington state’s Long-Term Care Trust Act gives families the peace of mind that they can get the care they need when they need it most without the added strain of …

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

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

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

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 …