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Baby boomers make up the largest generation of Americans born in United States history. Boomers include anyone born between the years 1946 and 1964, as the number of births began to rise as World War II veterans returned home from battle. The greatest number of baby boomers were born in 1957, when numbers peaked at 4.3 million. That equates to roughly eight children born per minute throughout the year. By 2019, the last of the baby boomers — those born in 1964 — will be eligible for many senior benefits offered to people age 55 and older. Ten years later, most will be eligible for retirement.
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It's not at the top of everyone's list, but having a conversation about long-term care for you or a loved one should occur. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, at least 70 percent of people older than 65 will need some form of long-term care services and support, and most are not prepared for what's to come. Medicare generally covers skilled nursing home care after a hospital stay of at least three days, but its coverage for other long-term care services is very limited. Medicaid can contribute toward long term care, but it requires recipients to use their income to pay for care and spend down most of their assets to qualify, and care must be received in a state approved facility. Most forms of private health insurance do not cover custodial or personal care services. If health insurance does not cover long-term care services, it is typically only for skilled, short-term, medically necessary care. Being proactive, educating yourself on what your options are, and developing a long-term care plan is a great way to ensure financial and emotional stability for you and your family. • BE OPEN: Come out and tell your parents that you'd like to talk about these issues, and ask if they would mind talking about them. Everyone thinks about these things. • BE REFLECTIVE: Some time when you're together, ask them about their past, their childhood and their parents. Learn about them. Then move on to the future. What do they want most? How do they perceive the future? What worries them? • DISCUSS SOMEONE ELSE'S SITUATION: Chances are that you, your spouse or partner or your parents know someone who is already dealing with some aspect of aging or longterm care. Talking what's good or bad about his or her situation can be a useful launching point. • ASK FOR ADVICE: This is a great way to get the discussion rolling. Tell them that you're starting a retirement account or preparing a will and ask for advice. Then ask how they planned ahead and if they feel fully prepared. • WRITE: Try writing a letter or email outlining your concerns and what you would like to discuss. • GET HELP: Maybe you have a sibling who is more at ease talking with your parents, or maybe your parents are more comfortable talking to someone else about finances or health. Don't be offended. You just want someone to know what's what.
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A real go-getter Janet Young urges other seniors to volunteer time in communities By Laura Lofgren
Throughout out our lives, we're encouraged to volunteer. Like peaks and valleys, our time commitments change as we grow older. Starting from a young age, we take it upon ourselves to offer our time and effort for the betterment of a cause. This time, an effort decreases as more responsibilities fall upon our shoulders — school, careers, love, family and more seem to suck up every ounce of time we have during adulthood. There comes a point in our lives, though, where we settle it all out, make ourselves comfortable and retire. This can be when another peak comes into play, and we offer our time — which is no longer filled with child care, a job, etc. — to volunteer in the community again. Janet Young, a Port Angeles resident, is one woman who has completed numerous tasks in the community through her volunteer work. After retiring from working at First Federal for 13 years, Long wanted to stay busy. Taking the initiative, she approached several venues to ask if they needed volunteer help. "Every place needs a volunteer," Young said. "Nine times out of 10, they say yes." Long has volunteered for humane societies, food banks and hospitals in the past. In April 2013, one of Young's biggest accomplishments came into fruition. A new playground at Shane Park on South G Street in Port Angeles was erected and named after Young’s son, Shane Fowler, who died of injuries sustained at the park when it was being constructed in 1973. Young and others on the Shane Park Playground Committee worked tirelessly over two years to raise money through
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community meals, bowling parties, dice games and a pickleball marathon, according to the Peninsula Daily News article on the grand opening of the park. Today, Young gives her time to the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center. She first started working there about six years ago, doing mostly filing work and helping at the front desk. Now, she helps wherever she can, spending one day a week in the senior center's gift shop. Starting up roughly two years ago, Young and a senior center committee wanted to pick up where the Golden Craft Shop left off. The downtown craft shop closed after several decades of operation, and Young and the group didn't want to see a business like it leave Port Angeles forever. "We just thought we'd give it a try," Long said. After weeks of research, Long and the others built an enclosure near the dining area of the senior center, where more than 95 vendors brings their wares to be sold at different times during the year. Profits from these sales go back into the gift shop for business expenses and back to the senior center to help with programming.
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A dedicated volunteer, Young encourages all people, young and mature, to give some of their time to the community. "It's just a good feeling to do something for other people," Young said. For those wary of taking steps to volunteer, Young said, "Step up and give it a try. If you love animals, volunteer at the Humane Society. It's your own time." Many nonprofits need periodic help running their show. Even just a few hours a week can make all the difference. If you find yourself not loving the time you spend at one place, there's no harm in leaving and trying another. Today's retirees recognize that an active retirement tends to be more rewarding than simply sitting around the house, and that attitude is reflected in the vast number of retirees who volunteer with various nonprofit organizations.. The following are a handful of volunteering opportunities for those retirees who want to give back.
Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds and repairs homes for people in need. It has a program titled "Care-A-Vanners" in which volunteers typically spend two weeks traveling around the United States and Canada in rented RVs building and restoring homes. For more information in Clallam County, visit 728 E. Front
St., Port Angeles; phone 360-681-6780; or visit www.habitat clallam.org. In Jefferson County, visit 2001 W. Sims Way, Port Townsend; phone 360-379-2827; or visit www.habitatejc.org.
Meals On Wheels Retirees tend to have their mornings and afternoons free, making them ideal candidates to volunteer with programs such as Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization devoted to delivering nutritious meals to those with limited mobility who are unable to prepare their own meals. On the Peninsula, Olympic Community Action Programs encourages volunteerism in Jefferson and Clallam counties. For more information, visit 823 Commerce Loop, Port Townsend; phone 360-385-2571; or visit www.olycap.org.
Disaster Relief Disaster-relief programs may be less predictable than more routine volunteer programs, but retirees often make great volunteers at disaster-relief sites. Many disaster-relief programs need volunteers who are certified in CPR or have other unique lifesaving skills, but even retirees without such skills can help by handling supplies or by comforting and assisting survivors of natural disasters. Try contacting the North Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the American Red Cross at 151 Ruth's Place, Carlsborg; 360-4577933; or www.redcross.org/support.
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Taking steps toward an estate plan MetroCreative Connection Although inevitable, death is an emotional subject that's difficult to discuss. While estate planning can make people uncomfortable, it is an essential part of securing assets for future generations and can make a death in the family easier for loved ones to handle. Estate planning is an umbrella term that refers to a host of things that must be done prior to a person's death, including writing a will and even making funeral arrangements. Estate planning attempts to eliminate financial uncertainties and maximize the value of an estate.
Getting Started Estate planning should begin early in a person's life, especially for young parents. It's easy to talk about saving for a home or retirement, but it's not so simple to discuss who will care for your children should you die while they are still minors. Those who are not able to sort through these answers on their own should enlist the help of an attorney or a financial adviser, both of whom can take some of the emotion out of the discussion and put it in more practical terms.
The Will A will is an important component of estate planning. Without clearly and legally spelling out your wishes, there is no guarantee that those wishes will be honored. It will be up to a state to make potentially life-altering decisions that can impact your surviving family members, and the only way to ensure your wishes will be carried out is to put them into a will. Although men and women can write their own wills, many people prefer to seek the assistance of an attorney, who can make sure all necessary details are included in the will.
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you become incapacitated or suffer from a serious medical condition that precludes you from making decisions about your care and finances. Spouses can be named to make important health decisions, but you may want to indicate other information, such as life support measures or organ donation, as well.
Funeral Arrangements Another aspect of estate planning concerns funeral arrangements. Many people prefer to make their own funeral and burial plans so that these heart-wrenching decisions do not fall on the shoulders of grieving family members. Funeral planning may include choosing a burial plot, selecting a casket, indicating cremation and paying for everything in advance. According to Efuneral.com, the average cost of a funeral in the United States in 2012 was more than $8,500 for a burial service and $3,700 for a cremation. That's a considerable expense that you may not want surviving family members to pay. Estate planning is a process that is difficult to discuss, but one that is essential to maximize your assets and ensure your end-of-life wishes are honored.
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MetroCreative Connection Con artists masquerading as charities can victimize anyone, but men and women who perpetrate charitable fraud often target older men and women, feeling that seniors are more likely to have a significant amount of money in their bank accounts and less likely to report crimes for fear of embarrassment. But even if seniors are prime targets for charitable fraud, they still can take steps to safeguard themselves from scammers looking to exploit their generosity. • Never donate over the phone. No reputable charity will insist on a donation over the phone. When a person calls and says they represent a charity, they should be willing to send you information in the mail so you can further explore their organization before making your final decision. If a caller attempts to pressure you into donating over the phone, hang up. • Keep a list of organizations you have donated to in the past. Many people who perpetuate charitable fraud reference a past relationship or donation history between their victims and the charity the criminal is claiming to represent. This can help you verify if the person calling, emailing or visiting you is telling the truth. See SCAMS, page 16
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Exercising and aging
Addressing common concerns about fitness after 50
By Laura Lofgren and MetroCreative Connection Exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. Including exercise in your daily routine can lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and exercise can even sharpen mental acuity, reduce anxiety and improve mood. But as beneficial as exercise can be, many men and women, particularly those older than 50 who have not laced up their sneakers in years, are hesitant to begin an exercise regimen for a variety of reasons, potentially putting their long-term health at risk. At the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center, volunteer Mary Hostvedt says she joined not only for the activities the center provides but for the social aspect of joining. "I come four days a week," Hostvedt said. "I come to be with people. A lot of older people tend to stay at home, though." Hostvedt says volunteering and participating at the center helps mentally. "It helps you feel needed," she said. At the senior center, physical activities range from chair exercise class to pickleball to the "killer class," as it is affectionately know by members. "[The instructor] really works you in that one," Hostvedt laughed.
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A lot of members, Hostvedt says, are looking for a familiar activity, but some like to venture into new ones that can sharpen the body and the mind. She says many people get set in their ways or don't like to go out much after a certain age, but the senior center opens up options for those looking or who have been encouraged by others to get more active. If pool or yoga aren't your thing, there are still options to challenge the mind and soul. Many senior centers offer card clubs, book clubs and travel clubs, too. At the Port Angeles Senior Center, they have a van that takes members to outside venues, like the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma or on whale-watching tours. "You find groups who are interested in the same things as you," Hostvedt said. Bettering your lifestyle after the age of 50 revolves around improving socially, mentally and physically. Though physical abilities change as age increases, there are many ways for seniors after the age of 50 to better themselves in familiar and new ways. See EXERCISE, page 13
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Improving lifestyle According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the following are a few points men and women should know as they attempt to improve their physical fitness with a more active lifestyle: • Exercise is safe even if you have not been physically active in a long time. Many older men and women worry that suddenly embracing physical fitness after years of inactivity may be detrimental to their health. But that's only true if men and women don't exercise caution at the outset of their routines. When beginning the routine, take things very slowly at first, choosing to walk or bike every day rather than hitting the treadmill and adjusting it to maximum resistance. When strength training, start off with very little weight so your muscles can grow acclimated to the motions and you can get the exercises down pat. As you grow more comfortable and your body starts to feel more up to the challenges of daily exercise, you can begin to gradually alter your cardiovascular and strength training workouts to make them more challenging. • Exercise can make existing medical conditions more manageable. Men and women older than 50 who have preexisting medical conditions are likely to find that exercise alleviates rather than exacerbates their physical problems. The NIA notes that studies have shown that regular exercise and physical activity can benefit people with arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. But it's still recommended that men and women with preexisting medical conditions consult with their physicians before making any lifestyle changes. Some conditions may affect a person's ability to be active, and it's best to get the go-ahead from a physician before beginning an exercise regimen. • Exercise reduces fatigue, so sitting around to preserve strength is not effective. The "Report on Physical Activity and Health" from the U.S. Surgeon General's Office noted that men and women who are inactive are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. While getting adequate rest and giving your body ample time recover from physical activity is essential, your body won't benefit by avoiding exercise to preserve your strength. • No one is too old to exercise. Some men and women in their golden years may feel that their toned down workouts cannot possibly be making much of an impact thanks to the physical limitations old age has put on their bodies, while others may think it's unwise for someone in their 70s or 80s to be physically active. Scaling back your exercise routine will be necessary as you get older, but that does not mean you cannot still enjoy and benefit from physical activity.
Popular sports for seniors Fishing Fishing is more than just a leisurely day at the lake. Casting and reeling in your catch provides a good workout for the arms, legs and core muscles of the body. Golf Requiring a combination of strategy and skill, golf also pays several physical dividends. Play at your own pace, taking your time walking from hole to hole so you can enjoy the sunshine and soak in the beauty of the course. Swimming A few laps around a pool work your whole body. Swimming is attractive to seniors because it works the muscles and provides a cardiovascular jolt without putting any strain on the joints. Cycling Many seniors are avid cyclists. You can vary your route depending on how physically intense you want the ride to be.
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Well-balanced diet, life
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By MetroCreative Connection Nutrition is important for people of all ages, but it's especially important for men and women over the age of 50, who can dramatically improve their quality of life by eating a well-balanced diet filled with vitamins and nutrients. While the baby boomer generation, which is generally regarded as those people born between 1946 and 1964, boasts longer life expectancies than any generation that came before them, some of that can likely be chalked up to advancements in medical care, including a booming pharmaceutical industry that seemingly has an antidote to every ailment. But a 2013 study from researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine found that baby boomers are less healthy than the generation that immediately preceded them, tending to be more likely to have higher levels of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. While that news might be sobering, it's never too late for men and women older than 50 to start eating healthier diets, which can reduce their risk of a wide range of ailments, including heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. The following are a few ways men and women older than 50 can alter their diets so their bodies are getting what they need to live long and healthy lives well into their golden years. • Balance your diet. Kids hear of the benefits of a balanced
diet seemingly from the moment they enter a classroom for the first time, but many adults fail to heed that basic advice as they get further and further away from kindergarten. When changing your diet, be sure to include plenty of protein and carbohydrates. Protein maintains and rebuilds muscles, which is especially important for aging men and women who might find themselves unable to keep up with the physical demands of everyday life as well as they used to. Including ample low-fat protein, which can be found in fish, eggs and low-fat dairy among other foods, will aid in muscle recovery, benefitting aging athletes as well as those men and women older than 50 who recently started exercising as a means to regaining their physical fitness. A diet lacking in sufficient protein can contribute to muscle deterioration, arthritis and even organ failure, so it's important for men and women to prioritize including protein in their diets. Carbohydrates are also an important part of a balanced diet, as they are a great source of energy that can help men and women stay active well past the age of 50. Carbohydrates found in fruits, grains and vegetables are the most beneficial, as these contain valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients. • Don't denounce dairy. Dairy is a great source of calcium, which promotes strong bones and teeth. Men and women older than 50 want their bones to be as strong as possible because aging is one of the strongest risk factors for osteoporosis, a potentially debilitating medical condition in which loss of tissue causes bones to become brittle and fragile. Vitamin D is necessary to effectively absorb calcium, and it can be found in certain dairy products, including pastureraised eggs and grass-fed cow's milk, and can be generated when men and women get enough sunlight. Other healthy sources of vitamin D include salmon, light tuna packed in oil, sardines, and sun-grown mushrooms. • Cut back on sodium intake. Cutting back on sodium intake can be very beneficial, especially for men and women over the age of 50, who are at greater risk of diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease. But cutting back on sodium intake takes more than just throwing the salt shaker away. Processed foods, soups, canned goods, salad dressings, condiments such as mustard and ketchup, and breakfast cereals are just a few of the many products that may contain alarming amounts of sodium.
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Cataracts: New lenses clear clouds Contributed by Davina Kuhnline, O.D., and Barbara Lamb of Northwest Eye Surgeons As men and women age, their risk for cataracts increases. The National Eye Institute predicts that by the year 2050, just over 50 million Americans will experience cataracts.
What Is A Cataract? A cataract is an opacity or cloudiness that develops in the lens of the eye, which is located just behind the colored iris. Protein fibers in the lens harden, get hazy and yellow as a result of normal aging and limit the eyeâ€™s ability to focus clearly. Cataracts are the leading causes of vision loss in people older than 40 and of blindness worldwide. Cataracts can also develop as a side effect of certain medications, systemic disease, trauma or ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure also. People with cataracts may notice problems such as blurred or distorted vision, glare from sunlight, headlights or other lights, or trouble focusing on things. When these symptoms begin to interfere with activities of daily living, cataract surgery can help. An optometrist or family eye doctor can evaluate these symptoms at an annual eye exam and recommend a consultation with an ophthalmologist, who specializes in medical and surgical treatment of the eye, if appropriate.
the eye after surgery. Cataract surgery is an outpatient medical procedure. Patients are in the surgery center for about 2 to 3 hours and will need a driver afterward. Most resume activities within a week, but will take prescription eye drops for up to four weeks after surgery to control inflammation and reduce the risk of infection. Side effects are few, but some patients may experience dry eyes for two to three months after surgery.
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Dave and Rosalie Secord perform together and with one of the area's oldest band, Luck of the Draw, after years of experiences By Laura Lofgren Few couples on the North Olympic Peninsula have a story to tell like Dave and Rosalie Secord. Dave, a self-taught musician who plays a plethora of instruments, from the "tater-bug" mandolin to the guitar to the harmonica, met Rosalie at an open mic at the Fairmount Restaurant in Port Angeles in 2005. From that moment on, the two got to know each other through several music lessons and more open mics. Dave taught Rosalie how to play the mandolin by ear and sing "without being a chicken" in front of people, as Rosalie puts it. "I took one lesson and thought I'd never learn anything for [another] 90 years," Rosalie said. Dave told her to ditch the sheet music and learn by ear, she said.
Through their passion for learning and playing music — mostly bluegrass — the couple grew together, performing at local venues and events. During a full house, Dave got down on one knee and asked Rosalie to marry him. "What do you think?" Rosalie had asked the audience. To a hooping-and-hollering crowd, Rosalie said yes. Today, they perform together with the Luck of the Draw band, made up of Dave on strum-stick, banjo, lead guitar and harmonica; Rosalie on rhythm guitar, mandolin and vocals; Barb Priebe on bucket bass; and Dennis Schosboek on fiddle. Luck of the Draw started a few decades ago at the nowshuttered Salt Creek Restaurant & Lounge. See MUSIC, page 19
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They have played their crowd-pleasing, toe-tapping tunes — from rock 'n' roll to bluegrass and old-time favorites — Performing with up to 15 players, jam sessions were a at the annual Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival, which frequent occurrence at the old business. is going on 33 years; at Mount Rushmore during Fourth of During on session, an older couple asked the performers to July celebrations; in Moses Lake for a bluegrass festival; in play for their 50th anniversary. Mexico; and more. When asked the name of their band, one musician replied They play local events and hold open mic nights at the "Luck of the Draw! Because we never Fairmount Restaurant, located at 1127 know who's going to show up." W. U.S. Highway 101. In 1998, the band opened for Roy Clark They've taught workshops for people at the Port Angeles Speedway. In 2012, who have never played an instrument in the Steppenwolf Band asked Luck of the their lives, only to have them perform to Draw to warm-up the audience for its a crowd two hours later. performance. Out of all the experiences the Secords From then on, musicians have come have had with their musical life, the and gone in Luck of the Draw. reason they do it remains the same. Many, according to the Secords, end "The best part about performing is getup forming their own bands or getting ting the crowd involved and seeing the Dave Secord married to other band members. smiles on their faces," Dave, who likes to "It's like a big family," Rosalie said. tell jokes during sets, said. "There's so much talent on the Peninsula," Dave said. For the past 10 years, Rosalie and Dave have come a long People come and go, but the music keeps playing. Luck of way to be part of a local music scene that just can't quit. the Draw boasts being the oldest band to continue playing They're always evolving with new musicians, teaching their on the Peninsula, according to the Secords self-taught way to aspiring performers and old pros like Over the years, Dave and Rosalie — sometimes with Luck themselves. of the Draw, sometimes without — have performed all over Look for them and their Luck of the Draw band at upcomthe place. ing festivals and events on the Peninsula this summer. MUSIC, from page 18
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Senior low-income housing options Contributed by Patricia Morrison Coate For some seniors living on the Olympic Peninsula, retirement isn't financial freedom; it's financial fear. Although the illusion is that seniors are living high on the hog, a fair number must manage on fixed incomes, mostly Social Security. The high costs of maintaining even a mortgage-free home or renting locally puts many low-income seniors in a bind when it comes to safe and secure housing, but there are options available. The Peninsula Housing Authority offers more than 520 units of affordable housing in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Of these, 170 units located at three properties in Port Angeles are targeted to senior and young disabled people, the Manor, the Terrace and the Villa. The maximum income a single person could receive and qualify to live in one of these communities is $32,450, with the tenant’s rent payment calculated to be no more than 30 percent of his or her income. Pre-applications are available at www.peninsulapha.org or can be requested by calling the property management team at 360-452-7631, ext. *812.
According to clallamconnection.info, the following are affordable independent living housing options for seniors: Note: Unless otherwise noted, the area code is 360.
CLALLAM BAY Clallam Bay Apartments, 963-3131 FORKS Peninsula Apartments, 374-5853 Olympic Apartments, 3743141 Oxbow Apartments, 3742650 PORT ANGELES Bay View Apartments, 460-7525 Evergreen Court, 452-6996 Fairchild Heights, 457-6212 The Hamlet 452-3423
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As retirement age approaches, many older adults envision themselves downsizing and moving to a quaint community to enjoy their golden years in as relaxing a fashion as possible. However, for a growing number of seniors, their retirement years are being spent helping to raise grandchildren. United States Census data from 2010 indicates that 4.9 million American children are being raised solely by their grandparents. CanGrads, a National Kinship Support organization, says approximately 62,500 children are being raised by grandparents and other family in Canada. Many grandparents provide part-time care when their older children have to move back home with their families, as roughly 13 million children are now living in homes with their grandparents. Seniors who are once again thrown into the caregiver arena may need a crash course in child care or a few pointers on parenting in the modern age. • Get the right equipment. Certain safety requirements are in place to safeguard young children, and that often means investing in new cribs, car seats, high chairs and other items.
• Gather important documents. Grandparents should keep pertinent documents in one easily accessible place in their homes should an emergency arise. These include birth certificates, health immunization records, death certificates (if the child's parents are deceased), dental records, school papers, citizenship papers and proof of income and assets. • Speak with an attorney. Lawyers can help grandparents wade through legal arrangements, such as filing for custody, guardianship or adoption. • Investigate financial assistance. Seniors may not earn the income they once did and may be on assistance programs or living off of retirement savings. Grandparents who find themselves caring for a child may be eligible for financial assistance. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a joint federal and state program that can provide need-based financial assistance. AARP or the organization GrandFamilies may be able to put grandparents in touch with financial advisers in their areas. • Contact schools and day-care centers. School-aged children will need to be enrolled in school. Grandparents should contact the school district where they live to learn about local school systems, especially when grandkids are moving in with their grandparents. Some grandparents can qualify for free or low-cost day care, and such programs can be discussed with local social services offices. Enrollment in school or day care can provide grandparents with much-needed free time during the day. • Find emotional support. Taking care of grandchildren is a full-time job. At times, grandparents may feel stressed or out of sorts. Having a strong support system available can help grandparents work through the peaks and valleys of this new and unexpected stage in life. Church- or community center-based counseling services may be available. Grandparents also can check with their health care providers to determine if counseling or therapy sessions are covered under their plans.
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The Internet is not just for kids By MetroCreative Connection More than just a method of channeling information to the comfort of home, the Internet and the various social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, are ways for older adults to stay connected with friends and family. For seniors faced with mobility issues, social media helps to bring the world to them. Findings from the Pew Research Institute show that social networking use among Internet users ages 50 to 64 grew by 88 percent between April 2009 and May 2010. The research also found that the percentage of those 65 and older using social media grew from 13 percent to 26 percent during that same stretch. Individuals who are not yet using social media to manage their communication efforts may be inspired by these benefits to doing so. • Photo and video sharing: The majority of photos being taken today are digital. They are being shared via email or through social media sites. Grandparents can see their grandchildren and relatives in photos and videos who live miles away in real time. • Conversations with family: In a world where families are no longer centrally located, communication may be lacking. Despite the prevalence of mobile phones, fewer and fewer people seem to pick up the phone and make calls as they once did. Instead, they're texting and updating social media posts. • Improved feelings of well-being: Avoiding feelings of isolation and loneliness can benefit older men and women. A study by Shelia Cotten, a sociologist and associate professor from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, revealed that Internet use was associated with a 30 percent decrease in depressive symptoms among older adults who used it regularly. • Working the mind: Going online, chatting on social media or simply writing an email works areas of the brain. Typing also helps improve manual dexterity.
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'You'll know when you're ready' By Laura Lofgren and MetroCreative Connection Sweaty palms and nervousness are common first date symptoms. Many people can remember the feelings of excitement and fear they felt the first time they went out on a date as a teenager. But those who find themselves back in the dating pool as mature adults quickly learn that dating jitters still may be present even after all this time. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau find that those older than 50 are now divorcing at double the rate of younger people. Loss of a spouse is another reason the over50 crowd may once again be dabbling in dating.
Tips for dating online Recent reports say that 40 percent of online daters today are older than 50. Successfully navigating the waters of matchmaking sites or old-fashioned meet-and-greets means reacquainting oneself with a few handy tips. • Don't open up with your extended history. Older daters have more life experiences and potentially a greater number of past relationships. Recognize that you both may bring former spouses and even children to the table, but don't feel the need to delve into all of your adventures (or misadventures) on the first date. Early dates are not for setting the entire course of your relationship; they're for getting acquainted and seeing if this is a relationship you want to continue. Getting too personal right off the bat can sabotage a relationship before it starts. • Take it slow. There's no need to rush anything along. Biological clocks or perceived societal notions no longer may be causing pressing relationship deadlines. Take the first date and any other subsequent dates at a pace that's mutually agreed upon. • Look for the positives. Before you decide a person is not for you, make a note of all of his or her positive attributes. What do you like most about him or her? Initial negativity or doubts may stem from your fear of rejection. Be open to others who may not fit your type. • Don't get discouraged. The person you first meet may not be the right fit. Don't let this turn you off of dating. The right person may be the next one around the corner. • Meet in public places. Many dates begin with online conversations with the intention to meet for a physical date later on. Always keep safety in mind when setting a rendezvous with someone you don't know well.
Choose a public meeting spot, such as a busy restaurant. Ask a friend to check in on you via phone call. Consider a double-date if you're weary. Take your own car and meet at the date location rather than being picked up at home. • Wait for intimacy. It may take a while before you feel comfortable getting intimate with someone new. This person should respect your feelings and not pressure you into a physical relationship until you are both ready. Also, give the other person time to grow comfortable with intimacy.
Port Angeles locals meet Janet Young, from this publication's story on volunteering (page 8), met her partner, Stan Grall, at the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center. "I wasn't looking [for anyone]," Young said. Young had been married for 42 years before her former husband passed away three years ago. After his death, Young continued in her volunteer work. More than a year ago, Young was working the senior center's front desk when Grall walked in. "He looked familiar," she said. She then realized she knew him from high school. They both had attended Port Angeles High School back in the late 1950s. See DATING, page 25
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Rumor has it that Grall went up to another volunteer and said, "I think I'm in love," after seeing Young. Eventually, the two exchanged numbers and have been spending time together ever since. "Through [Stan], I've done things I've never done. I learned how to play the mandolin," Young said. They go out to eat, go to local fairs or simply watch a movie. After being married for several decades, Young says
another wedding probably isn't in her future. "The minority of seniors consider marriage," she said. "Many just want companionship. Getting married [again] kind of complicates things." Dating after 50 means taking chances, going slow and exploring new relationship possibilities that make you feel comfortable. "You'll know when you're ready," Young said.
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Bring back the Sunday dinner Sandy Boughner from the North Olympic Peninsula is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection. “For seniors, it’s not what’s on their plate that matters most at mealtime; it’s who is at the table with them,” said Boughner, owner of the Sequim Home Instead Senior Care office. “When seniors share meals with a companion, they have a better mealtime experience, both nutritionally and emotionally.” To encourage families to make time for these meals, the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels America (up to $20,000 total through July 31, 2015) for each person who commits to regularly scheduling family dinners at SundayDinnerPledge.com. Pledging to have a sit-down dinner with loved ones will help to ensure other seniors will have a quality meal, friendly visit and safety check through Meals on Wheels programs across the country. “We hope families will make the pledge to either revive or begin new mealtime traditions with their senior loved ones,”
Boughner said. “This small commitment can have a big impact on a senior’s well-being.” To help families across the country host their own Sunday dinner, Home Instead Senior Care has partnered with celebrity chef and mother of four Melissa d’Arabian to develop easy, nutritious recipes. Additional resources include tips for how to involve seniors in meal planning and preparation, pre- and post-dinner activities and meal plans for healthy, inexpensive meals that all generations can enjoy. For these free resources and more information, visit www. SundayDinnerPledge.com or phone Home Instead Senior Care at 360-681-2511. Founded in 1994 in Omaha, Neb., by Lori and Paul Hogan, the Home Instead Senior Care network provides personalized care, support and education to help enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Today, this network is the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors, with more than 1,000 independently owned and operated franchises. — Joni Williams, on behalf of Home Instead Senior Care
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OMP Orthopaedic Clinic 777 N. 5th Ave. | Sequim | (360) 582-4120 1004 Caroline St. | Port Angeles | (360) 457-1500 Dirk Gouge, DO, Orthopaedic Surgery Loren Larson, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Henry Yee, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Kathleen O’Neill, PA-C, Orthopaedics Dean Short, PA-C, Orthopaedics OMP Specialty Clinic 840 N. 5th Ave. | Sequim | (360) 582-2840 923 Georgiana St. | Port Angeles | (360) 565-9250 Carleen Bensen, MD, Urology Jennifer Carl, MD, Physiatry Stafford Conway, MD, Neurology Rebecca Corley, MD, Pulmonology Raj Deol, MD, Pulmonology Mark Fischer, MD, Internal Medicine, Pulmonology Frank Jahns, MD, Gastroenterology Alan Kowitz, MD, Urology Kelvin Ma, MD, Neurology B. Dale Russell, MD, Urology Duane Webb, MD, Gastroenterology R. Bruce Williams, MD, Endocrinology Emily Glassock, ARNP, Endocrinology OMP Surgery Clinic 1021 Caroline St. | Port Angeles | (360) 452-6808 Charles Bundy, MD, General Surgery Georgia Heisterkamp, MD, General Surgery Matthew Levy, MD, General Surgery Sandra Tatro, MD, General Surgery
OMP Walk-In Clinic 840 N. 5th Ave. | Sequim | (360) 582-2930 Joel Finman, MD, Family Medicine John Yergan, MD, Emergency Medicine Suree Chommuang, ARNP, Emergency Medicine Brandi Harris, ARNP, Adult Family Medicine Linda Starck, ARNP, Adult Family Medicine OMP Women’s Clinic 930 Caroline St. | Port Angeles | (360) 417-7365 Deborah Bopp, ARNP, CNM, Midwifery Laurie Johnson-Driese, ARNP, CNM, Midwifery Cheri Shields, ARNP, CNM, Midwifery Olympic Medical Cancer Center 844 N. 5th Ave. | Sequim | (360) 683-9895 Marion Chirayath, MD, Medical Oncology Thomas Kummet, MD, MPH, Medical Oncology Kurt Norman, MD, Medical Oncology Michael Shevach, MD, Radiation Oncology Rena Zimmerman, MD, Radiation Oncology Deborah Turner, PA-C, Medical Oncology Olympic Medical Heart Center 840 N. 5th Ave. | Sequim | (360) 565-0500 923 Georgiana St. | Port Angeles | (360) 565-0500 939 Caroline St. | Port Angeles | (360) 565-0500 James Emery, MD, Cardiology Robert Gipe, MD, Internal Medicine Alexander Pan, MD, Cardiology Kara Urnes, MD, Cardiology Tracy Zaher-Lee, ARNP, Cardiology Olympic Medical Sleep Center 777 N. 5th Ave. | Sequim | (360) 582-4200 Michael McDonald, MD, Sleep Medicine Marna Butler, ARNP, Sleep Medicine 561321730
Olympic Medical Physicians is a division of Olympic Medical Center. Visit OlympicMedical.org for more information.
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Clinical staff: Clinic owner Jason Wilwert, PT, DPT, OCS; Dale Rudd, PT; Sheila Fontaine, PTA; Vonnie Voris PT, CLT; Britt Moss, MPT, OCS, CSCS; Emily Nguyen, PTA; Cathy Giumini, MSPT
We are leading providers of long-term skilled nursing care and shortterm rehabilitation solutions, located right here in your community. With our full continuum of services, we offer care focused around each individual in todayâ€™s ever-changing healthcare environment.
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Quality Survey for 2014 Facility of the Year Award for 2013 Silver Quality Award Since 2014
What do YOU like about Shipley Center? I often drive from Port Townsend to the Shipley Center because of the extraordinary variety of activities offered. I especially enjoy going in our comfortable bus on day trips to plays, gardens, boat cruises, and to venues such as the Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Center, and Pike Place Market. I’m also pleased that we can sign-up for 3-4 day regional excursions and even quite economical overseas vacations. -- Dr. Bonnie Fritz
There are lots of activities and trips offered at Shipley Center. It’s a great place to meet new friends and get together to have fun doing something you enjoy. -- Fred Chan
I come to Shipley Center to play cribbage to exercise the mind, I play Ping Pong to exercise the body, and I meet new friends along the way! -- Stuart Mackenzie
I became a member nearly 3 years ago at the urging of a friend who was starting to learn an activity offered at Shipley Center. I so enjoyed learning this new activity that not only did I join, but I also eventually volunteered to teach the class and lead the activity. I enjoy lifelong learning — it is so important to staying healthy, and I get to do this at Shipley Center while meeting new friends. -- Dianne Whitaker
Acrylic Class Balance Exercise Bingo Bridge Bunco Chair Exercise Computer Class Cribbage Dominoes Fiber Arts Italian Class Knitting & Crocheting Mah Jongg Open Mic Pan Ping Pong Pinochle Poker Potlucks Scrabble Senior-cize Spanish Class Stretch Yoga Tai Chi Trips Ukulele Watercolor Painting
Member-only benefits include discounts on all activities, events and trips, a members-only free computer help desk, and discounts with other organizations.
921 E. Hammond St. (across from QFC) Sequim, WA 98382 Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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