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NATIONAL PARK PASSES Seniors will see a cost increase in lifetime passes in the near future


HEARING LOSS What it is, how to prevent it and what to do if diagnosed


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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE New treatments emerge as the quest for a cure continues


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SENIOR PROM REDEFINED Don and JoAnn Clayton celebrate their anniversary with a night to remember


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ON THE COVER JoAnn and Don Clayton arrive at the Hermiston High School 2017 Prom. Get the full story on page 16.


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Cost of senior lifetime pass to increase this year by PENINSULA DAILY NEWS Seniors of the North Olympic Peninsula who enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of Olympic National Park are in for a jarring jump. Older folks can expect an increase sometime this year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit any of America’s national parks. The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost $20, which senior visitors can then apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one. This fee hike is part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services within the national park system. For those wishing to obtain a lifetime pass, note it will cost only $10 before the change is implemented. Passes can be purchased online at www.nps.gov/ olym/planyourvisit for an additional service fee of $10 (making your total payment $20 for the pass) or at any of the parks without the extra charge. Because of the eventual price increase, the website that sells the passes is experiencing a major increase in senior pass sales. Online senior passes are being processed within six weeks, according to usgs.gov. Mail-in senior and access pass applications are being processed within 10 weeks. National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017.

This past December, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994, when it jumped to $10. The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country. Park Service staff estimate that the increase in the cost of a senior pass would generate $20 million a year.

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down into two main types, with a third being a mix of both. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear or to the nerves that deliver sounds from the ear to the brain. This eliminates the softer sounds present in everyday life, the “puh” in “putter,” the “fuh” in “funny,” the “th” the quality of life. in “the” or the “hu” in “huh?” by CANDI RUNYON Long-term hearing loss can cause An interesting fact is that men Hearing loss can come on sudisolation in people, especially the elseem to lose their hearing in the denly, or it can happen so gradually derly. Folks begin to withdraw, become higher frequencies common to that most people don’t realize what depressed, angry, even belligerent women’s voices, and women lose they’ve been missing. when all they need is hearing help. their hearing in the lower frequenLittle nuances in conversations, Hearing loss can even contribute to cies common to men’s voices. ... As the pleasant background noises of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. if we need one more difference to family members milling about the overcome. house, the purr of a kitty cat or the Causes of sensorineural hearing WHAT IT’S LIKE roar of a neighbor’s lawn mower, loss can be from aging, genetics, Hearing loss not only affects the (well, maybe not that one). one with it; it can be very frustrating medications, head injuries, tinnitus These little misses can severely for loved ones and friends who can’t or prolonged exposure to loud noises. hinder the quality of life, especially know what it’s like to suffer hearing Certain diseases can cause senthe essential sounds such as aploss. Communication breaks down sorineural hearing loss, such as proaching vehicles, the chime of a and arguments ensue for lack of mumps, meningitis, Meniere’s door bell, the whistle of a tea kettle understanding or even just over the disease or if your mother had rubella or the phone ringing. volume of the television. while pregnant with you. Responses to coping with hearing Here’s a little experiment to try for This type of loss is irreversible, but loss are as varied as those who exthose with normal hearing: hearing aids can help tremendously. perience it and as numerous as the Go get a pair of ear plugs, put Conductive hearing loss occurs issues that cause it. them in your ears and go about your when sounds cannot move from the For some, the loss is caused by normal daily routine. Take note of outer ear through the middle ear to an infection or allergies and will how many times you say “Huh?" or the brain. generally clear up on its own or with “Would you repeat that, please?” This is usually due to an obstructhe help of medication. Some folks or how often you apologize for not tion, such as fluid behind the ear ignore hearing loss in the same way catching what was said. drum, allergies, infection, ear wax they ignore other health issues. That’s pretty much what it’s like build-up or Eustachian tube dysMost of the time, what we see for folks with hearing loss. function. in our office are issues that can be It’s not that they are ignoring Healing is possible in this case resolved relatively easily through you or trying to make life difficult with appropriate medications, surmedication or healing over time. gery or other medical intervention. The serious issues are rare; howev- (though there is a phenomenon Mixed hearing loss is a comer, for those who’ve experienced a de- called “selective hearing,” which is rather difficult to diagnose, but bination of both sensorineural and crease in their hearing or especially conductive and thus would require a sudden hearing loss, it’s important that’s another article); it’s just they intervention using medications or to see a doctor as soon as possible to can’t hear you or clearly discern the sounds of the words spoken. surgery as appropriate to the indifind out the cause. Indeed, they are just as weary of vidual causes, possibly in conjuncEven when medical options have asking you to repeat what you said tion with hearing aids. been exhausted and serious issues as you are of having to repeat it. have been ruled out, the responses are generally the same. However, the A WORD ABOUT TINNITUS consequences can differ and might It’s difficult to know what triggers TYPES OF HEARING LOSS seriously — and lastingly — decrease these unusual sounds. Hearing loss is generally broken

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Responses to coping with hearing loss are as varied as those who experience it and as numerous as the issues that cause it.

Tinnitus, whether it comes and goes, changes its tune, whispers or shouts, can be for some people debilitating, overwhelming in conversations or cause sleeplessness. Although those sounds — the constant shussing, roaring, hissing, clicking, whooshing — are all contained in your head and no one else can hear them, it really isn’t “all in your head.” Prolonged exposure to noises, such as loud music and occupational noise; medications; or diseases could be a cause. Some say it’s the brain’s response to noise damage in the same way some people experience phantom pain sensations from an amputated limb. There are hearing aids available for people whose lives are severely affected by tinnitus. They are adjusted and tuned to match the frequency of the person's tinnitus, thus canceling out that frequency making it quieter in their head. It’s not a cure, but when all else fails, it could be an option. Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017 


Prevention: The No. 1 best option is to wear hearing protection. It’s far easier to prevent hearing loss than it is to deal with it once it’s happened. Take the time to use it. Get tested: Have a hearing exam performed annually by a qualified audiologist, especially after the age of 50 or if there is a family history of hearing loss. A qualified audiologist is a medical professional who will perform a painless, comprehensive exam which includes the “beep test” to test for hearing levels at various frequencies; a tympanogram to test the health and flexibility of the ear drum; speech recognition; and a bone-conduction test to rule out obstructions between the outer and inner ear. This is a true diagnostic medical exam and there should be no obligation or pressure to purchase hearing aids, even if deemed helpful. HEARING LOSS CONTINUED on 10 >>



Hearing aids: Far exceeding the old-fashioned ear trumpet, today’s hearing aids offer amazing technology; smart hearing aids that adjust to an individual’s lifestyle, whether a noisy restaurant, a quiet — or exuberant — sermon at church, or listening to music at home or at a concert. There are Bluetooth options that will stream directly from the television or mobile phone into the hearing aids. Adjusting to wearing hearing aids can take some time and effort on the part of both the patient and the audiologist, but most people adjust well over time. Some people look at hearing aids the same way they do eye glasses and seek help by acquiring them, even playing up the theme with colors and accessories. Others are embarrassed and feel the stigma of wearing hearing aids far outweighs the benefits. It’s generally those folks who can suffer far greater consequences of hearing loss than the perceived embarrassment of wearing hearing aids. There are all kinds of medical challenges, lifestyle choices and such that can cause hearing issues, along with their various solutions. But when people are properly fit with hearing aids, their lives change. I’ve seen some people look around in amazement because suddenly they hear the clock ticking, or their hair brushing against their ear or the wind blowing in the trees. It can be very dramatic and life-changing for those who have exhausted all other options.


First, avoid sticking your head in “the sand.” It’ll just sift into your ears making things worse. Don’t let the thought of embarassment get 10

Did you know? Earbuds enable music lovers to enjoy their favorite tunes uninterrupted and without distracting others around them. People often use earbuds while commuting to work, at the gym and even at home. But according to hearing aid manufacturer Belltone, noiseinduced hearing loss can occur by using earbuds at a high volume for extended periods of time. Earbuds can put audio signals close to the inner ear, which is the equivalent of boosting it by nine decibels. Even moderately high volume can cause hearing loss. It's important to keep the volume low and to take frequent breaks when using earbuds. Keep earbud volume below 60 percent and wear them for no more than 60 minutes per day. —METROCREATIVE

in the way. We’re talking about the importance of your health, afterall. If you’re having trouble or your friends are telling you to get a hearing test, start with your doctor. It might be as simple as clearing out the ear wax — or “the sand” — or your primary care physician might refer you to an ear, nose and throat doctor or audiologist for testing and to rule out other issues. Do your own research, consider your lifestyle and don’t compromise it. Discuss things with your doctor, and keep an open mind when considering your options. For more information, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website at www. asha.org and/or the American Tinnitus Association website at www. ata.org. Candi Runyon has worked for audiologist Scott J. Raszler at Hearing

Advantage in Sequim for the past 10 years. Her position as front office staff, repairer of hearing aids and good listener has provided her the experience and virtual certification to offer compassion and understanding to the “hearing and not-so-hearing” community. Her work has been included in the 2014 Olympic Peninsula College Tidepools Magazine, and she has been a contributing writer for the website Beautiful Pacific Northwest. Scott J. Raszler, M.A., CCC-A, received his master’s in audiology from Sacramento State University, Sacramento, Calif., in 1985. In 1988, he was awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association. He shares his time between his clinics in Poulsbo and Sequim and has served as Sequim’s “Hearing Aid Whisperer” since 1990. Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017

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Treatments for Alzheimer's disease continue to evolve Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most prevalent types of dementia in the world, affecting an estimated 35.6 million people all over the globe, and that number is expected to double in 20 years. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America estimates that as many as 5.1 million Americans might be living with Alzheimer’s disease. Australian company Actinogen Medical says Alzheimer’s is Australia’s second biggest killer. According to a 2012 study commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, 747,000 Canadians were living with cognitive impairment, which included, but was not limited to, dementia. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia might experience a decline in mental function severe enough to reduce their ability to perform everyday activities. Some of the cognitive functions that might be impaired include memory, communication and language, ability to pay attention, reasoning and judgment, emotional control and social behavior. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, nor is there an effective long-term way to prevent potential mental decline; however, that has not stopped scores of researchers and medical teams that continue to study the efficacy of different drugs and therapies. The following are some of the more promising options in the works.


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Neurologists at Rush University Medical Center are testing a type of insulin that is inhaled through a nasal spray to see if it improves cognition and memory function in people with mild cognitive impairment. “There is growing evidence that insulin carries out multiple functions in the brain and that poor regulation of insulin may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Neelum Aggarwal, a neurologist at Rush and the lead investigator of the study. ALZHEIMER'S CONTINUED on 19 >>


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A safety trial on the drug Leukine already is underway at the Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus. “We found so far that Leukine is safe in people with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Huntington Potter, the director of Alzheimer’s research at the university. “That means it doesn’t have the side effects that so many other Alzheimer’s drugs have had, which are swelling in the brain and bleeding into the brain.” Leukine has been successful in removing the plaque, or amyloid, along the outside of nerve cells in the brain of mice. Researchers do not know the exact mechanism for

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Wild vertebrates (or animals with a backbone, such as deer, birds and raccoons) enrich our enjoyment of the outdoors. But when they venture into our gardens, uproot newly planted petunias and nibble on prized tomatoes, these furry and feathered creatures become “garden pests.” Because of their size, mobility and persistence, vertebrate pests can do a lot of damage. The best means of control depends on the animal (see sidebar, page 15) and includes one or more of the following approaches:


Mowing, weed removal and cleanup of fallen fruit and berries can make your garden less attractive to vertebrate pests. It will also increase the likelihood that predators will see and take care of these pests for you. Do not intentionally feed wildlife if you wish to keep them out of your garden; these creatures will not differentiate between the food you put out for them and the plants you wish to protect.


Vertebrate pests have food preferences and will be less likely to eat plants that they find unpleasant. Objectionable characteristics vary depending on the pest, but include strong aromas (e.g., chives, lavender, rosemary), fuzzy or prickly leaves (e.g., lamb’s ear, rudbeckia) or a bitter or 14 

alkaloid taste (e.g., daffodils, foxglove). Realize hungry vertebrates (and naïve little ones) will eat just about any plant, no matter how objectionable. Native plants tend to be resistant because they co-evolved with local wildlife and have developed defense mechanisms to deter these pests. Even if nibbled, they are likely to survive the damage.


Keeping pests away from plants is probably the most successful method of vertebrate pest control. Examples include fencing, netting and hardware cloth cylinders around trunks of trees. The exclusion must be designed with the specific pest in mind; a fence that will exclude a rabbit will

not keep out deer. Identify the pest you wish to exclude and do your homework before erecting these barriers.


Mechanisms that frighten pests are popular and include things such as moving objects (e.g., scare-crows, tin pans, flags); loud sounds (e.g., radios and broadcast call alarms of predators); and motion-activated sprinklers. Although scare tactics can be effective initially, most vertebrate pests will become used to these devices (habituated). As a result, they must be changed frequently to work in the long run. Of note, ultrasonic devices have not proven to be effective with any garden pest. Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017


Applying chemicals that smell or taste bad directly to plants can deter some vertebrate pests. Products with demonstrated effectiveness include those that contain animal byproducts (eggs and blood), capsaicin (the active component in hot peppers) and garlic. To be effective, chemical repellants must be applied before an animal establishes eating patterns and changed due to habituation; they also must be reapplied as plants grow and after rain. In general, repellents work best in spring and summer when other food sources can be found but cease to be effective when food is scarce.


Capture and relocation can work for smaller vertebrate pests. Some think that this approach is the most humane; but in truth, most relocated wildlife does not survive. There also are significant legal issues. Use of body-gripping traps is illegal in Washington. Although live traps (cages) can be used without a permit, use of all other forms of traps and release of wildlife anywhere other than the property on which it was trapped require permits.


Poisons and baits are lethal substances created for the sole purpose of killing the pest when ingested or touched. As with all pesticides, the product must be registered for use with the particular pest. The effectiveness of poisons and baits is inconsistent; unless the substance resembles the pest’s usual diet, it is unlikely to eat it. For instance, moles whose diet consists primarily of worms are unlikely to consume commonly marketed mole poisons that come in pellet form. Poisons and baits can be hazards to other wildlife, pets and humans, so use this approach with caution. PESTS CONTINUED on 19 >>

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RECOMMENDED APPROACHES FOR CONTROL OF VERTEBRATE GARDEN PESTS Being able to identify the pest causing garden damage and selecting the most promising approach(es) will save the gardener not only time and money, but also considerable frustration. Birds Characteristic damage: Droppings; deep triangular peck holes or slashes in larger fruit; smaller fruit eaten whole Most promising control measures: •  Exclusion (netting that reaches the ground or is gathered around the trunk of the plant) •  Scare tactics (changed frequently) •  Chemical repellants (aerosols that incorporate methyl anthranilate) Deer Characteristic damage: Leaves and twigs ripped from plants leaving a ragged edge; annuals pulled out of the ground; damage to larger trees extending to about 8 feet Most promising control measures: •  Exclusion (8 foot high fence around the entire garden; a fence pointing outward (from the direction the deer would jump, double fences, fencing of individual plants) •  Scare tactics (must be changed frequently) •  Chemical repellants (changed and re-applied frequently) •  Resistant plants (visit www. wdfw.wa.gov/living/deer.html) •  Hunting (Note: Deer are classified as game animals and require a hunting license and open season.) Moles Characteristic damage: Large, volcano-like hills of soil that are pushed up periodically along their tunnel systems Most promising control measures: •  Exclusion (wire mesh bottoms

on raised beds and wire mesh baskets around bulbs or roots of plant) •  Scare tactics (watch dog or cat) •  Chemical repellants (castor oilbased repellants effective in Eastern Washington species but not proven on Western Washington species) •  Trapping (trap must be buried along active runways) •  Poisons (hard, pelletized baits don’t work; newer gel and wormshaped baits are more promising) •  Hunting or otherwise killing (digging down to catch animal when active digging is observed along runway) Rabbits Characteristic damage: Twigs on trees and shrubs clipped cleanly at a 45 degree angle; bark on lower stems and branches gnawed away, leaving parallel grooves in the wood Most promising control measures: •  Removal of shelter and hiding places •  Exclusion (2 foot high chicken wire fence with bottom buried at least 6 inches into the soil; commercial tree wraps and hardware cloth cylinders around trunks) •  Chemical repellants •  Hunting (Note: Rabbits are classified as game animals and require a hunting license and open season.) Voles Characteristic damage: Gnawed roots and root crops (small grooves left by large front teeth); girdling of tree trunks to just above soil line; well-used tunnels through the soil or in the grass Most promising control measures: •  Removal of shelter and hiding places •  Trapping (mousetraps baited with peanut butter or pieces of apple set in their runs) •  Poisons (rodenticides) 15

SENIOR PROM REDEFINED The Claytons celebrate their anniversary in style story by LAURA LOFGREN photos courtesy of HERMISTON HIGH SCHOOL What was supposed to start off as a simple anniversary surprise from Don Clayton to JoAnn Clayton of Port Angeles turned into an even bigger event for the couple. Each year for their anniversary, the Claytons go out to dinner or visit Lake Quinault, and Don usually gets JoAnn flowers — one for each year they’ve been married, which will be 64 this October. “But then,” JoAnn said, “after he started doing 63 last year, I said ‘I don’t have enough vases for all the flowers!’ ” So, instead, Don reached out to their old high school during a trip to Hermiston, Ore., earlier this school year and asked Principal Tom Spoo if he and his wife could attend their 2017 prom. Spoo said the couple was more than welcome to attend the event, and the wheels were set in motion.


What led Don to this gift is rooted in their high school days. JoAnn and Don are both alumni of Hermiston High School, with JoAnn being a year older than Don. He graduated in 1953; JoAnn in 1952. Back then — as true of most any high school couple — communication was lacking in their relationship. Don and JoAnn began dating about the time JoAnn 16

was graduating from high school. “The story about the prom is that he said he asked me and I never gave him an answer,” JoAnn said. “My story is that he never did ask me; he just presumed I would go, so we didn’t go!” It would have been Don’s senior prom they attended, but “it was stubbornness and lack of communication that we didn’t go,” she said. In 1953, Don joined the Marine Corps and left home that July. “We hadn’t made any plans to get married that I knew about,” JoAnn said, “but he called me ... about six weeks before he came home and said, ‘We’re getting married when I get home.” Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017

“Which wasn’t allowed,” Don added, “because as a private, or PFC, you don’t make enough money. You had to be sergeant or above.” The Claytons said they were unaware of that rule at the time and were married Oct. 5, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Hermiston. After their wedding, Don told JoAnn he was going to Korea. “I probably wouldn’t have gotten married thinking he was gonna be gone for all that time. But we did and we made it,” JoAnn said. Don was in Korea for about 15 months before coming home. The Claytons moved around a bit, spending some time in Southern California and then Pullman, Wash. JoAnn worked as a beautician while Don finished

schooling at Washington State University, then became a full-time mom to her kids. “I was very fortunate to be able to be with my children when they were small,” JoAnn said. In 1973, the family made a move to Forks. “We were in Pullman, and Don desperately needed a job,” JoAnn said. “... So he called me one day from the placement bureau and asked me, ‘How would you like to move to Forks?’ And I said, “How would I like to move where?’ I had never heard of Forks! But that’s where we spent 13 years. Don worked as a librarian and audiovisual [educator] at the high school.” While in Forks, the Claytons raised three children, who all graduated from Forks High School: Scott, who lives in Belfair; Todd, who owns Athlete’s Choice in downtown Port Angeles; and Lisa, who lives in Idaho. Today, the Claytons have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. After living in Forks, Don and JoAnn moved to Port Angeles in 1985, where Don worked as a contractor until his retirement in 1995.


Above, JoAnn and Don Clayton pose for their 2017 Hermiston High School prom photo. Opposite, Don and JoAnn took advantage of the photo booth during their night at the prom.

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Being married for almost 64 years is no easy task, and celebrating each year differently can pose a challenge for some. But after seeing a photo of JoAnn in the blue dress she potentially would have worn to that prom back in 1953, Don got to thinking. “He was trying to think of something original and something different this year,” JoAnn said. “And I think he had friends who told him, ‘You gotta do something different this year!’ ” After confirming with Spoo that they could attend the prom, the Claytons didn’t expect much from the evening other than showing up and maybe dancing. “We had expected that we would show up and say we went and maybe do one dance, but they [Hermiston High School faculty and students] made it into an unforgettable something.” What the Claytons didn’t know about their prom date was that the school’s leadership adviser and the students from the student government decided to make it a one-of-a-kind night to remember. When the couple arrived, they were chauffeured by Fred Clark in a 1951 Mercury, provided by the Hermiston Classic Car Club, and given flowers by the local florist. They were treated to dinner at Hale’s Restaurant, where they sat and ate together with several family members. The Claytons were also given overnight accommodations at Oxford Suites. PROM CONTINUED on 18 >>



“They just kept us busy the whole time,” JoAnn said. Arriving at the prom in their vintage auto, JoAnn wore a lovely blue dress, while Don wore his Marine dress uniform. They were escorted to their own reserved table, enhanced by a pair of throne-like heavy chairs. Several students met and chatted with the Claytons, thanking Don for his 42 years of service in the Marine Corps. But the biggest surprise to both JoAnn and Don was their crowning as prom king and queen. “Just before we were to do our [solo] dance, they crowned us king and queen of the prom!” JoAnn said excitedly. “We hadn’t danced since high school and haven’t danced much since then, but they formed a circle around us on the gym floor and put a light in the center and we had to go out and do a dance.” The Claytons danced to “You Belong To Me” by Jo Stafford. “And we didn’t fall down,” JoAnn added.

Hermiston High School students form a circle around JoAnn and Don Clayton after the couple was crowned prom king and queen. The Claytons danced to “You Belong to Me” by Jo Stafford.

The students voted to crown the Claytons prom king and queen, and the couple got to keep their crowns as souvenirs. “[The students] were gracious that

Don and JoAnn Clayton rode to the prom in style. They were chauffeured around in a 1951 Mercury by Fred Clark of the Hermiston Classic Car Club.


evening,” JoAnn said. After their dance, the emcee brought out a microphone, handed it to the couple and asked, “How do you stay married for 64 years?” “I said, ‘Well, you choose the right person and then you hang on!’ They got a big charge out of that,” JoAnn said. “I should have said, ‘There’s sometimes some bumps in the road, and that’s when your really hang on!’ ” As their evening wound down, students continued to make the Claytons feel welcomed. “The way the students and the faculty reacted to us, it was like we were welcomed, not that we were intruding,” JoAnn said. “But we had the thought that those kids are gonna think, ‘What are those old folks doing here?’ But they were really wonderful. I think that was my favorite part, the reaction from the faculty and the students,” JoAnn said. For Don, his favorite part was their being crowned king and queen and keeping the decked out crowns. PROM CONTINUED on 19 >> Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017



Many legal restrictions apply to this approach: •  Protected or endangered species cannot be harmed. •  Migratory birds are under federal protection. •  Killing “game” (which includes deer, most rabbits and raccoons) requires a license and can only be undertaken in open season. The regulations are complicated and change often, so review current regulations (at www.wdfw.wa.gov/living/ rules) before getting out the shotgun.



Now that word of the Claytons being crowned prom king and queen has gotten around, friends curtsy and call them “King” and “Queen” in their presence. (During this interview, some friends of the Claytons stopped by and greeted them with, “Hi King! Hi Queen!”) “Don’s still floating around on Cloud 9,” JoAnn said. “He’s very quiet and mostly shy and to do

something like this was kind of out of the ordinary.” Thinking back on their prom date that happened almost 64 years later from their high school one, JoAnn remembers talking to a friend about the whole anniversary date. “It’s a one-time thing. We could go back and go to our prom and it would not mean the same thing. I’m so glad we did this one instead of the original one! This one we’re definitely not going to forget.”


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Control of vertebrate pests is challenging. Use of multiple approaches based on the specific pest and changing them over time will be most successful. But no approach (or combination of approaches) is likely to be 100 percent effective and substantial time, money and emotion could be invested in the process. In the end many gardeners elect to recognize the benefits of having these critters in our gardens (how they enrich our lives, contribute to the food chain or improve the soil) and decide to “live and let live.” Jeanette Stehr-Green and Judy English are WSU-certified Clallam County Master Gardeners. Both write gardening articles for local newspapers and provide presentations to the public on a variety of gardening topics. StehrGreen and English also participate in Garden Talk, a monthly call-in radio program on KONP.

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Money-saving travel tips for retirees by METROCREATIVE Though a transient lifestyle is something few people aspire to during much of their lives, come retirement, the idea of staying in a place for only a short time has more appeal. According to a 2014 study from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 36 percent of baby boomers want to spend their retirements traveling. Many are succeeding in doing just that, as a study from the luxury travel network Virtuoso found that today's seniors spent an average of just over $11,000 per year on travel. That was more than any other generation, highlighting just how much older adults like to get out and explore the world. Retirees who fear they cannot afford to travel can explore the various ways for seniors to cut costs and still satisfy their wanderlust during retirement.


Some adults prefer to hide their ages, but when it comes time to travel during retirement, honesty is the best policy. Many businesses that cater to travelers offer discounts to seniors. Car rental agencies, hotels, travel agencies and cruise lines might offer direct discounts to customers 65 and older, while membership in organizations such as AAA and AARP might make seniors eligible for additional discounts. Discounts on lodging and airfare might net the biggest savings, but even discounts on various smaller expenses can add up to big savings.


While many prospective travelers’ first instincts are now to visit various travel websites in an effort to find the most affordable trips, it’s important that travelers not overlook travel agencies when planning trips. Travel websites, though a valuable resource, only list the hotels and airlines that agree to be included on their sites. While many participate, some do not, and those that do not might instead work independent of travel websites or partner with travel agencies. Travel agencies have access to the latest information, and many specialize in certain countries, knowing all the attractions visitors to their countries want to see. 20 

Travel agencies might offer packages that include admissions to popular attractions, which can be more affordable than planning a trip a la carte.


Group travel might not appeal to everyone, but it should appeal to older, budget-conscious travelers. Retirees who are uncomfortable driving at home will likely be even less comfortable driving in foreign countries where the rules of the road are not the same. Traveling in groups, whether it's with a retirement community, religious organization or another program, can save travelers substantial amounts of money. Many hotels and tourist attractions offer steep discounts for group tours, which can even be arranged through travel agencies. A hidden benefit of signing up for a group tour is the chance to meet new people and develop new relationships with fellow globetrotters. Many working professionals hope to spend the bulk of their retirement traveling the globe. While such a goal is potentially costly, there are various ways to save and still see the world. Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017

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some time, might be hesitant to join a gym for fear of intimidation. Some seniors might avoid machines and classes, believing they will not use the apparatus properly or that they will be judged by other gym members. Some seniors might feel like gyms do not cater to their older clientele, creating an atmosphere that is dominated by younger members and loud music. Such misconceptions are often unfounded, as many gyms welcome older members with open arms. Lifelong Journey â&#x20AC;˘ JUNE 2017

But even if seniors find gyms intimidating, they should still sign up for memberships. In such situations, the following tips can help seniors shed their fears and adapt to their new gyms. •  Start the process slowly. Shop around for a gym that makes you feel comfortable. Get fully informed about which classes are offered, and the benefits, if any, afforded to older members. •  Get a doctor’s go-ahead. Make sure to clear exercise and gym membership with your doctor prior to purchasing a membership. He or she also might have a list of gyms where fellow senior patients have memberships. •  Build up gradually. Begin with exercises you feel comfortable performing. Spend time walking on the treadmill while observing other gym members. Tour the circuit of machines and other equipment. Find out if you can sample a class to see if it might be a good fit. •  Find a gym buddy. Working out with a partner in your age group might encourage you to keep going to the gym and increase your comfort level. You each can offer support and enjoy a good laugh through the learning process. •  Don’t get discouraged. Anyone working out for the first time, regardless of age, will feel somewhat out of place until exercise becomes part of a routine. Give it some time before throwing in the towel. Once you catch on, you might discover you enjoy working out. •  Choose a senior-friendly gym. Some gyms cater to senior members. They might offer "SilverSneakers" classes at their facility. Other niche gyms might only accept members of a certain age group. Investigate these gyms if working out with a younger crowd is proving too great a deterrent.

Did you know? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do to promote their long-term health. The CDC recommends that men and women age 65 or older who are generally fit and have no limiting health conditions need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, each week. In addition, such people should perform strength-training activities that work all major muscle groups at least two days per week. While many fit older men and women with no pre-existing health conditions are capable of these activities, those able to push themselves a little further can opt for 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging or running, combined with the same strength-training regimen. A combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity coupled with strength training might also provide adequate physical activity for aging men and women. Before beginning a new exercise regimen, men and women should consult with their physicians to discuss any limitations they might have and how to manage those risks while still being physically active. —METROCREATIVE

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Coping as a family caregiver by METROCREATIVE Individuals are born into the world requiring the care of their parents and other adult guardians to grow and thrive. These adult children, in turn, might end up providing care when their parents reach senior age or face an illness or disability. Becoming a family caregiver frequently is a tough choice to make. It requires patience and time and can be emotionally and physically taxing. An estimated 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the prior 12 months, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute. It’s not uncommon for caregivers of any age to feel stressed and burned out by the demands of caregiving. The Mayo Clinic said people who experience caregiver stress can be vulnerable to changes in their own health. Some signs of caregiver stress include:

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As anyone who has dealt with a hungry toddler can attest, failure to eat well and frequently can result in an emotional meltdown. Be sure to always make time for nutritious meals. This will help keep up energy stores and enable you to better cope with caregiver stress.


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Caring for an elderly relative at home Taking care of a senior requires a profound commitment and can completely disrupt a person's life, both at home and at work. Men and women faced with caring for an aging parent at home might want to employ several strategies to make that transition go as smoothly as possible. •  Talk to the senior about your options. Making decisions together will be best for everyone involved. •  Establish a caregiving budget. Before a senior can be welcomed into your home, you must first determine which financial changes must be made to accommodate this person. •  Make physical modifications. You might need to add a private space for your parent or relative, and install night lights, secured railings, grab bars, ramps, a shower chair and anti-slip surfaces. •  Aim for stability. Moving and changing routines can be especially stressful for seniors who are used to their own schedules and habits. Transfer furniture and mementos from their home into yours. •  Discuss finances. It's essential to understand your loved one's financial situation. —METROCREATIVE


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ere’s a question that gets posed to me from time to time and was recently posed again: “How smooth is the road ahead likely to be?” Here’s my answer: About as smooth as the road behind. And if you take the time to think about it, I just told you a whole lot more than you think I did. Some folks in my business tend to spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating the question, “What do elders want?” This is said in the same general tone of voice and inflection as the question, “What do Martians eat?” Mark Harvey ... As though elders were Martians ... As though, at some magic age (60? 65? 79? 104?), all those “normal” people stepped into the “elder machine” and were duly processed and homogenized into an anomalous species called “elders,” emerging with unfathomable (albeit, unanimous) habits, preferences, tastes, predilections, abilities, challenges and destinies. But here’s the secret truth: There is no elder machine. Alas, when you hit that “magic age,” here’s what will be magically different: Nothing. You will still be the same old you, with the same foibles, opinions, tastes, talents and beliefs; with the same preferences and the same politics, the same joys and the same sorrows and the same old body that got you to “here” — more or less. Skeptical? Try this: Close your 26 

eyes for 30 seconds and visualize what you want your life to look like in 10, 15 or 40 years. Go ahead, we’ll wait ... Ready? Good. Here’s the picture that most of us saw: We saw a life that looks, more or less, as much as possible like our lives look right now — colored by a few hopes, dreams, fears, medical interventions and the tyranny of genetics, certainly. But we want life to continue to be “life” as we have chosen to define it. We can define it as a continuation. We do not want life to be less. And we don’t want to be less; we want to be us, and continue on. Here’s the only thing that really changes in that mythical elder machine: The sudden realization that none of us will achieve immortality. So, in my opinion and in my world, the game becomes how can we keep life looking — as much as possible — the way it looks right now? How can we preserve and maintain what we do and how we do it? Consider three things: •  Think “health and health care,” but think about it in terms of what you can do, not in terms of a this-orthat diagnosis. We want to be able to get up and get going and have our days (and our nights) on our own terms, with as little “help” (think “interference”) as possible, so ... •  Stop doing stupid stuff! We all know what we do that we shouldn’t do, so stop doing it. (Or, at the very least, do less of it). •  Move! Use-it-or-lose-it applies here. So, unless you’re done with it, use it. •  Find a health care professional whom you trust and tell the truth.

Listen and talk to them. Then do what you need to do as though it was your responsibility to be responsible for yourself ... because, obviously, it is. •  Figure out your health insurance, or find someone who has and make friends. Talking it out with someone can help make it make sense. •  Money. This is America, and money counts, like it or not. Figure it out and do the best you can. Make a plan to get out of debt. Figure out Social Security (remember those friends?) It is absolutely true that money can’t buy happiness, but it does buy heat, food, medicine and underwear. Think about it. •  I’m often asked some derivation of the question, “What’s the worst thing that is likely to happen to me as I get older?” People expect to hear something such as “falls” or “Alzheimer’s” or a “stroke.” Certainly, those things can happen, but here’s what’s more likely to get us: • Fear • Ignorance • Isolation Many people age without knowing that there’s help out there, or they are too proud to ask for it. There’s this mentality out there: I’m afraid that if “they” knew how much help I really needed, “they” would put me in a nursing home, so I isolate and go downhill and downhill and downhill and, pretty soon ... Right: The self-fulfilling prophecy fulfills. A little less pride, a little less fear and a little help on the front-end can change everything for the rest of your natural life. Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017

We do not want life to be less. And we don’t want to be less; we want to be us, and continue on. I could bury you alive in programs, services and acronyms. I could put you into a coma with strategies, resources, advance directives and durable power of attorneys, and I could drive you screaming from your comfort zone with health insurance nuance, but I can’t give you the one thing that will do you the most good, because we all have to find it for ourselves: That’s a sense of purpose. A mission. A reason to be. The belief that there is a reason to continue. That there are still opportunities to contribute. To be part of the “solution.” To make things better. To help. And that it truly is not “over,” until it is. That every day is the next opportunity to start over. To get it “right.” To do better. I want you to hear the answer to the question that was asked: Aging is not an affliction, it’s an achievement! Do it well. Wear it well. Mark Harvey has been the Director of Information & Assistance for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging for 29½ years. He says he’s going to keep doing it until he gets it right. Lifelong Journey • JUNE 2017 

Aging with optimism by NEWSUSA As Americans age, one element seems to be key for their mental and physical health: optimism. That’s the finding suggested by a new Humana survey, which asked Americans age 60 and older how they perceive the importance of various wellness traits. Although the survey uncovered many perspectives, the findings about optimism suggest a possible link between a “glass half full” mentality and mental and physical health: •  Older Americans who rated themselves as very optimistic about aging tended to be the most active physically, socially and in their communities. •  They also reported a much lower number of physically unhealthy days per month on average: 2.84 for the most optimistic, compared to 12.55 physically unhealthy days for the least optimistic •  The most optimistic also felt, on average, 12 years younger than their actual age (those who are least optimistic felt on average 7 years older than their actual age). The survey also asked respondents to rate how they feel about the depiction of people age 60 and older in pop culture: in film, television, commercials and so on. Overwhelmingly, the respondents perceived these media portrayals of their own demographic as inaccurate, rating the accuracy level as, on average, 5 or less on a 10-point scale. Those aging Americans who do feel that media accurately portrays them think about aging more than the average and have a higher level of fear about aging than their peers. Humana also recently partnered

with the University of Southern California (USC) to take a first-ever look into society’s views of aging in America through the lens of film. The USC study reveals that characters aged 60 and older are underrepresented in film, and that those characters who do appear face demeaning or ageist references. Key findings from the study include: •  Just 11 percent of characters evaluated were aged 60 and older; U.S. Census data shows that 18.5 percent of the population is aged 60 and older. •  Out of 57 films that featured a leading or supporting senior character, 30 featured ageist comments — that’s more than half of the films. Quotes included characters being called “a relic,” “a frail old woman” and “a senile old man.” •  Only 29.1 percent of on-screen characters engaged with technology, whereas 84 percent of aging Americans report that they use the internet weekly. Taken together, these findings feed into growing evidence that suggest that ageism is a social determinant of health and might negatively impact health outcomes for aging Americans. Societal views and negative media portrayals can cause aging Americans to feel invisible. These negative perceptions might dampen optimistic outlooks and impact physical and emotional health. Humana wants to help aging Americans defy stereotypes, age with optimism and take steps to achieve their best health. To learn more about Humana’s commitment to healthful aging, visit www.StartWithHealthy. Humana.com. 27


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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a muffin pan by spraying the cavities with cooking spray or greasing them with oil. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg just to break it up. Whisk in the yogurt, honey, sugar, almond milk and vanilla, mixing until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing gently until just combined. Toss the blueberries in 1 tbsp. of flour to prevent them from bleeding or sinking to the • Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit. Antioxidants are responsible for neutralizing free radicals in the body, which can affect aging and contraction of diseases. • Native Americans once called blueberries "star berries" because the blossoms make a star shape. • Blueberry juice might help alleviate persistent coughs. • Blueberries can help ease digestive issues and prevent constipation. • Many people equate cranberries with urinary tract health, but blueberries also are good at reducing bacteria


bottom of the muffins, and fold them into the batter. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups, filling almost to the top. Add a sprinkle of coconut sugar, if desired. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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