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April 2017

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A house filled with pets — and love Page 7

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Mental health care for senior citizens needs to be transformed. Page 3

Library’s restored murals have survived the ravages of time. Page 4

Help older parents resist onslaught of mail fraud and phone scams. Page 6

Find family-friendly ways to use online services like Facebook. Page 11

You can volunteer to be trained as a senior peer counselor. Page 12

Columns Washington Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Tech Talk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Pam Timm is standing door with a cart of brown at his front grocery bags. “She’s my favorite lady,” Mike Kerasotes, 67, said. Timm, 66, delivers meals to him each week. She has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for six months. During that time, Kerasotes has battled cancer. “When you get $80 in food stamps, it doesn’t go very far. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it through radiation,” he said to Timm. Last year, Meals on Wheels volunteers

and staff served more than ple throughout the county 1,000 peoof 152,000 meals. Senior — a total Snohomish County has Services of managed the local chapter of Meals on 42 years. Each of the meals Wheels for is approved by a nutritionist. Most are and have helped diabeticslow sodium blood sugar under control, keep their said Martha Peppones, director of the nutrition program.

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“That’s 60 too many,” Peppones said. “Those are people who still need The program may be facing meals.” tial financial cuts if PresidentsubstanDonald Trump’s proposed budget approved. Nearly half of for 2018 is the program’s funding comes from the ernment through the Olderfederal govAmericans Act and Community Development Block Grants. The grants are removed under the budget slated to be plan. That would affect 150 meal recipients in Snohomish County, Peppones said. “Fortunately, it’s only a proposal,” she

Program helps seniors cope with depression Since the program started, been a growing demand. there has Staff were able to bring the waiting list about 300 to 60 people last down from year.

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Meals on Wheels volunteer Pam Timm places food (Dan Bates / The Herald) in the refrigerator and freezer

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HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois Levin-Folio can’t anticipate — Cheryl milestone of memory loss every new as she and her husband, Michael Folio, navigate his Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes quick thinking comes in handy, as it did when Michael forgot one day to take off his clothes before stepping into the shower. Rather than correct her husband, Cheryl joined him in the shower with her clothes on

for a laugh. “I think the next time we our clothes off,” she gently should take told him. “I made light of it,” she said. “I never correct him. That’s not fair to In the five years since Michael.” Michael Folio was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 56, the Park couple has adapted Highland routine many times over. their daily They’d been together for years, but married less than four months, when CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

Music therapy enables stro to regain some languag ke patients e through song

By Rashod Ollison years, who sits within arm’s The Virginian-Pilot reach of him, nodding. They’re all in a small NORFOLK, Virginia — When the Johnny Cash room inside Fort Norfolk melody frustrates James Medical Center — RodriRodriguez, he chuckles, guez in his wheelchair and shakes his head and says, Bowdish on a low stool sandwiche d between an “I don’t know.” Tracy Bowdish gen- imposing keyboard and a tly pushes him, taking computer desk. Bowdish is his hand into hers as she a music therapist with Sentara’s Music and Medicine leans closer and sings in bell-clear perfect pitch lyr- Center. In a promotional ics from “I Walk the Line. clip for the program, she ” The goal is to get Rodri- mentions that her blindguez to find the words, still ness helps her to engage patients, to “see who they a difficult task since Music therapist Tracy J. his Bowdish plays the guitar stroke in summer 2011. are beyond the stroke.” As Bowdish holds Rodri- leads James “Jim Bob” Rodriquez in singing songsand But his progress has been during their session “remarkable,” says San- guez’s hand, singing lyrics in Norfolk, Virginia. at Sentara Neurology Specialists Rodriquez suffered a stroke dra, Rodriguez’s wife of 47 CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 2011 and Bowdish is helping him regain some in speech through music. (Bill Tiernan / The Virginian-Pilot)

By Megan Brown Special to The Herald For some seniors, the Golden Years aren’t always sunny. Health issues, social isolation and decreased independence can trigger depression. Homage Senior Services offers a program to help identify and treat symptoms of depression. It offers mental health resources and short-term one-on-one, in-home counseling sessions. The program, funded by Snohomish County and the federal government, is free for Snohomish County residents 60 and older who live in their own home or in an assisted living community. A loss of good health or friendships might make losing happiness seem inevitable. Richard Robinson, director of wellness and mental health at Homage Senior Services, challenges people to rethink that assumption. “The refrain that we always use is, ‘Depression is not a normal part of aging.’ There is this belief in this community that as we age and our health declines and we have losses, we expect to not be as happy as we used to be. A large part of our goal is combatting that myth.” Olivia Bowker, a mental health specialist with Homage, is the program’s intake coordinator. “I try to get to know the client and their story,” she said. She’s contacted by clients as well as friends and family members who might be concerned about a senior developing depression. Bowker, who has worked with clients of almost every age range, says that several factors make seniors

Christine Vervitsiotis, one of the lead counselors, at Homage Senior Services in Lynnwood. She facilitates the counseling sessions and helps senior clients develop strategies for mental health treatment. (Andy Bronson / The Herald) more vulnerable to depression. “There’s a lot more going on and potentially working against them,” she said. This age group often has different barriers, health issues or chronic pain making them isolated. “This might foster feelings of depression or anxiety.” Bowler said. “Oftentimes, people are hesitant to receive services,” she said. “It’s not a huge commitment, but it’s a way to get them started talking about their own experiences.” Christine Vervitsiotis is the lead counselor for the program. She facilitates the counseling sessions

and helps clients develop strategies for mental health treatment. An initial appointment involves a home visit, where she has a conversation with the client about their situation and helps them complete a 30-question depression screening. As they answer questions, she looks for indications of depression: a loss of pleasure from or interest in activities that they once enjoyed; feeling down or hopeless. A combination of counseling and medication has been shown to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Memory supplements under fire Research and regulators dispute claims about brain enhancement By Diane C. Lade Sun Sentinel Promoting fixes for fading memories has become big business. Yet consumer advocates and scientists like Dr. Bob Speth say some supplement marketers are making millions by tapping into the deepest fears of seniors and aging baby boomers. They say there is little proof such products can stave off cognitive decline by beefing up brain function, as some of the companies selling them advertise. The latest example Speth and others are pointing to is the supplement Prevagen. Speth, professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Davie, Florida, said he filed a complaint about Prevagen with the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. His concerns are echoed in a lawsuit brought by the FTC and New York State attorney general. The lawsuit accuses Quincy Bioscience Holding Co. Inc. and its affiliates of making false or unsubstantiated statements about Prevagen’s benefits and clinical validation. “We are seeking … to stop them from making allegedly unfounded claims, and (also) money for consumer refunds,” said Michelle Rusk, an attorney in the FTC’s division of advertising practices.

Scientists like Dr. Bob Speth of Nova Southeastern University say some memory supplement marketers are making millions through claims that have little proof. (Bruno Weltmann / Dreamstime / TNS) Wisconsin-based Quincy Bioscience, Prevagen’s marketer and manufacturer, says the product contains a synthesized version of a protein found in jellyfish, called apoaequorin, that improves memory. Prevagen, carried by most drug store chains and other major retailers, is widely promoted through television commercials featuring scenes of white-coated researchers in a laboratory and happy seniors reading to their grandkids. Speth calls Prevagen “one of the most fallacious products I have seen come on the market,” and one that, like some other brain health

supplements, uses questionable science in promotions aimed at desperate seniors facing brain disorders like Alzheimer’s or other serious medical issues. “They’re thinking, ‘This guy on television says it will help me. And it probably won’t hurt me.’ A lot of people take these supplements because they can’t afford doctors or don’t trust them,” said Speth, a neuropharmacologist who lectures nationwide on the dangers of dietary supplements. In a written statement, Quincy CONTINUED ON PAGE 7


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WASHINGTON WATCH

Social Security cost-of-living bump expected By Cheryl M. Keyser A number of news reports have predicted that the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries would increase to around $28 a month. This may be jumping the gun, however, as the Social Security Administration will not make a determination until around October. In companion news, according to the Social Security Board of Trustees, the projected year by which the trust funds will be depleted is 2034, the same as last year. According to the trustees, “At that time, there will be sufficient income coming in to pay 77 percent of scheduled benefits: unless action is taken. For information: https://www.ssa.gov/oact/tr/2017/index.html

Right-to-Try This phrase refers to legislation that allows those who are terminally ill to try medications that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Close to 40 states (including Washington) have approved legislation of this kind. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) have introduced the Right to Try Act (H.R.878), which would cover only drugs in FDA’s Phase 1 testing, require a doctor’s certification that no other options are available for the patient, and protect pharmaceutical companies

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Expanding Medicare Amid all the concern over the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, almost a quarter of the House of Representatives has signed on to legislation to expand Medicare coverage for older adults. The “Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act,” (H.R. 508) would provide coverage for “basic health care necessities such as eyeglasses, hearing

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aids, and dental care.” Snce its inception, Medicare has specifically stated that it does not cover these services. (See Page 61 of the 2017 Medicare Handbook.) Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), who authored the legislation, noted: “Few bills are even introduced with the overwhelming support.” For information: https://roybal-allard.house.gov/

Sleep — the ultimate protector Sleep is a vital ingredient in better health and avoiding serious illnesses. According to a study in the journal Neuron, researcher Matthew Walker claims “nearly every disease killing us in later life has a causal link to sleep.” As if to confirm this conclusion, there have been reports that tie poor sleep to Alzheimer’s. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, researchers reported that sleep problems, such as sleep apnea, lead to a build-up of amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain, both considered to be possible causes of Alzheimer’s. Usually during sleep, especially deep sleep, toxins like the plaques and tangles are considered to be cleared from the brain. But poor or interrupted sleep may not accomplish this, allowing them to build up. And Alzheimer’s is not the only disease connected to lack of sleep; heart disease, obesity, diabetes and stroke might also be. For information: www.alz.org

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Elders need better mental health care By Steve McGraw CEO, Homage Senior Services Aging brings many losses and adjustments along with a few surprises. One thing that is not a given in the aging process is the presence of mental health problems. Changes experienced by older adults — such as loss of loved ones, retirement, medical problems, stressful events — can all contribute to feelings of sadness that range from mild anxiety to major clinical depression. Washington state has one of the fastest growing populations of older persons in the country, with its number of residents 65 and older projected to double by 2025, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. In 2005, older adults accounted for 15 percent of Washington state’s population. By 2025, the proportion of older adults in the state is estimated to be 20.2 percent. As the nation’s population ages with its 80 million baby boomers, there will be greater attention to the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the nation’s older population. It is estimated that 18 percent to 25 percent of elders are in need of mental health care for depression, anxiety, adjustment to aging or schizophrenia. It is distressing that the suicide rate of the elderly stands at 21 percent, the highest of all age groups in the United States. Given such statistics, why do millions of our nation’s older adults go without adequate mental health care? Because of stigma: Older adults resist treatment due to the negative associations

prevalent in our popular culture. With ageism, amid budgetary restraints, the older population often gets a lower priority for resources. Inadequate training of primary care physicians contributes to care and management that does not meet the needs of geriatric patients. In no other age group is the combination and interrelationship of physical, social and economic problems as significant as with the older adults. Medical practice today does not usually allocate time for the detailed medical and social history that would encourage a more accurate diagnosis. Nationally — and now just starting in Washington state — there are efforts at health care transformation. The Washington State Health Care Authority, in partnership with the federal government and Medicaid transformation funding, will test innovative approaches to providing health coverage and care. The goal is to transform the Medicaid delivery system to care for the whole person and use resources more wisely. The model begins to combine health care systems with community-based services in an integrated way to meet the medical, mental and social needs of the person and to put greater focus on getting well and then maintaining health and wellness. This model has been successful in other states for several years. Homage Senior Services is engaging in this effort to participate with other providers and services to better meet the physical, mental and social health needs of Snohomish County’s growing senior population.

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For those still working, earnings could reduce Social Security benefits By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Q. What happens if I work and get Social Security retirement benefits? A. You can get Social Security retirement benefits and work at the same time. However, if you are younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, Social Secuirty will reduce your benefit. Starting with the month you reach full retirement age, your benefits will not be reduced, no matter how much you earn. Here are the earnings limits that reduce your benefits: If you are under full retirement age for the entire year, Social Security deducts $1 from your benefit payments for every $2 you earn above the annual limit. For 2017, that limit is $16,920. In the year you reach full retirement age, they will deduct $1 in benefits for every $3 you earn above a different limit, but only money earned before the month you reach your full retirement age are counted. For 2017, that limit is $44,880. Starting with the month you reach full retirement age, you can get your benefits with no limit on your earnings. When the government figures out how much to deduct from your benefits, it counts only the wages you make from your job or your net earnings if you’re self-employed. This includes bonuses, commissions and vacation pay. It does not include pensions, annuities, investment income, interest, veterans or other government retirement benefits. If you receive benefits and are under full retirement age and you

think your earnings will be different from what you told Social Secuirty originally, notify the agency right away. You cannot report a change of earnings online. Call 800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Q. Can I withdraw my Social Security retirement claim and reapply later to increase my benefit amount? A. Unexpected changes may occur after you apply to start your Social Security retirement benefits. If you change your mind, you may be able to withdraw your Social Security claim and reapply at a future date. However, you must do this within 12 months of your original retirement. When you’re ready to apply for retirement benefits, use our online retirement application, the quickest, and most convenient way to apply. Q. What are the eligibility requirements to get Social Security disability benefits? A. To qualify for disability benefits, you must have worked long enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually 10 years). Then, you must have a condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, monthly benefits are paid to people who are unable to work for a year or more, or who have a condition expected to end in death. The disability must be so severe the worker cannot work, considering age, education and experience. Even if you are still working you can file for benefits as long as your monthly earnings are less than $1,170. To apply for disability benefits, you can use an online application. Online filing allows you to start immediately, file from home and save time and a trip to to a Social Security office.

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Restored murals have story to tell By Margaret Riddle Prespectivepast@gmail.com On April 30, art conservator Peter Malarkey finished restoring the Everett Public Library’s John T. Jacobsen murals, artwork that has greeted visitors to the downtown branch since the building opened Oct. 3, 1934. Built during the Great Depression, the library is a gem of 1930s aesthetics, designed by Northwest architect Carl F. Gould. A decade earlier, Gould had designed the Everett Weyerhaeuser Office Building and was well-known for many prominent Seattle buildings. A $75,000 grant from local industrialist Leonard Howarth made a new library possible, along with additional federal and state funding. Gould’s Everett Library had a comfortable, intimate feel, with fine use of terra cotta tiles, wood and metal work. Display art was added as a part of the project, including an early painting by Northwest artist Guy Anderson. Library construction was done in less than a year and, as the

Peter Malarkey works on restoring Everett Library’s J. T. Jacobsen murals. (Lisa Labovitc / Courtesy of Everett Public Library) library neared completion, Gould considered decorating the lobby with historic photographs. Instead, he commissioned murals that would

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 leading into a room behind it. A voter-approved levy allowed restoration and expansion of the library, which reopened in 1991. The sheet metal panels were removed, the library’s original entrance doors were replicated and a grand south entrance was added, matching the 1930s architecture. Peter Malarkey was hired at that time to clean the north and south murals. During this library remodel, a wind- and rain storm damaged the west mural and caused patches of paint to lift from the backing. This panel had always been the most vulnerable of the three. The north and south panels had been painted on canvas but, possibly because of time constraints, the west panel was painted directly onto plaster. In 2015, Peter Malarkey was consulted and restoration costs were estimated at $80,000. This involved many hours of skilled work using special glues to stabilize paint that had delaminated from the plaster, then covering these areas with mulberry tissue paper and applying adhesive through the paper to guard the paint. The final step was to carefully clean the mural with a solution of water and ammonium sulfate. Restoration began when the Everett’s Cultural Arts Department granted $21,000 to hire Malarkey to begin. A fundraising campaign was initiated by library director Eileen Simmons, assistant Kate Larsen, the library board of trustees and Friends of Everett Public Library, who drew first from the library budget and endowments (held by the

The original Everett Library lobby shows the south-facing mural, in 1934. (J. A. Juleen photo) Community Foundation of Snohomish County) and then reached out to the community. Funding came from the Snohomish County Community Heritage Program, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Funds, the Toyota Foundation and the Friends of the Everett Public Library. Individuals also gave generously. The $80,000 goal was reached, with Malarkey continuing restoration as money came in. He was able to complete the job — including patching holes drilled into the mural many decades ago — and repainting some areas where paint had flaked off completely. Finishing up, he cleaned

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depicting important events in Washington state’s early period of European exploration and settlement. The south wall zooms in on Everett, telling the story of the early days of its non-Native settlement, and the north wall shows how the same space had rapidly industrialized by the time the murals were completed in 1934. Jacobsen’s work has almost a folk art feel, sprinkled occasionally with a sense of humor; spot the Eastern investor absconding with a bag of money on the south mural. All three works combine to provide a historically vibrant welcome to locals and visitors alike.” The Everett Library has always benefitted from public-private partnerships. From its beginnings in the 1890s as the Women’s Book Club, to securing a Carnegie library for the city in 1905, to the Gould building and its updated remodel, and the current mural restoration as well as expansion of the south Everett branch, the Everett community has supported its library. One of the greatest satisfactions for Malarkey has been restoring the west panel so that it once again matches the other two panels. As he says, “It’s a tribute to the community that they were willing to fund and support such a project.” This September, American Libraries, a publication of the American Library Association, will feature an article about library mural restoration projects and Everett’s story will be included. When you walk into the main entrance of the Everett Library at 2702 Hoyt, look up at mezzanine level and enjoy the completed work.

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the surface and added a protective coating over the entire mural. What exactly is the legacy of the Jacobsen murals? They are part of the original library building and, while they tell some of the location’s past, they are also part of the library’s story. Northwest Room historian Lisa Labovitch describes their importance in this way: “John T. Jacobsen’s murals not only provide an aesthetically pleasing entryway to the Everett Public Library’s historic Main Library, they also tell visitors a little about local history. The recently restored western wall gives a satellite-level view of the Puget Sound, with vignettes

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Mail fraud alert While junk mail comes in many different forms — credit card applications, sweepstakes entries, magazine offers, coupon mailers, donation requests, political fliers, catalogs and more — the most troublesome type is mail fraud, which comes from con artists. Mail fraud can be tricky to detect because there are many different types of schemes that might seem legitimate. Some of the most common mail scams targeting seniors today are phony sweepstakes, foreign lotteries, free prize or vacation

scams, fake checks (see Fake Checks.org), donation requests from charities or government agencies that don’t exist, workat-home schemes, inheritance and investment scams, and many more. If your dad is getting any junk mail that asks for money in exchange for free gifts or winnings, or if he’s receiving checks that require him to wire money, call the U.S. Postal Inspector Service at 877-8762455 and report it, and then throw it away. Unfortunately, once a person gets on these mail fraud lists, it’s difficult to get off. That’s because these criminals regularly trade and sell mailing lists. A good first step to help protect your dad is to alert him to the different kinds of mail fraud and what to watch for. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service can help you with this. Another option is to see if your dad would be willing to let you sort through his mail before he opens it so you can weed out the junk. If your dad feels compelled to donate to certain charities, ask him to let you check them out first to make sure they’re legitimate. You can do this at charity watchdog sites like Charity Navigator.org and Give.org.

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Reduce junk mail While scam artists aren’t likely to take your dad’s name off their mailing lists, most legitimate mail-order businesses will. To do this, start with the Direct Marketing Association, which offers a consumer optout service at DMAchoice.org. This won’t eliminate all his junk mail, but it will reduce it. The opt-out service is $2 for 10 years if you register online, or $3 by mail. Then, to put a stop to the credit card and insurance offers he gets, call the consumer credit reporting industry opt-out service at 888-567-8688, and follow the automated prompts to opt him out for either five years or permanently. Be prepared to give his Social Security number and date of birth. You can also do this online at OptOutPrescreen. com. You should register your dad’s phone number with the National Do Not Call Registry (DoNotCall.gov, 888-382-1222), to help cut down on telemarketing calls. Send your questions to Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or go to SavvySenior. org.

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Memory: Those with dementia hope for help Bioscience denied the lawsuit’s allegations and said that the “sole dispute” rested with how the company analyzed the results of its own Prevagen clinical study. The FTC is attempting to “hold the company to a standard that is unreasonable, scientifically debatable and legally invalid,” the statement said. “Quincy has amassed a large body of evidence that Prevagen improves memory and supports healthy brain function.” While the number of people who have bought Prevagen isn’t known, court documents said the product has raked in $165 million from 2007 to mid-2015. A bottle of 30 pills sells for $24 to $68, according to the lawsuit. Prevagen also has drawn fire from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In 2012, the agency sent a warning letter to Quincy Bioscience regarding several potential violations of FDA manufacturing, clinical trial and marketing rules. Among them: Prevagen’s advertisements and testimonials implied it would prevent or ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a claim that only prescription medications approved by the FDA can make. The letter allows companies to make corrections or show why the findings are incorrect before facing legal sanctions, FDA spokeswoman Lyndsay

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“I have an obligation to try to convince people to use science-based medicines. I take an interest in unproved, untested products that have no scientific evidence to support their claims,” Speth added. Among his complaints, which also were cited by the FTC, is that Quincy Bioscience tinkered with its study’s analysis, which showed memory scores among subjects taking Prevagen improved dramatically over 90 days. In reality, the placebo group not on the supplement scored slightly better, according to the FTC’s court filings. Those who work with Alzheimer’s disease patients and their families say people sometimes turn to supplements hoping something will work against the devastating disease. “I get upset when people are being misled and think there is a magic bullet,” said Karen Gilbert, vice president of education and quality assurance at Alzheimer’s Community Care in West Palm Beach. “And there is a possibility that ingredients in supplements could do more harm than good when coupled with prescriptions.” Gilbert said good nutrition is important for all seniors, and that some vitamins or supplements might be helpful. However, older adults always should speak with their doctors first, Gilbert said, and bring their supplements as well as their medications to their medical appointments.

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Revel in unforgettable getaways By Kathy Witt At the end of a long and curvy Indiana backcountry road, in between the Hoosier National Forest and Brown County State Park, is a place called Story. The remnants of a long-ago settlement — once the largest in Brown County — form the village of Story. These historic homes and buildings, all charmingly renovated into cozy overnight accommodations, fan out around the old general store. This colorful time capsule of pre-Great Depression America has vintage red and gold gas pumps on the porch, bottles and tins of old-timey remedies decorating its shelves, and an honest-to-goodness scratch kitchen serving up gourmet meals made with ingredients from the garden and orchard. Founded in 1851, this former logging community has all the trappings for an unforgettable getaway in a picture-postcard setting. Each of the 18 rooms and cottages are decorated with Victorian flair. For instance, the Blue Lady Room is named for the ghost that supposedly haunts the room and has a claw foot tub and private balcony. The Wheeler Homestead Front is in a renovated one-room schoolhouse and features a sitting room. There are no televisions, radios, clocks or phones. And cellphones typically don’t get service in Story. But that’s OK, because visitors can truly relax without these distractions. Wander the grounds. Explore artifacts that recall Story’s early days. Pair a seasonal dinner entree with the perfect wine in a dining room anchored by a stout pot-bellied stove. Sip a nightcap in the Story Still,

Story is Indiana’s premier country inn, and one of the best preserved examples of a 19th century village that survives in the American Midwest. (The Story Inn) the neighborhood pub located in the basement of the general store. The Story Inn hosts a number of special events throughout the year, including the annual Hoosier Hops & Harvest. This Indiana craft beer festival takes place 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, with Hoosier breweries pouring 2-ounce samples for the duration. The Indiana Boys and Flatland Harmony Experiment will perform live music.

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FROM PAGE 1 the most effective treatment. With a client’s permission, counselors share the results of the screening with the client’s health provider. This can be helpful for patients who are reluctant to bring up depression with their doctor. “Older adults are less likely to question authority, and doctors are sort of authority figures,” Robinson said. “So they’re a little quieter in office visits.” The main objective of the geriatric depression screening program is to give seniors a better understanding of their symptoms and to connect them to the outside world. Short-term counseling gives clients the opportunity to share their story in a confiednetial and njonjudmental space. “Sometimes just talking about what is going on is helpful,” Vervitsiotis said. Counselors also help clilents find ways to change their perception of the situation and to develop strategies to improve their mood. After the final counseling session with Homage, the client is given the same depression screening questionnaire. On that test, the lower the score, the better, said Robinson. “We’re hoping to see a pretty significant point drop, and usually it is pretty significant. “If it’s not, then we refer them back to our mental health intake worker.” If you or someone you know could benefit from this screening program, contact Olivia Bowker, 425-290-1260, or email obowker@ homage.org.-

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Use Facebook to do things with family Q. My family is spread all over the country, but we keep in touch on Facebook. Do you have any suggestions for things we could do online together? A. My mother, who will turn 80 next year, used Facebook to help her create the ultimate family photo album. Once a week, she would select an old family photo and upload it to Facebook. Uploading is easier than ever, since smartphone cameras can digitize images as well as scanners once did. Once online, she would caption the image to identify who was in it, where they were, the date and any other detail she could remember. She soon discovered that many of the younger family members were excited to discover previously unknown pictures of their parents as children and their grandparents as young adults. Before long, others would post the photos they had stashed away — and again, old photographs found a whole new audience. Each time a new image surfaced, Mom downloaded a copy into a folder for use later. This routine has been repeated many times over months now. Each photo kicks off discussions of events past, or places long since forgotten. Bit by bit, the puzzle pieces of everyone’s collective memories fill in the blanks. The results have delighted everyone and brought the family closer together. But Mom has more planned. Now that she has a rich collection of images, she is going to publish a photo book online. Costco, WalMart and most drugstore photo labs offer photo book printing. Once

the book is made available, anyone in the family can order a copy via print-on-demand. Q. A recorded voice left several messages on my answering machine warning that my iCloud account was compromised, and I should call tech support right away. Have you heard of anything like this? A. This iCloud scam has been quietly building momentum in recent months. At my house, the scammers left more than a dozen messages on my machine during the course of a week. The fake calls were very deceptive. The caller ID showed the caller as “Apple.� The message sounded like countless other formal voice mails we have heard time and time again. The only obvious way to know calls are fake is an awareness that legitimate companies generally do not notify customers one-on-one via the telephone. If you get a call like this, assume it is fraudulent. Never use the contact number left in a suspicious voice message. When you doubt that the message is real, find the company’s main telephone number and contact them directly. Q. If a Google search does not find what I am looking for, what should I try next? A. There are many ways to help Google better understand what you are looking for and increase your likelihood of success. If you have several words that make up a phrase, try putting them in quotation marks, like a title. If that does not work, mix and match words in different combinations and see how the results change. Consider a quoted phrase followed by a word or two that narrows the phrase’s scope. For example, a

search of “three blind mice� nonfiction will find the book by Ken Auletta instead of a list of nursery rhymes. Words like lyrics, Wikipedia, or a city name are excellent search query add-on terms. You can also subtract words from a search. Put a minus sign before any word to tell Google to skip any page with that word. A search for jaguar ­—car will show you animals rather than automobiles. At the top of each page of search results, Google has a tabbed menu of categories. The shopping category is useful for finding products. The maps category is helpful for any sort of location. The news category focuses on current events. One trick I often use, especially when I do not have a specific name, is to search images. I can find many items by looking at the image results of a search rather than the text. Try a search on gourmet mustard and click on the image category at the top of the search results to see a sample of what I mean.

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