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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.

“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

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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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“It just frees you up ... It’s between the two of us” Music wellness facilitator Noah Plotkin leads a drumming and singing session with Michael Folio as Cheryl Levin-Folio looks on.

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early-onset Alzheimer’s

By Karen Berkowitz

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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)

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Older women rising to prominence in the marijuana business. Page 2

A father’s lifetime of faith teaches daughter a valuable lesson. Page 3

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Seamstress Irene Anderson says counseling has calmed her and helped her deal with emotional and physical pain and begin to get her life organized. (Ian Terry/The Herald)

Peer counseling offers a source of reassurance By Jennifer Sasseen Special to The Herald Pain is a fact of life in Irene Anderson’s world. The 71-year-old Tulalip resident suffers from a host of ailments, including fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and, for at least the past five years, bouts of shingles that leave her feeling depressed and helpless; she never knows if she’s facing days or weeks of shingles pain. She is also pre-diabetic and has had three serious head injuries, the first in 1991, when she fell in front of a Lynnwood business complex and struck her head hard enough to lose consciousness. Fibromyalgia, which the Mayo Clinic says is “characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues,” can seriously disrupt a person’s life. Researchers believe it intensifies pain by changing how the brain processes pain signals.

“You feel like the nerves are on the outside of your skin,” Anderson said. There is no one cause for the condition, although researchers cite genetics, infection and physical and emotional trauma — and there’s no one treatment. Neither she nor her doctor “believe in pain medications or over-medicating,” Anderson said, so she lives with the pain and takes an antidepressant. “It calms me so that I can deal with it,” she said. “And it also keeps the nightmares away.” What it can’t do is help Anderson with two issues she believes are related to her pain: Anger around her older sister’s death in 2011 of pancreatic cancer, and an inability to organize her possessions in the house she shares with her daughter. An accomplished seamstress now working for a client on directions for sewing a snowboarding suit, Anderson sews, knits and crochets despite pain from her various ailments. She

has boxes of fabric in her sewing room and piled around the living room. Knitting supplies and unfinished projects share the space. For a time, it was overwhelming. “I could not finish a project,” she said. “I would start cleaning or something and walk away and do something else.” Then about two years ago, she said, a counselor at The Everett Clinic referred her to the Senior Peer Counseling program at Homage Senior Services, then called Senior Services of Snohomish County. Peer counselors, 55 and older, offer free emotional support and counseling to other seniors, according to the Homage Senior Services website. The peer counselor selected for her helped set her on a new path, Anderson said. The counselor, a volunteer near her own age who had worked through some issues CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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By Jason Erskine AARP Washington You get a call from someone who says they are from the IRS — and you owe back taxes. Do you? A pop-up on your computer warns your machine is infected and you need immediate technical support. Should you be worried? You get a message: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” But is it really your grandchild? “Imposter scams” have reached epidemic proportions. According to the Federal Trade Commission, reports of imposter scams have grown by nearly 500 percent in the last four years, totaling more than

400,000 reports nationwide in 2016. According to a new state survey from AARP, 79 percent of Washington consumers report being targeted in the last year by at least one of the seven most common imposter scams. But while most consumers (85 percent) felt they could spot and avoid a fraudulent pitch, AARP’s survey found 77 percent of them failed an “Imposter IQ” quiz. “We’re not surprised to see how many residents have been approached with some type of pitch,” said Doug Shadel, AARP state director. “However, we were alarmed to learn how overconfident Washington consumers are in the

face of increasingly sophisticated scammers. “The illusion of invulnerability can put people in real danger. If you think you’ll never be taken, you’ll likely leave your guard down.” AARP has joined with the state Attorney General’s office, Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission and BECU to launch the “Unmasking the Imposters” statewide campaign. “When it comes to scams, awareness and prevention are the best protections for consumers,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “Advances in technology make it easier for scammers to pretend to be CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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Older women getting into marijuana business By Cheryl M. Keyser Think you’ve seen it all? A recent article in The New York Times will surprise you. Many of the people behind the growth of the cannabis industry — better known as marijuana — are, believe it or not, older women. These are business women who have suffered a major problem and discovered that the use of marijuana helped them deal with pain or eased their recovery. A 2014 national survey on drug use and health found that 5.1 percent of adults over 50 had used marijuana in the past month, and this number is expected to rise. State information on medical marijuana, indicates that its use in those over age 60 has risen as high as 20.5 percent. Data is still skimpy. For instance, states that have not legalized marijuana obviously have no statistics. But ongoing research is being conducted on the medical use of marijuana as an alternative to opioids and other pain medications.

Caring concerns It is estimated that there are more than 43 million caregivers in this country, many of them family members or friends. The care they provide — everything from feeding to bathing to paying bills — is usually uncompensated. One study from the Met Life Mature Market Institute estimates that between lost wages, pensions, and reduced Social Security benefits (most being unable to work while caregiving), caregivers are losing some $3 trillion annually. To begin to deal with this situation, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairwoman of the Senate Aging Committee, along with other Senate colleagues, has introduced the RAISE Caregivers Act. RAISE is an acronym for: recognize, assist, include, support, and engage. It would set up a Family Caregiving Advisory Council that would include federal agency representatives, caregivers, veterans, advocates and older adults.

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 59-year-old man who claims he was discriminated against at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Florida that refused to hire him because of his age. The complainant had more than 20 years of experience in restaurants and had applied for a job as a general manager. The company declined to hire him because, according to the EEOC, it was looking for an individual who could “maximize longevity.” The lawsuit was brought after attempts to find other ways to resolve the matter, including through conciliation. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects workers from discrimination starting at age 40. Said Michael Farrell, director of EEOC’s Miami office, “age cannot be a factor in whether or not someone can earn a living.” For information, visit the website at eeoc.gov.

On June 15, the United Nations recognized World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, more than 1 in 10 elders may experience some type of abuse. Unfortunately, only 1 in 23 cases are reported. As the older population grows, so will the amount of elder abuse. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, abandonment and self-neglect. In 2016, more than 12,000 allegations from King, Snohomish, Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan counties were investigated by Adult Protective Services. Of those cases, 22 percent were financial exploitation — second only to reports of self-neglect. Abuse can occur anywhere: in the home, in nursing homes or in other institutions. It affects older adults across all socio-economic groups, cultures and races. Other risk factors include gender and age (women and “older” elders are more likely to be victimized), isolation, dementia, and mental health and substance abuse issues — of both abusers and victims. The consequences of elder abuse are grave: Older adults who are abused are twice as likely to be hospitalized, four times as likely to go into nursing homes and three times as likely to die. As a community, there are many things we can do to prevent elder abuse from occurring: ■■ Stop making fun of older adults (don’t tolerate ageism!); ■■ Educate yourself and others about the warning signs of abuse, neglect and self-neglect; ■■ If you see something, say something. Do not assume a report already has been made; ■■ Be a friendly visitor to an older person living in the community; ■■ Provide support for someone who is a caregiver; ■■ Advocate for increased funding for elder-abuse prevention and intervention programs. If elder abuse is suspected, call Adult Protective Services, 866-221-4909, or use the online reporting system at https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/ home-and-community-services/report-concerns-involving-vulnerable-adults. If the person is in imminent danger, call 911. For residents of long-term care facilities, report to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, 800-562-6028. Elder abuse, including financial exploitation, can lead to poverty, hunger, homelessness and compromised health and well-being. We believe older people have the right to a life with dignity and free from all types of abuse.

Sad news According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from Alzheimer’s have significantly increased since 1999. The disease is now estimated to affect over 5 million adults in the country. “Significant increases in Alzheimer’s deaths coupled with an increase in the number of persons with Alzheimer’s dying at home suggest that the burden on caregivers has increased even more than the number of deaths,” said the CDC. With an aging population, the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to quadruple by the year 2050, unless some scientific breakthrough is achieved to eliminate an illness for which there is no treatment or cure. For information, visit the website at www.cdc. gov.

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Father’s life teaches daughter lesson about faith By Saralee Perel My dad was raised Orthodox Jewish. I had no tolerance for his ways. Once, when dinner included baked potatoes, I got some sour cream. Dad said, “You know we aren’t allowed to have meat dishes with dairy dishes.” “But why, Dad?” I sassed. “Because that’s what the Torah teaches us.” “You always say that. Just because it’s in the Torah doesn’t mean it’s right!” Dad never took the bait when I was confrontational. I hated going to the synagogue. Services were in Hebrew, which I couldn’t understand. The thing is — neither could my father.

I remember one particular service. Dad was wearing his yarmulke (skull cap) and his tallis (fringed silk prayer shawl), both of which were given to him for his bar mitzvah when he was 13. They were his, and his only, for life. Suddenly, I was struck by my father’s adoration for his beloved religion. I saw him surrounded by a circle of light. The rest of the congregation was a black and white still shot, while Dad, in his wheelchair, was encircled in the light as he tried to solemnly bow in prayer. Holding his prayer book like it was a newborn baby, he brought to his heart all of the meaning, just like it was written in English. With deep sea depth, he sang prayers with his

full operatic tenor voice. He was entranced and entrancing in the moment — a moment that held the culmination of everything he lived for. Did it matter that he didn’t understand the Hebrew? Or that he didn’t know the reasons behind rituals in the Torah? Years before my father’s funeral, I declared that I’d rebel against the tradition of pouring earth from a small trowel onto a coffin. But the scene of Dad in his congregation had changed me. When the sad day came about, I kissed Dad’s coffin, on which the only marking was a Star of David. Then I slowly emptied the soil-filled trowel onto his casket. The sound was a haunting finality. Symbolically,

I had buried my father. I honor my father’s life. I still “talk” with him. “Tataleh (Yiddish term of endearment for a father), all along I thought you were just blindly following rules. All too late, I saw your truth. You’ve taught me how much richer it is to believe with your soul, without depending on other’s opinions. You’ve taught me to embrace my own bigger picture.” Through tears, I said, “I am so very sorry I misjudged your life, Tataleh. All that I can never get back, I will take forward — from this day on.” Award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at sperel@saraleeperel.com.

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Good nutrition can improve mood and emotions By Leah Hammon Homage Senior Services Most people are aware that good nutrition is essential for physical well-being and the prevention and management of such chronic conditions as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Less recognized, however, is the relationship that exists between nutrition and mental health. Nutritional factors play important roles in mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. The extent of that role is continuing to be explored by health experts and researchers, but undoubtedly the foods we eat affect our mood and emotions. Our brains, just as our bodies, need to be nourished to function properly. Lack of specific nutrients can affect brain chemistry and ultimately alter cognition, behavior and mood. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is nutritionally inadequate and deficient of key nutrients. The most common nutritional deficiencies seen in patients with mental disorders are of omega–3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are precursors to neurotransmitters. While there’s no specific diet identified as a cure for depression or similar mood disorders, eating certain foods may alleviate symptoms, and a healthy diet can be incorporated as a part of overall treatment. What nutrients may positively

impact my mood? ■■ Tryptophan: An amino acid that the body uses to produce serotonin — a chemical that helps transmit signals between nerves. Serotonin is associated with happiness and helps regulate mood balance, sleep and digestion. Serotonin deficiencies are associated with depression and anxiety. Dietary sources of tryptophan include nuts and seeds, soy, poultry, fish, lean meats, cottage cheese, yogurt, legumes, oats, brown rice and bananas. ■■ B-vitamins: Vitamins that help the body produce energy from food. vitamin B-deficiencies can contribute to a host of health issues including lethargy and depression. A lack of vitamins B6 or B12 can also cause anemia. Foods that are rich in B-vitamins include whole grains, fish and seafood, poultry and lean meats, eggs, milk, leafy green vegetables and legumes. ■■ Omega-3 fatty acids: Essential fatty acids that are important to your overall health and well-being, including nerve and brain structure and function. Research supports a correlation between rising rates of depression and a declining consumption of omega-3s in the American diet. These fats cannot be produced by the body and therefore must be consumed through the diet. Good sources of omega-3 are oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel and sardines), eggs, walnuts, flaxseeds

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Protect your nine valuable digits Peer counseling: By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist If you read a newspaper, watch the news, listen to the radio or spend time on the internet, you probably are aware that identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in America. While recovering from an act of identity theft can be difficult, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity thieves. Identity theft often starts with a Social Security number, or SSN. Once a thief has a valid number, he or she can open or reactivate credit card accounts in your name, apply for federal or state benefits or make changes in your financial accounts. That nine-digit SSN is a valuable first step in assuming someone’s identity. Moreover, this is why protecting your SSNis the first step in preventing identity theft. When doing business with Social Security always go to www.socialsecurity.gov. If you get an email asking for your SSN, do not reply. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will never ask you to provide your number by email. If you have a mySocialSecurity account, SSA will occasionally send you information but they will never ask you to provide

information. Beware of links taking you to the Social Security webpages. It may seem faste6, but it could be a trap. The best way to stay safe is to go directly to www.ssa.gov. You should treat your Social Security number as confidential information and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. Keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important personal papers. Do not carry it with you unless you need to show it to an employer or service provider. The fewer people with access to your number, the safer you are. Shred unneeded documents. Don’t just throw away paperwork that includes your name, SSN or other personal information on it — shred it. When you get junk mail, shred it before you toss it. If you don’t have a shredder, try ripping your paperwork several times and placing half of each document in different trash bags. Monitor your credit records. Each of the major credit reporting services are now required by law to provide you with a free credit report each year upon request. This is a convenient way to see if anyone other than yourself or other authorized persons are using your credit. You can contact Equifax, Experian and Transunion and ask for your free reports. Just go to the website set up

by the three credit agencies, www.annualcreditreport.com/ cra/index.jsp, to request a free credit report. Social Security also wants you to know that they work hard to protect your number from misuse. For example, they require and inspect proof of identity from people who apply to replace lost or stolen Social Security cards, or who request corrected cards. One reason they do this is to prevent people from fraudulently obtaining SSNs to establish false identities. They maintain the privacy of Social Security records unless a law requires them to disclose information to another government agency or if your information is needed to conduct Social Security or other government health or welfare program business. For information on identity theft and safeguarding your SSN, visit the online leaflet, Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10064. html. Alternatively, you can call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800325-0778) and ask for the leaflet. If you think that you have been a victim of identity theft, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-4384338; TTY 202-326-2502).

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Perspectives: Paine made harrowing air mail flights attracting large static displays and world-famous precision aerial teams and pilots including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and test pilot Bob Hoover. These air shows, initially sponsored by the Everett Elks Club and Lynnwood Rotary, drew large crowds, often with over 100,000 attendees for the Saturday and Sunday events. Paine Air Force Base was deactivated in September 1968. But by that time Boeing was well along with the construction of its 747 factory and with the design and construction of the first 747 jumbo jet, aptly named “The City of Everett”. As familiar as Paine Field is to local residents, many do not know the story of the man it was named after and his connection to Everett. He was 2nd Lt. Topliff Olin Paine. Paine was born in Orwell, Ohio, in 1893 to Everett M. Paine and Lucy Jane (Olin) Paine. In 1903, his family — including Topliff and his two older brothers George and Sumner — moved to Everett. The family lived at 2020 Wetmore Ave. Topliff

graduated from Everett High School in 1911 and attended the University of Washington. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a forest ranger until the United States entered World War I, when he enlisted in the Army. There he received pilot training and a commission as a second lieutenant. After the war, Topliff became a commercial pilot. In 1920 he became nationally recognized as an airmail pilot and one of the top-rated fliers in the Western Division of the experimental Air Mail Service. Air routes in the Western Division were some of the most dangerous because of rugged terrain and severe winter snow storms through the Rocky Mountains. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum website describes his flights during two days in early March 1921 between Salt Lake City, Utah, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. On the first day of the flight from Salt Lake City, he had to fly above heavy rain clouds and rely on his compass rather than visual landmarks to reach his destination. The return trip to Salt Lake City got even more dangerous when a heavy snowstorm frosted his goggles and

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it much harder for the attacker to exploit. To clean up your mom’s situation, search Facebook for your mother’s name, or a slight variation of it. If you spot a fake account, report it to Facebook via the “three dot menu” that appears below the header photo. If a few friends also report the fake account, it will likely be disabled immediately. Q. I use Outlook’s inbox as my filing system. I like the way I can search quickly by sender, subject or just any given word. However, I’ve compiled thousands of emails and worry about what would happen should I lose them. Is there an efficient way to back up my Outlook inbox so I can restore the emails should something happen? A. This is a common request, and Microsoft has crafted a solution in the form of a duplicate data file with the filename extension PST. Specific commands needed to create this file depend on the version of Outlook. Recent versions include an export function. Older versions require the Personal Folders Backup Add-in utility, which can be downloaded from Microsoft Support.

Q. My 80-year-old mother received some messages from her Facebook friends that they had gotten a friend request from her, despite the fact they were already friends. What is going on? A. According to published estimates, there may be as many as 80 million fake accounts on Facebook, and this sounds like one of those situations. It usually starts when a malicious attacker steals someone’s profile picture and header photo as the basis for a fake account. Next they send friend requests from the fake account to the victim’s friend list. Most people will ignore the requests as junk mail, but enough people will click on the “accept” button to raise an alarm. The next steps vary, but typically a short while later the attacker’s fake account will send an urgent request for money or some other assistance. An awareness of these fraudulent interactions are your best defense against them. Also, you can configure the account’s privacy settings to hide the friends list, which makes

Even with newer versions of Outlook, the add-in tool is handy for scheduling automatic copies. Regardless of the specifics, the goal is to export your Outlook messages as a PST file, then move the PST file to a safe location, preferably offsite. My favorite for offsite backup service is Backblaze.com. Dropbox is also a good choice. Outlook writes to its main file hundreds of times a day, and active files are the most vulnerable when it comes to data corruption. The process of creating a new PST file will keep your data safer by copying it to a file that is not accessed as frequently. Regular backup routines should flag problems almost as soon as they happen, rather than months later, when it’s probably too late to recover. You might find it handy to keep several PST files, such as a fixed archive that covers a specific date range. When it comes to protecting data, the more copies, the better. A tech enthusiast his entire life, Bob can be contacted at techtalk@bobdel. com.

WANDER THE WEB Here are my picks for some data-centric browsing this month: Where government spends money: usafacts.org is an outstanding addition to our political discourse. Mostly paid for by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, this site presents data about government finances in a straightforward, non-partisan way. Where we live: census.gov is the official site of the United States Census Bureau. The information contained on this site goes far beyond answering the question of how many people live in the U.S. You can surf an endless sea of data, everything from which are the fastest growing cities to popular retirement destinations. Explore the weather: weather. gov is the official site of the National Weather Service. Most forecasters get their data from this source, so cut out the intermediaries and get the latest weather news directly from the people who create it. There is a lot more here to explore beyond tomorrow’s outlook. — Bob DeLaurentis

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SnoMentia empowers those with memory loss By Ruth Egger Homage Senior Services You may have seen hints of something new in south Snohomish County over the past few years. Did you notice signs promoting the Alzheimer’s Café at Pagliacci Pizza in Edmonds? Or posters for a variety of dementia-friendly programs at Edmonds Center for the Arts A movement is brewing. It’s called SnoMentia, the south Snohomish County branch of Seattle’s Momentia, a grassroots movement empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to stay active and connected in the community. The success of Momentia in Seattle motivated Ruth Egger of Homage Senior Services to help bring the movement to Snohomish County. More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease or other

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Serving as your City Councilmember for the last four years has been a true honor. With your vote, I pledge to continue to: P Work to ensure safe neighborhoods for all our citizens P Create and retain family wage jobs P Use our tax dollars wisely P Protect our most vulnerable P Care for our public spaces

Social Security enhances safeguards By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Social Security has a robust cybersecurity program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to the agency. Adding additional security measures — but making them easy to use — is vital to keeping you secure, and informed. Most people who do business with us online use the Social Security portal, where, if you currently receive benefits you can: ■■ Request a replacement Social Security card; ■■ Get your benefit verification letter; ■■ Check your benefit and payment information and earnings record; ■■ Change your address and phone number; ■■ Request a replacement Medicare card; ■■ Start or change direct deposit of

your benefit payment. If you currently don’t receive benefits, you can request a replacement Social Security card (if you meet certain requirements), check the status of an application or appeal, and other useful resources. As of June 10, the agency requires a second method to check the identification of mySocialSecurity account holders when they register or sign in. This is in addition to a username and password. You will be able to choose either your cell phone or email as your second identification method. Using two ways to identify you when you log on will help better protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud. If you plan to select email as your second method, you can ensure that the one-time security code email does not go into your spam or junk folder by adding NO-REPLY@ssa.gov to your contact list.

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