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(BPT) - “You can be one of those people who live in the past and relive the glory days, but I’m living the best days of my life now,” said Bill, a police chief, father of four children and grandfather of two grandchildren. Bill isn’t living without obstacles. He has experienced a number of orthopedic injuries and health setbacks during his 42-year career in law enforcement in Foxborough, Mass., and he is not alone. In fact, four out of five Americans ages 50 and older suffer from at least one chronic health condition, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, obesity or respiratory disease. As we get older, health setbacks are a growing concern. In a new survey by Clarus Research with support from Abbott, the maker of nutritional drink Ensure(R), and the International Council on Active Aging(R) (ICAA), adults ages 50 and older shared their biggest fears, and not surprisingly, a health setback was ranked highest (39 percent), followed by being a burden on their family (21 percent). Fortunately, the survey found that respondents are addressing their fears and prioritizing accordingly. More than half (58 percent) of survey participants ranked remaining in good health a top priority as they age. Like Bill, they are motivated to stay healthy in order to live their best life. Top motivators for staying healthy and active are being able to stay independent (72 percent), travel (57 percent) and spend time with children or grandchildren (45 percent). The survey also revealed that adults ages 50 and older are still looking for

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romance. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of adults ages 56-65 say going on dates or having romantic evenings highly motivates them to stay healthy and active. So how do adults ages 50 and older live their best life? Helen and Byron, a couple from Santa Clarita, Calif., believe they have the answer to a long, healthy, happy life. And it starts with good nutrition and a positive, “Can Do” attitude.

Proper nutrition Our tastes change as we age, and so do our nutrition needs. Foods that fueled our 30-year-old bodies may not be absorbed and used the same way 20 years later. While nutrient-dense foods are important for people of any age, adults ages 50 and older should put an increased focus on eating foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein like seafood, lean meats, eggs and nuts. Making good nutrition choices a priority helps you maintain muscle and gives your body a “nutritional reserve” in the event of an injury or sickness. However, often in the case of a health setback, your body doesn’t get enough of the nutrients it needs to recover, which can cause further breakdown of muscle tissue. And, when diet alone does not sufficiently provide the nutrition needed, a nutritional drink like Ensure can help support strength and energy needs, whether you’re recovering from an injury or enjoying everyday activities. Of course, strength and nutrition are only part of the equation for living a full life.

A “Can Do” attitude “Stay positive.” You’ve heard it a thousand times, but research indicates this could be a crucial piece to a long and healthy life. In the same survey from Abbott and ICAA, nearly all respondents (97 percent) said that they believe a positive

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attitude can add years to their life, and 98 percent said that a positive attitude was important in their recovery from a health setback. These beliefs are backed by science. In a 2016 study of 4,000 adults ages 50 and older, researchers identified that people with a positive outlook on aging have lower levels of c-reactive protein in the body, a marker of stressrelated inflammation. This helps explain why people with a positive outlook live seven and a half years longer than people with negative outlooks. An injury, health setback or just the simple act of aging can make you think you have to slow down or sit on the sidelines. However, many Boomers - like Bill, Helen and Byron - are challenging these antiquated notions and attitudes about aging and are not letting setbacks or their age define them. “Whether you’re moving to a new city, keeping up with grandchildren or taking on a new part-time job in retirement, a positive attitude coupled with proper nutrition and an active lifestyle can open a whole new world of possibilities you might not have imagined when you were younger,” said Colin Milner, CEO and Founder, ICAA. Whatever obstacles you face, whatever dreams you have, there are plenty of other people out there who have taken steps to living their best lives by saying, “I can,” instead of, “I can’t.” Check out the stories of Bill, Helen, Byron, Jennie and many other “Can Do” people by visiting www.ensure.com/cando.

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At Overlake Senior Health Clinic, our providers are specially trained in meeting the health and psychosocial needs of older adults. With a focus on prevention and wellness, our geriatric specialists offer an innovative approach to senior care. The clinic, along with our Primary Care Clinics, offers same-day appointments conveniently located on the Eastside.



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Ingredients: ½ bag New Seasons Market pre-shredded kale

(sold in a bag in the produce department)

Juice and zest of one lemon

Judith Schaffer remembers the day five years ago that the cord of an electric blanket in her Sammamish home became a trip wire. “I was folding clothes at the end of my bed, normally we tucked that cord under the mattress but that day we hadn’t and I turned around too fast,” says the now 83-year old. “I didn’t just fall, I flew from the end of the bed.” Shaffer’s husband rushed her to the hospital. She had broken her shoulder. While she recovered from that injury, Shaffer learned a painful reminder about the importance of monitoring the home environment. “A fall can dramatically impact a senior’s life, sometimes permanently,”

says geriatrician Dr. Kentaro Nishino with Overlake Medical Center’s Senior Health Clinic in Bellevue. About one in four Americans aged 65 and older falls every year, according to the National Center on Aging. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Beth Charvet, a physical therapist with Overlake Medical Center leads community Eastside seminars on fall prevention. She suggests removing cords or area rugs as well as installing handrails near stairs and improving lighting. “Older people rely on vision more because balance may not be great. So I suggest leaving the light on if a person typically needs to use the bathroom in the night.” Exercise is important; the American Heart Association recommends seniors get 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity aerobic activity. Physical therapist often assists senior patients recovering from injury or surgery. “If you walk correctly, every step

is therapy,” says Kathy Golic. Physical therapists may work with patients to use bands or body-weight sitting and standing from a chair to build strength and stability. “Seniors do need to work with their providers though, because balance is complex, it might also involves vision or the inner ear for instance,” says Charvet. Medication management is also important in preventing a fall, according to Nishino. “Just as an example, a drug that manages blood pressure might work too well and a patient may get dizzy, which can lead to falling.” Nishino works closely with a team of pharmacists trained in geriatric medicine to review patients’ medication lists. Now living in a retirement community in Issaquah, Schaffer sometimes uses a cane. Having been an avid hiker as a younger woman, she is working hard to not slow down. “I may have several health challenges going on, but I am doing what I can to take care of myself and stay active.”

Trevor Scott, MD, who is affiliated with Overlake Medical Center explains to patients that joints can take up as much as seven times a person’s body weight if walking down stairs and five times the body’s weight simply getting in and out of a chair. “Losing weight is a proven nonoperative intervention that helps patients with arthritis of the hip or knee feel better.” According to a Centers for Disease Control report, between 2007-2010 more than one-third of Americans aged 65 and over were obese. The CDC reports no difference in obesity prevalence between men and women. Like Shrader, older patients often find carrying too much weight can also cause other health problems such as diabetes. Dr. Scott recognizes the dilemma for many older patients; it can difficult to lose weight when it hurts to exercise. He recommends low-impact activities like walking, swimming, aquajogging, or biking and avoiding exercise that exacerbates pain.

“Impact activity such as running usually inflames the joints, making arthritic joints painful,” says Scott. “Losing weight may not give you 100 percent pain relief, but a lot of patients feel better enough that they can return to more activities.” If a patient does need hip or knee joints replaced, orthopedic surgeons often require a body mass index, or BMI of less than 40. Dr. Scott says generally speaking, a BMI of below 35 is preferred to minimize the potential for complications after surgery such as infection risk. But, if an older patient can lose enough weight, Dr. Scott says not only can they prolong the amount of time they can go without having surgery, “Sometimes they can even get rid of the need for surgery altogether.” “My weight loss didn’t happen overnight,” says Shrader. “After trying every diet out there over the years, I just took it slow and easy this time and now I go to the South Bellevue Community Center and can do the treadmill, bicycle and weights, I go five days a week.”

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1. Place the kale in a large bowl, add lemon zest and juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Wash hands, then massage mixture for 1–2 minutes until kale is softened. Add tomatoes, cucumber, and olives, toss to combine ingredients. Top with crunchy chickpeas and serve. For information, visit www.newseasonsmarket.com.



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When 79-year-old Carol Shrader goes grocery shopping these days, she shops the perimeter; fresh produce, meats and dairy while avoiding the processed carb-heavy items that tend to haunt the inner-aisles. By changing her own diet, Shrader who is 5 feet, 5 inches has dropped from weighing about 200 pounds to now hovering near 150 pounds. Among the many health benefits, Shrader is happiest about the significant reduction in joint pain. “My hip pain has basically gone away, my knees are better too,” says Shrader. “I used to walk bent forward in pain, now I can push off with my feet better, which also just looks better too.” Proliance Orthopaedic surgeon

CARING FOR OUR NEIGHBORS MEANS ACTUALLY BEING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. At Overlake Senior Health Clinic, our providers are specially trained in meeting the health and psychosocial needs of older adults. With a focus on prevention and wellness, our geriatric specialists offer an innovative approach to senior care. The clinic, along with our Primary Care Clinics, offers same-day appointments conveniently located on the Eastside. overlakehospital.org/clinics

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By Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run

Ultra-distance runner Sopan Tzekov recently spoke at REI in Bellevue about his experience running the world’s longest-certified foot race, the 3100 Self Transcendence Race. The participant runs two marathons a day for 52 days to finish. The goal? It’s in the name, self-transcendence. Find your preconceived limits and go beyond them. “We are all truly unlimited if we only dare to try and have faith,” said spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy. Self-transcendence is a philosophy Bellevue resident Rupasi Young lives by. She starts each day with medita-

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tion and exercise. For Young, meditation brings inner peace and calmness to surmount any difficulties in her day. She practices the philosophy of Chinmoy who encourages both inner and outer fitness as the key to a life of satisfaction. Young has been a runner for over 40 years, completing over 25 marathons and ultramarathons.

“Why run? The simple answer: it is fun, satisfying and it helps keep me young in body and spirit. The deeper answer: it gives my mind a chance to rest and lets my deeper self speak. While running, I often get answers to the more meaningful questions in life,” she said. Young will teach meditation classes in the Bellevue area this fall.



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HOUSING? By Mary Lee Mary Lee Real Estate Senior housing is categorized by the level of care available to residents. There is a variety of housing options available to seniors, from staying in your own home to round-the-clock nursing care. The key to making the best choice is to match your housing with your lifestyle, health and financial needs.

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MEMORY LOSS? There’s a road map to help

At first, it might seem inconsequential, misplaced keys, a forgotten appointment or briefly getting lost. But over time it continues and you become come suspicious, wondering if you should reach out for help. There are no easy answers, but there are many organizations with guidelines and support to help you. Plus, new research and expanded care options offer hope.

Dementia is a catch-all term that encompasses dozens of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and other diseases of the brain. The main symptom is typically memory loss, generally accompanied by a progressive loss of the ability to function independently or safely. The question many ask is when to reach out for help and what to do with a positive diagnosis. The first difficult step is to acknowledge that there may be an issue. In addition to memory loss and confusion, there may be impaired reasoning and judgement, or changes in personality such as agitation or withdrawal. There are detailed lists available on the Alzheimer’s Organization website (www. Alzheimer’s.Org). It’s important to remember that it’s normal to experience fear or denial when you are confronted with this potential reality. The important thing to realize is knowledge will empower you and help you make decisions. The next step is to educate yourself and talk with a health care professional. An excellent resource is the Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Care


Partners. This tool takes patients and caregivers in all stages of cognitive decline though action steps and questions from the early stages of concern to latestage dementia. It is also important to “get checked” by your primary care provider who, if not skilled at clarifying a diagnosis, should be able to refer you to a specialist for further testing. A diagnosis of dementia can come as a shock, but there are benefits to identifying memory loss in the initial stages. Some conditions are treatable, so finding a cause early is critical in these cases. Also, a diagnosis can aid health care professionals in providing better clinical care, especially early in the disease. Plus, family members and loved ones can arrange support and plan for the future. Help is out there. The important thing is to learn all you can and to seek assistance — early and often. Even though the challenges of dementia are increasing in society, support is as well. Dr. Shirley Newell is the chief medical officer at Aegis Living.

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Betz Family Winery Since their first vintage in 1997, Betz Family Winery has had a single-minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and age worthy, and which showcase Washington as a distinguished wine region of the world. Today, Betz Family Winery is headed by husband and wife Bob and Cathy Betz. The art and science of winemaking is a continuous learning adventure for the Betz family, who base their decisions on the science of the lab and the outcomes of what has proven effective. The true balance of winemaking is achieved when science and art collide creating a bottle of wine well worth drinking. Betz Family Winery is located at 13244 Woodinville Redmond Road NE, Redmond. For information, visit www.betzfamilywinery.com.

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All of Twin Cedars’ wines begin in vineyards situated in Washington’s premier grape-growing regions. They produce a limited amount of varietals based on annual harvests and selection. Twin Cedars is located at 26504 SE 146th St., Issaquah. For information, visit www. twincedarswinery.com.

Located on the waterfront in beautiful downtown Kirkland, The Grape Choice carries a wide selection of wines from all around the world and specializes in choices from the Northwest. The Grape Choice is located at 9 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland. For information, call 425-827-7551.

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A family-owned, boutique winery and vineyard in Walla Walla that has a tasting room in Kirkland. Open Saturdays 12–5 p.m. or by appointment. The tasting room is located at 11134 117th Place NE, Kirkland. For information, call 425-466-2027, visit www.amaurice.com.

Northwest Cellars produces and distributes high-quality, affordable wines with custom-designed labels. Their tasting room is located at “The Alley” in north Kirkland at 11909 124th Ave. NE. For information, call 425-825-9463.

Waving Tree Winery Waving Tree Winery is a small award winning familyowned winery in Eastern Washington specializing in Italian and Rhone Style Washington Estate Grown Wines. Their tasting room is at “The Alley” in north Kirkland, 11901 124th St. SE. For information, call 425-802-0120.

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3/4 lb Italian sausage 1/3 cup olive tapenade

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3 Tbls almond flour Finely chopped parsley for garnish

Directions: Serves 15 as an appetizer. Preheat oven to 350° F. Clean mushrooms and trim off end of stem if dried out. Remove stems and chop them finely, leaving caps whole. Cook sausage and chopped stems over medium-low heat until sausage has browned. Stir in olive tapenade and almond flour and remove from heat. Place mushroom caps snugly in a baking dish and fill with a spoonful of sausage mixture, mushrooms should be quite full. Drizzle filled mushrooms with olive oil and bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until filling is brown and crusty. Remove from oven and garnish with finely chopped parsley prior to serving. For information, visit www.newseasonsmarket.com.




THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE FOR OLDER ADULTS By Catherine Field As more Americans learn about the health benefits of acupuncture, an increasing number are choosing to incorporate this gentle form of alternative medicine into their lives. For those who have tried it, acupuncture may offer effective relief from some of our most common ailments, including chronic pain. Acupuncture is particularly well-suited to older adults. As bodies age, aches and pain become more common, as do other health concerns related to energy, mood and digestion. The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture may provide an important source of treatment for many of these ailments, with very few side effects as compared to some prescription medication. If you’re one of the Baby Boomers who have started to age into Medicare and have been accustomed to integrating acupuncture into your health care routine, there is a good chance you will want to continue to use acupuncture as part of your overall approach to staying healthy and active. Whether you’re already using acupuncture or considering it for the first time, it would be wise to look at your health insurance plan to see if it includes acupuncture as a covered benefit. You may be surprised to discover that Medicare still lags in this area, especially if you’re used to getting acupuncture coverage through an employer-sponsored health plan. Traditional Medicare, which covers most Americans who are enrolled in Medicare, does not include any coverage for acupuncture. By contrast, some Medicare Advantage plans do provide coverage for acupuncture, although it is still a small proportion of those plans. From Humana’s perspective as a health and well-being company that aims to help people achieve lifelong well-being, acupuncture is an important treatment option and one that we are proud to offer on all Humana Medicare Advantage HMO plans in the Washington state. There are several reasons we think acupuncture should be an affordable option for people with Medicare.

Safe alternative One of the most important reasons is that acupuncture may offer a safe and effective alternative to prescription


medication for certain conditions. Many adults age 65 and older take a large number of medications, which increases their risk of adverse health events. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year 177,000 adults aged 65 and older visit emergency departments due to medication problems. Acupuncture may be able to help older adults reduce their use of medications and thereby reduce the risks associated with medication’s side effects.

Pain reliever

Acupuncture is particularly effective in treating a variety of pain conditions that become more prevalent with age, including arthritis, chronic neck and back pain, muscle pain and headache. In a 2010 survey of 600 rheumatologists, over half said they found acupuncture to be a beneficial treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture may also help treat mental and emotional problems such as anxiety and depression, which can go along with aches and pains and other changes related to aging.

Upper respiratory aid In addition, in 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that acupuncture is effective in treating some upper respiratory tract illnesses such as allergic rhinitis and bronchitis. Acupuncture can also relieve negative side effects associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Dental relief

Acupuncture can even help relieve certain mouth disorders that that can develop with age, such as toothache, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, and acute and chronic pharyngitis – also known as sore throat. As a gentle, natural form of treatment with proven health benefits, acupuncture may offer an important alternative to prescription medications and other treatments for certain age-related conditions. If you’re considering trying acupuncture yourself, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first to see if it might be right for you. Be sure to also take a look at your health plan benefits. If you don’t see coverage for acupuncture included in your Medicare plan’s benefits, you might want to consider looking for a plan that does include an acupuncture benefit when you are next able to enroll. It could end up making a big difference to your health, well-being and quality of life.

Catherine Field is Humana’s president for Senior Products in the intermountain region, which includes Washington state.

Life is easier with us. Leave the hard work to us! Our community’s dedicated staff takes care of the cooking, cleaning and maintenance, allowing you to focus on what matters most.

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Northwest. Their demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspires visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. Admission is free. There are also many fun things to do throughout the seasons: plant sales, community celebrations, summer concerts, art exhibits and holiday light festivities. Garden d’Lights (Nov. 25 through Dec. 31) features over half a million lights that transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Each holiday season, thousands of visitors enjoy this dazzling display.


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For information, visit www.bellevuebotanical.org.

Village Theatre Whether you are in the mood to stroll through a dazzling light display in a serene garden atmosphere, listen to classic symphonic works or sit down and watch a production at one of the region’s best-attended professional theatres, here are the top 10 things that visitors will not want to miss in and around Bellevue.

Bellevue Botanical Garden The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53 acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific

Based in Issaquah, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre proves a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region’s best-attended professional theatres, with over 20,000 subscribers. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre has been nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 150 new works to date.

Issaquah Depot Museum The city of Issaquah’s train depot was built in 1889, and now holds a museum with exhibits that explore the industrial revolution, travel, communication and the early economic development of Issaquah. Many of the displays include interactive elements such as a telegraph. The Depot hosts the Issaquah Valley Trolley, which runs seasonally. Visit the museum at 78 First Ave. NE, Issaquah. Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit www.issaquahhistory.org.

For information, visit www.villagetheatre.org.

Why Work With An SRES®?

A Seniors Real Estate Specialists® (SRES®) is a REALTOR® who is uniquely qualified to assist seniors in housing sales and purchases. The SRES® designation is awarded only to REALTORS® who have additional education on how to help seniors and their families with later-in-life real estate transactions. • • • • •

Has knowledge, experience and compassion in dealing with senior issues. Can suggest housing alternatives, including ones that may allow an aging parent to remain in the home instead of selling it. Takes a no-pressure approach to the transaction and has a strong service orientation. Will take the time needed to make a client feel comfortable with the complex selling process. Understands the emotional demands a sale can make on a senior, and tries to minimize them.

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Tailors the marketing of a home to the needs of an older client. Can interact easily with all generations, including seniors, adult children and caretakers. Is knowledgeable about local senior housing options. Has a wide network of other senior focused professionals who can assist in tax counseling, financial and estate planning, and other aspects of the sale and move.

If you need expert real estate assistance at any age, we would welcome the opportunity to be of help to you!

You can learn more about our services at: www.maryleerealestate.com Bellevue Office: 505 106th Ave NE, Suite 210 Bellevue, WA 98004

Mercer Island Office: 2731 77th Avenue SE, Suite 205 Mercer Island, WA 98040

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and jewelry, BAM celebrates the creative process, skill, and vision of today’s most talented makers. The museum is located at 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. For information, visit www.bellevuearts.org.

Bellevue Downtown Park Boehm’s Candies Boehm’s Candies of Issaquah has been handcrafting a variety of confections for nearly 75 years. From the most exquisite, rich, European-style, hand-dipped chocolate truffles to our classic, chewy caramels and nut clusters, perfection is found in every bite that bears the Boehm’s name. Boehm’s offers tours at their beautiful chalet in Issaquah, where patrons can see where chocolate bliss is created. For information, visit https://boehmscandies.com.

Bellevue Arts Museum Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest’s center for the exploration of art, craft, and design. The Museum’s mission is guided by the belief that craft and design are essential to the conversation on art and are equally transformative. From objects made for everyday use to cutting-edge sculpture, furniture,

Bellevue Downtown Park is a 21-acre oasis of green in the heart of Bellevue. A one-half mile promenade, bordered by a double row of shade trees, and a stepped canal, brings one to the 240foot wide waterfall that cascades into a reflecting pond. A 10-acre lawn area invites one to pause for a picnic with Bellevue’s skyline and Mount Rainier in the background. The park’s delightful play area and formal gardens add to family enjoyment and serve as a backdrop for community events. The park is located at 10201 NE 4th St., Bellevue

Eastside Symphony The Eastside Symphony is a community orchestra based in Redmond, under the direction of Alexei Girsh. The symphony presents four different concert programs each year, with their repertoire ranging from the classic symphonic works to lesser-known pieces and even new compositions, along with highcaliber soloists. For information, visit www.eastsidesymphony.org.

Stay in your own home longer when you live an active lifestyle at CAC! CAC is proud to offer weekly programming for mature adults, where you can exercise with your peers. Come see us today!

VALA Art Center VALA connects artists to artists, artists to the community and the community to art, by facilitating events and programs like the VALA Artist Studio that invites community members to create art alongside featured artists. All VALA events and programs are free to the public. VALA Art is located at 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond. For information, visit http://valaeastside.org.

Enjoy these Benefits of Exercise: • Strength training reduces the risk of falls. • Helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions like arthritis. • Boosts mood and self-confidence. • Helps maintain or lose weight. • Improves sleep. • Does amazing things for your brain!

Classes You May Enjoy: Inspiring healthier lives since 1981.

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The Cool Mom Growing up, I was the kid with the cool mom. She would drive around our small beach town on her scooter in her movie star sunglasses. She would spend hours barefoot at her easel painting the surf. She wore layers of bright colors and laughed loudly. We often ate pancakes for dinner, staying up late and watching scary movies. Mom loved to fill our home with friends and sleepovers. She always said “the more, the merrier!” I loved my mom’s eccentric personality. But as she got older, her strange behavior became worrisome. Unpaid bills were piling up on her desk. She isolated herself from friends. She often couldn’t find the right words when she spoke. Once, I found her phone in the refrigerator. After meeting with her doctor, she was diagnosed with dementia. Months later, she can no longer live alone. When memory loss caused by dementia progresses and demands on your time increases, it can be a difficult balancing act. This is when you should visit an Áegis Living community. We are a trusted source for senior living. Our compassionate staff is trained in assisting those with memory loss and caring for their specific needs with dignity. Come in for a tour and lunch in our vibrant, warm and comfortable home where dedicated staff help each resident enjoy life. Don’t hesitate, call a residence nearest you for an appointment or more information!

Áegis of Bellevue 425-453-8100

Áegis of Issaquah 425-392-8100

Áegis Lodge (Kirkland) 425-814-2841

Áegis of Redmond 425-883-4000

Áegis at Marymoor (Redmond) 425-497-0900

Áegis of Kirkland 425-823-7272

Áegis Gardens (Newcastle) 425-970-6708


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