Vol. 44, No. 3
Formerly Senior Focus
Published by The Daily Herald and Senior Services of Snohomish County
Senior Services to launch new brand Page 2
A house filled with pets — and love Page 7
Tips for boosting your recall ability Page 10
Program stimulates seniors with memory issues
Walker, 90, keeps on truckin’ Page 13
Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . 3 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Washington Watch . . . . . 6 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tech Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
VOL. 44 NO. 12 | JANUARY 2018
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Meals on Wheels volunteer Pam Timm places food (Dan Bates / The Herald) in the refrigerator and freezer
By Caitlin Tompkins
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 low sodium and have helped diabetics blood sugar under control, keep their said Martha Peppones, director of the nutrition program.
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.
Adaptation helps couple battle
Homage services help address the issue of food insecurity in seniors
Music wellness facilitator Noah Plotkin leads a drumming and singing session with Michael Folio as Cheryl Levin-Folio looks on.
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Meals on Wheels’ future uncertain under president’s propos ed budget “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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
By Karen Berkowitz
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 Bowdish on a low stool shakes his head and says, sandwiched between “I don’t know.” an 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)
IPhones’ battery performance decreases as your phone ages Page 6
What foods to avoid if you’re taking certain medications Page 7
As you plan for retirement, ask yourself these four questions Page 8
Seattle to Snoqualmie: Travel the underground to the otherworldly Page 9
‘Marble Grandma’ knows how to roll with 20,824 marbles (so far) Page 11
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Hau Tran sings as Vietnamese seniors eat at Homage’s Center for Healthy Living on Jan. 10 in Lynnwood. Each weekday the center offers its room for various cultures to get together for activities and lunch while speaking their native languages. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Seniors of 4 cultures gather for food, fitness and fun By Megan Brown Special to the Herald You’re never too old to do karaoke. On Monday and Thursday, Korean-American seniors start their morning right: with a karaoke jam session. On Tuesday morning, Chinese seniors congregate for tai chi. Every weekday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Homage’s Center for Healthy Living in Lynnwood offers a venue for groups from four cultures to gather for activities and education, offered in their native language. The center’s multicultural senior program draws up to 100 attendees a day. The free service, funded in part by grants from Verdant Health Commission and Snohomish County, is one of three multicultural programs of its kind in Washington. It offers members access to bilingual social services staff and nutritional support. Center coordinator Shannon Serier organizes the meetings where seniors get socialization tailored to them. “They get to meet with people with similar cultural values,” Serier said. Or, similar enough. Members of the Filipino group speak many
“Now these people here are my friends. Sharing stories, eating and having fun.” — Joseph Tan, 76
different dialects, but can communicate in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. “We all grew up in the same place, even if we aren’t the same Filipino,” said Leonila Pipp, of Marysville. Pipp, 72, moved to the United States in 1997. Apart from helping to raise her three grandchildren and going shopping, Pipp didn’t have many hobbies after retiring. “I was working too hard,” Pipp said. In 2015, a neighbor and family friend suggested that they attend the meetings together. Now, they carpool every week. “If we’re not here, what are
we going to do? Especially if the weather isn’t good,” she said. The groups enjoy a hot lunch, catered to their cultural preferences. The meal has a suggested donation of $3. Most members also bring homemade snacks to share. Favorite activities for Korean members are karaoke, line dancing and bingo. The Chinese group meets Tuesdays. They’re fans of tai chi and mahjong. The Vietnamese group shares poetry and exercises together Wednesdays. The Filipino group meets Fridays for yoga, dancing and event planning. Each group organizes events. The group loves to gather for holiday parties. They gathered Christmas Day for food and festivities. For Halloween, members coordinated Alice In Wonderland costumes. Member Joseph Tan dressed as The Mad Hatter, outfitted with a curly orange wig, dapper purple suit and top hat. Tan, a bus driver for more than 30 years, didn’t have many close Filipino friends before attending the meetings. “Now these people here are my friends,” said Tan, 76. “Sharing SEE CULTURES, PAGE 12
Ethnic communities eagerly await Lunar New Year, coming Feb. 16 Senior Focus is a publication of HOMAGE (formerly Senior Focus) 11627 Airport Road, Suite B Everett, WA 98204-8714
By Homage Senior Services Ethnic communities around the world are getting eager and excited for one of the most festive holidays around, the Lunar New Year. Linked to the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar, the Lunar New Year typically takes place in late January or early February and this year, falls on Feb. 16. The Chinese, Korean and
Vietnamese are three groups in particular who’ve celebrated the Lunar New Year for thousands of years, each having their own unique holidays, traditions and festivities to celebrate a new time. For the Chinese, this is when their Spring Festival takes place. Family and friends come together, a number of community activities are held and doors are opened for good fortune. Firecrackers are lit to ward off evil spirits, and houses and streets
are heavily decorated in red. On Lunar New Year’s Day, children are given red envelopes with money inside for luck. Celebrations come to a close two weeks later with the traditional Lantern Festival. Koreans celebrate the Lunar New Year with a holiday known as Seollal. Seollal is a three-day long celebration that begins the day before the Lunar New Year SEE LUNAR, PAGE 12
Home repair fund effort a blowout What a wonderful place to live! The Whitesell family challenged the greater Snohomish community to a “match off” and you accepted. Dave and Linda Whitesell offered to donate $5,000 to Homage’s Minor Home Repair Program under the condition it be matched dollar for dollar by the end of the year. Donations poured in and by the time the clock struck midnight Dec. 31, $23,076 was raised for Minor Home Repair, more than twice the amount we hoped for! The Whitesells were inspired by your generosity and turned their $5,000 gift into a $7,000 gift. Thanks to your meaningful support, countless older adults and people with disabilities will remain safe and independent in their homes in the new year. Juli Rose, Minor Home Repair Program Supervisor, wrote this poem to show our gratitude and heartfelt thanks for your generosity during this holiday season. T’was an Amazing Week! T’was the week before Christmas and all through Home Repair The phones continued ringing from here and from there The toilets were plugged, the pipes — how they burst The freezing cold workmen, had not seen the worst. The repairmen worked hard, to stretch all of our funding with visions that generous donations were coming And the Home Repair team, tucked each in a cap, Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap. When out near Philanthropy there arose such a clatter I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter! Away to Christina, I flew like
Nutritional services remain bedrock of aid By Robin Fenn, PhD, LICSW Verdant Superintendent
Christina Mychajliw (from left), Dave Whitesell, Linda Whitesell and Juli Rose
Senior centers were originally created under the Older Americans Act and emphasized providing nutritional services that were often missing for senior citizens. While the senior center model has expanded to include social activities, fitness opportunities and medical care, the nutritional support that reaches hundreds of seniors has remain unchanged. Food insecurity is prevalent in our county’s elderly. Recent Census data show that 13 percent of the population of Lynnwood are seniors and that more than one-third of them are living alone. Almost one-third of Lynnwood residents older than 60 received food stamps in the past year. The USDA reports that a food plan for a senior couple can cost between $360 and $700 per month, which can be almost one-third of their overall Social Security benefit. In 2017, it is estimated that 12 percent of Snohomish County residents were food insecure, meaning they lacked the ability to provide enough quality food to lead a healthy life. While the numbers are alarming, more poignant are the voices behind these numbers. In my work as a researcher, I had the opportunity to interview numerous seniors about the issues they were facing. I heard story after story about how their congregate meals at the senior centers across our county were often the only hot meal they would receive in a week. I saw their tears as they talked about the challenges they faced when trying to decide whether to buy food or their medication with their limited income. Tough choices were often made in choosing to buy food instead of
a flash She stood at her door, waving donations in CASH! The Whitesells and others, responded to our need Our community came together for such a good deed! When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a mail truck with donations from far and from near. With a little ol’ driver, who was working so hard He hauled in the letters, donations, and cards And we began counting and adding the sum, Amazed by the generosity from every dear one. So then back to work, went the Home Repair team Repairing roofs and sewers and everything in between Now with enough funding, to repair every last one And the stress on our clients reduced down to none. Our team was so humbled, each head gave a bow Expressing our thanks? We just don’t know how. Generosity and giving, we just don’t think twice Homage Senior Services — It’s a way of life.
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paying utility bills or rent. In speaking with our community’s ethnic seniors, I heard about the challenges they faced in making connections with others who shared their culture and the isolation they felt when they were not able to do so. We know that adequate nutrition can improve conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as lessen the likelihood of getting viral infections and influenza. We know, too, that participating in social activities and bonding with others has similar effects on health. So many times when people think of prevention they think only of the initiatives targeted at our youth; those that prevent substance use, mental health issues, early onset of disease. Prevention is not something that should stop once one gets older. For our seniors, participating in cultural activities and enjoying a meal with peers can build resiliency skills by reducing isolation and depression. It can build the social connections that lead to positive health behaviors and it can provide the sustenance — nutritional and spiritual — that often is needed. Every weekday, there is a different multicultural group that gathers at the Center for Healthy Living for lunch and activities, with some days having as many as 100 participants. As one of the few multicultural senior centers in Washington, this incredible resource in Lynnwood provides not only multicultural meals and activities but also access to many other health services. The Verdant Health Commission proudly supports the work of the Center for Healthy Living and considers Homage to be a strong partner in improving the health of our community.
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How your ex-spouse’s benefits affect you By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Just like during tax season, it’s good to have all the information you need early so you can prepare and get any money you are due. If you are age 62, unmarried and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be eligible to receive benefits based on his or her record. To be eligible, you must have been married to your exspouse for 10 years or more. If you have since remarried, you can’t
collect benefits on your former spouse’s record unless your later marriage ended by annulment, divorce or death. Also, if you’re entitled to benefits on your own record, your benefit amount must be less than you would receive based on your ex-spouse’s work. In other words, we’ll pay the higher of the two benefits for which you’re eligible, but not both. You can apply for benefits on your former spouse’s record even if he or she hasn’t retired, as long as you divorced at least two years before applying. If, however, you decide to wait until full retirement
age to apply as a divorced spouse, your benefit will be equal to half of your ex-spouse’s full retirement amount or disability benefit. The same rules apply for a deceased former spouse. Note there are work limits on how much you can earn from employment and receive payment while you are under your full retirement age or FRA. The amount of benefits you get has no effect on the benefits of your ex-spouse and his or her current spouse. Go to the Retirement Planner: If You Are Divorced at www. socialsecurity.gov/planners/retire/
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES By John McAlpine RSVP Program Recruiter Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for persons older than 55 and the only program where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. RSVP exists to help volunteers 55+ find fulfillment in their volunteer work. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County. Tutors/mentors: School tutors/ mentors are needed. Previous teaching/tutoring experience is not required for this volunteer job. Do you think school is important? You can help by volunteering a few hours a week. This can be done in the classroom (the teacher is always there) or after school in some cases. Volunteer transportation: We all know traffic in our area is at best, horrible! But if you don’t have a car, you don’t think about that. You think about how you are going to arrange a way to get to your next medical appointment. Often, people just opt to not go because they have no way
to get there. This is where you come in. Your driving record doesn’t have to be perfect. Drive when and where you want. Clients enter and exit the vehicle on their own. Mileage reimbursement is possible. Food banks: In 2016, about 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. RSVP is a county-wide program so no matter where you live there is a volunteer job. We work with food banks in these cities: Arlington, Everett (two locations), Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (two locations), Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish and Stanwood/Camano. Will you help? Senior Peer Counseling: All around us are people dealing with life issues and they need some help. You receive training and are matched with someone who can use a friendly ear. You meet with the client for an hour each week. Can you be there for them? Additional training and
meetings usually take place monthly. Volunteer chore: Can you run a vacuum, change the bed linen, wash the dishes and so on? In Snohomish County there are many seniors who need a little help with household chores and tasks. This allows them to “age in place” and stay in their home. A few hours every couple of weeks really goes a long way. Can you help? SHIBA: If you like helping people, SHIBA might be for you. Volunteer advisers help callers understand their rights and options, and offer up-to-date information helping them to make an informed decision concerning health insurance needs. SHIBA means Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. It is a free, confidential and impartial counseling resource sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. There are 30 hours of training. If you have any questions about RSVP, volunteering or any of the agencies you see listed here, please contact RSVP at 425-374-6374 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
divspouse.html to find all the eligibility requirements you must meet to apply as a divorced spouse. Our benefits planner gives you an idea of your monthly benefit amount. If your ex-spouse died after you divorced, you may still qualify for widow’s benefits. You’ll find information about that in a note at the bottom of the website. Go to the eligibility website today to learn whether you’re eligible for benefits on your ex-spouse’s record. That could mean a considerable amount of monthly income. What you learn may bring a smile to your face.
‘Dance in the Streets’ for seniors Enjoy an evening of family and friends, fabulous food and fun entertainment while supporting seniors living at home. Join us for our seventh annual fundraising dinner show, “Dancing in the Streets.” Thanks to the Snohomish County Music Project, you’ll revel in a Motown extravaganza performed by a 40-member pop orchestra and four talented vocalists. The event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 at the Edward D Hansen Conference Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett. Tickets cost $125. Reserve at www.homage.org. For more information, please contact Christina Mychajliw at 425-265-2294.
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Eva Bailey McFall: Dedicated teacher and Snohomish County schools superintendent By Betty Lou Gaeng Perspectivepast@gmail.com One afternoon in the late spring of 1952, a small elderly lady stood before a pile of rotting boards at the former mining town of Monte Cristo in the Cascade Range. She had long white hair and a pretty face that was now lined with a web of fine wrinkles. As she stood there, 89-year-old Eva Bailey McFall was looking at what remained of the school where she had once been the teacher for the children of the mostly Welsh miners who worked in the Monte Cristo mines. In 1896, Eva Bailey became the first accredited teacher at the school. When she was the teacher, Monte Cristo was a rip-roaring mining camp. In 1952 it was a ghost town, reduced to a few decaying buildings and a lot of rubble. The townsite of Monte Cristo lies 4 miles beyond Barlow Pass in the Cascades, at the headwaters of the South Fork Sauk River in eastern Snohomish County. It is connected by a trail to the Mountain Loop Highway, which continues west to Granite Falls and north to Darrington. In 2008, Snohomish County historian David A. Cameron wrote, “In the decade of the 1890s, Monte Cristo became the center of a mining boom. It attracted thousands of miners, businessmen, laborers and settlers into the rugged Cascade mountains of eastern Snohomish County, yet its fate would be determined not by their efforts but by the difficult climate, unknown geology and decisions made by financiers a continent away. Today the isolated area still is
A view of Monte Cristo during its 1890s heyday. (Courtesy David A. Cameron) a popular site for visitors attracted by its history and dramatic setting.” This dramatic setting can be seen in the 1894 panoramic view of Monte Cristo. The cropped photo shows the school building at upper right. Both of these pictures are shown here courtesy of David A. Cameron and are from his private collection. Eva Bailey was born in Carroll County, Illinois. on July 9, 1862. Her father was Ira L. Bailey, a farmer. Her mother, Virginia Rupel, had an unusual birth; she was born in 1833 aboard a ship at sea while her parents were traveling from Germany to America. In 1895, the family lived in Grant Township, Page County, Iowa, and unmarried daughter Eva Bailey was still living at home while teaching
at the country school. In 1896, with America still in turmoil from an 1893 economic downturn, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey and their family, including 34-year-old Eva, made the decision to move west to the Puget Sound area. They settled in Everett, and Mr. Bailey opened a nursery business at the family home located at 3232 Oakes Ave. Following her arrival in Everett, Eva Bailey’s first teaching assignment was the school at Monte Cristo. Having grown to womanhood in the flatlands of the Midwest, the train trip to Monte Cristo must have been a thrilling one, especially when she saw the rugged and awe-inspiring Cascades. As she walked up the steep rocky path at Monte Cristo, Eva Bailey probably heard the voices of the men as they worked at the mines.
Reaching the schoolhouse, she would have seen what was described by Rosemary Wilkie in her 1958 book “A Broad Bold Ledge of Gold” as an “unimposing 24 by 30-foot building of unpainted boards.” On her first day as teacher, Miss Bailey had only six pupils. With more families arriving each day, she soon had 36 students, and at times a few more. She soon found that the people of the town expected more from her than just teaching reading and writing. She became the organizer of picnics by the Sauk River and berrypicking parties — she even taught Sunday school classes. Miss Bailey also found herself studying first aid and practical nursing so she could CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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Monte Cristo was located deep in the Cascade Range. (Courtesy David A. Cameron) sloppy roads. Miss Bailey had gone to Meadowdale to investigate the case of certain children who had been absent from school. Being unable to satisfactorily accomplish the object of her mission at Meadowdale, a further journey to the home of the children’s parents was necessary. “The course wound over rugged hills and through valleys obstructed by small lakes, bogs and brambles. The superintendent, however, persevered, finally reaching the locality she sought and having transacted the required business, and being unable to procure conveyance back to Edmonds, set out again through a densely timbered region toward the ranch of Hiram H. Burleson where she hoped to find some means of transportation to town. “Here again the tired traveler was
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disappointed. Mr. Burleson, with his horses and vehicle was away from home. After a short rest and refreshments, Miss Bailey continued her journey on foot to Edmonds, arriving very tired, but with a clear knowledge of the frightful and even impassable condition of some of the county roads heading out of Edmonds.” Eva Bailey probably walked far more than 10 miles. Also, in the winter, the days would have been short and with the land still largely covered with giant trees; the darkness would have enveloped her. In 1908 the few roads in south Snohomish County were hardly what we call roads today — they were little more than narrow dirt or puncheon trails. This trip would have been a challenge for even an experienced woodsman; definitely a very daring journey for
a small solitary woman. At least in January the bears should have been in hibernation, but there were other wild animals in the forested land — cougars and the smaller bobcats, and coyotes for sure. In her work as superintendent, Eva Bailey became a strong advocate for education. On Jan. 23, 1908, The Edmonds Tribune published a warning from Miss Bailey to the parents in the Edmonds School District informing them that they were required by law to send their children to school or otherwise warrants would be issued, such as the one recently served to one D. Hunter. The D. Hunter mentioned would have been Duncan Hunter, a south county pioneer-homesteader in what is now Lynnwood. Mr. and Mrs. Hunter must have listened and heeded the words of Miss Bailey. The Hunter sons not only completed high school, but all four graduated from college. Score a big win for Eva Bailey. A change for Eva Bailey came in December 1911 when at the age 48 she married Elijah Palmer McFall, a well-known and respected Everett businessman. Mr. McFall was a 36-year-old widower with two young children. Following her marriage, and after two terms as school superintendent, she retired to become stepmother to the children and to help her husband with his business interests in Everett. Eva and Elijah McFall continued to make Everett their home. Elijah McFall died there in January 1941, and Eva Bailey McFall followed her husband in death on June 18, 1952; less than a month before her 90th birthday.
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assist a new doctor the company had hired. Even though the company furnished a hospital for him, there was no nurse. The doctor selected Miss Bailey for that duty. Eva Bailey admitted that at first she was intimidated by the mountains, but soon learned to love them. As she walked the trails, wandering farther and farther each time, she appreciated the rugged beauty surrounding her. She also learned to understand the people — and she especially admired their enjoyment of life when they had so little. As the miners and their families struggled just to hang on when labor problems and floods caused temporary closures of the mines, Miss Bailey felt sympathy for them. She understood that mining was all they knew and they had nowhere else to go. Later, when circumstances resulted in the closing of the school, Miss Bailey left Monte Cristo. She taught for a short time at a school in Snohomish, and then in 1901, she returned to her parents’ home in Everett. Her next teaching assignment was the original Jefferson School in Everett. She remained at Jefferson until 1907, when she was appointed superintendent of schools for Snohomish County. With this appointment, Eva Bailey faced new challenges. In the Jan. 8, 1908, edition of the Edmonds Review, editor Missouri Hanna wrote of one of those challenges: “Miss Eva Bailey, county school superintendent, while pursuing her official duties last Friday, found it necessary to walk about 10 miles through a wild region, over rough and
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IPhone battery capability drops as phone ages By Bob DeLaurentis Q. Are recent reports of iPhone battery problems serious or much ado about nothing? A. The truth lies somewhere in between. When it comes to the battery strength, your smartphone “lies” to you all the time. At first glance the battery-level icon seems to work like a gas tank. The first gallon of gas in the tank is as powerful as the last. The dashboard gauge shows a good estimate of how much gas remains. This simple metaphor works reasonably well when the battery is young. But as a lithium-ion battery ages, the little white lies told by the battery icon become Pinocchio-sized tall tales. For complex reasons, batteries are nothing like fuel tanks. Batteries behave more like animals. They need sleep to recharge, extreme temperatures sap their energy and sometimes they bite you unexpectedly. As they age, several factors weigh on a battery’s ability to make it through the day. No simple gauge can communicate all that in a glance. So phones use different methods to make a guess as to how much power remains. The older the phone, the less accurate the guess. These “lies” are not evil-minded, they are the natural result of battery chemistry. Given the number of factors involved, the whole approach works reasonably well. Right up until it breaks down. Recently the iPhone battery has been the center of attention in news headlines. Most of the stories I have read miss the point. Here are the facts you need to know: As any phone ages, its performance slowly declines. This
This decline is noticeable in some cases, but not always. In my experience phones have a solid two- to three-year life span before there is a noticeable performance degradation. decline is noticeable in some cases, but not always. In my experience phones have a solid two- to three-year life span before there is a noticeable performance degradation. My family has two iPhones that have been in daily use for more than four years and the batteries still work fine. Apple has announced it will release an update that provides a clearer picture of the battery’s overall health. It has also begun to discount battery replacement fees on some models. Once the update is available, you should be able to make an informed choice if a replacement is right for you. If your phone is frustratingly slow, seek help to fix it. There are many reasons why phones slow down, and most have remedies. They do not have to be a daily source of frustration. Q. Are there any apps that provide more info about my smartphone battery? A. Measuring battery health is a complex and imperfect science. A good site to explain some of the nuances you will need to know is Battery University. I have added the link in the Wander the Web section below. A search on any app store will reveal countless battery apps, but it’s hard to tell which ones provide the info you need. The best apps keep watch over a number of charge cycles and aggregate the data. Here
are two excellent choices: On Android, look for an app called AccuBattery, at accubatteryapp. com. On iOS, the best option is a Macintosh app called Coconut Battery. The app tests iOS devices and Mac laptop batteries. To test a phone, run the app while the phone is plugged in to your computer. More info can be found for it at coconut-flavour. com. Both of these apps are helpful, but I expect given recent criticism manufacturers will be beefing up built-in battery health reports very soon. Q. How should I prepare my smartphone before I give it away to someone else? A. The most important step applies every day, not just days when you plan to give your phone away. Back everything up. With the current state of cloud services, backup has never been easier. Learn how it works on your specific device, and turn it on. Then before you give the phone away, double check to make sure it has backed up all your pictures and favorite apps and so on. Step two is to erase your personal data. Again the specifics depend on the device, but the most basic way to accomplish this is to perform a socalled “factory reset.” On most Android phones, go to Settings and choose Personal -> Backup and Reset. From here you can back up, reset and erase
everything. On iPhones, go to Settings and tap on your name, then choose iCloud -> iCloud Backup -> Back Up Now. Once finished return to the Settings app, choose General -> Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings. The final step is to remove the SIM card, if it is removable.
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You can help as a representative payee By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Do you have a loved one or friend who is unable to manage their Social Security benefits? If you handle the finances of someone who receives benefits from Social Security, or you know someone who might need help managing his or her benefits, you may want to consider applying to be a representative payee. A representative payee is someone
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4 questions to ask yourself as you plan for retirement By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington Public Affairs Specialist Deciding when to start receiving your retirement benefits from Social Security is a decision that only you can make, and you should make that decision with as much information as possible. There are a lot of important questions to answer. There are no right or wrong answers, but we encourage you to consider these four important questions as you plan for your financially secure retirement:
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Take a stroll through subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. (Visit Seattle) Chihuly Garden + Glass, located next to the Space Needle. Color, beauty and drama blossom in magnificent galleries: the Glass Forest, Ikebana and Float Boats, Persian Ceiling, the Chandelier Walkway. Surprises pop up around every corner, overhead and outdoors in the garden, en route to the piece de resistance — the Glasshouse and its showcase installation of one of the artist’s largest suspended sculptures. Comprising 1,340 individual pieces in a color explosion of reds, oranges, yellows and amber, the sculpture unfurls across the ceiling through which the towering Space Needle may be seen. More surprises are found at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), the hyper-cool museum whose roots
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Snoqualmie delights The Seattle-born and -raised Grixoni has also spent a fair amount of time in Snoqualmie, where many “Twin Peaks” scenes were filmed, both back in the early 1990s and more recently for the third season. “I love Snoqualmie with all of my heart,” he said. “The beauty and energy of those mountains remind me of the setting in some
old romantic novel. Whether a ‘Twin Peaks’ fan or not, you will absolutely fall in love, too.” After the hustle-bustle of Seattle, decompress with a hike along the trails of Mount Si, a jagged beauty rising above the Snoqualmie Valley, or down to the rushing cascades of Snoqualmie Falls, featured in the iconic opening sequence of “Twin Peaks.” The falls are next to the Salish Lodge & Spa, which stood in for the Great Northern Hotel in the show and celebrates its Twin Peaks ties with a Great Northern Escape package that includes accommodations, map of show hot spots, special Dale Cooper cocktail, “Twin Peaks” Season One (for downloading), cherry pie and coffee. Also while in Snoqualmie, pay homage to the enigmatic Log Lady (local crazy Margaret Lanterman), with a photo op stop at the Giant Log, which shelters beneath Snoqualmie’s Centennial Log Pavilion. It is a massive Douglas fir, the very species Agent Dale Cooper rhapsodizes over and seen in the show’s opening credits.
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Make this resolution if you’re 55 or older By Wina Sturgeon Adventure Sports Weekly By the time people get to the middle of their lives, their bodies have a dominant side. This can cause a problem. You might be right handed, but are you also right legged, right shouldered and so dominant on the right side of your body that your left side is weaker and much less flexible? If so, you’re setting yourself up for a painful old age. Face it: At age 55, you might think that 65 or even 75 is old, but given the choice, you certainly want to live to be that age. However,
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Fun: It’s how ‘Marble Grandma’ rolls By Debbie Arrington The Sacramento Bee When the grandkids (and now great-grandkids) come to visit, Judy Headley soon has them on their knees. Along with Grandma, they’re all laughing and hooting as they play an ancient game. “Nobody sits on the couch with their heads buried in their cellphones,” Headley proclaimed. “When we get together, we’re all playing marbles. Draw a big circle on the carpet and let ‘em shoot. “I’m the Marble Grandma,” she added. “What would you expect?” Headley, 78, rolls out her vast marble collection for special occasions. Otherwise, she has them stashed in jars all over her Citrus Heights house. Color-coordinated glass containers packed with marbles decorate the bathroom and kitchen. Oversized “big boys” or “boulders” fill gallon bottles (and almost need two people to move). Mason jars hold “beauties” and “catseyes” by the thousand. “I keep careful track of them,” she noted. “You don’t want to lose your marbles.” With the help of a tiny “Marble Memo” notebook, Headley recorded every marble
she’s ever gotten, how she got it, where it came from and any other details that make those little orbs special. So far, she’s totaled 20,824. Some are special commemorative or themed marbles (such as “Star Trek,” preemoji Smiley Faces or NFL, with the 49er logo embedded in the glass). Others look like sparkling gems. Many feature distinctive swirling designs like mini-spheres of Venetian glass. As a toy, marbles are among the world’s oldest games, dating back about 3,000 years. Ancient Romans and Egyptians played marbles. Native Americans enjoyed marble games, too. Medieval folks in England and German got down on their bellies to shoot little ceramic or carved stone balls. For centuries, marble-based games have been beloved in India, Africa and China. “It’s really kind of a fascinating hobby,” Headley said. “You learn all this history.” Headley had collected other things (most notably vintage kitchen equipment). Her mountain of marbles all started simply enough during a crosscountry trip. “In Kansas, I met a woman with a million marbles,” Headley recalled. “She had so
Judy Headley shows off her collection of 20,824 marbles in Citrus Heights, California. (Renee C. Byer / Sacramento Bee) many marbles, she didn’t know what to do with them. They filled her basement, probably her whole house. She ended up giving them away to a museum. “But I thought, marbles are so beautiful! What a fun thing to collect! And you don’t have to dust marbles.” So, Headley got her first $1 bag of 100 marbles more than three decades ago, she said, “probably from Toys “R” Us — it’s before I started my notebook.” And it just kind of rolled from there. “I just love marbles,” Headley said. “I love the feel, the color. Obviously, they must be
addictive.” Judy and Mick Headley celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. His job, when needed, is to move the marbles around; a jar with 3,000 marbles weighs more than 25 pounds. “It seems like she’s been collecting them forever,” Mick Headley said. “It doesn’t hurt that she’s living with a former marble champion — but that was back when I was in grade school.” While Mick was in the Air Force, the Headleys traveled the world, living in several different states and overseas. They settled in Citrus
Heights about 40 years ago. Marbles travel well, too, Judy Headley noted. They’re small, durable and easy to pack. During World War II, marbles ranked among America’s favorite games. But their popularity died out during the 1970s as kids gravitated toward electronic entertainment. Those early days of her collection were during a time when two grandsons and a
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daughter, Denise, lived with the Headleys. “At the time, my sons were 5 and 7,” Denise Headley said. “They’re now 38 and 40 with kids of their own. “My grandsons had no idea what to do with them,” Judy recalled. “So, I got down on my knees and showed them; knuckle down, bony tight.” “Knuckle down, bony tight” is the age-old marble creed. It refers to the proper way to hold a shooter between thumb and forefinger with the first knuckle on the ground. The Headleys, who now have six greatgrandchildren to go with five grandsons, kept up that marble tradition, teaching (closely supervised) youngsters how to shoot as soon as they were big enough to grasp a “peewee.” Visitors are invited to get into the game and take their chances. Due to knee replacements, Judy Headley does her shooting from a low chair. “It’s like riding a bike,” she said. “You never forget. “Some people might think I’m crazy,” Headley said, “but I know where all my marbles are.”
CULTURE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 stories, eating, and having fun.” Since he started attending meetings in 2014, Tan has become one of the most active volunteer members. Now that the holiday parties are over, they’re planning their next
LUNAR CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 and ends the day after. Traditionally, family members from far and wide travel to the home of the oldest male, where everyone pays respect to both their ancestors and elders. Ancestral worship is the biggest part of Seollal, but the days are filled with food, family, games and plenty of festivities. It’s often said Seollal is similar to Thanksgiving.
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at 4100 Alderwood Mall Blvd., #1. In late spring, the Center will relocate to a larger venue at 5026 196th St. SW in Lynnwood. The roomier location, which also will house Homage’s other service departments, will provide more room for dancing and exercise. Homage Senior Services extends a special thank-you to Verdant Health Commission and
Snohomish County for supporting the Center for Healthy Living. Thank you to all who volunteer at the center. To learn more about the center go to www.homage.org or call 425-290-1268. See upcoming events and activities at the Center for Healthy Living in the calendar on Page 5 of this month’s edition.
The Vietnamese have a Lunar New Year holiday as well called Tet. Tet, like Seollel, is three days long. People spend weeks preparing for Tet, cleaning their homes, decorating and cooking traditional foods as they wait for relatives to return home. Although Tet is a national holiday among Vietnamese, each region and religion has its own customs. Family and friends visit one another and people often spend time at temples or churches to worship their ancestors. Like
the Chinese, “lucky” money is given to children, and the elderly. Although a three-day long festival, many festivities go on for a week or more. People believe that what they do during Tet will determine their fate for the whole year, hence people always smile, behave nicely and forget the trouble of the past year, hoping for a better upcoming year. Homage Senior Services’ Multicultural Senior Center has Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese groups who are already preparing
for the Lunar New Year. If you would like to be part of these interactive and exciting celebrations, then look at the calendar on Page 5 to see when they are taking place. Older adults interested in learning more about the Multicultural Senior Center can go to www. homage.org or call 425-290-1268 While every person, community and group celebrates the New Year differently, we all have one thing in common: A new year means a new beginning and 365 days of possibilities.
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