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. 45 NO. 1 | FEBRUARY 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 and have helped diabeticslow sodium 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
Providence CEO on partnership with Homage that serves community
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 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)
SHIBA honors 33 volunteers in Snohomish County Page 2
How caregivers can find help from resources, services Page 2
Eating more red foods like beets can help reduce heart disease risk Page 3
New blood pressure guidelines explained by WSU med school associate dean Page 7
Build your brain health with these everyday mind games Page 10
Columns History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Washington Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Client Donna Hartley and Homage Senior Services’ Amy Husted are part of a grant to connect patients with services to help them avoid readmittance to the hospital. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Providence patients connect with Homage for vital services By Jocelyn Robinson Donna Hartley had done her homework. She had pulled several items from her kitchen cabinet so she could review the ingredients with a nutritionist. “Sodium is a big no-no for me,” she said with a smile. The visit from the nutritionist was part of a pilot program between Homage Senior Services and Providence Hospital. The program aims to lower hospital readmission rates for patients with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by eliminating barriers that can prevent people from following diet restrictions, taking medications or making it to doctor’s appointments. Hartley, 67, is one of the first participants in the program. She has both heart failure and COPD. Using a $45,000 grant from the Providence Foundation,
the hospital connects patients with Homage; the nonprofit then links those patients with services, including transportation, nutrition and mental health counseling. “We’ll be able to see those social needs and address those quickly because that’s what we do,” said Ramonda Sosa, the social services director at Homage. “This goes well with medical providers addressing medical needs.” Sosa said a visit to one patient’s home revealed that the man had no refrigerator; Homage was able to provide a small refrigerator within a few days. Another patient had no prescription drug coverage; Homage worked to find her coverage so she could have access to her medications — and lowered her risk of readmission. Lowering the readmission rate also benefits the wider community, said Tina Nolen. Nolen and Katherine McFarland oversee the program for Providence.
“It will allow more open beds and decrease wait times for people coming in,” she said. Discharge planners at Providence refer patients who are potential candidates for the program to Nolen and McFarland. They review the patient’s file and first look to see if insurance could pay for any of the services before they use the grant money. Aside from having either COPD or congestive heart failure, there are no restrictions on who can qualify for the program. McFarland said that many of the patients are either too young or are just over the federal poverty level to qualify for some services. “It’s really been nice to be able to just have a little bit broader ability to provide help,” she said. “We find that people who are just over the (federal poverty) limit are the ones in the most need a lot of the time.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
Spokane couple have been living in RV for 7 years By Treva Lind The Spokesman-Review If it may sound far-fetched to sell your home and most of your possessions to live year-round in an RV; one Spokane couple did just that seven years ago. And they’ve never looked back.
Beginning 2010, Don Gumenberg, 75, and his wife Dee, 77, hit the road in an RV that they considered as their new year-round home. After living in their South Hill home for more than 30 years, they sold the house in 2009. Each fall, they drive to Mesa, Arizona, to live in a retiree RV park. By April, they return near Spokane, driving their Itasca Ellipse back to property on the Pend Oreille River outside of Newport. They also find time to drive their RV to places they want to visit, such as national parks and landmarks. “We have not missed our house,” said Don Gumenberg. “We got rid of the house. It’s just restrictive, and you always have to take care of it. “It’s amazing how many people
Don and Dee Gumenberg, who lived more than 30 years on the South Hill, now call their RV home. They winter in Arizona and return to property they own near Newport each spring. (Courtesy photo) we’ve met who have sold their homes, live in RVs and just go from one place to the other. There is a lot of history around the United States, so we’ve tried to see it.”
Before leaping into a vagabond lifestyle, they let their adult children decide what furniture or things they CONTINUED ON PAGE 9
Comment: Providence partners with Homage to help those in need By Kim Williams CEO, Providence Health Services At Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett (PRMCE), our mission, as people of Providence, is to reveal God’s love f1or all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. Our commitment to this mission is rooted in an amazing legacy that began in the Northwest in 1856 and came to Everett in 1905. Sister Emilie Gamelin worked with the Ladies of Charity, an organization that helped the poor and needy, including orphaned and run away children, mentally ill, disabled, homeless and immigrants. In 1851, on her deathbed, Mother Gamelin urged her sisters to be mindful of the virtues she had embraced throughout her life: “humility, simplicity and charity. Above all charity”. In our current state of health care, we are challenged with barriers associated with many overlapping social determinants of health that include factors such as socioeconomic status, education, physical environment, employment, social support network and access to healthcare. At PRMCE,
Are you a caregiver? Programs, resources can help you cope We all find ourselves lending a hand to our loved ones from time to time. Many of us though will find ourselves doing even more when our loved ones are in need — managing their household, planning groceries and meals, helping with medications, bathing, toileting, and providing consistent care. We call this being a caregiver. Chances are you or someone you
we factor these social determinants of health in our strategic plans as we develop and pilot potential projects with the understanding that sustainability is the key to meeting the needs of our patients. Among the social determinants of health we have the opportunity to impact from a healthcare perspective are increased social support networks. We have engaged with Homage Senior Services to provide social services to our patients, as they are the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit service provider for older adults, people with disabilities and their families in Snohomish County. Homage has partnered with us to create a process in which they would be able to provide nutrition (Meals on Wheels/senior dining); housing support (Minor Home Repair program); transportation (DART/ TAP); and social services to include family caregiver support, depression screening, multicultural services and health insurance counseling. A critical piece of this process is engagement with our Managed Care Organizations (MCO) for financial reimbursement of these services in order to attain the sustainability
required for this to be successful. Our initial engagement with Homage was focused on supporting our Snohomish County patients at PRMCE. During this engagement, we introduced this opportunity to the North Sound Accountable Communities of Health (NSACH), through the 1115 Medicaid Waiver to provide support to not only Snohomish County, but also any opportunities to explore for Island, San Juan, Whatcom and Skagit counties as the North Sound ACH participants develop projects to support the North Sound community. Due to the kind donation of the Providence Foundation, on Dec. 4, 2017, PRMCE began a pilot program with Homage with a goal of supporting our patients with Heart Failure (HF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to show the value of incorporating these services when there are gaps in services through the patient’s insurance coverage that would put them at risk for non-covered services. In line with Emilie Gamelin’s virtues she had embraced, we have come together to provide charity to those in need in our community.
know is a caregiver to a spouse, parent or sibling. Taking care of someone can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming and stressful. If your loved one has trouble walking, their risk for falling can increase over time. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you might encounter difficult behaviors or unsafe situations as their disease progresses. And, while it can be tough to talk about, many people experience incontinence issues that require assistance and specialty products. The good news is there are many
resources for caregivers, from support groups and training opportunities, to helpful equipment and more formal programs. The Department of Social and Health Services and your local Area Agency on Aging or Community Living Connections Offices have programs that include a variety of services and supports for caregivers. Call 1-855-567-0252 to be put in touch with your local office, or visit www.waclc.org under the Connect section to find the nearest office. — Colleen Keltz, state Department of Social and Health Services
SHIBA honors 33 volunteers in Snohomish County By Rochelle Salsman SHIBA Volunteer Coordinator On Feb. 2, Snohomish County Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA), sponsored by Homage Senior Services, honored their 33 active volunteers for a terrific year helping Medicare clients in Snohomish County. In 2017, SHIBA volunteers dedicated 4,405 hours to helping more than 6,067 clients with Medicare coverage questions and issues. Counseling was done through in-person appointments or over the phone, and with the assistance given, clients saved more than $1.2 million in Medicare costs and $22,769 in fraud dollars. Open enrollment for Medicare is an extremely busy time for SHIBA volunteers, as they help thousands of clients at various locations (usually senior centers) throughout Snohomish County beginning in October and ending in December, when open enrollment closes. SHIBA helps low-income clients receive extra help with their Medicare costs through programs called Medicare Savings Program and Low Income Subsidy. These programs make a difference by paying the Medicare Part B premium cost and by reducing the prescription drug costs for low-income clients. If you have Medicare needs, questions or issues, we encourage you to call your local SHIBA office at 425-2901276. SHIBA is part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and volunteers are highly trained. It is a free, unbiased and confidential service. SHIBA is always looking for new volunteers. If you are interested in helping Medicare clients learn their options for covering their healthcare and prescription needs, please call Rochelle Salsman, SHIBA volunteer coordinator at 425-514-3183. You can also contact Michelle Frye, Homage volunteer manager, at 425-740-3787.
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Eating more red foods can reduce heart disease risk And no, we’re not talking about red meat By Leah Hammon Registered Dietitian, Homage Senior Services
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Beet salad 3 medium beets, raw 1½ tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate (or similar) 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard ½ teaspoon thyme (fresh or dried) Salt and pepper to taste
with a chronic condition such as kidney disease should seek the advice of their healthcare provider before attempting to significantly increase their potassium intake. Strawberries: Ounce for ounce, strawberries actually contain more vitamin C than oranges. Vitamin C is an important nutrient that plays a role in the growth, maintenance and repair of the body’s blood vessels. Additionally, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the body against cellular damage from free radicals. Tart cherries have high levels of vitamin A and C and may help reduce the kind of inflammation associated with heart disease and diabetes. Remember that a healthy diet, in combination with regular exercise, is one of our best lines of defense against cardiovascular disease. Eating a variety of nutrient dense foods, such as the aforementioned, can drastically reduce the risk of vascular and cardiac damage, stroke and
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and peel beets. Cut each beet in half, and each half into four wedges. To prevent staining your counter top, place a dark-colored towel or paper towels under your cutting board. Roast beets in oven for 35-40 minutes. Or beets can be steamed over boiling water until tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Mix lemon juice, vinegar, apple juice concentrate, mustard and thyme in a serving bowl. Add beets and toss to mix. Serve hot or cold. Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover hot or cold beet salad will keep for up to three days. Note: The pigment that gives beets their rich crimson color and makes this salad so gorgeous is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent in the anthocyanin family. Beets can be served with dark, leafy greens or by themselves. Makes about 3 servings. Nutrition information per serving: 36 calories, 0.2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g protein, 8.4 g carbohydrate, 7 g sugar, 1.1 g fiber, 61 mg sodium, 15 mg calcium, 0.6 mg iron, 4 mg vitamin C, 21 mcg beta-carotene, 0.1 mg vitamin E. — Adapted from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
February marks a month of festivities and celebration, with holidays like Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and Black History Month all taking place. It also happens to be National Heart Month — a time to remind us all to focus on living a heart-healthy lifestyle. While it’s far too easy to be enticed with chocolates or cake, cardiovascular (“heart”) disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Currently, 92 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease, and 2,200 Americans die of heart disease every day. That’s one death every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular disease, which includes any disease of the vessels and heart that block the flow of blood to the body’s cells, tissues and organs, can ultimately lead to stroke or heart attack. It has probably touched most of our lives in some form or another. Fortunately, with increased awareness and education, we can change these outcomes — and that doesn’t mean compromising celebrations! Even modest adjustments in diet and lifestyle can significantly improve heart health and lower the risk for cardiovascular disease. Healthy lifestyle changes include following a healthy eating plan, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and exercising regularly. According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthful diet is one that is varied in nutrient-rich food sources including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean proteins. A healthy eating plan limits saturated and trans fats, sodium
and added sugars. The major source of saturated and trans fats are red meats, deep fried fast foods, bakery products, packaged snack foods and margarines. And while red meats should be moderated in the diet, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine recommends eating red for American Heart Month (and beyond). In other words, there are a variety of red-colored foods that have shown health benefits and may be influential in the prevention or delay of heart disease. The following can be incorporated into a healthy eating plan and lifestyle: Beets contain the nutrient betaine, which in conjunction with vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid, help reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid that can accumulate in the body and lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). Betaine provides protection against the development of arterial plaques. Kidney beans are high in minerals, protein and fiber without containing the saturated fat that is found in many animal-sourced proteins. One cup of cooked kidney beans contains 13 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein while only having 1 gram of fat. Kidney beans also provide both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugars. Red lentils are another versatile and nutritional source of plantbased protein. One cup of cooked red lentils contains 18 grams of protein. Compared to other types of dried beans, lentils are relatively quick and easy to prepare Additionally, lentils are a good source of insoluble and soluble fiber and their consumption is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. Red potatoes: The potassium (over 40 percent of the recommended dietary intake) found in one large red potato helps regulate the heartbeat. However, individuals
Brothers of boom logged Camano Island PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST By Richard Hanks President, Stanwood Area Historical Society Perhaps no names are more associated with the early logging industry on Camano Island than Esary and Garrison. From Camano City to Madrona to Utsalady, the families, related through marriage, changed the island’s landscape and helped spawn a logging boom. The Esary family, in particular, became leading entrepreneurs in the Puget Sound region after the Civil War. The brothers, David, Tom, Andy and particularly James, were early adventurers in the area coming a generation after initial “boomers” in the 1850s rushed to exploit the vast resources of the untamed Northwest. David and Tom, born in the mid-1850s, were a generation older than their brothers, with James being the youngest male in the family. Yet, it would be James who became the force behind extensive shipping and logging operations that brought the family influence and wealth. Their extended family had a large presence in Virginia’s Russell and Washington counties under the surname Necessary, including their father William Jennings Necessary and mother Nancy. The change in the family name is a source of speculation among family genealogists today. Descendant Warren Dale Essary cites family lore that William’s grandfather got into some sort of trouble in Pennsylvania, moved to Virginia and changed his name. Following the Civil War, he believes about a third of the family again began using the last name of Essary
This photo taken in 1905 of a baseball team on Camano Island shows Tom Esary on the far left (in suit) and his nephew Porter Garrison just to his left and behind (wearing a white shirt and hat). (Stanwood Area Historical Society) — or Esary, which clearly happened with William Necessary’s family. Russell County, Virginia, is ridge and valley country sandwiched in between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains in the far western toe of Virginia that slides between Tennessee and Kentucky. Its mountainous location gave the county relative isolation from the Piedmont and Tidewater regions of eastern Virginia, politically as well as physically. In 1881, Tom and his wife, Sallie, migrated to San Francisco and two years later boarded the steamer Dakota for their move to Seattle along with their mother, at least two sisters and brothers Andy, 18, and James, 8. James’ older brothers labored in the logging industry, working the greater Seattle area between Union and Green lakes and later the Queen Anne’s Hill and Fremont districts of the city. Tom and Sallie homesteaded in
Kitsap County for a time along with brother Andy, but moved to the Bay View and Bow areas of Skagit County in 1888, where brother David would also make his home. The brothers continued logging operations in Skagit County and Camano Island and built a mill in La Conner. However, Tom’s interests appeared more toward farming, where he would become one of the most active agriculturalists of Skagit County. While his older brothers followed logging and agriculturalist pursuits, James Esary grew to manhood in the growing urban center of Seattle, where, as a young man in the mid1890s, he found local fame for his bicycling prowess. His numerous racing successes earned him the nickname of “Cyclone.” In 1897 he worked as a “bicycle agent.” An 1898 commercial venture, taking him to the goldfields of the Yukon, got him into Seattle papers with a firsthand account of the dispute over Canadian custom duties levied on merchants, like James, catering to the gold seekers. In 1900 Andy Esary paid a visit
home to Virginia and his sister Talitha, who had married Joseph Garrison. One of their sons was a restless 17-year-old named Porter. The lanky youth stood over six feet tall and weighed only 102 pounds, and doctors warned him to find a healthier climate if he wished to reach old age. As Uncle Andy described Camano as the “prettiest island in all Puget Sound,” Porter listened, enthralled. “You think you got trees here,” Andy teased, his face beaming. “These are match sticks alongside some of the firs on Camano.” Porter’s pleas to return with his uncle to this forested Eden were dismissed because of the expense and his frail physical condition. However, Porter’s entreaty that he’d do anything — even cook— caught his uncle’s ear since the company was advertising in Seattle at that time for a “good woman cook” for their Camano City camp. Advanced the money by Uncle Andy, Porter got to go west and would later bring much of his family out as well. When Porter and Andy arrived at Camano City, James Esary was there to greet them — the “operator of the show,” Porter remembered. James had moved beyond selling bicycles to a position of business leadership around the Sound. He married May Rose Kuntz that summer. In 1903, May was appointed the first postmistress for Camano City. Over the next 20 years, James’ logging, shipping and ferry services (with Capt. H. B. Lovejoy) operated under various corporate entities such as Esary Bros., Camano Land and Lumber Company, Camano Commercial Company, Island Transportation Company and synonymously the Island Navigation Company. The brothers did have their setbacks, both financial and personal. In 1900 their mill at La Conner burned at a substantial loss. Three years later Andy Esary died after
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being thrown from a recently built rail-car system used for hauling logs to Camano City. One of the logs on which he sat rolled at a curve, sending 41-yearold Andy flying. The log then dropped on him, crushing his skull. A year later papers talked about the “hoodoo” which still hung over the Camano Island camp. In 1907 fires swept Camano, threatening to burn every stick of timber on the island. The Esarys lost three-fourths of their railroad and 2 million board-feet of cedar at a value of $50,000. A year later, James Esary sold the Camano Land and Lumber Company to Frank Van Cleve and Sons. Long after his cycling days, James still had a need for speed. Arrested for speeding in December 1910, the “shipping magnate” called the charge “outrageous” and threatened to never drive a car in Seattle again as long as the speed limit was only
In this photo, taken between 1905 and 1908, an Esary company logging crew relaxes near the shoreline where Cama Beach State Park is today. (Stanwood Area Historical Society) 12 miles per hour. By 1915 the Island Navigation Company was known as one of “the busiest steam navigation companies on the
Sound.” James Esary retired from the Island
Transportation Company in 1924. As united as they were in
Sources: Seattle Daily Times, 1900, 1905, 1937, 1947, 1967; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1895, 1896, 1898, 1900; Morning Olympian, 1907; Seattle Star, 1904, 1910; Bellingham Herald, 1932, 1939; Camano Islander, 1956; Dale Essary, Rootsweb. ancestry.com; Cratis Williams, “The Appalachian Experience,” Roostweb.ancestry. com; Brian McKnight, Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia; Lumber World magazine, 1908; townofcoupeville.org; Art Kimball and John Dean Camano Island: Life and Times in Island Paradise; Seattle city directories 1891-1916; Cama Beach Archives; Federal census records and family data, Ancestry.com.-
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Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for persons over 55 and the only program where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. RSVP exists to help volunteers 55 and older find fulfillment in their volunteer work. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County. Student mentors/coaches: Many times people tell me “I can’t help in school, I was never a teacher.” Being a former teacher is NOT a requirement to help students. What is required is a belief you can be of assistance and a dedication to the job. Students look
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reimbursement is possible. Volunteer chore: If your parents, grandparents or close family friend needed some help around the house, you’d want them to get that help, wouldn’t you? This is what Volunteer Chore is all about — helping elderly or disabled people stay in their homes with a little help from their friends. Time commitment is agreed upon between you and the client. Can be anywhere from two hours a month to four hours a week — you decide. Some clients have yards that need tending too. 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.
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moderate hearing loss to buy hearing aids without consulting an audiologist, and the devices could sell for between $250 and $300 at drugstores and other retailers. The only problem is that it will be a couple more years before these overthe-counter hearing aids are available to consumers. So in the meantime, here are some tips that can help you find some affordable options. Check your insurance: While most private health insurance companies do not cover hearing aids, there are some that do. For example, Aetna members can purchase aids at a discount through certain suppliers, and United Healthcare offers hearing aids to their beneficiaries through HealthInnovations for $799 to $999 each. You should also know that some federal workers, as well as residents of Arkansas, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island can get their hearing aids covered by health insurance, as can eligible veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Or, if your husband is a Medicare
Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can’t afford them. Searching Spouse Dear Searching, Unfortunately, for many years the high cost of hearing aids has kept millions of Americans with hearing loss from getting hearing aids because they can’t afford them. Hearing aids — typically sold through audiologists’ offices — are expensive, usually ranging between $1,000 and $4,000 per ear, and are not typically covered by private insurance or traditional Medicare. But there’s good news on the horizon. Last summer President Donald Trump signed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 into law. This will allow people with mild to
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WSU med school dean explains new blood pressure guidelines By Treva Lind The Spokesman-Review If your last blood pressure check at the doctor’s office didn’t raise concerns, new medical guidelines could change that in 2018. The mark now considered to be high blood pressure is 130/80, compared with the previous 140/90, under new guidelines released in November by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The shift likely will catch tens of millions of Americans by surprise because they previously got a pass from doctors, according to internal medicine physician Dr. Dawn DeWitt in Spokane. Many of the newly diagnosed likely won’t go on medication but rather will be advised to make lifestyle changes, she said, such as lose weight, stop smoking, and exercise regularly. “The logic behind the new guidelines is that the sooner high blood pressure is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chance of preventing problems,” said DeWitt, associate dean of clinical education at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “They released these new guidelines saying to some degree, all these heart attacks and strokes are, quote, preventable. It’s saying if we treat hypertension better, we can prevent or delay many of these events, a lot of which are either severely debilitating or life-ending, so it’s not a small thing.” The move also acknowledges that heart disease, strokes, and related conditions are generally a longterm process. “It’s not like your arteries are perfect one week and the next week, boom, you’ve got a heart attack,” she said. “It takes time. Other than smoking, obesity and hypertension are the two biggest entwined factors for the general population.” About 85 million adults, or one in three, in the U.S. have high blood pressure, according to a project of the AHA and American Medical Association called Target BP. The 2015-launched initiative offers support while urging medical
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Play mind games with yourself to stay mentally sharp By Wina Sturgeon Adventure Sports Weekly It is hard to admit to yourself that as you pass middle age, your brain power may start to decline. This isn’t dementia; it’s a normal part of life. In fact, there’s even a name for the condition: ARCD, or ‘Age Related Cognitive Decline.’ A slew of commercials and advertisements have recently begun to offer products that promise to improve memory or increase brain power. Fitness experts claim that brain decline can be delayed or prevented by physical activity, and there exists a plethora of studies showing this to be true. However, little recognition is given to what may be the actual cause of ARCD: putting your life on automatic pilot. This happens when certain habits become so ingrained that you don’t have to think about them. You
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sets in. If you can reach for a certain shirt or a pair of shoes without thinking about it, rearrange everything. Sort things differently. Put jackets where shirts now hang. Whatever way you may store your shoes, switch them up. Don’t store them by color or dressiness. Store them without a system so that you have to at all of them and search for the shoes you want. In fact, if you’ve gone on automatic pilot where clothing is concerned, you are probably hanging on to things you haven’t worn in years and will never wear again. Donate or give these items away, which will also require your brain to think about which items need to be gone. Above all, enhance your brain power by analyzing where you have allowed areas of your life to go on automatic pilot, and let your brain start taking control instead. — Tribune News Service
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