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. 2 | MARCH 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
Commentary: The fight against malnutrition in older adults
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)
‘Dancing in the Streets’ fundraiser was rousing success Page 3
Where overwhelmed caregivers can turn for help Page 4
Daily Herald named Homage’s ‘Powerful Partner’ for 2018 Page 4
Declutter now so your loved ones won’t have to after you’re gone Page 5
Jazzercise lives on in the 21st century Page 8
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A nutrition lifeline Donations help keep vital Meals on Wheels program on the road for seniors By Jennifer Sasseen Special to the Herald Marysville resident Louis Battle, 74, was in the hospital recovering from treatment for lung cancer when he was told about the Meals on Wheels program run by Homage Senior Services. A short time later, the program began delivering seven meals a week to Battle’s home, where he lives alone. That was nearly two years ago. Today, Battle’s cancer is in remission but he is still getting the meals weekly, as well as cans of Ensure to help him regain what he lost — along with a lot of weight, his muscle tone and strength. “You know, sometimes it was a struggle just to stand up,” he said. His daughter lives in Everett and
visits as often as she can, he said, but Meals on Wheels fills in the gaps. The frozen meals are nutritious and convenient, Battle said, and “made a great difference in my life.” Battle is just one of 1,242 Snohomish County residents Meals on Wheels served last year, said Leah Hammon, registered dietitian for Homage Senior Services. Another 2,630 people were served at a dozen senior centers and seniorhousing sites throughout the county, she said. Both meal programs rely on Homage fundraising, as well as on federal funds from the Older Americans Act and local funds from the county, cities, clients and donors, Hammon said. One donation came from “a very generous benefactor” for fresh fruits and vegetables to accompany Meals on Wheels frozen meals, said Homage Nutrition and Advocacy Director Martha Peppones. That recently meant oranges and broccoli, she said, but summer brings
fresh berries, cherries and green beans. “We try to keep it local as much as possible,” she said. Volunteers are a big component of the meal programs. They deliver for Meals on Wheels, including hot meals on Thanksgiving, and help cooks at the senior centers prepare meals from food Homage provides, like cabbage and the dressing ingredients for coleslaw. They also serve and help clean up. “We couldn’t do it without volunteers,” Peppones said. Both meal programs are needbased rather than income-based, Peppones said. Dietitian Hammon and two helpers assess residents’ nutritional needs for Meals on Wheels but at the senior centers, diners need only be 60 years of age to qualify for a $3 suggested donation. Younger spouses or disabled people living with a senior can also eat for $3, while other family See NUTRITION, Page 9
Music lifts spirits of dementia patients By Treva Lind The Spokesman-Review While music is known for lifting moods, rising evidence shows profound responses when favorite tunes are played for dementia patients. The 2012 award-winning documentary, “Alive Inside,” covers social worker Dan Cohen’s use of music and iPods with Alzheimer’s patients, who quickly become more vocal and animated. He founded the Music & Memory nonprofit to bring music into nursing homes. Two Spokane-area dementia experts, Judy Cornish and Debby Dodds, call it mood management when favorite songs are played for people with dementia, a medical term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. “The premise is we all listen to music and absorb music, and we respond to music using intuitive thought,” Cornish said. For family members and caregivers, Cornish and Dodds are co-teaching “Dementia with Dignity: Using an iPad and Music to Manage Mood.”
Judy Cornish (left) and Debby Dodds chat about a workshop they are co-teaching on “Dementia with Dignity: Using an iPad and Music to Manage Mood” in Spokane. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review) Cornish added that people who have dementia retain intuitive responses that are part of feelings, creativity, appreciating music and recognizing beauty. “They’re losing rational thought, but not the intuitive.” Dodds, a Spokane-based
gerontologist, has seen the results in her own work. “Music lights up many regions of our brain and engages us in many ways,” Dodds said. “That is something that we might not be able to See MUSIC, Page 9
Up to 50% of older adults face malnutrition By Martha Peppones Nutrition & Advocacy Director, Homage Senior Services Since 1973, National Nutrition Month has urged Americans to eat healthier and seek nutrition information from credible sources such as registered dietitian nutritionists. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food” and encourages all of us to make healthier food choices while reducing food waste. We know that nutrition is particularly critical for older adults to maintain good
health and quality of life. Unfortunately, there can be multiple barriers to getting good nutrition that often result in malnutrition. Malnutrition disproportionally affects older adults and has reached crisis levels. It’s a significant problem for both underweight and overweight individuals. The causes are multiple and complex, and the consequences are serious. It’s associated with poorer health outcomes, longer hospital stays by four to six days, increased health care costs, and more complications and falls resulting
in frailty, disability and decreased quality of life. Up to 50 percent of older adults are at risk for malnutrition. It’s prevalent in hospitalized patients, where 3 in 5 older adults are malnourished. Hospital costs can be up to 300 percent greater for malnourished individuals, and the readmission rate is 50 percent higher. It is estimated that disease-associated malnutrition costs up to $51.3 billion annually. Unfortunately, malnutrition is not limited to hospitals. It’s seen in longterm care facilities as well
as in communities for older adults. The good news is that malnutrition is completely preventable. With effective screening, assessing, diagnosing and intervention, it can be identified and treated. Several national initiatives have been created to address this crisis by raising awareness and helping shape public policy. Homage Senior Services is proud to play an important role in preventing and treating malnutrition for older adults in our community through the provision
of meals in the home and at several senior dining sites. Homage has a team of nutrition professionals, including registered dietitian nutritionists, who screen all clients for nutrition risk and provide nutrition education and counseling when indicated. If you or someone you know might benefit from Homage’s Nutrition Programs — Meals on Wheels, Congregate Dining and Washington State’s Basic Food Program (SNAP) — go to www.homage.org/ nutrition to learn more today.
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Where can overwhelmed caregivers turn for help? By Michelle Barnes Family Caregiver Specialist Lead, Homage Senior Services When I began caring for my elderly parents (both with early Alzheimer’s not properly diagnosed), I was shocked to read that family caregivers often become more depressed than those they care for. And caregivers who have a chronic illness have a 63 percent higher death rate than non-caregivers of the same age. A year later, without a day off from my challenging elderly father, I was surprised the statistic was that low. Additionally, I learned that caregivers of loved ones suffering with dementia are twice as likely to suffer from depression than those providing care for non-dementia patients — and the deeper the dementia, the deeper the depression is likely to be. Since 5.2 million people in the United States are afflicted with Alzheimer’s (just one form of dementia), and 7 out of 10 are cared for at home by family and friends who provide 75 percent to 80 percent of their care — millions of caregivers are suffering from depression or are at great risk of developing it.
their own physical and emotional needs, and postpone their own medical checkups, resulting in undiagnosed and sometimes serious ailments.
Resources Family Caregiver Resource Line: 425-290-1240, or snocare.org Powerful Tools for Caregivers: If you are a spouse, adult child, relative or friend helping a loved one with a chronic illness or disability, this class may be for you. This six-week education series is designed to provide caregivers with tools needed to take care of themselves while supporting their loved one. Classes consist of interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming to increase self-care and confidence in handling difficult situations, emotions and decisions. A Powerful Tools for Caregivers class is being planned for late April 2018, to be held in the north Everett/south Marysville area. The classes are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Contact Michelle Barnes, Family Caregiver Program, at 425-355-1116, for more information and to register.
Denial and desperation Often times family members don’t even consider themselves “caregivers,” thinking they just need to toughen up. And since they’ve always been able to manage stressful situations and solve problems in the past, the perceived failure damages selfesteem and compounds feelings of desperation. Many family caregivers deal with the following heart-wrenching situations day after day, and don’t know where to turn: ■■ Watches a loved one suffering and declining. ■■ Worries about finances. ■■ Spends hours and days at doctor appointments and hospitals. ■■ Thinks about life and death issues and fears that the end is near. ■■ Wonders if they will have a normal life again. ■■ Feeling ashamed for not having enough patience, persistence and strength.
A caregiver can get overwhelmed trying to manage too many responsibilities. Emotions fluctuate from sadness, loss, grief, isolation, anxiety, exhaustion, anger and frustration — and the resulting guilt for having those feelings. Caregivers tend to sacrifice their own careers, neglect healthy family members, ignore
Even though the stigma of seeing a health care professional for depression is lessening, many still feel it is a sign of weakness and that they will eventually snap out of it on their own. A National Mental Health Association survey found that many people do not seek treatment for depression simply because
they feel ashamed and are embarrassed. Compounding the problem, friends and family are not directly involved with the caregiving often don’t know how to support a caregiver’s needs. They might be emotionally unable to handle the stressful situation and back away, causing the caregiver to feel even more isolated and depressed.
Daily Herald Publisher Josh O’Connor (left) accepts the Powerful Partners Award from Homage Senior Services CEO Steve McGraw.
Daily Herald named Homage’s Powerful Partner for 2018 On March 2, during Homage’s biggest fundraising event of the year, CEO Steve McGraw named The Daily Herald its 2018 Powerful Partner. For more than a year now, The Daily Herald has partnered with Homage on producing its monthly senior newspaper, Homage, as well as its annual Resource Guide. Thanks to The Herald’s reach and expertise, readership has greatly expanded and today, older adults and their families across Snohomish County are receiving pertinent information and resources on all levels — local and national. Homage gives a round of applause to The Daily Herald for making this possible and for being such a wonderful, dedicated partner. We look forward to seeing all that we can achieve together in the future and thank The Herald for all they have done to benefit Homage Senior Services, the clients we serve and the greater Snohomish County community.
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Declutter now for sake of your loved ones By Wina Sturgeon Adventure Sports Weekly (TNS) Here are tips on how to declutter now to ease the burden on your loved ones later: Start with the oldest clutter first. When was the last time you cleared out junk drawers in various rooms? Which kitchen tools do you no longer use? Toss or donate them. Are there boxes of stuff in the garage or basement or spare room that have gone unopened for many years? Can you even remember what’s in them? If a box has been around for more than four years, you’ll probably never miss the stuff inside it. Do a quick look-through for stuff which needs to be shredded and dispose of the rest. You don’t need 10-year-old bank statements. Shred and toss them. The same with collections of old medical bills or other unimportant papers. Donate stacks of paperback books you likely will
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Women’s Legacy Project shares stories By Louise Lindgren Perspectivepast@gmail.com
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March is Women’s History Month, and in its spirit the League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations is touring its exhibit created by the Snohomish County Women’s Legacy Project. It will be on view at the Monroe Historical Museum through the end of March and at the Granite Falls Museum after that. The exhibit illustrates many of the 73 stories about women from our county that are told through the Legacy Project’s website: www.snohomishwomenslegacy.org. The League invites writers to contribute to this site by gathering the stories of women through oral and video recording. The work ahead is challenging for so little is written or recorded to provide leads to the stories that deserve
to be told. That is not surprising when one realizes that prior to the 1960s most women in our society were trained from birth to avoid attracting attention to themselves — to do their good works quietly and with a modesty “becoming to a woman.” Such modesty, while certainly attractive, precluded the type of written or filmed news coverage afforded to the everyday business of men. It’s past time to correct the imbalance. How many know, for instance, that women in Washington state were allowed to vote in territorial days, and that Snohomish County had a woman delegate from Centerville (now Stanwood) to the Territorial Convention in the 1880s? Or that, because of the
Jean and Edith Bedal. This photo was taken by J.A. Juleen and is from the F. Johanson Collection. track down because we have not found any further written material regarding her personal history, political actions or aspirations — just that single entry in a record book. Even her
politics involved in creating the state in 1889, women lost the vote until 1910? That woman delegate, noted only as Mrs. D’Arcy, must have had quite a story to tell, but it is hard to
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Alice (above) and Clara Rigby (Everett Public Library photos) settled here. Although they adopted the uncomfortable European corseted style of dress and sometimes the Protestant religion in order to fit in to their new society, they tried hard to retain the manners and cultural traditions of their homelands for the benefit of their children. The early 1900s were difficult in a time when a derogatory term was applied to the area where many Japanese lived in Mukilteo. A Chinese family in Everett had to pass themselves off as Japanese in order to maintain their business, the Oriental Bazaar, during the period of Chinese exclusion from the states. One story on the Women’s Legacy website features Hiroko Haji, who graduated as a valedictorian of her 1941 Monroe High School class, but was sent with her family to the infamous Tule Lake internment camp after Pearl Harbor was bombed. There, she worked as a bookkeeper until the family was released because of their proven loyalty to the U.S. and allowed to go to Spokane in 1943. She then traveled to the Army’s Fort Snelling in Minnesota and served
on staff, training soldiers as translators and analysts for Pacific duty. After her brother died serving his country on the European Front, Hiroko moved to Oregon where she began a long career of service as an administrative assistant at the state Capitol, drafting legislation and continuing service to her country. She came back to Monroe in 2009 to receive her brother’s posthumous high school diploma and left a bequest to the Monroe Historical Society out of gratitude to that community for being supportive of the family in spite of the war. Some stories of immigrant women of European and Scandinavian backgrounds are told in more detail, often through personal diaries or oral histories recorded by the Everett Public Library’s Northwest Room staff and a number of historical societies. Books such as Voices from Everett’s First Century and Riverside Remembers, Volumes 1-3 give information about women labor organizers, legislators, cannery workers and many others. The Rigby sisters, of Everett,
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This photo of Hiro Haji was taken from the 1941 Monroe High School yearbook. (Monroe Historical Society)
not lacking in this woman. Although her new husband must have had scant income through his work as a janitor, records show that the couple became landowners in several parts of Everett. There is no photo of her to accompany her Legacy site biography, so consider this mention a plea to those who might have had her as an ancestor to submit one. The goal of the Women’s Legacy Project is to have at least 100 stories told — more would be even better. Still, many of the oral history recordings held by museums remain untranscribed, the diaries, unread — sitting silent, full of life histories that, once shared in some form, could be of help to women of the present who struggle with demands of family and jobs. Volunteers could release these gems. Volunteers could capture even more through researching old documents and photographs and videorecording the storytellers. They could also become the storytellers, for everyone’s experience helps weave the tapestry of our society’s record. One doesn’t have to be well-known in order to have a story worth recording. Tales of women from varied walks of life will create a true and balanced history. From farmwife to farrier, business owner to Boeing welder — all have helped shape our county throughout the years. They have served in the military and the government; had careers as doctors as well as nurses, professors as well as teachers. Their lives have been full and varied and deserve to be shared.
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Jazzercise President Shanna Missett Nelson, daughter of the CEO and founder, teaches a class at a newly opened center in Spokane. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review) the cutting edge of fitness trends.” Jessica Lewis, 32, started with Jazzercise 10 years ago when invited by friends attending their mom’s Jazzercise sessions. She got hooked. “Sometimes people are surprised Jazzercise is as vibrant as it is, and as modern as it is,” said Lewis, before joining a Jan. 20 class on the South Hill. “Every time I moved to
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