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April 2017

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


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Walker, 90, keeps on truckin’ Page 13


Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . 3 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Washington Watch . . . . . 6 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tech Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Meals on Wheels volunteer Pam Timm places food (Dan Bates / The Herald) in the refrigerator and freezer

By Caitlin Tompkins

Herald Writer

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.

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Music wellness facilitator Noah Plotkin leads a drumming and singing session with Michael Folio as Cheryl Levin-Folio looks on.

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“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

early-onset Alzheimer’s

By Karen Berkowitz

Chicago Tribune

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

(Mark Ukena, Chicago Tribune)

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for a laugh. “I think the next time we our clothes off,” she gently should take told him. “I made light of it,” she said. “I never correct him. That’s not fair to In the five years since Michael.” Michael Folio was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 56, the Park couple has adapted Highland routine many times over. their daily They’d been together for years, but married less than four months, when CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

Music therapy enables stro to regain some languag ke patients e through song

By Rashod Ollison years, who sits within arm’s The Virginian-Pilot reach of him, nodding. They’re all in a small NORFOLK, Virginia — When the Johnny Cash room inside Fort Norfolk melody frustrates James Medical Center — RodriRodriguez, he chuckles, guez in his wheelchair and shakes his head and says, Bowdish on a low stool sandwiche d between an “I don’t know.” Tracy Bowdish gen- imposing keyboard and a tly pushes him, taking computer desk. Bowdish is his hand into hers as she a music therapist with Sentara’s Music and Medicine leans closer and sings in bell-clear perfect pitch lyr- Center. In a promotional ics from “I Walk the Line. clip for the program, she ” The goal is to get Rodri- mentions that her blindguez to find the words, still ness helps her to engage patients, to “see who they a difficult task since Music therapist Tracy J. his Bowdish plays the guitar stroke in summer 2011. are beyond the stroke.” As Bowdish holds Rodri- leads James “Jim Bob” Rodriquez in singing songsand But his progress has been during their session “remarkable,” says San- guez’s hand, singing lyrics in Norfolk, Virginia. at Sentara Neurology Specialists Rodriquez suffered a stroke dra, Rodriguez’s wife of 47 CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 2011 and Bowdish is helping him regain some in speech through music. (Bill Tiernan / The Virginian-Pilot)

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Two Homage volunteers share their perspectives Page 4

Homage Senior Services thanks its many volunteers Page 4

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Savvy Senior: Strength training for older Americans Page 8

When it’s smart for seniors to decline offers of help Page 9

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Pam Slott with her grandson, Allan, near their Everett apartment. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Families caring for families Homage’s Kinship Caregiver Program supports grandparents who have taken in their grandchildren. By Jocelyn Robinson For The Herald Pam Slott and her grandson, Allan, moved into a two-bedroom apartment off Evergreen Way early last summer. They had been shuttling back and forth between shelters, and had nothing to decorate their new place — not even any furniture. Almost a year later, all that has changed. The cozy apartment is now a home: family photos and Allan’s school projects adorn the walls, curtains dress the windows, and a small vase of fresh daffodils sits on the living room coffee table. Slott, 56, is one of many grandparents across the country raising their grandchildren. More than 43,000 people in Washington are taking care of a relative’s child, according to the state Department of Social and Health Services. It’s not only grandparents taking in their grandchildren, said Amy Dennis, coordinator for Homage Senior Services’ kinship caregiver program. “It’s aunts and uncles who have taken in their nieces and nephews,” Dennis said. “I have worked with siblings who have taken in their younger siblings.” The Homage program contracts

with Snohomish County to help kinship caregivers — people who have taken in a relative’s child or children. Homage offers one-on-one consultations with caregivers and children, and helps them navigate the court system and DSHS. “Our program is really there to support them, not only in the initial stages of transitioning to that kinship household, but also long-term support and helping them making connections beyond the walls of their home,” Dennis said. The kinship caregiver program played a role in furnishing Slott and Allan’s new home. She was able to use vouchers from the program to purchase the coffee table, as well as dressers for her and Allan. In addition to the vouchers, Slott has also been able to receive help paying the electric bill. The assistance leaves her with a little money each month to splurge on Allan — a toy for his seventh birthday earlier this month, or a visit to Baskin-Robbins for an ice cream cone. “If you’re not so worried about finding a place to live and I don’t have to worry about paying bills, I could buy curtains,” Slott said. “I could buy him a birthday present. I could buy him a cake now.”

There are several reasons a child could end up in the home of a relative, including drug use, abuse or neglect, Dennis said. The biological parents may or may not continue their involvement with the family, which can be disruptive to the child. Washington state mandates that social services attempt to place children with relatives before placing them in the foster care system, Dennis said. “Studies have shown that children who remain with blood relatives fare better than children who are placed into non-relative caregiving households,” she said. Slott’s daughter became pregnant with Allan while still in high school. Slott cared for the boy to allow his mother to finish school, and eventually became his full-time caregiver. “She’s not into drugs, she works and she’s a very busy person,” Slott said of her daughter. “She just wasn’t meant to be a mom. “There are many parents out there who need to admit they’re not fit to be parents,” she added. “There’d be more adoptive families out there.” Allan’s mother lives in the area and he sees her regularly. “He loves the dickens out of her,” Slott said. “You can see the sparkle in his eyes when he sees her. I hope it continues like that.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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Volunteerism a force for positive change By Phil Smith, President/CEO, Volunteers of America Western Washington. “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Author Unknown. When we think of volunteerism, it means something a little different to different people, but what is consistent is the commitment to helping others and the wide range of benefits associated with it. There are three major beneficiaries of volunteerism. When you give your time, energy and heart to helping others, you are creating tiny moments of heroism — for the cause, your community and yourself. The Cause: Volunteerism helps us tackle problems like the cycle of intergenerational poverty, hunger, isolation, mental and emotional crisis,

homelessness and any type of conflict. As our social challenges grow, organizations are unable to meet the need. This is where volunteers are called to bridge the gap for the cause they support. The Community: Volunteers help create a sense of community. Volunteering is a natural, effective and often fun way to build familiarity and bonds within groups and neighborhoods to effect change. It brings us together and makes us stronger and more resilient as a community. The Volunteer: The benefit of volunteering to the individual has been studied extensively. The act of helping creates a sense of purpose and well-being that can uplift moods and emotions. Those studies have proven that when a person spends time helping others, they feel healthier, wealthier and even have a perception of more time available to them. The experience creates a sense of purpose and meaning that’s often missing in our daily

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lives. Anyone who has spent time volunteering will surely agree — helping others creates a synergy that is incredibly powerful and impactful long after the volunteer shift has ended. Volunteers are instrumental in every aspect of most not-for-profit agencies and help those organizations have greater reach and impact. Whether sorting produce at a food bank, training to be a mediator for family court, lending a hand at a preschool, providing respite for a caregiver. or advocating for a cause, the act of volunteering is truly about bringing people together to build safe, stable, healthy communities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 25 percent of the national population volunteer at least once a year. That means nearly 200,000 Snohomish County residents have given their time and skill to a cause or action. Compare that to the Nov. 7, 2017 county general election in which approximately 148,000 registered voters sent in their ballots, and you can see the incredible power volunteerism has on a community. To volunteer, you don’t have to register, be of a certain age or live in a specific district to have a voice. All you need to do is volunteer. This year, April 15-21 is recognized as Volunteer Appreciation Week. Volunteer and be the change. Let your actions be your “vote” to create the community you are proud to call your own.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 In addition to addressing physical needs, Homage also provides emotional support to caregivers through support groups. Some kinship caregivers become isolated from their friends; a 65-year-old grandparent raising a child may lose contact with friends who are spending their retirement traveling, Dennis said. Caregivers also may blame themselves for a child’s decisions. Some caregivers face the pressure of living on a fixed income, or neglect their own health to focus on the child. “It’s really important that they’re able to connect with their peers,” Dennis said. “There’s great support and freedom found in that.” Slott took part in a support group, which assisted her with Allan’s schooling. An avid reader with a pile of library books by his bed, Allan has no problem with schoolwork — when he wants to do it. Dennis said many of the kinship caregivers think that this is just what family does. It’s a mindset Slott shares. “There’s no other way this would have happened,” she said. “I don’t feel deprived of anything. Every once in a while I think what I would do if I didn’t have him and I can’t even fathom it.” To learn more about Homage’s Kinship Cargiver Program, visit www.homage.org. Distribution: Over 12,000 papers are mailed to households and senior-friendly businesses;1,900 papers are distributed at drop-off locations including senior centers, retirement communities, libraries, etc.

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Fermented foods can be part of a healthful diet Fermented foods are gaining public traction as more consumers learn about their health benefits and probiotic potential. You may be consuming fermented foods already, such as yogurt and sauerkraut, without fully understanding their benefits. Here’s a closer look at this growing food trend. Fermentation is a traditional form of food preparation used to help preserve raw foods. Many cultures across the globe have utilized this process for thousands of years. The process of fermentation also develops interesting flavors and textures. Fermentation occurs when bacteria or yeast breaks down the starches and sugars in foods, which are converted into acids or alcohol. Wine and beer are made by fermenting grapes and grains, respectively. Other traditionally fermented foods include kimchi (a Korean condiment made from cabbage), kombucha (made from black tea), kefir (made from milk), miso, tempeh, tamari and soy sauce (all made from soybeans). Although fermentation occurs naturally in many foods, it can also be achieved intentionally by adding “starter cultures” such as lactic acid bacteria to foods. Yogurt and many cheeses are produced using

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Homage thanks its many volunteers April 15-21 marks National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Many of Homage’s programs and services rely on the helping hands of our fantastic volunteers. We wish to thank all of our agency volunteers who help in the following departments: Administration: Board of Directors, front desk coverage, administrative tasks, proofreaders for publications Center for Healthy Living: All our volunteers who help serve the meal programs for the Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino groups; translating; kitchen help; and cultural program helpers Corporate Sponsors: Throughout the year, help with individual

days of caring with Boeing, D.A. Davidson, Fortive, Kalani, Liberty Mutual and Wells Fargo Mental Health Program: Senior Peer Program Minor Home Repair: Minor Home Repair helpers, handyman, health and safety assessors and administrative help Nutrition: Meals on Wheels drivers, administrative support, Chronic Disease Self-Management, warehouse help, and Thanksgiving meal deliveries Philanthropy: Data entry, card making, fundraising events, Board of Directors Social Services: Friendly Visitor Program, administrative support, Senior Companion Program, Foster

Grandparent Program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers Group leader, and SHIBA volunteer advisers The collective volunteer efforts in 2017 resulted in the following: ■ 177,052 Meals on Wheels delivered, 75,236 Senior Dinning meals served at 13 centers ■ 1,742 home repairs completed for 740 older adults ■ 64 people provided with Chronic Disease Self-Management classes ■ 87 seniors treated at the Center for Healthy Living dental clinic ■ 172 Senior Companion Program clients served ■ 36 Senior Peer Counseling clients served ■ 6067 Medicare clients helped through the SHIBA Program

Volunteering can be a rewarding experience. “I enjoy volunteering because of the core values of Homage and also because of the lovely staff and other volunteers that I interact with. Thank you Homage!” L.N. “I enjoy contributing to the community by assisting Medicare clients. Additionally, I love the team of volunteers working here.” C.B. “I like to volunteer to give back for all the things I have and for the help I have received in the past. I truly believe in “paying it forward.” C.S. For information, please contact about volunteering, please contact Volungteer Manager Michelle Frye at 425-740-3787.

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his passion of golfing. However, he was still looking for something to do. He became connected with Homage after witnessing Minor Home Repair put in a door for one of his neighbors. When they told him they were looking for volunteers it struck a chord. He had previous experience in repair work for participants through the Edmonds Senior Center so this opportunity was right up his alley. Victor joined Homage’s Minor Home Repair program as a volunteer and conducts health and safety assessments for many clients. Victor’s advice is “if you want a fulfilling life, you should volunteer. It isn’t physically demanding and if you are sympathetic, earnest and concerned about people, it is very fulfilling.” He feels he gets almost as much out of volunteering as the effort he puts into it. Volunteering with Minor Home Repair clients has made him appreciate his good health and his good fortune. He is now more aware of people who don’t have it as good as he does. Ultimately, what drives Victor to continue his volunteering is connecting with others. He says that as we age, “we need to do what we can and make allowances to keep at it.” Thank you Victor for being our unsung hero. Orin F. Orin worked for the Everett School District untilhe was 56 and then decided to run his own business for the next 20 years. He began his journey of volunteering at age 76. His first volunteer experience was as an Ombudsman for Long-Term Care in Snohomish County. Tapping into this experience soon led him to Senior Services of DEBBIES’ HAIR DESIGN OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE



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was able to be so successful and he said, “you need to take the time to get to know who you are helping and know something about their health. I listen to them.” The clients’ show of gratitude “lights him up.” He shared that when working with the population we serve, you can run across some tough cases and advises that you do what you can and to let the rest go. He also loves the fact when you volunteer, you are able to take money out of the equation. Per Orin, “If you want to make a difference, you volunteer.” Thank you, Orin, for teaching us that the power of volunteering is simply one that cannot be ignored.


Snohomish County, now Homage. It took another six months for him to find his niche — the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisers (SHIBA). He joined the program when Medicare made it mandatory to have prescription drug coverage. It was also Medicare Open Enrollment time, so volunteers were diligently working five days a week. They were determined to rise to the challenge of making Part D understandable to those they helped. He loves the challenge of volunteering and giving clients the best counseling for their respective circumstances. I asked him how he

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In 1938, a young Everett doctor set sail for frozen Antarctica PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST BY BOB MAYER PERSPECTIVEPAST@GMAIL.COM Eighty years ago, readers enthusiastically followed the adventures of polar explorers whose expeditions to mysterious frozen regions made headlines in newspapers all over the world, including the Everett Daily Herald. Lincoln Ellsworth and Sir Hubert Wilkins were two of the most famous explorers of the 1930s. Mostly forgotten today, they were humble “superheroes” of their time. Ellsworth explored both the Arctic and Antarctica by air. In 1926 he made the first crossing of the North Pole by airship with Roald Amundsen. Wilkins with Ben Eielson made the first airplane flight over the Arctic from Barrow, Alaska to Spitzbergen, Norway in April 1928 and the first flights over Antarctica in December 1928. Wilkins, with financial support from Ellsworth, led the 1931 Trans-Arctic Submarine Expedition taking the first submarine below Arctic ice. In 1938, a young Everett physician, Dr. Harmon T. Rhoads Jr., was chosen to join these legends on a trip to Antarctica. Harmon Rhoads Jr. was born in Hazen, Arkansas, on Nov. 10, 1911. The next year his family moved to Montana where his father, Dr. Harmon Rhoads Sr., was an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor. In 1924, the Rhoads family with Harmon Jr. and his brothers Charles, James and John moved to 1620 Rucker Ave. in Everett. Later, they lived at 2404 Hoyt Ave., across from Everett High School. By 1939 they moved to a brick home on Cavaleros Hill about three miles east of downtown Everett. Dr Rhoads Sr.’s first Everett office was in the First National Bank Building at Hewitt and Colby; he later moved to the Medical-Dental Building. He was active in the Everett Elks Lodge and other organizations. Rhoads Sr. died

Dr Harmon Rhoads Jr. of Everett (left) with Lincoln Ellsworth on their return from Antarctica. (Courtesy Dr. George Rhoads) in 1941 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Everett. Rhoads Jr. graduated from Everett High School in 1929, a year ahead of schoolmate Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson. He graduated from the University of Washington and the University of Oregon Medical School. In July 1938, he completed his residency at New York’s Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital and went home for vacation. From 1933 through 1936, Ellsworth had led three airplane expeditions to explore and map the continent of Antarctica. Wilkins was technical adviser and organizer of these expeditions and was responsible for finding skilled crew for the 1938-1939 Ellsworth Antarctic Expedition. When seeking a medical officer, Wilkins sought advice from doctors at Flower Fifth Avenue

Hospital (now known as the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center). They recommended Dr. Harmon Rhoads Jr., so Wilkins flew to the West Coast to meet him. On July 28, 1938, Wilkins arrived at Boeing Field in Seattle to for an interview, but Rhoads missed the meeting. He had been fishing. Disappointed, Wilkins flew on to Vancouver, British Columbia, to interview another candidate. On his return through Boeing Field the next day, Rhoads was there to complete the interview. Rhoads accepted the position although, when asked by reporters, he told them such a trip was not his childhood goal. On Aug. 7, he flew to New York to join the expedition with a total of 19 members including Ellsworth, Wilkins, chief pilot J.H. Lymburner,

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“Seven times around the ‘HORN’ in 18 months in this,” reads part of the inscription on this photo of the 135-foot motor vessel Wyatt Earp signed by Sir Hubert Wilkins in 1938. (Bob Mayer collection) end the expedition and return to the nearest port. On Feb. 4, 1939 they arrived at Hobart, Tasmania, where the surgery was performed. Ellsworth disbanded the expedition there and sold the Wyatt Earp to the Australian government for surveying the Australian coast and exploring Antarctica. The ship had served him well on four voyages totaling over

86,000 miles, the equivalent of three times around the world. This was the last privately funded Antarctic expedition and the last for Ellsworth and Wilkins, who, until his death in November 1958, designed cold weather equipment and training for the U.S. military. On March 17, 1959, Wilkins’ ashes were scattered at the North Pole by the

submarine USS Skate. After the expedition, Rhoads, Lymburne and Seid returned to Everett, where they celebrated at the Rhoads family home sharing stories and pictures of their seven month adventure and new penguin friends. The March 11, 1939, Everett Daily Herald reported their return with a front-page story and photo. The March 12 Seattle Times carried additional photos and stories. They told reporters that they would like to return to Antarctica, but World War II ended such expeditions. Dr. Rhoads Jr. practiced medicine with his father in Everett

for about two months before returning to New York City to study plastic surgery. He served in WWII as a plastic surgeon in the US Army Air Force. After the war, Rhoads practiced in New York City and eventually became chief of plastic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital and at New York Medical College. He married and had a daughter, Victoria, and a son, George. Victoria was his medical assistant for many years in his office on East 83rd Street, across Fifth Avenue from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They often enjoyed visiting the museum together during off-hours. She


also remembers as a child viewing his talks and slide shows of Antarctica. George, also a doctor, learned the art of bonsai from his father, who was a bonsai master, and remembers him as an avid outdoorsman. After retiring, Dr. Harmon T. Rhoads Jr. moved to St Petersburg, Florida, where he died on May 7, 2001. Sources: Website www.southpole.com, phone conversations and emails with Victoria Cox and Dr George Rhoads, Everett Daily Herald archives at Everett Public Library, New York Times online archives, Seattle Times online archives, Polks City Directories for Everett WA, National Geographic Magazine July 1936 and July 1939, Smithsonian Magazine October 1990, The Last Explorer by Simon Nasht, Find-a-Grave website for Harmon T Rhoads Jr. and Sr.

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