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Dedicated to helping others Nearly 30 years after founding the Filipino group at Homage, Consuelo Lewis remains a leader with a compassionate heart. By Rachel McKee Special to The Herald When Consuelo Lewis walks into the boisterous Multicultural Center of Homage Senior Services in Lynnwood, her brown eyes crinkle with her ready smile, complementing the jovial atmosphere. Lewis has been an integral part of Homage Senior Services, founding the Filipino group at Homage in 1991. The group has given dozens of people a place to find friendships and remember their native culture. Dedicated to education, advocacy and helping others, Lewis has been a leader with a compassionate heart. The 76-year-old received two master’s degrees in the Philippines, one for supervision in administration and the other for supervision in education. Lewis was a teacher for 16 years before she moved to the United States in 1983 with her husband. In her new home, she began working at Everett Community College as a program manager in the Diversity and Equity Department. Living in Granite Falls, she felt a bit isolated. “It was scary and uncomfortable for me as a Filipino woman,” she said. “People would stare at me and approach me to ask if I spoke English.” She did. She believes she was “the first Asian in Granite Falls.” Lewis remembered a man working at the market in Granite Falls who assumed she did not speak English, gesticulating with his hands to try to talk to her. He was shocked when she spoke English. She

Consuelo Lewis has been volunteering for 27 years with Filipino seniors in Snohomish County. (Andy Bronson / The Herald) remembered him saying, “Oh my gosh, you are the first Asian here!” Lewis did not retreat after encounters like this. Instead she gained respect by “being very visible in the community, organizing different groups, and volunteering in various agencies,” she said. She helped students overcome language and cultural differences during her time as an adviser at Everett Community College. She raised awareness and spoke about domestic violence in Snohomish County. “As Asian women, they always look at us as being humble and shy, but I always tell (Asian women) to be very careful with what they say, but to speak their mind,” Lewis said. Throughout her career and advocacy, she has seen women become more assertive, visible and active in the community. There are more women in politics, leading government agencies and working trade jobs. Lewis established the Filipino American Association of North Puget Sound in 1986. Members told her about their parents and how some were homebound and lonely. In correspondence with

Michael T. Manley, administrator of Snohomish County Division of Aging, she stressed the need for a group for seniors of Filipino descent. During the infancy of The Filipino Group of Homage, when Lewis hosted meetings at her home, there were nine members. Now the group has more than 50 people who meet at Homage’s Center for Healthy Living in Lynnwood. Due to Lewis’ initiative, the Filipino group at Homage Senior Services has been active for 27 years. It offers a meal plan for meal program for Filipino seniors who live in Snohomish County; for $3, members can eat a catered lunch from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday. Homage also provides weekly meals for Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese older adults at the Center for Healthy Living. Seniors also can join activities such as exercise, dancing, karaoke and listening to guest speakers. Everyone is invited to participate in the Filipino group, not just people of Filipino heritage. Lewis said her favorite part of the program is the people and seeing them have fun. Her eyes

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shine and she reflects on the laughter and joy this program brings to the members. “They have that feeling of home here. They forget whatever sickness they have,” she said. Lewis moved to north Everett after her husband died. She enjoys spending time with her neighbors and the community she adores. Her advice for women today is, “Don’t just dream. Work, work, and work on your goals.” Fortunately for the members at the Filipino group at Homage, Lewis dreamed of a place where everyone felt included and worked to make it happen.


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Celebrate diversity on Women’s Equality Day By Nicola Smith Mayor, City of Lynnwood On Aug. 26, we will be celebrating Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, granting women the right to vote. Although the fight for equal rights continues 98 years later, we are Nicola Smith actively writing women back into history. In the Pacific Northwest, there are many women doing good work and

ensuring their names will be written into our history. I am incredibly fortunate to be part of a nationwide, grassroots movement of a new generation of leaders emerging to create effective change. Instead of old school politics, we are building coalitions based on collaboration, mutual respect and the recognition that only a commitment to stewardship will build sustainable communities for our future, and for our grandkids’ future. On May 31, I attended the General Assembly meeting of the Puget Sound Regional Council. As we were taking care of business, I looked around the room in amazement. What used to be a cadre of

politicians made up mostly of men, has now transformed into a diverse group of leaders and community builders. It is an absolute honor to be working alongside strong, courageous, collaborative and fierce women who are championing diversity and inclusiveness, challenging the status quo, and forging new alliances to create lasting change for our community. Snohomish County, and Lynnwood in particular, is poised for big changes. As a designated Regional Growth Center and the future home to Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link Light Rail, we need to be prepared to meet the needs of our growing community. We need to not only bring people to

the table, we need to widen our table, and invite new people to our table. We need to be creative and collaborative. I consider myself a public servant-leader. It is my utmost duty to motivate and empower people to do their best work. I will continue to work hard, to be an inspiration, and a catalyst for positive change, inclusiveness and pride in our community. As we celebrate the many accomplishments of women since the passing of the 19th amendment, we know that there is still more work to be done. So, I ask that you be kind to each other, empower and support the women in your life. When we all work together — we all do better.

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Join us by volunteering your time to help promote advocacy about aging topics and policies and by protecting funding for programs and services that help older adults and people living with disabilities. It takes all of us to participate in advocacy so our collective voices will be heard. The aging population is the fastest growing population. By 2030, older adults (65 and up) will double in number and reach 300,000 in Snohomish County. Advocacy efforts are critical to help assure services will be available to those who need them now and in the future. Grassroots advocacy efforts you can participate in with Homage Senior Services include attending and promoting town hall meetings; calling and emailing legislators; encouraging other advocacy volunteers to email when important funding for services are threatened; occasionally attending advocacy committee meetings; and helping with outreach efforts by encouraging voter registration at health fairs and senior fairs. Why should you advocate? Everyone is affected by aging policies, whether by financially supporting programs through tax dollars or by utilizing aging programs for themselves or a loved one. Homage Senior Services advocates to change community attitudes and misconceptions on ageism; helps people to gain access to resources, funding, and information; and believes every citizen should use their individual power by voting in every election. If you are interested in volunteering to be a catalyst for change and help with advocacy, contact Michelle Frye, volunteer manager, at 425-740-3787 or — Michelle Frye, volunteer manager, Homage Senior Services

By Michelle Frye Volunteer Manager, Homage Senior Services The Volunteer Engagement Program at Homage has needs in the following areas: Student Intern or Volunteer to help with Health Homes: Provide administrative support to a new program that partners with clients who face challenges related to chronic and complicated health problems be less overwhelmed and receive more effective care. Foster Grandparent Program: Older adults provide children with special and/or exceptional needs one-on-one support at community locations such as schools and daycares. Volunteers must be 55 or older. Small stipend for those who meet income guidelines. Friendly Visitors: Volunteers help by providing weekly friendly visits to lonely and isolated older adults in need of interaction and assist with grocery shopping and other errands. Home Helper: Need cleanliness-minded volunteers who would

like to work with seniors living in South Snohomish County. Help seniors and persons with disabilities, often living without local help, living alone, widowed and who have physical limitations with vacuuming, dishes and laundry. Outreach and Administrative Support: Help with reception, clerical, and data entry as needed in several of our social service programs. Senior Companion Program in Snohomish County: Help seniors stay in their homes by running errands, doing light housekeeping and/or providing companionship with weekly home visits. Must be 55+ years and meet income limits. Volunteer Drivers: Help drive older adults to grocery shopping, errands, and medical appointments. Yard Work: Great opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of older residents. If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities or want to know about corporate volunteer possibilities, please call Michelle Frye at 425-740-3787 or email at mfrye@


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Homage hero exemplifies why we celebrate Women’s Equality Day By Nicole Strachila Interim Marketing & Communications Specialist, Homage Senior Services “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.” — Coretta Scott Smith August 26 marks National Women’s Equality Day, and right here in Snohomish County we have a number of inspiring women who are improving our lives and our community every day. One of those women is Homage Senior Service’s very own Martha Peppones. Peppones will soon be celebrating her 27th year as Homage’s nutrition director, and during her time here, has worked diligently to help older adults and people with disabilities in Snohomish County remain fed, healthy and living independently. Peppones and her team manage Snohomish County’s Meals on

Wheels Program and Senior Dining Program, which, combined, provide more than 250,000 meals to roughly 3,600 homebound residents and senior center attendees each Martha year. Peppones The Nutrition Department also helps people sign up for basic food assistance, provides nutrition education and oversees other vital programs like Chronic Disease Self-Management, which offers free, educational workshops for people living with chronic illnesses. Even more moving is the level of respect, love and care Homage staff have for their clients. “We provide compassion. So many of our clients are isolated and alone, that a friendly voice on the


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Peppones continues to be an advocate for nutrition — educating and spreading awareness wherever she goes. She has served on a number of boards and committees, locally and federally, and continues to emphasize the importance of critical programs like Meals on Wheels. “She is a staple, a leader within the agency and a strong advocate for our clients and our community. I am amazed that after 27 years she is still passionately committed to the work we are doing. She is a champion for her employees and the people we serve,” Hammon said. Peppones is just one of many women who are doing incredible things in our community. To all of the women and men out there who are working to create a better world, thank you. Your service and dedication are what makes Snohomish County such an amazing place to live.

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“Let’s go to the Y.” Now there’s a phrase that needs no explanation. Of course, the Y means the YMCA, wherever you are across the country. And an invitation to go means fun! Whether you’re there for swimming, racquetball, exercise, outings, classes, or in some facilities, a place to stay overnight, the Y has always been a place for involvement in the community and physical fitness. The Everett YMCA had its 100th anniversary in January 2001, and as part of that celebration it published the book “The First 100 Years: An Illustrated History of the Snohomish County YMCA,” by Lawrence E. O’Donnell. He gathered facts, anecdotes, memories, and photos spanning a century to bring us a book that is informative and entertaining. This year and next a new chapter should be added to that book, for the Y in Everett is constructing a sparkling new building with swimming pool and expanded community spaces on the eight acres at 4730

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the permanent home of Big Brothers Big Sisters, hosting match introductions and presenting more activity options and outreach in the community. It will become easier for youth to create connections with peers and positive adult role models. This last sentence hearkens back to a passage I found in O’Donnell’s book. This excerpt is from a report submitted in 1905 by Robert Carey, “… it (the association) has done a great service to the community by counteracting the influence of the slot machines, pool rooms, dance halls



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as Fred Witham, the association’s general secretary, pushed the fundraising clock (mounted high on a downtown building) past the completion point, and then took a flying leap into a safety net below. In April 1921 crowds again gathered, and as the YMCA orchestra played, prayers and speeches were given and hymns sung to dedicate the new building. It was a three-story

That galvanized the community, with business owners and local leaders underwriting publicity and forming sixteen teams to raise money. On the last campaign day, one team captain produced 171 subscribers, with $5,250, an immense amount for the time, coming from T.Y. Nabatame, a Japanese merchant. The final tally was read to a jubilant crowd, $183,598. It roared its approval

brick structure in formal Georgian style. The basement had a 20- by 60-foot swimming pool, while the first floor sported a 42 by 82-foot community room, adjacent kitchen, two lobbies, a library, meeting rooms and offices. The second floor housed a huge gymnasium (with a running track circling the gym on a balcony above) plus a handball court, recreation room, classrooms and dormitories. The top floor offered 37 more dormitory rooms, a large classroom and a room for religious work programs. All in all, a top-notch facility. The pool had a huge impact on the program. It became home to Everett High School’s swim program for nearly four decades. Red Cross life-saving classes were held for men and women, and special activities such as a log-rolling competition attracted attention. One of these events certainly would not happen in our time: a “fish party” was held in 1926 for boys who had brought new

members to the Y. The object was to dive and swim for six eastern brook trout which had been released into the water. Several boys were rewarded with boxes of candy for having caught their fish. O’Donnell’s book told the story of the Y through a full century, but a new chapter is unfolding even now. Expansion of services has been constant. By 2001 the number of Y participants was six times greater than the entire 1901 city population. You can imagine how it has grown in the last 17 years. Its programs remain varied and are changing with the times. Helping immigrants is still a part of that work, though the dormitory rooms of the old building will be lost to history when the new building is constructed. The Y can be proud of its past 117 years and the research Larry O’Donnell undertook in chronicling its history. His book is still available online from a variety of used book stores and at the Everett Public Library.


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Minnesota program boosts participation in senior fitness classes By Jackie Crosby Star Tribune (Minneapolis) As she approaches her 80th birthday, Ardella Cherry knows she needs to keep her body moving and her spirits up if she has any hope of remaining independent. Halfway through an eight-week class to improve balance and fitness she already feels more confident. “Getting older can be a process where you feel like you’re a hindrance,” Cherry said at her “A Matter of Balance” class, which was held at her senior-housing complex north Minneapolis. “I look at things as an adventure. Try to have fun.” Minnesota’s aging agencies have spent the past decade trying to get more people to attend healthy-aging classes, which research shows can be a low-cost and effective way to teach those with chronic diseases or at risk of falls how to improve their health.

But it has been a slow and frustrating process at times, fraught with poor participation and canceled classes. In the face of a rapidly aging population, a new statewide initiative known as Juniper aims to exponentially boost participation in the classes by taking an obvious but unusual tack: getting doctors and insurance companies involved. “Part of the problem with our health care system is that for so long patients have treated their doctor as all-knowing,” said Dr. Sara Lindquist, a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Juniper’s director of health care integration. “If we can help patients be more proactive in caring for themselves instead of putting all their care in the hands of physicians who they see only once a year or every six months, it can potentially be a transformative cultural shift.” Juniper — a reference to the evergreen shrub known for its long life

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This year, 580 classes will be offered under the Juniper umbrella, serving 5,200 people. “We’re just starting to scratch the surface,” said David Fink, program developer for the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, who also trains workshop leaders around the Twin Cities. “To really impact the overall culture of wellness of our state, we have to make it a lot easier for a lot more people to find classes, get to classes and understand why they’re useful.” Public health officials have long known that social, economic and behavioral factors are tied to poor health. But with a shortage of geriatricians and financial pressure to avoid preventable hospital readmissions, the medical community is eager find ways to lower costs and improve health. A fall that causes a significant fracture can cost $34,000, and often precipitates a downward health spiral. About a quarter of patients will stay in a nursing home for at least a year after the fall, and one in four people who fracture a hip will die within a year. Minnesota has the third-highest death rate for falls in the U.S., nearly twice the national average, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. “The challenge we have as a community and an aging population is that the intervention for remaining independent is based on such things as preventing injuries, preventing falls — interventions that are not classic medical acute care,” said Dr. Thomas von Sternberg, associate medical director of geriatrics, home care and hospice at HealthPartners, which has joined the Juniper network. “They are more long-term behavioral and attitudinal.” With research showing that patients are 18 percent more likely to attend classes if a physician recommends it, von Sternberg said it makes good medical sense and business sense to make Juniper’s resources a routine part of every primary-care visit.

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In a darkened room, dancers twirl among flower petals, costumed in shimmery, diaphanous gowns on a stage dressed with fanciful carnival masks and movable set pieces — a garden swing, giant teacups and picture frames tilted askew — all in a color palette of white. If you feel like you’ve just walked into a Garden of Eden, rejoice: It’s “Celestial Strings,” a fantasy in white aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Horizon. Billed as a “breathtaking performance beyond your wildest dreams,” the show is a fantasy foray into an enchanted garden that seamlessly transports the audience from one season to the next. “We wanted to look at a show like “Alice in Wonderland,” a trip down a rabbit hole where there is curiosity, wonder, enchantment, anticipation, mystery, and surprise,” said Carnival’s Creative Director, Kerry Stables. The show directed and choreographed by impresario Paul Roberts, who also chose the color palette. Think “Amadeus” meets “Moulin Rouge” meets fairy tale against a backdrop constantly shifting in color and content and a sweeping musical score of contemporary songs — Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life,” Sting’s “Fields Of Gold” and “Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” — given a philharmonic boost with lots of strings. “There is something about the string instrument; it feels emotion and moves you,” said Stables. “What is special about this show is what isn’t obvious. It isn’t predictable.” What is obvious is the visually stunning quality of the show. It is truly a multi-sensory symphony for the soul, one fully worth the price of admission. In this case, admission comes with a Carnival cruise, which includes not only all the outstanding entertainment, but

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College class explains online ‘memes’ to pre-internet generation By Lisa Maria Garza Orlando Sentinel WINTER PARK, Fla. — Nancy Shutts, 78, first encountered internet memes a couple of years ago when her grandson shared a term paper he wrote for a college class. She couldn’t understand what the big deal was about the silly social media images with text — usually related to current events. “I am so left-brained, this does not mean squat to me,” said Shutts, who has a degree in medical technology. “But I’m constantly looking at new things to expand my knowledge.” Shutts and five other seniors came together in a Rollins College classroom to learn about memes and other trending images on the internet from art historian Adrienne Lee. A meme is a still shot — typically from a movie, television show or ad campaign — “that takes on a new

life but is rooted in a context that we all share,” Lee explained to the class, offered for people 50 or older through Rollins’ Center for Lifelong Learning. For example, an image of the late actor Gene Wilder as the title character in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” — with his top hat tipped upward, head resting on his hand and a smirk on his face — has spawned countless “condescending Wonka” memes. Popular topics include mocking social media use, fad diets, and overused phrases. “You know to read those words in a snarky, sarcastic tone because of how he played that character,” said Lee, 39. “Memes are like organisms — they have a mind of their own, and they evolve and mutate.” The lecture series, also explores other art history topics in relation

to modern concepts such as: Are smartphone selfies an electronic version of a self-portrait? Does posting pictures of your brunch on Instagram equate to a still-life painting? “It’s that idea that while the media has changed or evolved, the intent really hasn’t — that’s rooted in human nature,” said Lee, adding that she imagines Monet’s Instagram feed would be bursting with depictions of water lilies and haystacks. Most of Lee’s students said they reluctantly use Facebook to keep track of family and friends but don’t embrace other apps such as Twitter or Instagram. There’s a level of narcissism, they said, with constantly sharing carefully crafted details of one’s life on social media. Apopka resident Yvonne King, who declined to give her age, balked

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