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The power of music…
Music therapy helping victims of dementia By Teri Baker Jan Link....
She’s passionate about helping kids succeed Pages 4
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Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia can leave once highly-functioning and capable people unable to remember loved ones or even what they had for breakfast. They can become withdrawn, angry, depressed, fearful, even delusional. It’s a condition that leaves them, their families and their caregivers beyond frustrated. But there is a ray of hope for improving the lives of victims of this cruel disease. Evidence-based research has shown that music therapy can make a world of difference in addressing cognitive, speech, sensory and motor needs. Snohomish County Music Project, which grew out of Everett Symphony, has partnered with Quail Park Memory Care in Lynnwood for nearly year, beginning with a four-month pilot study that has yielded remarkable results. “I believe music therapy absolutely has the potential to decrease the use of medications in some of our residents,” says
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(left to right): Dester Summers music therapy intern Taylor Woodruff and Ed McClean. To help relieve anxiety, Woodruff spends one-on-one time with each participant. photo courtesy of Quail Park
Christine Browne, memory care life-enhancement director. “With this project I’ve seen how using personalized music play lists decreases anxiety, tearfulness, even combative behavior.” She mentions Cora, 86, whose father died when she was a child. “She’s reliving things,” Browne says. “She’s emotional and anxious. Music therapy has helped her to ultimately celebrate his life. We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and other songs to him and talked about his life. All this helped her
replace traumatic thoughts with positive ones. Now she becomes joyful, sways to the music and sings along.” Another fellow who is often combative calms right down when he hears the song “Big Bad John.” Then there’s Betty, 93, who suffers from delusions. “It’s difficult to redirect her,” Browne says. “Her iPod music alleviates her anxiety, and sometimes she’ll hum all day.” iPod? CONTINUED ON PAGE 12
Hunger and older adults... an ongoing concern By Cheryl M. Keyser In 2013, close to four million low-income older adults – more than 1 in 5 – did not know where their next meal was coming from, according to a recent study from the General Accountability Office (GAO). Nor is this situation new. It is unfortunately “similar to the results reported in 2011, using 2008 data,” added the GAO report. Thus, for some seven years, at least, there has been no major change in getting meals to older adults, despite a growth in the population over the same time period. Furthermore, this affects the most vulnerable older adults – those living on fixed incomes while prices continue to go up. And this continues, even in light of several nutrition programs which provide meals specifically for older adults. Under Title III of the Older Americans Act, geared to those over 60 years of age, congregate meals, such as those served at senior centers, and home-delivered meals, such as Meals-on-Wheels, are available regardless of income. Yet, confirmed the GAO, “fewer than five percent” of those defined
as “food insecure” (read hungry) receive a meal at home or at a senior center. The GAO defines food insecurity as “running out of food before getting money to buy more, skipping meals because there was not enough money for food, or not eating for a whole day because there was not enough money for food.” As the numbers have shown, there are many hungry people in this country who simple cannot afford to put food on the table and cannot find alternative ways to obtain the help they need. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, signed
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by 32 senators, it was noted that “the demand for these programs is great, and in many areas of the country, vulnerable seniors are on waiting lists for services that they desperately need.” The letter request a modest 12 percent increase in the budget for programs under the Older Americans Act, especially those related to “unnecessary nursing home placement or hospitalizations due to poor nutrition and chronic health conditions.” And the problem is not confined to older adults, it also affects what are known as “pre-seniors,” ages CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
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Meeting the transportation needs of Snohomish County By Emmett Heath
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We’ve all seen tremendous growth in Snohomish County, and there’s more on the way. The Puget Sound Regional Council forecasts the county’s population will increase another 240,000 people by 2040 – that’s about 10,000 people a year! In addition, Emmett Heath the county estimates that the percentage of our population over the age of 65 will grow by 50 percent during that time. Keeping Snohomish County
moving – now, and in the future – is Community Transit’s mission. On a busy day, up to 40,000 people ride Community Transit buses, vanpools and DART paratransit vehicles – that’s a lot of cars that are NOT on the road. Our service helps protect our quality of life and helps our economy grow. Last year our ridership increased 8 percent, and it continues to grow this year. Our commuter service to Seattle fills up at the first stop, and people are standing in the aisle for the entire commute. We’re currently stretched beyond our limits to meet demand. Thankfully, we have an opportunity to make investments that
will improve our transit service. Our Board of Directors – made up of elected leaders from around Snohomish County – has placed a measure on the November ballot to increase transit service. If approved, the three-tenths of 1 percent increase in sales tax would cost the average adult $33 a year and would enable us to add: More trips on local bus routes throughout the county, along with longer hours of operation. More commuter bus trips to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington. New service to emerging job, housing, retail, health and education centers throughout the county. New routes, such as Marys-
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ville-to-McCollum Park via Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Silver Firs via Highway 9. More DART paratransit service to accompany the new routes. A second Swift bus rapid transit line between Boeing/Paine Field and the high-tech job center at Canyon Park/Bothell, along Highway 526. More east-west bus trips in South Snohomish County and a possible third Swift line to connect to light rail when it gets here in 2023. Our long term vision is to have a network of multiple Swift lines for fast, frequent bus service throughout the county. Even better, we can begin delivering the improvements right away. If the measure is approved in November, we can have more trips on the road next March. We need these transit investments to help our economy grow and protect our quality of life. Eighty-percent of our riders use Community Transit to go to the work every morning. They’re heading to their jobs, earning a paycheck and boosting our economy. In the evening, 80 percent of our riders use Community Transit to come home. They’re meeting friends, going to Little League games and sitting on the porch with loved ones. We have the opportunity to add more bus trips, take more cars off the road, help more people get to their destinations, and make our homegrown transit service even better. It’s up to us to ensure that our future here in Snohomish County is just as amazing as the community we love today. For more information on Proposition 1, go to www.community transit.org/futuretransit.
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50 to 64. These are individuals who are trying to keep or find jobs in an unsteady labor market and when they do find employment, it is often not enough to make ends meet. It also applies to a growing profile among older adults – those who take in a grandchild to raise. According to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, “77 percent of these households live at or below the poverty line.” Lacking a regular and healthy diet, the consequences can be severe. “Some of the demonstrated outcomes of undernutrition in older individuals include poorer functional status, greater health services utilization and higher likelihood of mortality,” according to an article in the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. However, once able to obtain the necessary food, according to
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the Journal authors, even a short period after eating normally again, the health and mental outlook of the recipients improved markedly. Angela Curtiss is a typical example of an older adult (91 years of age) who needs help and receives it from Meals on Wheels. It is difficult for her to leave her house to shop for food and she also has trouble using the stove and preparing meals. But, she knew where to go to obtain services. Many other older adults do not know there are programs that will help them or are too ashamed to ask for help. On the national level, the Administration on Aging (AOA) has authorized a three-year funding grant to determine the best ways to reach those who may need help. On the state level, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is promoting the availability of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. “Three in five eligible seniors do not participate in SNAP,” according to the NCOA, which attributes this to a lack of understanding about the program. A part of that may be due to the shame mentioned earlier, as SNAP is the new name for the food stamp program.However, it does put some extra money into one’s pocket, estimated at $113 a month, with which to buy food. Locally, all older adults, over age 60, are eligible to lunch at a senior center or can apply for home-delivered meals (Meals on Wheels) if they are homebound and lack support. Unless some significant action is taken, the future looks bleak for many older adults. As the GAO summed up; “if current trends continue, the number of adults who need services like those provided by OAA Title III grants may continue to increase with the retirement of the baby boom generation.” It is already happening.
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Every 13 seconds an older adult visits an emergency room for an injury related to a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are the leading cause injuries, both fatal and non-fatal. The reasons are as varied as the people involved and can be anything from slipping on an area rug or dizziness because of a reaction to a medication. There are ways to prevent falls, but many people ignore them due to a form of circular reasoning. “People who are afraid of falling often limit their activities to avoid situations that might cause a fall,” said Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging. “But limiting physical activities can diminish physical fitness, which makes a fall more likely.” The Department of Health and Human Services has developed ways for a doctor to assess fall risks and reduce them through fall prevention programs “that build strength and improve balance,” added Greenlee. And the National
A “thank you” goes out to Senior Focus readers who responded to our informal survey about how you get (or prefer to get) information, especially when it relates to health and wellness concerns. Results will be published in the next issue of the Senior Focus. In the meantime, congratulations to Jeanne Hackett of Edmonds whose name was drawn for the iPad Air and Carol Falor of Everett who received the $50 gift certificate. Council on Aging has established the first National Falls Prevention Center with a grant from the Administration for Community Living to provide information for consumers and health professionals on how to prevent falls. As Jim Firman, President and CEO of NCOA notes, “falls are not an inevitable part of growing older.” For some excellent fall prevention information visit ncoa. org. – Cheryl Keyser
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By Teri Baker A replica of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland holding a clock and lamenting, “I’m late. I’m late. For a very important date,” sits in the entryway of Jan Link’s house. It’s one of many clocks that grace the not-so-retired teacher’s Mukilteo home. “I like clocks, not to remind me of the time, but the idea of time,” Jan, 74, says. “Time is so frustrating to me because I never have enough of it. All of us have a certain amount of time and we should use it well.” That doesn’t mean all work and no play, but it does mean using her time wisely and productively. Blessed with a fine mind, a superb ability to communicate and a great deal of experience, Jan is
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happily spending her retirement helping kindergarten through college students who are struggling with school to achieve academic success. “Failing kids is the worst thing you can do in life because you’re not giving them a chance,” she says passionately. “In today’s world just coming out of high school doesn’t give you a lot of tools. Washington has a 77 percent graduation rate, but is tied for 48th in the nation for graduates meeting entrance requirements for a four-year college. It’s 50th in third-year college students. Half the students need remedial classes once they get to college. That has to change.” With 38 years as a teacher, curriculum director as well as elementary and high school principal behind her, Jan wanted to give back to her profession, especially by helping youngsters one-on-one. So Jan, with her daughter, started Academic Link, a tutoring center in Kirkland that is still going strong.
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In 2006, tired of the commute, she left running the center in her daughter’s capable hands and started Academic Link Outreach (ALO), a nonprofit organization devoted to educating the public about the need for “outside of
school hours” academic support for higher academic achievement for students. She says ALO also focuses on building relationships with pupils, teachers, parents and tutors that will help students meet and exceed state standards and be better prepared for college or the workforce. Toward that end, Jan got a grant for Path to College Success that followed 50 students in Edmonds from sixth grade through high school to see what works and what doesn’t. She reports, “We learned that weekly monitoring of students, interacting with them when they’re struggling, communicating with parents and rewarding academic achievement are absolutely necessary.” Jan is justifiably proud of Path results. Students were expected to have a 3.0 or above grade average with no Ds or Fs. Ninety percent got As or Bs; nine percent got Cs and one percent got Ds. No one got an F. “Everything we do is done in a positive not a punitive way,” Jan says, “and it works.” Now Jan promotes Learning Labs where middle-school children can get one-on-one help after school. She lobbies individual legislators and works with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and with Boys and Girls Clubs to get a few
school districts to provide Learning Labs. She works all over the state as a provider for Supplementary Educational Services (SES), a federal program that offers free tutoring to students in schools where many students are from low income families and qualify for free lunch. Although she works mostly in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and King Counties, Jan also works in the Tri-Cities where her mother and sister live. It’s a busy life, but she balances it well with gardening, time with her daughters and two grandchildren, and refurbishing antique trunks. Explaining the trunks, Jan says, “I like watching the transformation. It gives me a good feeling that if you take something old and make it nice, it will be preserved for a long time.” She also likes decorative boxes because they, like the trunks, are useful for keeping things organized.
She enjoys spending time in Pullman at the home where she grew up. The farm it stands on has been in her family since 1887. The house, which she describes as three-bricks thick, was built in 1917. She and her daughter bought it several years ago and CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
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rent out the farm, keeping the main house for the family to use. Growing up the middle of three sisters, Jan happily rode horses across the fields with her cousins, older sister and friends, but her mother and younger sister were serious horsewomen who entered shows throughout the Northwest. One of Jan’s fondest memories is of her mother sitting high on her stately horse with its silver parade saddle and bridle gleaming in the summer sun. Jan says being a Bluebird in the second grade, and later becoming a Campfire Girl, made her aware of the value of step-by-step accomplishment as she earned the organization’s signature beads. “Now I enjoy watching this achievement in other people,” she says. “This interest in competition and the rewards of positive recognition carried on throughout my life.”
STRONG WORK ETHIC
A strong work ethic was instilled in her at an early age. High school and college summer jobs included cooking at a camp for blind children, being a mother’s helper, caring for her grandmother, and working at a plant packing frozen peas. During her teen years, she was immersed in school and school activities. She says, “In my world, I didn’t even think about not going to college; it was just expected.” Jan went to Washington State University where she worked in the library. In 1962 she married a man she met in speech class when they were sophomores two years earlier. “The superintendent from Pasco flew up to interview my husband and me and hired us both on the spot,” she says. “He taught high school biology and I taught first grade. All teachers should begin their teaching with first grade, for that’s a lesson in itself. My first class had 36 stu-
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dents, none of whom had attended kindergarten.” She pauses and adds with a rueful smile, “What I didn’t learn in college, I learned that year.” The couple moved to Shoreline, where Jan taught fifth and sixth grades while her husband pursued his doctorate. When he became a professor at Oregon State University in 1970, the family moved to Corvallis. Jan taught sixth grade in Albany while earning a degree in administration from the University of Oregon in Eugene. She became curriculum director for Philomath School District near Corvallis and was an elementary, then a high school principal. Meanwhile, their two daughters pretty much grown, the couple had amicably divorced in 1978. Nine years later she married the district’s high school principal and moved to Snohomish County where her husband became principal at Mariner High and she a principal in the Edmonds School District. The two drifted apart after five years, and Jan continued to work for the district until her retirement in 2000. The job may have ended, but her passion for helping kids succeed didn’t. “When I was teaching, I continually worked to figure out how we could get all students to be their most capable,” she says. “What I saw was that frustration about lack of achievement often led districts to change the curriculum and testing programs.” Dumbing down is not the answer in Jan’s book. “Children need to learn to be accountable. Kids cannot be allowed not to turn in their work,” she insists. “Giving an F is not holding a kid accountable. We need to make kids resilient. They need to know who to go to when they’re struggling, whether that’s a relative, teacher or tutor.” That’s why her tutoring center is one-on-one for all ages through college. Everything is scheduled. It’s not a drop-in center. Classes focus on homework, preparation and strategies for taking state tests, and help getting into college. One of her once struggling students is now at Annapolis; another is preparing to enter Harvard.
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She still keeps in touch with the Path students even though the grant has run out. “They’re my kids,” she says, “and I care about them.” She also cares about the ALO volunteer tutors, many of whom are from RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), who help students succeed.
Jan believes grandparents can play a significant role in children’s success. “Grandparents are saints,” she says. “They can help in so many ways; just listening, buying lessons, taking grandchildren on little field trips like to the airport, a horse show, the beach, and discussing these places with them.” Jan’s academic help extends even beyond ALO, the tutoring
center, talking with legislators and promoting learning labs. She and her daughter give the “little house” that sits on the family farm property near their own “big house” rent-free for three years to a WSU sophomore veterinary student. “Horses have always been a part of our family’s life,” Jan says. “This is a way to help young people studying to care for animals. The students mow the lawn and watch over the place, and we kind of adopt them. We’re on our fourth student now.” Hers is a busy life, but Jan wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’m in great health because the kids keep me young,” she says. “I honestly believe I’ve never worked a day in my life. I picked what I love, and I thrive on it.”
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Club gives vets a chance to talk with others who served By Teri Baker Ernie Arnold knows what it’s like to be under fire thinking this might be his last moment. He knows what it’s like to watch buddies die, hear the screams of the wounded and bury the dead in faraway places. But, Arnold has learned to focus on the good experiences he had in World War II and the Korean Conflict, live a productive life and create a happy retirement. He’s also discovered that veterans can help each other do that too. That’s why he formed the Veterans Club at Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett nine years ago to allow veterans to talk about their military service with people who can truly understand. In no time 20 veterans gathered. Today there are about 40 men and women from every branch of the military in the club, with meetings averaging about 25.
Arnold speaks of Lupe Blankenship who served in Vietnam and of Fred Taucher, a Jew who, as a child, was a prisoner of the Nazis. Joe Polocz, who lived in Hungary during WWII and was forced to join the German army, is a valued member. This is the second vet’s club Arnold has started. The first was in Arizona where he lived in a retirement community. “I was at the clubhouse when a man who knew I was a WWII vet came up to me and said, ‘I have something to tell you. I have to talk to someone,’ and his story came pouring out.” Pilot of a ten-person aircraft, the man had been taking Allied spies out of France when the plane crashed in a field. People ran to help and said they would help hide the group. While they all crouched between two buildings, one of the rescuers pointed toward a French
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girl about 18 or 19 years old and said not to trust her because she was going out with a German soldier. Before he knew what was happening, Arnold watched in horror as someone shot her dead. Arnold says quietly, “He carried that alone for 60 years.” Realizing there were other vets who might unburden themselves to other veterans, Arnold immediately started a still-active club where they could do just that. When he came back to Everett, he did the same thing. “When a new man or woman comes in, we have them tell their story,” he says. “We’ve found that a lot of vets who haven’t told people much about their experience will talk up a storm here.” Talking about his own experience helps foster that. Arnold graduated in the top 10 in his class from Everett High School in 1938 and went to work for Boeing where he worked on B-17 airplanes, which meant he had a deferment from military service after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Six months later Arnold enlisted in the Navy as an apprentice seaman. After a rigorous boot camp he was sent to Hadley Technical School in Missouri for four months. Because he graduated in the top 10 percent of the class, he was upgraded four stripes to Avi-
ation Electrician Third Class. Assigned to the Navy’s Fighting 33 Air Squadron, it was his job to repair electrical problems on planes after air battles. He has vivid memories of being on the hangar deck of his carrier during an attack. He and his crew inflated their own life jackets and threw them to sailors stranded in the water even though it meant he and his crew would be left without that protection if the ship sank. Arnold was on the first carrier transport to New Hebrides Island and also was at the invasions of the Solomon IsErnie Arnold lands, including Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Green Island, and at the invasion of Okinawa. He survived countless bombings, relentless shelling and numerous kamikaze attacks. He would see more action during the Korean Conflict. Long retired as a chief petty officer after 20 years in the Navy, Arnold has a handful of medals and a lot of memories of great men and women in the military. At age 94 is healthy and strong and still fits in his uniform. The Veterans Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard in Everett. Veterans from all branches of the military are welcome.
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Vet club members share their stories Friendships have formed in the Veterans Club, and members often get together at the senior center outside of club meeting times. Here’s what some of them were kind enough to share while hanging out there on a recent Saturday morning. Pierre Wilbourn, 61, is one the senior center’s younger members. When he found out about the club two years ago, he checked it out. “The first time you get to know who’s who,” he says. “The second time it became easier. Most of the guys are older, but they’ve done stuff and we can understand each other. You can’t talk to someone about a military experience if they haven’t been there, even if they’re family.” Wilbourn was in the Navy for 21 years and served in Vietnam and in Desert Storm. He enlisted because he liked his uncle and his uniform. Wilbourn became a SEAL whose primary job was bomb disposal. Then he was sent to sniper school, where he was in the top 10 in his class. “I used to hunt with my dad,” he says. “My longest shot where I hit the target was 1,500 yards.” “I was trained to do it,” the retired master chief says. “I was also trained in the bush to be almost invisible. I learned stealth and how to stay in one position without moving at all for eight hours at a time.” He pauses and adds soberly, “The government trained me and gave the green light to be an assassin. I had 30 kills. It was something you had to do.” The vets around him nod in understanding. They know it’s not easy to pull the trigger on someone. They are glad Wilbourn will share with them. They know that many who have never served can’t comprehend having to do such a thing. Wilbourn doesn’t take it lightly. “Before I got out I spent a year and a half in therapy,” he says. “There was so much anger in me.” He squares his shoulders and says, “One reason we’re here is to help the new vets. We do it in stages because they have no one to talk to. Here they can find a release.” Phillip Thompson, 84, served on a supply ship during the Korean Conflict. Recalling getting a notice he was to be drafted into the Army, he says, “I said, ‘No I ain’t!’ I showed the letter to the Navy recruiter and he said, ‘Sign right here.’ ” He was supposed to be in for two years, but a paperwork glitch kept him in for four. The first tour he was on a destroyer; the second, on a tender. He laughs about that second tour and says, “Where I was it was like McHale’s Navy in the old TV show or like in the movie Mr. Roberts.” His focus on the lighter side helps club members recall some
of their own humorous experiences. The camaraderie and sense of brotherhood often found in active military units is much in evidence in this new unit – the Veterans Club. Milton “Mick” Brown, 90, was 18 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. “I had an older brother (in the service) who was an aviation machinist, and I wanted to do my part,” he says. “I went with a bunch of friends to join up. They didn’t make it in, but I was on my way.” Brown served as a gunner’s mate on a battleship in the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific during World War II. He still has the
shrapnel that blasted into his right hip when a kamikaze plane attacked. It’s a tangible reminder that he’s a survivor.
Jim “Doug” Douglas, 69, was a 20-year military man. A high school friend talked him into enlisting. “He told me women like a man in uniform,” he says, adding with a grin, “And that they had good food.” Douglas joined the Navy Reserves in 1963 and, put on active duty in 1964, was sent to Vietnam for two years. He says a lot of down time was punctuated by flurries of action. He recalls his homecoming vividly. He had served honorably, do-
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ing what his government told him to, and was shocked when his ship arrived in San Francisco to shouts of “Baby killers!” “There were all these hippies and things were pretty tense,” he says. “They were climbing the fence to get to us. So we turned hoses on them in a solid stream and knocked them off the fence. We were told that it was all right because they were trespassing on government property.” Gary Haddenham, 62, stops by for a quick hello. “I enlisted because my dad said I had to,” he says. Haddenham served from 1972-1975 on the aircraft carrier USS Midway in Vietnam. The group doesn’t mind that he doesn’t have time to share. They know he’ll be at the next meeting, willing to talk and to help others share their own experiences.
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If you prefer to research options on your own, visit medicare.gov. There are some tools provided to help you understand your options. Medicare Eligibility Tool: Select the Sign Up/Change Plans tab. Medicare Plan Finder: Provides personalized information about Medicare prescription drug plans, advantage plans, and supplement insurance (medigap) plans. Select the Find Health & Drug plans tab.
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Review your Medicare coverage Do you need help determining which Medicare supplement, managed care or prescription drug plan will best meet your needs? SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor) volunteers and Senior Services staff will be available at locations in Snohomish and Skagit counties to help you understand your health care coverage options and evaluate and compare health and prescription drug plans. There is no charge for this confidential and impartial counseling service. An appointment is required and can be made by calling Aging and Disability Resources at 425-513-1900 or 800-422-2024 after October 1. When you attend the session, bring your Medicare card, a list of your prescription drugs including dosages, your current plan card, and any letter(s) you may have received from your insurance plan.
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Tip to help you feel ‘grateful’ this holiday season Elder Info Have a Question? We Have an Answer!
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I have had a difficult year and, as Thanksgiving approaches, I am finding it hard to feel grateful. Do you have any suggestions?
Often there is pressure to feel grateful and happy as the holidays approach. The media shows images of happy families celebrating the perfect holiday together. Thanksgiving, according to images we see on TV, is supposed to be a time of gathering, a time for feasting, a time for visiting, watching football, going to pa-
rades, and partaking in other various, fun-filled, holiday traditions. However, there are many reasons why it may be difficult to feel grateful. Some people have experienced health problems, financial losses, family misunderstandings, arguments, worries, or the death of a loved one. Major life changes can affect our lives, such as a change in housing, retirement, loss of pet, and loss of ability to drive a car. There is also the barrage of negative news on the TV. As we try to settle down for the evening, the TV brings us events such as war, terrorism, thefts, car accidents, or natural disasters. If you are experiencing losses and stressors and find it difficult to face the upcoming holidays, here are a few suggestions: Identify and acknowledge the difficult feelings and know that
they are normal and valid. Allow yourself to feel the emotions that come with losses and stress. Write in a journal about your feelings. Give yourself “breaks” from these difficult feelings. Connect with others who are positive and supportive. These can be family members, friends, neighbors, professional helpers, co-workers, or former co-workers. Try not to isolate yourself. Draw from the sources that give you strength: your faith, family members, friends, nature, hobbies, or volunteering. Adapt to changes in family situations, and modify your traditions. Be creative with new ways to celebrate or acknowledge the holiday. Acknowledge that in real life nothing is perfect. Re-examine your expectations, and try not to strive for the perfect holiday. Focus on the positive aspects of your celebration.
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I recently had the privilege of crossing paths with Mrs. Jones who shared some of her story with me. She was warm and polite as she welcomed me into her home and made sure that I was comfortable. She looked tired but smiled easily. As we talked, it became apparent this was a very difficult year for Mrs. Jones. There had been the stroke with a hospitalization and rehabilitation stay, worry about finances, and concerns about her son losing his job and home. Given these losses, I expected to hear a story of struggle with sadness, worry and loneliness. To be truthful, there were some of these difficult feelings present during our conversation. However, they did not dominate or take over. No, Mrs. Jones was determined and deliberate with her choices. She explained that she was intentionally being thankful. In fact, Mrs. Jones spoke of how blessed she felt for a kindness shown by a stranger, family member, a small pleasure, and special opportunities. I was struck by her sincerity and gratefulness. She was a good reminder that we can choose our attitude in life situations. It’s difficult but, like Mrs. Jones, we can be determined and
intentional! There are many benefits to gratitude. According to Dr. John Denninger, Director of Clinical Research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, it is important to pay attention to the good things around us. He reminds us that we do not want to ignore or deny the problems in our life. But, we can try to counterbalance our more negative thoughts and feelings with noticing things for which to be grateful. Robert Emmons of University of California-Davis, in his book, Thanks: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier, lists out some benefits of being grateful: Gratitude brings us happiness; gratitude boosts feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm. Gratitude reduces anxiety and depression. Gratitude is good for our bodies: it strengthens the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and reduces symptoms of illness. We are also less bothered by our aches and pains when we are grateful. Grateful people sleep better (count blessings not sheep!). Gratitude makes us more resilient – it has been found to help people recover from traumas. Gratitude strengthens relations – we feel closer and more committed to relations when gratitude is expressed. Gratitude promotes forgiveness. Gratitude makes us want to “pay it forward.” As you go forward this holiday season, think of these words from author Thornton Wilder: “The happiness of life is made up of little things – a smile, a helping hand, a caring heart, a word of praise, a moment of sharing laughter. We are most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” Karen DeGuzman is a Mental Health Specialist with the Senior Peer Counseling Program. Information and Assistance is the gateway to access services for older adults and people with disabilities in Snohomish County. To speak with an I&A Specialist who will listen to your concerns and explore options, phone 425-513-1900 or 800-422-2024.
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Eight trivia questions for the 80th Anniversary By Kirk Larson
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. Here in Washington State, Social Security plays a major part in supporting our community. Over 1.25 million people receive monthly payments. Most are retired workers but about 180,000 are disabled workers and 75,000 surviving spouses. Here are eight questions to test your knowledge of Social Security. 1. In 1935, what budget was given to the newly created Social Security board? A. $0 B. $50,000 C. $100,000 D. $250,000 2. What was the original percentage of payroll tax withholding for Social Security? A. 1 percent B. 2 percent C. 3 percent D. 5 percent 3. How many people tried to use the most-used Social Security number of all time? A. 20 B. 453 C. 1,000 D. 40,000
4. In what year did Social Security begin using computer systems? A. 1949 B. 1956 C. 1962 D. 1971
AND THE ANSWERS ARE:
5. When did the Department of Defense first begin using the Social Security number instead of a serial number to identify military personnel? A. 1954 B. 1962 C. 1969 D. 1974
2. A) Payroll tax withholding for Social Security began January 1, 1937. The original SS contribution rates were 1 percent for the employee and 1 percent for the employer on wages up to $3,000. In 2015, the contribution rates are 6.2 percent for both the employee and the employer on wages up to $118,500.
6. How many phone calls have been placed to Social Security’s 800 number? A. 1.3 billion B. 2.2 billion C. 3.4 billion D. 4.2 billion 7. How many possible combinations does the 9-digit Social Security number have? A. 650 million B. 724 million C. 876 million D. 1 billion 8. How much money has Social Security paid in benefits? A. $125 million B. $40 billion C. $15.2 trillion D. $92 trillion
1. A) In 1935, the newly created Social Security Board had no budget with which to begin operations. The proposed budget for the Social Security Administration for fiscal year 2015 is $12.5 billion.
3. D) In 1938, a wallet-manufacturing company included a sample Social Security card in each wallet. The sample card had the actual SS number of the company’s vice president’s secretary. Until the number was voided more than 40,000 people had attempted to use that number
4. B) On February 27, 1956, Social Security’s first electronic computer system, an IBM 705, posted earnings records, computed benefit amounts, and reinstated incorrectly reported earnings. 5: C) In 1969, the Department of Defense began using the Social Security number instead of a military service, or serial, number to identify personnel in the armed forces. 6: B) Social Security implemented its nationwide 800-number customer service number in October 1988. Since then there have been more than 2.2 billion phone calls. More than 6,000 employees are currently trained to answer calls. 7: D: Social Security has issued more than 453 million SS numbers. There are about one billion possible combinations of the SS number – giving us enough new numbers for future generations. 8: C) Since it began in 1935, Social Security has collected $18.0 trillion and paid out $15.2 trillion in benefits and administrative costs.
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Music therapy includes individualized playlist CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Karla Hawley, director of music therapy services for SCMP, explains that when the music therapy started, she spent time every week with each participant developing a playlist of 20 songs. Family members helped by suggesting tunes their loved one used to sing. Now when a resident becomes agitated or fearful, the staff soothes him or her with the personalized music. There’s a great deal of science and a heavy dose of common sense in music therapy. Neurologic Music Therapists must have a bachelor’s degree; advanced training in music therapy treatment techniques, including how to read physical and emotional responses to music; complete a six-month internship; and pass a rigorous
exam to become certified. They must also be proficient in at least four instruments: voice, guitar, piano and percussion. Another aspect of music therapy enhances life at the memory care center. Hawley has identified songs that everyone seems to react to positively and can be used in a group setting. If a popular song of yesteryear has a negative association for any person, it doesn’t make the group playlist. To focus on each individual and create a safe place for them, the group is kept to six to eight members. It becomes a community within the community. A group in session at the moment illustrates how group therapy works: “Oh what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day.” The familiar lyrics from the musi-
cal “Oklahoma” evoke smiles from the elders as they join in one or two at a time, some in full voice, others more quietly and one simply miming the words. Seated in comfortable chairs, they focus their attention on Taylor Woodruff, a charming young music therapy intern, as she moves around the circle engaging each elder one on one. Hawley explains that the song helps them orient to present day. Woodruff strums a guitar, tells them it’s Thursday and gives cues to tell what month and season it is. “We choose songs with a definite one-two-three-four beat,” Hawley says. “They have to have a solid four-on-the-floor beat. Music has a way of waking a person up, especially songs we grew up with. Once we wake up, we need to be socially, emotionally and cognitively engaged.”
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Being physically engaged helps, too. A delightfully animated Woodruff pulls a wagon into the circle and tells her charges, who are happily singing “Hey, Good Lookin, what ya got cookin’?” that it’s time to do some cooking of their own. She pulls out “ingredients” made of cloth. The group sings all four stanzas, some from memory, some reading from songbooks, as she passes out the makings for spaghetti. One person gets noodles, another tomato sauce; someone gets a pan and others a couple of meatballs. As fellow intern Victoria Gillman mimes playing the violin, Woodruff produces a whiteboard decorated like a stove top and goes from person to person, calling each by name as they add their ingredient to the pan. The last to participate uses handheld shakers to season the dish with salt and pepper. These dementia residents are not only enjoying music, they’re using listening, memory and social skills and improving locomotion. Some pretend to lead the orchestra, mimic playing an instrument or tap their feet to the beat. Hawley looks on, pleased to see the residents having fun. “You should see them when we play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” she says. “They each get a ball and get to hit it with a boom whacker. That’s a lightweight holCONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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low plastic tube tuned to the Cscale.” It takes a person who loves music and loves people to be a music therapist; qualities Hawley says her interns have in abundance. Music therapy is not offered in most colleges. The only one in the Northwest is Seattle Pacific University. Woodruff, who graduated from Kansas State, says, “I knew I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer all day. My high school choir teacher suggested I look into music therapy so I learned more about what it is and who it works with and got excited. And it was offered at a college in my very own state.” She says she’s thrilled about the opportunity to work with the residents at Quail Park. “I like this population,” she says. “Coming here is the highlight of my week and always makes me smile. I see individuals come in confused, but after the music their anxiety is relieved. The group is fun and a place they can be silly for awhile. Older people are to be valued. I love coming here. I feel like I’m making a difference in their day.” “I love how playful and spontaneous we get to be with them,” adds Gillman, who was trained at the University of Arizona. “It’s crazy to think this is our work because really we get to come here
and play.” Gillman, who has been with the Music Project for a year, will soon be board certified. “Music groups are an opportunity to make personal connections,” she says. “It’s not about performance; it’s more
Gillman smiles and says, “They notice if we had a haircut.” One man calls the weekly gathering the Togetherness Group. The memory others thought was gone has kicked in, and he reminds Woodruff that the group is
“My favorite part,” (Karen) Hawley says, “is being able to use the music to offer them a piece of themselves back by stirring up some memories from 70 or 80 years ago.” process and person oriented. “With the Music Project I get to work with several populations from youth to seniors.” Speaking of the Quail Park residents, she smiles and adds, “I’ve developed a real fondness for them.” Browne says she is pleased with the caring attitude and professionalism Hawley and the two interns display. “We want to address our residents’ individual needs, focus on what they can still do and nurture their present relationships,” she says. “Music therapy really helps us do that.” The day’s music group is going strong as members clap to the beat during the goodbye song that signals the end of the session. The song is repeated until each person has been individually named and heard the others sing, “I’m so glad you came.” For some the benefit outlasts the moment. Gillman and Woodruff glow with excitement as they report that participants remember them even after two weeks.
supposed to have its picture taken the following week. “Music therapy gives people a sense of belonging,” Browne says. “It’s been so eye opening for us and for family members. We’re
able to make real connections.” Browne pauses and says softly, “We had a patient on hospice here. The songs on her iPod helped soothe her. When she died, we offered the iPod to her daughter. It’s a cherished memory of her mom.” “My favorite part,” Hawley says, “is being able to use the music to offer them a piece of themselves back by stirring up some memories from 70 or 80 years ago.” SCMP has been so successful that music therapy sessions continue at Quail Park beyond the pilot study. In addition, Living Care Lifestyles, Quail Park’s parent company, is considering bringing music therapy into its other facilities. See related article on page 24
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Qualis Health seeks patients and families to speak out on delivery of healthcare When you or a family member received care at a doctor’s office, hospital or nursing home, did you think there were things that could have been done better? Do you have ideas about how to make sure other patients and families get the best care possible? Share your perspective – and help improve how healthcare is delivered. Qualis Health, Medicare’s Quality Improvement Organization for Idaho and Washington, is looking for patient and family advisors to advocate for healthcare that centers on the needs and preferences identified by patients and families, rather than care based on assumptions about what people want. Qualis Health works with medical providers and consumers to improve the quality of care for people with Medicare. Qualis Health does not provide healthcare to patients. Instead, the non-profit organization works toward a vision of better healthcare, better community health, and lower costs. They are experts in evidence-based quality improvement methods, and their work to improve healthcare is not complete without the voices of patients and their family members. What do patient and family advisors do?
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Marysville joins the Alzheimer’s Café movement In September, a new Alzheimer’s Café was started at the IHOP restaurant 16518 Twin Lakes Ave. in Marysville. The next one is October 12, 2-4 p.m., and will continue on the second Monday of each month. An Alzheimer’s Café is a place where persons living with Alzheimer’s disease (or other dementia) may socialize in a supportive environment where there’s no judgment or expectations. In 2012 the Greenwood neighborhood in north Seattle organized the second Alzheimer’s Café in the U.S. Today, monthly Alzheimer’s Cafe’s take place throughout Puget Sound as well as in dozens of communities nationwide. In this model, a restaurant or café sets aside a specific time to especially welcome people living with dementia. They offer a simplified menu and staff who are aware of the customers’ special needs. There is no fee to attend. The cost is just for items ordered from the menu. “People living with dementia and their families and caregivers often struggle with isolation as they feel less comfortable going out into the public,” says Moe Pocha, program manager at Full Life Care’s Snohomish County Adult Day Health Center. “At an Alzheimer’s Café people can enjoy socializing in a relaxed community setting. There is no set agenda and everyone is accepting and nonjudgmental.” The inaugural Marysville café welcomed 14 attendees (seven persons living with dementia and their care partners). No RSVP is needed; walk-ins are welcome. In addition to the Marysville location, an Alzheimer’s Cafe is
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offered at Pagliacci Pizza, 10200 Edmonds Way, Edmonds on the third Monday of the month, 2-4 p.m. For more information about the Marysville or Edmonds Alzheimer’s Cafes, call Moe Pocha at 425355-1313 or visit alzcafes.org. The website also lists other Puget Sound locations. The Marysville Alzheimer’s Café is sponsored by Alzheimer’s Association-Washington State Chapter, Center for Healthy Living, Caregiver Support Program of Snohomish County, Full Life Care, IHOP, Senior Services of Snohomish County, and the Stillaguamish Senior Center.
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ECA DEMENTIA-INCLUSIVE SERIES 2015/16 The mission of ECA’s NEW Dementia-inclusive Series is to create opportunities for individuals with memory loss, their family members and care partners to engage and experience joy through music, theatre, and film. For more information, contact Gillian Jones, Education & Outreach Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.275.9483.
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952)
Saturday, October 10 | 10:00 am $10 General Admission / All 3 films for $25 $2 Arts for Everyone tickets available based on financial need. Please contact Gillian Jones to apply. Singin’ in the Rain is a special co-presentation by ECA and Northwest Film Forum, made “dementia-inclusive” with the consultation support of Elderwise. Although the event is designed for people affected by dementia, their care partners and family members, Singin’ in the Rain is open and welcoming to an all-ages audience.
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This 4-session drop-in class is taught by theatre professionals from Taproot Theatre. Through improvisation and theatre games, workshops promise 90 minutes where individuals experiencing early stage memory loss (ESML) find success as they learn new things, interact socially, and live creatively in the moment. To register, contact Gillian Jones, Education & Outreach Manager, at email@example.com or 425.275.9483.
PETER PAN (1924) with live harp accompaniment by Leslie McMichael Saturday, March 5, 2016 | 10:00 am $10 General Admission / All 3 films for $25
$2 Arts for Everyone tickets available based on financial need. Please contact Gillian Jones to apply.
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20 October/November 2015 Senior Focus
Red cedar monument has enduring history Perspective on the Past By Jack O’Donnell Of all the western red cedar monuments in Snohomish County probably the largest and the most enduring is the drive-through stump now located in the rest area at Milepost 207 on I-5 between Smokey Point and Island Crossing. The huge tree, some 20 feet in diameter, 200 feet high and over 1,000 years old, grew in the fertile Stillaguamish valley just south of the river. Joe Husby, “The Sage of the Stilly” who wrote for the Everett Herald, wrote in an August 15, 1963 article he was an eye witness to the fire that destroyed the tree some 70 years earlier in July 1893. His family’s cabin stood in a clearing only 400 yards away. A young, single, lonely hired hand had discovered that mature cedars such as this one were hollow, and the dead wood facing the hollow inside was tinder dry in the summer. This was one of about a dozen he set fire to just to watch the inferno. Husby said the fire raced up the flammable hollow from the opening between two stems sending smoke high above the surrounding forest. The young man’s action was one of pure destruction; but
Husby reminded readers that had the tree not burned, within the decade, loggers would certainly have taken the marketable timber and probably would have destroyed the enormous bowl of burls. For years, what remained of the tree was a backdrop for photographing groups of people, including Husby’s school picture when he attended the Old District No. 22 Island (Crossing) School nearby. In 1916 the two burnt-out stems projecting about 100 feet in height, each with several burntout suckers, were removed. Paul Wangsmo and Ole Rodway cut archways in the stump allowing room for a vehicle to pass through. About this time a new road was surveyed to connect Marysville with the Arlington-Silvana road. The stump stood on the right-ofway, about 30 feet from Ole Reinseth’s barn. When the road was built, the stump was just east of the road before it made a Y into the other road creating a triangle where the Island School stood (River Rock Smoke Shop and Island Crossing Counseling Services are now in this triangle). The stump became a tourist attraction, and a tradition of creating post cards began. In 1922 the Stillaguamish Association of Washington Pioneers sponsored a movement to trim the big bowl. It was sawed off near the ground. Ole Reinseth and Slim
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Did you know that we offer computer classes? Did you know that you can request the type of class you want and we will try to arrange that for you?
Did you know that ballroom dancing with Lauren Petrie will be held on October 24 and New Year’s Eve from 1-3 p.m.? Entry fee is $5. Age 50+.
Did you know that when the senior center is not open and there is an event at Xfinity, you can park in spaces 1-39 and pay $5 which helps support functions at the senior center? Did you know that our Annual “Octoberfeast” on Saturday, October 10, 9:30-12:30 is free? It’s a great way to check out senior living food as well as senior insurance and finance options? Some call this a Taste of Retirement; we call it a win-win for all. Did you know that the vendors pay a fee to be here and the fee helps pay for our USO dance? Did you know that we are counting on you to attend?
Did you know that we will host our 5th Annual Ernie Dunton Memorial International Table Tennis Tournament on November 7 and 8? Open to player age 50+. Sign up required by October 25.
Did you know that we will host our 10th Annual USO dance on Veteran’s day, November 11? Admission is free for Veterans. You must be age 50+ to attend. Tickets available after October 1.
Did you know that due to unforeseen circumstances, our 40th Annual Holiday Bazaar has been postponed until 2016?
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Husby used horse teams to drag it north 150 yards where it was set on a concrete base. This put it in the school triangle at the south tip of the yard. While at this location, a roof was added to protect the stump from the elements. By 1939 the stump was cracked. It was taken apart, ready to travel to its third location alongside the newly realigned Highway 99 to the west, just north of Portage Creek. It was reassembled – without an overhead roof – in time for Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha of Norway to drive through on May 27. I am certain that other readers join me in having photographs of themselves here as children. Highway 99’s name was changed to Interstate 5 by the late 1960s, and another road-building phase was underway as the route was converted to a divided limited-access highway. The stump was in the way and would have to move yet again. By early September 1969 the smaller trees which shaded the parking area had been felled, and preparations were underway to move the giant stump to the new rest area about seven-tenths of a mile south. The stump was in its fourth location by 1971, just a little over a mile from where it grew. On September 14, 1984 it was nearly destroyed by another fire. By the time firefighters arrived flames were pouring out both sides of the archway. A protective metal covering was removed, and the blaze was soon under control. However, embers in deep fissures in the wood continued to burn which threatened the base of the stump. Finally a spray machine was used to saturate the wood and make it unnecessary to cut into the wood. It is no longer possible to drive through the stump. A metal framework is inside supporting a protective roof. This is probably one of the least used rest areas for most of us in the county since it is so close to home. However, it is worth a visit to see this relic dating to the Middle Ages. An informative sign has much of the information included here and a map showing all four locations.
The stump where it grew. View looks north. The old Island (Crossing) School would have been in the background to the left of the stump.
The stump in its second location at the southern tip of the school playground. View also looks north. A roof has been added and an informational sign above the arch. Note the signs on the tree itself directing motorists to Stanwood or Arlington.
The stump in its third location where it was in a turn out for north bound traffic on the new highway. View also looks north.
The stump in its fourth and probably final location. View looks westerly. This is an early photograph in the rest area. Today it looks much different with the braces and roof and new trees grow all around it. – images are from Jack O’Donnell’s post card collection
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Alzheimer’s – steps taken, but it’s back to the lab by Cheryl M. Keyser “The risk of Alzheimer’s increases with age, and as baby boomers get older, the number of people developing the disease will rise to levels far beyond anything we’ve ever seen before,” said Maria Carrillo, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Association (AA) Chief Science Officer. To find ways to prevent, treat, or cure this scourge was the focus of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) of scientists, researchers, and other experts held this summer in Washington D.C. under the sponsorship of the AA. Although promising steps were taken, there was no single finding that stood out and it was back to the research labs with just a few more pieces added to the intricacies this disease presents. Those attending – from around the world – indicated the seriousness with which the need for a solution is taken. It is estimated that more than 28 million people in the United States alone will develop Alzheimer’s between now and mid-century and its manifestations will be more severe. Furthermore, the cost of caring for individuals with this disease will also grow. It is expected that by the year 2040, Medicare spending for Alzheimer’s patients will represent almost 25 percent of all the health program’s costs. As Carrillo added, “public funding for (Alzheimer’s) research is extremely limited compared to the magnitude of the problem.” And she noted, investments in treatment for other illnesses such as heart disease and cancer have produced some positive results, reducing the death rates from these conditions. “Now is the time to do the same for Alzheimer’s disease,” she asserted. What has been accomplished? Although the conference drew on the work of many and made some significant observations, no magic bullet has been found. The steps uncovered are incremental – and small – for such a heartbreaking illness. Among the findings are some which are gender-based, others involving the biochemistry of the brain, and others which offer hope of some delay in its progression. Although Alzheimer’s affects both men and women, it is predominately a female disease. Almost two-thirds of older adults who have Alzheimer’s are women, and even those with a mild case will see a decline in cognition two times faster than men. “Our findings suggest that men and women at risk for Alzheimer’s may be having two very different experiences,” said Katherine Amy Lin of Duke University Medical Center. She interprets this as indicating “yet undiscovered gender-specific genetic or environmental risk factors that influence
the speed of decline. Uncovering those factors should be a high priority for future research.” In what seems like an odd point to study, but which turns out to have significance, is that while all older adults are at risk for longterm problems with cognition and functioning after surgery which involves general anesthesia, men had less of a problem than women. “This is one of the first studies to suggest that among older adults, women are at a higher risk for post-operative brain dysfunction than men,” said Katie Schenning, M.D. of the Oregon Health and Science University. All of this sounds grim, but new drugs being tested may provide more hope. These work on two areas of the brain that have been identified for a long time as being possible culprits in the cause of the disease – the amyloid plaques and tau tangles, known as “the hallmark lesions of Alzheimer’s.” Several groups, including pharmaceutical companies, are studying drugs that could remove the effects of these toxic elements. NeuroPhage Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Mass. is due to begin clinical trials in people on one of these in early 2016, drawing on
its expertise in protein testing. The Alzheimer’s Association, along with British and Canadian scientists, have launched a global initiative to research brain diseases which has been funded with $1.25 million. In another finding, researchers have a new tool to help people with dementia improve the quality of their lives – exercise. There is “a growing body of evidence,” according to the AA, that regular physical activity may reduce the risk of dementia. Danish researchers found that people who exercised had far fewer neuropsychiatric and depressive symptoms. A similar study in Canada found that “aerobic exercise such as running and brisk walking, may be a very promising strategy against vascular cognitive impairment,” said Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of British Columbia. She did, however, caution these results need to be replicated in larger and more diverse groups. Also announced at the Conference is a campaign by the Alzheimer’s Association to raise $5 million for a new program, the Women’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative, to award grants for study into gender-related issues
Family Caregiver Conference The Alzheimers Association will host two family caregiver conferences in Snohomish County. The first conference will be held October 10, 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., at Alderwood Community Church in Lynnwood. Workshops include Effective Communication Strategies; Assessing and Addressing Pain; and Building Your Safety Net. The second conference will be held February 27, 2016 at the Stillaguamish Senior Center in Arlington. Workshops include Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related Behaviors; Managing Mind, Mood and Stress for Family Caregivers; and Reawakening the Person with Music. Pre-registration is required and can be made online at alzwa.org or by calling Debbie at 206-3535500, ext. 8169 by October 7 for the Lynnwood conference. There is no charge for family caregivers thanks to the Snohomish County Long-Term Care and Aging and Verdant Health Commission underwriting the event. which may affect dementia. As Carillo noted: “results presented at the AAIC 2015 begin to shed light on this issue, but much more research is needed. “ For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.
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When to Supplement: Part One
Supplements shouldn’t be a replacement for healthy food Meal Times All the Nutrition News You can Use
Ciera M. Buzzell RDN, CD
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Because vitamins and minerals cannot be produced by the body, food must be consumed to obtain these essential nutrients. They work with other nutrients for optimal functionality, growth, and development of the human body. Older adults face many physical changes that directly affect nutrition status including a decrease in calorie needs, reduced absorption of nutrients, and slower digestion. These changes cause an increase in nutrient needs, for example, vitamins D and B12. Evidence suggests that the way these two vitamins are metabolized changes as the body ages, indicating possible need for supplementation. Aside from physical changes, factors such as genetics, chronic disease, some medications, multiple medication use, physical mobility, and poor dietary habits can lead to possible deficiencies and malnutrition. Research demonstrates there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to supplementation in Ciera Buzzell is a registered dietitian with Senior Services Nutrition Program. For information about Senior Nutrition, call 425-347-1229 or 800824-2183.
the elderly population. Therefore, vitamin and mineral supplement intake should be considered highly individualized based on the factors listed above.
Vitamins, 14 in total, are chemical substances that perform a wide range of functions in the body. These include neurological and immune function enhancement, tissue maintenance, and cell protection and repair, all of which can lower risk for developing chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease or cancer. Vitamins are divided into two subtypes, water and fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins (Bcomplex and vitamin C) can cause adverse effects if taken in megadoses; however, symptoms are shorter and quickly remedied through loss of bodily fluids such as urine and sweat. Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) can be toxic if taken in excess because of the body’s difficulty in excreting them. Vitamin overdoses are rarely related to food intake and are mostly from over-supplementation.
Like vitamins, minerals are required for the body to function. Minerals are classified into two subcategories: macro and micro/ trace. Macro minerals include calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and
OCTOBER MENU Fri: Coleslaw vinaigrette, teriyaki chicken, rice, asian vegetable, mandaThurs: Coleslaw vinaigrette, sweet rin oranges. & sour chicken w/stir fry vegetables, rice, mandarin oranges. October 19 – 23 Fri: Tossed salad, tuna melt, hot pasta Mon: Hearty lentil soup, egg salad salad, fresh fruit. on wheat bread w/lettuce, apricots, cookie. October 5 - 9 Tues: Fruit salad, chicken parmesan Mon: Citrus salad, spanish omelet, on spaghetti w/sauce, green beans, potatoes o’brien, pudding. garlic bread stick, sherbet Tues: Dilled cucumber salad, baked Weds: Taco salad w/ beef, cheese & sole almondine, rice pilaf, brussels rancho beans on chips w/salsa & sour sprouts, pineapple. cream, pineapple, flan. Weds: Tossed salad, baked chicken Thurs: Oktoberfest. Bratwurst w/sauthigh w/gravy, roasted sweet potatoes, erkraut & peppers, bavarian potato broccoli, pears. salad, apple strudel. Thurs: Vegetable soup, grilled turkey Fri: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed & cheese sandwich, chips, fresh fruit. potato w/gravy, kale, fresh fruit. Fri: Tossed salad, meatloaf, mashed potato w/gravy, carrots, fresh fruit. October 26 – 30
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sulfur and are needed in larger amounts than the micro/trace minerals including chromium, copper, fluoride, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc. Regardless of subcategory, minerals work together and with other nutrients by combining with one another to form bone, teeth, cartilage, and body tissues. Minerals also help to stimulate muscle contraction, e.g., the beat of the heart. They also play a role in maintaining fluid balance within the body’s tissues.
Information on nutrition is abundantly available through many forms such as online articles, social media pages, family and friends, books, and magazines. With this increase in technology and accessibility, information can’t be regulated and often leaves the average consumer vulnerable to not only misunderstanding, but misinformation. The result can have dangerous consequences. Therefore, consultation with your healthcare provider is essential because he or she can order laboratory tests to assess most vitamin and mineral levels. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) can conduct a thorough diet analysis to better evaluate the need for supplementation. If your doctor or RDN has recommended a supplement, knowing what to look for is important. There are many over-the-counter choices available in every CONTINUED ON PAGE 23
Asparagus, Mandarin Orange, Chicken and Rice Salad The 30 minute power packed recipe below is a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins A, C and B6, thiamin, niacin, folate, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc, and a good source of vitamin E, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron and copper. Serves 2. 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed 1 11-oz can mandarin oranges, drained, reserve juice 6 ounces cooked chicken breast, cut into chunks Instant brown rice to make 1-1/2 cups cooked Vinaigrette
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon rice vinegar 1-1/2 tablespoons mandarin orange juice 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce In a small bowl whisk vinaigrette ingredients; set aside. Cook rice according to package directions. Place asparagus in a large skillet with 1-1/2 inches of water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2-5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and cut into 1-inch pieces. In a medium size bowl, toss all ingredients. Nutrition information per serving: calories: 440; total fat: 11g; saturated fat: 2g; protein: 33g; carbohydrates: 51g; cholesterol: 70mg; dietary fiber 6g; sodium: 300mg.
Meal site menu – what you need to know Meal includes 1% milk, roll or bread and margarine. Fresh produce is subject to availability. Substitutions may be made without notice. Suggested meal donation is $3 ($6 for non-eligible person). For information, call Senior Nutrition, 425-347-1229 or 800-824-2183.
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Volunteer Connections Volunteers wanted! John McAlpine
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RSVP exists to help older adults 55+ find fulfillment in volunteer work and will match your lifetime of skills and experience to the organization of your choice. Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for persons over 55 and the only agency where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County. No matter where you live we can probably match you with a job. Volunteer Transportation – If you have a few hours a week to spare; a vehicle with working lights, brakes, horn; and want to be of service to others, this is a job for you. Clients need rides to the doctor, dentist and other essential errands. Taking the bus isn’t always an option. We match you with someone in your general area, and you help him/her get to and from the appointments. Drive as often or as little as you like. Mileage reimbursement is provided. We are really in need of drivers in the Monroe and Gold Bar area. Food Banks – Food banks all over the county can use help. We have openings
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store, which can be overwhelming. Always look for industry quality seals, such as USP, when buying supplements. Quality seals verify identity, potency, purity, bioavailability, consistency and good manufacturing practices. Most vitamin/mineral supplements are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but not all are. So take caution! If you take a multivitamin/ mineral supplement, make sure it has only 100 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). No matter how helpful supplementation can be, do not forget that mindless supplementation can produce toxic and dangerous pharmacological effects if taken in large doses. Poor nutrition can be caused by both inadequate and excessive levels of nutrients and more does not always mean better, especially with vitamins and minerals. Multivitamin/mineral supplements are not replacements for healthy foods in your diet. A “foods first” approach is always the place to begin. Supplementation can fill nutritional gaps where healthy eating is insufficient. When structuring your diet,
in every food bank. You can help clients, pick up food, work in the back or provide other support. The food banks are located in Stanwood, Arlington, Marysville, Lake Stevens, Everett, Lynnwood, Snohomish and Mountlake Terrace. Red Barn Community Farm (RBCF) – The harvest season is upon us and the Red Barn Community Farm can use help. Work parties are every Saturday starting at 10 a.m. (excluding holiday weekends). There are also opportunities for groups to help. Located in the Lowell area of Everett, the RBCF provides fresh, organic produce to local food banks. If you like being outdoors and in the fresh air, this is for you. Tutors/Mentors – Even though school has just begun, there are opportunities to help children with their reading. You can be of assistance all over the county. Help out for an hour or two a week or every day. Work in school or after school. Call me to find out where. Tax Preparers – Before you know it, tax time will be upon us. I’d like to ask you to call me and let me know if you can help. The United Way and AARP both have tax preparation programs designed to help low income families and individuals. Training is provided, and there are jobs behind the scenes at sites all around Snohomish County. If you have questions about RSVP, volunteering or any of the agencies you see listed above, contact John McAlpine at 425-374-6374 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
remember to choose a wide variety of foods from healthy sources including lean meats, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, legumes, low-fat milk and milk products, fruits and vegetables. Last, always consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and/ or a medical doctor for proper dosing and initiation of supplements before use.
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Music Project benefits community in many ways By Teri Baker What was once the Everett Symphony has evolved into the Snohomish County Music Project, a thriving nonprofit organization that uses the power of music to transform the lives of individuals and the entire community. The project combines the services of dedicated, talented musicians; nationally board-certified music therapists; and members of the community to form an artistic hub that is creating positive change in the county. Here’s a look at what the project is doing:
Music was used as therapy long before the term was invented. In 1697 British playwright William Congreve wrote in The Mourning Bride, “Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.” Although often misquoted as “soothe the savage beast,” the message is clear. The biblical record from over 2,000 years earlier recounts that when he felt tormented, Saul, Israel’s first king, would call for the shepherd David to play the lyre (a u-shaped harp) for him, and that it always made the king feel better. Modern scientific research has helped figure out why this is
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so and how music can help with cognitive and behavioral issues among those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The music project uses highly trained neurologic music therapists to work with not only that population, but with others. There’s a program for at-risk teens where they can get guitar instruction, write songs, do group drumming and have jam sessions. Another music therapy program helps Vietnam-era veterans, and another works with men over 50 who are prone to depression or suicide. Referrals come from veterans organizations, social services, the healthcare community and the juvenile justice system.
Helping nonprofits help others
Although it has no in-house orchestra, the project contracts with passionate, talented musicians who make up the Sound Edge Orchestra which hold events and fundraisers to benefit other nonprofits. Among them is an annual performance at Senior Services fundraiser to augment the agency’s critical programs for helping seniors and the disabled. Performances usually include a 40-piece orchestra and a five-piece cover band paying tribute to artists of the sixties and seventies.
Northwest Music Hall
Snohomish County Music Project also manages the Northwest Music Hall located where the old Everett Mall Theater was. Now a spacious, multipurpose performing arts and events center, the hall is a popular venue for performances, nonprofit fundraisers, educational events, seminars, business meetings, holiday parties and weddings. For more information about the music hall or any facet of the Music Project, call 425-258-1605, visit scmusicproject.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A box of fortune cookies By Saralee Perel I was always uneasy around a disabled person until I became one myself. The proper term is “differently abled” but “disabled” works for me because after all, who isn’t disabled in one way or another? My husband, Bob, and I were at the supermarket. “I have to buy fortune cookies,” I said. “David’s bagging groceries today.” David is very tall and thin and looks about 45. Years ago, he was in a car crash and suffered a traumatic brain injury. “When David’s working,” I told Bob, “I buy him fortune cookies and say, ‘These are for you to have good fortune.’ He never remembers me, but that doesn’t matter.” With difficulty (due to my spinal cord injury), I hobbled to David. I was using my cane with one arm. The box of cookies was tucked under my other. He didn’t see me at first. He was diligently and ever-so-carefully putting shoppers’ items in bags. He said kind words to each customer. Simple words that came from his heart: “I hope you have a wonderful day, sir.” “David?” I said, repeating his name until he could figure out I was there. I handed him the cookies and said, “These are for you to have good fortune.” He had a five-year-old kid’s look of astonishment. “Are these for me?” He then looked around as if he had done something wrong – as if he shouldn’t be taking the time to hold a box of cookies. The cashier appeared annoyed at him. He stammered to her, “These are a present to me, from this young lady.” He pointed to me. “She paid for them and everything.” I had put the receipt with the box because I had a strange feeling he’d be questioned. Yet, even though David had explained, the cashier still insisted that I confirm he was telling the truth. I said, “These are paid for. They’re a gift for David.”
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She begrudgingly nodded and said to him, “Then you can keep them.” He said, “Oh thank you.” He was so excited. “These will be my lunch!” He awkwardly reached out to hug me, not noticing the impatient look from the cashier. What a pair we made, with me being so short and him being so tall that I couldn’t reach up around his shoulders. As we hugged, we were both wobbling so hard that we needed to hold onto one another for balance. Yet, wobble and hug we did. It was heartbreakingly beautiful. Then I walked away. Ever since I’ve been disabled, I’ve noticed the stares. Most have been kind “Can I help you?” stares. Children stare at my cane, wondering what it’s for and if they can play with it. Some adults avert their eyes when they see me. That’s what I used to do – before. On the ride home, Bob said, “Sometimes I’m uncomfortable around disabled people.” “You’re not uncomfortable around me.” “That’s because I don’t see you that way.” “What way? “I don’t see you as different.” I could see gorgeous water lilies on our ride. Did their varied colors mean that one was “different”? I don’t think so. Each one was lovely in its own way. I pictured David in the back room of the supermarket, savoring his lunch of fortune cookies. And just like I knew him to be – sharing his good fortune with everybody else. Award-winning columnist, Saralee Perel, can be reached via her website saraleeperel.com
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Petries celebrate 70th Anniversary Congratulations to George and Thelma Petrie who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. George and Thelma met at Northern Montana College in Havre, Montana. During World War II, George served as a naval aviator in the South Pacific. Thelma went to Washington D.C. to work for the government but transferred to Seattle after the war started. They kept in touch and married on VJ Day in Fresno, California. August 15, 1945; it was the day that Japan had surrendered and George and Thelma surrendered their hearts to each other and the family that they would build. The Petries eventually settled in Everett where George retired as Paine Field Airport Manager and as a Navy commander in the Navy Reserve. Thelma retired from the government and much
later from Mariner High School. Both have been active in local community charities. They have three children and two grandchildren. Like Us On…
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Books offer hope for the future with his family, his friends and the world.
Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman Another very short book. Alice Hoffman shares lessons she learned about making choices following the death of loved ones and her own medical scares. With chapter headings of Choose your Heroes, Choose Whose Advice You Take, and Choose to Love, she guides you through the possibilities in making your own choices for the future.
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By Bonnie Gerken Fall has arrived and winter is on its way. As the trees lose their leaves and become silhouettes against the sky, I find myself thinking about those who are no longer with us. We’ve all had major life traumas, and dealing with grief can be difficult. Looking forward to the rest of your life after a loss may be helped by learning how others have dealt with something we’ll all experience at one time or another. There are many books on the subject to choose from at your local library and bookstore; here are a few that will give you something to think about and a hope for the future.
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult Jenna Metcalf is searching for her mother who mysteriously disappeared many years before from an elephant sanctuary in New Hampshire. Told in alternating chapters by Jenna, her mother, a psychic, and a former police/now private detective. Together, they discover what happened that fateful day and the effect that grief can have on people and elephants. Fiction
Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein Subtitled A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life. And that is exactly what the 73-year-old author does in this short memoir as he figures out how to live a good, gratifying, and content old age with the help of the ancient philosophers and a few old Greek men. A gentle and optimistic guide to living the best possible rest of your life.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman Ove knows the right way to do things and also, that he is surrounded by idiots. After his wife dies, he feels that he should join her. But people keep interfering with his plans. Funny, sweet and heartwarming. Fiction Benediction by Kent Haruf In a small town in the high plains outside of Denver, “Dad” Lewis has received word that he has only a few more months to live. During those months, we learn what kind of man he is and how his illness affects his family, neighbors and friends. Fiction
Mortality by Christopher Hitchens Christopher Hitchens chronicles his own decline from terminal cancer with truth, dry humor, and no self-pity. In less than 100 pages, he describes how his disease transformed his relationship
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Thank you… Community Sponsors
Senior Services of Snohomish County serves more than 38,000 seniors, people with disabilities and those who care for them each year. Our community sponsors play an important role in helping us provide nutritious meals, safe and affordable housing, accessible transportation, and access to services through aging and disability resources.
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Reduce hunger, isolation, malnutrition and chronic disease through Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining. Provide a safe and affordable place to call home through Home Repair and Affordable Senior Housing. Increase mobility and independence through DART (Dial-A-Ride Transportation) and TAP (Transportation Assistance Program).
Help people ﬁnd the support and resources they need that improve their health and well-being through our Social and Information Services Senior Service proudly acknowledges the following sponsors for their annual support and commitment to seniors and people with disabilities in Snohomish County.
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Screen captures – they’re easy to do Ask Mr. Modem Helpful Advice for Computer Users
By Richard Sherman
How do I capture or save what appears on screen?
Depending on the version of Windows being used, press the Windows Logo Key and the Print Screen key, which is sometimes displayed as the PrntScrn or PrtSc key. Pressing the Print Screen key copies what appears on screen to the Windows Clipboard. You can then paste it into another document or email message. If you want to capture only the active window – the window in which you are currently working – and not any other window that might be lurking in the background, hold down the ALT key first, then press the Print Screen key. When I create a screen shot of
a window or an error message or some other dialog box, I paste it into Windows’ integrated graphics program called Paint, which can be found under Programs > Accessories or just go to Start > Search and type in “Paint.” You can use any other graphics program as your pasting destination, then save the resulting file via File > Save, if you wish.
When sending a message using Gmail, I needed to include a link to a website. When I typed it, there was no color and no line underneath it telling me that it was an active, clickable link. I had to go down to the bottom of the email toolbar, highlight the address, then click the link button so it showed up as working. Is there an easier way to do this?
You really don’t have to do anything to the URL or web address. When you are typing a link in your Gmail message, it will not show up as an active link. However, as
soon as you send it (or preview it), it will appear as a living, breathing, colorful clickable link to your recipients.
I’m using Windows 7. How can I change my account name? The computer was given to me by my daughter and it shows her name. Thanks, Mr. M.
You can change the name that appears on screen when you log in quite easily. To change the name displayed, click Start and type “account” (without the quotes). From the search results, click User Accounts followed by Change Your Account Name. Type in a new name, then click Change Name. Presto, change-o! You can also delete any user account and create a new user account in its place, if you wish.
Lately, when I view photographs, there are no red colors or reddish tones in the pictures displayed on screen. If I print them, they’re fine. Is there some kind of adjustment
At Heritage Court, we care for those with Alzheimer’s and Memory Loss Our community provides a secure, warm and comfortable environment, allowing our residents and their families to have peace of mind.
I can make to fix this problem?
Possibly. Most monitors have adjustment capabilities that can fine-tune the hue, among other things. Feel around the top, bottom and sides of your monitor for any such buttons or touchsensitive surfaces. If you are using an older monitor, you may find a hinged door that opens and contains several buttons or dials, similar to older television adjustments. The easiest way to determine if your monitor is the culprit is to hook the monitor up to another computer. If the problem persists, you will know it’s time to replace your monitor. If the problem disappears, then it’s most likely a problem with your system’s video card and any reputable computer repair shop should be able to check that out and replace it, if necessary.
Mr. M’s DME (Don’t Miss ’Em) Sites of the Month BBC’s Country Profiles Geography buffs and travelers will appreciate this site’s historic, economic and political profiles on nations around the globe. The site also provides interesting information about well-known international organizations and covers subjects of international interest such as the environment, technology and business. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_ profiles Cheap Cooking If you’re not paying attention, restaurants and supermarkets can leave your monthly food budget in shambles. If you’re interested in lowering your food bill, without lowering the quality of your edibles, this site is full of culinaryrelated advice, recipes and other useful information that focuses on great food on a tight budget. After browsing the articles and recipes, check out the tips on shopping and “kitchen organization” – an oxymoron, if ever there was one. cheapcooking.com/
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The Same Game Invented by Kuniaki Moribe (as if you didn’t know) in 1985, the board is filled with different colored bubbles. Clicking two or more adjoining bubbles of the same color will make them disappear. Bubbles no longer supported by removed bubbles will fall down, and empty columns will be trimmed away by the remaining bubbles sliding to the left. By removing a number of bubbles you will be rewarded with points. Therefore, the more bubbles you remove at one time, the higher your score will be. The object of the game is to clear the board completely, with the highest score possible. mah-jongg.ch/samegame To subscribe to Mr. Modem’s awardwinning weekly computer-help newsletter and receive personal responses to your questions, visit MrModem. com. – Senior Wire©