Senior Times -- September 2016

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September 2016

Volume 4 • Issue 8

‘Fun and excitement’ on tap at annual All Senior Picnic in Pasco BY KRISTINA LORD

Richland barber celebrates 50 years

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Ducks to be dropped Oct. 8

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Prosser assisted living facility remodeled

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Longtime Pasco resident Joseph Diaz looks forward to the All Senior Picnic every year. “It’s a day of fun and excitement. It’s a day to see friends you haven’t seen in years,” the 74-year-old said recently during a break from playing cards at the Pasco Senior Center. Diaz will be one of about 1,000 other Tri-City senior citizens and their families expected to attend this year’s 23rd annual All Senior Picnic. All ages are welcome at the annual indoor event, held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the TRAC facility, 6600 Burden Blvd., in Pasco. The picnic rotates around the Tri-Cities, and this year is Pasco’s turn to play host to the event that relies on more than 100 volunteers and city staffers to put it together. Next year Richland will host and in 2018 it will be Kennewick’s turn again. The event includes a meal, live entertainment and door prizes. “We have seniors who come from all over to attend,” said Vince Guerrero, Pasco’s recreation specialist. This year’s menu will feature pulled chicken, potato salad, baked beans, an ice cream bar and Coca Cola beverages. The Seattle-based Funaddicts, a fourperson cover band, will provide the music. The group plays rock, country, oldies, blues and contemporary pop music spanning generations, from 50s to 60s, to modern hits. “We want to encourage everyone to get out on the floor and dance,” Guerrero said. And that includes the kids. The familyfriendly event is aimed at all ages, he said. uPICNIC, Page 8

Mary Blomberg of Kennewick, clockwise from left, Betsy Deane of Pasco, Dottie Lassiter of West Richland, Bev Hernandez of Kennewick, Christine Nichols of Richland and Carol Sue Perkins of Pasco, meet at the Richland Community Center to discuss ways to promote Initiative 877 that would allow grandparents to petition the courts for visitation of grandchildren. This is their second attempt to collect signatures to get an initiative passed.

Grandparents continue effort to change state law BY KRISTINA LORD

A group of Tri-City grandparents and supporters hasn’t given up efforts to change the state’s law on grandparents’ rights. They collected almost 150,000 signatures in support earlier this year, but it wasn’t enough to get Initiative 1431 on the November ballot. The initiative would give grandparents legal standing to petition a court for visitation rights if they are being unreasonably kept from their grandchildren. The grandparents and other supporters now are back with Initiative 877 and “a

lot more confident” they’ll be successful in collecting the required 247,000 signatures by Dec. 30 so it can head to the 2017 Legislature, said Mary Blomberg of Kennewick, who is helping to lead the effort. “We have to keep the pressure on,” she said, saying 5,000 signature collection forms have been handed out to volunteers. An initiative is a way for the people, rather than the state Legislature, to enact new laws. The Legislature may enact the initiative into law, or may send it to the general election ballot for a vote of the people. uGRANDPARENTS, Page 2

Elder abuse cases on rise across state, nation BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

The number of state and national adult abuse cases continue to climb at an alarming rate. And many more cases aren’t even getting reported, officials said. “The National Adult Protective Services Association website states that only 1 in 44 cases of financial exploitation are actually reported,” said Kathy Morgan, chief of field operations for Department of Social and Health

Services’ Home and Community Services. Many senior citizens may be too scared to complain to anyone because they depend on their caregiver. “I believe the full extent of elder abuse is not known. It’s the ones that linger along that we don’t know about,” said Phil Lemley, a Richland city councilman who serves on the board of the state Council on Aging and as a member of the Southeastern Washington Aging and Long Term Care Council of Governments. uABUSE, Page 14

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Tri-City grandparents and other supporters are promoting Initiative 877 and feel confident they can collect the required 247,000 signatures by Dec. 30 so it can head to the 2017 Legislature.

GRANDPARENTS, From page 1 The new initiative has the same wording as the previous one. “Legislators need to know how many people out there are concerned about this issue,” said Carol Sue Perkins of Pasco. Perkins encourages others around the state and in the Tri-Cities to help with the effort, whether it’s manning booths at area events, fairs or farmers markets to collect signatures, or writing letters to get the word out. “There’s so many things you can do that don’t require going door to door,” she said. “Without this law, judges can do nothing. It’s so imperative.” Christine Nichols of Richland is determined to get the initiative passed so she can see her granddaughter again. She told the Senior Times earlier this year that her granddaughter had lived with her from the time she was a baby until last November, when she was not returned by the father’s family after going to have holiday pictures taken. She’s seen her one time since then. Nichols said her daughter, who struggles with mental illness, left her 8-yearold granddaughter with her as a baby and would come in and out of her life sporadically. But the father’s family has kept the child from Nichols, who has no visitation rights under the law. “I just sent over 80 newspapers a letter to the editor all through Washington state. I have made contact with every senator and every legislator in Washington state,” Nichols said. In 2000, Washington’s visitation laws were dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled they were too broad and unconstitutionally interfered with parenting rights in Troxel v. Granville. In that case, the Troxel’s son committed suicide and the daughter-in-law started withholding the children from the grandparents. A judge granted them visitation, but the daughter-in-law appealed and the Appellate Court sent the case to the Supreme Court. Visitation rights for any third party, including grandparents, have been in flux ever since. Nichols said the old law was too broad and that I-877 is far more specific. “It’s a family issue but now it’s got to be a political issue to have the law changed,” she said. The initiative states that only third party nonparents who are a relative by blood or law may petition the court. In addition, the petitioner must have had a substantial relationship for at least two years, or for half of their life, if they are under 2 years old. For more information, go to, look for “Initiative 877 Children Need Grandparents” on Facebook, call 509-820-2130 or send an email to grandparentsrights300@yahoo. com.

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Richland barber has no plans to cut 50-year career short BY JESSICA HOEFER for Senior Times

When Aaron Hines and his three younger brothers needed a haircut, their dad would plop them down in the kitchen chair and give them a trim. “And then my dad decided I should cut their hair so he didn’t have to, and that was with old hand clippers,” said Hines, 83, who celebrated 50 years as a professional barber in July. “So after I got to cutting my brothers’ hair and doing a pretty fair job, friends and neighbors thought maybe I should cut their hair as well, and sometimes they tipped me—and I loved it.” Hines was 14 at the time, and although he enjoyed cutting hair, he ventured down different career paths, trying his hand as an electrician, carpenter, and even a minister. At one point during the Eisenhower administration, he landed a job at Boeing and helped build the first Air Force One.

“It’s the best decision I ever made.” - Aaron Hines, on becoming a barber “I did a lot of different things,” he said, laughing at the memories. Then in 1965, while changing a tractor tire, Hines injured his back. Washington State wanted to send him through a rehabilitation program, and suggested he attend business school. “And I said, ‘No, I want to be a barber.’ And it’s the best decision I ever made,” he said. At 33 years old, Hines started work at Ganzel’s Barber Shop in Richland, which has been serving the community since 1944. There were

In July, 83-year-old Aaron Hines celebrated 50 years as a professional barber. He works part time at Ganzel’s Barber Shop in Richland where he started his career.

17 barbers and 15 barber chairs then, he said. As a newbie, he had to compete for clients, but he quickly learned how to connect with customers so his chair didn’t stay empty for long. “I developed a system for remembering names while I cut hair, and I’d make notes so the next time they came through the door, I would call them by name and it’d give me an edge,” he said. In the 1970s, Hines left the TriCities and moved near Eastern Washington University in Cheney where he leased a salon on campus for 13 years before moving back and buying Ganzel’s Barber Shop with a partner, Dave Bishop. By 1995, Hines was ready to retire, and he sold his portion of the business to his partner. “But I didn’t like (retirement),” he said. “So I bought a hair salon in Kennewick named Hair Designers. I owned that for about five years.” When he sold that salon, he came


back to where his roots were: Ganzel’s Barber Shop, which is now owned by Freddy Mitzel, who bought it in 2014. “I get along great with Freddy,” Hines said. Along with a new owner, the barbershop has gone through changes, including opening up the space.


Today, there are five chairs and three barbers—although Hines said they could use more. Mitzel and one other employee are full time, and Hines works 14 hours a week, and only in the mornings, Tuesday through Friday. “I open at 8 o’clock and by noon I’m gone,” he said, adding that he stays busy his entire shift. “I had four people waiting at the door for me this morning.” Walk-ins are welcome, and Ganzel’s Barber Shop, at 747 The Parkway in Richland, is open Monday through Saturday. During his shift, Hines said he runs an early bird special for the first hour, charging $12 for a basic cut. After that, the price goes up to $14. Other services, such as beard trims, which cost $5, are available. “I’ve done a lot of Caesar cuts,” said Hines, reflecting on popular styles over the years. “As far as favorites go, mine has to be the business man’s haircut. That’s tapered around the sides and back. I do a lot of elderly men’s hair, and I thoroughly enjoy that. We relate well. I enjoy visiting with them. I understand when they try to describe what they want. It’s a piece of cake—and I like cake.” uBARBER, Page 6


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Calendar of Events Wednesday, Sept. 7 11:30 a.m. Monthly meeting & luncheon National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Red Lion Hotel 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick Thursday, Sept. 8 6:30 p.m. Extending Your Growing Season WSU Master Gardeners Demonstration Gardens 1620 S. Union, Kennewick 509-735-3551 Free event 7 p.m. Presentation: Bird’s-Eye View of the Ice Age Floods Sunset Theatre 102 N. Columbia Ave., Connell 509-234-4971 Free event Friday, Sept. 9 6 – 9 p.m. Swing into Fall with Swing Unlimited dance band Pasco Eagles Club 2829 W. Sylvester St., Pasco 509-586-7609 Saturday, Sept. 10 Noon – 5 p.m. Fiery Foods Festival Downtown Pasco Development Authority Fourth Ave. & Lewis St., Pasco Free event

Sept. 10 – 11 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parade of Homes Various Locations

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Harvest Festival Flat Top Park 4749 W. Van Giesen, West Richland Free event

Tuesday, Sept. 13 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation: New Technologies in Hip Replacement Surgery Richland Community Center 500 Amon Park, Richland RSVP 509-946-1654 Free event

Sept. 17 – 18 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parade of Homes Various Locations

Wednesday, Sept. 14 1 – 7 p.m. Parade of Homes Various Locations Thursday, Sept. 15 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. All Senior Picnic TRAC 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco 509-545-3456 Sept. 16 – 17 Christ the King Sausage Fest Christ the King School 1122 Long Ave., Richland Free event Saturday, Sept. 17 9 a.m. – Noon Free Skin Cancer Screening Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick RSVP required 509-737-3420

Wednesday, Sept. 21 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation: New Technologies in Hip Replacement Surgery Richland Community Center 500 Amon Park, Richland RSVP 509-946-1654 Free event Friday, Sept. 23 Noon – 1p.m. Presentation: Pathology-The Science of Diagnosing Cancer Tri-Cities Cancer Center 7350 W. Deschutes Ave., Kennewick 509-737-3427 Free event Saturday, Sept. 24 7:30 p.m. Time of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil Veterans Memorial Columbia Park, Kennewick Free event

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Senior Times • September 2016 AARP Smart Driver courses set for September

AARP will offer multiple Smart Driver courses throughout the region in September. • 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6: Pasco Senior Center, 1315 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco. Call 509-545-3459 to register. • 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7: Pasco Senior Center, 1315 N. Seventh Ave., Pasco. Call 509-545-3459 to register. • 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12: SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St., College Place. Call 509-529-3100 to register. • Monday, Sept. 19: Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Call 509-5222424 to register. • Tuesday, Sept. 20: Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla. Call 509-5222424 to register. Participants are encouraged to check with their automobile insurance agent for details about a discount that may be available for taking the course. For more information or to find additional courses, visit drive or call 888-227-7669.

Swing into fall with Swing Unlimited concert

Swing Unlimited, a Tri-City based 20-piece swing band, will perform 6

to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Pasco Eagles Club, 2829 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco. Larry Bunch directs the band, which plays a variety of songs including popular swing-style music. Cost is $8 per person at the door. The kitchen is open for dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 509-586-7609 or email beth for more information.

AARP offering free ‘Money Smarts’ class

AARP is offering a free class called “Money Smarts” from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct 26 at the Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick. Learn ways to take control of your financial future, such as how to spend less, invest for your future and outwit the latest scams and schemes. The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Breakfast is included at the event. For more information and to register, call 888-687-2277 or email

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Four-star general reunites with Richland teacher

Of the many fans who met with legendary “warrior monk” Gen. James Mattis during his recent visit to Washington State University, perhaps few stood out as much as Rex Davis of Pullman. That’s because, from 1955 to 1960, Davis was Mattis’ grade school PE teacher in Richland. The retired four-star Marine Corps general who once led the United States’ most high profile military command was a student at Jason Lee Elementary School, where Davis had him climbing ropes, doing jumping jacks and playing kickball. Fifty-six years later, the two were reacquainted when Davis attended a reception hosted by WSU’s Office of the Provost. “I remember how you used to blow that whistle,” said a jocular join its Gold Card Club and be admitted free to all in-district Associated Student Body-sponsored public events, including athletic competitions, held at Kennewick middle and high schools. To qualify, applicants must be retired from full-time employment,

Ex-Washington State University tennis coach Rex Davis, left, with his former PE student, retired Gen. James Mattis. (Courtesy Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)

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Tri-City barbershop chorus lifts voices in harmony BY DORI O’NEAL for Senior Times

The Columbia River Chordsmen know just how to blend their voices, whether as a barbershop quartet, or the entire group singing in harmony together. “Harmony is the unique opportunity to mix pitches in such a way as to spontaneously create new pitches from room resonance,” said Will Talbot, who’s been a member of the group for seven months.

“Just hitting chords together is a balm when they are done right.” - Will Talbot, Columbia River Chordsmen “Anytime we gather together to form something greater than the sum of the people involved, it can be de-stressful. Just hitting chords together is a balm when they are done right.” Thirty-five men make up the a

capella group who range in age from 18 to 83. But don’t think women aren’t allowed. What makes harmony work well are all those harmonic pitches in vocal range, but putting male and female voices together like that just doesn’t work, said member Roy Tidwell, who has been a member since 2004 and has been a musician since 1974. “We frequently perform in conjunction with the (Mid-Columbia) Rolling Hills Chorus ladies group,” he said. “But we seldom sing together because of the difference in voice range.” The Chordsmen formed in 2002 with just a few members and have grown into a regional group, which is affiliated with the national Barbershop Harmony Society. The Chordsmen usually split their performances into several quartet groups, but a couple times a year perform together in concerts around the Tri-Cities. They also perform at retirement centers and for other special occasions around the area, Tidwell said. “This is a challenging hobby that is fun as well as character building,” Tidwell said. “The craft is unique in itself, providing four-part harmony in the unique barbershop style. We

Thirty-five men make up the Columbia River Chordsmen who range in age from 18 to 83. They welcome all male voices of any age to join their ranks. No experience is necessary. (Courtesy Columbia River Chordsmen)

have performed several times in the past few months at rest homes and just completed a stint of about 30 singing Valentines along with a few Mother’s Day presentations. We are currently working on Christmas music but have not firmed up a date for that concert.” There is something unique about adding the flavor of voicing and mixing in four different pitches, Tidwell said. “Even in a women-only group

there still has to be a match in texture with each other,” he said. “If four people hit the pitch dead center to each other, match the vowel formation perfectly, find the exact unique character of timbre (tone quality), and balance the strength of sound coming from each, a wondrous sound emanates.” The Columbia River Chordsmen welcome all male voices of any age to join their ranks. No experience is necessary. Weekly rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Columbia Basin College. For more information, call 509547-0837 or go online to BARBER, From page 3 Hines said he’s cut the hair of a lot of prestigious people over the course of five decades. Because of Hanford, many government officials stopped by Ganzel’s Barber Shop, including a five-star general who worked at the Pentagon, he said. Today, Hines’ customers consist of local boys and men, but he’s a licensed cosmetologist and used to cut hair for women at Eastern Washington University. He also colors his wife’s hair and cut his four kids’ hair. “I raised three boys, and they hated having a dad for a barber back in the days of long hair,” he said with a chuckle. “Sometimes I gave them a choice: You get your grades up and I’ll leave it a little longer.” Hines said whatever the cut, he takes pride in his work. He loves his customers and can’t imagine doing anything else. “I don’t plan on stopping,” he said. “If I can make it 17 more years, I’ll be the first 100-year-old barber in the Tri-Cities.”

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Lucky ducks race to raise money for Tri-City charities BY JEFF MORROW for Senior Times

Playing with rubber duckies isn’t just for little kids in the bathtub. For more than a quarter of a century, Tri-City adults have been racing the plastic yellow toys in the name of charity. Tri-City Rotarians’ 28th annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race is Saturday, Oct. 8, in Kennewick’s Columbia Park. The event has raised more than $2 million. “The money we raise stays in the community,” said Rick Routh, chairman for the Duck Race Board and Committee. “Probably each year, for the last several years, the net proceeds have been between $100,000 and $115,000.” Here’s how it works: Each duck race ticket costs $5. You must be 18 or older to buy one. Each ticket is assigned to a corresponding duck. The ducks will be dumped into the Columbia River at noon Oct. 8. If your lucky duck gets to the finish line ahead of the flock, you win one of 44 prizes. The owner of the first duck across the finish line wins the grand prize, a new 2016 Toyota Prius Two. Routh is quick to point out the event wouldn’t happen without the support of the local business community. “Banner Bank and Toyota of TriCities are our two premier event sponsors,” he said. Toyota of Tri-Cities donated the grand prize, and more than 40 other businesses also have donated prizes.

Rotarians unite

The six Tri-City Rotary clubs work together to organize the annual event: Columbia Center Rotary, Columbia Valley Daybreak Rotary, PascoKennewick Rotary, Richland Riverside Rotary, Richland Rotary and Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary. The international service organiza-

Thousands of ducks dumped into the Columbia River race to the finish line in the annual Mid-Columbia Duck Race, set this year for Saturday, Oct. 8. Ducks cost $5 each. Grand prize is a 2016 Toyota Prius Two. (Courtesy Mid-Columbia Duck Race)

tion founded in 1905 aims to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. All six clubs have their own special fundraisers, said Routh. “For instance, Columbia Center Rotary runs the Bingo Boulevard business in Kennewick,” said Routh, a member of the Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary. “Our particular club uses the duck race as our big event.” He says Sunrise Rotary has sold the most tickets for the past 13 to 14 years. “We average about 150 to 160 tickets sold with our 85 members,” Routh said. All six clubs are involved in the duck race, selling tickets and planning it. “While they’re all individual clubs, the duck race is owned collectively by all six clubs,” Routh said. “Each club provides a member to be on the board each year.” In the Tri-Cities, you could go to a Rotary meeting every day of the work

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week, Monday through Friday, if you wanted to. Routh, who runs Routh Consulting Engineers in Pasco, has been a Rotarian for 25 years. “When it was started back in Illinois, you could have no more than one person from the same industry involved,” said Routh. “That’s obviously changed. But you also need to have the discretionary money to help

with service projects.” Rotarians come from all walks of life, he said. Most are people who own or run businesses, or are involved in business, who want to do give back to their community. “There is quite an array of people involved in the Tri-Cities clubs,” he said. And many of those people look forward to working on the MidColumbia Duck Race. “It’s kind of a spectacle,” said Routh. “You put 40,000 rubber ducks into a Conex receptacle, then dump them into the water. First duck down the funnel wins the grand prize.”

Charities benefit

When it comes time to distribute the money back to the clubs, the payout percentage is based on how many tickets the club sells. “The proceeds from the race are returned to each club in proportion to each club’s ticket sales,” said Routh. It’s up to each club to determine which charity or charities that benefit. “Our club, we tend to rotate charities, although some get something every year,” said Routh. “Some groups are given something every third year.” uDUCKS, Page 10


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Joseph Diaz, 74, of Pasco, wears one of the buttons now on sale for the 23rd annual All Senior Picnic on Sept. 15. He said he enjoys the annual event and looks forward to the music, food and fellowship.

PICNIC, From page 1 Between 70 to 100 prizes are given away at the picnic, many from the 40 or so participating vendors who will offer informational booths, Guerrero said. “It’s very informative and lucrative,” Diaz said. Tri-Tech Skills Center radio broadcasting instructor Ed Dailey, who also hosts the “Legends of Country” radio program, will be the event emcee. The budget for this year’s picnic is $13,000 to $15,000 and sponsors and vendors are still needed, organizers say. Pacific Crest Planning is a major sponsor. The Kennewick financial planning firm has plans to sponsor the picnic for three years, said Kevin Gunn, a risk management specialist with the company. “My heart is in the senior community,” he said. Gunn has big plans for the picnic’s future, wanting to shift the focus from seniors to multigenerational families, so more seniors feel comfortable bringing their families and grandchildren. He’d also like to make sure the vendor booths are more engaging and fun by offering

games, crafts or other activities. He also envisions service club involvement and encouraging Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis club members to sell tickets to promote the picnic in years to come. Cost is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Attendees receive a button to wear that features a number, which is used for door prizes. Ben Franklin Transit will offer shuttle services from each city. Tickets can be bought at the Kennewick Senior Center, Pasco Senior Center and Richland Community Center.

Buttons for the All Senior Picnic cost is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Each button is numbered, which is used for awarding door prizes.

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Get into the spirit of the holiday season with a day trip to the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3. The bus departs at 9 a.m. from the parking lot at Pasco City Hall, travels to the Richland Community Center to pick up more guests and then heads to the Bavarian-themed town. You will have the day to explore and eat. The return trip home will be about 10:30 p.m. Cost is $63 for Pasco residents, $79 for others. Deadline to register is Sunday, Nov. 20. Call 509-545-3456 or visit

Health clinics

Come in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, for a free hearing screening and to get hearing aids checked at the Pasco Senior Center. An appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 509-545-3459. Join staff from the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired to learn about services available to help those experiencing vision loss live a full and independent life. Demonstrations of low vision aids and such as talking watches and magnifiers are available. The free session is 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Pasco Senior Center. An RSVP is recommended by calling 509-545-3459. Dr. Nicholas Gubler of MidColumbia Eyecare Center in Pasco will discuss age-related eye diseases and conditions and offer tips on how to keep eyes healthy and working well into the golden years. The free

talk is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Pasco Senior Center. An RSVP is recommended by calling 509-545-3459. Keeping your feet healthy is essential as you age. Those 60 and older can participate in the Pasco Senior Center’s foot care program, Happy Feet, for Franklin County and Burbank residents. A registered nurse will inspect your feet for early detection of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and other minor foot problems. The nurse also will trim your toenails, apply lotion and provide instruction on properly caring for your feet at home. The service is free, but there is a suggested donation of $12 to $15 per person. The program is available by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Call 509-545-3459 to register.

Wood carving class

Experienced wood carver Gordon Whitson will guide beginners and novice carvers ages 30 and up through basic techniques of the craft, though carvers of all levels are welcome to join the free drop-in class at the Pasco Senior Center. Beginners will have the opportunity to use knives and other carving tools without having to buy them. Tools are in limited supply. Class time is 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays through December.

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Looking for a place to play pool? The Pasco Senior Center offers open pool play for adults 18 and over. Stop in at the front desk to get set up between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Kennewick Senior Center 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick • 509-585-4303 BY SENIOR TIMES STAFF

Take a day trip to the Grand Coulee Dam on Saturday, Sept. 24. The trip departs at 11 a.m. from the Kennewick Senior Center and returns about midnight. Trip includes transportation, buffet-style dinner at Pepper Jack’s Restaurant, Dry Falls Interpretive Center visit and dam’s laser light show. Cost is $84. Register on the web at or call 509-585-4303.


Sign up for adult golf lessons and let the pros help you with your grip, stance, balance and posture. Each golfer will learn at his/her own pace. The class is 9 to 10 a.m. Sept. 3-24 or Nov. 5-26 at Columbia Park Golf Links, 2701 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick. Cost is $76 for residents, $79 for others. Ages 16 and up. Learn basic jitterbug dancing each

Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7-28 at the Kennewick Senior Center, 500 S. Auburn St. Cost is $39 for residents, $58.50 for others. All ages welcome. Get your steps in at the air-conditioned Southridge Sports Complex at 2901 Southridge Blvd. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays for walkers. Cost is $1 per person, per day. The Back to Basics Fitness class features a low-impact and motivational workout combining toning and firming with light cardio to increase the heart rate and improve core strength. Workouts can be modified to all fitness levels and abilities. Classes are 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Cost is $41 for Kennewick residents and $61 for all others. Fees based on nine-week session.

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Industries, Goodwill Industries of the Columbia, Domestic Violence Services, Tri-Cities Cancer Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. Duck tickets can be bought an hour before the event, said Routh. But if you want to get yours between now and then, you can buy them at Grigg’s Department Store and all Tri-City area Ace Hardware stores; Kennewick Ranch & Home; Garrison’s Home Appliance Center; Toyota of Tri-Cities; and all Tri-City area Banner Bank branches.

And there have been instances when charities have come to a Rotary and ask for money during hard times. It’s up to each Rotary’s individual board to decide on helping and how much money to donate. And the list of organizations that have benefitted from the duck race event is long, with more than 50 of them listed on the website. Recipients include Grace Clinic, American Red Cross, Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, Pet Over Population Prevention, TriCity Gospel Mission, Columbia

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Yakima Valley families team up to remodel Prosser assisted living home BY KRISTINA LORD

A Prosser assisted living facility has undergone a major expansion and remodel as well as a name change, thanks to the partnership of two longtime Yakima Valley families. The $2 million in improvements at Amber Hills Assisted Living, formerly Sheffield Manor, finished up about a month ago under the watchful eyes of the brother teams of Andy and Bill Den Hoed and Jeff and Randy Hyatt.

“There’s nothing better that you can do than help people age gracefully.” - Andy Den Hoed, Amber Hills Assisted Living Since 1944, Hyatt Family Facilities has operated skilled nursing facilities in the Yakima Valley. The Den Hoed family are longtime Prosser residents who own Den Hoed Wine Estates. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better that you can do than help people age gracefully. That’s what my main drive is. It’s not just to have a factory where you hold people, without any feeling, where they don’t feel important. We want to make people feel important,” said Andy Den Hoed. The addition of two new wings and 12 rooms at the facility at 125 N. Wamba Road in Prosser will accommodate 40 residents. New features include an in-house salon, spa room with walk-in jacuzzi, new family entertainment room, a new bus with easy wheelchair and walker access and the latest call assist for enhanced safety. Andy Den Hoed thinks about his parents when talking about assisted living facilities. “As far as I’m concerned, my parents are in their 80s and their mind still thinks just like I think. They want a nice place to live, they want fun stuff to do, they want activities. It’s just their bodies aren’t as able to do the things that I can so that’s why they

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need to go into assisted living homes. And my main focus is going to be on activity, being active and having a beautiful place for them to age in,” he said. Randy Hyatt is fourth generation of a family involved in the business of senior care facilities. “We’ve kind of got it figured out,” he said, explaining why the Den Hoeds teamed up with the Hyatts on the Prosser project. “We’ve got a great facility filled with a lot of staff who have been there a long time. Longevity equals experience. We’ve got great partners who are passionate. We’ve got management — we just didn’t start doing this last week — we have experienced operations, a seasoned staff and a nice place to stay. All that should equate to a great experience for a family member,” Randy Hyatt said. Andy Den Hoed said he wants to attract and serve residents from the Tri-Cities to Yakima. “We’re right now drawing from Zillah to Benton City. I’d like to get people from the TriCities and maybe Seattle because a lot of people love Prosser because of the wine business. Prosser’s got a lot going on and I hope we can give something back to the community,” he said. Amber Hills’ 5.5-acre lot borders 30 acres along the Yakima River where Andy Den Hoed hopes someday to build an independent living facility. “I think there’s a need for that, too,” he said. The newly remodeled facility opened Aug. 15. For more information go to or call 509-786-3100.

Amber Hills Assisted Living facility in Prosser, formerly Sheffield Manor, is located at 125 N. Wamba Road in Prosser and can accommodate 40 residents. Rooms currently are available. (Photos courtesy Amber Hills Assisted Living)

The remodel and expansion at Amber Hills Assisted Living facility in Prosser included the addition of 12 new rooms, an in-house salon, spa room with walk-in jacuzzi, new family entertainment room, a new bus with easy wheelchair and walker access and the latest call assist for enhanced safety.

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Richland Community Center 500 Amon Dr., Richland • 509-942-7529 BY SENIOR TIMES STAFF

Join a volunteer-led walk for a conversation about and a good look at some of Richland’s public art. What is it and how does it enrich our lives? Walks are weather permitting. The free walk is 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Meet in lobby of Richland Community Center. Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus tour Saturday, Oct. 1 to Palouse Falls, which includes two separate sections of the Snake River canyon. One of the sections features giant current ripples near Windust Park before entering the mysterious Devils Canyon chasm. From there the route passes through Washtucna Coulee and flood-streamlined Palouse hills to infamous Palouse Falls. On the return trip will be an optional, easy two-mile roundtrip hike along the level Columbia Plateau Trail to witness the giant 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar that towers over the Snake River. Cost is $78 and includes bus

transport, lunch and water. To buy tickets, call 509-943-4100, ext. 108.


Not sure what to do with your old greeting cards? If you have a stack of cards and can’t bear to throw them away, come learn how to recycle. Class is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at the Richland Community Center. To register, call 509-9427529.


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ABUSE, From page 1

Staggering statistics

Last year, 35,500 cases of alleged adult abuse were reported in the state of Washington, according to a DSHS report. That’s up from 2011, when 16,600 cases were reported statewide. Officials with Adult Protective Services, which investigates the cases, believe the increase reflects improved public awareness of the abuse as well as an aging Baby Boomer population. “I think people have always known about children’s abuse and the awareness of reporting it. They’re starting to report adult and

elder abuse,” Morgan said. Morgan said she can’t provide the number of elder abuse cases in Benton or Franklin counties as the state changed its data system last year and it’s no longer available.

Financial exploitation

Morgan said many senior citizens fall prey to financial exploitation. “Right around 26 percent of our cases are financial exploitation,” Morgan said. Morgan also cites a recent MetLife study putting the estimated annual loss of financial abuse nationwide at $2.9 billion. More attention needs to be given

to the elderly, Lemley said. “There are cases of people abusing their parents for their Social Security money,” he said. “We’re outliving our money more and more. And when the money runs out, that’s when things go bad. We’re all living longer. The reality is there. It’s a bad problem, and it’s probably going to get worse.”

Silver tsunami

Baby Boomers — those born postWorld War II from 1946-64 —make up 26 percent of the population in the United States, according to According to a U.S. Census

B u r e a u report, the U.S. population of those ages 65 and older in 2016 is 50 million, or 16 percent of the country’s populaPhil Lemley tion. State Council The U.S. on Aging will continue to age in what has been called a Silver Tsunami, according to projections. The aging Baby Boom generation could mean a 75-percent increase in the number of Americans 65 and older requiring nursing home care to about 2.3 million people in 2030, up from 1.3 million in 2010, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Demand for elder care also may mean a steep rise in the number of people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, which could reach 14 million people by 2050, up from 5 million in 2013, according to the PRB report.

Watching out for one another

Lemley said it’s important to keep an eye out for possible signs of elder abuse because some people don’t have anyone at all. Lemley cites the case of a woman who moved to the Tri-Cities a few years ago with her husband and son. “She had a lot of trouble speaking English,” he said. “Then in a short period of time, her husband died, then her son died, leaving her here all alone.” The woman visited the Richland Community Center, trying to get help, but the language barrier was too much to overcome, Lemley said. After a few attempts, Lemley said the Richland Seniors Association – of which he is a member – was notified. It determined that for the past two years, she had no heat in her home, and she would get through the winters by putting extra coats and blankets on her bed at night. “She needed help with her furnace at home,” Lemley said. “But it turned out her furnace was brand new. She didn’t know how to turn it on. And she had no one to help her.”

How to help

Officials encourage the public to report any suspected abuse. In addition to financial exploitation, other forms of abuse include physical, sexual, psychological or emotional, neglect, abandonment, self-neglect and improper restraint. uABUSE, Page 15

Senior Times • September 2016  ABUSE, From page 14 Watch for suspicious bruises, sores or weight loss; a sudden change in personality; neglect of hygiene, clothing, home, medicine or food; personal belongings are missing; and verbal aggression. People can call 866-ENDHARM (866-363-4276) if they suspect abuse of a vulnerable adult. Adult Protective Services will send an investigator for an unannounced visit. The investigator will interview the alleged victim in private and call law enforcement if necessary. It’s about getting the word out, Morgan said. “We often find out after bad things have happened. We have staff doing community presentations. We work with senior centers and church groups. We just try to inform people, have them looking for the subtle warnings. We need to take a proactive role,” she said. Morgan and Lemley hope more people will step forward to help their community’s senior citizens. “We’re trying to bring it to the attention of the state and at the federal level,” Lemley said. “But if people don’t report it, it’s a problem.”

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Call 866-ENDHARM (866-363-4276) if you suspect abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult. Signs of exploitation

• Sudden changes in bank account or banking practice, including an unexplained withdrawal of large sums of money • Adding additional names on bank signature cards • Unauthorized withdrawal of money using an ATM card • Abrupt changes in a will or other financial documents • Unexplained disappearance of money or valuable possessions • Bills unpaid despite the money being available to pay them • Forging a signature on financial transactions or for the titles of possessions • Sudden appearance of previously uninvolved relatives claiming rights to a vulnerable adult’s possessions • Unexplained sudden transfer of assets to a family member or someone outside the family • Providing services that are not necessary • Individual’s report of exploitation

Signs of physical abuse

Signs of mental mistreatment, emotional abuse

• Bruises, black eyes, welts, lacerations and rope marks • Broken bones • Open wounds, cuts, punctures, untreated injuries in various stages of healing • Broken eyeglasses/frames, or any physical signs of being punished or restrained • Laboratory findings of either an overdose or under dose medications • An individual’s report of being hit, slapped, kicked, mistreated, sexually assaulted or raped • Vulnerable adult’s sudden change in behavior • Caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see a vulnerable adult alone

• Being emotionally upset or agitated • Being extremely withdrawn and non-communicative or nonresponsive • Unusual behavior usually attributed to dementia, such as sucking, biting, rocking • Nervousness around certain people • An individual’s report of being verbally or mentally mistreated

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