Old and told: Filmmaker produces ‘movie memoirs’ for seniors


Old and told: Filmmaker produces ‘movie memoirs’ for seniors

Imagine you are in a movie scene where you are the main character. Your story is told by the camera. Your memory is re-enacted on the screen. You keep your slice of life in time, and you leave your legacy behind. Contemporaries can recognize you. Following generations have a souvenir to remember you by.
Memory Community, a non-profit organization formed by Deyoung Zhou in 2011 in Olalla, has been making this sort of movies for seniors in Tacoma, Seattle and neighboring cities.

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Experts will explain long-term care options

A panel of local experts will address in-home care, adult day programs, geriatric care management, elder law, adult family homes, assisted living, skilled-nursing homes, memory care, Medicare, Medicaid and community resources in Pierce County during the twice-annual “Options for the Future” presentation Sept. 13. The free, information-only event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30

Affordable-housing projects get financial backing

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission recently approved more than $216 million in financing to construct or upgrade almost 900 units of affordable housing—most of them for seniors. More than $70 million worth of projects are in Pierce and King counties. “These projects will improve the lives of hundreds of seniors, as well as other

Alzheimer’s caregiver conference Sept. 17

In Washington, more than 107,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. In most cases, care is provided by unpaid family caregivers. Without their care, many families would be facing untold financial hardships. The annual Pierce County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference will provide information and practical skills for individuals who are providing care or seeking more knowledge

A look at the future of Social Security

The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report in June regarding the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 79 percent


Add some garden eye candy for next spring Add some garden eye candy for next spring

Shorten the upcoming winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas

Senior Eats

Wally’s Drive In takes you back Wally’s Drive In takes you back

Operating in a rural park area on the eastern outskirts of Buckley for nearly 25 years, Wally’s Drive In Restaurant offers a glimpse back to a time when eating in your car was an everyday enjoyable activity and drive-ins were common in every town. Wally’s has a big, colorful sign and welcoming  parking lot lined

Senior Adventures

Quick, fun trips take in state’s sights

How did the year get so far along so quickly? It is more than half over? And it doesn’t seem like we have had enough summer yet. We have instigated “Quick Trips” that just come up spur of the moment. If you are not on the e-mail list, then you won’t be seeing them, so


‘Bed radar’ helps with aging in place ‘Bed radar’ helps with aging in place

Developing and evaluating motion-capture technology to help older adults “age in place” has been the focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Previous research has utilized video game technology and various web-cameras to detect health changes in Tiger Place residents. Now, two new studies demonstrate how monitoring walking speed

Product/Business Showcase

Gentiva Home Health and Hospice now Kindred

Gentiva Home Health and Gentiva Hospice have become Kindred At Home and Kindred Hospice in a move the company said reflects its participation in the nationwide Kindred Healthcare network of home health and hospice providers, nursing and rehabilitation centers and long-term acute care hospitals. Management, ownership and staff haven’t changed, said Tad Covey, marketing manager.