For green thumbs, dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors


For green thumbs, dahlias come in all shapes, sizes and colors

With hundreds of varieties to choose from in a fabulous array of colors, shapes and flower sizes, dahlias are a must for your 2019 garden.
Not only are dahlias beautiful, but they’re also easy to grow. In the Pacific Northwest, the time to plant is after winter’s last frost, typically between Aprll 15 and June 1, according to Puget Sound Dahlia Association. Just plant the tuberous roots in a sunny, well-drained location, once the soil has warmed to about 60 degrees – or around the same time as you would plant tomatoes. It takes a week or two for the first shoots to emerge, but the plants grow quickly and will be blooming by mid-summer.

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Swank in free screening of caregiver-themed movie Swank in free screening of caregiver-themed movie

“You’re Not You,” starring Hilary Swank as an accomplished classical pianist with a debilitating disease and Emmy Rossum as a directionless young college student who becomes her close caregiver, will be offered May 11 in Tacoma by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources as the latest film in its caregiving series. “This film is the

Call goes out for lower-cost prescription drugs

A nationwide campaign by AARP is aimed at driving down the cost of prescription drugs by advocating for action by regulators and lawmakers, including at the state level in Washington. “Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world,” said Doug Shadel, AARP’s state director in Washington. “Congress, the Administration, and our own state

Opioid ‘epidemic’ can be overlooked among seniors

County and municipal government leaders locally and across the nation are calling attention to the impact of opioids on the health of seniors. A report in February by the National Association of County and City Health Officials stated that as the opioid epidemic continues, older victims of the crisis can be overlooked. They are at

Alternative to Medicare-funded ER visits?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency that oversees the Medicare program—sees a way to help people with Medicare avoid unnecessary trips to hospital emergency rooms. CMS officials said the new voluntary, five-year payment model they announced in February would allow ambulances or aid vehicles to take individuals to their primary care doctor


Preparing emotionally for retirement

Making the decision to retire can be difficult. It’s easy to get excited about the prospect of not working and overlook what a job means to our identity and life purpose. With retirement planning, it can be easy to focus on finances rather than lifestyle. Yes, it is important to plan for maintaining financial responsibilities

Senior Eats

Oh, Canada! What we can learn about food trends from our northern neighbors Oh, Canada! What we can learn about food trends from our northern neighbors

Drink more water, eat more plants and cook more at home, says Canada. Canada’s new food guidelines have transformed from a food pyramid to an “eat well, live well” infographic, which takes a slightly different spin on our current USDA MyPlate recommendations. Specific foods and serving sizes are no longer emphasized in the new guidelines. Instead, the

Senior Adventures

Travel and jumping out of airplanes top bucket lists Travel and jumping out of airplanes top bucket lists

Where does the idea for a bucket list originate? Is it something that a retired couple brings up one day before the beginning of their golden years? Is a bucket list something that you start when you’re young? A recent survey of 2,000 seniors nationally reveals that a large percentage of people start their bucket

Health & Fitness

Measles isn’t just kid stuff

Editor’s note: Measles is highly contagious, and not just for children. As pointed out in the following article from MultiCare Health System, even 50-and-up adults should talk to their healthcare professionals about whether they need a vaccine against the illness. Measles, a highly contagious respiratory virus that causes a distinctive rash, continues to appear in

Business/Personal Finance/Products

How the work rules work for Social Security recipients

Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement their