COMMENTARY: Seniors invested in King County; now it’s their turn


COMMENTARY: Seniors invested in King County; now it’s their turn

King County Executive Dow Constantine points out that the county is headed toward a quarter of its residents being at least 65 years old in 20 years–an important reason, he says, why the voter-approved Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy supports senior centers, housing development and repairs, and other services for older adults.

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Half of seniors aren’t being tested for cognitive decline

Findings from the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report show that, despite a strong belief among seniors and primary-care physicians that brief cognitive assessments are important, only half of seniors are being assessed for thinking and memory issues, and much fewer receive routine assessments. In addition to providing an in-depth look at

COMMENTARY: Social Security honors military members and families

Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military’s service members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide. Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible for

Local measles case reported

A Pierce County man in his 40s has been diagnosed with measles. His illness was reported by authorities on May 12, one day after he developed a rash common among measles patients. While it was unclear where the man was exposed to the measles virus, it reportedly occurred between April 19 and May 1. Exposures

Support for students rooted in garden tour Support for students rooted in garden tour

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Puyallup Valley branch is busy gearing up for its second annual Garden Tour to take place on June 22. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance and can be purchased after May 1 online at Brown Paper Tickets and after May 20 at Watson’s Nursery in Puyallup


PEOPLE: Oldest in Washington? PEOPLE: Oldest in Washington?

Ruth Hofto’s 109th birthday was on May 12. And, in what’s become a custom in recent years, it was celebrated with a small party at Community Connection Place, the local senior and community center in University Place, where she lives. Hofto is believed to be the oldest person in Washington and one of the oldest

Senior Eats

Harvesting herbs for meals now and later Harvesting herbs for meals now and later

Enjoy herbs all year for garden-fresh meals, and preserve a few for the winter ahead. Snip a few leaves or leaf-covered stems as needed. For the same intensity of flavor, you generally need two to three times more fresh herbs than dried except for Rosemary, which has an equally strong flavor fresh or dried. Continue

Senior Adventures

Metro Transit routes getting hikers out there Metro Transit routes getting hikers out there

Trailhead Direct – the weekend and holiday transit-to-trails service of King County Metro and King County Parks – returned April 20 with more routes connecting hikers to more backcountry trails. For the second full season of the service, more pickup sites have been added – including the Tukwila International Boulevard Station – with trips to

Health & Fitness

The impact of stress on the heart

Stress can have a substantial effect on your health, especially if it’s chronic or severe. Unfortunately, it’s an unavoidable part of life. When your job is a struggle, you have a family to take care of, and you encounter various challenges on a day-to-day basis, it’s inevitable to start feeling stretched too thin. Excessive stress

Business/Personal Finance/Products

A Social Security ‘spring cleaning’ for retirement

Now that tax season is over, it’s probably a good time to evaluate some financial “best practices” for the rest of the year. A good spring-cleaning can clear out the clutter to let you see a clear path for your future. Social Security is always here to help. Even if you just started working, now