After 50, age is just a number for these athletes


After 50, age is just a number for these athletes

The only requirement to take part in the Washington State Senior Games is that participants be 50 years of age by the end of the year of the event.But it helps to have a lot of enthusiasm and interest in staying active, which is exactly what the competitors brought to the 2017 games. This was the 21st year of the largest Olympic-style multi-sport event in Washington. Competition for the 2,000 participants took place at various sites through the South Sound,.

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Lessons from hurricanes and flooding apply here, too

The hurricanes and flooding in Texas and Florida brought warnings from doctors and emergency officials about post-hurricane health hazards that can make storm or disaster victims sick or even kill them.  The warnings can apply anywhere in the wake of flooding or power outages:    Carbon monoxide poisoning. You can’t smell it or see it and

Public meetings focus on state’s Alzheimer’s plan

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting town hall meetings in Tacoma, Seattle and Bremerton for discussions of the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. Here’s the schedule: Tacoma, Nov. 14, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. at People’s Community Center, 1602 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Seattle, Oct. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Public

BOOKS: Novel chronicles lives in retirement home

Anne Leigh Parrish, who got her start as an author by winning a college-sponsored contest in Vancouver, Wash., has debuted her second novel.  “Women Within” is a multi-generational story of three women whose paths cross at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance Maynard, fierce, independent and proud, reflects on her long life promoting women’s rights through

Conversations aim to involve people in democracy

A series of new events called Pierce County Conversations are an effort by several community organizations to promote conversations about current topics such as immigration status, student rights, free speech and identifying fake news. Pierce County Library System, along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington and the League of Women Voters of


Transitioning houseplants from summer to winter

Help your houseplants make a smooth transition from their outdoor summer home back inside for winter. The lower light and humidity indoors along with any insects that hitched a ride indoors make it difficult to keep these plants looking their best. Give them a shower before they move indoors.  A gentle blast of water washes

Senior Eats

Bring a big appetite to Dixie’s Bring a big appetite to Dixie’s

Dixie’s Home Cookin’, which has been doing business in Sumner for at least 13 years, is named after the proprietor’s father, a firefighter from Indiana who loved good food in generous portions. It is open for breakfast and lunch, serving everything from a build-your-own omelette at $7.99 to “Dad’s Big Breakfast,” which includes four eggs,

Senior Adventures

A family that travels together has memories together

What could be more fun than a family vacation? I mean a real vacation of a lifetime with the entire family. Well, I just did it. Time moves so fast, and before you know it, the kids are moving away to college, getting married and having children of their own.  I thought it would be


Leg pain might be peripheral artery disease Leg pain might be peripheral artery disease

Do you blame “getting older” for your leg pain or difficulty walking? Do you just accept it and do the best you can? You could actually be suffering from a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD now affects more than 8.5 million American adults, according to the American Heart Association, and if left untreated,

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Full speed ahead for Puyallup retirement community Full speed ahead for Puyallup retirement community

The building permits for Wesley Homes Bradley Park have been approved by the City of Puyallup, allowing the retirement community’s construction to begin. “We’re grateful to the city for working with us to approve the permits, and we’re looking forward to providing residents in east Pierce County a new option for senior living with a