Dream builders


Dream builders

Michael Robinson woke up one April morning wishing his house was better-suited for his elderly, handicapped mother. By that night, he had his wish. “This is a dream come true,” Robinson said after volunteers spent the day replacing a downstairs shower stall, adding handrails in a stairwell, and repairing a second-story deck – all modifications that make the Federal Way residence safer for his mom, Ruth. The Robinson residence was one of 26 that were selected by Rebuilding Together South Sound for the non-profit group’s annual Rebuilding Day, which was held this year on April 28.

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Housing agency receives grant money

Opus Community Foundation has approved 34 grant awards to charitable organizations across Washington, California, Arizona and Oregon, including Shared Housing Services in Tacoma. The grants were awarded to non-profits that strengthen and engage the communities through education, financial literacy, community health services, work readiness programs, and the arts. Shared Housing Services is one of six

Talking about Alzheimer’s and resources

With 108,000 people in Washington among the 5.7 million Americans who are living with Alzheimer’s, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources is offering opportunities to talk about the disease among those who are most affected by it. In October, the county government agency will host a free, six-part series of discussions for individuals with Alzheimer’s

Seminars at libraries offer Medicare guidance

How to get the most out of Medicare will be the subject of seminars at four branches of Pierce County Library System in September and October. Sound Outreach and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) will conduct the seminars, all of which are scheduled for 1:30 to 4 p.m. on: Sept. 22 at the

Partnership produces two more urgent-care centers

CHI Franciscan Health and CityMD have opened two new urgent-care centers in Puyallup and University Place, joining five other CityMD sites to the north in King County. The new CityMD urgent care centers in Puyallup (12005 Meridian St. E.) and University Place (3556 Marketplace W., adjacent to Whole Foods Market) will be open seven days


PEOPLE: There goes the judge PEOPLE: There goes the judge

Frank Dacca, 70, is hanging up his robe as a Pierce County District Court judge. Dacca announced he won’t run for re-election this fall for the seat he has held since 2004. Raised on his parents’ vegetable farm in Fife, Dacca graduated from Fife High School and the University of Washington and served in the

Senior Eats

Eat right, keep moving, and a good attitude can control weight Eat right, keep moving, and a good attitude can control weight

Although health isn’t always dictated by a number on the scale, a healthy weight is promoted for longevity. Look as good as you feel with these tips for eating and weight-loss. Focus on quality. While keeping calories in check is necessary for efficient weight loss, counting them shouldn’t be the primary focus. Rather than continuously

Senior Adventures

Think about your health when traveling Think about your health when traveling

Travel can sometimes feel more daunting than relaxing, between flight delays and bumper-to-bumper traffic. What’s more, it has potential health impacts, including leg swelling and increased risk for cold and flu. “Air travel, long drives, less sleep and added stress can weaken your immune system at a time when you’re around more people and susceptible

Health & Fitness

Emotional state is as important as physical health, but sometimes is ignored

Mental illnesses — including depression and anxiety — are among the most common health conditions in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 50 percent of our population will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. Although many people are

Business/Personal Finance/Products

The facts and costs of Medicare

Understanding Medicare isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s a benefit most working Americans can count on. Here are some facts you might not know about the program. Medicare at 65 If you or your spouse worked and paid Medicare taxes for at least 10 years, you’re eligible for Part A (hospital insurance) at