Bask in the mask


Bask in the mask

Doing your part to curb COVID is socially responsible. It can also be comfortable and help the hard-of-hearing, too. So wear the mask. Please. For everyone’s sake. Governor Jay Inslee and state Secretary of Health John Wiesman made that clear when they announced a mandatory face covering order for Washington. “Until a vaccine or cure is developed, this is going to be one of our best defenses. Inslee said. “As necessary economic activity increases and more people are out in their communities, it is imperative to protect all of us.”

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Annual Alzheimer’s conference moves online

The annual Pierce County Alzheimer’s Conference is usually held in-person. But for 2020, it will be an online event because of COVID-19, while still providing information and practical skills for individuals and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The conference will offer one-hour sessions at 1 p.m. on the four Thursdays of September. It’s

Tacoma joins push for age-friendly communities Tacoma joins push for age-friendly communities

In February, AARP Washington officially welcomed the City of Tacoma into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, kicking off a public commitment on behalf of the city to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. AARP state director Doug Shadel presented Mayor Victoria Woodards and City Councilwoman Lillian

King County offers payment plan for overdue property taxes

More financial aid is coming to King County property taxpayers affected by COVID-19. In June, the Metropolitan King County Council approved a new form of property tax relief that gives the county treasurer the task of designing and implementing a payment plan for 2020 property taxes. Once it’s in place, the treasurer will offer a

Goal: A dementia-friendly Pierce County Goal: A dementia-friendly Pierce County

With an aging population in Pierce County, the number of people living with dementia will increase. Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSN) is getting ready by working to create a dementia-friendly county. The social services agency South Puget Sound region, based in Tacoma, received a nearly $1 million, three-year federal grant last year to improve dementia


Fixing relationships with adult kids brings ‘personal growth’

Ten million Gen X and Baby Boomer parents have estranged adult children. Parents wonder: How did this happen? Where did I go wrong? Over time, holidays, birthdays, and even the birth of grandchildren may pass in silence. Anguish may turn into anger. While time, in and of itself, does not necessarily heal, actions do, and


Preserving garden produce now will set up wintertime meals Preserving garden produce now will set up wintertime meals

All your hard work in the vegetable garden is paying off with a bountiful harvest. Fresh produce is filling your garden, countertops, and refrigerator while the garden keeps producing more. Preserve some of your harvest to enjoy throughout the winter with some tried-and-true or updated variation of food preservation techniques. Hanging bundles of herbs to


Escape, anxiety merge for campers and hikers during pandemic Escape, anxiety merge for campers and hikers during pandemic

For people in the Puget Sound region, persevering through dark winter months often means clinging to the idea that summer will be full of outdoor adventure. But this year, as the coronavirus pandemic became increasingly lethal, trails closed and activities like hiking, climbing and camping — which sometimes require months or years of planning — disappeared from people’s schedules

Health & Fitness

COMMENTARY: Budget cuts threaten lives in long-term care COMMENTARY: Budget cuts threaten lives in long-term care

In response to Washington’s budget shortfall due to COVID-19, state agencies have proposed devastating cuts to long-term care services – $220 million under the worst-case scenario – which would kick 1 in 3 current recipients off of various support programs. Long-term care services keep seniors and people with disabilities healthy by assisting with daily activities

Personal Finance/Business/Products

Boomers can make money online and on their terms Boomers can make money online and on their terms

Today’s uncertain economy could put a comfortable retirement even farther from reach for many who lack adequate savings, but there’s a bright spot:  New technology has handed baby boomers an unprecedented opportunity to earn online, according to an International Living report that focuses on the 100 best places for retirees to earn a flexible side-gig