Step by Step and its volunteers share motherly instincts


Step by Step and its volunteers share motherly instincts

Krista Linden, founder and executive director of Step by Step (located on the former Van Lierop bulb farm property between Puyallup and Sumner), said their mission is to transform the lives of at-risk pregnant women so they will deliver a healthy baby, embrace positive parenting and establish a safe home. At-risk women come through referrals, and Step by Step works with 1,200 women at a time, according to Linden. In order to provide the services these women need, Step by Step relies heavily on volunteers, and a large number of them are seniors.

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Caregivers conference in Tukwila for families and pros

“Giving Care, Taking Care,” a caregivers training conference, will be offered June 4 at the Tukwila Community Center in Tukwila in an effort by its co-sponsors to help caregivers meet their responsibilities through practical skills and resources.  The conference is intended for: Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives).

Study: Frail elderly more likely to die in home fires

A new study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows scientifically for the first time that an individual’s ability to respond quickly to a residential fire determines who dies and who gets injured. According to the institute (NIST), fire-related deaths are more likely among people who aren’t in robust health and primarily 65

Volunteers can give back to communities Volunteers can give back to communities

Do you have four hours a week to help the community? Then the Retired and Volunteer Senior Program (RSVP) in Pierce County wants you. The growing segment of the population age 55 and older is vital to strengthening communities through helping others. RSVP’s focus is to incorporate meaningful volunteer opportunities that provide purpose and a

Classes help caregivers care for themselves

Pierce County’s Aging and Disability Resources is offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a free six-week educational series designed to help family members and other unpaid caregivers take care of themselves while caring for others. The sessions will be held Thursday afternoons from March 15 to April 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Pierce County


Assisted-living and the LGBT community

As the baby boomer generation has continued to grow older, more and more new types of assisted living facilities are being created to accommodate the unique needs of this generation. The assisted living facilities of today are much different than those of the past. Today, these communities not only offer unique living options such as

Senior Eats

Manage what you eat by keeping track of it Manage what you eat by keeping track of it

If one of your current goals is to get a better handle on the food you eat, have you considered starting a daily food record this year? Doing so even for a short time is an effective way to gain insight into your eating habits and make desired changes. People keep food records — which

Senior Adventures

There are non-traditional ways to get away from it all

While traditional vacations remain popular, ecotourism, “voluntourism” and housesitting options are gaining appeal. Younger adults – perhaps fresh out of high school or college – have taken advantage of serving in the Peace Corps or Vista, volunteer adventures, Road Scholar programs, or just travelling on the cheap in new and challenging locations. Today, older adults


Prostate cancer: To test or not to test? Prostate cancer: To test or not to test?

It’s a simple blood test that can help detect a common cancer well before any symptoms. Yet the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA, remains controversial. Men should not undergo this test without first discussing it with their healthcare providers. To understand why, MultiCare Health System urologist Douglas Sutherland says you need to understand both the

Product/Business Showcase

Family Resource and Family Home Care merge

Family Resource Home Care and Family Home Care have merged. The merger, which was effective Jan. 1, was announced by David Lawrence, chief executive officer and owner of Family Resource Home Care, and Jeff Wiberg, president and CEO of Family Home Care. They said the merger joins two of the oldest and largest homecare providers