Tennis, everyone?


Tennis, everyone?

Patrick Galbraith, who already was arguably Tacoma’s most accomplished competitor in the sport, now has another claim to tennis fame. On Oct. 13, the United States Tennis Association of the Pacific Northwest (USTA PNW) formally dedicated the Galbraith Tennis Center, a newly refurbished indoor facility at the same site in Tacoma where Galbraith honed his game on the way to international stardom. Activities at the center are literally geared for all ages. For older adults, including some in their 80s, there are tournaments throughout the year and lessons for 60-and-up players.

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What to know as Medicare coverage deadline approaches

The deadline is fast approaching. The Medicare annual election period, during which people with Medicare can enroll in a Medicare Advantage or Prescription Drug Plan, ends Dec. 7. Even if you’re already enrolled in a plan, your insurance company’s drug formularies, provider networks and co-pays may change in 2019. Plus, your healthcare needs — such

‘Reassuring’ news about housing wealth

Housing wealth collectively for homeowners 62 and older in the U.S. grew to $6.8 trillion in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of $177 billion in senior home equity over the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association. The association’s vice president, Steve Irwin, said the numbers “tell a

Fall means leaves and clogged street drains Fall means leaves and clogged street drains

Leaves in their fall colors are a pretty sight—until they end up clogging street drains and creating mini-ponds for drivers and pedestrians to navigate. Local counties and cities are reminding residents to help reduce roadway flooding by keeping storm drains free of leaves. For instance, in Pierce County, it helps a lot if folks check

Guidance for family caregivers

The vast majority of long-term care is provided in homes by family members – spouses, adult children, relatives and friends — and is crucial for the safety and well-being of their loved ones. Few of them have more than on-the-job training, which is why Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the Pierce County Library


BRING IT TO BARB: Dog or cat? BRING IT TO BARB: Dog or cat?

Dear Barb, I’ve heard there are mood-boosting benefits from owning a pet when you are in your 50s and 60s. Is this true? I am alone but not lonely. Open to a furry friend Dear Open, Most of us have heard about the benefits of a dog to calm a child or an elderly person.

Senior Eats

Cook up some bone broth for a dose of anti-aging Cook up some bone broth for a dose of anti-aging

Bone broth contributes to skin health and anti-aging with its ingredients and the composition it acquires through its preparation. Simply put, bone broth is created by simmering water, animal bones, vegetables and various seasonings together, generally for a day. The long, slow simmering releases valuable minerals from the bones and collagen from the joints. Collagen

Senior Adventures

Shorten your bucket list in 2019 with memory-making trips

(Sponsored content) Another one of those quick years is almost over. Think back and look at what you have done and what you have wanted to do. Have you missed another chance to check off something from your bucket list? Well, maybe I have something in the works for you in 2019. Follow along and

Health & Fitness

Flu is here; time for a shot Flu is here; time for a shot

Flu has begun circulating in Washington communities, and flu vaccine is now widely available to protect everyone, according to the state Department of Health. “Getting vaccinated every year against the flu is essential to protecting yourself and your family from this very serious illness,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, the state’s health hfficer. “Vaccines to protect

Business/Personal Finance/Products

‘Junk’ in the attic could be a small fortune ‘Junk’ in the attic could be a small fortune

From baseball cards and sports equipment to postcards and toys, is that “junk” in your attic or basement dusty treasure or just dusty? We’ve all heard of families getting rich from the sale of rare memorabilia. So how can you tell if your stuff is valuable and, if it is, how can you sell it?