New Medicare cards protect personal info


New Medicare cards protect personal info

Between April 2018 and April 2019, Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to help protect you and your clients from identity theft. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security number. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is removing Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer. New cards will have a new Medicare number that’s unique to its owner and will help protect their identity and keep their personal information more secure.

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Senior center gets money infusion

Funding for Spana-Park Senior Center has received a boost of nearly $50,000 from Pierce County. The County Council included $48,000 for the center in a $3.7 million supplemental budget approved in April in support of public safety, parks and community improvements. Councilman Rick Talbert, whose district includes the Spanaway area, said the allocation for Spana-Park

Social programs for seniors get a home base in south Pierce Social programs for seniors get a home base in south Pierce

Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) now has a presence in Graham and southeast Pierce County. The Lutheran Church of St. Paul in Graham is hosting a satellite office for the agency on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Programs represented at the office include Home Care, Meals on Wheels, Senior Friends, RSVP and Senior

Sound Transit fares changing in July

New Sound Transit bus fares, one of them affecting seniors, will start taking effect in July. The transit agency’s board, in action taken in April, approved phasing-in changes to ST Express Fares. On July 1, bus commuters with an ORCA Lift or Youth pass will see a flat $1.50 fare, while senior or disabled passholders

Claudia Thomas was ‘always in motion’ for her city and youths Claudia Thomas was ‘always in motion’ for her city and youths

Claudia Thomas, who as mayor of Lakewood was the first black woman to hold that title for any city in Washington, died May 12. She was 87. Thomas was also one of Lakewood’s first elected officials after it gained cityhood. Starting in 1995, when Lakewood became a city, she served on the City Council until


Wash cars the right way to avoid doing dirty deeds Wash cars the right way to avoid doing dirty deeds

This is the third in a series of articles sponsored by the City of Tacoma, its Environmental Services Department, and the Make a Splash grant program to inform people about ways to limit their impact on local waterways and the overall environment.   More than dirt comes off a car when it’s washed. There’s also

Senior Eats

Springtime and green soup Springtime and green soup

As spring unfolds in the Evergreen State, you’ll start seeing more greens like chard and collard greens at farmers markets and in grocery stores. These plants offer plenty of vitamins and minerals on their own, but blending them into a savory soup increases the nutritional value in a fresh and flavorful way. Collard greens, long

Senior Adventures

A trip to where our beliefs come from

Growing up Catholic (I graduated from Aquinas) means that for all my life I have taken so many things on faith.  Then I entered the Age of Travel.  I toured cathedrals, learned about the Crusades, and began to see it for myself. My first real eye-opener was on a Mediterranean cruise when we stopped at


This Fathers Day, ask him about his health

With Fathers Day coming up, many of us are looking forward to this day of celebration when we can express our love and gratitude for all that Dad has done for us over a lifetime. Those of us with fathers in their golden years may find that Father’s Day becomes more poignant with each passing

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Wesley’s hospice accredited

Wesley Health and Home Care’s hospice care services in King County have been accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a process that validates compliance with state and national standards. “Hospice is an important component of care that’s been on the strategic plan