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Never too old to be strong and fit

Chris Lunn is 81 years old, but to watch him in action, you would never know it. Years ago, after his back went out, he joined the YMCA for a strength and stability class that taught slow and methodical movements. When the leader of the class moved on and the class was in danger of being canceled for good, Lunn took over. “I told the Y, ‘I can teach that class,'” he said. The rest, as they say, is history.

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News

Call goes out for lower-cost prescription drugs

A nationwide campaign by AARP is aimed at driving down the cost of prescription drugs by advocating for action by regulators and lawmakers, including at the state level in Washington. “Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world,” said Doug Shadel, AARP’s state director in Washington. “Congress, the Administration, and our own state
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Opioid ‘epidemic’ can be overlooked among seniors

County and municipal government leaders locally and across the nation are calling attention to the impact of opioids on the health of seniors. A report in February by the National Association of County and City Health Officials stated that as the opioid epidemic continues, older victims of the crisis can be overlooked. They are at
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Alternative to Medicare-funded ER visits?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—the agency that oversees the Medicare program—sees a way to help people with Medicare avoid unnecessary trips to hospital emergency rooms. CMS officials said the new voluntary, five-year payment model they announced in February would allow ambulances or aid vehicles to take individuals to their primary care doctor
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Parks levy facing King County voters

King County Executive Dow Constantine has proposed renewing the county’s current parks levy, a plan he wants voters to approve before the levy runs out at the end of 2019. The measure headed for the primary election ballot in August would, if passed, generate an estimated $738 million over the next six years to expand
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Lifestyles

Don’t pooh-pooh the impact of dog owners on environment Don’t pooh-pooh the impact of dog owners on environment

Stepping in dog poo or (preferably) watching for and avoiding it when out for a walk or enjoying a park or playfield ranks near the top of anyone’s list of least favorite things. As bad as it is for your enjoyment of being outside, not to mention for your shoes, the unpleasantness is even worse
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Senior Eats

Oh, Canada! What we can learn about food trends from our northern neighbors Oh, Canada! What we can learn about food trends from our northern neighbors

Drink more water, eat more plants and cook more at home, says Canada. Canada’s new food guidelines have transformed from a food pyramid to an “eat well, live well” infographic, which takes a slightly different spin on our current USDA MyPlate recommendations. Specific foods and serving sizes are no longer emphasized in the new guidelines. Instead, the
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Senior Adventures

Travel and jumping out of airplanes top bucket lists Travel and jumping out of airplanes top bucket lists

Where does the idea for a bucket list originate? Is it something that a retired couple brings up one day before the beginning of their golden years? Is a bucket list something that you start when you’re young? A recent survey of 2,000 seniors nationally reveals that a large percentage of people start their bucket
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Health & Fitness

Measles isn’t just kid stuff

Editor’s note: Measles is highly contagious, and not just for children. As pointed out in the following article from MultiCare Health System, even 50-and-up adults should talk to their healthcare professionals about whether they need a vaccine against the illness. Measles, a highly contagious respiratory virus that causes a distinctive rash, continues to appear in
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Business/Personal Finance/Products

Aging in the workplace: How to hang in there Aging in the workplace: How to hang in there

In an interview with associate editor Mary Kane for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor at the New School for Social Research in New York and the director of its Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, discussed issues that people face staying on the job as they age and also face uncertainty in
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