Voter registration, candidate forums, issues: League of Women Voters can get you involved


Voter registration, candidate forums, issues: League of Women Voters can get you involved

The Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters holds a general meeting every month, and a recent one at the Puyallup Public Library found nearly every chair taken. Members came prepared to take part in a lively discussion about the history of the suffrage movement, report on recent candidate forums, and share memories of their voting. The group was engaged, interested and, in addition to taking care of important business, a lot of fun. The League of Women Voters was formed nationally 100 years ago by women who were activists and trying to get the women’s vote.

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5 questions and answers about choosing a Medicare plan

If you’re one of 56 million Americans eligible for Medicare, it’s important to understand coverage options when selecting your health plan for 2020. Research can take time, and many people find working with a licensed health insurance agent helpful when deciding between Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare supplement plans. Answering

Pierce County Library can make life easier Pierce County Library can make life easier

From legal assistance to Medicare information to job hunting for mature workers, the Pierce County Library System (PCLS) offers resources, events and classes, and services to help seniors get their lives in order. Need to do some legal work? Conduct legal research at a Pierce County Law Library kiosk at the PCLS Gig Harbor and

High percentage of empty-nesters help adult kids financially

Empty nesters are still financially tied to their children, according to a new study., an online resource of information about active-adult communities in the U.S., surveyed 1,800 parents whose adult children have left the “nest,” and found 40 percent of the parents are still financially supporting them in some capacity. Study highlights include: Their

35 years of Alzheimer’s awareness

November marks the 35th year that National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month has been observed in an effort to help the public learn about living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and the caregiving that goes into those lives. The awareness effort is used in part by the Administration for Community Living, a division of the U.S.


Winterizing lawns and gardens makes spring more fun Winterizing lawns and gardens makes spring more fun

The leaves are starting to fall, and while the hard work of summer lawn and garden care may be over, now’s the time to tackle a few landscaping tasks that need to be finished before winter arrives. By completing these chores now, you will be able to jump right in when spring arrives. Here are


Eat better, sleep better Eat better, sleep better

About half of older adults struggle to fall and stay asleep at least a few nights a week, say researchers from Yale School of Medicine. In fact, insomnia is the most common sleep problem among older adults, according to the National Institute of Aging (NIA). A likely culprit: Your eating habits. When you eat poorly,


Trail grows another 812 feet

An addition to the Cushman Trail in the Gig Harbor area is ready for walking and other uses. Work on the new segment of the six-mile trail along 14th Avenue Northwest was completed over the summer. The 812-foot-long addition is from the Cushman trailhead on 14th to 300 feet north of 29th Street Northwest, is

Health & Fitness

The what and why of naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic medicine blends age-old healing traditions with scientific research and modern medicine. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) view symptoms as the body’s way of communicating an underlying imbalance and looks at treating the root cause of illness versus just the symptoms. The ultimate goal being to treat the whole person. Naturopathic medicine treats everything from common health

Personal Finance/Business/Products

Wrong earnings can cost thousands in Social Security

Social Security is an earned benefit. Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your benefits. Social Security keeps track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you’ve earned over your lifetime. This is why reviewing your Social Security earnings record is so important. If an employer didn’t properly report