Like father, like son


Like father, like son

Charles (Chuck) Milliman, 85, didn’t take up pole vaulting until he was 69. The following year, double-bypass heart surgery put his progress on hold. But by age 73, Chuck was back on track, literally, as he commenced a “late blooming” pole vaulting career that culminated in his winning a gold medal last year at the National Senior Games. On that same day in Birmingham, Ala., his son, Philip, earned a gold medal for his pole vaulting in the 65-69 age bracket. The rather rare feat will earn the Millmans some national-level recognition on July 20 as they compete in the 2018 Washington State Senior Games in Olympia.

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Aquarium is history, along with 30-cent gas Aquarium is history, along with 30-cent gas

John F. Kennedy was president. Gasoline cost about 30 cents a gallon. The median home price across the U.S. was just over $19,000. And arguably the coolest building in Tacoma was the brand new aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. The year was 1963. Now, after 55 years as an attraction for millions of

Committees forming “for” and “against” library levy

As part of its ballot measure that’s going to voters this fall, Pierce County Library System is asking for citizens to participate in the “For” or “Against” committees involving the restoration levy, also known as a levy lid lift. For the general election that ends Nov. 6, the library system (PCLS) will ask voters to

Top 11 occupations of 65-and-older

According to a survey by of 1,100 Americans, a record number of people 65 and older are projected to keep working. For example, post-secondary (college or technical school) teachers 65 and older make up 11.3 percent of the workforce, and despite universities trying to buy out older professors, retirement offers are being declined, and

New radiation oncology services in Burien New radiation oncology services in Burien

CHI Franciscan Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center have begun offering radiation oncology services at Highline Cancer Center in Burien. The new unit, part of Highline Medical Center, brings expert oncology providers together for cancer care patients who live between Seattle and Tacoma, officials said. The unit features radiation therapy technology that allows for complex


She’s more than willing to speak up She’s more than willing to speak up

“Advocacy,” said June Michel, “isn’t easy for most people. Many seniors are afraid to speak out.” Michel isn’t one of the quiet ones. Drawing in part on her experience as a civil rights lawyer, Michel is an outspoken advocate for fellow seniors –so much so that the member of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on

Senior Eats

Lazy, hazy days of summer (and safe grilling) Lazy, hazy days of summer (and safe grilling)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to help older adults avoid becoming some of the 128,000 Americans who are hospitalized from foodborne illness each year. According to the USDA, older adults are at an increased risk of foodborne illness, and if they do become ill, the symptoms may be more severe and have a

Senior Adventures

Hike was fun, exciting, and a little scary – and I’ll never forget it Hike was fun, exciting, and a little scary – and I’ll never forget it

  My adventure began very innocently on a Sunday morning, after church services during the social hour where we gather for coffee and dessert. Visiting with several other church members, I became part of a conversation about an upcoming hike the following Saturday. Jim, head of the outdoor “God in Creation11 church activity, was talking


Restful sleep: There’s more to it than counting sheep Restful sleep: There’s more to it than counting sheep

It’s often assumed that the elderly have different sleep needs than younger adults. But experts say regardless of age in adulthood, seven to nine hours per night are still what’s required to be rested and ready for the day. Just because older adults need the same amount of sleep doesn’t mean that they don’t face

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Honors for leaders of Milton, Burien senior communities

Three Puget Sound-area professionals have been recognized by  the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) for their work at senior living facilities in Pierce and King counties. Jennifer Reich of Mill Ridge Village in Milton was named Executive Director of the Year. Mill Ridge’s director of resident care, Danniell Guffey, was honored as Nurse of the