Bridging the generational divides


Bridging the generational divides

On a Saturday morning at the Olympia Senior Center, Linda Terry, the founder of Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP), is welcoming longtime and new participants for the day’s events. Committed volunteers are putting out snacks and coffee while sneaking in praise for Linda’s unwavering dedication to bridge generations and foster a bond between elders and a caring group of local teens. STEP, well into its fifth year, is a perfect example of intergenerational engagement — the primary reason why the program is featured as an Inspiring Community Connection in the 2018 edition of AARP’s “Where We Live: A Community for All Ages.”

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New home for thrift store, Celebrate Seniority New home for thrift store, Celebrate Seniority

A ribbon-cutting ceremony helped volunteers and staff celebrate the grand opening of the new location for the MultiCare Grannies’ Attic Thrift Store and the MultiCare Celebrate Seniority Center in Puyallup. They didn’t have to go far. The new spot is at 1004 E Main Ave., about half a mile from the previous location. The store

New legislator experienced in senior services

State Rep. Kelly Chambers, whose professional background is in senior services, is in her first months as a newly elected Washington legislator. Chambers and her husband, Jeff, own Visiting Angels, a business with locations in Washington and Oregon that provide in-home support for seniors and disableds The lifelong resident of Pierce County was sworn in

Higher starting wage for caregivers in effect

A new minimum-wage of $15 an hour for unionized in-home caregivers in Washington has started showing up in their paychecks. SEIU 775, the union that negotiated it as part of a 2019-21 contract with the state, said the salary boost will benefit approximately 45,000 state-paid homecare providers and caregivers at private homecare agencies. The starting

Free help with taxes at libraries

Through mid-April, volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will provide free one-on-one tax consultations at four Pierce County Library System locations. Similar service is available at branches of King County Library System. The schedule for Pierce County libraries: Sumner branch, 1116 Fryar Ave., Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9,


Survey reveals attitudes, desires about retirement

When you envision your retirement lifestyle, do you picture yourself relaxing in a hammock, or do you want to hit the open road in an RV, seeing as many sites as you can all over the country? Do you plan on retiring early, or do you have a job that you love and want to

Senior Eats

A pick-and-eat-your own garden party A pick-and-eat-your own garden party

Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients. Then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container. Start by growing the ingredients for your favorite recipes and beverages. Consider those, like tomatoes, that taste best fresh

Senior Adventures

Winter break in Baja, and other rejuvenations Winter break in Baja, and other rejuvenations

Winter seemed to be something that was never coming, and then it hit anew and with a little fury.  Our area is just not used to it, so school and businesses close for a day or two, and those of us who can kind of just hole up at home with a warm drink, hot

Health & Fitness

Anyone can get measles

Measles, a highly contagious respiratory virus that causes a distinctive rash and puts virtually everyone at risk, continues to appear in the news in Washington. Clark County, located in southern Washington, is experiencing a measles outbreak with 53 confirmed cases as of Feb. 14. One case has also been reported in King County. Washington Gov. Jay

Business/Personal Finance/Products

Right moves with Social Security can save thousands

The rules and strategies for how and when to claim Social Security benefits are so complex that many an uninformed and/or overeager retiree has lost thousands of dollars — even tens of thousands — by making the wrong choice. According to the Social Security Administration, nearly nine out of 10 individuals 65 and up receive