You’ve got a friend in me


You’ve got a friend in me

When you meet Angela DiMeglio, a volunteer with the Senior Companion program, and her client, Elaine Jakoski, it is obvious how the relationship benefits each of them. They truly enjoy each other’s company.

DiMeglio has been a volunteer with the program run by Lutheran Community Services Northwest for a little over a year. She has three clients and sees each of them for four to five hours a week.

Her relationship with Jakoski involves errands such as driving her to doctor appointments and shopping, and being there for lots of visiting.

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County has federal help against elder abuse County has federal help against elder abuse

Pierce County has been awarded $370,985 from the U.S. Department of Justice to help deal with elder abuse. The county prosecutor’s office, which secured one of the nine grants that were allocated nationwide, will team with local law enforcement agencies and victim service organizations to increase and strengthen training, form a community response team and

Questions? Social Security has answers

Question:  What is the monthly premium for Medicare Part B? Answer: The standard Medicare Part B premium for medical insurance in 2016 is $121.90. Some people who collect Social Security benefits and have their Part B premiums deducted from their payment will pay less. This is because there was not a cost of living increase this year

Seminars add LIFE for retirees

Learning is ForEver (LIFE), a Pacific Lutheran University-affiliated program that offers educational seminars for active retirees, has announced it slate of spring classes that will begin in April and continue into June. The classes are held at PLU locations for a fee of $15 per person, payable at the door. In addition to its relationship

History under the roof History under the roof

Historic Homes of Tacoma is back for its annual self-guided review of homes in the Stadium-Seminary District of Tacoma. Hosted by Tacoma Historical Society, the event is scheduled forApril 30 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and May 1 (1-5 p.m.). Tickets ($25) are available at Tacoma Historical Society Museum, Pacific Northwest Shop, Stadium Thriftway, Columbia Bank branches


Pllates: Age-appropriate, gentle and fruitful exercise Pllates: Age-appropriate, gentle and fruitful exercise

Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting weaker. But not all exercise is created equal. Activities such as running or some sports may be too hard on older joints. Other types of exercise require a lot of equipment or facilities such as a pool, track or weights. Older adults looking for a gentle way to

Senior Eats

No amenities, but good sandwiches

The Independent Sandwich Company reminds me of a food truck. Open for about two years at its present location, it has really good soup and sandwiches, which you quickly order at the counter from a menu written on a blackboard near the soft-drink machine and receive wrapped in white butcher paper.  There are no amenities.

Senior Adventures

Coming up: 5th Avenue season and Alaska cruise Coming up: 5th Avenue season and Alaska cruise

We did a few fun things during spring, like the harness races, with an interesting drive home in that horrid windstorm we had in March. The races were fun, however, and we had a couple of good winners. The tulips were scheduled for the usual middle of April, but we were smart this year and


Fight osteoporosis with good bone food

Osteoporosis is a common disease in which bones become brittle, leading to a higher risk of breaks than in normal bone. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, causing a loss of bone thickness (bone density or mass). Osteoporosis can lead to fractures. As bones

Product/Business Showcase

Expansion planned at Franke Tobey Jones Expansion planned at Franke Tobey Jones

Franke Tobey Jones, a non-profit senior living community in the Point Defiance neighborhood of Tacoma, is planning to expand its capacity and services for residents and the surrounding community. In phased development over the next five to eight years, the expansion is expected to increase Franke Tobey Jones’ residency from 190 people to about 280.