Tax season is here; free help with filing


Tax season is here; free help with filing

Beginning Feb. 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program, a volunteer-run free tax preparation service. Tax-Aide started in 1968 with four volunteers working at one site. Now, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in libraries, shopping malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide, according to a spokesman. There’s no fee, and AARP membership isn’t required for the service.

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Most think Alzheimer’s will be cured in their lifetimes

A new survey finds that most U.S. adults (54 percent) are worried that they may develop Alzheimer’s, and a majority believe a cure will be developed in their lifetimes (55 percent). The survey, released by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Amgen, aims to raise awareness about how volunteers can take part in

County history: Trip down memory lane

Stories of Pierce County’s history will be shared with the public during a free event Feb. 23 in Buckley. “Discover Pierce County’s Heritage: From the Foothills to Puget Sound Shores” is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buckley Hall, located at 127 N. River Ave. Representatives of 20 historical societies and museums will

Care at home is subject of free series

About 80 percent of us will need some form of long-term care in our lifetimes, says Aaron Van Valkenburg. But most of that care will be provided at home, not a healthcare facility. And the needed help is often not medical, but rather assistance with basic personal tasks.  “Keys to Caring @ Home,” a free

Medicare finishes mailing new cards Medicare finishes mailing new cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has finished mailing new Medicare cards that are part of an effort to help cardholders protect their personal information. Unlike older cards, the new cards don’t include the Social Security numbers of people with Medicare. Besides protecting cardholders’ personal identity, the new cards will help


Starting a business can fill fill retirement income gaps

Thanks to extensive awareness created by government and those in the financial services industry, seniors are now more aware than ever that they need to have enough funds to carry them through retirement. The previous figure of an estimated 70 percent of pre-retirement income has been adjusted to a higher and more accurate 80 percent.

Senior Eats

Weaning off sugar, now that the holidays are over

Bouncing back from the holidays and into a healthy eating and exercise routine is always easier said than done. On the bright side, getting back on track doesn’t have to be difficult. However, you may feel discouraged if you try to go back to your usual routine all at once. Instead, it’s better to wean

Senior Adventures

Packing your own snacks makes ‘plane’ sense Packing your own snacks makes ‘plane’ sense

Air travel is now notoriously lacking in tasty onboard snacks, save for a few peanuts often drenched in sugar. Packing some satisfying snacks with good fats and proteins is the trick to battling in-flight munchies. Olives, roasted seeds and nuts, crunchy carrot sticks and a few squares of cheese can be lifesavers. Here’s some more

Health & Fitness

Flu could be around another month or more Flu could be around another month or more

Flu activity is “elevated” in Washington, with 15 influenza deaths reported statewide. During the 2017-18 flu season, a total of 296 people died. A man in his 40s in Pierce County was the first flu-related death reported back in October. Officials at MultiCare Health System note that the best protection against the flu virus is

Business/Personal Finance/Products

New operator for Puyallup, Gig Harbor communities

Texas-based Pegasus Senior Living has taken over operations of two newly renamed senior communities in Pierce County — The Rivers at Puyallup and Gig Harbor Court. The Rivers, an independent-living and assisted-living community, formerly was Brookdale of Puyallup. The change, which took effect in December, comes with a continued commitment to flexible and personalized living