Musical get-togethers put rhythm in the lives of memory-loss patients


Musical get-togethers put rhythm in the lives of memory-loss patients

Every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 4:30, Mountain View Community Center in Edgewood throws open its doors and welcomes folks and their care partners struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injuries, strokes and PTSD. At a recent session, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and friends streamed through the door two by two, ready to gather and sing, play an instrument or just listen and take an hour and a half away from their daily lives dealing with the effects of memory loss.

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Puyallup River Watershed Council is keeping it clean Puyallup River Watershed Council is keeping it clean

Nothing makes the Puyallup River Watershed Council happier than clean water, a healthy environment and thriving communities. That’s the never-ending goal of the council, which works with local residents, governments and businesses to protect and enhance the health of the watershed that stretches from Mount Rainier to Tacoma’s Commencement Bay. The watershed spans about 1,040

Talking about memory loss

A six-part series of discussions about memory loss for individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, their families and caregivers will begin in September, hosted by Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. Topics (under the title of “Oh My Gosh, Now What?”) will include warning signs and symptoms, managing behavior, how the disease progresses, legal and

Some stuff is off the recyclable list

Shredded paper, milk and juice cartons, and plastic plant pots are no longer accepted in Pierce County’s recycling program. This change affects all recycling, whether curbside or at drop-off locations, in the county’s solid-waste system. The county system doesn’t include Tacoma, Ruston, Auburn, Pacific or Joint Base Lewis-McChord. While paper milk and  juice cartons are

Party time for the State Fair Party time for the State Fair

The Washington State Fair in Puyallup is back for another year of rides, vendors, entertainment, food and exhibits. Billed as Washington’s biggest party, the fair opens Aug. 30 and continues through Sept. 22 except for Tuesdays and Sept. 4, when it will be closed. Information about admission prices, concert lineups, and special Pierce Transit bus


Adventure photographer is still answering nature’s call Adventure photographer is still answering nature’s call

Dan Clements couldn’t believe what he was seeing. For the past week, he and five others had been trekking through British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, returning to a sailboat anchored off the coast of Gribbell Island to sleep before resuming their search for one of the world’s most elusive species. It was September 2017. The


Cheat occasionally but eat ‘clean’ rest of the time Cheat occasionally but eat ‘clean’ rest of the time

An overall healthy diet allows for the occasional indulgence. It not only promotes a healthier relationship with food, but studies have found that people who let themselves cheat on their overall healthy diet once in a while are more likely to achieve their weight-loss goals. So have the cookie for Sunday dessert, or enjoy every


Entering a wildlife world Entering a wildlife world

Boardwalks and other walkways take visitors into a world of conifer forests, wetlands, prairies and animals ranging from owls to deer, coyotes and bobcats at Morse Wildlife Preserve in Graham. The 238-acre preserve in south Pierce County is named for a family that donated land for education purposes and wildlife habitat. Admission is free on

Health & Fitness

Reasons to celebrate Medicare’s birthday Reasons to celebrate Medicare’s birthday

Medicare marked its 54th birthday on July 31. Here are some reasons why to wish it belated best wishes: Medicare guarantees access to healthcare for older adults and people with disabilities. 59 million Americans rely on it for health insurance coverage. • More than 95 percent of Americans consider Medicare an important program. Nearly 90

Business/Personal Finance/Products

More women than ever are benefitting from Social Security

Social Security plays an especially important role in providing economic security for women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. In fact, about 59 percent of people getting Social Security payments are women. But women