Whole lotta shakin’ at Tacoma community


Whole lotta shakin’ at Tacoma community

Spring Ridge hosted one heck of a dance competition on Valentine’s Day. Darrin Dockery, activities director for the assisted-living and memory-care facility in Tacoma, said residents and their partners practiced for the “Dancing with the Stars”-style competition for weeks. The room was packed to the rafters as each couple had 90 seconds to show their stuff on Feb. 14. Marketing director Bebie Rantalla, along with administrator Michelle Wyse and resident care coordinator Serah Thuo, were judges for the competition when residents were partnered with employees of Spring Ridge. Everyone enjoyed themselves, including spectators who stomped their feet, clapped and cheered for each couple.

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Voter-approved school funding bumps up property taxes

There’s no sugar-coating it. Property tax bills in Pierce County will be bigger this year. Taxes on the average home will rise by 4 percent to 9 percent in Puyallup, Edgewood, Steilacoom and DuPont. And they’re the lucky ones, says the county’s tax man. The rest of Pierce County will see double-digit increases, with the

Presidential primary March 10

Washington’s presidential primary election will end March 10, the date that voters must return their ballots. The primary is a chance for voters to participate in the process of nominating candidates for president, and is the only election in Washington in which voters are required to mark and sign party declarations written by the major

COMMENTARY: Rx, saving for retirement, fighting financial fraud are priorities COMMENTARY: Rx, saving for retirement, fighting financial fraud are priorities

The 2020 state Legislature session kicked off in Olympia in mid-January. And while it’s a “short session” this year (just 60-days), our elected lawmakers will tackle a number of key issues that will affect AARP’s members and their families. During the latter half of 2019, AARP Washington worked closely with legislators to lay the groundwork

Expect this in 2020

From medical-related issues (the cost of prescription drugs, changes in Medicare) to local social and public services, here are six things that are coming down the pipe in 2020. PRESCRIPTION PRICES AARP Washington’s lobbying of the 2020 session of the Legislature will include emphasis on curbing the prices of prescription drugs. AARP is calling for


Dream on! The way to a good night’s sleep Dream on! The way to a good night’s sleep

The national Centers for Disease Control reports that not getting enough sleep puts people at a higher risk for a variety of health problems, including obesity, heart attacks, coronary heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, depression, diabetes, and cancer. What’s more, Harvard Medical School states that sleep deprivation affects mental health. There are more than 70


Healthy, diabetes-friendly chicken from the air fryer Healthy, diabetes-friendly chicken from the air fryer

Buttermilk fried chicken is among a collection of recipes in “The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook,” by writing and cooking partners Kathy Moore and Roxanne Wyss. Published by the American Diabetes Association, the book has dozens of fried-food favorites that are diabetes-friendly with the air fryer. A diabetes-friendly diet isn’t a special diet, it’s a smarter


Adventures can be close to home or more worldly

There are many different kinds of “adventures” in this world. Sometimes we can combine them in order to have an entirely new experience. Some of us have taken on a more leisurely and comfortable life as we have gotten older, and some of us continue to explore other avenues. We are now into a new

Health & Fitness

Feeling punk? Better make sure if it’s the flu or not Feeling punk? Better make sure if it’s the flu or not

A sore throat. A headache. Body aches. A persistent cough. We’ve all had those symptoms, and it’s easy to immediately chalk it up to a common cold. But what if it’s a more serious virus, like the flu?  Last year’s widespread influenza season was the longest in 10 years, lasting 21 weeks and infecting more

Personal Finance/Business/Products

Saving doesn’t have to interfere with living

Mary and Pete saved every penny for retirement.  They never went on vacations, they rarely went out to eat, and they lived a frugal lifestyle secure in the knowledge that when they retired, they would be able to live comfortably. In short, they worried so much about retirement that they forgot to experience all that