Fans of the feather can flock together with Audubon groups in Pierce and King counties


Fans of the feather can flock together with Audubon groups in Pierce and King counties

Rain or shine, Tahoma Audubon’s monthly bird walk hits the trails at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park in University Place.
Russ Smith and Rosanne Becker lead the monthly walks, which they say are designed for all ages and mobility levels. The avid birders help participants identify local backyard birds by sight and sound.

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Consumers using pain relievers without considering safewty

Nine out of 10 Americans (94 percent) depend on over-the-counter pain relievers to manage their pain, according to a new survey. But many people aren’t considering important safety factors before they take them, such as age, pre-existing conditions and other medications they are taking. The survey, conducted by the U.S. Pain Foundation with support from

Seniors were among election workers managing hundreds of thousands of ballots Seniors were among election workers managing hundreds of thousands of ballots

Standing out in the parking lot while talking on a handheld radio, Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson  watched the line of cars, one by one, pull up to the county elections center in Tacoma on election day this month. Anderson, who has been overseeing elections in the county as the auditor since 2009, couldn’t have

Planning ahead for Social Security

Social Security is the cornerstone of retirement plans for most Americans. For individuals preparing to start their Social Security benefits, current and future changes may impact their retirement plans. Advisors say advance knowledge and a few simple tips might save thousands of dollars. To that end, “Social Security Retirement 2017,” a free presentation for anyone

Federal and state officials targeting painkiller overdoses

A federal grant potentially worth $5 million will be used to prevent opioid overdoses by Washington residents, including seniors. The funding from the U.S. Department Health and Human Services to the state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is for $1 million a year and a period of up to five years. Announced Aug.


A little effort can build up $1,000 in savings

How long would it take you to earn an extra $1,000? Contrary to what spam and internet ads tell us, after taking taxes and deductions into account, it’s not an easy task. But you might be able to save over a thousand dollars with a little work. The key is to decrease or eliminate unnecessary

Senior Eats

Sweet treats for the holidays

Trop’s Chocolates has been around for over 30 years in various locations on the West Coast.  They came to Gig Harbor about two years ago and were warmly welcomed. They make chocolate specialties such as chocolate boxes, truffles and chocolate-dipped sweets from Belgian Callebaut chocolate. This is a couverture chocolate (French for cover, extra smooth

Senior Adventures

11 days in Europe: “We’d do it again’ 11 days in Europe: “We’d do it again’

What an amazing cruise we had in Europe.  We have been talking about it for months and I promised to get the story out to all of you.  Well, here it is. It was a 10-hour overnight flight which put us into Paris and finally to our hotel in time for lunch.  Wanting to adapt


Undiagnosed dementia puts elders at risk

According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people worldwide are living with dementia, a number that is expected to more than triple by 2050. A diagnosis of dementia is frightening and overwhelming for those who have it and for their families. Early detection is critical to ensure quality care and to enable patients and

Product/Business Showcase

Stay seated while turning off lights Stay seated while turning off lights

Switchmate is described by its makers as a way to automate lighting controls at home and make life easier for seniors and anyone else with mobility issues or declining eyesight. Manufactured by a company of the same name, Switchmate can be used on any standard light switch via a smartphone (iOS and Android), making it