Ready, set, drill


Ready, set, drill

It’s a Saturday morning, and there’s a weather alert at 9 o’clock for a severe wind and storm watch. With minimal staff and the retirement community’s director out of town, what should be done?
Volunteer members of the Wesley Homes Lea Hill Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) sprang into action during this weather-related emergency simulation that involved both residents and staff the day after Thanksgiving last November.

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Workshops examine living wills the ‘Five Wishes’ way

The “Five Wishes” is considered one of the most well-known and well-respected ways for individuals to record their desires for care in times of serious illness. It is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important thinking and conversations around the topic. To help people preserve their dignity and legacy through a living

Advocacy Day put focus on Alzheimer’s

Representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s advocates from across Washington visited state legislators in Olympia on Feb. 9 – Advocacy Day — to discuss support for people impacted by the disease, including 110,000 who have Alzheimer’s and 335,000 caregivers. A supporter of their effort, Governor Jay Inslee, said families in every part of the

‘Real opportunity to keep bridge tolls low’ ‘Real opportunity to keep bridge tolls low’

Tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge won’t rise until after debt on the span’s service plan is paid in 2030 if a state legislator from Pierce County has her way. House Bill 2834 is sponsored by Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, who said it’s similar to past efforts to keep tolls from rising. She proposes

King County libraries have friends in good places

People like Wendy Manseau are “indispensable” to King County Library System. Manseau, from Federal Way, was among 15 volunteers who were named recently to KCLS’ Friends of the Library Hall of Fame in recognition of their time and efforts as ambassadors and fund-raisers for the libraries. All of the award recipients are members of their


Light ’em up now for better garden results Light ’em up now for better garden results

It’s time to break out the seeds and potting mix to start your garden plants indoors.  It’s a great way to keep your green thumb in shape over winter. Plus, you’ll save money, increase your variety of plants and jump start the growing season when you start seeds under LED grow lights.  Indoor growing conditions

Senior Eats

Manage what you eat by keeping track of it Manage what you eat by keeping track of it

If one of your current goals is to get a better handle on the food you eat, have you considered starting a daily food record this year? Doing so even for a short time is an effective way to gain insight into your eating habits and make desired changes. People keep food records — which

Senior Adventures

Dreaming of the warmth that’s coming

Winter lets us unwind from the holidays but yearn for the warmth of later months. We can sit in the comfort of our homes and dream of things to come that let us out and about.  Here is an idea of what is to come so that you can send in deposits for registration and


Flu activity is increasing; protect yourself and others Flu activity is increasing; protect yourself and others

It’s not too late to get your flu shot, the best protection against the flu. The more people who get vaccinated, the more who will be protected from the flu, including those with weaker immune systems such as older adults, very young children, pregnant women, and anyone with chronic health conditions. Flu activity typically peaks

Product/Business Showcase

Tacoma community now Solstice Senior Living

The former Point Defiance Village is under new management and a new name: Solstice Senior Living at Tacoma. The change is the result of a recently launched, national joint venture, Solstice Senior Living, between the property’s ownership group, NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (NHI) and Integral Senior Living (ISL), a provider of senior living management services.