‘You can find joy in the journey’


‘You can find joy in the journey’

Music, balloons, enthusiastic greeters and booths set in a large circle welcomed more than 700 participants to the Tacoma Walk to End Alzheimer’s at the University of Puget Sound. Family members, support staff and friends gathered on Sept. 11 with a common cause: To raise awareness and funds to end Alzheimer’s disease.
Alexander Sokoll, communications and outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association in Washington, said, “Not only did we hit our fund-raising goal, but we broke a record for the walk in Tacoma. Folks had a great time.”

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Another memory cafe for Alzheimer’s socializing

A new memory cafe is opening in Gig Harbor. Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) hosted the first of monthly events for those experiencing memory loss along with their care partners at the Harvester Restaurant Oct. 15.  The cafe will continue to meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. A memory cafe is an organized

The election is getting closer The election is getting closer

Election day is a little over a month away for the general election. While the presidential campaign is getting most of the attention, local races include one for Pierce County executive, in which the candidates are Bruce Dammeier and Rick Talbert (pictured from left), seen here participating in a forum Sept. 9 in Tacoma sponsored

AARP recruiting Tax-Aide volunteers

AARP Foundation, looking ahead to the upcoming tax season, is recruiting volunteers for its Tax-Aide program that offers free tax-filing help for adults 50 and older. Tax-Aide workers receive training and continued support for a variety of roles at every level of experience. Volunteer tax preparers complete tax preparation training and IRS certification prior to

Plans for rehab hospital move forward

Plans by two healthcare organizations to open a new hospital in Tacoma in two years have been approved by state regulators. The state Department of Health granted a Certificate of Need in July for Kindred Healthcare Inc. and CHI Franciscan Health to build and operate a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. The state action is a


Technology: Connect with people and sharpen your mind

Any time someone tells me that technology is too complicated or intimidating for seniors, I tell them about my late uncle Jimmy. Jimmy Moore was an active user of the internet to stay in touch with friends and family—even when he reached 96 years-old. By browsing the web and sending e-mails from his assisted-living community,

Senior Eats

Dishing it out for 50-plus years Dishing it out for 50-plus years

Very friendly service, big portions, and a sparkling-clean restaurant account for over 50 years of success at Tijuana Taco in Lakewood. Family-run and occupying the same building for all this time, the restaurant has hosted generations of high schoolers, and young or old can still find a bargain meal on the extensive menu, including Mexican

Senior Adventures

Mountain and ocean: How we spent our summer Mountain and ocean: How we spent our summer

Wow. Fall is upon us already.  It just seems like this year is going so fast. This is the month we take the riverboat trip between Paris and Prague, “Cities of Light.” We did a “Quick Trip” to Mount Rainier in late July, and even though it was a bit of a misty day, it


Caregiver burnout is real, but manaageable

By Robbie Sherman Contributing writer Seeing the physical and emotional health of a loved one regress can be difficult to watch. If you are now in the role of providing for a loved one’s care, you have taken on the tremendous, uncompensated task of supporting another adult. Being a caregiver brings new responsibilities that can

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Help protect a parent or other loved one from ID thieves

While anyone can be a victim of identity theft, seniors may be at even more of a risk then the general population. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014. This increase is likely due to the