A well-deserved salute

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A well-deserved salute

Honor Flight Network has an important and timely mission.
Their goal is to fly World War II veterans to visit their memorial in Washington, DC.
The dream began in May 2005 when 12 veterans were flown free of charge to the WWII Memorial, and it continues today. In addition to the flight, veterans’ food and lodging is paid for. All they have to do is pack a bag and sit back and enjoy the ride.
Locally, Kelly Chambers is a volunteer who flies four times a year from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Washington, D.C. with a veteran.

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News

Affordable-housing projects get financial backing

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission recently approved more than $216 million in financing to construct or upgrade almost 900 units of affordable housing—most of them for seniors. More than $70 million worth of projects are in Pierce and King counties. “These projects will improve the lives of hundreds of seniors, as well as other
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Alzheimer’s caregiver conference Sept. 17

In Washington, more than 107,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. In most cases, care is provided by unpaid family caregivers. Without their care, many families would be facing untold financial hardships. The annual Pierce County Alzheimer’s Caregiver Conference will provide information and practical skills for individuals who are providing care or seeking more knowledge
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A look at the future of Social Security

The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report in June regarding the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as projected last year, with 79 percent
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Experts tackle myths about Alzheimer’s

It is common knowledge that Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their ability to remember, but other truths about the disease remain unknown. For instance, many people are unaware that Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease, its symptoms extend further than memory loss and that early diagnosis matters. Pastor Mark Joneschiet was among caregivers raising funds and
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Lifestyles

Add some garden eye candy for next spring Add some garden eye candy for next spring

Shorten the upcoming winter season with the help of spring flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color, fragrance and winter relief each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas
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Senior Eats

Wally’s Drive In takes you back Wally’s Drive In takes you back

Operating in a rural park area on the eastern outskirts of Buckley for nearly 25 years, Wally’s Drive In Restaurant offers a glimpse back to a time when eating in your car was an everyday enjoyable activity and drive-ins were common in every town. Wally’s has a big, colorful sign and welcoming  parking lot lined
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Senior Adventures

Quick, fun trips take in state’s sights

How did the year get so far along so quickly? It is more than half over? And it doesn’t seem like we have had enough summer yet. We have instigated “Quick Trips” that just come up spur of the moment. If you are not on the e-mail list, then you won’t be seeing them, so
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Health

‘Bed radar’ helps with aging in place ‘Bed radar’ helps with aging in place

Developing and evaluating motion-capture technology to help older adults “age in place” has been the focus of researchers at the University of Missouri for more than a decade. Previous research has utilized video game technology and various web-cameras to detect health changes in Tiger Place residents. Now, two new studies demonstrate how monitoring walking speed
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Product/Business Showcase

New rehab center in south King County

The new rehabilitation and care center at Wesley Homes Lea Hill in Auburn has received its skilled-nursing home license from the state Department of Social and Health Services and has begun accepting private-pay clients for long-term care. “After three years of fund-raising and 14 months of construction,” said Wesley Homes Lea Hill Executive Director Scott
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