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Health officials urge flu shots, especially for seniors

Nov 7th, 2017 | By
Health officials urge flu shots, especially for seniors

Health authorities in Pierce and King counties are trying to help their residents – especially elderly ones – avoid the deadly fate that befell 133 people during the 2016-17 flu season.
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department reported 49 flu-related deaths during the peak last influenza period of October 2016 to April this year. It was the deadliest flu season of the previous three flu seasons combined in Pierce County, and it was particularly bad for older adults and put added pressure on hospital emergency rooms for treatment.
In King County, the 2016-17 flu season was the worst in five years. It resulted in 83 deaths, 93 percent of them among people over the age of 65.



After 50, age is just a number for these athletes

Oct 17th, 2017 | By
After 50, age is just a number for these athletes

The only requirement to take part in the Washington State Senior Games is that participants be 50 years of age by the end of the year of the event.But it helps to have a lot of enthusiasm and interest in staying active, which is exactly what the competitors brought to the 2017 games. This was the 21st year of the largest Olympic-style multi-sport event in Washington. Competition for the 2,000 participants took place at various sites through the South Sound,.



Squeaky wheels get better deals on medicine

Sep 26th, 2017 | By
Squeaky wheels get better deals on medicine

The majority of Americans over age 50 take two or more prescription medicines to prevent or treat health problems, and many of them say the cost weighs on their budget, according to a new poll.
But many older adults aren’t getting – or asking for – as much help as they could from their doctors and pharmacists to find lower-cost options, the new data reveal. That suggests an opportunity for health professionals and patients to talk more about drug costs, both in everyday interactions and in formal medication reviews that insurance may cover.



From recycled material comes BIG art

Sep 5th, 2017 | By
From recycled material comes BIG art

Dan Zwink is a recycling expert. And an artist.
“I’ve kind of evolved over the years,” said Zwink, whose unique, large creations include a giraffe that stands 11 feet tall, a larger-than-life rooster, and a Tyronnosaurus rex. They’re all made from a wide array of recycled materials. He is, however, picky about his coat hangers.