Reminder: Maintaining your independence as you age topic of June 1 panel discussion

Northwest Neighbors Network, which works to help seniors age well in their own homes, is hosting an interactive discussion Wednesday, June 1 about ways that seniors can maintain their independence for as long as possible. Northwest Neighbors Network serves residents in North King County (Shoreline and Lake Forest Park) and South Snohomish County (Edmonds, Brier,…

Low-income seniors invited to apply for county’s farmers market nutrition program

Eligible low-income seniors are invited to apply for Snohomish County’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program is aimed at increasing the community’s intake of fruits and vegetables; expanding the use of local farmers markets, farm stores and community-supported agriculture programs; and increasing sales of Washington- grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. A list of participating…

Re-Imagining Retirement: What’s your Secret Sauce?

On the theme of thriving, I’m just stopping by to test your personal understanding of yourself. What’s your Secret Sauce? What makes life work for you? Or, what do people frequently come to you for? For me, thinking about this for myself makes me feel warm inside. Does it for you, too? Sure, it could be…

Reminder: Have root beer with the mayor at Lynnwood Senior Center March 30

The Lynnwood Senior Center is hosting a root beer social with Mayor Christine Frizzell on Wednesday, March 30. Attendees are invited to enjoy casual conversation and frosty treats at the free event, which will will run from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The Lynnwood Senior Center is located at 19000 44th Ave. W.

Re-Imagining Retirement: What needs expanding?

Joyce Major started sensing a need to expand her heart. In her mid-50s and selling real estate in Seattle, she became uncomfortable with her life. Her two sons would be leaving college and home soon. What came next for her? As it turns out, she dreamed a dream of doing community service projects around the…

Providence ElderPlace to open Snohomish County center April 1

Providence ElderPlace, which combines health care and social services in one place for older adults, will open its first Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Snohomish County on April 1. According to a news release, the program offers medical care, social services and transportation to older adults who wish to continue to…

Sponsor spotlight: Understanding dementia (in partnership with Mukilteo Memory Care)

Dementia is an umbrella term for the general decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Dementia impacts the aging process by deteriorating the brain and its functions to cause impairments in one or more functions. Normal aging does NOT include memory loss. Many people live long lives without cognitive changes or…

AARP announces Community Challenge Grant to help communities become more liveable

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more liveable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement; support diversity, equity and inclusion; build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and pursue…

Social isolation topic of Feb. 17 workshop at Edmonds Waterfront Center

“Social Isolation: Recognition, Impact, Solutions” is the topic of a free workshop — being held both online and in person — at the Edmonds Waterfront Center from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Join a conversation about community and belonging. Participants will discuss how to recognize signs of social isolation, its impact on health, and ideas…

Re-Inventing Retirement: The first secret you must discover

I was recently delighted to read John Izzo’s book, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die. It is a wonderful mix of personal, storytelling and reflective wisdom as he shares what he learned during his research. He asked people who were living a happy life, “What are the secrets?” Death is a poignant topic…

Reminder: South County Fire offering free class Jan. 26 on aging in place

South County Fire is offering a free online class on aging in place on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 6-7 p.m. This class identifies programs and safety tips to help you or a loved one age in place. Topics include falls prevention tips, medication safety and fire safety for older adults. The class also covers how…

Northwest Neighbors Network named outstanding human services program

Northwest Neighbors Network, which works to help seniors age well in their own homes, has received an Outstanding Human Services Program award from the North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA). Northwest Neighbors Network (NNN) serves residents in North King County (Shoreline and Lake Forest Park) and South Snohomish County (Edmonds, Brier, Woodway, Lynnwood and Mountlake…

South County Fire offering free aging in place class Nov. 24

South County Fire is offering a free online class on aging in place from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 24. This class identifies programs and safety tips to help you or a loved one age in place. Topics include falls prevention tips, medication safety and fire safety for older adults. The class also covers how to recognize…

Reminder: How to avoid tech scams topic of Nov. 16 Zoom event

With the holidays approaching, it is easy to get scammed. You’re invited to join UW Bothell School of Nursing students on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 1-1:30 p.m. over Zoom as they discuss the ways technology scammers target seniors — and what you can do to help prevent  falling prey to their schemes. The conversation will…

Aging in Place, Part 3: Choices, choices and the power of planning

Elder Law Attorney Peggy Sanders reports that many of her clients are scared. Something unforeseen, something alarming has happened to them or a member of their family. What’s going to happen now? What are the options? There is good news in that there are many, many options for senior living in our area. We are…

Aging in Place, Part 2.: Staying at home is not for everyone.

I once heard someone say that we expect to live a robust life until we’re 85, then croak. My parents, Vern and Nita, had a sweet little home in Payson, Arizona. Mom had her garden and Dad had his shop where he created science demonstrations for the local elementary school kids, projects such as a…

Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the annual election period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, if you’re on original Medicare. Switch to a different…

Aging in Place: Resources to help seniors stay at home

I spent some of my elementary and junior high school years in portable classrooms while the state scrambled to build enough schools to educate the Baby Boom Generation. Now a tidal wave of aging Boomers has reached our shores, the Silver Tsunami, and the state is once again scrambling to try to deal with us….

Protecting health of seniors post-COVID topic of UW Bothell virtual town hall

Older adults were profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. What have we learned so far? How have we adjusted, and how can we best prepare to protect our health and safety as winter approaches? University of Washington Bothell is sponsoring a virtual town hall, “Preparing for a Post-COVID Future: Implications for Protecting the Health of…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Feeling invisible

The transition into retirement often holds several momentous “aha’s. One is when you realize you no longer have a reason to get out of bed! Another is who do you socialize with during the day, when your colleagues are all at work? Here’s a tough one: How do you know if your day was productive?…

Reminder: Lynnwood Senior Center Foundation Oktoberfest fundraiser Oct. 1

  The Lynnwood Senior Center Foundation is hosting an Oktoberfest event drive-thru fundraiser from 11 a.m.-12:30pm Friday, Oct. 1. Drop by with your cash or check donation and enjoy a meal that includes brats, sauerkraut, potato salad and a German dessert. The foundation will be selling tickets for a chance to win some beautiful handmade quilts…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Experience the ideal

I’m kinda weird and perhaps idealistic, since a profile test I took a long time ago classified me as someone who falls into “Experience the Ideal” type of person. They explained it as being someone who brings “the heavens down to earth or things that are abstract down into some tangible form or expression. And,…

Sponsor spotlight: Forging friendships — building community in retirement

For most of us, friendships are vital to health, wellness and overall happiness. Whether we crave daily interactions or something a little more low-key, it’s through these connections that we love, laugh, share past experiences and explore hopes for the future. For seniors living alone, isolation can seriously impact these connections. Perhaps retirement has removed…

Welcome to our new advertiser, Quail Park of Lynnwood

Quail Park of Lynnwood has joined us as a new advertiser, and will sponsor our Sound Silver Living page. If you’ve not taken a look at all the many stories we’ve published that focus on active senior living, it’s worth a look. Quail Park of Lynnwood’s property is bordered by a beautiful forested reserve and their setting…