Local senior centers looking for more players to perform in Silver Foxes readers theatre

The Edmonds/Mountlake Terrace Senior Centers are looking for “a few good men…and women” to become the driving force behind their Readers Theatre Group, “The Silver Fox Players,” a performing troupe specializing in entertaining other seniors and those who intend to become seniors sometime in the near or distant future. The group is headed by Kent Johnson of…

Sponsor spotlight: Stonewall, LGBT seniors and Jack Dorothy

“My Dad was gay but he was anything but a cliché,” explained Peggy Sanders, managing attorney at Sanders Law Group. Peggy’s father, Jack Dorothy, was a valued employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, and owned a home in New Jersey. He had been married to Peggy’s mother, Eva, for 13 years. He was a…

Sponsor spotlight: How platelet-rich plasma can improve sexual health

​Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections are a form of natural sexual health treatment that gathers platelets and growth factors from a sample of your own blood and re-injects it into your body. These injections are used to improve sexual function in both men and women and can serve as a very effective form of medical…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Legacy

I just finished reading Marc Freedman’s new book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Wow! I’ve heard of Marc over the last couple of years, but hadn’t given him any real consideration, ‘cause I doubted his impact, due to him looking so young!! (What makes him an expert?) Well, like…

Pet trusts: Leaving a legacy for our buddies

About nine years ago Peggy decided that she needed a dog named Winston. We didn’t know any dogs named Winston, and I wasn’t in favor of being a pet owner, but somehow we ended up at a rescue pup adoption event. Things like this happen around Peggy. There must have been a couple of dozen…

Snohomish County conducting survey on aging

The Snohomish County Human Service Department has launched an online public opinion survey seeking ideas and concerns from residents regarding long term care and aging programs and services in the county. he public survey will be available throughout the month of April 2019 and will close on May 15, 2019. “As we develop programs to…

Program uses arts to engage those with memory loss and their caregivers

Free, open to the public and lots of fun: The Golden Era Sing-along is the last event for the fourth season of Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) Dementia-Inclusive Series, 11 a.m. on May 4. Watch film clips of classic musicals and sing-along in a relaxed atmosphere. “We don’t want people to feel that sense…

Homage promotes independence, health for seniors

Today’s aging baby boomers have different needs than the generation of seniors before them. That’s why Homage Senior Services is refining its approach to meet the growing demand for senior care. Formerly known as Senior Services of Snohomish County, Homage’s name change is one example of how the field of senior care is changing across…

Sponsor spotlight: Elder Financial Exploitation — Issues and Trends

In our office at Sanders Law Group, we see an increasing number of cases of elder abuse and exploitation. In talking to our colleagues and those in the senior care business, as well as those at financial institutions, it’s clear that the problem has reached epidemic proportions. But it’s been hard to get a grasp…

Reminder: Lynnwood Senior Center to host Outdoor Recreation preview March 22

Do you love to hike, river raft and kayak? The Lynnwood Senior Center — in conjunction with the Lynnwood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department — invites the public for an informational meeting on Friday, March 22 about its upcoming outdoor recreation programs. Don’t miss out on sneak-peek preview of 2019 trips and destinations. This…

Re-Imagining Retirement: The courage to be yourself

How often have you needed great courage to be yourself? Express your uniqueness. It’s risky, right? And yet comparing ourselves to others, is paralyzing. Instead, revitalize yourself by warmly recalling the things you have done well. It’ll give you mental strength, according to Andy Shaw, to move forward. Courage requires stopping and looking fear in…

‘The Power of Hearing Well’ program at Cedar Creek Memory Care March 5

hearing-e1551576871121.jpg”>Social gerontologist Benjamin Surmi will speak on “The Power of Hearing Well: The surprising connection between hearing well and dementia,” Tuesday, March 5 at Cedar Creek Memory Care 21006 72nd Ave. W., Edmonds. There will be two presentations — one at 2 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. Hearing may have just as much of…

A prenup: A gift of love

The wine dwindles down To a precious brew September, November And these few vintage years I’d share with you These vintage years I’d share with you. September Song, Kurt Weill (composer) and Maxwell Anderson (lyrics) “Daniel was 82 and I was 80 when we married. He was the love of my life and I was…

Sponsor spotlight: Discomfort due to hormonal changes? Visit Seattle Sexual Health Centers

Fluctuations in hormone levels can cause vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence, increased risk of urinary tract infection, and other physical symptoms. These symptoms can range in severity and often cause pain, both in general and during intercourse, making it seem impossible to engage in sexual intercourse without pain. Women who have just given birth or are…

Reminder: Jan. 23 presentation focuses on help for seniors, family members

While most people hope to live a very long, healthy life, being independent until the end, what if that doesn’t happen for us or for someone we love? Learn about your options during a presentation Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline. You’ll hear from: – An elder…

Sponsor spotlight: Cousin Erwin — How not to leave an estate

My cousin Erwin was a rascal. When he died at age 70, his assets included a 401k and a life insurance policy (both through his work) and a truck. He also had a lot of credit card and medical debt. Since I lived the closest, and because my wife Peggy Sanders is an Elder Law…

Fitness trainer Renee Reed to speak at AAUW meeting in Lynnwood Jan. 12

Renee Reed, founder and head coach at 6 Movements Fitness Studio in Edmonds’ Firdale Village, will speak on balance and physical activities for seniors during the Saturday, Jan. 12 meeting of Edmonds SnoKing AAUW at Fairwinds Brighton Court in Lynnwood. Reed is certified as a personal trainer, a senior fitness specialist, indoor rowing instructor and kettlebell…

A crush on old people: Aging expert guides the way

Last month, Dori Gillam gave a well-received talk at the Edmonds Library called “Aging is a Laughing Matter.” The Seattle-based speaker and activist finds that humor helps when approaching a fraught topic. “I ease into it,” she noted. “I show birthday cards for older people and you quickly see that most of the cards are…

Free Caregivers and the Arts workshop in Edmonds Feb. 5

Caregiving is a difficult job, and that’s why Edmonds Center for the Arts is presenting Caregiving And The Arts: A Silver Kite Workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5. The event is free, and lunch is provided. The interactive workshop is designed to support family and professional caregivers, exploring both how to use the arts as…

Lynnwood Senior Center to present ‘Planning for Driving Retirement’ class Jan.11

Looking to hang up your car keys? The Lynnwood Senior Center will present a program, “Driving Retirement: Transportation Independence” from 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11. Join the Snohomish County Transportation Coalition and the North King County Mobility Coalition to learn about driver safety resources, how to use the public transit system, and ways to navigate cross-county…

Prestige Care launches online resource guide for seniors and their families

Studies have found that millions of Americans serve as caregiver for their parent. But while this responsibility is common among adults, you may not receive advice or guidance on how to best care for your loved ones before you’re thrust into that position. Here are a few common topics that you may experience or want…

South County Fire focuses on helping older adults avoid falls

Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of people age 65 and older. Nearly one-third of older adults experience a fall. The results of a fall are often a life-changing loss of mobility and independence. South County Fire responds to more than a thousand fall injury calls to 911 each year. That’s…

Edmonds Senior Center closed Dec. 17

The Edmonds Senior Center will be closed to all programs and classes on Monday, Dec. 17. Programs are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Dec. 18, said administrator Michelle Burke

Reminder: Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store 50 percent off sale through Dec. 14

The Edmonds Senior Center Thrift Store will offer a 50-percent off sale on all clothing and special items Dec. 10-14. The hours of operation will be 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Thrift Store will officially close Dec. 14 to move to its new location at Westgate Shopping Center, 22820 100th Ave. W. # 12,…