Help a senior in need this holiday season by donating to Homage Senior Services

Social isolation, despair and unfit living conditions affect many seniors living in the City of Lynnwood. Homage, the largest provider of services for older adults and people with disabilities in Snohomish County, has created a gift guide to spread hope this holiday season for area seniors in need. “The majority of people receiving our services live on…

Hiring older adults topic of Economic Alliance coffee chat Oct. 11

Age-friendly business practices and hiring older adults is the topic of Economic Alliance Snohomish County’s virtual coffee chat set for Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The U.S. workforce is aging at a rapid rate. It is estimated that 25% of workers in the U.S. and U.K. will be over the age of 55 by…

Edmonds Center for Arts announces return of arts programming for people with memory loss 

Edmonds Center for the Arts has announced the in-person return of its Dementia-Inclusive Series – a line-up of creative and social enrichment programs designed to engage people living with memory loss and their loved ones. Launched in 2015, the series developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, memory care professionals, and…

Medical oxygen fire safety tips for older adults

According the United States Fire Administration, older adults have a 2.6 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the U.S. population as a whole. In the U.S. and Canada, adults age 65 and older comprise about 12% of the population, making it essential to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Last year…

Northwest Neighbors Network looking for board members

Are you passionate about helping seniors age well in their own homes? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities with a committed, enthusiastic nonprofit board of directors? The Northwest Neighbors Network (NNN) is looking for board members willling to serve for six to eight hours per month and one- to two-year terms. Opportunities include community outreach, social events,…

Homage Senior Services invites community to Engage: Mind and Body Challenge

Lynnwood-based Homage Senior Services, which provides services for older adults and people with disabilities in Snohomish County, is gearing up to launch its first Engage: Mind and Body challenge. The challenge will work to raise money for Homage and the various programs it runs. When considering ways to engage with the community, Mollie Meyer, Homage’s…

Virtual ‘Processing Loss’ workshop offered July 27

Loss is a natural part of every life. Whether it’s a loved one, a pet, your stock portfolio, or your health, loss can be depressing, lonely, and painful. The Edmonds Waterfront Center is sponsoring a virtual “Processing Loss” workshop Wednesday July 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. The workshop, held via Zoom, was created by Ariele M. Huff,…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Purpose

Praise for Ken Dychtwald’s book What Retirees Want includes comments like “a compelling call to purpose and action, Boomers are poised to accomplish their most enduring work,” “it will fire up your imagination,” “the modern elder can offer the world both curiosity and wisdom,” “a time of unprecedented opportunity to fulfill dreams deferred and meet…

Mountlake Terrace Plaza hosting barbecue food truck July 1

To celebrate the Fourth of July and the beginning of summer, Mountlake Terrace Plaza will be hosting a food truck July 1 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The public is invited to stop by and have a barbecue lunch from the Pecos Pit food truck, visit with staff and take a tour of the senior living…

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…

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…

Scene in Mountlake Terrace: Holiday bazaar

The Mountlake Terrace Plaza senior living facility, located at 23303 58th Ave. W., held a holiday bazaar Dec. 17 from 4-7 p.m. for residents and the surrounding community. Festivities included a petting zoo, a holiday market featuring local vendors, carolers singing, pictures with Santa Claus, food and refreshments. Old McDebbie’s Farm set up a petting…

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…