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: 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…