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Alabama closes driver’s license offices in black areas

Hillary Clinton joined Democratic officials in Alabama in criticizing a decision by state officials to shutter 31 satellite driver’s-license offices, mostly in areas heavily populated by African-Americans, a move that could make it harder for those residents to get photo IDs needed to...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Medical experts and a plan help us take control of our later years

If you're clinging to life from an accident or heart attack, will your loved ones know what to do for you?Will they know your final wishes regarding your own death?Do you know the final wishes of your parents, your spouse, your brothers, your sisters?

Date: 09/29/2015 | Life

Wildfires trap and kill stranded seniors

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — Some were pulled from the fire zone by relatives or neighbors, with or without their wheelchairs. At least a handful made the bumpy ride out in the back of a pickup through heavy smoke and fire-blackened debris — thanks to a former paramedic who breached...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

Woman, 87, goes missing while picking berries in Skamania County

TROUT LAKE — Search and rescue teams on Friday were looking for an 87-year-old Oregon woman who went missing while picking huckleberries near Trout Lake in southwest Washington.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Northwest

We can save Medicare by funding Alzheimer’s research better

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare — as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out — will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hearing aids should be Medicare benefit

"The ACA is here to stay" — and so are profound health care inequities, unless corrected.Public support for the Affordable Care Act is weakest among the elderly, and not without good reason: Those 65 and older are already covered by Medicare, and many are...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Commentary

Robot teaches retirement home exercise class

They aren't on Snapchat. They aren't livestreaming their adventures on Periscope and Meerkat. And they definitely won't be recording 360 videos from drones.Yet for residents of Vughterstede — average age 87 — technology isn't just the bastion of the young. When...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

Honor promise to help retirement of home care workers

Tens of thousands of home care workers in Washington state who do the demanding and critical work of care for seniors and people with disabilities do not have any retirement benefit. A fiscally responsible agreement was negotiated last year that funded a modest retirement contribution...

Date: 05/23/2015 | Commentary

Casting a safety net

Goal of new sheriff's program: Ensure seniors are safe

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News

1 in 4 have insurance but can’t afford health care

WASHINGTON — More than 1 in 4 adults who bought insurance for themselves or their families last year had to skip needed medical care because they couldn't afford it, according to study released Thursday by Families USA, a consumer health group.Some signed up for...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World

Retiring again, at 92

Former judge created program to oversee financial guardians

Date: 05/01/2015 | Local News

Nursing homes’ low staffing levels raise concerns for care

As a certified nursing assistant at an Edmonds long-term care facility where staffing levels have fallen short for as long as I can remember, I support the Quality Care Act, legislation that would require nursing homes to provide enough caregivers to take care of our most vulnerable...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Commentary

Elder care costs climb; room costs $91,250 year

NEW YORK — The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.

Date: 04/09/2015 | Business Wire

The comforting kind

BOTHELL — On a drizzly Monday afternoon, Kimberly Hanke sat surrounded by family photographs in her bright living room and crocheted a 30-by-40-inch yellow blanket. She’s been working on lap blankets and shawls nearly every day since mid-November. The yellow blanket was item number 94.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Local News

Kitsap County woman gets 2 years in parent neglect case

PORT ORCHARD — A Kitsap County woman has been sentenced to two years in prison in the death of her 97-year-old father.Renee Nash told a judge in Kitsap Superior Court at her sentencing Monday that she loved her father and should have sought help caring for him.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Northwest

Nasty influenza season in retreat

NEW YORK — This winter’s nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating, a new government report shows.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Nation & World

Manila traffic cops to wear diapers

MANILA, Philippines — When Pope Francis visits the Philippines next week, traffic enforcers won't let the capital's streets get gridlocked if they have to answer the call of nature.About 2,000 traffic enforcers who will be on duty during the Jan. 15-19 papal visit will...

Date: 01/08/2015 | Off the Wire

State must address funding for long-term care needs

We're not getting any younger.A little less than 14 percent of Washington state's population is 65 years or older. Four years ago, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the dependency...

Date: 12/23/2014 | Editorials

Nigeria extremists killing elderly

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Witnesses said Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria are lining up elderly people and shooting them — a new tactic instilling fear in areas the militants call an Islamic caliphate.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

End-of-life care: When should it stop?

The doctor floated through the intensive care unit, white lab coat flapping, moving from room to room, scanning one chart and then another, often frowning.Unlike TV dramas, where the victims of car crashes and gun shots populate the ICU, this one at Sentara Norfolk General...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Nation & World

Flu shots may not work as planned

NEW YORK — The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.Flu season has begun to ramp up, and officials say the vaccine does not protect well against the dominant...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Nation & World

New approach with elderly addicts at nursing home

NEW YORK — A surge in baby boomers has driven up the number of elderly people abusing drugs or alcohol, bringing more attention to the sometimes-delicate problems involved in treating addiction in the aging.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Nation & World

Can you afford to live longer?

The good news: You are likely underestimating how long you'll live. The bad news: You likely haven't figured that into your retirement planning.A recent

Date: 11/18/2014 | Editorials

Clearview man to be honored for aid to the homeless

EVERETT — Frank Fargo keeps count. In more than six years of providing a basic need, Fargo has supplied 6,300 hot showers. They are free for the asking.

Date: 11/17/2014 | Local News

’One nasty senior citizen’ arrested

PHILADELPHIA — An 80-year-old man fired nine shots at cops in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday night because he had a bone to pick with the Philadelphia Inquirer, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

Date: 11/15/2014 | Nation & World

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