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Make Brain Health A Priority as Life Returns to Normal

Published: June 9, 2021

Many Americans are looking forward to resuming their lives and returning to normal this summer. This June, during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging all Americans to make brain health an important part of their return to normal. “The past year has been extremely challenging for most Americans,” said Beth Kallmyer, […]

Know Your Risks for Skin Cancer

Published: May 13, 2021

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, a good reminder about precautions we should take not just in the summer months but all year long. The Skin Cancer Foundation is sharing this information to help you determine your risk of getting skin cancer. What’s your skin type? The first major factor affecting your risk for skin […]

Spring Barrel Tasting is Back for 2021

Published: April 1, 2021

You already know that Washington state is a big producer of wines. But did you know that the state’s wine industry is growing so quickly that almost every 30 days, a new winery opens? That’s a lot of wine waiting for people to enjoy it. Fortunately, you’re in the right place – the Yakima Valley […]

Time to Spring Clean … Your Medicine Cabinet

Published: March 10, 2021

It’s time for the annual spring cleaning ritual, and what better place to start than your medicine cabinet? Besides getting rid of things you no longer use—like that six-year-old box of teeth-whitening strips and half-used bottles of travel-sized shampoo—you should get rid of prescription and over-the-counter medications that have expired. Many people don’t see the […]

How Can I Have a Healthier Heart?

Published: February 4, 2021

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s more than just love in the air—February also happens to be American Heart Month! Fostering a healthy heart is a critical factor in a long and healthy life. But it’s not always easy to determine what you, specifically, need to do to keep your heart beating as […]

Exposed to COVID-19 Over the Holidays? Now What?

Published: January 5, 2021

The holiday season has come and gone, and 2021 is finally here. Though the holidays are usually all about crowds and closeness, this year we were strongly advised to avoid gatherings. But experts now report that many Americans decided to risk travel and gatherings, and this has fueled a spike in cases. Many people are now […]

Staying Positive This Holiday Season

Published: December 14, 2020

As we head into the holiday season, the stress that we usually feel this time of year—finding the perfect gifts, travelling for family gatherings, etc.—are compounded with all the stress, anxiety, and depression we’ve experienced over the course of 2020. Times are tough, and they only seem to get tougher as Washington enters another phase […]

Thinking About Family Caregivers During COVID-19

Published: November 4, 2020

Family caregiving is a labor of love—and it’s valued at billions of dollars each year. The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) reports that today, 53 million people in the U.S. are providing unpaid care for older or disabled relatives or friends. According to a 2020 study conducted by the University of Southampton in the U.K., […]

Retiring 101

Published: October 2, 2020

“Is it time for me to retire?” “My spouse is over the typical age of retirement, but still working—how do we handle my retirement?” These are all very real questions that people ask as they get older and consider continuing their role in the workforce. Statistics show more people today are working beyond the traditional […]

Staying Safe During Wildfires

Published: September 8, 2020

As if 2020 wasn’t already challenging, a perfect storm of high winds and Labor Day activities ignited a wildfire, the Evans Canyon fire, just north of Yakima. While wildfires can be difficult to predict, maintaining an emergency plan within your home, and even your neighborhood, can make all the difference should the time come to […]