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 […]

Summer 2020: Is It a Stroke, or Heat Stroke?

Published: August 4, 2020

Every summer, people in Yakima suffer from heat-related illness, and experts caution that 2020 will offer extra challenges. Seniors have a higher risk of heat-related illness—but it’s important not to confuse heatstroke with stroke, because although both should be treated immediately, the treatments are quite different, says the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (ASA). “While […]

Help Your Parents Manage Their Money

Published: July 14, 2020

When you have an older loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, it’s hard not to worry about them.  Will Dad go to bed, forgetting the kettle is boiling on the stove? Will Mom get lost, or fall if she wanders? Will Uncle Chuck keep trying to drive, even though he’s not safe behind […]

Men’s Health Month and Father’s Day During COVID-19

Published: June 11, 2020

Father’s Day is right around the corner, but it can be tough to show Dad just how much you care if you can’t see him in person. Whether your father is living somewhere far away, in a skilled nursing facility, or just on the other side of town, sitting down together may not be possible. […]

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day when Mom has Alzheimer’s

Published: May 6, 2020

Celebrating holidays can be a challenge for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s—especially right now, when we’re all separated due to social distancing. Past traditions often need to give way to new realities. On Mother’s Day, many adult children wonder how to celebrate a day that may no longer hold any meaning for […]

How’s Your Handwashing Technique?

Published: April 6, 2020

It’s always a good idea to practice proper handwashing technique, and most of us know we should do it. Handwashing lowers the risk of many types of disease. But with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, there’s a new emphasis on this very important way to stop the spread of the disease, which is especially dangerous for […]