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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 […]

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 […]