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Court reverses 1960 ruling that allowed cemetery to discriminate against a Black family

SEATTLE - As the Washington state Supreme Court struck down Tim Eyman's voter-approved initiative to cut car-tab taxes on Thursday, it also did something else, seemingly completely unrelated: It overruled another Supreme Court decision, one from 1960, that had allowed cemeteries to discriminate on the basis of race.

It was, in part, a symbolic...Read more

Esta jubilada hizo casi 8,000 tapabocas para la comunidad desde abril, y aún sigue

Jane Allely tiene miles de razones por las que el polvo se acumula en los estantes de su sala de estar. Allely dice que se retiró a principios de año con planes de quedarse en casa y limpiar, pero eso fue antes del COVID-19. En cambio, ahora pasa el tiempo haciendo tapabocas.

Allely y su prima Nancy Whitham han hecho más de siete mil 784 ...Read more

Social Security and You: Identity Theft and Social Security

Q: My purse was stolen, and now I worry that someone might be using my Social Security number. I called the Social Security office and was told to contact credit-reporting agencies and possibly the police. And they gave me some website to look up. It seems to me they should have done more. Can't they just cancel my old number and give me a new ...Read more

This retiree has made nearly 8,000 masks for community members since April, and she's still going

Jane Allely has thousands of reasons why dust is gathering on her living room shelves. Allely says she retired earlier this year with plans to stay home and clean, but that was before COVID-19. Instead, her time is now spent making masks.

Allely and her cousin Nancy Whitham have made more than 7,784 masks since April.

"It's my new ...Read more

Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant/TNS

This retiree has made nearly 8,000 masks for community members since April, and she's still going

Jane Allely has thousands of reasons why dust is gathering on her living room shelves. Allely says she retired earlier this year with plans to stay home and clean, but that was before COVID-19. Instead, her time is now spent making masks.

Allely and her cousin Nancy Whitham have made more than 7,784 masks since April.

"It's my new mission in ...Read more

Lifetime experiences help older adults build resilience to pandemic trauma

Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times.

New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older ...Read more

Lifetime experiences help older adults build resilience to pandemic trauma

Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times.

New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older adults...Read more

Jack Dolan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Pandemic erects barriers for prized bloc of voters in nursing homes, senior facilities

The convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and election season has complicated this year's voting for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

Many seniors who need help to get or fill out their ballots may be stymied by shifting rules about family visits. Voting procedures - whether in person or...Read more

Social Security and You: Paper Social Security Checks Still Out There

President Donald Trump's ongoing battle with the U.S. Postal Service and its funding has a small fraction of elderly Social Security recipients worried that there may be future disruptions to the delivery of their Social Security checks.

"Wait a minute!" I can hear many of you saying. "What do you mean by 'delivery' of their checks. Doesn't ...Read more

Social Security and You: Disability Benefits Are Not Welfare

It never ceases to amaze me how millions of misinformed Americans think that Social Security disability benefits are some form of welfare. They think Congress tacked on the program to the original Social Security Act as a kind of afterthought to provide benefits to the poor and indigent. (And the really nasty naysayers out there think it is a ...Read more

Casados por décadas, separados por el COVID-19e

SEATTLE — Cuando la pandemia de COVID-19 forzó a la nación al confinamiento, las instalaciones de cuidados a largo plazo fueron las más aisladas. Los residentes de los asilos de ancianos, las alas de vida asistida y las unidades de cuidado de la memoria de Washington fueron limitados a sus habitaciones. Sin tocarse, sin paseos, sin ...Read more

Para pasar el tiempo en la pandemia, los ancianos se vuelven creativos

SEATTLE — Cuando John Suzick se mudó al centro de vida asistida Brookdale Assited Living en el oeste de Seattle, su unidad de 700 pies cuadrados se sintió muy bien. Tenía vista al agua y espacio para todo lo que necesitaba. Comodidad.

Luego, llegó el COVID-19, obligando a los residentes de Brookdale a quedarse encerrados. El área de ...Read more

Social Security and You: Trump and the Future of Social Security

My inbox has been inundated with emails from worried senior citizens who tell me they have heard that President Donald Trump will end Social Security if he is reelected and that the trust funds will dry up in 2023 and all Social Security checks will stop going out.

I can't imagine the president has plans to end Social Security. But it doesn't ...Read more

To pass the time in a pandemic 'prison,' seniors get creative

SEATTLE - When John Suzick moved into the Brookdale Assisted Living facility in West Seattle, his 700-square-foot unit felt just fine. He had a view of the water and room for all he needed. Comfort.

Then COVID-19 hit, forcing Brookdale residents to stay put. The dining area was closed, meals were delivered to their doors, and the walls started...Read more

Ellen M. Banner/Seattle Times/TNS

To pass the time in a pandemic 'prison,' seniors get creative

SEATTLE - When John Suzick moved into the Brookdale Assisted Living facility in West Seattle, his 700-square-foot unit felt just fine. He had a view of the water and room for all he needed. Comfort.

Then COVID-19 hit, forcing Brookdale residents to stay put. The dining area was closed, meals were delivered to their doors, and the walls started ...Read more

A pandemic upshot: Seniors are having second thoughts about where to live

Where do we want to live in the years ahead?

Older adults are asking this question anew in light of the ongoing toll of the coronavirus pandemic - disrupted lives, social isolation, mounting deaths. Many are changing their minds.

Some people who planned to move to senior housing are now choosing to live independently rather than communally. ...Read more

A pandemic upshot: Seniors are having second thoughts about where to live

Where do we want to live in the years ahead?

Older adults are asking this question anew in light of the ongoing toll of the coronavirus pandemic - disrupted lives, social isolation, mounting deaths. Many are changing their minds.

Some people who planned to move to senior housing are now choosing to live independently rather than communally. ...Read more

New dental treatment helps fill need for seniors

DENVER - Dental hygienist Jennifer Geiselhofer often cleans the teeth of senior patients who can't easily get to a dentist's office. But until recently, if she found a cavity, there was little she could do.

"I can't drill. I can't pull teeth," said Geiselhofer, whose mobile clinic is called Dental at Your Door. "I'd recommend ...Read more

Nuevo tratamiento dental cubre caries y brechas de seguro para ancianos

DENVER — La higienista dental Jennifer Geiselhofer a menudo limpia los dientes de los pacientes ancianos que no pueden llegar fácilmente al consultorio del dentista. Pero hasta hace poco, si encontraba una caries, no había mucho que pudiera hacer.

"No puedo perforar. No puedo extraer dientes", dijo Geiselhofer, cuya clínica mó...Read more

New dental treatment helps fill cavities and insurance gaps for seniors

DENVER - Dental hygienist Jennifer Geiselhofer often cleans the teeth of senior patients who can't easily get to a dentist's office. But until recently, if she found a cavity, there was little she could do.

"I can't drill. I can't pull teeth," said Geiselhofer, whose mobile clinic is called Dental at Your Door. "I'd recommend ...Read more