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From Arts to Zumba: Northshore Senior Center will help you realize your expectations

  • Written by Northshore Senior Center

Hey you seniors! Do you need to sharpen your computer skills so you can communicate with your grandchildren? Dozens of your colleagues are learning the nuances of Windows 8, Facebook and other special websites at the Northshore Senior Center’s computer learning lab in Bothell. 

According to the NSC interim director, Danette Klemens, "We help over 100 seniors a month become truly computer savvy – and no longer fear the advanced tablets and notebooks. Plus, they’re learning at a non-competitive pace with other seniors – and receive individual assistance too."

In case you weren’t aware, the Northshore Senior Center located at Riverside Landing (Riverside Drive) in Bothell, is one of the premier senior organizations in the nation.  Klemens pointed out, "it earns and maintains the recognition, primarily for the breadth and depth of its activities; always adding new programs tailored to a senior’s community needs.  We offer numerous physical and mental improvement classes including the venerable ‘Tai Chee’ and Quigong (Chee kung), Yoga and the energetic Zumba dance and resistance training.  It’s quite common to see retirees who are approaching 90 move through numerous advanced programs to keep their mind and muscles in top form."

Meeting the expectations of the 2,800 senior members – from newly retired baby boomers to those of pre-401k – requires continuous evaluation. Many programs embrace the Advanced Wellness concepts of body and mind; such as Brainfitness. Many retirees welcome the center’s family caregiver programs and state approved Adult Day Care Health where chronic conditions are treated with compassion. It serves those who experience physical, mental or social problems associated with a wide variety of disabling conditions. Participants don’t have to be seniors and the center cares for them five hours per day for up to five days per week.  Often senior parents or other family of younger retirees are enrolled - thus offering respite for the younger caregivers. Caregiving training is a big part of NSC’s curriculum.  

Other courses embrace activities where the member is already somewhat proficient, or wants to be; like creative writing, guitar and piano workshops, a variety show and band or outdoor and recreation groups that bicycle, hike, golf and fly-cast. You name the activity and the center likely can accommodate you! The center’s quarterly catalog is loaded with so many classes and activities the offerings resemble that of a large community college. 

The Riverside Drive Campus operates in two buildings. In the Health and Wellness Center on the north side of the street, there is a well-appointed fitness center.  Once qualified, members have access to treadmills, stationary bicycles, ellipticals and special training equipment. The Adult Day Care program meets in a large space that also accommodates wedding receptions and corporate gatherings, served by a commercial kitchen.

Across the street, the Senior Center is a beehive of activity with numerous classes and group exercise running simultaneously. It too has a great room space and a commercial kitchen serving weekday lunches. A cozy coffee shop serves up the renowned home-made pies and cookies, including sugar free, made by the volunteer "pie-ladies." And twice a month there is a sumptuous pancake breakfast.

Annually, the center hosts the Holiday Craft Market, the "Ransacked Attic" – yard sale, that draws hundreds of shoppers, and the "Karaoke Bingo Nights."

Klemens points out, "It’s our volunteers who furnish the energy needed to accomplish these multiple events. Just getting the daily hot lunch on the table requires a dozen volunteers. A big event such as the "Ransacked Attic" yard sale needs more than 100 to make it happen. And our senior volunteers are the faces you’ll be greeted by at our Bothell, Kenmore and Mill Creek centers."

The NSC motto: Welcome – come get active with us and enhance your quality of life!

As you’ve seen, the NSC is far more than a place to keep older people busy.  The new members become volunteers who bring their friends, build interest in special activities, call others to become involved, attract new and skilled volunteers and help their programs grow. 

Senior power is the NSC banner and it has made the center into one of the largest and most active in the country.  Have a question? Call the Bothell Center at (425) 487-2441.

Fraud alert: Grandparent scam continues to

  • Written by BPT

Imagine being woken by a phone call in the middle of the night. It’s your crying grandchild, who is asking for money because of an accident. Of course you want to help your loved one, so you do whatever you can in this emergency situation. You open your wallet without hesitation.

Unfortunately you’ve just become a victim of a scam that is happening across the country. Known as the "grandparent scam," this type of fraud involves bogus calls from people claiming to be relatives in trouble. The personal nature and urgency of these calls causes people to let their guard down, and act quickly without verifying the validity of the call.

"Criminals often target older people, but in reality anyone of any age can be a target of a scam," says Phil Hopkins, vice president of global security with Western Union. "With more people sharing personal information online, such as through social media websites, it’s easier for criminals to learn details of personal relationships so they can imitate loved ones by name. Newspapers and obituaries are also good sources of personal information, providing detailed relationship information."

Con artists may also impersonate attorneys, police officers or bail bondsmen to create a sense of urgency and legitimacy. Add in loud background noises, muffled voices or fuzzy phone lines, and it’s easy to believe someone is calling from jail or a remote location, where he or she may be in trouble.

In addition to calling victims, hackers use similar strategies to target victims through email. Tapping into a person’s address book, scammers send emails or instant messages directly from the person’s email account alerting friends and others of the "emergency" and requesting funds. Do not respond to the email and confirm the situation by contacting the person by phone or other means.-

"Awareness is the best defense against emergency scams," says Hopkins. "These scams can be convincing, but it’s important to keep a few things in mind before you rush to help."

Hopkins recommends you follow these tips to avoid becoming a victim of the emergency scam or other types of fraud:

1. If you receive a phone call or email claiming a friend or family member needs cash, take a moment to review the situation. Does it make sense? Can you verify the emergency?

2. Call the person at a known telephone number, not a number given to you by the caller. Or, call a mutual friend or another relative and find out if he or she is aware of the situation.

3. Let your friend or family member know that you have received a call or email from the person requesting help. If the request turns out to be fake, contact the police immediately.

4. Regardless of whether you are contacted by phone, email or some other means, be suspicious of requests to send money to "help a friend or family member out" unless you can verify the information you’ve been given with 100 percent confidence.

5. If you did send a money transfer through Western Union, and then realize that it was for a scam, contact the Western Union Fraud Hotline at 1-800-448-1492. If the transaction has not been picked up, it will be refunded to you.

6. Never send money to someone you have not met in person.

7.For more information on scams or for more tips on how to help protect yourself from scams, visit www.WesternUnion.com/stopfraud.

How America’s change-leading generation has redesigned aging

  • Written by BPT

America’s baby boomers first came on the scene in 1946. They’ve been turning the world on its head ever since.

Known as the country’s greatest generation for leading change, baby boomers make up roughly 26 percent of the United States’ total population - at about 78 million people. Over the years they’ve reinvented almost everything about the way America lives - from the music we listen to, to the cars we drive, to the technology we rely upon, to the way we age.

The oldest baby boomers have already begun crossing the threshold into their golden years - and as expected, they’re redesigning what’s on the other side.

Never known as an understated generation, baby boomers have already made it clear that they won’t be fading quietly into retirement. On the contrary, they’re all about staying active and engaged. Chronologically they may be aging, but their spirits aren’t. So whether it’s finding a new career, rock-climbing, volunteering, adventure travel or online dating, baby boomers are embracing life’s second act with gusto.

More than any generation before them, baby boomers have adopted lifestyles that help them stay healthy and fit. And they’re embracing modern technologies that enable them to stay connected to the world around them and involved in it. An important way in which active baby boomers are keeping up their youthful pace is by taking care of their hearing.

This generation understands that in order to fully enjoy the experiences of life, you need to stay connected to it. So rather than deny a hearing loss and suffer the negative social, cognitive and professional consequences that inevitably result from leaving it unaddressed, baby boomers are increasingly dealing with hearing loss head on.

Boomers in their 40s, 50s and 60s are getting their hearing tested. And they’re benefitting from the technological revolution taking place in the hearing aid marketplace. Simply put, the generation has caught onto the fact that today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids are highly effective, sleek and sophisticated wearable electronics that can help them stay actively connected to life - not to mention to all their other prized electronics.

America’s baby boomers have been shaking the place up for decades. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re now redesigning the golden years. For more information on hearing loss, visit the Better Hearing Institute at www.betterhearing.org.

 

Five trending facts about today’s hearing aids:

1. They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.

2. They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Recent technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before - and in a broad range of sound environments.

3. You can enjoy water sports and sweat while wearing them. Waterproof digital hearing aids have arrived. This feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity and dust. This feature suits the active lifestyles of swimmers, skiers, snowboarders, intensive sports enthusiasts and anyone working in dusty, demanding environments.

4. They work with smartphones, home entertainment systems and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity - directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes that are just right for you - from your smartphone, MP3 player, television and other high-tech gadgets.

5. They’re always at the ready. A new rechargeable feature on some newly designed hearing aids allows you to recharge your hearing aids every night, so they’re ready in the morning. It’s super convenient - and there’s no more fumbling with small batteries.

Sports Physicals & Back to School Health

  • Written by Dr. Elizabeth Thybulle & Dr. Lanika Buchanan

by Dr. Elizabeth Thybulle & Dr. Lanika Buchanan

The new school year is here and so are those required sports physicals. School sports are an exciting opportunity to grow mentally, physically and emotionally. Be sure your student is in the best health to start the year and ready to compete in their chosen activity.

Fall sports like football, soccer, swim/dive, tennis, golf, cross country and volleyball require physicals. Winter and spring sports also need physicals and it may be easier to get them done in the fall. Winter brings basketball, wrestling, swim/dive and gymnastics, while spring has track, baseball, soccer, tennis and golf. Each of these sports has different physical requirements necessitating more specific nutritional needs.

Whether you are feeding a line backer or a golfer, you want to be sure you are giving them the correct balance of goodies.

Healthy eating for athletes includes foods in their natural form, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, lean meats, nuts, seeds and beans. Limit the junk and sugary foods and be sure they get plenty of good old plain water.

Quality performance also means getting plenty of rest and mental down time.

Sorry kids, this does not include video games! Here’s a bit of information you might find interesting regarding sleep. Pre-teens require about 10-12 hours of sleep each night, while teens need 8½-9½ hours. They tend not to meet their needs due to demanding schedules filled with school, homework, friends, activities, sports, and jobs. That and the fact they just don’t want to go to bed.

Because of the demands on their time, they are often chronically sleep deprived. If your child misses one hour of sleep each night it will add up to an entire night of missed sleep by the end of the week.

This is a really big deal because the ability to pay attention in school is decreased along with diminished athletic performance, decreased response time and poor short-term memory.

A tired teen behind the wheel is also much more likely to smash up your car. (Arrgh!)

Now a bit about the immune system. Protect against those nasty buggies now before it’s too late! A good quality multiple vitamin is a start, but alone can’t stand up to the viral soup that most schools have become. In the Pacific Northwest it is usually a good idea to supplement additional vitamin D and vitamin C for an extra boost. You may also want to consider high quality fish oil supplements as they contain essential fatty acids which help reduce fatigue and improve memory, immunity, dry skin, mood swings and poor circulation.

At Health Moves we focus on overall support during a sports physical with activity specific dietary advice and nutritional support for those growing, maturing bodies and brains.

We turn simple sports physicals into an opportunity to learn about optimal health. Our Naturopathic Doctors look forward to seeing your junior high to college age student soon.

Dr. Thybulle is a Naturopathic Doctor & Dr. Lanika Buchanan is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist.

They may be reached at: Health Moves 17311 135th Ave NE Ste. C-800 Woodinville, WA 98072

(425) 402-9999 or www.HealthMoves.org.

Let’s Cook it Right – Fighting Cancer with Food

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Join Dr. Lisa Price, Northwest Natural Health Clinic, and 21 Acres Chef Emily Moore as they explore food choices and meal preparation in ways that support strong immune systems and prevent disease at "Let’s Cook it Right-Fighting Cancer with Food," Tuesday, September 24,  from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 21 Acres. You’ll taste fresh samples of these meals prepared on the spot by Chef Emily.

Most Americans are aware of research that shows the linkages between eating habits and the risk for several types of cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that as many as 35 percent of cancer deaths may be related to food alone. Which foods are associated with a lower cancer risk? For sure, organic fruits and vegetables are prime candidates. So, how can you increase your consumption of fresh produce in simple ways? Dr. Price and Chef Emily will show you how to make several meals containing organic and sustainable ingredients that are known to be the most protective against cancer. 

Instructor  Dr. Lisa Price  is a graduate of Bastyr University in naturopathic medicine and has been an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University for the past 11 years teaching biochemistry and microbiology. She was awarded a National Institutes of Health research fellowship to study the immunological effects of a natural product from 2005 to 2010 and currently practices at Northwest Natural Health Clinic in Bellevue. At the conclusion of the class, students will receive resources about the freshly prepared sample foods and recommendations for incorporating other foods known to promote optimum wellness.

Interested students may enroll and register one of three ways: 21acres.org/school; phone: (425) 481-1500; or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..