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Smiling leads to happiness | Health and Wellness

As we enter the busy holiday season, many of us may be feeling stressed, anxious, and lonely. An easy way to combat these feelings and help to increase our mood is the simple act... — Updated 11/22/2023


Health benefits of grounding: Connecting with nature for wellness | Health and Wellness

In our fast-paced, technology-driven world, it’s easy to become disconnected from the natural world around us. However, a growing body of research suggests that reconnecting with... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Jim Miller    Opinion

3 vaccines seniors should get this fall | Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior, Which vaccines are recommended for Medicare seniors this flu season? – Just Turned 65 Dear Just Turned, There are actually three different types of vaccines... — Updated 9/20/2023


Senior suicide prevention: A caring approach to saving lives | Health and Wellness

September is Suicide Prevention Month. When people think of those that die by suicide, many do not think of seniors. Yet the elderly have significant higher rates of suicide than... — Updated 9/20/2023


Foot health – Why it is important | Health and Wellness

As we age, our bodies undergo various changes And there’s one area that often goes overlooked: foot health. For older adults, proper foot care is not merely a matter of comfort... — Updated 8/16/2023


Stay heat-safe during summer

As we enter the summer months, it is important that we make sure that we stay hydrated and keep our bodies cool. We have been lucky as this summer has, so far, not been as hot as... — Updated 7/19/2023


Loneliness: A silent epidemic | Health and Wellness

You may know that I work at the Edmonds Waterfront Center, where I have the pleasure of working with Sue Shearer, our nurse. Twice a year we lead a workshop, “Aging Mastery.... — Updated 6/28/2023


The healing power of water | Health and Wellness

We all understand the benefits of drinking plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps with joint health, our complexion, helping deliver oxygen throughout our body, and much more.... — Updated 5/24/2023


Stretching your food dollars | Health and Wellness

Food is expensive, and it seems that it keeps getting more expensive. If you are on a fixed income, grocery shopping can be a challenging and stressful experience. Because... — Updated 4/26/2023


Protein, and why it is important as we age | Health and Wellness

We all hear how vital protein is for building and maintaining muscle strength as well as a healthy weight. A 2018 study by The Journals of Gerontology suggests that having adequate... — Updated 3/15/2023

 By Sue Shearer    Opinion

Free Medicare assistance available from SHIBA | Health and Wellness

Open enrollment might be over, but your SHIBA team keeps on going. At the Edmonds Waterfront Center, we are the sponsor agency for 32 dedicated, highly trained, and experienced Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA).... — Updated 2/22/2023


Gratitude and your mental health | Health and Wellness

I think we have all heard that the practice of gratitude, being grateful for things in your life, has a positive effect on one’s mental health. I believe that for some people,... — Updated 1/18/2023


Breathe | Health and Wellness

According to Merriam Webster, breath is a noun and means the air taken into or expelled from the lungs or an inhalation or exhalation of air from the lungs. Most of us do this... — Updated 11/17/2022


The importance of advanced directives | Health and Wellness

Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp morning air, the changing colors on the trees, the feeling of the ending of summer and the beginning of the coziness of winter. As a... — Updated 10/19/2022


Music and dance: It's not just for enjoyment | Health and Wellness

Several years ago I watched a documentary on how movement and music played a significant role in helping people manage Parkinson’s and dementia. I was fascinated by how someone... — Updated 9/21/2022


Fraud: How you can protect yourself

In the age where everything is digital or online, many of us are on high alert for scams. When I make a purchase online, I always use my credit card, knowing that it is easier to di... — Updated 8/17/2022


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