Local pianist gets back in weekly groove at Edmonds Waterfront Center

Can we please just get back normal? We all wish it could be so. One local pianist and singer truly is happy this week. Being blind and autistic, Edmonds resident Nick Baker feels the need to return to normal a bit more acutely. Nick began his local performance career at the former Edmonds Senior Center…

Aging in Place, Part 2.: Staying at home is not for everyone.

I once heard someone say that we expect to live a robust life until we’re 85, then croak. My parents, Vern and Nita, had a sweet little home in Payson, Arizona. Mom had her garden and Dad had his shop where he created science demonstrations for the local elementary school kids, projects such as a…

Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the annual election period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, if you’re on original Medicare. Switch to a different…

Aging in Place: Resources to help seniors stay at home

I spent some of my elementary and junior high school years in portable classrooms while the state scrambled to build enough schools to educate the Baby Boom Generation. Now a tidal wave of aging Boomers has reached our shores, the Silver Tsunami, and the state is once again scrambling to try to deal with us….

Scene in Edmonds: Health and wellness at the Waterfront Center

From foot care to mammograms to blood drives, the Edmonds Waterfront Center has become a community hub for needed health and wellness services, CEO Daniel Johnson notes. On Tuesday, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance parked their Mammo Van in front of the Waterfront Center and filled all 19 appointments for mammograms. On Wednesday, the Waterfront Center’s popular…

Protecting health of seniors post-COVID topic of UW Bothell virtual town hall

Older adults were profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. What have we learned so far? How have we adjusted, and how can we best prepare to protect our health and safety as winter approaches? University of Washington Bothell is sponsoring a virtual town hall, “Preparing for a Post-COVID Future: Implications for Protecting the Health of…

Edmonds Waterfront Center online auction now open

The Edmonds Waterfront Center’s online auction is now open, and here’s how you can participate: 1. Purchase an event ticket for $25: Edmonds Waterfront Center Gala Celebration (ejoinme.org) 2. Preview items and then register for bidding at ewcauction2021.ggo.bid. Note: this is a secure site, and you will be asked to create a password and give a…

Onsite breast cancer screenings at Edmonds Waterfront Center Oct. 5

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is partnering with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance provide onsite breast cancer screenings Tuesday, Oct. 5. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance mammogram van will be at the Edmonds Waterfront Center that day. The appointment takes 15 minutes and no referral is needed for an annual screening mammogram. A nurse navigator will…

Edmonds Landing puts on the purple to fight Alzheimer’s

It was a Friday-afternoon sea of purple punctuated with pinwheels at Second and Dayton as an estimated 40 residents, staff and friends of Edmonds Landing turned out for the annual Walk Around the Block to support Alzheimer’s research, part of the nationwide Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Marchers ranged in age from 98 to 30. An…

Free will clinic for qualifying seniors in Edmonds Sept. 18

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is hosting a free will clinic Saturday, Sept. 18 for qualifying seniors, presented by Snohomish County Legal Services. Participating seniors will receive the following completed documents: – Last will and testament – Health care directive – Durable power of attorney Appointments are required. Times are 9:30-10:30 a.m., 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 11:30…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Experience the ideal

I’m kinda weird and perhaps idealistic, since a profile test I took a long time ago classified me as someone who falls into “Experience the Ideal” type of person. They explained it as being someone who brings “the heavens down to earth or things that are abstract down into some tangible form or expression. And,…

Sponsor spotlight: Forging friendships — building community in retirement

For most of us, friendships are vital to health, wellness and overall happiness. Whether we crave daily interactions or something a little more low-key, it’s through these connections that we love, laugh, share past experiences and explore hopes for the future. For seniors living alone, isolation can seriously impact these connections. Perhaps retirement has removed…

Welcome to our new advertiser, Quail Park of Lynnwood

Quail Park of Lynnwood has joined us as a new advertiser, and will sponsor our Sound Silver Living page. If you’ve not taken a look at all the many stories we’ve published that focus on active senior living, it’s worth a look. Quail Park of Lynnwood’s property is bordered by a beautiful forested reserve and their setting…

Edmonds’ Jerry Karnofski: pushing 96 and still pumping iron

He’s a regular at Edmonds’ Harbor Square Athletic Club, where Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings find him in the equipment room getting in his regular routine of resistance training.  He’s not the kind of guy who makes a big splash at the club – he just sticks with his program and does his workout, one…

Local teen has passion for helping seniors with technology

Do you ever find yourself struggling with your smart phone or computer and think to yourself – I wish I had a “patient” tech-savvy teenager to help me. Well now you do. His name is Jack Rice. Jack is a sophomore at Edmonds-Woodway High School.  Using his grandparents as his first clients, he started his…

Edmonds Waterfront Center announces community partnerships

The Edmonds Waterfront Center, home of the Edmonds Senior Center, on Tuesday announced partnerships with two organizations: Snohomish County Legal Services and Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Snohomish County Legal Services Snohomish County Legal Services will be hosting a Housing Legal Clinic July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. The organization is offering free legal…

Applications for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program still being accepted

The Snohomish County Human Services Department reminded seniors Tuesday that applications for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) are still being accepted. The program provides eligible low-income seniors with $40 worth of checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets or farm stands. To learn more about the program, including eligibility…

Edmonds Waterfront Center hires new facilities manager

The Edmonds Waterfront Center has added a new facilities manager, Jim Smith to their team. Smith’s role will include overseeing the building management and maintenance, as well as technology and audiovisual systems used for programs and rentals at the new 26,000-square-foot Edmonds Waterfront Center. “Up to this point our focus has been on constructing the…

Outdoor art topic of May 26 Waterfront Forum program on arts and culture in Edmonds

Outdoor Art is the final installment in the Waterfront Forum’s four-part series, “How Arts & Culture Shape the Identity of Edmonds,” to be presented Wednesday, May 26 via Zoom. The presenter is Frances Chapin, arts and culture manager for the City of Edmonds. It will begin at noon and end by 12:30 p.m., with an additional…

Edmonds Waterfront Center virtual opening raises $111K

The Edmonds Waterfront Center’s virtual opening last month raised $111,000 for the new facility. As reported in our earlier story, the virtual opening on April 22 — Earth Day — drew 500 attendees, and began with a video created by guest speaker and leading Waterfront Center supporter Rick Steves. “Earth Day is a fitting day…

Applications open for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Snohomish County is accepting applications for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The program provides eligible low-income seniors with $40 worth of checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets or farm stands. To learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements and how to submit an application, visit: www.snohomishcountywa.gov/1002/Nutrition-Programs. Priority…