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 By Michelle Reitan    Opinion 

Senior Suicide prevention: A compassionate approach to saving lives | Health&Wellness

September is Suicide Prevention Month. When people think of those who die by suicide, many do not think of seniors. Yet the elderly have significant higher rates of suicide then... — Updated 9/21/2023


Stay heat-safe during summer | Health & Wellness

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 in... — Updated 7/20/2023


Loneliness: A silent epidemic | Health & 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 6/29/2023


The healing power of water | Health & 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 5/18/2023


Stretching your food dollars | Health & 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 4/20/2023


Protein, and why it is important as we age | Health & 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 3/16/2023

 By Sue Shearer    Opinion

Free Medicare assistance available from SHIBA

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 2/16/2023


Gratitude and your mental health | Health & Wellness

I think that we have all heard the practicing gratitude, being grateful for things in your life, has a positive effect on one’s mental health. I believe that for some people,... — Updated 1/19/2023

 By Michelle    Opinion

Tips for coping with holiday stress | Health & Wellness

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests – stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays often present a dizzying array of demands – cooking meals, shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining, to name just a... — Updated 12/15/2022


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 & 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 10/20/2022


Music and dance: It's not just for enjoyment | Health & 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 with Parkinson’s disease could show little signs... — Updated 9/22/2022


Fraud: How you can protect yourself | Health & Wellness

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 dispute charges. When I get gas, I jiggle to card... — Updated 8/18/2022


Prescription medication cost: There's help | Health & Wellness

I know that it is no surprise to hear that prescription drug prices are out of control. Even with insurance, many people have difficulty affording their medications. Some even have... — Updated 7/21/2022


Sun, vitamin D, and you | Health & Wellness

If you are like me, you are lamenting the lack of sun and warmth this spring in the Pacific Northwest. I feel as if the sun comes out with its shining rays and warmth to tease me a... — Updated 5/18/2022


Emerging from our COVID cave | Health & Wellness

Several weeks ago, soon after the mask mandate was lifted by Gov. Jay Inslee, I was having dinner with a dear friend. It was the first time we had seen each other in several... — Updated 4/21/2022


Nightshades: Have they gotten a bad rap? | Health & Wellness

I have been noticing that nightshades have been in the news lately. Like many, I have believed that nightshades can negatively impact inflammation and arthritis. There has actually... — Updated 2/24/2022


Compassion = better heath for us and others | Health and Wellness

We are entering our third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. When many of us thought the worst was behind us, we are hitting record levels of infections … hospitals are again... — Updated 1/27/2022


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