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Island Senior: Emergency! Are you ready?

October 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm

It’s fall and time to think about tak­ing stock and stock­ing up on sup­plies in case of an emer­gency. Thank­ful­ly we are not in the path­way of hur­ri­canes, but if you’ve been around here for a while you know that we can get some mighty dam­ag­ing win­ter wind­storms. The most com­mon events to be ready  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Longevity and a sense of purpose

September 17, 2022 at 11:56 am

This past week, the world lost not only the longest serv­ing British monarch, but at 96 years old a woman who embod­ied longevi­ty itself. Queen Eliz­a­beth II had plen­ty of healthy habits. She start­ed her days with a pot of Earl Grey tea, a bowl of Spe­cial K cere­al, and a bag­pipe ser­e­nade. She rode  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: The gentle power of chair yoga with Katerina Wen

September 1, 2022 at 3:04 pm

As sum­mer comes to an end, we sense the sea­son­al changes, a cool breeze, and the turn­ing of the leaves. If you are any­thing like me, you get an autum­nal urge to sign up for class­es. If, like me, you appre­ci­ate a gen­tle solu­tion sure to improve the qual­i­ty of your life, I high­ly rec­om­mend  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: County Fair week offers opportunities to support Meals on Wheels

August 16, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Sum­mer is wind­ing down and the San Juan Coun­ty Fair comes along just in time to offer islanders a chance to show off their finest pro­duce, baked or canned goods, quilts, baby pigs, and super­charged zuc­chi­nis. Beyond that, thanks to the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, Fair week also offers a vari­ety of ways to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Beating the heat

August 2, 2022 at 12:07 pm

The hot days of sum­mer are upon us. We wait all year for our beau­ti­ful island sum­mers, but still, some days are just too hot. Old­er adults are more vul­ner­a­ble to super hot weath­er. Dr. Basil Eldadah of the Nation­al Insti­tute on aging explains, “As we age, our abil­i­ty to sweat and to dilate blood  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Book Club news

July 16, 2022 at 8:53 am

The Mullis Cen­ter Book Club has a new coor­di­na­tor. Now that Beth Hel­stien has retired from the San Juan Island Library (thank you Beth!), Wendy Wax­man Kern, the library’s new Out­reach and Tech­nol­o­gy Coor­di­na­tor, will be facil­i­tat­ing the Mullis Cen­ter Book Club. Wendy pre­vi­ous­ly served as San Juan County’s 4‑H Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor and has a rich  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Enjoying summer’s bounty at the farmers market

July 2, 2022 at 10:17 am

The equinox has passed and Fourth of July week­end is upon us. For islanders this gen­er­al­ly marks the true start of sum­mer both weath­er wise and in terms of increased activ­i­ties and vis­i­tors. One sure sign that sum­mer is revving up is that our local farm­ers mar­ket is invig­o­rat­ed with plen­ty of fresh pro­duce among  Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Senior: Virtual classes offer a variety of options

June 16, 2022 at 12:22 pm

When the nutri­tion­ist at Peace Health asked me what sort of phys­i­cal exer­cise I would be will­ing to com­mit to, I declared bold­ly that I would do yoga three times a week. I had just dug up my old yoga pro­gram that with enough adap­ta­tions I could still man­age to almost do. What has helped  Con­tin­ue Reading

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