Topic: Health & Wellness

Medicare Open Enrollment

Written on October 5, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

SHIBA Medicare open enrollment presentation will take place online on Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 pm. Like our previous presentations, we will have our trained SHIBA volunteer, Pegi Groundwater, from Orcas Island leading the Medicare presentation on October 7. Information regarding the presentation is listed below: Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 – December  Continue Reading

Community Foundation Funds Free Flu Shots

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Supporting the health of our most vulnerable neighbors during COVID-19 is critical as we enter the winter months on San Juan Island. To help reduce the risk of influenza, SJICF recently granted $15k to help fund flu vaccinations for residents who could not otherwise afford one. The grant funds were awarded in late September to  Continue Reading

Compass Health Celebrates Virtual Building Communities of Hope Gala by Honoring Client Stories on World Mental Health Day 

Written on October 4, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

Non-profit behavioral health agency invites community members to join the virtual Gala, set for October 10, 2020, to support child, youth and family services  EVERETT, Wash. – Compass Health, Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader, is proud to honor client stories and voices at its fourth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser, planned for October 10, 2020. The virtual  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Be Proactive for a Healthy Happy Winter

Written on October 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm, by

Editor’s Note – This story is being re-posted with corrected information. The flu shot clinic at the Mullis Center will actually be on Thursday the 15th from 1:30pm to 4pm. *Not* the 13th as previously posted. Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… As we enjoy  Continue Reading

Awards for Peace Island Medical Center

Written on October 1, 2020 at 12:03 pm, by

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, has been named a 2020 Guardian of Excellence and 2020 Pinnacle of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey. These awards are a nationally recognized symbols of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the awards honor health care facilities who consistently achieved performance in the top five  Continue Reading

October Programs at Island Rec

Written on September 29, 2020 at 11:00 am, by

Listed first is Pickleball, then see below for three adult fitness classes. Island Rec Pickleball Pickleball is open registration for ages 16+. Tuesdays & Thursdays October 6-29 at the fairgrounds. 5-6:30pm for Beginner and Intermediate Players. 6:30-8pm for Intermediate and Advanced Players. $8 per session. Must have your own paddle. Max 10 players allowed per  Continue Reading


Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Anna Maria de Freitas… As I listen to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill settle in the air, I know that the days of outdoor dining for me and my restaurant industry colleagues are quickly coming to an end.  Continue Reading

SmileMobile Dental Clinic coming to Friday Harbor

Written on September 28, 2020 at 10:18 am, by

The Arcora Foundation – SmileMobile, a brightly painted 39 – foot dental clinic on wheels, will return to Friday Harbor on October 7 – 9 and 12 – 14 and will park at the Friday Harbor High School – 45 Blair Ave. SmileMobile dentist – Paul Phillips and dental team will provide examinations to babies  Continue Reading

Keep Breathing

Written on September 25, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

Deb Langhans shares some thoughts about keeping your mental health… Are you holding your breath these days? With all the medical, economic, political and environmental upheaval upon us, is it any wonder? Breath is life. It might be our most faithful lifelong companion as well as a barometer of how we’re perceiving our world: When  Continue Reading

Island Artisans Holiday Market is Moving to Spring

Written on September 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

$12,000 given in scholarships Island Artisans is a local non-profit organization whose goal is to raise funds in support of young artists within our community. We have served San Juan County for approximately 40 years by granting scholarships to graduating students and supporting practicing artists. Island Artisans Holiday Market, our primary fundraiser, has always been  Continue Reading

Story #2: Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Locally!

Written on September 18, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Small businesses are relying more than ever on your support as they creatively cope with COVID.  Here’s the second of a series of stories about their survival. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March, all of us were suddenly navigating uncharted waters. However, San Juan Islands businesses have responded with compassion and ingenuity during these tough times.  Continue Reading

Special Deliveries – Baby Deliveries

Written on September 17, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Special Deliveries: On One Morning, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Joins Partner Agencies With Two Baby Deliveries This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers. Just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, pagers beeped throughout San Juan Island announcing an urgent need  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Simple Home Remedies For Smokey Days

Written on September 16, 2020 at 5:52 am, by

Its wildfire season in the west and air quality is bad. Everyone, but especially those of us with compromising health issues are recommended to stay indoors with windows closed and avoid breathing the particulates in the smokey air as much as possible. You can check current air quality on the website Purple Air. In my  Continue Reading

How to Breathe Easy in Wildfire Smoke

Written on September 15, 2020 at 11:02 am, by

Deanna from PeaceHealth shares this informative article from their blog with some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor… When wildfires create smoky conditions, it’s important to take extra steps to protect your health. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can make it  Continue Reading

Fish For Teeth brings free mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Written on September 13, 2020 at 3:04 pm, by

Islanders, unable to afford dental care, can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish For Teeth on Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Mullis Community Center on San Juan Island. Due to health precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clinic will host half of the number of patients usually  Continue Reading

Flu Shots at Eventide Health

Written on September 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm, by

Flu shots are now available at Eventide Health. It’s important to get yours early this year. We will be hosting a few flu clinics this year and carrying on the tradition of San Juan Healthcare and offering the service as public health to the community. We will also be participating in joint flu clinics with  Continue Reading

New Health Officer Order Lifts Limits on Lodging/Camping & Playgrounds

Written on September 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm, by

Effective September 10, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James has signed Order No. 2020-9, lifting the 50% capacity restrictions on transient lodging. Operating at 100% capacity is allowed immediately. This order also immediately lifts the closure of all public playgrounds and playground equipment. Dr. James explains, “Island residents and visitors have done an  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Start Where You Are, Yoga For Everyone

Written on August 31, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

One of the first things on anybody’s list of how to live a good life pandemic or not is to get some physical exercise. For me this can be a challenge in the best of times. Being quarantined by myself has made finding the motivation to get moving nearly impossible, nearly, but not entirely. I  Continue Reading

SHIBA Presentation: Medicare 101 on September 16

Written on August 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm, by

Do you find Medicare a mystery? Are you unsure which Medicare plan is best for you? Join SHIBA online for a virtual Medicare 101 class where we will cover the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare. Our certified SHIBA volunteers will be available to answer all of your questions! Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 1PM PST To  Continue Reading

Hot Topic #30: Covid Case Trends and The Way Forward

Written on August 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders… In many cultures, including our own, there is a common superstition that says “if you acknowledge good luck, your good luck will end”. We’ll call this the knock-on-wood principle. Well, please knock on wood, because in this long and detailed article we’ll  Continue Reading

San Juan County Organization Receives $750,000 Grant For Long-term Care Solutions

Written on August 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm, by

From Evan Perrollaz for SJC Long-Term Care Coordination Network… The San Juan County LTC Care Coordination Network (Network) is pleased to announce a $750,000 three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the purpose of implementing a suite of solutions for long-term care in San Juan County.  This grant is intended to  Continue Reading

Summary of Recent Cases in San Juan County

Written on August 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm, by

A report from the county… There has been one new confirmed positive test result in San Juan County since the last case summary on August 13. This is the 32nd case in San Juan County and the 13 th on Orcas Island. The case occurred in a visitor to Orcas Island. Due to timing of symptom onset  Continue Reading