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Those either with, or caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will have the chance to learn more regarding the ailment as the Oregon chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting community education courses in Clark County this March.

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Smartphones, tablets and social media are commonplace in schools, the business community and our living rooms. The world has embraced technology and it continues to be a pervasive force within society.

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Caregivers at Mallard Landing Assisted Living in Battle Ground put on their Santa hats last December to prepare a Christmas party for residents, but it wasn’t elves they relied on to help them pick the perfect gift. 

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The new federal tax code passed in December of 2017, dubbed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, has stimulated a great deal of media attention, and concern for how it will affect the individual taxpayer.  

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Battle Ground Parks and Recreation releases a quarterly newsletter highlighting different opportunities specifically catered toward seniors. Activities are open to any senior who wants to participate, with most activities offered on an ongoing basis. 

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Seasonal gift giving is supposed to be fun but finding the right gift for everyone on the Christmas list is often a challenge; add to that the older adults in our lives who have downsized or are living in active or assisted living situations. 

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With busy schedules and families living in distant places, it’s not often that three or even four generations gather to enjoy a meal together. But that’s exactly what happens every month at Battle Ground’s Creekside Place Assisted Living Community. 

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Some have known each other for years, others have known each other for mere months but their commonality is the decades they have all lived through. Ranging in age from 70 to 93, a couple even represent the Greatest Generation. They are the Battle Ground version of Tuesdays with Morrie.

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A single, tiny pill that you take to manage your diabetes or blood pressure can be deadly to a child. Prescription medications are extremely powerful, tempting to small hands, and terrifyingly easy to access when not properly stored. 

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Holidays are a time to celebrate traditions. Whether it’s a favorite movie, a secret cookie recipe, or the stocking surprise that stopped being a surprise a few decades ago, families hold tightly to their favorite customs.  

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Alzheimer’s disease affects more than just the patient, as family caregivers are also integral in the best way to manage the disease. 

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Whether it’s dentures or partials, most anyone would rather have real healthy teeth over fake ones. Dr. Maged Mohareb of Prestige Denture Clinic in Clark County knows this and as a result understands people who need or have fake teeth can be reluctant about it.

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If you want to understand the importance of farming, take a quick look at your dinner plate. Generations of farmers have produced food not only for Americans, but for people throughout the world. U.S. farms sold nearly $395 billion in agricultural products in 2012.

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Highlighted below are activities, events and items of interest for seniors in the Battle Ground area. Activities are open to any senior who wants to participate and many of them often take place throughout the rest of the year as well. 

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The Medicare Annual Election Period takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. It’s a time for people with Medicare to make important decisions about their health care — just ask the 17.7 million people who decided on a Medicare Advantage plan in 2016.  

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A long-term care ombudsman is an advocate ensuring the rights, dignity and wellbeing of individuals living in long-term care, which includes skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and adult family homes. An ombudsman educates residents on resident rights issues; seeks to empower residen…

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At the Bethel Lutheran Church in Brush Prairie, there is a handful of women who are constantly putting the warmth of their hearts into the production of blankets to be used by others in need. They’re known as the Bethel Quilters, and each year they produce hundreds of quilts.

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Jim Nielsen of Brush Prairie began playing basketball in fourth grade on a hoop in a barn. He later played for Battle Ground High School and today, at age 73, his career is still alive and fruitful. 

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Shanti Potts isn’t nearly as concerned with the appearance of her Clark County memory loss support groups as she is with the aid it gives participants. Potts groups don’t have a website, or even a definitive name. All that matters to her is helping those who come.

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Last spring Gloria Lindquist began building tin people. She’d never taken on such an endeavor before and didn’t have any particular blueprint. 

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Alzheimer’s disease is one of the more prominent forms of dementia, but there are many additional types of dementia that also can cause both physical and cognitive alterations. Understanding the complexity of dementia can be beneficial to both dementia sufferers and their caregivers.

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A Ridgefield physical therapist with a longstanding family history in the city is hanging up his medical jacket as Ridgefield Physical Therapy has changed ownership following the retirement of its former owner Pete Bartel.

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A law providing some savings for adaptive housing for disabled veterans and support of the reinstatement of a committee on aging are among the highlights of freshman state legislator Vicki Kraft’s first year in office.

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Hearing is one of our basic five senses and is crucial to communication. Hearing well — or the best you can— keeps you engaged with family and friends. It helps you to continue doing the things you love to do. 

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With summer here, those seniors looking to get moving — whether it be around town dining, being outside with their dog or exercising classes — have options as Battle Ground Parks and Recreation has released its “Senior Scene” activities schedule for the season.

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About five years ago Battle Ground’s Paul Springer was watching television and came across a show about building classic cars.

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Many working professionals hope to spend the bulk of their retirement traveling the globe. While such a goal is potentially costly, there are various ways to save and still see the world. 

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There are many conversation topics we might avoid discussing with our loved ones. Planning for end-of-life care is probably at the top of the list. We know the old adage — only death and taxes are certain — yet death remains a taboo subject. 

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Woodland can claim to have five-star service when it comes to health care as the aptly-named Woodland Care Center recently received that rating from the federal authority on the industry.

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On April 3, 1942, Richard Ayers and Odessa Chadwick married in a small, brick church in Carr, Colorado. The newlyweds were only 18 and had graduated as high school sweethearts less than a year before.