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February 2009 Senior Life Notes

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This edition of the Senior Life newsletter features some interesting articles about how what you eat and drink may be affecting your memory, and whether or not relocation to be closer to family may be a smart move for you. 

Plus, resources for tax-season and an opportunity to give to our neighbors in need from our Senior Life partners.

Read on for articles, events, and partner information.

Your coffee may be doing more than just keeping you awake - click here for a study that links the drink to decreased dementia risks.

Food for thought...learn how less can be more when it comes to calories and cognition.

Location, Location, Location:  For Grandparents, Family is often a Moving Experience:  Exploring the trend of seniors relocating to be closer to their adult children and grandchildren.  But don't go pack up and hit the road just yet...click here to find out if making the move is the right choice for you

New articles are posted to Senior Life several times a week. Visit www.khq.com/seniorlife often to see those new articles.

 Have you heard of Project Share?  It's a program that provides a one-time emergency support to assist those in need with energy costs.   If you find yourself in a position where you can't afford to pay for heat, regardless of your energy source, Project Share can help!

So far this heating season (Oct. - March) 486 Households received grants from Project Share for a total of $116,608 dispersed.

 There is still a long way to go in this heating season and you can help.  Have you ever noticed the request for donations on your energy bill?  You can add a dollar amount to your payment that goes to helping those in need.  Project Share counts on donations from energy customers, employees and companies to fund this program.   In fact, Avista Utilities has partnered with Craven's Coffee and Simply Northwest in offering special Project Share products, from which a percentage of the proceeds go to helping our neighbors keep warm!   Visit their website (https://www.avistautilities.com/community/assistance/pages/share.aspx) for more information and to find out how you can receive or give assistance.

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From February 1 through April 15th each year, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counselling, as well as assistance on the telephone and internet to help individuals prepare basic tax forms.   Click here to find the Tax-Aide site nearest to you!

Aging in Place - Design your Future.  That is the topic of a daylong event at Southside Senior Center. The event will happen on Saturday, March 14th from 9am to 4pm.  The event is free to the public. 

Bob Blancato will speak from 10am to 11am. Blancato has served on the policy committee and executive committee of 2005 White House Conference on Aging and has more than 35 years experience on senior issues. For more information on attending click here

If you are in the senior services industry and would like to participate, here is the link to register for a booth.

The Inland Northwest Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is holding the 9th Annual Nancy Rockwell Gala and Auction.  "An Evening of Elegance at The Davenport Hotel" happens Friday, March 20th. If you are interested in participating, click here to learn more including how to purchase tickets.

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