Enumclaw Expo Center
For most of us the holidays are a wonderful time to share the joys of family life and friendship. But for many older adults the holidays can be highly stressful, confusing, or even depressing if their mental, physical and emotional needs are not taken into account.
If you have older friends and family members with underlying health issues, you can help them enjoy the holiday season more by following these simple tips:
1. Stroll down memory lane. Holidays provoke memories, which can be especially powerful in the later years of life. Older people whose memories are impaired may have difficulty remembering recent events, but they are often able to share stories and observations from the past. These shared memories are important for the young as well—children enjoy hearing about how it was when their grandparents were their age.
2. Plan ahead. If older family members tire easily or are vulnerable to over-stimulation, limit the number of activities they are involved in or the length of time they are included. The noise and confusion of a large family gathering can lead to irritability or exhaustion. Plan to schedule time for a nap, if necessary, or consider designating a “quiet room” where an older person can take a break.
3. Eliminate obstacles. If a holiday get-together is held in the home of an older person with memory impairment or behavioral problems, don’t rearrange the furniture. This could be a source of confusion and anxiety. If the gathering is in a place unfamiliar to an older person, remove slippery throw rugs and other
items that could present barriers to someone with balance problems or who has difficulty walking.
4. Create new memories. In addition to memories, seniors need new things to anticipate. Add something new to the holiday celebration. You may also consider volunteering for your family to help others. Enjoy activities that are free, such as taking a drive to look at holiday decorations, or window-shopping at the mall or along a festive downtown street.
5. Be inclusive. Involve everyone in holiday meal preparation, breaking down tasks to include the youngest and oldest family members. Older adults with physical limitations can still be included in kitchen activities by asking them to do a simple, helpful task, like greasing cooking pans, peeling vegetables, folding napkins or arranging flowers.
6. Reach out. Social connectedness is especially important at holiday times. Reaching out to older relatives and friends who are alone is something all of us can do. Loneliness is a difficult emotion for anyone.
7. Monitor medications and alcohol. If you have senior family members, be sure to help them adhere to their regular schedule of medications during the frenzy of the holidays. With additional activities and celebrations it can be challenging to remember their normal routines.
By using these guidelines you can help alleviate unnecessary stress during the holiday season for your aging loved ones. Planning ahead can help you enjoy a productive and prosperous holiday season that includes everyone.
Whether you are shopping for a gift for your family, friend or colleague, the ShowCase staff has searched high and low for the best gifts this holiday season.
Winter in the Pacific Northwest is notorious for chilly rains and blustery winds that, despite our best efforts, often seem to find their way through even the heaviest coat. After a day spent dodging the elements, we welcome the moment that we finally come home, seeking solace from the cold, perhaps unwinding next to a crackling fire. If you’re looking to add more “cozy” to your home, inspiration can be found locally, in the beauty of the Northwest, according to interior design expert Stefanie Brooks.
Creating rooms that are warm and inviting can be as simple as incorporating a few simple changes with seasonally infused colors, prints and textures. Nature-inspired hues such as emerald, carafe (a rich, glamorous brown) and koi are top picks for decorators and anyone looking to give their favorite gathering place an updated look. To add more interest to gathering rooms, consider adorning a newly painted wall with thought-provoking artwork to act as a conversation piece during holiday parties.
Interior designers often take cues from the runway. Similar patterns in clothing carry over to what we see reflected in our homes. This season is no exception. “Animal prints have made a comeback and can be very tasteful if used sparingly,” says Brooks. Additionally, rich fabrics such as velvet can be incorporated with an array of throw pillows on the living room sofa and blankets draped over a favorite armchair.
Seasonal changes can also come from accessories that are local and inexpensive. Brooks suggests bringing some of the fresh winter elements of the Pacific Northwest indoors. Incorporate foliage from shrubs and trees into fresh arrangements in vases as a centerpiece on a dining room table. “The smell of these Northwest natives can linger throughout the home.”
For more information & interior design tips:
SB Interior Design
1012 Ryan Ave, Sumner
At Sorci’s Italian Café and Enoteca, owner David Barnes and his team take traditional Italian cuisine and add creative inspiration for new combinations of fresh, simple ingredients in the recipes we all love. That means that plump, juicy tomatoes, aromatic garlic and basil, and the finest, most flavorful 100 percent olive oils are core ingredients for the café’s superior bruschettas, pastas, sauces and hearty meat entrees.
“We make Italian food sexy here,” said Barnes.
Barnes purchased and took over the restaurant from the previous owner in November 2012. He kept many of the staff members and, in the past year, pleasantly discovered that one of his cooks, Alejandro Hernandez, had a skilled background in food preparation and an impressive career working for high-end restaurants in California.
Promoting the quaint café’s loyal cook was a no-brainer for Barnes. Now Chef Alejandro creates popular signature dishes including 10-layer lasagna with tangy arrabbiata sauce, creamy crab manicotti, and juicy chicken breast smothered in a piquant lemon caper sauce served over a bed of luscious risotto and vegetables.
Chef Alejandro loves Italian food, but his true passion is for people and perfection. “My family inspires my cooking. I love to see people enjoying my food. I don’t send a plate to the dining room unless it’s perfect.”
Sorci’s is the perfect spot if you have a weakness for wines too. Barnes had a professional sommelier design the wine list, and he is currently training to be certified as well. The café proudly features traditional selections from Old World Italy to New World blends from Washington, Oregon and California.
Guests also love the full bar, great happy hour deals and affordable lunch menu for delicious Italian dining on the go in the South Sound. The Sorci’s dining room has a rustic, cozy feel that you’ll find warm and inviting for family dinners and romantic dates.
1916 Pacific Ave, Tacoma
A crepe is just something your mom fills with berries and sprays whipped cream on, right? Not so at Savor Creperie in downtown Tacoma, where the crepe is elevated to a sophisticated meal or dessert.
At Savor, you can choose from a menu that includes savory crepes, egg scramble crepes and sweet crepes. Using local products to create their dishes, owners Tom and Vickie Vigue draw on their training at the Culinary Institute in Florida to blend Northwest flavors with French and Italian influences.
“My wife and I traveled through Europe and got the idea to start a creperie,” explains Tom Vigue. “We held onto the idea until we relocated here. We fell in love with the lifestyle and located in Tacoma so we wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle of small restaurants in Seattle.”
Savor has been busy thanks to Tacoma’s blossoming downtown core. Tom has learned to make sure patrons know that his crepes are meant to be eaten immediately,
though he’s planning a set of “to go” crepes that would work better for those who want to buy now, eat later.
Almost everything on the menu can be prepared in a gluten-free option and the staff is willing to accommodate customer requests. Savor offers the only full French press service along Pacific Avenue, using local coffee Valhalla French Roast. If tea is your fancy, you can enjoy a cup of Madhat.
Savor offers weekly specials and will add seasonal options to its menu as well, such as a pumpkin crepe for fall. The best way to enjoy Savor is to order two crepes at a time—one savory and one dessert—and work your way through the menu. And if it’s that berry crepe you’re craving, Savor offers a couple of choices that might be just a bit more refined than the one you remember from your childhood—but will still make you want to lick the plate!
Bayview School of Cooking, Olympia
This winter Bayview will be focusing on warm and cozy comfort food, savory soups and hearty lasagna. Specialty classes for making cookies and candy bars will be taught in December. Sign up early to get your goodies ready for the holiday season. Contact Leanne Willard, director of the cooking school, for calendar information.
Located at Bayview Thriftway
516 W Fourth Ave, Olympia | 360.754.1448
East India Grill, Federal Way
Indian food lovers consider East India Grill one of the best ethnic restaurants in Federal Way. Its unique cooking classes teach recipe favorites such as homemade yoghurt, chicken tikka masala and specialty breads on Saturday afternoons at a reasonable cost of $20 per class. Early registration recommended.
31845 Gateway Ctr Blvd S, Federal Way | 253.529.9292
Europa Bistro, Tacoma
Cooking classes are offered the third Saturday of every month at this quaint, warm bistro. The classes consist of a three-course demonstration paired with complimentary wine tasting. Make delicious Italian-inspired recipes with a chef for mouthwatering meat dishes, pasta, salads and appetizers. Call and reserve your spot!
2515 N Proctor, Tacoma | 253.761.5660
Primo Grill, Tacoma
This contemporary restaurant serves savory Mediterranean cuisine—and features a variety of cooking classes throughout the year. This winter, holiday-inspired cooking classes are $65 per class, which includes recipes, instruction, lunch, a glass of wine, tax and gratuity. View the restaurant’s online calendar for the season’s class line-up!
601 S Pine, Tacoma | 253.383.7000
Ask anyone what they consider the most important room in their home and you will receive a range of answers. For some, it is the kitchen and dining room because this is where their family gathers to share meals. Others will tell you the living room or bedroom because that’s where they can relax and recharge. No matter the answer, one thing is certain: each room contains furniture. We gather around a table, recline on a couch and climb into a bed at the end of the day.
Each year thousands of families in the South Sound are faced with a struggle few of us will ever encounter. They are forced to relocate due to circumstances beyond their control—think natural disaster, household fire or a domestic violence situation. Though agencies are available to assist with food and relocation services, home furnishings are often overlooked.
That is where NW Furniture Bank steps in to help by providing a household of furniture to families in the process of rebuilding their lives. Bill and Joelene Lemke founded the NW Furniture Bank in 2007. It was their son, Brian, who had inspired the couple to do “something of significance” before he tragically passed away in November 2005.
The NW Furniture Bank partners with a number of local retailers including Selden’s, The Old Cannery Furniture and Mattress Warehouse, and Sleep Country to acquire furniture that is either given away or resold at Hope Furnishings, a division of NW Furniture Bank. Funds generated are used to help purchase new mattresses.
The mission of the NW Furniture Bank is simple: restore hope, dignity and stability in the community. Helping families off the floor does more then turn houses into homes; it restores a sense of security and offers a fresh start, allowing families a chance to continue building lasting memories.
For more information including drop-off times, volunteer opportunities and ways to help:
NW Furniture Bank
117 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma
Tacoma Art Museum celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony in September with 300 supporters to kick off the museum’s transformative building expansion project. Construction began this fall on the 16,000-square-foot new wing and building renovation. The new wing will provide a home for the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art and will double the museum’s gallery space.
“This is a remarkable moment for the museum,” said Stephanie A. Stebich, director of Tacoma Art Museum. “We are taking a historic step toward connecting our region’s past and present through art. This extraordinary project is proof of our community’s dedication to the arts, and we are honored to be able to create a gathering space where we can all meet and share art moments for generations to come.”
Design for the $15.5 million project is led by award-winning architects Olson Kundig, with expected completion in fall 2014. This expansion is made possible by the Haub family’s donation of about 280 works of Western American art and endowment funds that will transform Tacoma Art Museum into one of the leading museums in the country featuring Western American art.
In finding a home at Tacoma Art Museum, the Haub Family Collection will establish the only major museum collection of Western American art in the Northwest. It will enable the museum to fully explore the art history of the West and also integrate the Western and Northwest collections. Together these collections will offer a comprehensive understanding of the Northwest region as part of the expanded history of the West and will illuminate how that broad history has shaped regional artistic responses, said Stebich.
Showcasing the Haub Family Collection of Western American art is a chance for the museum to share an integral piece of American art history with the Puget Sound region. “The vision is to provide a rich legacy and link to our history through art,” said Christian Haub of the Haub family.
For updates on the expansion, visit:
Continual success in any profession is rare and the entertainment industry is no exception. Inundated with constant pressure to create the next hit, some artists find themselves compromising their talent to fit the record label’s quota. So, what has set legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins apart from the rest? “Good genes and good luck, I guess,” she said with a laugh during a recent interview. Collins attributes her impressive 50-album collection to a lifetime of structure and a record label that did not stifle her creativity. “I never had to compromise my artistic foundation.”
Classically trained on the piano, Collins brings truth to the adage “practice makes perfect.” She is a firm believer in practicing her craft and does not believe in overnight success. “You must work every day and keep at it every day,” she said, adding that not every song or every album is going to be a tremendous success. “It’s what you do in between those moments; that’s what counts.” Collins is renowned for her version of classics such as Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” Her rendition of “Send in the Clowns” garnered song of the year at the 1975 Grammy Awards.
Aside from her musical accomplishments, Collins is also an author, filmmaker and head of her own record label, Wildflower Records. She strives to foster the talents of blossoming musicians in much the same way she was supported early on in her own career.
With numerous projects and performances, Collins maintains perspective by remaining grateful each day. “We all need gratitude, humor and to keep working as long as we can,” she said. True to form, Collins has a number of ambitious projects in the works including a possible Broadway show and more fiction writing.
Judy Collins will bring her illustrious talent to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts stage on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
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