Simple Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Can you name the most common cause of injury among older Americans? It’s falling—which happens to one in four adults age 65 or older each year—according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This tallies up annually to 29 million falls that result in 3 million emergency department visits, 850,000 hospitalizations, and 29,000 deaths. The good news is that the risk of falling can be reduced by taking a few simple steps.

Tell your healthcare provider. A fall can be caused by a health condition or medication you’re taking. If you have fallen or feel unsteady at times, it’s important to evaluate your risk with your healthcare provider and develop a plan for fall prevention. Be sure to have your provider check your feet annually too. Discuss proper footwear and whether you should see a podiatrist.

Get an eye exam annually. A visit to an eye doctor will diagnose conditions that may limit your vision, like glaucoma or cataracts. If your eyeglasses prescription has changed, be sure to update your lenses.

Improve your balance and strength. Adopt an exercise regimen to strengthen your core and leg muscles. Tai chi, a gentle and graceful form of exercise and stretching, has been shown to help reduce falls. As an extra bonus, a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that tai chi also helped improve brain function.

Make home modifications. More than half of all falls take place at home. Remove hazards such as clutter, throw rugs, and poor lighting. Install grab bars and handrails. Add non-slip materials to tubs, showers, and stairs.

Be cautious when walking Fido. A study in JAMA Surgery found a dramatic rise in bone fractures attributed to canine companions. When walking your best buddy, stay aware of your environment and take extra precautions during inclement weather. Investing in a retractable leash and obedience training can also help.

Taking these steps will lower your fears of falling and help you continue enjoying the activities you love most.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

National Council on Aging
ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention

Centers for Disease Control
cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls

The Names Family Foundation Gift of Wellness

The Names Family Foundation, which has supported health and wellness projects in the region for many years, has pledged a $3 million gift to support the new Fircrest Pool and Community Center, the largest gift in the city’s history.

The City of Fircrest is replacing the nearly 60-year-old pool and community center complex. The Fircrest-based Names Family Foundation’s gift is a huge boost to the city’s effort to raise $8.5 million in philanthropic gifts and public grants toward the $18 million project.

“I am excited for the young people who will get to make their own childhood memories in Fircrest,” said Rick Names, the Names Family Foundation’s Vice President.

The foundation was started in 1996 by Sis and Scott Names, who ran the successful Scott’s Athletic Equipment store in Lakewood for 42 years. Their family’s mission is to enrich the community by awarding grants to organizations that emphasize health, wellness, and physical education in the Pierce County area.

Five generations of the Names family have grown up in Fircrest and they have fond memories of participating in classes and sports at the community center, swimming at the pool, and enjoying their youth at Fircrest Park. “Fircrest will always have a special place in my heart, and I am truly excited to see what the future looks like for the city,” said Monica Names King, a granddaughter of the founders and secretary of the Foundation.

“The Names family has an incredible legacy of investing in gyms and recreational facilities throughout the region, and we’re honored that they are making such a historic pledge here in the city,” said Fircrest Mayor Hunter George. “Generations of residents of Fircrest and neighboring areas have grown up in our recreational facility. The Names Family Foundation is helping us ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to grow.”

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

For Additional Information

fircrestcommunitycenter.org

Drees Celebrates 90 Years of Business

In a world of online shopping, Drees of Olympia still sets the standard in home furnishings and gifts after 90 years.

The home furnishings shop on the corner of Washington Street SE and Legion Way SE in Olympia is celebrating its 90th year in business. Housed in a building built in 1890 in downtown Olympia, Drees offers a variety of products including home furnishings, gifts, seasonal decorations and stationary. The 90-year-old legacy started in 1929 when Jimmy Drees bought the Art and Paint Store and added additional decorative products. He sold the store in 1965 to a previous owner before it was sold again in 1976 to the store’s current owner, Ruthann Panowicz Goulart. Ruthann has held the helm for over 40 years.

Ruthann grew up in Olympia, and went off to college to school, and on to Washington DC to work at the Smithsonian. Her return to Olympia was rooted in running the “beloved store where she shopped as a child. We believe that Drees offers more than great products; we create traditions, nurture relationships, enhance homes, and provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.” The quote that Jimmy Drees used to display in his windows that sums it up was, “Enjoy our Browspetality.”

Drees has not only been a pillar of the shopping community in Olympia, it also gives back to the community in various ways. Ruthann is a founding member of the Junior League of Olympia and has served on multiple boards for the city, including the City of Olympia’s Parking and Business Improvement Area. She is also active on the Board of Directors at Thurston First Bank in Olympia and a member of Seattle Art Museum Supporters.

ALLIE COLOSKY

For Additional Information

Drees

524 Washington St SE, Olympia

360.357.7177

dreesofolympia.com

Holiday Dinner Party Tips

When it comes to planning dinner parties—especially for the holidays—we say keep things simple and focus on enjoying one another’s company.

LEAH GROUT

Personal Touch

Take the time to send an invitation—in the mail, not on Facebook—and then use the same paper and fonts to create a menu for each place setting. In a day when it is easy to send an electronic invite this sets the event apart.

Seasonal

Invest in linens that can be used over and over again. Skip the tablecloth with a turkey or Christmas tree in favor of a beautiful seasonal color. Stick to bold colors and pick up on themes that way—then by default you’ll be staying away from anything overly cheesy.

Centerpieces

Don’t overdo it with holiday decor. Opt for simple details, like florals. A few flowers go a long way. They’re fresh, they smell good and they tend to really set the mood.

Outdoor Ambiance

In the Northwest there are many ways to bring the outdoors in. Consider adding elements from the outdoors to a formal table setting to mix things up.

Menu

Stick to dishes you love. While it’s tempting to try out a new or elaborate recipe, it’s safer to share entrées, side dishes and desserts that you already know are crowd pleasers.

Stylish Open Concept in Olympia

When Tony Santolla and Jennifer Fortin decided that they wanted to design and build a new home at Indian Summer in Olympia, they toured the Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes and were impressed with the work done by Interior Dimensions.

“We wanted to create an open, clean space in the home to take full advantage of the view of the golf course. The home design was thoughtful and created a beautiful space that brought the outdoors inside,” explained Fortin.

In the kitchen, the designer went with bold new colors in the space along with suggesting creating two islands, one for food prep and one as a place to entertain guests. It was a little design change that made a powerful impact.

“Our vision changed as we went along. It became more modern than we originally planned for with lots of emphasis on light being brought in. The designer worked with us to re-design the kitchen cabinet layout and assisted on all material selections and interior design finish details,” explained the new homeowners.

“I loved working with Diane Gassman. She is very warm and generous and helped source everything we needed,” said Fortin.

The active homeowners also love the bathroom tub and much thought was given to adding the chandelier above the tub, making it an exquisite and restful space on a cold day or after a long hike. Fortin affirmed, “We certainly are enjoying our new home to the fullest extent!”

LEAH GROUT

For Additional Information

C&H Construction
2005 East Bay Dr NE, Olympia
360.754.6179
candholympia.com

Diane Gassman/Interior Dimensions
502 Custer Way SE, Tumwater
360.701.8986
interiordimensionsnw.com

Ten Washington Wines for the Holidays

With over 900 wineries and thousands of lush vineyard acres, Washington State is home to some of the country’s prime grape-growing regions and every year provides delicious, award-winning wines. We would like to share ten Washington wines that we feel are perfect to enjoy during the holidays this year.

NATALIE BENSON

Reds

Jet Black, Syrah, 2017- Alexandria Nicole Cellars
alexandrianicolecellars.com
Velvety rich texture, featuring a variety of fruits that are complemented by earthy, smokey notes.

Reserve Zinfandel, 2014 – Maryhill Winery
maryhillwinery.com
Envelops the taster in sweet pie aromas, a toasty palate and a warm, silky finish.

Cabernet Sauvignon XXI, 2015 – Dunham Cellars
dunhamcellars.com
Raspberry opens on the nose and notes of black currant and dried herbs dance on the mid-palate in this deep, full-bodied Red.

Cabernet Franc, 2017- Tamarack Cellars
tamarackcellars.com
Smooth body infused with sweet spice and subtle elderberry. Cherry hits the nose nicely and leads to outstanding flavors of honey and ripe red plum.

Don Isidro, Red Blend, 2015 – Gard Vintners
gardwine.com
A one-of-a-kind, gentle blend deep with rich fruit flavor. Named in honor of the Vineyard Manager, Isidro Mondragon.

Carmenere, 2015 – Jones Winery
jonesofwashington.com
Light and supple, hinted with peppercorn spice and abundant with aromas of cherry, raspberry, and juicy cranberry.

Brother’s Blend, Red Blend, 2016- Milbrandt Vineyards
milbrandtvineyards.com
A banquet of black cherry, raspberry, plum and savory herbs pairs beautifully with decadent dark fruit and is perfected by vanilla and subtle toast at the finish.

Whites

Icon Late Harvest Semillon, 2014 – Waterbrook Winery
waterbrook.com
A bright dessert wine leavened with ripe apricot and dried pear flavor.

Sparkling Brut, 2013 – Jones Winery
jonesofwashington.com
Bursting with apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, pineapple and toasted hazelnut. Laced with floral notes and a touch of buttered croissant. A surprising creamy texture and perfectly balanced.

Syrah Rose, 2018 – Radiance Winery
radiancewinery.com
Refreshing and fruit forward with a unique rhubarb finish. A Syrah bridal blend that gives it a bit of warmth, ideal for anytime of the year.

Art of the Table

Restaurants have opened up a new way to savor art—on a plate—food that will intrigue, impress and immerse you in a sensory experience like no other. We’re lucky to have such talented culinary artists in the South Sound, serving delicious and beautiful plates. The following restaurants offer an experience that is both aesthetically elevated and relaxing

KELLY LENIHAN

Hudson Slater is head chef for Asado Cucina Argentina, known for its mesquite-fired grill. Voted Western Washington’s Best Latin American Restaurant six years running.

Asado Cucina Argentina
2810 6th Ave, Tacoma
asadotacoma.com

Brix 25° Chef/Owner Thad Lyman’s seasonal menu is rustic and refined, rooted in Northwest products, embellished with classic cooking techniques.

Brix 25°
3315 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor
harborbrix.com

ChūcH is an upscale restaurant concept created by award-winning Chef Jon Maley. Starting as pop ups, Chef Jon serves exquisitely presented dishes.

ChūcH
chuchrestaurant.com

en Rama, the latest project from Chris Kiel (1022, Hilltop Kitchen) serves up food and drinks that can only be described as an art form. The menu changes seasonally to delight diners with new food experiences.

en Rama
1102 A St, Tacoma
enramatacoma.com

Marzano treats South Sound diners to Chef Elisa Marzano’s interpretation of Italian cuisine based solidly on traditions of the Veneto region in Northern Italy.

Marzano
516 Garfield St South, Parkland
dinemarzano.com

Pimienta Bistro and Bar is an urban fusion of Latin American cuisine. Chef Blanca Rodriguez takes great care to create a delectable piece of art for every guest, appealing to every sense.

Pimienta Bistro and Bar
34029 Hoyt Rd SW, Federal Way
pimientabistro.com

Primo Grill is a chef-driven restaurant using relationships with local farmers to craft a Mediterranean-by-Northwest cuisine featuring the freshest local produce and seafood.

Primo Grill
2701 6th Ave, Tacoma
primogrilltacoma.com

Derek Bray, Chef/Owner at The Table, works closely with local farmers to provide a dining experience paying homage to the rich culinary history of the Pacific Northwest.

The Table
2715 6th Ave, Tacoma
thetabletacoma.com

Chef Rick Nelson at Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar has a passion for steak and great food. Serving up dry-aged beef that is a feast for the palate and the senses.

Ricardo’s Kitchen + Bar
676 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey
chefricardo.com

Heroes for Housing in Thurston County

A person with a cardboard sign at intersections in most of our cities has become a common sight. More individuals are facing homelessness each day, which is an issue in not just Washington state but across the country. As the cost of living continues to increase in King and Pierce counties, the effects trickle down into the southern counties. Homes First is a solution to the affordable housing crisis.

Based in Thurston County, Homes First is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes for those who need them most in the community. Currently, the nonprofit organization serves 250 tenants and owns or manages 43 scattered site properties. Homes First is entering its 30th anniversary in 2020, the equivalent of a standard home mortgage.

“Homes First is proud to be a solution to not only homelessness in Thurston County, but the affordable housing crisis that we are facing in the state and across the country,” said Trudy Soucoup, Homes First chief executive officer. “What enables Home First to do this work is our annual fundraising event, Heroes for Housing.”

Homes First’s sixth annual fundraising breakfast, Heroes for Housing, is the main fundraiser for the organization and took place on Wednesday, September 11, at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey campus. The event raised critical funds that allow the organization to provide affordable homes in the community.

“Our Heroes for Housing event is designed to educate, uplift and inspire our community,”said Amal Joury, chair of the Homes First Board of Directors, “We are able to showcase our incredible mission and receive gifts that will directly provide healthy, safe and affordable housing.”

NATHAN PETERS

For Additional Information

Homes First

homesfirst.org

Monet, Renoir, Degas, and their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest

Seen as artistic radicals in their time, the French Impressionists found their way into premier public and private Northwest art collections impacting American artists for decades. Now on display through January 5, 2020, Tacoma Art Museum premiers a collection of classics to take in. The exhibit, Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest, examines how the work of French Impressionists and their immediate precursors made their way into Northwest public and private collections.

“The purpose of this exhibition is deeply connected to the same passion that drove the French Impressionists, to transform the way we see,” said David F. Setford, TAM’s Executive Director and curator of this exhibition. “It does this in two ways. First, it puts rarely seen works from TAM’s European art collection into context and allows for an expanded visitor learning opportunity. In addition, it is also the first time that these Impressionist works from museums and private collections in the Northwest have been seen together. It will provide a lasting resource about French Impressionism and its historical impact for curators and collectors in our region and beyond.”

Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest was organized and curated by Tacoma Art Museum, and includes approximately fifty works of art. The exhibition is accompanied by a small publication including essays by Setford and TAM curator Margaret Bullock, as well as an online listing of French Impressionist works currently in Northwest public collections.

The exhibition provides visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy signature works by Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley among others. Filling out the story, paintings from some of the most important precursors of Impressionism such as Eugène Boudin, Jean- Baptiste-Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, and Johan Barthold Jongkind are included.

“To round off the exhibition, there will be a section of artworks which demonstrate the influence of French Impressionism on Northwestern and American painters—in other words, how East Coast and Northwest artists adapted and interpreted the brushwork and use of light and color in their own work,” notes Margaret Bullock, co-curator of the exhibition.

“We are extremely grateful for the immense generosity of our regional sister museums in collaborating to create this exhibition,” notes Setford. “The treasures of French Impressionism that will be brought together for this exhibition demonstrate the depth and strength of the collections located in the Pacific Northwest.”

HILARY RYAN

For Additional Information

Tacoma Art Museum

tacomaartmuseum.org

Give Back With A Step Ahead

It is known that the first few years of a child’s life are crucial to their development. That means the right early learning environment is important. A non-profit organization, A Step Ahead in Pierce County (ASAPC), provides such an environment by offering early intervention through home services and programs designed to assist children, ages infant to three years old, that experience developmental delays.

About 18 years ago, Candy Watkins, recently retired, began ASAPC because she recognized a need for services in the community for children with special needs. Today, ASAPC is staffed with 40 professionals including speech therapists, educators and even an infant health specialist. The organization also has a BOOST program created for foster children which gives additional opportunities for families and caregivers to practice social skills in play groups, field trips and special events through partnerships with Early Head Start, Children’s Therapy Center and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

David Pozolinski, former speech therapist and the new Executive Director of ASAPC, says that he and the rest of his staff do the work that they do at A Step Ahead because they are compassionately committed to the mission of the organization—every child with special needs can find a home at A Step Ahead.

“It’s all about the children and the families we serve. There is a definite need for early intervention and in preparing these kiddos for greater success in their future,” says David. “Everyone who works at A Step Ahead in Pierce County is passionate about what we do and the children and families we see.”

Get involved this season and help ASAPC make a difference for the youth in your community. There are many options for donations on the donation page on ASAPC’s website, or you can attend the exciting annual event that supports their CARE fund. The fund is for families that cannot afford or do not have the insurance to pay for needed services and regardless of an inability to pay, each family will receive maximum service. This year, the annual event is Casino for a Cause – License to GIVE, held at Hotel Murano in Tacoma.

NATALIE BENSON

For Additional Information

A Step Ahead

asapc.org