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Bruce Carlson


Bruce Carlson is a Senior Program Specialist for AARP Washington.

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Life Reimagined: Return to the Mountains at Age 63

Posted on 01/26/2016 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Dori Gillam of Seattle is proof positive that conquering mountains – all kinds of mountains – is good for you. She climbed Mt. Rainier at age 46 and she and her friends set their sights on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. But life had other plans. Both her parents became seriously ill and Dori put her life on hold for eight years to act as their caregiver. “It was a privilege to take care of my parents. It was a huge responsibility but it was …

Stuart Seibel of Yakima Receives “Portrait of Care”

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

AARP honors local family caregiver Stuart Seibel of Yakima with the Washington state “Portrait of Care”. “One might think that the toughest part of caregiving would revolve around shopping, cooking, clearing and other household duties but it’s not,” says Stuart. “The greatest challenge is keeping a positive attitude, along with faith and hope, not only for Carol, the patient, but also for myself as caregiver. Years ago I was taught, ‘Attitude is everything.’ This is so vital with illnesses, probably …

Tumwater’s Dennis Shoemaker Wins AARP Andrus Award

Posted on 11/25/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Dennis Shoemaker of Tumwater has been selected to receive the  2015 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Dennis has been a devoted volunteer for Senior Services for South Sound since 2000, serving on their Board of Directors and as President. He has used his professional skills to grow a variety of needed programs. Under his leadership, Senior Services’ annual auction has grown from $8,000 in revenue to …

AARP & Others Oppose Proposed United Way Funding Cuts For Seniors

Posted on 11/25/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

AARP Washington and more than 40 other advocacy and community service services organizations that advocate and serve thousands of older adults in King County and the State of Washington are deeply concerned that United Way’s new funding priorities will no longer include investments in programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities. United Way has traditionally played an “umbrella” role for human services in King County. Older adults have always been part of that umbrella for the past 50 …

Life Reimagined: Serving Up Hope in Kent

Posted on 11/11/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

When former music teacher Pat Gray decided to retire, she imagined a life of leisure.  Instead, Pat heard a different calling from her local community in Kent and it resulted in a Life Reimagined. Pat started KentHOPE, a day shelter for homeless women and their children. The facility hosts an average of 30 women and children each day and offers three substantial meals a day, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, computers with internet access, health care, life skills classes, advocacy and hope. “It’s a thing I …

Life Reimagined: To the Director’s Chair

Posted on 08/16/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

For Phil Jordan of Whidbey Island, he had to leave the theater behind but the theater never left his blood. Today, he’s directing a major production at the Whidbey Island Center For The Arts. Phil was heavily involved in theater productions in college and shortly after. But then, life got in the way. “It’s a cliche that you’re a starving artist in the theater but that was certainly true in my case,” says Phil. “I felt a need to do …