Joint replacement, along with organ transplants, is one of the greatest medical advancements we’ve made. Surgeons today can take a damaged or arthritic joint and replace it, decreasing pain and increasing function in the ankle, elbow, knee, hip or anywhere two bones are connected.
Having to turn down the volume on a squealing hearing aid was an uncomfortable fact of life for many people with hearing loss—these devices were in no way discreet. Thankfully, hearing aid technology has advanced significantly within the last 10 years.
Most fossils are hidden. They are buried under our homes and roads, embedded in the stony hills around us. Some fossils, however, are right out in the open, where we can walk past them every day. One of those is Metasequoia glyptostroboides, a tree known as the Dawn Redwood. One of these trees thrives at […]
It’s nice to imagine that a hiking trail, once cleared, stays cleared. But in fact, publicly accessible hiking trails in wilderness areas require regular, ongoing maintenance in order to stay usable. It’s also nice to imagine that the United States Forest Service has a well-paid crew to take care of these repairs, but again, that’s […]
Celebrating Flag Day may not hold as much social cache as a Fourth of July picnic or Memorial Day parade, but that holiday has more pomp and circumstance behind it than any other.
If the word “cohousing” makes you think back with unpleasant memories about sharing your cramped college dorm with a noisy, messy roommate, wipe that notion from your mind.
It’s a sad fact that as we age, our ability to take care of ourselves diminishes. Some people may need only a little help throughout the week, perhaps assistance driving to the grocery store or doctor’s appointments. Others need daily care. And in addition to household management, help with personal needs and medication, some people […]
When 78-year-old David Finch owned a business selling office and bookkeeping supplies in his younger years, he found himself in financial trouble. “I did everything wrong you could imagine,” he says. One thing he did do well was keep track of his debts. “I had no idea how to run a business,” he recalls.
Camille Ronzio’s volunteer work is a natural outgrowth of her career. She retired in 2003 from teaching high school home economics. “At the end of my career they called it Family and Consumer Science,” she says. It was a field that underwent numerous changes over the decades, and encompassed many more aspects than just what […]
Driving through the I-5 corridor in the Willamette Valley, there’s a sign near Albany declaring it “The Grass Seed Capital of the World.” While that part of our fertile Willamette Valley is known for grass, there are many small farmers are who actively trying to change that, and the owners of Camas Country Mill have […]