Stories from May, 2024

  • Exeter Senior Center Reopens for Business

    Larry Kast | May 2, 2024

    The Exeter Senior Center has been reopened by Community Services Employment Training (CSET), which manages the center and seven others in Tulare County. The center, which reopened its doors on April 22, held an open house featuring coffee, tea and pastries during the morning event. Located at 301 S E Street in Exeter, the Exeter Senior Center will be open from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on weekdays and will provide seniors with programming and nutrition services. The calendar of...

  • New VA Clinic to Open in Visalia

    Apr 29, 2024

    After much anticipation, a new VA clinic is set to open its doors soon in Visalia, replacing the existing VA clinic in Tulare. Driving this transition are the space limitations of the current location in Tulare. The smaller facility on Cherry Street no longer meets the needs of the growing Veteran population. The transition to the new clinic represents a significant milestone for VA staff, said Tulare Administrative Officer Tawanda Cochran. "With nearly 5,000 Veterans...

  • Indoor Pickleball Center Planned

    Steve Pastis | Apr 29, 2024

    If everything proceeds on schedule, a 31,000-square-foot indoor pickleball center will be open to the public by the end of the year. The center, which will feature 11 courts, will be at 730 S. Bridge Street in Visalia. The project was submitted at the Visalia Site Plan Review meeting on March 20. Concerns were raised at the meeting, most noteably about parking and trash bin placement, but John George of J.F. George Enterprises, Inc., the property owner and main force behind...

  • 2023 Local Master Plan for Aging Released

    May 2, 2024

    The 2023 Local Master Plan for Aging: Kings and Tulare Counties has been completed and is now available for viewing or downloading at ktaaa.org/resourceslinks/2023-local-master-plan-for-aging. The plan complements the California Master Plan for Aging, a 10-year blueprint for promoting healthy aging and supporting the quality of life in the state. The 12 members of the Kings/Tulare Master Plan for Aging Advisory Committee that produced the master plan represented various...

  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to be Observed

    Apr 29, 2024

    June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and observances will be held in both Tulare and Kings Counties. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched on June 15, 2006, by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social,...

  • Women 50+ Biggest Wild Card Vote in 2024 Election

    May 2, 2024

    Women voters age 50 and older are the biggest wild card vote in the 2024 election, divided almost evenly on their preferred presidential candidate, according to a new AARP poll. These voters share common concerns about their financial security, wellbeing, the political divide and the overall future of the country. In a head-to-head matchup, 43% of women 50+ said they would vote for Donald Trump in an election today, while 46% said Joe Biden. In a generic Congressional ballot,...

  • What Seniors Need to Know about the Measles Outbreak

    May 2, 2024

    Health officials are on high alert as measles outbreaks have been reported in multiple states in the U.S. and cases are rising globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health alert on March 18 to draw attention to the global spread of measles ahead of the spring and summer travel season. The American Medical Association (AMA) echoed the CDC's warning, emphasizing the importance of vaccination to prevent the spread of measles. AMA President Dr....

  • United Health Centers Awarded $2 Million Grant

    May 2, 2024

    United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley (UHC) announced it has received a $2 million grant from the State of California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) under the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Program’s 2023 Primary Care Residency Application. This grant will support the launch of a new Internal Medicine Training Program, aimed at addressing the critical shortage of internal medicine doctors in the Central Valley. UHC is one of 18 recipients awarded grants of $1 or $2 million...

  • Adventist Health Celebrates New Cardiac Cath Lab in Tulare

    May 2, 2024

    On February 22, Adventist Health celebrated the opening of its advanced cardiac catheterization lab at Adventist Health Tulare. The community celebrated the ribbon-cutting with a sparkling cider toast and set off confetti poppers outside the hospital's main entrance. Attendees also toured the cath lab and received a step-by-step explanation from staff on the daily processes. "We're thrilled to expand specialty care for our Tulare County community," said Joe Croft,...

  • Kaweah Health Rehabilitation Hospital Receives a Three-Year Accreditation

    May 2, 2024

    Kaweah Health Rehabilitation Hospital has received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for its Acute Rehab Program. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through an accreditation process that focuses on enhancing the lives of the individuals supported by the organization. Kaweah Health...

  • Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory and Thinking Problems

    May 2, 2024

    People who experience sleep apnea may be more likely to also have memory or thinking problems, according to a preliminary study released in early March and presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 76th Annual Meeting in mid-April. The study shows a positive association but did not determine whether sleep apnea causes cognitive decline. Sleep apnea is when people stop and restart breathing repeatedly during sleep, which can lower oxygen levels in the blood. Symptoms...

  • Social Security Overpayment Burden Reduced to 10%

    May 2, 2024

    The Social Security Administration announced it will decrease the default overpayment withholding rate for Social Security beneficiaries to ten percent (or $10, whichever is greater) from 100%, significantly reducing financial hardship on people with overpayments. "Social Security is taking a critically important step towards our goal of ensuring our overpayment policies are fair, equitable and do not unduly harm anyone," said Martin O'Malley, commissioner of Social Security....

  • Court Smith – A Tulare County Lawman

    Terry Ommen, Dusting Off History | May 2, 2024

    I'm told that Rudyard Kipling, the well-known English novelist once said, "There's a man who has lived more stories that I might invent." Exactly who this famous writer was referring to is not known, but based on Kipling's words, he could have been describing a longtime Tulare County lawman named Courtland "Court" Smith. Smith was born on January 30, 1876, in Fairbury, Illinois. As a small boy, he moved with his parents to California. They settled in Tulare in 1888, where...

  • How to Find a Caregiver

    May 2, 2024

    The following is a section from A Quick Guide to Managing Care for Your Aging Relative in California by Leah Vickers, which begins with a list of the best sources for finding a caregiver: • Church organizations and religious affiliations, • Private caregivers, • Family, • Friends, and • Caregiving websites and agencies. Things to Do • Make sure to research the agency and website. • Ask to speak to those who currently use the service. Call references. • Do the...

  • Creating Bonds in Senior Living

    May 2, 2024

    As we age, isolation and loneliness increasingly become concerns for the well-being of older adults. It’s a vital consideration for older adults and their loved ones, because a significant fact-or in one’s mental health is the strength of their relationships. For over 80 years, Harvard University has been collecting data and conducting a study on the topic, and according to their findings, “people with strong connections to family, friends and their communities are happier, physically healthier, and live longer than...

  • Costa Rica Named 'the Best Place to Retire' in 2024

    May 2, 2024

    For the third time, the world's #1 retirement destination is Costa Rica, according to International Living's 2024 Annual Global Retirement Index. This yearly index - the 33rd annual from the magazine - examines the top safe, good-value destinations beyond the U.S. or Canada, comparing, contrasting, ranking and rating them to select countries across the globe where a retired couple can live a comfortable, carefree life on as little as $2,000 a month. The key aim of the index...

  • Selling the Family Home, Power of Attorney, Dealing with Boredom

    Kimberly Jensen, Quail Corner | May 2, 2024

    Question: My mother has decided to move to an assisted living and wants to sell our family home to supplement the payment for her care. The family doesn’t want the home sold. What are the options? Many families have a difficult time letting go of the home where they grew up. The bottom line is that it is her home. Her home is one of her assets and it will help her in the next chapter of her life. She may feel like she is not safe, needs more socialization or feels like the upkeep is too much for her. There are options,...

  • 'The Golden Bachelorette' to Debut this Fall

    May 2, 2024

    It had to happen. On the heels of a dominant year for "The Bachelor" franchise, ABC has announced the anticipated spinoff series "The Golden Bachelorette" coming this fall. "The Golden Bachelorette" will air on ABC and be available to stream next day on Hulu. Additional details surrounding the series, including cast details, will be announced at a later date. After a historic first season watching Gerry and Theresa find love on "The Golden Bachelor," this all-new iteration...

  • 52nd Annual Senior Day in the Park Set for Friday, May 10th

    May 2, 2024

    Community Services Employment Training (CSET) will host the 52nd Annual Senior Day in the Park (Senior Day) on Friday, May 10. The annual event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, is free and open to the public. This year's theme is "Back to the Future: Bridging the Intergenerational Time Capsule." The lineup of activities includes entertainment, along with informational booths from local agencies, a cake walk, bingo games with raffle...

  • A Hidden Past is Revealed in 'Driving Madeline'

    May 2, 2024

    A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver and his fare, a 92-year-old woman whose warmth belies her shocking past. Charles (Dany Boon) is a taxi driver in Paris, and he is having a very bad day. Enter Madeleine (Line Renaud), an immaculately groomed nonagenarian, who informs Charles that the trip today will not be a direct one. She is moving into a nursing home and would like to make some stops along the way,...

  • The happy couple from "The Golden Bachelor" plans to divorce.

    May 2, 2024

    "Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó" is a short documentary by first-generation Taiwanese-American filmmaker Sean Wang, which celebrates the slow-paced lives of his two grandmothers. His Nǎi Nai (paternal grandmother) and Wài Pó (maternal grandmother) live together and dance, stretch, laugh and even fart their days away. This film is the first in the revived "People & Places" series, Walt Disney's award-winning documentary short film series from the 1950s and 1960s. The series is off...

  • Senior Games Competitions to Continue through May

    May 2, 2024

    The Visalia Senior Games competitions, which have been held on various weekends since March, will continue through May 25. The scheduling allows the event planners an opportunity to assess how well each competition is doing along the way. "We hosted our track and field meet on April 6th and it was quite a success," said Holly Ellis, recreation supervisor for the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department. "Once again, we were able to partner with the Mt. Whitney High...

  • Veterans Corner Columnist Ken Cruickshank Retires

    Apr 29, 2024

    In March, Ken Cruickshank was honored by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors and given a retirement party by his co-workers and friends. Cruickshank joined the U.S. Navy before graduating high school, and after graduation went on active duty. He served on active duty in the Navy for 27 years before retiring as a master chief petty officer in September 2003. Cruickshank came to the San Joaquin Valley in July 1980, being stationed at NAS Lemoore, where he met his spouse,...

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