Rising wages, inflation create a well-seasoned workforce

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Rising wages, inflation create a well-seasoned workforce

Many older adults chose to retire during economic downturns brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. But some of them are returning to work, as the unemployment rate has plummeted and job openings have risen far past pre-pandemic highs. There’s more competition among businesses for workers, leading to sign-on bonuses, better benefits, and more choices for job-seekers. Among states with the largest jump in older adults in the workforce since the pandemic began, Washington ranks 13th.

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News

Time to upgrade cell phones or possibly lose connections Time to upgrade cell phones or possibly lose connections

Over the course of the pandemic, using technology to connect with family and friends was a lifeline, but a switch away from 3G – third-generation wireless – could leave loved ones in a lurch. This year, wireless carriers are shutting off 3G coverage, forcing consumers with older devices to act before they lose cellphone service
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Committee begins discussions of library branch futures Committee begins discussions of library branch futures

A citizens’ committee will meet June 30 to discuss ways to provide library service for the Lakewood and Tillicum areas following the recent closure and pending relocation of the Lakewood branch of Pierce County Library System. Keeping old buildings or getting new ones are among the possibilities.

County officials: Homeless can park here

Pierce County will allow regulated safe parking for homeless people in designated, unincorporated areas on an interim basis, as long as certain conditions are met.

Personal stories bear witness to shortage of homecare workers

Two advocacy organizations are highlighting the homecare staffing crisis by collecting and sharing the stories of people who have tried to gain access to care.

Lifestyles

How people are taking civic action How people are taking civic action

People exercising their power to make change happen “can be more impactful when working together,” says the leader of a non-profit organization committed to that kind of activism.

Food

Harsh spring was the pits for state’s cherries Harsh spring was the pits for state’s cherries

This year’s cold and wet spring stunted Washington’s cherry crop, which is likely to be the smallest in nearly a decade. The smaller yield could mean higher prices for consumers.

Adventures

Planning a trip? Know COVID rules and insurance before you go

While a good trip can improve mental and physical well-being, there’s no guarantee that travel plans won’t be disrupted by COVID-19 or other pandemic-related issues. Plan well.

Health & Fitness

Exercise can decrease risk of falls Exercise can decrease risk of falls

Nearly 23 percent of able-bodied older adults in Washington are classified as physically inactive, putting them at increased risks for falls and disease, Being physically active, such as exercising regularly, can reduce that risk.

Personal Finance/Consumers

Seattle-Tacoma has fourth-smallest share of older homebuyers

Many older Americans are actively looking for homes that suit their lifestyle preferences late in life. Not necessarily in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, though, which reportedly has the fourth-fewest senior homebuyers in the country.