Foster families share support with elders at Portland housing community

sunset6213Now, here is a great idea.  A very special Portland housing development for families who adopt foster children is offering reduced rent to seniors who volunteer their time as “elders”.  The multi-generational concept provides needed support for the parents, invaluable mentoring to the children, and a noble purpose to the seniors who participate. For a video and more information, see: Foster families share support with elders at Oregon housing community.

Will the hangover from Riverpark Square affect the Ridpath project?

The last time the city used HUD Section 108 loans was for the redevelopment of River Park Square.

“With hopes of helping revive the run-down Ridpath Hotel downtown, the city is eyeing $4.1 million in loans from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program — money it hasn’t touched since River Park Square.”  The Inlander explores this complicated issue for us, and offers some perspective as well as facts about restrictions on the use of the HUD funds.

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Study finds sense of well-being often improves with age

painterdesktopMuch has been written about depression and anxiety being associated with the aging process.  And there is no doubt that health issues, financial worries, and isolation are all on our radar.  A new study, however, paints a much more optimistic (and we think realistic) picture of how seniors cope and even celebrate all of the changes they face.  You know what’s coming next – it’s all about our attitude and resilience.   This article goes beyond the buzzwords and looks at specific examples of people who are not just surviving, but thriving, as they face the challenges of aging in America.

 

 

 

Study finds sense of well-being often improves with age – Spokesman.com – April 14, 2014.

City steps in to help the Big Dipper!

The city is stepping in to help the Big Dipper install the fire sprinklers the venue needs to open at full capacity. - MEGHAN KIRK

Great news for the new owners of the Big Dipper, who have been desperately trying to raise funds to get the iconic night spot reopened.  The City of Spokane has stepped in to help in a big way, making a dream much closer to becoming a reality.  More is needed, and you can help.  See the full story for details:

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