See Well For Your Lifetime

Protecting your vision and preventing vision loss is an important part of your overall wellness as you age. A common misconception is that vision loss is a normal part of getting older. That’s not entirely accurate. As we age, the risk increases of developing eye diseases and conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. With regular eye exams, these diseases and conditions can be caught and treated in their early stages, which reduces the potential for permanent vision loss and blindness.

Retaining good vision starts with preventive care. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults get a complete eye examination at age 40 to establish a baseline, if you haven’t already been seeing an eye care professional regularly. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease, don’t wait to get your eyes checked. Many age-related eye diseases don’t have warning signs or early symptoms, but can be detected during a comprehensive exam when eyes are dilated. Beginning at age 60, experts recommend a exam at least every one to two years.

Healthy lifestyle habits benefit your eyes. Following a healthful routine for your overall wellness is also great for your eyes. Eat a balanced diet that includes foods rich in antioxidants, such as dark, leafy greens and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Exercise regularly to improve blood circulation, which increases oxygen levels in the eyes. Maintain a healthy weight to keep diabetes under control. Stop smoking. Use protective eyewear to prevent injuries, especially when working on projects around your home which are the cause of more than 40 percent of eye injuries. When enjoying the outdoors, always wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to block harmful ultraviolet rays.

Some changes to your vision as you age should be expected, but don’t assume all vision loss is caused by getting older. Take steps to preserve your sight and reduce your risk of age-related eye diseases and conditions, so you can see well for your lifetime.


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Tumwater Eye Center: Designed with New Technology

At the Tumwater Eye Center, Dr. Douglas Jeske and his wife Karen have created a distinctive look and customer experience for their patients.  This new facility, located at 6510 Capitol Boulevard SE, features state-of-the-art eye care technology and equipment. 

With the help of Orca Construction, Quincy Home Interior Design, and Tovani Hart Architecture, the Jeskes turned a 1950’s home office into a classic, yet contemporary eye clinic. On the exterior of the building there are large overhanging eaves, created with sustainable hardwood and composite siding materials, creating a uniquely Northwestern style which adds depth and character to the building. Upon entering, you are greeted by the warm, welcoming open-design entry featuring vaulted ceilings and extensive windows that flood the space with natural light. The optical display cabinets use beautiful LED illumination and textured laminates to enhance the international frame collection. Noted elements of the design feature budding birch cabinetry harvested from sustainable crops, sliding office door enclosures, and natural linens encased in a recyclable resin. 

Beyond the beauty of the location, Tumwater Eye Center features extensive use of technology to create a unique patient experience. Dr. Jeske uses premium computerized refracting equipment to create precise vision corrections. The vision concerns of patients are solved using the most current contacts and progressive lens designs and materials, including blue light blocking lenses. Qualified and compassionate staff help patients through state-of-the-art digital and infra-red retinal imaging and dark adaptation testing to allow early diagnosis of eye disease. Computer monitors in each exam room allow patients to observe images of their own eyes as Dr. Jeske offers practical education on eye health.  The practice is also on the cutting edge of telemedicine, which allows remote patient examination with the simplicity of FaceTime.

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Open a window. Stand there for a while. Stretch your muscles. Breathe fresh air. Listen to the birds or the rain. 

How do you care for yourself? How do you pay attention to your physical body? To your mental and emotional cues? “Mindful fitness” meshes a fitness routine to keep you healthy and strong throughout your life with mindfulness, a meditative practice that provides a foundation for health, happiness and wellbeing. 

“Before beginning any exercise, pause and bring awareness to your physical form. Feel your bones, muscles, organs, tissues and even skin,” shares Adam Brady, yoga teacher and martial artist with the Chopra Center for nearly 20 years. “How does your body feel? Do you have pain or discomfort? Are you low on energy? Only after you’ve taken an inventory of you feel… should you proceed with your warm-up or workout.” 

Brady agrees that noticing your environment is important—temperature, lighting, odors and other sensory perceptions may influence your mindfulness practice. Consider closing the door, turning off the TV and choosing music that helps maintain a peaceful focus.

The yoga experts know your mind will wander. Your job is to “come back to the present moment, the breath and the exercise” to create a breathing rhythm that “serves as a bridge between your mind, body and soul,” Brady said.

Natural mindful fitness exercises include martial arts, jumping rope, yoga, tai chi, walking or running. 

If a gym isn’t available or quite your speed, Integrated Pilates Tacoma suggests finding a safe staircase inside to do cardiovascular and balance work, remembering also to take rest breaks throughout the day so your nervous system can rebalance itself. 

Even children can participate in a “body scan,” lying on a comfortable surface, closing their eyes, squeezing every muscle in their bodies as tightly as they can, releasing all their muscles to relax a few minutes, and then think about how their bodies felt during the activity. 

Pay attention to your body, muscles, pace, breathing, resistance and tension—indoors and out—for a healthier and more mindful you. 


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Chic Farmhouse Design for Dash Point Home

When Terry and Kathy Kleeberger decided to upgrade their Dash Point home they envisioned a lighter brighter space. We loved the rustic cozy feel of the house but wanted to update and brighten up the kitchen, says the Kleeberger’s. 

The project began in Jan 2019 and was completed that June. They brought in the experts at Signature Design and Cabinetry to help with the design. “We wanted to keep it cozy and  inviting a comfortable place for friends and family while incorporating some chic farmhouse charm”, says the Kellenergers. The couple also envisioned a space with tools and equipment for plenty of ongoing entertaining both indoor and outside.   

“Remodels can be difficult and typically take longer than expected, but it all came together beautifully” says the home owners. The cabinet design, ordering and installation was seamless. In the end we have tons of storage and love the new pantry and wine cooler.  Entertaining is so much easier with an indoor and outdoor kitchen, too. We now have an expanded  space for people to enjoy in and around the kitchen. 

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Jacques Pépin French Celebrity Chef at Saint Martin’s Gala

Cooking legend Jacques Pépin will bring his wisdom and years of experience as the celebrity chef at Saint Martin’s University Gala on November 7th. Born in 1935 in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, near Lyon, Pépin always found the kitchen to be a place of both comfort and excitement. He helped in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pélican, and subsequently worked in Paris, ultimately serving as personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. 

After moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin first worked at Le Pavillon, a historic French restaurant in New York City. Jacques Pepin has received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past 30 years, Pépin has taught in the Culinary Arts Program at Boston University. His love for teaching and imparting knowledge is obvious. 

“I want to give back the excitement and love of cooking. I also enjoy showing the kids that love and prosperity can come through the kitchen. We are now teaching technique and courses through video around the country,” says Pepin.

He is optimistic and lately his work has focused on families and cooking. “One of the good things that came out of this pandemic is that families were at home learning to cook and sitting down to share food together. Food and wine brings people together for conversations. It has forced us to get back to what is important,” says Pepin.

“My life has been about cooking and I impart that love to students. I’m very much looking forward to sharing that love over some great food at the Saint Martin’s Gala,” says Pepin. Robin Lucas

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Saint Martin’s University celebrates 125 years

Saint Martin’s University started 125 years ago when a group of Catholic Benedictine monks from Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota came West to found a school. In 1895, the first student traveled 25 miles by canoe, Angus McDonald, from Shelton. Saint Martin’s was started as an all-boys high school and then transitioned to a college in 1938, and later Saint Martin’s University in 2005.

The University’s 125th anniversary will be celebrated with community events over 18 months starting with Saint Martin’s Alumni Homecoming festivities now through May 2021. Saint Martin’s has served as the gathering place for the community by hosting events, athletic games and cultural events for over a century.

“It is a milestone for any organization to reach their 125th anniversary and very important for all to celebrate this achievement,” said Saint Martin’s University President Roy F. Heynderickx, Ph.D. “ We see this 125th year as an opportunity to connect the Saint Martin’s family of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and abbey members with a renewed commitment to excellence. Personally, I find this achievement as an opportunity to re-energize the community around our distinctive mission of serving others.”

The University is now a vibrant campus with approximately 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students pursuing degrees. Saint Martin’s offers 29 majors and 11 graduate programs on its Lacey campus and its extended campus on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The campus has also continued expanding with the opening of a new $10.7 million science center in spring 2019 and another renovation of a $3.5 million nursing education center set to open fall 2020.

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“We are so proud that our Saint Martin’s alumni go on to be engaged business and community leaders in the South Sound region and beyond,” said Genevieve Chan, vice president of marketing and communications. 

The University’s mission statement is: “Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education that empowers students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. Saint Martin’s students learn to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others through the interaction of faith, reason, and service. The University honors both the sacredness of the individual and the significance of community in the ongoing journey of becoming.”

Celebrate this milestone anniversary with the Saint Martin’s community by visiting the website at and on the University’s official social media channels. By Nate Peters