The Olympia Farmers Market: Holiday Market

The change of season at The Olympia Farmers Market means beautiful fall and winter produce and wonderful handcrafted items from some of your favorite local artisans. Shop local first and grab a handmade centerpiece, holiday inspired table runner, hand blown glasses and wood serving tray to present the perfect farm-to-table meal. The Market will have plenty of baked goods, cheeses, jams, sauces, seafood, fresh and cured meats and more to create memorable holiday meals!
Holiday Market Hours at The Olympia Farmers Market runs every Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm, November through December 19th. You’ll find fresh produce, artisan foods, inspired art and jewelry, practical and whimsical gifts – something for everyone on your holiday list! The Market will be closed December 25 and 26 and will reopen Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. January, February, and March the Market will be open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE OLYMPIA FARMERS MARKET: In operation since 1975, The Olympia Farmers Market is home to over 100 vendors from the South Puget Sound area. Now open year-round, over 150 days a year, we see approximately 500,000 visitors a year. We have a dedicated staff and a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to our mission “to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.” We are proud to be an active component of the Olympia community for 45 years.

Centrally located on the waterfront of downtown Olympia, in close proximity to the Hands on Children’s Museum and WET Science Center, area residents and visitors can enjoy local farm fresh produce, artisan foods, wine, plant starts, cut flowers, fresh and cured meats, dairy, fresh baked goods, seafood, jams and preserves, confections, handcrafted gifts, local arts and more, with restaurants and plenty of covered seating, all set to live music.

Olympia Farmers Market

Oly Ortho Has A New Home for Spinal Care

Olympia Orthopaedic (Oly Ortho) Associates Spine Center recently made a big move. And now, the whole family fits under one roof. In the beginning of September of 2021, Oly Ortho moved into a new, specially designed building, to finally have their physicians, nurses, medical assistants and administrative staff working in the same location.

The new home for Oly Ortho, located on 9th Ave. of southwest Olympia, comes with many advantages. Benefits include room for functionality, opportunity for easier collaboration, better patient care and convenience, such as being within a short walking distance of other colleagues, their westside clinic and partners Rapid Orthopaedic Care Urgent Clinic and Olympia Surgical Center. Not to mention, the design of the new Spine Center comes with even the smallest of perks— newest partner Drip Espresso has their own coffee corner with Batdorf & Bronson coffee, fresh salads, sandwiches and baked goods in the lobby of the building for staff and patients to enjoy. 

For patients traveling far, the convenience of a single location is key. Instead of having to chop up treatment with multiple, tedious appointments, much can be taken care of in one stop. Concerning collaboration, one of the prime benefits for patients is the combined services between two Neurosurgeons, Orthopaedic spine surgeons, Interventional Pain Management Physician, Physiatrist (physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist) and more. This means services like assessments of people’s spinal issues like chronic back or neck pain, herniated discs, pinched nerves and spinal fractures, procedures like Kyphoplasty, physical and chiropractic therapy and follow-ups after surgical care will be addressed by top specialists. 

With this transition, the opportunities of spinal care that Oly Ortho can provide are just beginning. Jessica Forsman, VP of Business Development and overseer of the architecture and design of the new building, says they look forward to spring or summer of 2022 for a belated grand opening where, depending on the course of the pandemic, they can invite the public to tour and experience the new Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Spine Center. 

To learn more about the physicians and services of Oly Ortho, visit their website: https://olyortho.com/spine/.

Natalie Benson

Yoga Offers Health and Wellness Benefits to Seniors

Gentle Yoga classes offers many benefits to seniors or those with mobility concerns. “It has been wonderful to watch our seniors build a sense of community, improve their health, improve flexibility and balance, and build strength. Additionally, seniors can experience higher rates of depression and anxiety. If you’re a senior, yoga can be a game changer for your health,” says Alicia Barrett, owner at Tuladhara Yoga.

Safety should be the number one priority in any physical exercise including yoga. Yoga, like any exercise, can come with risks, so being led by a certified experienced instructor is critical. It is also important to be cleared by your doctor to practice yoga.

Benefits of practicing yoga as a senior include:

Yoga improves flexibility and joint health

Flexibility and joint mobility is not about reaching your toes, but about creating a suppleness in the body that will prevent injury and strain over time. When you are flexible, you are less likely to get injured doing basics tasks like bending over to pick something up.

Yoga improves balance and stability

A lack of balance is the number one reason seniors give at Tuladhara Yoga for wanting to try yoga. Certain yoga poses, such as tree pose, are beneficial and can improve balance, which leads to less falls and better focus and stability.

Yoga can improve respiration

Yoga and exercise can improve respiration. Breathing exercises in particular can help improve lung capacity.

Yoga can help reduce depression and anxiety

Yoga classes, especially those geared toward seniors, are calm, relaxing and restorative. Yoga involves focusing on the breath and slow movements, which can help trigger your parasympathetic nervous system, bringing us into the “rest and digest” phase of stress relief.

Going to yoga class is fun and can build a sense of community

Sometimes we forget that as we age, we lose our friends and loved ones and therefore a sense of belonging and community. A yoga class is a great way to make new friends, stay connected, laugh and have fun with others.

Oldest Working Nurse in America Hangs Up Her Scrubs After 70 Years

More than 70 years after her career began, 96-year-old Florence “SeeSee” Rigney, the oldest working nurse in America, is retiring, MultiCare Health System announced today.  Her last day was Friday, July 16, 2021.

“I don’t like to sit around – I’ve always got to have something to do. That’s my nature,” Rigney’s said. “I don’t know exactly what made me want to become a nurse, but it was something that I always wanted to do. I love to interact with patients and give them the help that I can.”

In her retirement, she’s looking forward to enjoying her family and friends. Rigney’s witnessed countless changes and medical innovations since she first put on the white uniform of a student nurse in the Tacoma General School of Nursing. And her legacy will live on to inspire the next generation of nurses.

In appreciation for her service to the nursing profession, MultiCare Health System is establishing the SeeSee Rigney Nursing Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships to MultiCare nurses for continued learning and development and for MultiCare employees who would like to pursue a career in nursing.

“Even working into her nineties, SeeSee has never been one to slow down. Some of her colleagues joked that they had to sprint to keep up with her,” said Laureen Driscoll, president of MultiCare Tacoma General and Allenmore Hospitals. “She’s continued to be a dedicated nurse and an incredible resource to her colleagues and community. It’s humbling to stop and think about the thousands and thousands of lives she’s cared for. Everyone at MultiCare thanks SeeSee for her unmatched dedication and service, and we’re proud to honor her by supporting tomorrow’s future nurses.”

Her career has taken her across the country, from Washington to Texas to Wyoming, with small breaks to care for her family. Rigney has two children.  As an operating room nurse, Rigney was responsible setting up operating rooms to the specifications of surgeons and prepping patients for surgery, such as positioning them on the operating table. During her shifts, she was always active, frequently walking more than three miles or more according to her Fitbit. And she was always the first to jump to a task. When and pregnant nurse made a call to hospital nurses to help her move a patient, Rigney, in her nineties, was the first to show up.

Rigney did try to slow down once. When she was 65, she turned in her retirement papers. But that only lasted for about six months. She knew she needed to get back in action to stay sharp and active. She came back to Tacoma General to work full time and only within the last couple years switched to part time, continuing to prep surgery rooms and patients, part time. She worked again as an operating room nurse, preparing rooms for surgery and filling in as a relief nurse.

When Rigney started nursing, penicillin had just been introduced. One of the biggest changes in medicine that she’s seen is the duration of patient stays. In the old days, she said, patients could stay for 10 days or longer after surgery. Now most go home in a day or two, thanks to advances in modern medicine and in-home care options.

In a career spanning 70 years, you pick up quite a bit of knowledge and Rigney has some to share with future nurses.

“Don’t ever think that you know it all,” she said. “I kind of did that when I was in the operating room and you have to always be open. You never stop learning.”

Not A Dry Eye at Tumwater Eye Center

Many of us share a common, elusive problem—Dry Eye Disease (DED), a condition caused by poor tear production. Over 16 million Americans were diagnosed with the syndrome in 2020 alone. For the last 26 years, the doctors at Tumwater Eye Center have been providing quality eye care and treating patients for this irritating condition. Dr. Douglas Jeske and Dr. Devin Finch assured us that, “We strive to get to the root cause for each patient’s DED. We utilize technology to image the oil glands and assess oil gland function.”

Several factors contribute to the development of DED, such as environment, medications, outside health issues and contact lens use. The most frequent cause of DED is the progressive loss of oil-producing glands in the eyelids that may come with aging; this helps explain why 50% of Tumwater Eye Center’s patients over the age of 50 experience symptoms. Be forewarned, though, while aging is a significant factor in DED, younger people are susceptible, as exorbitant use of mobile and computer devices is a guilty agent.

Burning, scratchy sensations, blurred vision, redness, and watery eyes are a few symptoms of DED, and, if it goes untreated, complications with corneal surface damage and infection can occur. Take proactive and preventative measures and look to Tumwater Eye Center’s expertise. Tumwater Eye Center’s treatment for patients is based on the cause of DED and may include prescription medications, nutritional supplements, lid hygiene, and advanced procedures like LIPIFLOW® to reset the oil glands.

Tumwater Eye Center has experienced, dedicated staff. For the last three years in a row, the Center won the Outstanding Dry Eye Practice Award, 1 of 27 awards out of over a thousand practices. If you suspect you may be suffering from DED, don’t hesitate; schedule a visit at Tumwater Eye Center today. The Center follows CDC protocol and staff members received the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure patient safety.

For Additional Information
tumwatereye.com

NATALIE BENSON

YMCA Opens Shelton Branch

What started out over 20 years ago as the vision of volunteers and community members to create positive youth and family activities in Shelton is now a reality.  On March 1, 2021, the Shelton Family YMCA opened its doors.

Creating a “Place for all to Belong” for the Shelton community during a pandemic was not ideal, but the local team persevered and overcame.  Local autonomy within a massive organization like the YMCA allowed them to set goals and plan the design for the new YMCA facility located on North Shelton Springs Road.

According to Jake Grater, Executive Director of Branch Operations, “Our design goals were simple.  Build something that brings the entire community together and creates a sense of belonging.”   Layer that on top of the local and national organization’s goals of diversity and inclusion, and the team created a space that is welcoming and engaging.

“We were fortunate to have the experience of 2,700 other YMCA’s across the country.  We created a space that is an open concept, yet an intimate space,” said Grater.  The design utilizes lots of imagery to make people feel like the space was built for them.

Since it was founded in 1844, the Y has constantly evolved to meet the unique needs in each of the communities it serves.  “This commitment to serving all people is core to who we are and our mission,” added Grater.

The new Shelton YMCA is an efficient building designed to minimize operating expenses.  This approach allows the team to deploy resources towards mission work instead of maintenance work.  For example, there is no carpeting in the building, which allows for better hygiene, easier cleaning, and no long-term replacement expense.

As the first YMCA in the area, the Shelton Family YMCA joins three other Y branches within the South Sound Association, which includes the Plum Street Y, the Briggs Community Y, and the Youth & Community Development Branch, which is affectionately referred to as ‘the Y without walls.’

Everyone is invited to come visit the new Shelton Family YMCA.  For more information about the new facility and its vast amenities, visit southsoundymca.org. By Lynn Castle

Yoga and meditation in your workday

Right now, working and studying from home and managing through a pandemic is stressful. It’s more important now than ever to take care of your mental and physical health in these trying times. Yoga is growing in popularity as people experience the benefits of the practice, meditation and breathwork. Benefits include:

• Managing stress and promoting clarity and improved focus and attention span. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your task list, sometimes a time-out is just what the mind needs to regroup and get back on track.

• Promoting an awareness around the important mind/body relationship so you can pay closer attention to the signals your body is giving you. For example, are your shoulders up by your ears as you are talking to your boss? Try to relax by softening your shoulders and jaw, and take 3 to 5 slow deep breaths.

• Yoga creates strength and flexibility while fostering relaxation to reduce injury and improve well-being. Tension in the body can lead to tension in the mind.

• Yoga improves balance, energy, vitality and circulation. Feeling sluggish? Get up for a few minutes and move and stretch your body. Your mind and body will thank you!

Here are some tips to get you started:

• Start small. Studies show that just 5 to 10 minutes of quiet conscious breathing can help reduce your stress response.

• Go easy on the java! Our morning cup of joe can help get us started, but overdoing it can actually cause a stress response in the body and get our mind going too fast. Some warm lemon water or tea is a great substitute.

• Get some movement in and keep your blood flowing. Make sure to stretch your neck, shoulders, and chest for suppleness.

• Silence your phone for 5 or 10 minutes and enjoy the quiet whisper of your own breath.

For Additional Information
Tuladhara Yoga
tuladharayoga.com/classes/mobile-yoga
info@tuladharayoga.com

Put the right foot forward

Yearning to get outdoors for a short hike? Slip on the flip-flops and head out, right?

Wrong, says Dr. Thomas Burghardt, who is an expert in foot and ankle care. He recommends “proper shoes for the environment you’re in.” 

In May, Dr. Burghardt came to Foot and Ankle Surgical Associates (FASA) at 1901 South Union Avenue from almost two decades at the Tumwater clinic. He is a board-certified physician and surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery and diabetic foot care.

Common foot problems include bunions, plantar fasciitis, peripheral artery disease and foot-related complications from diabetes. In addition, nice weather invites sprained ankles from sports activities such as basketball and hiking.

“For hiking trips, wear proper boots with support, pack moleskin and bandages and consider taking an extra pair of boots,” Dr. Burghardt said. “For casual wear, sandals are fine, but be sure they have an arch support.”

Another tip for foot care is proper hygiene, he said. Toenails should be cut straight across. The clinic does a lot of diabetic foot care, he added.

“Those with diabetes who have bad circulation don’t have good feeling in their feet and can injure themselves caring for their feet,” Dr. Burghardt said. “We treat patients for sores and wound care.”

Another area of concern is peripheral artery disease, which is caused by narrowed and hardened arteries that can reduce blood flow to the foot and ankle, he explained. People who smoke, are diabetic, have high blood pressure or high cholesterol may be at higher risk and need professional care.

Other patients need help for plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and causes pain near the heel. 

“A lot of foot pain comes from tight Achilles tendons,” Dr. Burghardt said. He cautioned ‘weekend warriors’ to be sure to stretch before they run and to start slowly with low mileage workouts and low impact running. 

Dr. Burghardt, a resident of Tacoma, says he is excited about a shorter commute and a chance to “meet new patients, work with a new team of colleagues and serve the Tacoma area.”

by:  EMILY HAPPY

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Caring for families impacted by age or illness

It can be hard to see our parents struggle as they get older. It can be difficult to take the time to be there for their needs. This is why a home care agency, such as Synergy HomeCare, has become an essential part of daily lives for many seniors.

When their own home is made into a safe place, the seniors themselves can be in charge. They believe their opinion is heard and their preferences are recognized. There is an easier transition to accepting and understanding why in-home care is the best option for them. They need to feel and agree that they need a little support, but they are “the boss.”

When it’s time for this topic to be addressed with your parents, it’s important to remember that first, you may need to plant the idea or seed and then revisit the topic a number of times. Do not give up. Change takes time to adjust to and is harder for seniors in particular. Follow these three steps:

  1. Decide the care your loved one needs.

Whether the need is for a few hours a week or constant care, it’s important to understand the need and establish this expectation with the individual.

  1. Use a soft approach to bring up the idea.

Gently tell your loved one how this care will enhance their life and that you are their advocate, that you desire their independence. Synergy HomeCare can also provide a safety home assessment to help you and your loved one to better understand their needs for safety devices.

  1. Give it a try.

There are no contracts with Synergy HomeCare, so trying the service and support is a perfectly workable plan. Perhaps your loved one would agree to try home care for a few weeks or a month. To stop service, you simply call the office.

Change can be difficult, so Synergy HomeCare is available to talk if you need help. Call 360-338-0837 to find out about all of the services available, including help with bringing up the subject with your loved one. Synergy HomeCare can give you peace of mind and the tools you need to help your parents. Kate Redmond

 

Summer Synergy: Run/Walk + Yoga

People doing yoga outdoors

Have you been interested in launching your meditation practice, but don’t know quite how to get started? Have you been curious about group meditation? These topics have been on the cover of Newsweek and Time magazines, so come see why they’re trending! Join us for the South Sound’s biggest group mediation in a beautiful outdoor setting.

This is a chance for our own community to come together around peace, compassion and healing in a group setting to positively influence the community in which we live. On a personal level, the practice of mindfulness and meditation helps you manage stress and bring about positive outcomes in your life. Experts in the field of mindfulness and mediation will guide you every step of the way.

Start the morning with coffee from our coffee truck or frozen yogurt drinks from JoeFroyo, and then go for a peaceful walk or run around Waughop Lake. Robyn Beckman, an expert in mindfulness, will lead a trail walk for those interested in “mindfulness in nature.” Those interested in staying at the main stage will experience aerial yoga demonstrations, Buti Yoga, MixxedFit and Zumba.

Then hop on your mat for a 75-minute yoga flow class set to upbeat music and led by Alicia Barrett from Tuladhara Yoga Studio. This is for all levels, so don’t worry if it is your first time or your hundredth.

At this point you will be ready for the relaxing 25 minutes of soul-reviving meditation led by Erin Josse from Source Yoga. Register today—the cost is $20 all-inclusive!

July 15, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Fort Steilacoom Park 8714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood WA 98499

Register today: http://www.tuladharayoga.com/event/summersynergy/

Schedule:
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Check In, Drop Your Bag & Grab Coffee
Arrive early to sign in, drop your bag. Set up your yoga mat, and head to the  1.5 mile run/walk starting line. Or stay at the main stage for some upbeat MixxedFit and Demos!
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Pre-Run Stretch at the Main Stage
Start with a dynamic warm-up at the main stage led by our enthusiastic run leader Marc Chung.
8:45 AM – 10:00 AM OR Stay at the Main Stage for MixxedFit, as well as other FUN activities to move your body!
1.5 mile run or walk
Start with a dynamic warm-up lead by our run leader.
10:00 AM – 11:15 PM
Yoga:
Hop on your mat for a yoga flow class led by amazing Alicia from Tuladhara Yoga set to upbeat music.
11:15am – 11:45 pm
Meditation:
25 minutes of soul reviving meditation led by professional instructors to teach you the fundamentals of a great meditation practice and to lead you through a guided meditation
11:45 PM – 12:30 PM
Drop Grab Lunch or Chill. Dance at the main stage, get a massage, explore vendors.
Cost for the event is $20 if you register by July 13!
Cost for the event after July 13th is $25

Summer Synergy At Fort Steilacoom Park

Questions contact: Sally Martinez smartinez@cityoflakewood.us