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Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care

Todd Barth, Home Insead Senior CareIn the senior industry that statement

is so true! To our knowledge there are

no classes on aging well. After the

age of 80 often seniors find themselves

isolated, lonely and hopeless. They are

often unaware of the resources around

their community that can help them.

Currently the Hillsboro Home Instead

serves in Yamhill, Western Washington

and Columbia Counties. Home Instead has

made it their business to Change the Face

of Aging.

“It is our privilege and honor and

serve the seniors and their families in

our community,” says Todd Barth. “We

have invested in our community on a

very personal level. And we believe every

family in the area deserves individualized

in-home senior care with a compassionate


For that reason we have sponsored these

local events:

?? Hillsboro Senior Center -- Going to the

Races silent auction at the Walter Cultural

Arts Center, to raise funds for the senior

lunch program. September 10th from 6

p.m. – 10 p.m.

??????Care Partners – Dance to Care! Live

music and dancing at Orenco Station

Plaza. Help patients and families receive

compassionate, exceptional end-oflife

care, regardless of ability to pay.

September 10th from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

???? The Walk to End Alzheimers,

Unity within the Community, For more

information or to join us on Facebook:

StopAlz Hillsboro Strong

???? Village Without Walls – A new

subscription based organization that

serves our local seniors with task oriented

projects, any kind of home project that

an active senior may not feel comfortable

doing. They open their doors Oct 1, 2016.

For more info see

Todd says, “As a locally owned business,

we offer friendly, responsive service right

in your neighborhood. We’re dedicated to

making our community a better place to

live for seniors and their families.”

For more information about our

services or resources; contact phyllis.

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Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care

Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior CareFun family get-togethers, trips to the beach, backyard barbecues, vacations

and other festivities make summer one of

the most enjoyable times of the year. But

when you plan your summer activities

keep this advice in mind.

Our aging population is more active

today. Experts tell us that as we age our

bodies can’t handle the heat like they

did when we were younger. A senior

body often doesn’t detect the heat and

will not begin sweating until their body

temperature has skyrocketed and our

body’s cooling devices don’t operate as

effi ciently as we age.

And that’s what makes heat so

dangerous for older adults. More people

in the United States die from extreme

heat every year than from hurricanes,

lightning, tornadoes, fl oods and

earthquakes combined and nearly half

of all heat fatalities were individuals past

the age of 70, according to the National

Weather Service.

By taking some common-sense

approaches to staying cool and hydrated,

seniors can spend quality time with

family and friends outdoors.

Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity.

If you must do strenuous activity, do it

during the coolest part of the day.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

Try to go to a public building with air

conditioning each day for several hours

or designated cooling shelters. Wear

lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink

plenty of water regularly and often, even

if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks

with alcohol or caffeine in them. Eat

small meals and eat more often.

Todd Barth says “Home Instead Senior

Care is about keeping our seniors safe.

Educating our seniors on how to stay cool

during the hottest months of the year

is important to us. If you want to know

the top 10 ways to keep seniors cool, call

Home Instead.”

— Javier Vasquez / Tomme Maier

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124


Brought to you by Todd Barth of Home Instead Senior Care in Hillsboro

Todd BarthFalls are the No. 1 reason that seniors

end up in the hospital. In fact, 33 percent

of all hospital visits are caused by falls

and accidents at home.

Many falls are preventable. Exercise

can help reduce the risk of falls

by improving strength, balance,

coordination and flexibility. With a

doctors’ permission, encourage your

loved one to enjoy activities like walking,

water workouts or Tai Chi. Simple chair

exercises and stretches can also provide


Physical therapy is another option

for seniors who avoid physical activity

because they are afraid to fall. A

therapist can create a custom exercise

program aimed at improving balance,

flexibility, muscle strength and gait.

Also, be mindful of medications.

Some medicines – or combinations of

medicines – can cause adverse side

effects like dizziness or drowsiness,

which increase the likelihood of injury.

With these factors in mind, Home Instead

Senior Care encourages children and their

aging parents to have honest conversations

on this topic. We encourage family

members to be brave enough to keep their

senior loved ones safe from harm. Home

Instead is not about our seniors losing their

freedoms; it’s just the opposite.

“We are all about keeping seniors safe,

and bringing peace of mind to the family at

large,” said Todd Barth, owner of the Home

Instead franchise in Hillsboro.

An upcoming educational workshop,

“Improving Com-munication with Aging

Parents,” will address this issue. The

workshop will be held May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at

1400 N.E. 48th Ave., Suite 107, in Hillsboro.

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro OR 97124


Brought to you by Todd Barth, Home Instead Senior Care

Todd BarthWhether we are ready or like it, the

holiday season is upon us. For many

seniors the holiday season is a time

of loneliness, BUT not on our watch!

Home Instead Senior Care organizations

across America will be rolling out “Be a

Santa To a Senior” program.

The objective of Home Instead Senior

Care’s® Be a Santa to a Senior® program

is to give back to local communities

by providing gifts and holiday cheer

to seniors. It’s an opportunity to touch

the lives of seniors in your community

who generally don’t have family around

during the holidays and aren’t going to

receive gifts. Ultimately, the objective is

to positively impact the lives of seniors

in your community.

The Hillsboro Home Instead Senior

Care office partners with local Meals

On Wheels and retail stores in Western

Washington County and Columbia

County to provide this opportunity of

giving. It is such a blessing to see those

smiling eyes when they receive that

special gift.

For more information about

this program go to: www.

This year Christmas wreaths will be

hung at the following retail outlets on

November 22, 2016:


Bi-Mart Store #618 -

2075 SE Tualatin Valley Highway

Forest Grove

Bi-Mart Store #635 -

3225 Pacific Ave.


Bi-Mart Store #686 -

51536 SE 2nd St.

St. Helens

Rite Aid – 785 South Columbia River


“Our mission, says Todd Barth, owner

of the Hillsboro franchise, is to serve

seniors in our community. What better

way to say we care than partnering with

local organizations and providing a

Christmas for every senior?”




Brought to you by todd Barth, Home Insead Senior Care

Todd Barth It’s not always easy to understand the

physical limitations that could make

home a virtual minefield for an aging

parent. Sensory changes that come with

age often affect an older adult’s lifestyle

as well. It’s a domino effect that might

make a senior vulnerable to safety

issues in the home.

Consider yourself in your elder loves

one’s shoes. As time goes on, the effects

of aging could impact all senses.

Sight: By the time someone is 60, pupils

decrease to about one-third the

size they were at age 20. Add to that

aging-related eye conditions such as

cataracts and macular degeneration

for instance, that could make it more

difficult to see a throw rug, safely

use a knife to cut an apple or take the

proper dose of medication.

Taste: We start out with about 9,000

taste buds. They decrease in both

number and mass with aging.

Smell: Sense of smell can diminish,

especially after age 70, because of loss

of nerve endings and less mucus in

the nose.

Touch: Decreased blood flow to nerve

endings as we age reduces the sense

of pain and temperature and makes it

easier to drop things.

Hearing: Our ears control hearing and

sense of balance, both of which can be

compromised as we age.

Counteract the effects of aging by

being proactive and take a least one day

each year to perform a safety check of

their loved one’s home. As Todd Barth,

owner of Home Instead Senior Care of

Hillsboro says, “Observing the safety

hazards in a senior’s home is one thing.

Living with them is another. Our goal

is to help the whole family understand

how to make a home safe allowing the

entire family to have peace of mind.

1400 NE 48th Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124


Brought to you by Holly Witte, A Blooming Hill Vineyard and Winery

Holly Witte

Jim and I went to a luncheon a week or so ago hosted by Wine America, a nationwide organization dedicated to helping our industry be suc­cessful. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici were the TERRIFIC guest speakers.

At a panel, after lunch, we heard some of the really big players talk about the indus­try, how the really BIG winer­ies (read, The Jackson Family) acquire properties of all sizes all over the world. Recent purchases in Oregon include Penner Ash and WillaKenzie. The theme of the talk was that we should all think of this sort of “consolidation” as a good thing.

As we left, Jim asked me what I thought about that and said that, at first, he thought maybe we are not using our time here as well as we should and that we should be think­ing about how to maximize our production. THEN, he remem­bered why he did this in the first place – to make wine and farm the land; to give people a warm welcome when they come here to taste.

We both left happy. We decided that growth is not always the overall objective when you have a chance to create and fulfill a dream. We believe there will always be a place in Oregon for the small and genuine winemaker who is content to spend days in the vineyard and winery and create something of pleasure than may not achieve world renown while still pleasing the palates of people who visit.

For that we are grateful. Warm Thanksgiving wishes to all.



Brought to you by Scott Palmer, Artistic Director of BagNBaggage

Scott Palmer

November certainly started off the holiday season with a bang! In this complex and charged political environment, many members of our communi­ty are feeling nervous, worried, and anxious. At Bag&Baggage, we are feeling it too, and have put together a plan for how we can all come together as a com­munity in love, friendship, and hope.

Our holiday show this year is Parfumerie, the play that in­spired three incredibly iconic American films. You’ve Got Mail (the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan romance), The Shop Around The Corner and In the Good Old Sum­mertime. You may remember that each of these movies tells the story of battling co-workers who fight and feud at work, but are secretly in love with each other in their letters (or, in some cases, emails!). Parfum­erie, written in the late 1930s by Hungarian playwright Miklos Laszlo, was the inspiration for those films, and we hope will be the inspiration for you and your family this holiday season.

Set in the charming sur­roundings of Christmas-time Bu­dapest in the late 1930s, the show features one of our largest ever casts (15 people!), a massive set, gorgeous period costumes, tons of perfume-shop props, a snow machine, and, (of course!) a hap­py ending!

Join us this holiday season for a lighthearted romantic romp where love conquers all in Parfumerie. Performances begin November 25th (the day after Thanksgiving) and run through December 23rd. We also have a special Holiday Family Pass available; consider giving the gift of theatre this holiday sea­son! Find out more online at ba­ or call us at the box office at 503 345 9590. Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at Bag&Baggage!




Brought to you by Chris and Victoria Garfield of John L. Scott Market Center Forest Grove

Chris and Victoria Garfield

Historically, home prices are lower during December than any other month. And, just as Chris predicted, the market has been slowing and prices are headed toward a healthy stabilization. The election has thrown markets into upheaval and raised mortgage rates. A rate rise could slow home prices, stop over-market-price offers and bidding wars. The everyday home buyer might have a better chance to get a home at a reasonable price and rate.

Closings in January show a dip in prices meaning that buyers in November and December got the best deals. Prices rise in the spring and move down in the late fall. This puts power in the hands of the buyer. There is less competition during December for existing homes, because really, who wants all that upheaval during the holidays?

Sellers avoid the wintry weather and short days at the end of the year and conventional wisdom says that buyers aren’t interested then. But a seller listing at the end of the year is someone who needs to sell and will be highly motivated to work with a buyer to make a sale. Older listings can be a real deal for buyers in December as well, because once again, a motivated seller!

A good realtor can help you decide the best time to buy a house depending on what makes the most sense for your situation. Chris and Victoria Garfield know the local market consider it their calling to put the client first. Talk to Chris or Victoria soon to get the home of your dreams.




Brought to you by Dr. Scott Hein, PT, DPT, OCS of Therapeutic Associates

Dr. Scott Hein, PT, DPT, OCS

As Physical Therapists, we often hear things like “My x-rays showed that I have arthritis in my knee, so there’s nothing you can do for me,” or “My MRI showed degenerative discs of my spine, so I’ll always have back pain.”

Are these beliefs accurate?

Many studies now contradict the bias that pain and arthritis are directly linked. Let’s start with some cool statistics regarding the low back:

• We now know that most of us develop a little arthritis in our spine when we are in our early 20s. (1)

• While imaging studies confirm that arthritis rates for the low back increase steadily with age, the occurrence of low back pain actually peaks when we are in our 40s, then declines as we get older from there. (2)

What about the neck?

• In 2015, it was found that in 1,211 subjects without neck pain, 88% of those aged 20-80 had cervical disc bulges! (3)

And the knee?

• It has been found that only 50% of people with arthritis experience knee pain. (4)

So, research is showing consistently that findings of arthritis do not necessarily mean that you should expect to live a life in pain. Call and request a PT appointment to find out how exercise and movement-based treatment can help diminish pain even in the presence of arthritis!

1. Twomey LT, Taylor JR. Clin Orthop Relat Res. Nov 1987 (224): 97-104.

2. Brinjikji W. Luetmer PH, Comstock B. et al. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2015;36(4): 811-816.

3. Nakashima H, Yukawa Y, Suda K, Yamagata M, Ueta T, Kato F. Spine. 2015;40(6):392-398.

4. Munk B, Lundorf E, Jensen J. Acta Orthop Scand. Feb 2004;75(1):89-92.

Therapeutic Associates

Forest Grove Physical Therapy

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Brought to you by Kevin Kuntz, Hybrid Heating and Cooling

Kevin Kuntz

Hybrid is proud to offer the Infin­ity heating and cooling system, the ultimate comfort system of the future. From Carrier, the Infinity system removes and kills air born germs and allergens, and it’s the most energy-efficient system on the market.

The only system you can buy that combines top rated Carrier technologies, such as Hybrid Heat, ComfortHeat, IdealHumidity and Puron Refrigerant, Infinity allows you to enjoy fresh, clean air with a smart system that can even de­tect when your filter needs to be changed. Infinity is so advanced, it automatically adjusts for peak effi­ciency and performance.

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Humidifier—Replenishes mois­ture to dry air.

UV Lamp—Reduces the amount of pollutants, such as mold, bacte­ria, fungi and viruses from your in­door coil, leaving your home with cleaner, fresher air.

Ventilator—Combines fresh out­door air with conditioned indoor air for improved air quality and maximum efficiency—great for to­day’s tightly constructed home.

Contact Hybrid Heating & Air Conditioning to see how the Infin­ity System can make your life more comfortable.





Brought to you by Nate Boyd, Fitness Expert

Nate Boyd

Are you ready for pumpkin pie and turkey gravy? How about Christmas fudge, cookies and egg nog? Or New Year’s Eve champagne and nibbles? Of course you are, because you are going to follow these tips for maintaining you fitness this holiday season.

Increase your weekly workouts—you will be calories ahead if you burn ‘em before you put ‘em in!

Portion control—the hardest thing, but just eat one, cookie, truffle, helping of artichoke dip, instead of two. Or more!

Don’t show up hungry— eat something nutritious and drink a full glass of water to fill up ahead of time. Things will look less tempting if you aren’t hungry.

Just say no—your Aunt Myrtle makes the very best pecan pie and wants you to eat a great big piece. She also weighs 250 pounds. Practice your polite refusals now.

Limit alcohol intake—full of calories and they weaken your resolve to control your eating.

Veggie and Fruit trays—bring your own and go wild with carrots and broccoli.

Let The Gym help you stay in shape this holiday season. Their workout experts can help you with new moves and equipment and don’t forget that you can work out at any time day or night!





Brought to you by Holly Witte, Wine Connoisseur

Holly Witte

This time of the year we head into one of our biggest weekends of the entire sea­son – Thanksgiving Weekend Open House! The air is crisp while it is always cozy inside We have the fireplace warm­ing the room, plenty of tasty snacks, holiday gifts and wine.

From the winery’s point of view, there is a great ex­citement in the air when it is busy, of course, and we love that. If you love the idea of a big party, these are the week­ends for you. People tend to run into each other at the win­eries and, by the end of the weekend, new friends have definitely been made. We love the opportunity to visit with people so we also open on the quieter days in our corner of the Willamette Valley. Tues­days through Thursdays, by appointment, you can come in and spend time talking to us. We’ve met people from all over the world. We’ve had couples celebrating birth­days or anniversaries in our romantic setting. We’ve had people curious about the pro­cess of growing the grapes and turning them into the magic in their glass. Just this week, we had outgoing senior citizens from Hillsboro who go on monthly jaunts and got to do a barrel tasting with us.

Your choice – bustling and social with lots of folks; cozi­er and more intimate. Either way, we’re here to please



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December 09, 2016

Incliment weather brings fun but also caution to FG, Banks, Gaston

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by Pamplin Media Group
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December 07, 2016

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Forest Grove police log

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by Pamplin Media Group
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by News-Times
Gingerbread house contest judging is open through Dec. 11
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A formerly homeless woman visits Human Solutions, a shelter program in outer Southeast Portland. Portland Public Schools has more homeless students than any other district in the state. Hillsboro ranks 17th, although it's the state's fourth largest district.
Nov 28, 2016

New data show homelessness on the rise in schools

by Shasta Kearns Moore
State data looks at number of homeless students in Forest Grove, Banks, Gaston