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Take a trip with the SKAGIT VALLEY FAMILY YMCA AOA to our state capitol with a GUIDED TOUR OF THE CAPITOL BUILDING AND GROUNDS: The design and construction of the buildings and grounds began in 1912 and was completed by 1928, replacing the original wood-frame
structure of 1854. The landscaping of the capital campus was supervised by the OLMSTED BROTHERS (who were also responsible for the design of Central Park in New York City). After the tour of the capital and grounds we’ll visit the local OLYMPIA’S FARMERS MARKET for a NO HOST LUNCH before heading back to the Skagit Valley. Join us as we explore Washington state history.
Senior & Adult Members: $70
Senior & Adult Program Only: $85
Anyone without a full YMCA membership are required to pay an additional annual fee of
$15 per person $25 Sr. Couple. Trip is limited to 46 participants—reserve your spot today!
Ingrid Hinton, AOA Coordinator or call 360.336.9622



Check out this article:

"Cultural Activities Help Seniors Retain Health Literacy" (article courtesy of Pacific Standard)

A new British study of people age 50 and older finds a link between health literacy—defined as “the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information”—and two specific behaviors: Regular use of the Internet, and participation in cultural activities.

“Loss of health literacy skills during aging is not inevitable,” a research team led by Lindsay Kobayashi of University College London writes in the Journal of Epidemiology and Health. “Internet use and engagement in various social activities, in particular cultural activities, appear to help older adults maintain the literary skills required to self-manage health.”

The apparent positive influence of cultural activities isn’t so clear, but the researchers note it was independent of wealth, education, or having a longstanding illness. This indicates that participation in the arts is not simply a proxy for being in good health, or enjoying high sociological status.

“Cultural activities ... would most likely engage several fluid cognitive abilities, depending on the specific show or exhibit,” [researchers] point out.

In other words, if you keep your mind nimble and flexible by exposing yourself to new plays, paintings, or poems, you’re also more likely to fully understand and implement your doctor’s orders.

So don't let that museum membership lapse. If you can appreciate a Picasso, the proper dosage of a prescription painkiller should not present a problem.