Health – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:02:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 West Seattle smoke: ‘Conditions may start to improve Wednesday’ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-smoke-conditions-may-start-to-improve-wednesday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/west-seattle-smoke-conditions-may-start-to-improve-wednesday/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:25:26 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925516

That’s the view West Seattle pilot/photographer Long Bach Nguyen had of our peninsula last night … you can only imagine what it looks like tonight. Earlier today, he did get to fly above the wildfire smoke – here’s Mount Rainier (elevation 14,400+ feet) peeking above:

The National Weather Service’s “special weather statement” about the smoke does offer a bit of hope: “Conditions may start to improve Wednesday as an upper level trough begins to approach the area…bringing a better chance for increased onshore flow.” Meantime, Twitter users have been providing photographic perspective:



About the smoke itself – lots of updated info on the Washington Smoke Information website.

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SURVEY: Southwest Seattle Youth Alliance has questions, seeks your answers https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/survey-southwest-seattle-youth-alliance-has-questions-seeks-your-answers/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/survey-southwest-seattle-youth-alliance-has-questions-seeks-your-answers/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:30:51 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925502 How much of a problem do alcohol and other drugs pose to youth in our community? A local group asks that question each year, and has just released this year’s survey:

The Southwest Seattle Youth Alliance, a school and community coalition formed to address the high rates of youth substance use in Southwest Seattle, would like your help in learning more about community concerns related to drugs and alcohol. The coalition will use these surveys to guide their work in selecting effective prevention programs and services for youth and the community. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.

The survey starts here in English, and here in Spanish. The SWSYA says, “The data from these surveys will be used to implement evidence-based prevention programs in middle and high schools in the community.”

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AIR-QUALITY ALERT: Wildfire smoke brings regional health warning https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/health-alert-wildfire-smoke-brings-warning-from-agencies-around-the-region/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/health-alert-wildfire-smoke-brings-warning-from-agencies-around-the-region/#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:23:59 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925417 (Added: WSB photo, looking toward Vashon from Lowman Beach)

As this increasingly smoky day moves into late afternoon, an air-quality alert just arrived by e-mail, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and health agencies around the metro area:

Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems.

We expect air quality to reach levels that are UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS overnight and into tomorrow in many areas. A high pressure system is pushing upper-level wildfire smoke down. Smoke from British Columbia and the Cascades is continuing to build in the Puget Sound region today. Winds tomorrow afternoon could help clean the air. Thankfully, we don’t expect this to last as long as it did last summer. We are forecasting for GOOD to MODERATE air quality Wednesday and beyond.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:

Chest pain
Fast heartbeat
Coughing
Stinging eyes
Irritated sinuses
Headaches
Asthma attack
Trouble breathing

Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.

Stay indoors when possible.

Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.

Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.

Avoid driving, when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.
Schools and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.

N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. More information here.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.

Air quality conditions may change quickly. Check the air quality forecast regularly at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website.

As always, check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

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West Seattle scene: Tugboat ‘docks’ at Aegis Living of West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-scene-tugboat-docks-at-aegis-living-of-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-scene-tugboat-docks-at-aegis-living-of-west-seattle/#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2018 04:27:42 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923721

Though construction is complete at the new Aegis Living of West Seattle (4700 SW Admiral Way; WSB sponsor), a mobile crane was on the site today. Here’s what it was lifting:

That’s a replica of the tugboat Norene, which was the inspiration for the name of Aegis Living founder/CEO Dwayne Clark‘s mother-in-law. Her father had such an inspiring experience working aboard the tug in Puget Sound, he gave that name to his daughter, who is the mother of Dwayne Clark’s wife T Clark. The custom replica was brought in as a centerpiece of the new memory-care/assisted-living center’s Mediterranean theme, to anchor the courtyard on the west side of the complex.

Aegis Living expects its first West Seattle residents to move in soon, with a grand-opening celebration next month, and an open house announced for noon-4 pm August 25th. It’s been almost five years since Aegis Living bought the former Life Care Center site at 47th/Admiral/Waite.

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Stalking giant hogweed – and other noxious weeds – in West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/stalking-giant-hogweed-and-other-noxious-weeds-in-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/stalking-giant-hogweed-and-other-noxious-weeds-in-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:00:06 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922902 (Photos courtesy King County Noxious Weed Control)

King County Noxious Weed Control Program specialists were in West Seattle again today – for the second time this week, removing an infestation of a plant that’s one of the most noxious they tackle: Giant hogweed.

We contacted them after two WSB readers suggested we follow up on TV reports about a patch of this weed getting removed in West Seattle earlier this week. Sasha Shaw answered our inquiry and explained, it’s not that West Seattle is a particular hotbed of giant hogweed, but rather, the TV folks contacted her looking for a local angle on a story from the East Coast about someone getting badly burned by this weed, and it just so happened that West Seattle was where their most-recent report of a giant hogweed happened to be. Here’s a photo from that first stop, in the Genesee Hill area, on Tuesday:

Shaw is the communications specialist for the program, which is part of the county Natural Resources and Parks department. She explains, “Our program has the big job of stopping the spread of state-regulated noxious weeds such as giant hogweed throughout King County, including in the cities. For the Class A noxious weeds such as giant hogweed, which are limited in distribution in the state, we offer to help people with the control work because of the huge public benefit to stopping these highly invasive and damaging plants from becoming established. Giant hogweed also poses a serious health risk because of the potential of the sap to cause burns and blisters.”

(Here’s their info sheet about giant hogweed, so you can find out more about it.)

She also clarified that the removals in Genesee on Tuesday and Admiral today aren’t the first discoveries of this scary weed in our area: “We have responded to locations of this plant in West Seattle many times. It isn’t the neighborhood in Seattle with the most giant hogweed, but we have found several hundred sites there over the past 15 or so years that we have been working on this plant. We typically find some new sites every year, but more locations are closed than opened as the plants get controlled.”

She points out that you can use the county’s map to “zoom in and see the locations of all the giant hogweed sites we have found in West Seattle, as well as other regulated noxious weeds.” Go to https://gismaps.kingcounty.gov/iMap/ – and, she advises, “turn on the Noxious Weeds layer, select ‘Most Widespread Noxious Weeds,’ zoom in to West Seattle and look for the little green icons that look like pine trees.”

She continued: “At this point, most of the giant hogweed in West Seattle, and other parts of the city, is out of sight in ravines, alleys and backyards. Typically we find new sites when people contact us either about their own hogweed or their neighbor’s plants. Hogweed spends several years as small plants and can be inconspicuous especially in areas overgrown with other vegetation like blackberry. When they flower they are 10 to 15 feet tall so that is often when people discover them. Sometimes people get burned by the sap while working in the yard and then contact us to find out what they have. That’s what happened in the case of the West Seattle homeowner that was featured on KING5 News, although they actually got burned last year but didn’t know why until they found a flowering plant in their alley and identified it online. … People do get seriously burned by this plant so getting the word out as widely as possible is very important.” Also note, this is already toward the end of giant hogweed’s season, and most of the plants are dying back.

This isn’t the only “big problem” noxious weed/invasive plant out there – “but few that are regulated noxious weeds, highly dangerous to people and very invasive,” Shaw notes. We’re going to take her up on her offer to talk with us for a separate story about other weeds you should watch for. (You can start reading about them all here!)

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First open house for Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle as move-in time approaches https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/first-open-house-for-quail-park-memory-care-of-west-seattle-as-move-in-time-approaches/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/first-open-house-for-quail-park-memory-care-of-west-seattle-as-move-in-time-approaches/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:03:57 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922179 (WSB photos)

Face-painting isn’t just for kids! It was part of the party this afternoon as Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) welcomed visitors to its first big public open house.

The weather was so nice, it was a patio party too, with music by the Jukehouse Hounds:

We showed you a peek inside the new facility back in May but went back this afternoon for the festivities and to see the finishing touches – like the hallways decorated with scenic photos and even benches:

Soothing sights like fish tanks, too.

The management team welcoming visitors included community-relations director Elizabeth Shier and executive director Dawn Schaper:

It’s been almost five years since first word a memory-care facility was being planned for the site at 4515 41st SW. It has room for up to 66 residents.

Quail Park is hoping for move-ins to start after a round of inspections planned in early August. If you missed the open house, you can set up a tour – go here.

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THURSDAY: SoundYoga’s Chris Dormaier at ‘Words, Writers, West Seattle’ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/thursday-soundyogas-chris-dormaier-at-words-writers-west-seattle/ Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:01:55 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921945 “Why Yoga Works and How It Can Work for You” is the title of a new book by someone who knows firsthand – Chris Dormaier, founder of SoundYoga (WSB sponsor). She’ll be reading from it during the next Words, Writers, West Seattle event, this Thursday night (July 12th), 6-7:30 pm at Southwest Library (9010 35th SW). The author series is co-presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Seattle Public Library. This year, as we noted back in February, SoundYoga’s celebrating 20 years!

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Counseling West Seattle: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/counseling-west-seattle-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/counseling-west-seattle-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2018 22:06:30 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918920 Today we’re welcoming Counseling West Seattle as a new WSB sponsor:

Here’s what they would like you to know about who they are and what they do:

Counseling West Seattle is your neighborhood counseling center in the West Seattle community. Life gets very busy, sometimes difficult, so we have five counselors to serve you with an array of specialties: children and adolescents, adult individuals, couples, and families.

Counseling West Seattle welcomes people of all ages, stages of life as well as race, religion, sexual orientation, and abilities. Service to the community is our mission and our first priority.

We believe in change and transformation and experience it daily. We are a client-centered group practice and we utilize proven methods including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Solution Focused Therapy; EMDR; DBT and Mindfulness.

Our counselors are:
Toni Napoli, Director and Founder
Elliot Grossman: Individuals, couples and families with divorce
Ernie McGarry: Individuals and couples
Kathryn Vinson: Certified child therapist, individuals and families
Katie Unterreiner: Families, children, adults and couples
Stacey Goodrich: Adult individuals

We are providers for many Insurance Companies.

Visit our website to learn more about our counseling center: www.CounselingWestSeattle.com

We thank Counseling West Seattle for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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West Seattle wildlife: Dead bat found in local park; no need to panic, but here’s what you should know https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-wildlife-dead-bat-found-in-local-park-no-need-to-panic-but-heres-what-you-should-know/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-wildlife-dead-bat-found-in-local-park-no-need-to-panic-but-heres-what-you-should-know/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2018 22:00:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918338

While at Fauntleroy Park earlier today for the last Salmon in the Schools release of the season (story later), we found out that forest steward Peggy Cummings had found a dead bat in the park this week. It was a very small and likely juvenile bat, and no reason, she stresses, for you to panic, but it did make us realize we should publish this week’s alert from the state Health Department, since bats do turn up in West Seattle parks:

Since May 1, four bats found in Washington have tested positive for rabies, the highest number identified in the state in the month of May since 1998. The Washington State Department of Health reminds people to call their local health department if they, a family member or a pet interacts with a bat.

Health officials routinely test for and find rabid bats, typically during the summer months. DOH wants the public to continue to take appropriate precautions if a bat – dead or alive – is found. Try to avoid contact with bats and other wild animals; do not touch a bat if possible. If you do have contact with a bat or suspect that a family member or pet had contact with a bat, try to safely capture it and keep it contained away from people and call your local health department for next steps.

It is also important to protect your pets by ensuring their rabies vaccinations are current. More detailed precautions and information can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.

While any mammal can be infected with the rabies virus, bats are the most common animal in Washington that carry rabies. In 2017, 22 bats were tested and found to have the virus. This is up from 2016 when 20 rabid bats were identified. The Washington State Public Health Laboratories tests between 200 and 300 bats per year. Typically, between three and 10 percent of the bats submitted for testing are found to be rabid.

The state says two of those bats were found in King County, but no further specifics. Cummings says she spoke to the county Health Department today and they said she and another park volunteer who briefly handled the dead bat don’t need to worry. “Rabies is serious but very rare,” she notes. But she also wants to remind you that you and your family should steer clear not only of bats but of any dead animal they find.

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FRIDAY: Lou Cutler’s birthday run at Pathfinder for Make-A-Wish https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/friday-lou-cutlers-birthday-run-at-pathfinder-for-make-a-wish/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/friday-lou-cutlers-birthday-run-at-pathfinder-for-make-a-wish/#comments Thu, 31 May 2018 22:59:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918249 (WSB photo, June 2017)

Since this will likely get started before our usual morning highlights list goes live, we wanted to remind you about an annual event tomorrow that you are invited to join or support – retired Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler‘s annual birthday run for Make-A-Wish. In June, Lou turns 67, so he’ll be circling the Pathfinder field on Pigeon Point 67 times. It’s just one way he supports Make-A-Wish>, whose official news release for this year’s run calls him a “wish-granting superstar.” He’s volunteered for the group for more than 20 years; this is his 15th year of Laps with Lou. If you can stop by the Pathfinder field at 1901 SW Genesee tomorrow, you’re welcome to join the run – as most of the school’s students and staff do at some point during the day – or just cheer him on! You can also donate online in honor of his dedication and the kids who have unforgettable experiences as a result. He expects to get going around 9 am, and last year the run went past 1 pm.

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OPENING SOON: Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle almost ready for move-in https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/opening-soon-quail-park-memory-care-of-west-seattle-almost-ready-for-move-in/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/opening-soon-quail-park-memory-care-of-west-seattle-almost-ready-for-move-in/#comments Thu, 10 May 2018 23:40:20 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916293 (WSB photos)

Another new sign that’s going up in the West Seattle Junction area: Quail Park Memory Care Residences (WSB sponsor). We got a mini-tour this week as the center at 4515 41st SW gets close to accepting its first residences, pending final inspections/certifications.

Having areas with familiar themes and scenes is important at memory-care centers, and in this case, you’ll recognize the scenes from Pike Place Market. Each floor will also have a lounge with an aquarium. There’s also a restful terrace:

Here’s a single room, awaiting its first resident:

The project was certified LEED Silver. There are 48 rooms with a capacity of up to 66 people. If you have questions before they officially open, you can drop by their Discovery Center at 4506 California SW.

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Innate Vitality Wellness Studio: Welcoming a new West Seattle Blog sponsor https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/innate-vitality-wellness-studio-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/innate-vitality-wellness-studio-welcoming-a-new-west-seattle-blog-sponsor/#comments Mon, 07 May 2018 21:30:31 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=915942 Today we welcome Innate Vitality as a new WSB sponsor! Here’s what proprietor Kara Krause, NTP, would like you to know about her studio:

Innate Vitality is a small boutique wellness studio located in the Brace Point community, near Endolyne Joe’s. We offer a wide variety of modalities: Pilates, strength training, barre, yoga, Nutritional Therapy, and Reiki. What makes Innate Vitality unique is our community of members – who are in every age and fitness range – and we can design a health and wellness program that best fits your individual needs.

Group classes and private sessions are available to accommodate all fitness levels from beginners to athletes. So, if you want to eat and feel better or if you’re training for an event, Innate Vitality has a program for you. Our strong community membership base and small class size offers a caring and supportive environment to encourage you on your wellness journey!

Our Pilates studio is equipped with a wide variety of state of the art STOTT apparatus. All of our Pilates instructors are STOTT trained, a method that pairs the Joseph Pilates repertoire with functional movement that is scientifically based. Our Pilates reformer classes are small, never more than four people, which allows for more attention to the participants at affordable group rates.

Come check out our community! Here’s what our clients are saying:

“After seeing immediate progress with Reformer classes at Innate Vitality, my physical therapist happily gave me the green light to continue the classes and discontinue the PT I had started for left hip pain.” -S.L.

“….my results have been outstanding. From going to having been told I needed a lower back fusion to doing a Pilates program and personal training – I am no longer in pain and discomfort due to my back issues and will not be needing any surgery…” – A.H.

Services ~ Pilates ~ Yoga ~ Barre ~ Strength & Conditioning ~ Nutritional Therapy

Click here to visit our website. Use code WSB18 and get 25 percent off any package right now!

We thank Innate Vitality for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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MOVING TO WEST SEATTLE: Take Steps 5K Walk/Run https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/moving-to-west-seattle-take-steps-5k-walk-run/ Thu, 03 May 2018 22:29:36 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=915607 Just found out today that another regional 5K fundraiser is moving to West Seattle – on June 9th, you can join the Take Steps 5K Walk/Run at Lincoln Park. It’s a fundraiser for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. This is an afternoon event, with a festival starting at 1 pm and the 5K at 2:30 pm, all in an effort to find new treatments and someday a cure for these intestinal disorders. You can participate as an individual or as part of a team – here’s where to start.

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Expired, no-longer-needed prescription medication in your home? Drug Take-Back Day 2018 is 3 weeks away https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/expired-no-longer-needed-prescription-medication-in-your-home-drug-take-back-day-2018-is-3-weeks-away/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/expired-no-longer-needed-prescription-medication-in-your-home-drug-take-back-day-2018-is-3-weeks-away/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2018 18:08:09 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=913404 Don’t flush it, don’t toss it – if you have expired or unneeded prescription medication to get rid of, Drug Take-Back Day is only three weeks away. Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis sends the reminder that the national event is set for 10 am-2 pm on Saturday, April 28th, and the precinct is a drop-off spot as usual, 2300 SW Webster. P.S. If that day doesn’t work for you, note that the Junction QFC pharmacy is now a year-round dropoff spot. (Photo – start of 5th bag filled by dropoffs during last October’s Drug Take-Back Day at the SW Precinct)

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FOLLOWUP: Providence Mount St. Vincent reopening to visitors tomorrow after norovirus outbreak https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-providence-mount-st-vincent-reopening-to-visitors-tomorrow-after-norovirus-outbreak/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 21:38:38 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=912989 Providence Mount St. Vincent has announced that it’ll reopen to visitors tomorrow, after a norovirus outbreak resulted in the facility closing its doors to visitors and even canceling its chapel’s traditional Easter Mass. From administrator Charlene Boyd, the announcement:

We are delighted to report that The Mount will be open to visitors effective Tuesday, April 3 — tomorrow! Thank you so much for your patience during this challenging time.

Your support and cooperation is greatly needed as we get back to normal operations. Although you are welcome to visit if you are well, we ask that you wash your hands or sanitize upon entering and leaving The Mount.

Most importantly, you may not enter or visit The Mount if you are ill. No fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting in the last 48 hours prior to visiting The Mount.

Again, thank you for your cooperation and patience. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Mount had told us that the number of cases during the outbreak “fluctuated” but averaged in single digits.

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