Mark Harvey

HELP LINE: Readers ask, Harvey answers

I HAVE RECEIVED a lot of smart questions from a lot of you. So, because other folks might benefit from the same exchanges, let’s share… Continue reading


HELP LINE: Don’t be so afraid of tomorrow that you lose today

A FEW SHORT weeks ago, I did a column on “Gerascophobia.” Yeah, I had to look it up, too. It is, apparently, defined as “…… Continue reading


HELP LINE: It’s never too late to celebrate fathers

I didn’t know that, but it’s put me in mind of Father’s Day. I have… Continue reading


HELP LINE: Sometimes a chance is all you need to help

“PRIDE COMETH BEFORE a fall,” we’ve been told. Well, nothing can hurt your pride (and other relevant body parts) like falling over, but, no, I’m… Continue reading

HELP LINE: A reader shares her tale of being ‘scammed’

I OFTEN GO on about scams. In my opinion, what follows in an email from a local lady was not a scam, but it is… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Catch up on this and that this week

OK, I GUESS it’s time to clean up my act (don’t say it) by cleaning out my miscellaneous file. Remember, miscellaneous does not mean unimportant.… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Take life as a gift and grab it

WOW, I FEEL vaguely … deficient. There’s a new thing to be afraid of (well, new to me) and I’d completely missed the whole thing.… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Always remember that aging is an accomplishment

EVERY YEAR AT about this time, the U.S. Census Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and probably several dozen other… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Beware of scams in the mail

GREED IS AN amazing thing, but that isn’t news. Pretty much, it seems that if there’s a way to get blood out of a turnip,… Continue reading

HELP LINE: We have to decide to be better

WHERE IN THE world is the Information & Assistance office? We’re still in Sequim. We just moved to 609 W. Washington St., Suite 16. Don’t… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Medicare continues to confuse readers

THIS IS AN aside. Maybe because I’m beginning with it, it’s an affront. No, I intended no affront. All I intended was to warn everyone… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Long-Term Care Trust Act will help people get help

I’M ALL ATWITTER. I have a new acronym to play with! Ready? It’s LTCTA. … Hmm … that’s not near as much fun, when you… Continue reading

HELP LINE: There might be help available if you need it

THIS IS GOING to be one of those “gobbledygook” columns, meaning that it’s going to be about a couple of specific programs. If everything is… Continue reading

HELP LINE: In the face of Alzheimer’s, have courage

PEOPLE TALK TO me a lot about death, disease and disability. Often, but not always, it’s older people (older than they were, I guess). They… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Elderspeak is not welcome by most

the all too common occurrence of folks (usually younger) addressing elders with “honey/sweetie/dearie,” and all-too-often… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Remain vigilant against scammers

Take survey on area plan for Olympic Area Agency on Aging

HELP LINE: The best gift for Mother’s Day is forgiveness

IN CASE YOU’VE been rudely rousted from a comfy coma in the past six hours, today is Mother’s Day. I can’t imagine any other reason… Continue reading

HELP LINE: Sometimes OK is the best you can do

I WAS GIVEN a gift the other day, but I don’t think it was intended for me. Here’s what happened: A gal I work with… Continue reading