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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org

21 - 03 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees March 2021

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson


MESSAGE FROM STEVE ROY, WASHINGTON STATE FEDERATION PRESIDENT

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF THE UNFAIR WEP and GPO?

IF SO, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR PERSONAL Story. The WEP and GPO unfairly impacts thousands of Americans including federal retirees and hits them in the pocketbook. We would like to share your story with Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05). Here is the background on WEP and GPO, The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).


The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) reduces the Social Security benefits of local, state and federal retirees who worked in Social Security-covered employment (e.g., private-sector jobs) and who also receive a government annuity from their non-Social Security covered government employment. As of December 2019, the WEP affects 1,912,706 beneficiaries, including 1,797,415 retired workers, 12,943 workers with disabilities, and 102,348 spouses and children. In 2020, the WEP can result in a monthly benefit that is $480 lower than under the regular benefit formula. This unfair reduction causes a disproportionate reduction in benefits for workers with lower monthly benefit amounts than those with higher benefit amounts.

The WEP applies to federal retirees who began their federal employment prior to 1983 and are covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Under CSRS, federal employees pay a 7 percent payroll contribution toward their CSRS retirement annuities. They do not pay a 6.2 per-cent payroll tax toward Social Security, and therefore, do not earn any Social Security benefits based on their federal work. The WEP does not apply to federal employees covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), as these federal employees pay the 6.2 percent payroll tax, in addition to their FERS retirement contributions, and therefore earn Social Security benefits based on their government work.

The Government Pension Offset (GPO).


Legislation was enacted in 1977 to prevent government retirees from collecting both a government annuity based on their own work in non-Social Security covered employment and Social Security benefits based on their spouse’s work record. The new law became effective with government employees who were first eligible to retire in December 1982. The law known as the Social Security Government Pension Offset, or GPO provides that two-thirds of the government annuity offsets whatever Social Security bene-fits would be payable to the retired government worker as a spouse (wife, husband, widow, widower). Take the example of a spouse who receives a civil service annuity of $900 per month based on his/her own earnings and applies for a Social Security widow(er)’s benefit of $500. Two-thirds of his/her annuity, or $600, totally offsets the Social Security widow(er)’s benefit. Therefore, he/she receives no widow(er)’s benefit from Social Security.


As of December 2019, the GPO affects 707,879 beneficiaries. Of those affected by the GPO, 46 percent are widows or widowers, and 83 percent are women. In addition to Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) annuitants, the GPO affects thousands of state and municipal retirees, as well as teachers and police officers whose work is not covered by Social Security.


Please help us to inform Representative McMorris Rodgers about the impacts of WEP and GPO by providing us with your personal story. Our goal is to ask her to cosponsor legislation in the 117th Congress to repeal WPO and GPO.

Thank you.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.

ZOOM:


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:

Call: 1 – 253 – 215 - 8782

Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284, Passcode: 142288


Or you CLICK ON THIS LINK.

NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky


You can contribute to NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC to our post office box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

As the new legislative session begins, Congress has proposed several bills favorable to employees and retirees. H.R. 352 would provide an average 3.2% pay raise for employees, H.R. 82 would eliminate some of the impacts the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Offset Provision (GPO) have on federal employees. NARFE has an extensive list of proposals in support of our earned benefits. They are included in the latest NARFE Magazine. NARFE is also doing a great job in providing all representatives with copies of our legislative agenda.


At our last meeting there was support for focusing our efforts on a couple of issues, Postal Reform, the WEP, and having our Congressional representative speak to us via zoom.


What I propose is to develop some brief talking points describing these issues and what we want. The talking points would provide a brief description of the issue (2-3 sentences) and then 2-3 sentences describing the impacted and asking for her support. We would then follow up by inviting our representative to a zoom meeting to discuss these and any other issues of import to her.


I believe that these steps will provide a sound basis for staying in touch with our representatives.

PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Dr. Francisco Velazquez, interim Health Officer for Spokane Regional Health District, delivered an excellent presentation on the state of Covid vaccinations. The advice sounds familiar, but still so important: continue to wear a mask (double layer), wash your hands, and social distance… and get a Covid vaccination (any brand) as soon as you can. Once you’ve had the vaccine, continue to follow the same three tenets above for the protection of others.


In March, we will welcome Eric Johnson, 2021 President of the Spokane Association of Realtors. He will have the latest figures on Spokane county residential real estate as well as some info on how Covid and lower interest rates have affected the market. He’ll also cover downsizing, competing in a seller’s market, and choosing a realtor. Bring any questions you always wanted to ask a realtor who wasn’t listing your home. See you there!

VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

Chapter 32-Spokane is holding steady with 311 Chapter members and 211 National only members for a total of 522 members. The challenge during this time of a pandemic is how to reach out and recruit new members. In past years we used the annual pre-retirement seminar and the Health Fairs as events for recruitment. Neither of those events happened in 2020 and are on hold at this time. Would love to hear from NARFE members to other recruitment opportunities.

MEMBERSHIP

We are looking for an energetic member willing to become the Membership Chairperson. Contact Scott Robinson if you are interested.


NARFE is more than just a great magazine. Let them know!

Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!

NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!

SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Personally, I am counting the days to SPRING! I am ready for sunshine, Spring flowers, everyone who wants to be immunized against COVID-19 to get it, a quieting political scene, and so much more. In my life, I need a little more peace and pleasure, seeing more friends and not worrying about those I love becoming ill.


NARFE has not received notice of any deaths of our members. I recently heard about one member who has lost four friends recently to COVID-19. I am sure this is not the only person who has lost a loved one or a close friend. We are all still suffering from the evil we cannot see. Many blessings to all who have been enduring these losses.


Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in March.

REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this very valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson. He is currently recruiting for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact him.


If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me.


ALZHEIMER’S Pat Hegerberg

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2021) — The early prognosis of high-risk older adults for amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), using non-invasive and sensitive neuromarkers, is key for early prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.


A recent study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, by researchers at the University of Kentucky establishes what they believe is a new way to predict the risk years before a clinical diagnosis. Their work shows that direct measures of brain signatures during mental activity are more sensitive and accurate predictors of memory decline than current standard behavioral testing.

“Many studies have measured electrophysiological rhythms during resting and sleep to predict Alzheimer’s risk. This study demonstrates that better predictions of a person’s cognitive risk can be made when the brain is challenged with a task. Additionally, we learned that out of thousands of possible brain oscillation measures, left-frontal brainwaves during so-called working memory tasks are good predictors for dementia risk,” said lead investigator Yang Jiang, associate professor in the UK Department of Behavioral Sciences and an affiliated faculty member at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA).


When looking for a specific car in a large parking lot, older persons increasingly make more mistakes and take more time than young people due to brain and cognitive aging. Jiang says it has already been reported that brain waves associated with that type of daily memory task differ in cognitively normal older people and those of patients with memory loss and dementia. For this new study, researchers followed healthy older adults for 10 years. They reported that a specific pattern of frontal brainwaves during an everyday memory task predicts a person’s risk of cognitive impairment roughly five years before clinical diagnosis. This pattern was not observed in older people who remained cognitively normal over the next 10 years.


Jiang says predicting and preventing cognitive decline is very important to allow preventive measures, such as lifestyle changes, and for researchers to help achieve a greater quality of life for the rapidly growing aging population. “Compared to current methods using neuroimaging as biomarkers, this method of measuring can be easily set up in clinics, is non-invasive, fast, and affordable. Also, reliably predicting the risk of cognitive decline in an individual is new. Our older participants will soon be able to have a better version of brainwave tests here at UK.”


The clinical and translation work of this study was a team science effort with multiple investigators from UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging serving as coauthors including Erin Abner, Richard Kryscio, Greg Jicha, Fred Schmitt, Charles Smith, and collaborators from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, and the Institute of Psychology, Beijing China.


This project was brought to SBCoA by scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory co-author Nancy Munro to David Wekstein and Drs. William Markesbery and Charles Smith nearly 15 years ago with funding from the Department of Energy. The research team received funding from NIH in recent years to expand this work in large-scale and diverse populations. Jiang says their longitudinal study underscores the importance of having a successful Alzheimer’s research center at UK.


Linda Van Eldik, director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, said, “This further emphasizes the long-standing national and international reputation of UK’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the high quality of our investigators and the research they do.”

Spokane Washington Chapter 32

PO Box 4592

Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFE on the Web: National: www.narfe.org WSF: www.narfewa.org Spokane: www.narfespokane.org


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SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org



21 - 02 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees February 2021



FEBRUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY Feb. 8., 2021 - 11:00AM ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can call: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK HERE to join online. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson


I have been recruiting a Membership Chairperson for a few months. Arlene Patton will wear another NARFE hat as she volunteered to cover our Membership responsibilities. Thank you, Arlene.


Although the promise of COVID vaccines continues, one of our members reported losing four friends to raging COVID. Our age group appears to be at greatest risk of death; more so if we have other health issues. You can go to www.FindYourPhaseWA.org to learn when your turn for a vaccine will occur. Wife Tami and I did, and we are currently qualified for a vaccine. You can also go to www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations to find seven vaccine locations in our local area. We were among the 3,000 people that got our first Moderna vaccine at the Spokane Arena. At the time of this writing, 38,000 vaccine doses have been given within a Spokane County population of 523,000 people (7%). I encourage you to be vigilant in contacting these locations to secure your vaccination appointment.


On January 22, President Joe Biden rescinded the previous administration's Schedule F executive order. It would have created a new federal employment category that politicizes federal jobs and threaten the delivery of services to the American people. NARFE strongly supports President Biden’s move to rescind this order.


OPM will mail all 2020 1099-R forms by January 31. However, you can go to OPM’s Retirement Services Online and access your 2020 1099-R today.


Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you have any questions regarding Spokane Chapter 32.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.


ZOOM:


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can call: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK HERE to join online.


NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky


You can contribute to NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC to our post office box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.

SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER Narfe0032@gmail.com 509-624-9465


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky


NEW BEGINNINGS


The Jan/Feb issue of the NARFE magazine presents NARFE’S advocacy positions for 2021-2022. We have seen and discussed these issues before, and its high time that some of them get accomplished. They include, among others:


· A fair COLA that measures inflation for seniors - the CPI-E

· Legislation to repeal or reform the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision. (WEP)

· Pay increases for Federal employees designed to achieve comparably with the private sector.

· Legislation to allow retirees to pay health care premiums with pre-tax dollars; a benefit currently enjoyed by employees.


The only way to let Congress know that we care about these issues is to tell them. There is a web site, GovTrack.us, that gives the status of bills in Congress. There is already a bill, HR82, dealing with the GPO and WEP. Surprising, they give the bill a 1% chance of passage. Your actions are needed to improve that percentage. As a means of increasing our impact on our representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, please call or email me with your story of how the GPO and WEP affect you. Personal stories are effective in reaching members of Congress. I would be glad to pass them on to her.


Two pieces of good news:


1. The president is expected to sign an executive order killing efforts to establish a schedule “F”.

2. Both the House and Senate have proposed legislation providing a 3.2% pay raise for employees in 2022.



PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch


Thanks to Deanne Wilfong for presenting some ideas about de-cluttering at our last membership meeting. She provided a 2-page follow-up of 15 Things You Can Get Rid of Today and Never Miss. Having moved from Alaska to Spokane five years ago, we have a head start, but still need to do some work.


On Monday February 8, we will hear from Dr. Francisco Velazquez, the interim Health Officer for Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD). The presentation will deal with the status of vaccines in the Spokane area, sources to determine where to get the vaccine, behavior after being inoculated, opening phases, and future travel. Join us for this informative and important discussion. As vaccines are becoming more and more available, there seems to be some hope for returning to a more normal life. Dr. Velazquez will give us some guidance to get there.


Dr. Velazquez has a noon meeting, so we are starting our February meeting at 11:00 am instead of 11:30 am. Be sure to Zoom in early.



VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton


Chapter 32-Spokane currently has 312 Chapter members & 210 National only members for a total of 532 members. During 2020 we recruited 6 new members. National identified 12 prospective members, which have all been sent a letter inviting them to join NARFE as well as Chapter 32.


Recruitment and Retention remains one of the top priorities for Chapters. Therefore, I would encourage all of us to look at ways we can recruit new members into Chapter 32-Spokane. Remember that National Bylaws identify members as National only members, Chapter members, Associate members, and Social members.


Spouses of federal employees/retirees are eligible and considered NARFE members. We all know what National and Chapter members are, but what are the special member category of Associate & Social members.


Associate members, who are members of NARFE, may participate in the chapter as prescribed in the chapter bylaws. Any dues assessed shall be paid directly to the chapter.


Social members, who are not eligible to join the Association, may participate in the chapter as prescribed in chapter bylaws.


I have a supply of NARFE magazines & brochures if anyone needs some in your efforts to recruit new members.


Your help is needed in the recruitment of new NARFE/Chapter members.



MEMBERSHIP


We are looking for an energetic member willing to become the Membership Chairperson. Contact Scott Robinson if you are interested.


NARFE is really more than just a great magazine. Let them know!


Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!


NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!



SUNSHINE Susan Harvey


Personally, I am counting the days to SPRING! I am ready for sunshine, Spring flowers, everyone who wants to be immunized to get it, a quieting political scene, and so much more. In my life, I need a little more peace and pleasure, seeing more friends and not worrying about those I love becoming ill.


Many are beginning 2021, about like 2020 ended. As much as many hoped for a better year with less death and stress, it has not materialized. The sad news, Mary and Gary Rohner have lost two family members. Gary’s stepbrother, William, and Mary’s father, John, both passed unexpectedly. NARFE has not received notice of any deaths of our members.


Australia is the only place I have heard about that has a handle on Coronavirus!


Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in February.


REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this unbelievably valuable membership.


If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me.



ALZHEIMER’S Pat Hegerberg


Type of Alzheimer’s with Intact Memory Offers New Research Paths (January 13 issue of Neurology)


“We are discovering that Alzheimer’s disease has more than one form. While the typical Alzheimer’s patient will have impaired memory, patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) linked to Alzheimer’s disease are quite different. They have problems with language—they know what they want to say but can’t find the words—but their memory is intact,” says lead author Marsel Mesulam, MD.


The current study aimed to investigate whether the memory preservation in PPA linked to Alzheimer’s is a consistent core feature or a transient finding confined to initial presentation, and to explore the underlying pathology of the condition.


Spokane Washington Chapter 32

PO Box 4592

Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFE on the Web: National: www.narfe.org WSF: www.narfewa.org Spokane: www.narfespokane.org




ELECTED OFFICIALS President Joseph R Biden Jr. 202-456-1414 www.whitehouse.gov Senator Patty Murray 10 N. Post, Suite 600 Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-9515 www.murray.senate.gov Senator Maria Cantwell 920 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 697 Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2507 www.cantwell.senate.gov Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers 10 N. Post, 6th Floor Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2374 www.mcmorris.house.gov

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Updated: Jan 12

SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

www.narfespokane.org



21 - 01 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees January 2021



JANUARY CHAPTER MEETING MONDAY Jan. 11, 2021 - 11:30AM ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can:

CALL: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK ON THIS LINK. PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson

2020 is finally over, and 2021 lies ahead. Four toxic years are behind us; four healing years are ahead of us. Hope of a vaccine is behind; a shot in the arm is in front. Zoom meetings will hopefully become a thing of the past; in-person meetings at Darcy’s will hopefully return. Many of you can offer your own variants to this theme. I encourage our members to remain optimistic about the future of our organization during the New Year.

NARFE will mark its centennial anniversary in 2021. NARFE will celebrate its progress in becoming a modern, effective, well-governed association that provides valuable benefits and resources to its members. In conjunction with this celebration, NARFE will host LEGCON 2021, which is a legislative training conference and an opportunity to meet our legislators. NARFE remains well-positioned for success in 2021 by following its vision, advocacy strategy, and service to members.

Capture the image that conveys your interpretation of the phrase "Greetings From the USA" and submit it to the 2021 NARFE Photo Contest. Winning photos will be featured in the 2022 NARFE Calendar. Submissions will be accepted from now through 2 April 2021. All NARFE members in good standing, except for professional photographers, are eligible to enter.

I am continuing to recruit the Membership Chairperson, who could be you. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you are interested in becoming a more active member


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.


ZOOM MEETING: To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can:

CALL: 1.253.215.8782 Meeting ID: 869 6851 3284 Passcode: 142288 Or you can CLICK ON THIS LINK.

LEGISLATION Roger Bosky

Time to throw out the old and bring in the new. We have a New Year and a new Congress. This means that all the old legislation before the Congress is out, and new bills must be brought before them.


Several pieces of legislation that favored employees and retirees should be brought back We need new legislation for such issues as the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) a revised CPI for COLAS and pay raise for Federal employees.


The WEP affects almost 2 million beneficiaries and lowers their Social Security benefits because they have worked for less than 30 years under Social Security. The CPI affects all Social Security and Federal retirees. The government uses the CPI-W to measure any increases. This measure does not include health care costs, which have gone up dramatically. There is another measure, the CPI-E which includes changes in health care costs. This would be a fairer measure for us.


We need to contact our representatives to make sure that these issues are on the Congressional table.


Agencies have until January 19th to identify all employees involved in “policy” positions. These employees would be identified as “Schedule F”. They would then lose their civil service protections and become “at will” political appointees. This effort to politicize the civil service could affect thousands of employees. Estimates mention 20% of the workforce. NARFE has come out strongly against this Presidential proposal.


NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine or by sending a check, made out to NARFE-PAC to our post office box. The address is: NARFE, PO Box 4592, Spokane, WA 99220.


The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits/retirement. We are speaking to all members not just those retired.

PROGRAM Chris Smith and Joanne Welch

Our speaker for December was Steven Roy, new President of the NARFE Washington State Federation. Steve had a long and varied federal career including being a forest technician, and working with the EPA, BIA, and the Soil Conservation Service. He talked about the fact that five NARFE chapters in Washington had closed due to lack of leadership and reduced membership. Washington State has 4800 NARFE members (Spokane chapter has 516). He mentioned NARFE was celebrating its Centennial this coming June 21. All legislative bills will be sunsetting on 12/31. If you have personal stories about any issues of concern for NARFE members, please contact him. As an officer in the Federation, Steve periodically meets with the state’s elected officials about NARFE interests and programs. He suggested that local chapters and individuals do the same.


John Guilbeault, Cascadia CFC Outreach Coordinator, reminded folks that they can contribute to CFC as retirees, too. Visit cascadiacfc.org for more information. You have until January 15, 2021 to write a check or make a pledge.


In January, we will be welcoming Deanne Wilfong of Smooth Transitions of the Inland Northwest LLC. Deanne periodically presents courses for Community Colleges of Spokane. She will be sharing some tips and tricks on downsizing or rightsizing, especially dealing with the hurdles of dealing with the lifetime accumulations. Her full-length course is How to Get Motivated to Declutter and Organize Your Stuff. I attended her course last year on Antiques and Collectibles and found it fascinating. January is a great time to lighten your load, so be sure to join us on Zoom on January 11.


VICE PRESIDENT Arlene Patton

2021 NARFE Scholarship open for applications. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2021. Eligible applicants are high school seniors only. Applicants must be children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of NARFE members. To apply, visit www.feea.org/our.programs/scholarships/.

MEMBERSHIP

We are looking for a energetic member willing to become the Membership Chairperson. Contact Scott Robinson if you are interested.


NARFE is really more than just a great magazine. Let them know!

Promote NARFE anytime you can. The more members we have the more power to protect our benefits and retirement!

NARFE = YOUR BEST BET FOR THE FUTURE!


SPOKANE SERVICE CENTER Narfe0032@gmail.com 509-624-9465


SUNSHINE Susan Harvey

Winter is here. Cold, snow, ice, and, of course, COVID is in the mix. Please be extra careful walking, stay home of avoid that nasty, nasty bug. Do your absolute best to avoid illness or injury!


Our Chapter recently lost another long-time member, Milton P. Storm.


Chapter 32 sends birthday and anniversary wishes to all who celebrate in January.


REMINDER, spouses can be members OR can take over the membership of a deceased member. If you are interested in continuing this valuable membership, please contact Scott Robinson. He is currently recruiting for a Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact him.


If you become aware of good news, illnesses, surgeries, or a death of a member or family member, please contact me.


ALZHEIMER’S Pat Hegerberg


“Women’s Superior Verbal Memory Skills May Mask Alzheimer’s”.


When it comes to verbal memory skills women have the edge over men, yet in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) this "cognitive reserve" may not confer an advantage but rather mask early signs of the disease, new research shows.


"Right now, memory tests use norms or cutoff points that are used to determine whether someone is impaired, regardless of sex," says Dr. Erin Sundermann. "Our results suggest that you should have two different cutoff points in standardized tests for men and women.”


Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) Published 10-05-2016 in Neurology


Spokane Washington Chapter 32

PO Box 4592

Spokane, WA 99220

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 32

NARFE on the Web: National: www.narfe.org WSF: www.narfewa.org Spokane: www.narfespokane.org


ELECTED OFFICIALS President Donald Trump 202-456-1414 www.whitehouse.gov Senator Patty Murray 10 N. Post, Suite 600 Spokane, WA 99201 509-624-9515 www.murray.senate.gov Senator Maria Cantwell 920 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 697 Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2507 www.cantwell.senate.gov Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers 10 N. Post, 6th Floor Spokane, WA 99201 509-353-2374 www.mcmorris.house.gov

Officers and Directors:

President Scott Robinson 208-661-7695

Vice President Arlene Patton 747-1589

Secretary

Treasurer Keith Townsend 990-5224

Directors

* (2021) Roger Bosky 443-0686

* (2021) Pat Hegerberg 448-5343

* (2022) Frances Baker 638-6561

* (2022) Susan Harvey 534-6165

* (2022) Sandy Cook 294-3296

* (2023) Margie Dennis 994-7004

* (2023) Wanda Faulkner 329-0215



Committees:

Alzheimer’s Pat Hegerberg 448-5343

Legislation Roger Bosky 443-0686

Membership Sandy Cook 294-3296

NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky 443-0686

Public Relations Kathy Brooks 624-9465

& Newsletter Harry Lippincott 443-0570

Nominating Ken Kaul 448-3542

Wanda Faulkner 329-0215

Kathy Brooks 624-9465

Program Chris Smith 907-350-9866

Joanne Welch 907-350-9866

Raffle & Greeter Gisela Moyle 467-3477

Service & Outreach Kathy Brooks 624-9465

Sunshine Susan Harvey 534-6165





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