Never Too Old to Play!

May is Older Americans Month. It all began with President John F. Kennedy. Every president since JFK has also proclaimed May as Older Americans Month by issuing a formal proclamation and asked the nation to honor and recognize older Americans for the contributions they make to families, communities, and society.

This year's theme—"Never Too Old to Play"—encourages older Americans to enjoy social interactions such as sports, games, contests, and other forms of play. Play is an important part of healthy aging. This month's AgeWise King County provides many examples of ways that you can get active and involved in Seattle and King County.

In this issue, learn about:

  • World Dance Parties, an Aging Your Way project that has taken multiple generations by storm.
  • The benefits of making music in a drumming group at Providence ElderPlace.
  • Northwest Senior Games, a series of competitive sporting events for people age 50+.
  • Sliders, the line dance troupe at the Central Area Senior Center.
  • The Walk Bike Ride Challenge—motivation to become more active and help the environment at the same time.

You'll also find articles about the Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program and Social Security issues relevant to women, as well as an introduction to our new Aging and Disability Services agency director, Jesse Eller.

Last but not least, Governor Christine Gregoire has proclaimed May 16, 2012 as Kinship Caregiver Day, recognizing the significant contribution that grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings make to our community when they care for and nurture a younger member of their family. You’ll find a number of fun "kinship care" events in the May calendar.

This May, get out, get moving, and have some fun. Here’s to healthy aging!

—Diane Snell, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services