August 2 Forum to Focus on African American Elder Issues

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) is committed to advocacy, education, and promotion of issues most important to African American elders. Established in 1995 by Seattle Mayor Norman B. Rice to advise the Mayor, Seattle City Council, and Seattle Human Services Department on the service needs of African American elders, the MCAAE comprises individuals with expertise in aging, health care, mental health, social work, and skilled care administration.

On August 2, 2012, the MCAAE will host its fourth annual legislative forum. The purpose of the forum is to inform legislators about the needs and concerns of older African Americans. Community conversations held in early summer at the Central Area Senior Center, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, and Washington Care Center have helped to shape questions for candidates, elected officials, and policy makers, many of which revolve around health, housing, and transportation. Dawn Mason, a former state legislator and community leader, will facilitate the forum.

Invited panelists include gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna; 37th Legislative District legislators Adam Kline, Eric Pettigrew, and Sharon Tomiko Santos; Congressional members Jim McDermott (7th District) and Adam Smith (9th District); Seattle City Council transportation chair Tom Rasmussen; and King County Council transportation chair Larry Phillips.

The August 2 forum starts at 12:00 noon at the Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave S, Seattle). Lunch will be served; suggested donation $6 (under age 60) and $3 (age 60+). Reservations are strongly encouraged (call 206-726-4926).

For more information about the MCAAE, visit their website or Facebook page, or contact ADS planner Karen Winston at 206-684-0706 or karen.winston@seattle.gov.