Advisory Council Advocates for Beneficial Programs & Access to Services

Cleveland High student body vice-president Khari Miller, Advisory Council member Kaylene Moon, Cleveland High PTA president Pat Murakami, and Advisory Council member George Dicks prepare to canvass Beacon Hill. 
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Summer is finally in full swing but it's no time to rest, as there's so much to be done! This month's issue of AgeWise King County is testament to some of our continuing advocacy work on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities.

ADS director Jesse Eller and advisory council chair Diane Snell were two presenters at the July 31 Caregiver Stress & Support Services forum sponsored by the Seattle City Council.

Jesse Eller's article on caregiver support and kinship care is near and dear to my heart. On July 31, I participated in a special forum on caregiver stress and support services sponsored by Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, the Seattle Human Services Department, and our Advisory Council. In addition to Councilmember Licata, we were pleased that Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Bruce Harrell, Mike O'Brien, and Tom Rasmussen participated in the forum as well as three caregivers who have benefited from King County Caregiver Support Network services. Many people will hear about the services available to kinship and other family caregivers because the forum was broadcast by The Seattle Channel. Click here to watch the entire event.

Marsha King's and Gigi Meinig's article on the Advisory Council's Beacon Hill Outreach Project reminds us that personal connections make a difference, and that we should recognize community assets, including high school youth. The Advisory Council continues to distribute information about Aging Network services to those who can benefit.

Irene Stewart's article about voting in King County touches on another priority—participation in our democracy. I think voting is a right, a privilege, and a responsibility, all rolled into one. Our Primary Election (August 7) is just days away. This year's presidential election (November 6) will determine the course of our country for more than just the next four years. Please vote, and please encourage others to register to vote and to complete and return their ballots.

Also in this issue:

Finally, just look at the August and September calendar and you'll see plenty of reason to get up and get moving!

Stay connected, make a difference!

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