Advisory Council to Host October 1 Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness

Washington state is facing a massive shift in the older adult demographic that will affect infrastructure at all levels. In 2009, people age 65+ represented 11.7 percent of the Washington's population. This is expected to increase to 19.8 percent by 2030. Washington State's population over 85 is expected to double by 2030.

Declining revenue at the state level has forced deep cuts in Medicaid long-term services and supports, including reductions to home care, information and assistance, and senior support programs at the same time as need for these services are increasing. The aging baby boom also increases pressure on paid and unpaid caregivers. It is estimated that Washington state will need an additional 440,000 paid home care workers between now and 2030 to meet the rising need for long-term services and supports.

On Monday, October 1, Washington state legislative candidates from throughout King County will address our state's aging readiness at The Silver Tsunami, a special forum coordinated by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services.

The forum—dedicated to aging policy issues and Washington's readiness to meet the needs of the growing numbers of older adults in Washington state—is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center (8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island). The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Lunch is included at no charge; however, registration is required. Visit www.agingkingcounty.org/silvertsunami and follow the link to register online.

This forum is one of five similar aging policy forums being held across the state. A diverse audience of 125–150 constituents, policy makers, advocates, and the general public are expected to attend. The forum will include a brief presentation from policy experts, local advocates, and family caregivers, plus a moderated discussion and audience question-and-answer session with state legislative candidates.

The forum is co-sponsored by AARP, Bellevue Network on Aging, City of Seattle, Eastside Human Services Forum, ElderCare Alliance, King County, Kirkland Senior Council, United Way, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby.