Year-End Wrap Up: Looking Forward to 2013

Tony Provine will chair the ADS Advisory Council in 2013.

This year has flown by! It has been my pleasure to serve as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services in 2012. This is my final column in that role.

In November, the Advisory Council elected Tony Provine as chair for the coming year and I pass the gavel to him at our December meeting. Tony has a tremendous amount of experience in government, the nonprofit sector, and business development, with expertise in aging services, caregiver education and support, and consumer protection. Tony was a seminar presenter for the Seattle Nonprofit Leadership Series sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Success. He serves on the board of his neighborhood community association, co-chairs the Northeast District Council of Neighborhoods, and is their representative to the City Neighborhood Council. Tony recently served on the board of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library and as a delegate for the Youth & Families Initiative for Seattle. Read more about Tony on the Advisory Council webpage.

The Advisory Council has accomplished a great deal during the past 12 months, particularly as advocates for Aging Network programs and services. Many of us participated in the Washington State Senior Lobby Day in Olympia last winter, and will do so again in 2013. On October 1, 2012 we hosted The Silver Tsunami: A Candidates' Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness and, on November 9, we hosted Transportation: The Road to Independence. Read about both events on our Advocacy webpage.

AgeWise King County will continue in the coming year. This month's issue features articles about the holidays, including some excellent advice on beating the holiday blues, and simplifying and enjoying holiday activities. As always, we are including links to lots of local services and resources. See the links at the right side of this page.

I'm proud of the accomplishments of our Advisory Council, and I encourage you to get involved. You are welcome to attend our monthly meetings and special events. To be considered for service on the Advisory Council, please read the online information on How to Join. For more information, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Get moving, stay connected, make a difference, and have the very happiest of holiday seasons and a great new year!

—Diane Snell
Advisory Council Chair, Aging and Disability Services