Organized for the New Year

In March 2013, the Advisory Council and United Way of King County co-sponsored a hunger and nutrition forum at the South East Seattle Senior Center. (Photo by ADS Advisory Council executive board member Suzanne Pak)

Two things always happen in January. Health club memberships jump by 30 percent, and stores sell storage containers in scores. That's because January is a time to make plans and start projects.

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services is no exception. At our year-end meeting in December, we celebrated our success and laid out plans for 2014. It is my pleasure to serve as chairperson for a second year. My colleagues on the executive board are vice-chair Dave Rogers, secretary Molly Holmes, and member-at-large Suzanne Pak.

Another 2013 highlight was the health care insurance forum at the Kent Senior Activity Center, featuring SHIBA trainer Liz Mercer, shown here with her mother, ADS Advisory Council secretary Molly Holmes.

Rather than hold a regular meeting, the Advisory Council will retreat this month. Our goal is to learn new advocacy skills, including effective storytelling techniques. We look forward to using those skills at Senior Lobby Day in February and throughout the year, as we meet with local and state elected officials, administrators, funders, and providers.

In 2014, the Advisory Council expects to sponsor three community forums, focused on mental health, health care, and disability services. You will find information about forums on our Advocacy webpage. In addition, we have outlined meeting topics for the entire year, including caregiving, hunger, nutrition, housing, transportation, and supportive services.

Dr. Natalie Ellington was instrumental in developing plans for 2014.

I want to thank our Outreach and Communications Committee chair, Dr. Natalie Ellington, who also served on the executive board in 2013, for her leadership in developing plans for this year. Her committee members—Claire Brannon, Katty Chow, George Dicks, Timmie Faghin, Tom Minty, Suzanne Pak, Dave Rogers and Diane Snell—serve with distinction.

I am thankful for our other standing committees as well. Each of the committee chairs has agreed to continue their service in 2014:

This issue of AgeWise King County includes a number of articles that can help us put our lives in order. Please look at each of the articles listed at right. There's something for everybody.

Wishing you and yours a happy and organized new year!

Tony Provine is starting his second year as chair of the Seattle King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. In addition, Tony is active in neighborhood community groups in northeast Seattle and serves on the City Neighborhood Council.