Things I Know for Sure About Successful Aging

Published on 1 June 2015

Oprah knows a lot of things for sure. If you didn't know that, click here. She knows a few things about aging, too (click here). But there are two things I know for sure about aging that aren't on her lists, and they are backed up time and time again by current research.

Shape Up! Encourages Older Adults to Remain Active, Reduce Falls

Published on 1 June 2015

The best way to reduce falls is to be physically active. When older adults choose activity programs that build strength, balance and flexibility, they significantly reduce their chances of experiencing a fall.

Making a Difference in Retirement

Published on 31 March 2015

The last several years of my employment were challenging. I started my career 50 years ago, working with civil rights agencies. I longed for the fulfillment I experienced when doing work that made a difference in the lives of people. As I contemplated retirement, my priority was to do things that I would enjoy and make a difference in the lives of others.

Senior Centers Provide a Bevy of Art Opportunities

Published on 5 January 2015

As outlined in the April 2012 issue of AgeWise King County, studies have shown that participation in and access to the arts offer great benefits for older adults. From improving cognitive abilities to combating isolation, the arts play a vital role in healthy aging.

Changing the Way We Think about Alzheimer's—One Painting at a Time

Published on 5 January 2015

We hear a lot about Alzheimer's and dementia these days. Almost always, the stories are depressing—sometimes terrifying. Visions of a demented fog without dignity or meaning. Those with the disease spoken of in the past tense—empty shells where someone used to be.

"Hub" Model Will Increase Equity and Access

Published on 5 January 2015

Communities have long considered how to distribute services in a way that is accessible, equitable, and coordinated. We know that individuals frequently rely on a network of services and that geographic location is closely tied to access and wellbeing. Without attention to the important issue of geographic equity, supports can become highly concentrated in some areas and not others, leading to "service rich" and "service poor" communities.

Help is Available: An Interview with Rowena Rye

Published on 30 September 2014

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens has roots back to 1971, when Mayor Wes Uhlman—the youngest mayor ever elected in Seattle—started a Senior Information Center. It was the third office of its kind in the United States. The name soon changed as programs and services were added. Some programs have been removed. But 43 years later, the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens—unlike the senior citizens offices that came before it—lives on.

Washington Gets High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Published on 2 September 2014

A new report shows that Washington State's long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington's high quality and cost effective approach.

Options for Meeting the Housing Needs of Seniors

Published on 31 July 2014

Few of us enjoy moving. Even if we are excited about buying our first home, or moving to a new town for a dream job, the process of searching for the right house or apartment, packing, and leaving a familiar environment can be a stressful time. For older adults, considering a move might also include other stressors, such as fear of losing independence and sadness over leaving the neighborhood where they raised their children.

Is There a Village on Your Horizon?

Published on 31 July 2014

Have you heard about the movement toward "virtual" retirement villages? Although typically geographic, a virtual village allows you to stay in your own home with easier access to services and supports that can help you age in place successfully.

Healthy Aging Film Festival is Fun for All!

Published on 30 June 2014

The Healthy Aging Partnership Film Short Festival that took place on May 6, during Older Americans Month, at the Naked City Brewery in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, was educational, heartwarming and—most of all—fun!

Shout It from the Rooftops

Published on 30 April 2014

For years we've heard Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) called "your best kept secret." What's with that? AAAs have been in existence for more than 40 years. Perhaps it's time to shout it from the rooftops.

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EnhanceFitness: Endurance, Balance, Flexibility, Strength and Healing

Published on 30 April 2014

Toshiko Aramaki has been teaching EnhanceFitness at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center since 2005. Many of her participants have attended regularly since she first started teaching there. Over the years, Toshiko has seen participants recover from sickness, broken bones, and major medical complications. They rest, they heal, and they return to class. Participants tell Toshiko that their doctors attribute quick recoveries to regular exercise.

Turning the Tide on Your Attitude about Aging

Published on 31 March 2014

We hear so many disparaging remarks about growing old. I suspect each of us is guilty of making those comments at times. Let's turn the tide. Let's be kind to ourselves and each other. Let's continue to build on what we've got—extraordinary experience, wisdom, humor, and grace. When we look in the mirror, let's say, "I meant to do that!" Gray hair? I earned every one of them!

Feel the Energy, Feel the Friendship at Local Senior Centers

Published on 31 March 2014

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I asked local senior center directors to send a few. They tell part of the story, but as Wallingford's Kathleen Cromp put it, "it's hard to show the real energy in a photo." You've got to see it for yourself!

A Salute to Senior Centers

Published on 31 March 2014

A Salute to Senior Centers

I Hope You Dance

Published on 28 June 2013

"I Hope You Dance" is a country song that expresses this wish: "When you get the choice to sit it out or dance … I hope you dance!"

I hope you dance!

Pike Market Senior Center Caroling Contest Draws Thousands

Published on 28 November 2012

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, now in its 26th figtabulous year, is both a very popular destination event and a fundraiser for Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

Do Seniors Benefit from Having Pets?

Published on 1 November 2012

A growing body of research is revealing the psychological and physiological benefits that pet ownership confers on seniors in particular. 

Deepening Self-Knowledge and Forging Connections with Others

Published on 1 October 2012

People who attend conversations, courses, and events presented by Northwest Center for Creative Aging (NWCCA) span a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but share a common goal—they want to learn more about themselves and about what it means to age well.

CDC Awards "Health Champion" Recognition to Farm to Table

Published on 31 May 2012

This spring, the Farm to Table partnership completed a 21 month grant funded project through Public Health—Seattle-King County's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program, which helps connect senior meal and child care programs with local farms to purchase fresh affordable produce.

Sliding to Better Health at the "The Central"

Published on 1 May 2012

What started out as a Sit and Be Fit exercise class almost 20 years ago has evolved into a sliders group that meets twice a week...and occasionally takes the show on the road.

Caregiver Support Helps Persons with Dementia Remain with Family

Published on 2 March 2012

Don Samman brought his mother Donna into his home over a year ago, when she was diagnosed with dementia and having trouble remembering to take her diabetes medication.