Caring for a Centenarian

Published on 29 October 2015

Ninety-nine year old Roy McKinley is an amazing man. For many years he was the primary caregiver for his beloved wife, Vivian, who was confined to a wheelchair due to Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder. During his time caregiving for Vivian, Roy was referred to the Aging and Disability Services (ADS)  for respite care services.

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Aging with Down Syndrome

Published on 1 October 2015

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down syndrome occurs when a person has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. It is the most commonly occurring chromosomal abnormality. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.

2015 Property Values: Q&A with the King County Assessor

Published on 1 October 2015

2015 Property Values: Q&A with the King County Assessor

Stay Connected: Get to Know Your Neighbors

Published on 30 July 2015

I think of Dori Gillam's article ("The Village Model: Everyone has Something to Contribute to Aging in Place") as sort of a Village Model 101—enough to get you started plus links to local resources. For many people, membership in a virtual village ensures many more years of aging in place, not only because of the services available but opportunities to stay connected.

The Village Model: Everyone Has Something to Contribute to Aging in Place

Published on 30 July 2015

Where do you envision living as you age? In the same place you are now? In a place you can call "home" (instead of a hospital-like-care-setting)?What will you do if you are still active and involved, but you need a little help keeping your living space repaired and cleaned? Or need a ride to an evening event because you no longer wish to drive at night?

Neighbors Exchange Time to Help Neighbors

Published on 30 July 2015

Dean Peloquin is just starting to offer yoga classes so it was a natural he would travel to one client's home and another client's office to give personalized lessons. But he wasn't given money for either class. Nor was he reimbursed in cash for the six to eight hours he spent cleaning and painting the basements of two homes.

NeighborTies: Strengthening Elders in Our Community

Published on 30 July 2015

The Southeast Seattle Senior Center has launched a new volunteer program called NeighborTies, which will match an elder living in Southeast Seattle with a trained volunteer who will come to their home at least twice a month.

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Published on 30 July 2015

The Washington State Legislature recently passed Substitute Senate Bill 5186 that increased the qualifying income from $35,000 annual gross income to $40,000 for the senior/disability property tax exemption effective October 2015.

I Am No Less Capable Than Before

Published on 30 June 2015

My impatient style set me up for that fall. A cane probably couldn't have prevented the trip but might have softened the fall and made it less likely that I would spend three hours in an emergency department getting an MRI and then spend time and money having to replace my glasses.

EnhanceFitness Helps Older Adults Sustain Active, Healthy Lifestyles

Published on 1 June 2015

With nearly 50 million Americans currently over the age of 65, and with that number projected to reach 83 million by 2050, there is a rapidly growing need for education to help fitness professionals safely and effectively serve older adults in physical activity.

The Green Way to Travel in Your Neighborhood

Published on 29 April 2015

Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family and neighbors. Neighborhood greenways provide people of all ages and abilities with attractive places to walk, roll, ride a bike, skate, and run.

You Take Care of Mom, But Who Will Take Care of You?

Published on 31 March 2015

Family caregivers provide the majority of long-term services and supports; however, the supply of family caregivers is not likely to keep the pace with the future demand.

Standing Up to Senior Falls: Local Program Promotes Independence and Safety at Home

Published on 2 March 2015

Do you know someone over 65 who has fallen? Have you reached that age and are concerned about your risk? Senior falls are all too common, with results that are often serious and sometime even grave.

Funding Available for Caregiver Support and Community Living Connections

Published on 28 January 2015

On January 26, 2015, Aging and Disability Services released applications for funding in two service areas—Family Caregiver Support Program and Community Living Connections. Both applications are posted on the Seattle Human Services Department Funding Opportunities webpage.

"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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Community Living Connections

Published on 5 January 2015

Aging and Disability Services is in the process of forming a Community Living Connection-Aging and Disability Resource Network (CLC-ADRN) in Seattle-King County. Services will be available in 2015.

King County Veterans and Human Services Levy Makes a Difference

Published on 30 October 2014

In November 2005 and again in 2011, King County voters overwhelmingly approved a measure that established the Veterans and Human Services Levy.

Personalized Caregiver Support Makes a World of Difference

Published on 30 October 2014

Would a few minutes of break time be life-changing to you?

Aging: How Fascinating!

Published on 2 September 2014

Have you noticed how many people talk about aging as if it's a bad thing?

Revisiting King County's Senior Housing Crisis

Published on 31 July 2014

Here it is In a nutshell: More than 900 additional affordable senior housing units are needed each year until 2025.

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.

Economics Make a Case for Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The good news is that there are a lot more of us and we're living longer. Because of that very fact, the bad news is that we are headed toward an unparalleled economic crisis that we seem woefully unprepared to meet. The crisis is our inability to pay for long-term care services and supports.

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.

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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.

Aging Issues Now at the Forefront

Published on 30 October 2013

Reach out, change the world, and spread the love! It's a tall order. But with more than 312,000 older adults in King County alone, it’s not impossible. Add in younger Baby Boomers, and we are a force to be reckoned with!

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A Call for More Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement

Published on 30 October 2013

On October 1, 2013, Governor Jay Inslee hosted an Aging Summit. About 100 people were invited to participate, including key cabinet officials, selected legislators, community leaders and issue experts from across Washington state. The purpose of the summit was to focus on preparing for the demographic "age wave" while exchanging ideas and exploring strategies state government can take to create an age-friendly environment, reduce pressure on state budgets, and jumpstart the work of the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability Issues.

Making It Easier to Leave Your Car at Home

Published on 1 October 2013

There comes a time when most people stop driving. Some drivers are forced to give up the keys due to physical limitations, like limited vision, or slow response that puts themselves and others at risk. With increasing frequency, drivers of all ages choose not to drive due to cost, comfort, convenience and/or concern for the environment.

"Fresh Bucks" Increases Access to Fresh Food

Published on 1 August 2013

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment, the Washington State Farmers Market Association, and Seattle's Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance are strengthening equal access to local and healthy foods with the Fresh Bucks program. The program will double the value of purchases—up to $10—made with SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards at select farmers markets through October 31, 2013.

Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

Published on 29 March 2013

On Monday, June 3, 2013, family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives); home care workers; adult day services, adult family home, and assisted living staff; and social service and mental health professionals who work with family caregivers are invited to attend a day-long conference for caregivers called "Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care" at the Tukwila Community Center, sponsored by the Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Community Connections/Long Term Care.

The Gift of Alzheimer's

Published on 4 March 2013

Relationships are always in transition: when a neighbor moves...after a child graduates from college...as a parent ages. That's life.

Hoarding: A Complex Issue Needing Community Support

Published on 1 February 2013

As the Renton Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator, I have worked with residents that struggle with hoarding disorder; however, I felt uninformed about this issue.

Deciding What to Do with a Life's Worth of Possessions and Memories

Published on 2 January 2013

At some point in their lives, many older adults have to contend with the task of downsizing—moving from their family home to an apartment or from an apartment to assisted living or other living arrangements.

Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives Helps Kent Veteran Succeed at Problem-Solving

Published on 1 November 2012

In 2007, U.S. Navy veteran Cliff Davis owned a specialty roofing business. He accidentally fell three stories from a roof and shattered both legs and both knees. He subsequently experienced additional health problems and found himself down and discouraged.

Discovering Talents and Interests that Make Life Meaningful

Published on 1 October 2012

We have all heard the expression: "Old age and cunning will defeat youth and strength every time." Well, there may be more truth to the saying than one realizes.

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.

Make Sure Your Home Can Change As You Do

Published on 30 August 2012

Home sweet home! No one expects a simple turn of events or our changing lives to suddenly make our home sweet home become a barrier to our comfort and peace of mind. Unfortunately that is typically what can happen if we are not aware of the possibility of change and if we're not prepared to deal with it. 

Two Property Tax Benefit Programs for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

Published on 30 August 2012

If you are age 61 or older—or have a disability—and your primary residence is in King County, you may be eligible to receive a property tax exemption or deferral through a program administered by the King County Department of Assessments. 

Four Kinds of People

Published on 1 August 2012

Family caregivers are the mainstay of our long-term care system. About two-thirds of non-institutionalized adults who need help with "activities of daily living" depend solely on family and close friends. 

Advisory Council Reaches Out to Beacon Hill Residents, Partners with Cleveland High School and other Community Groups

Published on 1 August 2012

Early this year, the Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services launched a pilot project on Beacon Hill to let residents know where to find information about aging and disability issues.

Today Hank lives a healthy, more independent life in our community and no longer requires emergency assistance through the 911 system.

Fire Department Connects Residents to Health Care and Human Services

Published on 29 June 2012

Hank suffered a stroke nearly 40 years ago and has lived with side effects from that stroke ever since. He moved into an independent senior housing apartment complex in Kent, Washington. Due to balance issues and declining strength and mobility that were not being properly addressed, Hank frequently required the assistance of 911 crews.

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.

Health Care Reform a High AAA Priority

Published on 31 May 2012

Area Agencies on Aging ("triple As," as they're sometimes called) have long contributed to health care efficiencies and effectiveness.

"Aging in Place" Wordfind

Published on 31 May 2012

"Aging in Place" Wordfind

Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know

Published on 1 May 2012

Social Security plays a vital role in the lives of women. With longer life expectancies than men, women tend to live more years in retirement and have a greater chance of exhausting other sources of income. 

Planning for Financial Fitness at Retirement

Published on 29 February 2012

Planning for retirement often feels like a guessing game.

Universal Design Goes Beyond the Home

Published on 29 February 2012

Have you ever watched a captioned television at an airport? Were you thankful for the curb cut when pushing your baby stroller up a sidewalk? Did you appreciate the automatic door opener at the grocery store? These are all examples of "universal design."

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.

Wanted: Eastside Transportation Advocates

Published on 28 December 2011

Residents of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie Valley—and nearby towns—are invited to change the face of transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income residents on the Eastside.