Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What's Yours?

Published on 29 October 2015

Diabetes affects everyone, not just those living with the disease, but family members, friends, the emergency response system, hospitals, behavioral health systems, employers, housing providers, and various other groups.

Taking a Stand to Prevent Falls

Published on 27 August 2015

Many people take a stand on health and social issues. This year's falls prevention theme is "Take a Stand to Prevent Falls." With the first day of fall just around the corner, falls should not be "just around the corner" for older adults.

Many Senior Athletes Prefer Building Character to Breaking Records

Published on 30 June 2015

Making friends—even with those you compete against—has always been a major factor bringing athletes back to the Games year after year. Lifelong friendships are forged on the track field, the soccer field, on both sides of the volleyball and pickleball nets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Now More Than Ever

Published on 30 June 2014

Lord Derby (above) knew it more than 140 years ago: keep moving or grow ill. Countless research projects back up his statement. Among them, Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko and associates (Successful Aging: The Role of Physical Activity, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine) found that regular physical activity not only positively affects overall health for older adults, it can increase life expectancy.

EnhanceFitness: Reduced Costs and Improved Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries

Published on 30 June 2014

In a recent report to Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) described promising evidence suggesting that Seattle-based Senior Services' EnhanceFitness Program—a community-based exercise program for older adults—had driven down total healthcare costs, decreased unplanned hospitalizations, and decreased mortality rates for participating Medicare beneficiaries.

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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.

Falls: Not an Inevitable Consequence of Aging

Published on 30 April 2014

Do you know someone who has fallen? Or have you had a fall yourself? If so, this should come as no surprise. Falls occur commonly and are the leading cause of unintentional injury among people aged 65+. In fact, every year one in three adults aged 65 or older will suffer a fall. About one in five falls causes a moderate to severe injury—for example, a broken arm, leg, neck, or hip, and serious head injuries.

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Ways to Maintain Your Brain

Published on 27 February 2014

When people think about staying fit, they generally think from the neck down. But the health of your brain, just like the health of your heart, plays a critical role in almost everything you do: thinking, feeling, remembering, working, and playing—even sleeping.

Living Well: Go For It in 2014

Published on 31 December 2013

January starts a new year and an opportunity to look at ways to take steps towards a healthier life. I have to admit, however, that committing to a health plan (for instance, making a New Year's resolution) this year is … a bit daunting.

"Out and About" Wordfind

Published on 1 October 2013

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Why I Walk to End Alzheimer's

Published on 29 August 2013

Our vision at the Alzheimer's Association is a world without Alzheimer's. One way you can help us make that happen is by participating in one of our Walks to End Alzheimer's. This is our largest awareness builder and fundraiser each year. The money raised goes directly to Alzheimer's programs and services—such as our 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, education and support groups—as well as research, all in support of individuals and families, like mine, who have been directly affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.

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Lifting Mind, Body and Spirit through Dance for Parkinson's

Published on 28 June 2013

Former lawyers, artists, pilots, homemakers—these are the people who participate in Seattle's Dance for PD® classes. Dance classes developed and taught by professional dancers and designed for people whose lives have been abruptly interrupted by the neurodegenerative brain disorder known as Parkinson's disease (PD)—a disease that includes symptoms of tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity, imbalance and impaired coordination.

Take a Stroll and Find Magic

Published on 28 June 2013

While walking though one of Seattle's downtown parks in late afternoon, on one of those jewel sort of Tuesdays or Thursdays in July, you might notice a bandstand marking one end of the wide, flat concrete and a dance floor stretched out, looking inviting but empty. A couple of attendants might still be stringing up carnival lights and rows of chairs may already flank the floor.

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Dancing and Life: Making Every Step Count

Published on 28 June 2013

For most people, movement is essential. For those living with a chronic condition like arthritis, it can also be painful, but it's important to move our joints daily.

Zumba Rhythms Motivate People to Keep Coming Back

Published on 28 June 2013

When Columbian aerobics instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez forgot his aerobics music tape one day, he made the best of it. His backpack held another tape—traditional salsa and merengue music popular in Columbia, which Perez had recorded off the radio—so he improvised. Following his moves, students loved the non-traditional workout and Perez knew he was on to something.

Life's Simple 7: Seven Goals for Good Heart Health

Published on 1 February 2013

The American Heart Association knows that even simple, small changes can make a big difference in living a healthier life.

Step into a Happy, Healthy Heart

Published on 1 February 2013

Guess which physical activity has the lowest dropout rate? According to the American Heart Association, it's walking!

Manage Instead of Being Managed by Your Chronic Disease

Published on 1 November 2012

How many times have we heard our doctor, family, or friends who care about us say that the keys to a healthy life are exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, and managing stress? 

Don't Fall This Fall...Or Any Other Time, If You Can Help It

Published on 30 August 2012

Falls are a significant hazard to our health, which is why we promote public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults.

King County Rallies to Prevent Falls

Published on 30 August 2012

During an eight-week course taught by two trained coaches, A Matter of Balance participants identify "fall-ty" habits, correct hazards in the home, and gain confidence to become more active with support from a group of peers. 

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.

Changing the World—One Dance Party at a Time

Published on 1 May 2012

In October 2010, Magnus Moseray saw a flyer in the Columbia City Library for a World Dance Party. He only knew the little information provided by the flyer: mini dance lessons would be taught, he should bring a dish for the potluck and, most importantly, it was free. 

Northwest Senior Games Promotes Health and Fitness for People Age 50+

Published on 1 May 2012

The nonprofit Northwest Senior Games' board is made up of residents age 50+ and representatives from Redmond and Seattle city agencies that specialize in recreation and community services. 

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.

Walk Bike Ride Challenge

Published on 1 May 2012

Looking for some motivation to get active this spring? The City of Seattle's Walk Bike Ride Challenge is a great motivator! 

Welcome to the March 2012 issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 29 February 2012

What is fitness? Dictionaries will tell you that fitness is the state or condition of being fit. But there's more to it than that.

Improve Physical and Mental Health through EnhanceFitness

Published on 29 February 2012

In 1993, the Northshore Senior Center—located in Bothell—launched EnhanceFitness, a fitness program for older adults designed by the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center in collaboration with Senior Services and Group Health.

Maintaining a Healthy Brain

Published on 29 February 2012

When we think about staying fit, we generally think about going to the gym and exercising. Seldom do we include keeping our brain active as part of staying fit.

Heart Healthy at Any Age

Published on 29 February 2012

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in America.

Active, Connected and Making a Difference

Published on 2 March 2012

Have you noticed the tag line in the new AgeWise King County banner above? "Active, connected and making a difference" was selected for the Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services’ newsletter.

Encore Web Portal Promotes Walking...and Much More

Published on 28 December 2011

For those whose New Year's resolution includes more physical activity, www.seattle.gov/walking is your ticket to walk!