Eight Success Stories in 2015

Published on 25 November 2015

December mark's the end of my term as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services. Our mission has been to identify the needs of older people and adults with disabilities in our community; advise on services to meet these needs; and advocate for local, state and national programs that promote quality of life for these populations.

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia

Published on 25 November 2015

The holidays can often be a time filled with high expectations, requiring lots of energy and engagement in non-stop activities. For the individuals and families living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, it can be challenging and a time of high anxiety. Festivities can agitate, confuse, and overstimulate persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Meanwhile, caregivers can feel anxious, frustrated, and lonely.

Home for the Holidays: Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need Help

Published on 25 November 2015

The holidays are a common time for families to gather. When we live apart, we often don't realize changes are occurring in our aging loved ones until we are together for an extended period of time. If you have family members who are older, this is when you may notice changes in behavior, routines and lifestyle.

Exploring Social Media This Holiday Season

Published on 25 November 2015

Now that the holiday season is in full swing my mental checklist is full of holiday-specific things to do. Send out greeting cards and emails to friends and family: check!  Gather everyone together for a fabulous turkey dinner: check! Get my nephew to teach me more about social media: check!

Bah Humbug: Consumers Not Prepared for Holiday Scammers

Published on 25 November 2015

With the holidays upon us, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network shows the traditional season for giving may become a peak time for taking among con-artists targeting Washington consumers.

Chocolate—The Fourth Food Group

Published on 25 November 2015

While chocolate is not really addictive, most of us would agree that it is one of the best treats to indulge in. Why is it so pleasing? Interestingly, one of the main reasons chocolate has such universal appeal has to do with its texture, not its flavor.

Take Action Against Poverty—Senior Volunteers Make the Difference!

Published on 25 November 2015

Perhaps you are interested in making a direct impact in your community, but don't know where to start. Good news—we have a great volunteering opportunity waiting for you!

December Calendar

Published on 25 November 2015

December Calendar

Wordfind: Sharing Holiday Cheer With Seniors

Published on 25 November 2015



 

Links You Can Use

Published on 25 November 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 25 November 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Let Your Optimism Grow

Published on 29 October 2015

I don't know why we so often wait for November and Thanksgiving to focus on thankfulness. I find that thankfulness improves optimism and hope.

Creating Age- and Disability-Friendly Communities

Published on 29 October 2015

Good news! Aging and Disability Services filed its final draft Area Plan for 2016-2019 for Seattle-King County with the State Unit on Aging, part of the DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, on Oct. 5, 2015. State approval is expected in early 2016.

Wakeup Call Led to Rewarding Work with Veterans

Published on 29 October 2015

My life changed immediately and permanently with one early morning phone call on the 15th of August 2007. I had been unable to work—or even look for work—with any energy for over a year. I thought that maybe this was just my version of aging.

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.

Dementia: A Silent Pain in the Latino Community

Published on 29 October 2015

A couple of years ago, after an open-heart surgery, my mom started showing signs of dementia during her recovery time. None of my nine siblings were even talking about her forgetful pattern. Not because they were ignoring the signs, but because they didn't know anything about dementia.

LGBTQ Older Adults Face Higher Health Risks

Published on 29 October 2015

The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults in Seattle and King County is expected to double by 2030, and they face higher risks of disability, poor health, mental distress and isolation—along with a social service sector unequipped to deal with their needs.

Improving Mobility for People with Limited Options

Published on 29 October 2015

From the new I-405 Express Toll Lanes, to University Link Light Rail, to major construction projects on State Route 99 and State Route 520, you’ve probably noticed some changes to King County’s transportation system lately. With so many changes, transportation can be a difficult challenge for anyone to navigate.

Businessman and businesswoman shake hands over a conference table. Horizontal shot.

What Do You Plan to Do After Age 50?

Published on 29 October 2015

This thing called “life” has been a huge adventure and I'm only 55 years old! Statistics show that—with a healthy lifestyle of diet, exercise and stress free lifestyle—many Boomers will live past the ripe age of 100. I plan to be one of those people and stick around for the next 50 years. 

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.

Good News for the Flu Season: Better Vaccine and a High-Dose Option

Published on 29 October 2015

Older adults are at greater risk for serious illness and hospitalization from the flu. Fortunately, there is a high-dose formulation that offers more protection. We sat down with Libby Page from Public Health—Seattle & King County’s Immunizations Program to find out the latest.

Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Seeks Volunteers

Published on 29 October 2015

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens needs your time and expertise. As a Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens volunteer, you will meet people, make friends, and know that the time you give makes a positive difference in the lives of Seattle's older adults and people with disabilities.

November Calendar

Published on 29 October 2015

November Calendar

"A Salute to Alzheimer's Caregivers" Wordfind

Published on 29 October 2015

Links You Can Use

Published on 24 November 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 29 October 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Fall Lineup!

Published on 1 October 2015

What does "fall lineup" mean to you? A new TV schedule? A Seahawks tailgate party, perhaps? For Aging Network advocates, it's all that and more!

We're All Aging … And What a Wonderful Thing!

Published on 1 October 2015

Consider: In 1850 the average life expectancy was 35 years of age; in 1900 it was 47; and in 2000 it was 70 years of age. Today, two-thirds of the entire historical human population is alive. This is a huge demographic and sort of evolutionary change.

Senior couple at home in kitchen focusing on angry man

Elder DV May Involve Adult Children, Non-Family

Published on 1 October 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When people hear "domestic violence" or "DV," they almost always think of abuse and exploitation by an intimate partner. Although Aging and Disability Services certainly sees and serves individuals where this is the case, we see an overwhelming volume of abuse and exploitation against elders by other family members, "friends" and trusted others such as real estate agents, neighbors, financial planners, gardeners and housekeepers.

family concept (focus point on hands of the woman)

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.

Until There is a Cure, Alzheimer's Disease will Touch Us All

Published on 1 October 2015

Since early 2014, an Alzheimer's Disease Working Group has examined the needs of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, services available to meet these needs, and the capacity of the state and current providers to meet these and future needs.

Shady Signals—Washington Wireless Users Unaware, Unprepared for Online Attacks

Published on 1 October 2015

With the latest in smart phones, tablets, and wireless web access, staying connected has never been easier. The power of wireless computing and communications puts information and resources just a click away at home or at our favorite coffee shop.

U.S. Access Board Member Karen Braitmayer to Speak at City Hall

Published on 1 October 2015

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Seattle architect and accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer will discuss this work of the U.S. Access Board from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave, between James & Cherry Streets in downtown Seattle).

Pumped Up for Pumpkin

Published on 1 October 2015

The pumpkins from my garden are lying outdoors, waiting patiently for me to transform them into sweet and savory fall treats. Pumpkins get their beautiful color from the orange pigments full of vitamin A within them.

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

October Calendar

Published on 1 October 2015

October Calendar

"Seniors in the City" Wordfind

Published on 1 October 2015

"Seniors in the City" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 October 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 October 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Learn for Life

Published on 27 August 2015

As Albert Einstein said, "Once you stop learning, you start dying."

5/6/14. Photo by Daniel Berman/www.bermanphotos.com

UW Certificate Program Leads to Success Working with Older Adults

Published on 27 August 2015

Launching a successful career change

Mind Matters at King County Libraries

Published on 27 August 2015

As executive director of the Seattle-based Northwest Center for Creative Aging and retired Boeing Company executive, Crichton is focusing on one of the deeper mysteries: The human mind.

Senior man using computer

Seniors Training Seniors Learn-a-thon a Win-Win

Published on 27 August 2015

Taking a big risk, the Seniors Training Seniors computer skills training program launched an intensive marathon of "Computer Basics" classes and labs for the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) Employment Resource Center clients in July 2015. Computer Basics classes have been offered before, but not back-to-back, with attendant labs for each level, over an entire month. The preparation was intense and well worth it!

Foster Grandparents Support Youth Academic Learning

Published on 27 August 2015

At the vibrant Washington Middle School in Seattle's Central District, two special volunteers arrive, not only day in and day out, but year in and year out. Both volunteers are part of the Foster Grandparent Program, a unique intergenerational tutoring and mentoring program that links elders with at-risk youth.

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.

Introducing Community Living Connections

Published on 27 August 2015

Good news—Community Living Connections is now available throughout King County!

September Calendar

Published on 27 August 2015

September Calendar

"If I Live to Be 100" Wordfind

Published on 27 August 2015

Links You Can Use

Published on 27 August 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 27 August 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Decluttering Just Got Easier

Published on 30 July 2015

Spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning. Some of us are downsizing or moving. We've got too much stuff! Aiiiieeeeee!

Honoring Asian-American/Pacific Islander Health Equity Advocates

Published on 30 July 2015

With rising diversity in King County, I'd like to take this opportunity to share some insights on a group that often gets overlooked but desperately needs equitable access to services. Asian-Americans are the largest group of minorities in King County, comprising 16 percent of our population. And 40 percent of Asian-American seniors in our county live in poverty (household income less than $25,000).

Medicare: Keeping Us Healthy for 50 Years

Published on 30 July 2015

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, the landscape of health care in America changed forever when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation giving life to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. As we commemorate Medicare's 50th anniversary, we celebrate the legacy of the program and commit ourselves to keep it strong for current and future generations.

Area Plan on Aging: We Want to Hear From You!

Published on 30 July 2015

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS) will host public hearings regarding the draft 2016–2019 Area Plan on Aging, and draft recommendations for the 2016 discretionary budget allocations.

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.

Online Services Can Help Keep You Safe in an Emergency

Published on 30 July 2015

Two online services can help residents of Seattle and King County in emergencies. Smart911 enhances the ability of emergency responders to reach and serve people who call 9-1-1. AlertSeattle provides emergency alerts to Seattle residents. Seattle residents who sign up for Smart911 will be prompted to also sign up for AlertSeattle; however, registration for either program is available separately.

August Calendar

Published on 30 July 2015

August Calendar

Puzzle: "What Makes a Neighborhood Great?"

Published on 30 July 2015

Puzzle: "What Makes a Neighborhood Great?"

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 July 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 July 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

The Final Word from Olympia?

Published on 30 June 2015

As this newsletter goes to print, we're still waiting for the final word from Olympia. There's no budget, and State-funded programs are threatened with shutdown.

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.

The ADA at 25: Continuing to Make Your Life Better

Published on 30 June 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. It is a civil rights law.

How to Plan an Accessible Public Meeting

Published on 30 June 2015

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an important piece of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.

In Her Corner

Published on 30 June 2015

At 48 years old, Tracie is younger than most people imagine when they think of someone in a long-term care facility; however, people under age 64 represent about 37 percent of those needing long-term care.

Who Do I Call?

Published on 30 June 2015

Community Living Connections (CLC) helps connect older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers to supports and services so they are able to live independently in the community.

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.

All Aboard, Seattle!

Published on 30 June 2015

Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen joined together at the Northgate Transit Center to celebrate increased King County Metro bus service in Seattle.

July Calendar

Published on 30 June 2015

July Calendar

Puzzle: Supporting Family Caregivers

Published on 30 June 2015

Puzzle: Supporting Family Caregivers

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 June 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 June 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Catherine Lester Named Seattle Human Services Department Director

Published on 1 June 2015

In February, Mayor Ed Murray nominated Catherine Lester as director of the Seattle Human Services Department. The Seattle City Council confirmed her appointment in April.

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.

Life is Short—Make Dessert First!

Published on 1 June 2015

There is something very special about a baked fruit dessert. Nothing takes us back to our pioneer roots like a cobbler or a crisp.

Coordinated Response Helps Prevent Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation

Published on 1 June 2015

Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States, yet a largely hidden one.

Brain Health: Minimize the Risk Factors, Maximize the Protections

Published on 1 June 2015

I have to admit, I love to read and learn new things. Growing up, family members called me a "bookworm," because I was always checking out books from the library. As I grew older, my thirst for reading continued and I even started to write poetry.

Enjoy a Day of Learning at Seattle University

Published on 1 June 2015

Would you like go back to college and not worry about homework or taking tests? Do you want to be taught by dynamic professors who know that older adults want stimulating and engaging opportunities for learning?

June Calendar

Published on 1 June 2015

June Calendar

Puzzle: Spring Into Summer

Published on 1 June 2015

Puzzle: Spring Into Summer

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 June 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 June 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Happy Older Americans Month!

Published on 29 April 2015

May is Older Americans Month—an annual celebration of older adults in our community and throughout the nation, and the Aging Network that serves them.

The Older Americans Act: Our Nation's Promise

Published on 29 April 2015

A message from U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Social Security: A Safety Net for Older Americans

Published on 29 April 2015

In May, we recognize Older Americans Month to acknowledge older Americans and their contributions to the nation.

How to Avoid Distracted Driving

Published on 29 April 2015

Even though it may feel like second nature, driving is a demanding task that requires your full attention, no matter how experienced you may consider yourself.

P-Patch Community Gardens are People's Gardens

Published on 29 April 2015

Throughout Seattle, gardeners use small plots of land to grow community, food, flowers, fruits and herbs.

Low-income Seniors Get Fresh at Local Farmers Markets

Published on 29 April 2015

When we say "get fresh," we mean it! You can buy wonderfully fresh and nutritious produce and organic products at farmers markets throughout King County.

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.

A man with the flu or a cold wipes his runny nose.

I'm Not Crying—It's Allergies!

Published on 29 April 2015

If you are someone who suffers from allergies, then you're already familiar with a variety of symptoms—skin rashes; watery, red, or puffy eyes; a stuffy or runny nose; sneezing; wheezing; and, sometimes, difficulty breathing. These symptoms can be difficult to manage, especially when it makes you feel so miserable.

Care Transitions: The Waves of Change in Health Care

Published on 29 April 2015

Register now for The Waves of Change in Health Care, the 2015 care transitions conference that continues a community conversation that began in 2012 when health care and human services professionals and others in south King County met to discuss new ways to work together to decrease avoidable hospital admissions. Hospitalizations contribute significantly to the cost of health care—costs borne by insurance companies, taxpayers (Medicaid and Medicare), patients, and families.

The Age of Disruption

Published on 29 April 2015

Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, brings a radical new approach to growth and aging through his "non-fiction" theatrical events.

Older Americans Month Calendar

Published on 29 April 2015

Older Americans Month Calendar

Puzzle: Older Americans Month

Published on 29 April 2015

Puzzle: Older Americans Act

Links You Can Use

Published on 29 April 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 29 April 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Action Needed, Now and for Our Future

Published on 31 March 2015

Sometime this month, we will learn whether the State Legislature has done the right thing for fragile elders and adults with disabilities who benefit from the long-term care case management services provided by Aging and Disability Services (ADS).

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.

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.

Where There's Hope, There's Life

Published on 31 March 2015

Many of us face health challenges, perhaps even life-altering events. A positive attitude combined with the skills and confidence to deal effectively with the hurdles, obstacles, and challenge we find thrown into our paths can make a big difference in our health status and outcome.

Flossing: It's the New Yoga

Published on 31 March 2015

As a planner at Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—I've had the privilege to work on oral health initiatives with the Washington Dental Service Foundation, which has devised a creative campaign for flossing and oral health: The Mighty Mouth.

Make Earth Day Count

Published on 31 March 2015

Can our actions now make a difference in reducing the negative effects of climate change for future generations? We need to assume they can.

Who Inspires You?

Published on 31 March 2015

King County is filled with older adults whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy. They quietly make life better for others even as their years advance.

Let's Disrupt Aging

Published on 31 March 2015

As I begin my tenure as CEO of AARP, I challenge all of us to reimagine what it means to get older. Let's disrupt aging. Let's upend our thinking around what it means to get older.

April Calendar

Published on 31 March 2015

Wordfind: Senior Finances

Published on 31 March 2015

Wordfind: Senior Finances

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 March 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 31 March 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

AAAs a Best Kept Secret? No More!

Published on 2 March 2015

If you spend much time with Area Agency on Aging (AAA) leadership, you're likely to hear someone say, "Triples A's are a best kept secret!"

Social Workers Drive Change, Empower People

Published on 2 March 2015

March is National Social Work Month. This year also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the National Association of Social Work.

Knowledge about Kidney Disease Helps Protect Older Adults

Published on 2 March 2015

High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes—and being over age 60—are among the biggest risk factors for chronic kidney disease, a term that means gradual loss of kidney function. It’s a health problem that affects one in seven American adults.

Everyday Behaviors Put Residents at Greater Risk of Tax ID Theft

Published on 2 March 2015

While it's tax season for Washington consumers, unfortunately it's also open season for scam artists looking to steal your personal information. The Washington State Attorney General's Office and the AARP Fraud Watch Network have launched an educational effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams.

Doctor helps the patient and gives the eye drops

Your Eyes Are Windows to Your Overall Health

Published on 2 March 2015

You may not think about it until you try to thread a needle, read a book with fine print, or see objects in a darkened room. Or perhaps you know someone who has experienced cataracts, macular degeneration, or glaucoma. You discover that it's important to take care of your eyes.

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.

Caregiver Conference Provides Training for Family and In-Home Care Providers

Published on 2 March 2015

On June 1, 2015, caregivers from across the region have an opportunity to hear Wendy Lustbader, author and nationally known speaker on caregiving and aging issues, talk about how to keep hearts open and spirits up.

March Calendar

Published on 2 March 2015

March Calendar

Wordfind: The Mediterranean Diet

Published on 2 March 2015

Wordfind: The Mediterranean Diet

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 March 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 2 March 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Memorize this Number: 1-800-562-6000

Published on 28 January 2015

For more than 40 years, the Washington State Legislature has offered a simple, easy way to contact our elected officials in Olympia—the toll-free Legislative Hotline. It's an important number for Washington state aging network advocates to know.

Shake the Salt Habit!

Published on 28 January 2015

Thinking about ending your love affair with salt? Now's the time to reduce your sodium as the average American consumes twice the recommended amount! This Heart Month, American Heart Association shows you how extra salt sneaks into your diet and how it hurts your health, and share tips for kissing the excess salt goodbye and starting a healthier relationship with food.

Participate in a Research Study? It May Improve Your Own Health as Well as Others'

Published on 28 January 2015

University of Washington Professor of Nursing Cynthia Dougherty recently completed a study focused on heart disease patients who had received implanted internal defibrillators—a major surgery that requires intensive recovery and rehabilitation.

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.

Time is Running Out! Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Feb. 15

Published on 28 January 2015

We've reached Year Two of the Health Insurance Marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act. Millions of previously uninsured—and uninsurable—people got coverage in the first year. My friend, Kathy, was one of them.

Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Published on 28 January 2015

If you've recently begun receiving Social Security benefits or plan to apply in the near future, you may be wondering this tax season: are Social Security benefits taxable?

Assistive Technology Lab Empowers Older Adults with Low Vision

Published on 28 January 2015

Older adults with low vision have reconnected with their independence in a new assistive technology learning lab funded by the City of Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund.

Premiere Screening: "Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning for Our Future"

Published on 28 January 2015

Aging and Disability Services (ADS) invites you to the premiere screening of "Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning for Our Future," a documentary about the evolution of aging programs and services in Seattle-King County.

February Calendar

Published on 28 January 2015

February Calendar

"Black History Month" Scramble

Published on 28 January 2015

"Black History Month" Scramble

Links You Can Use

Published on 28 January 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 28 January 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

2015—A Jubilee Year!

Published on 5 January 2015

It came as no surprise when the federal Administration on Community Living designated "Get Into The Act" as the theme for Older Americans Month 2015, which we celebrate in May. The Older Americans Act was passed 50 years ago and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 14, 1965.

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.

VetsGO Offers "Beyond-the-Bus" Transportation Options

Published on 5 January 2015

Over the last two months, I attended two veteran events in King County: the Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Stand Down. Both were events that brought it all home and reminded me not only why I do what I do for a career, but also how important it is that the recognition, honoring, and support we give our veterans goes beyond November 11th every year.

New Ways to Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money

Published on 5 January 2015

Starting January 13, 2015, any household making $60,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free by United Way of King County's Free Tax Campaign at 25 locations across King County.

"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.

Take Our Survey: Area Plan on Aging, 2016–2019

Published on 5 January 2015

Aging & Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—is part of the Aging Network that was established in 1965 with the passage of the Older Americans Act.

Health Plan Enrollment Season Now Open

Published on 5 January 2015

In just the first year of expanded access under the federal Affordable Care Act, more than a third of the uninsured residents in King County have enrolled in a health insurance plan. Now, King County is redoubling efforts to reach the remaining uninsured. The state's second "Open Enrollment" season launched in mid-November.

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on Valentine's Day

Published on 5 January 2015

There is another fun reason to recognize Valentine's Day—this year, it's also Seattle's Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day! It’s a day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, community groups, and businesses will join together on Saturday, February 14 (and the week of) to celebrate.

January Calendar

Published on 5 January 2015

January Calendar

"Healthy Aging Goals for 2015" Puzzle

Published on 5 January 2015

"Healthy Aging Goals for 2015" Puzzle

Links You Can Use

Published on 5 January 2015

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 5 January 2015

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

One of the Greatest Experiences of My Life

Published on 2 December 2014

As this year comes to a close, so does my second term as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS). I'm stepping down but I'm not going far—I remain a member of the council and look forward to continuing advocacy for older adults.

Older Adults and Holiday Blues

Published on 2 December 2014

For many of us, the holidays bring the anticipation of enjoying days away from work, from school and the everyday grind of life. They are an opportunity to be with family and friends, and to celebrate in religious or secular fashion the beauty and meaning of the season. With food, gifts, music and gatherings, there's an aura about it that signifies that this is a special time, far removed from the ordinary.

Facing the Holidays after Losing a Loved One

Published on 2 December 2014

With all the joyous rituals, decorations and memories that surround the winter holidays, a recent death of a loved one can cause stress and turmoil for those who are grieving.

Make a Difference in the Life of an Elder

Published on 2 December 2014

There are as many reasons to volunteer as there are volunteers. Anyone can volunteer, and they do—every day—in communities like ours across the country. But more than any other time of year, the holidays bring out our compassionate nature. We count our blessings and take stock of our own good fortune. We question how we can do more, not just to achieve the sense of well-being that accompanies doing something kind for others, but to truly commit to helping someone in need.

Brilliant Cranberries Offer Good Looks and Tangy Taste

Published on 2 December 2014

We are so lucky here in the Pacific Northwest, with great access to fresh local foods all year. Washington is one of the places where cranberries grow well, and we can buy and cook with fresh cranberries all winter long because they keep well.

Holidays—What a Trip!

Published on 2 December 2014

Trips, tumbles and falls—they happen every day. In Washington state, falls result in over 12,000 hospitalizations each year. That's why Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—and other Aging Network organizations emphasize falls prevention throughout the year. Falls safety precautions include exercise for balance and strength, medication review, vision exam, and removal of trip hazards.

Washington's State Alzheimer's Plan … and You!

Published on 2 December 2014

Do you have thoughts on how to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias and of their caregivers?

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Reduce your High Winter Lighting and Heat Bills

Published on 2 December 2014

Did you know that it may be possible to reduce your high winter heating bills and summer water bills? The City of Seattle's Utility Discount Program helps low-income residents stay current on utility payments by offering a discount of about 60 percent on Seattle City Light bills and 50 percent on Seattle Public Utilities bills. (Not a Seattle resident? Read about the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the box below.)

December Calendar

Published on 2 December 2014

December Calendar

Holiday Stress-Busting Wordfind

Published on 2 December 2014

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 December 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 2 December 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

So Much to Be Thankful For

Published on 30 October 2014

During the month of November, we celebrate two important holidays—Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day. It's a great time to think about the many things we are thankful for, including our country, meaningful work, purposeful retirement, family, friends, and health.

Protect Older Workers from Age Discrimination

Published on 30 October 2014

Numerous studies have found widespread age discrimination in the work place, from refusal to promote to forced retirement. Stereotypes in hiring also abound. Older jobseekers are stereotyped as slow, resistant to change, incompetent, difficult to train, and having physical limitations.

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.

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Veterans Benefits and Support Services Can Change Your Life

Published on 30 October 2014

Every November 11th we celebrate Veterans Day in the United States. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Veterans are thanked for their services to the United States on Veterans Day.

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?

Empower Your Community and Take Action Against Poverty

Published on 30 October 2014

Are you a senior interested in making a difference in your community? Have you been looking for a reason to volunteer, but haven't found the right fit just yet? United Way of King County has a volunteering opportunity for you!

Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes

Published on 30 October 2014

November is National Diabetes Month. This year, the National Diabetes Education Program brings attention to the link between diabetes and heart disease with the theme, Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes.

Hospice and Palliative Care Focus on the Quality of Remaining Life

Published on 30 October 2014

November is National Hospice Month. It is both a month of gratitude for me for such a valued service and a month of remembrance for someone I loved deeply.

Seattle Council Chamber Upgrades Mean More People Can Participate

Published on 30 October 2014

The meeting space for the Seattle City Council has recently undergone a critical acoustical upgrade, providing enhanced audio service for members of the hearing loss community. The City Hall Council Chambers—which plays host to full Council and Council committee meetings as well as civic gatherings, events, and presentations such as the State of the City and the Mayor's budget unveiling—is a location meant to serve all Seattleites, and it is a priority of our Councilmembers to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate in and hear Council proceedin

Common Concerns for Community Living: Housing, Transportation and Health Care

Published on 30 October 2014

In a recent effort to identify challenges and opportunities facing communities, Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—solicited input from individuals and organizations across King County. ADS connected with participants at senior centers, interviewed family caregivers, and conducted special outreach activities with cultural groups, including immigrant and refugee communities, and advocates for people with disabilities. Across geographic areas and populations, common themes emerged related to community living.

November Calendar

Published on 30 October 2014

November Calendar

Medicare Open Enrollment Wordfind

Published on 30 October 2014

Medicare Open Enrollment Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 October 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 October 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Metro to Offer Reduced Fare for Qualified Low-income Riders

Published on 30 September 2014

Metro bus service will become more affordable for tens of thousands of our customers next March when we introduce a reduced fare for people with low incomes.

Car Talk: Rides Foster Interesting Conversation

Published on 30 September 2014

Hopelink Travel Program Helps Take the Fear Out of Public Transit

Published on 30 September 2014

It's tricky to learn how to find bus stops, where to get on and off of buses, and how to ask for help when you don't speak English. For some, it's downright scary.

StopInfo for OneBusAway Helps Low Vision Bus Riders and Others

Published on 30 September 2014

There are many great reasons to use public transportation—convenience, cost, and concern for the environment are just a few; however, planning a bus trip to or from an unfamiliar place can present a number of challenges. Particularly for blind and low vision bus riders, finding a new bus stop can be difficult without prior information.

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.

Mobile Dental Vans and Volunteers Make a Difference

Published on 30 September 2014

Oral health is very important in overall health and wellness, but many local seniors have difficulty accessing dental health services. Left untreated, dental issues progress to dental disease. Many people without dental coverage turn to emergency rooms with cases that could be treated more effectively in a dental office.

Dementia-friendly Innovations Expand throughout King County

Published on 30 September 2014

There's something new happening in King County. You may have noticed it in our neighborhood coffee shops, with a sign about a new monthly Alzheimer's Café. Or at the Frye Art Museum, with an arts engagement series tailored for persons living with dementia. Or at the Woodland Park Zoo, with a weekly memory loss walking group. Or at Seattle's Greenwood Public Library, with the start of an early stage memory loss book discussion group.

October Calendar

Published on 30 September 2014

October Calendar

"I Get Around" Wordfind

Published on 30 September 2014

"I Get Around" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 September 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 September 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Aging: How Fascinating!

Published on 2 September 2014

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

Smartphone Apps: Solutions in the Palm of Your Hand

Published on 2 September 2014

For many of us, when we go about doing things on a daily basis we utilize and rely upon the use of computer technologies for a variety of reasons: simply to meet our own personal needs or our work obligations. Mobile computing technologies have become the most conventional medium used for communications, information sharing, and instant connection via wireless Internet.

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Why Don't We Plan for Death and Dying Like We Shop for a Car?

Published on 2 September 2014

When we are ready to replace a car, we consider several makes and models, scores of optional features, price and performance; we talk with friends and ask their opinions; and we take test drives. According to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, used-car buyers spend an average of 15.25 hours shopping for a car online, which doesn't include talking with others or taking test drives.

The Challenge of Cooking for One

Published on 2 September 2014


If you live alone it can be hard to get excited about cooking. Here are some ways to motivate yourself to cook healthy, or at all, when you are making a meal for just one.

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Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow

Published on 2 September 2014

Perhaps you remember exercise and nutrition expert Jack LaLanne, who was sometimes called the Godfather of Fitness. Do you remember watching his television shows in the 50s, 60s and 70s that featured him demonstrating exercises, while preaching the benefits of regular exercise and good diet? Not only were his programs aimed at younger men and women, he also coached the elderly and individuals with disabilities to not forgo exercise, believing it would enhance their strength.

John Okamoto Named New Acting HSD Director

Published on 2 September 2014

In late July, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced John Okamoto as the new acting director of the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD). HSD funds and operates programs and services that meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in our community—elders, individuals with disabilities, low-income residents, children, domestic violence and sexual assault victims, and homeless people.

Maureen Linehan Appointed ADS Director

Published on 2 September 2014

On August 11, 2014, Maureen was appointed and began serving as the permanent director of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County.

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.

We'd Love to Hear from You

Published on 2 September 2014

Finding help when you need it can be a daunting task. Navigating the maze of community and government programs is much easier when you have a helping hand to guide you. Information & Assistance (I&A) programs provide this helping hand, making it easier for older adults and their families to access resources that meet their needs.

September Calendar

Published on 2 September 2014

September Calendar

Senior-Friendly Communities Wordfind

Published on 2 September 2014

Senior-Friendly Communities Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 September 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 2 September 2014

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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.

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Published on 31 July 2014

The King County Assessor's Office annually values over 700,000 parcels and physically inspects 1/6th of the County each year. Property owners in King County should have received or will receive their 2014 property valuation in the mail between the months of June through October.

Live in the Yellow and Don't Hesitate to Call 911

Published on 31 July 2014

When I was first told that a well-respected and loved centenarian in my city was found deceased in his home under suspicious circumstances, I was heartbroken—and then I got angry. Who would do such a thing and why? Well, it seems motives are often elusive, making it hard to know exactly how to keep ourselves safe in any repeatable way.

Seattle Design Festival 2014: Community Mobility & Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The Northwest Universal Design Council and King County Mobility Coalition invite you to attend Community Mobility & Universal Design, a Seattle Design Festival event that will explore Universal Design principles that can enhance community mobility. The event will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (12:30–2:30 p.m.) at Seattle Public Library—Central Branch, Meeting Room #1, 1000 4th Avenue, in downtown Seattle, as part of the two-day SDF14 Conference.

Seventy-nine and Still Going Strong

Published on 31 July 2014

For the past 79 years, Social Security has maintained its place as an American cornerstone. Secure as its foundation is, Social Security has also been at the forefront of change. As the face of America has evolved over the course of the last eight decades, so too has Social Security changed along with the needs of the nation.

August Calendar

Published on 31 July 2014

August Calendar

"Picnic Basket" Wordfind

Published on 31 July 2014

"Picnic Basket" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 July 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 31 July 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Healthy Living for Graceful Aging

Published on 30 June 2014

Whether at a grocery store, watching a television show, or listening to the radio, if you are like me, you hear a lot about popular trends in food, supplements, and exercise.

I find it's hard to keep track if more is better, less is actually more or, if I followed a new health guideline, whether I'm smart or not-so-smart after all. What is a person to do?

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.

Lung Cancer in Women: The Facts, New Screening Guidelines, and How You Can Help Change the Lung Cancer Landscape

Published on 30 June 2014

We recognize the pink ribbon for breast cancer and the red dress for women's heart health. Yet lung cancer, as the leading cancer killer among men and women, takes the lives of more than 150,000 people each year—more than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined—and in 1987 surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.

Questions about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment? SHIBA Can Help!

Published on 30 June 2014

It's not too soon to start thinking about Medicare's open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment takes place every year, October 15 through December 7. The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can help answer your Medicare questions.

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!

2014 Legislative Session Benefits Seniors

Published on 30 June 2014

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services is pleased to sponsor a luncheon meeting on July 11 at the Kent Senior Activity Center in which Washington State Senator Karen Keiser will discuss recent state developments related to health care.

July Calendar

Published on 30 June 2014

July Calendar

"It's Never Too Late" Wordfind

Published on 30 June 2014

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 June 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 June 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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Food for Thought

Published on 2 June 2014

This month's issue of AgeWise King County focuses on food and nutrition. But not all food equates to nutrition. As Mario Batali points out above, some food only postpones hunger. In fact, some food is so devoid of nutrients that it satisfies for only an hour and leaves the body starving for more.

A Place at the Table. One Nation. Underfed.

Published on 2 June 2014

In King County, more people than ever before rely on food banks to feed their families. An average of 10,000 King County residents apply for food stamps each month. One in 20 county residents is enrolled in the state's Basic Food program. More information about food hardship in King County is available in Adequate Food in King County, a report by Communities Count (February 2012).

Pots & Plans: Coming to a Site near You!

Published on 2 June 2014

Eating healthy foods is not always easy on a budget, and having a few basic cooking skills to bring to the kitchen table can help. This is the thought behind the Pots & Plans cooking classes developed by Registered Dietitians at the Chicken Soup Brigade in Seattle. Pots & Plans is a six-week, mobile cooking class, with an emphasis on healthy, affordable and easy-to-prepare meals that are great for seniors dealing with chronic health issues. 

Fresh Bucks: Double Your EBT Dollars at Seattle Farmers Markets

Published on 2 June 2014

The popular Fresh Bucks program has returned for a third season at all Seattle farmers markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks gives low-income shoppers using Basic Food benefits (SNAP/food stamps) more buying power to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In doing so, Fresh Bucks allows low-income shoppers to purchase the healthiest, freshest options without breaking the bank.The popular Fresh Bucks program has returned for a third season at all Seattle farmers markets and two farm stands. Fresh Bucks gives low-income shoppers using Basic Food benefits (SNAP/food stamps) more buying power to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In doing so, Fresh Bucks allows low-income shoppers to purchase the healthiest, freshest options without breaking the bank.

Simple Pleasures: How a Dialysis Patient Runs Her Life

Published on 2 June 2014

Ruth Woolford loves being at home. For her, the simple phrase "being at home" holds a deeper, special meaning. Ruth is a kidney patient who performs dialysis treatments herself, at home. This means that despite having a life-threatening chronic illness, she is not tied to the schedule in a dialysis center, which would mean four-hour appointments three days every week.

Aging Your Way: Ideas, Action, and Get-Crazy-Connected!

Published on 2 June 2014

How would you like to join 299 other local folks to help build cohesive, interdependent communities that support healthy aging in King County? Yes? Then register for the Aging Your Way Community Connections Conference:  Moving from I to We on Thursday, June 26, 2014 (8:30–4:00 p.m.) at South Seattle College (6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle).

Why You Should Wear Purple on June 15

Published on 2 June 2014

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15. This year's theme is "One person. Once action. One Nation. United against elder abuse."

June Calendar

Published on 2 June 2014

June Calendar

Men's Health Month Wordfind

Published on 2 June 2014

Men's Health Month Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 June 2014

Links You Can Use

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.

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.

Medication Safety and Your Health

Published on 30 April 2014


Remember the time when you did not need to take any medications? Life certainly seemed simpler, at least for me! I used to jump out of bed and didn't need to concern myself with taking this medication with food, that medication on an empty stomach, etc.

Honk If You Hear Me! Three Tips on Hearing and Driving

Published on 30 April 2014

Honking horns, emergency vehicle sirens and engines: what do all of these sounds have in common? You need to hear all of them while driving. Safe driving relies on good vision and good hearing. Our ability to hear something before we see it helps us respond more quickly to potential danger.

Cooking Fire Safety for Older Adults

Published on 30 April 2014

In the U.S., cooking fires remain the most common type of home fires. Across the country, fire departments respond to over 100,000 cooking-related fires every year with countless more cooking fires unreported. The majority of cooking fires begin from food left unattended on the stove. While cooking fires happen to all people of all ages, older adults have a higher risk of injury from these and other common home fires.

CENTS Launches Project to Protect Washington Seniors

Published on 30 April 2014

Why did the infamous bank robber Willie Sutton rob banks? "That's where the money is," he said. Scammers who prey on senior citizens have the same mentality.

Coping with Grandkids' Emotional, Behavioral and Substance Abuse Challenges

Published on 30 April 2014

Kent grandmother Sharon Dysert-Ittner knows the anguish of families who struggle with the fallout of a child's substance abuse and behavioral challenges. Dysert-Ittner has more than 24 years of experience as a business analyst and project manager but none of the challenges she met in the financial industry compare to the struggles she and her husband face raising three adopted grandchildren.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 30 April 2014

Applications for the 2014 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County, will be available on Tuesday, April 15 through Thursday, May 15 on the program website.

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Rallying to Become a Dementia-friendly Community

Published on 30 April 2014

It is not uncommon for people with dementia to face significant barriers, from engaging in social activities to navigating a neighborhood, or even a conversation with their healthcare provider. Without support or understanding of their condition, many shrug their shoulders in frustration and give up out of fear or feelings of being misunderstood. Some will isolate, lacking confidence and feeling they have nothing to contribute. Others reach out but may be met with no response or a disregard of their offer.

ADS Nurses Provide Essential Care and Support

Published on 30 April 2014

Did you know that the City of Seattle has nurses on staff? Many people are surprised to learn that the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Case Management Program employs nurses. Currently, ADS has nine nurses who work nurse consultants and care transition coaches. Two of the nurses also work as chronic care managers.

Older Americans Month Calendar

Published on 30 April 2014

Older Americans Month Calendar

"Senior Safety" Wordfind

Published on 30 April 2014

"Senior Safety" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 April 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 April 2014

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!

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Film Fest Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Published on 31 March 2014

Films used to portray older people with a limited number of stereotypes—doddering or irascible, dirty old men, guilt-provoking mothers, simple and forgetful, stuck in the past. Fortunately, the lens widened. Several major Hollywood films show older people with as full a range of needs, personalities and aspirations as other generations. Films as diverse as the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Philomena, Nebraska and documentaries such as Gotta Dance and Alive Inside portray older people as complex, compelling, funny and real.

Aging Your Way Conference Will Build Community Connections

Published on 31 March 2014

One measure of aging well is being connected in your community. People who know their neighbors, are involved in community events, share their talents and accept help when they need it are less likely to be isolated, ill and lonely.

There lies the key question: How is it that some people are well-connected, thriving community members and others … not so much?  How do people get connected and what do they connect to?

Olympia Curbs Unauthorized Use of Disabled Parking Placards

Published on 31 March 2014

This year's state legislative session in Olympia included passage of an important bill that will help curb the rampant unauthorized use of disabled parking placards within Seattle. For years, people without disability have illegally used the placards to get free street parking, taking spaces away from those who need it most.

Respiratory Rally Planned for People with Chronic Lung Disease

Published on 31 March 2014

Did you know that May marks not only Older Americans Month but Asthma Awareness Month as well? Sadly, asthma can get worse as we age, due to a variety of factors. Reduction in physical activity that exercises the lungs, weight gain, and smoking will exacerbate the illness.

Dust Off Your Financial Plan

Published on 31 March 2014

Well, spring has sprung, but before you get started with spring cleaning, perhaps another matter deserves some dusting off—your long-term financial plan.

April Calendar

Published on 31 March 2014

A Salute to Senior Centers

Published on 31 March 2014

A Salute to Senior Centers

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 March 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 31 March 2014

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Talking About Mental Health

Published on 27 February 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm startled by that fact that over 400,000 adult residents of Seattle-King County have experienced a mental disorder in the past year. Reading further, the article referenced above explains that about 6 percent of our population (1 in 17) suffer from a serious mental illness. In King County, that's 95,000 people.

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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.

Activation as Treatment for Depression

Published on 27 February 2014

Humans have been plagued by depression from the beginning time. Over the centuries, depression has been called "melancholia," "black bile," and "a morose outlook on life." Depression wasn't recognized as a diagnosable affliction until the late 19th century.

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When Caregivers Worry About Their Own Mental Health

Published on 27 February 2014

Caring for an adult who cannot care for himself or herself is rough work—rewarding, because we value care for our loved ones, but at times physically and mentally draining. Sometimes caregivers find themselves at wit’s end; sometimes, in despair; sometimes, angry; and sometimes, depressed.

Washington Post Caregiving Forum Highlights Challenges and Opportunities

Published on 27 February 2014

On Wednesday, February 19, Washington Post Live held a forum on caregiving at the W Hotel in Seattle. Co-sponsored by AARP, the University of Washington School of Nursing, and the Ad Council, the event was part of their Caregiving in America series, held in three cities (Chicago and Atlanta were the other two).

Advisory Council Members Make Some Noise on "Quiet" Lobby Day

Published on 27 February 2014

It's an annual tradition and a crucial opportunity: A group of Advisory Council members went down to Olympia for Senior Lobby Day on Thursday, February 20. They met with their legislators to discuss several bills and funding concerns. And they got to hear Governor Jay Inslee and others talk about the needs of Washington’s older adults, the challenges and opportunities facing the state's long-term care systems, and many serious concerns about Washington's regressive tax system.

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Help Create a Hunger-Free King County

Published on 27 February 2014

Did you know that 30 percent of seniors must choose between food and medical expenses? Or that 65 percent of seniors eligible for food stamps—our best frontline defense against hunger—don't access the benefit? 

March Calendar

Published on 27 February 2014

March Calendar

"Creative Pursuits" Wordfind

Published on 27 February 2014

"Creative Pursuits" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 27 February 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 27 February 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

12 Easy Ways to Make a Difference This Legislative Session

Published on 31 January 2014

One of the primary responsibilities of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS) is Advocacy. It's listed first in our bylaws—ratified by our sponsors, the City of Seattle, King County, and United Way of King County. Every Advisory Council member is involved in determining current issues affecting older adults and persons with disabilities and advocating for relevant legislation on their behalf. But we can't do it alone—we need your help.

The Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act

Published on 31 January 2014

In February 2014—Black History Month—we celebrate The Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act. Individuals, groups and organizations throughout the country will host a variety of activities to celebrate the continuing significance of the Act passed 50 years ago and the significant contributions African Americans have made throughout the history of the United States.

Seattle-Based NAPCA Serves AAPI Elders across the United States

Published on 31 January 2014

A national service and advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of AAPI elders as they age, NAPCA was founded in Seattle in 1979 when APA advocates saw the growing unmet needs of AAPI seniors. Today, NAPCA serves over 10,000 AAPI seniors nationally through the Seattle headquarters and program offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

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Cooking Up Romance

Published on 31 January 2014

When Valentine's Day comes around, many people head for the candy store, florist or a fancy restaurant to say "I love you." For a fraction of the cost, you can make a wonderful sit-down meal. When you give the gift of a personally prepared meal, the recipient also gets the care and attention you put into it. That is one of the great gifts of cooking.

Storytelling Goes Digital

Published on 31 January 2014

Digital storytelling is a practice with roots in the 1970s and 80s. With the advance of digital technology—especially smart phones that snap a photo or capture action so conveniently—the opportunities for using this technique are endless. Anyone with a camera and a newer computer can share family history, personal accounts of meaningful experiences, educational information, and images and information that can change their future.

Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

Published on 31 January 2014

In Washington, more than 850,000 unpaid family caregivers are helping someone age 18+ to remain at home. Thousands of others serve as professional caregivers for elders and adults with disabilities in their communities. Paid or unpaid, this is important, meaningful and stressful work.

February Calendar

Published on 31 January 2014

February Calendar

Black History Month Scramble

Published on 31 January 2014

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 January 2014

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 31 January 2014

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Organized for the New Year

Published on 31 December 2013

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.

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The Four Essentials of End-of-Life Planning: Are You Good to Go?

Published on 31 December 2013

Try to imagine that you have suddenly lost the ability to speak for yourself due to a serious accident or because you're at the end of life. Would your spouse, partner, or family know what medical treatments you want or don't want? Have you named someone to be your health care agent? If you are seriously ill or very elderly and want to avoid having CPR, have you and your physician signed a Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form (POLST)?

Senior woman leaning on hand and looking forward.

When It's Time to Downsize

Published on 31 December 2013

My friend, Betty, recently moved from her family home to a one-bedroom supported living apartment. I asked her why she decided to move. She replied that she developed a chronic hip problem, and was no longer able to work in her garden, walk up and down stairs, or drive. Her physical condition limited her independence and access to friends, many of whom no longer drive either.

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Personal Safety Nets Help Patients Recover and Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Published on 31 December 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently reported that up to 75 percent of hospital re-admissions are potentially preventable, and "by encouraging providers to reduce preventable re-admissions, the US government expects cost savings of over $26 billion in the next ten years." 

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.

Free Healthy Home Assessments for a Fresh Start to 2014

Published on 31 December 2013

For many of us, the coming of a new year brings about thoughts of self-improvement and goal setting to become healthier and happier. In this burst to set resolutions, we often ignore the impact our home environment can have on our health. This year, start off right by learning how a free healthy home visit can help identify potential problems and create an action plan that may help to reduce exposure to pollutants and poor indoor air quality.

Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Published on 31 December 2013

Have you heard? Any household making $52,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free at 19 locations throughout King County from United Way of King County.

The ABCs (and D) of Medicare

Published on 31 December 2013

Medicare is health insurance for people receiving Social Security who are age 65 or older or those who have received Social Security disability benefits for more than two years. Some people are covered only by one of the four parts of Medicare; others opt to pay extra for more coverage. Understanding Medicare can save you money.

January Calendar

Published on 31 December 2013

January Calendar

"Take Care of Your Smile" Wordfind

Published on 31 December 2013

"Take Care of Your Smile" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 December 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 31 December 2013

Inpatient or Observation Status—A Significant Difference!

Published on 2 December 2013

We work, we contribute, and when we turn 65, major medical expenses are covered by Medicare, right? Not always. Medicare beneficiaries can actually get stuck with huge hospital bills.

10 Creative Ideas for Greener Giving

Published on 2 December 2013

This winter holiday season, the average American plans to spend more than $500 on gifts for friends and family, according to a retail industry survey. That's a big hit on our wallets, but we also need to consider the impact of all that "stuff" on the planet.

Holiday Hints from our Online Friends

Published on 2 December 2013

A few weeks ago we asked Silver & Gold—Seattle & King County friends to put on their thinking caps and send us their favorite ideas for holiday gifts and activities with older friends and family.

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Top 10 Salt Substitutes to Slash the Sodium

Published on 2 December 2013

Too much salt causes high blood pressure, which can damage your kidneys, heart and blood vessels. Cutting down salt can help you live a longer, healthier life. Here are my Top 10 Salt Substitutions that are easy to incorporate into both holiday and everyday cooking.

Older Driver Safety Highlighted in December

Published on 2 December 2013

Among the many health awareness observances we support, National Older Driver Safety Awareness rises to the top in December. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) leads the charge on National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which occurs December 2–6, 2013.

Flu is Serious Business for Seniors—Get Vaccinated!

Published on 2 December 2013

Anyone can be infected with influenza, but seniors—adults 65 years and older—are at highest risk for serious influenza infections. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.  

December Calendar

Published on 2 December 2013

December Calendar

Winter Weather Wear Word Scramble

Published on 2 December 2013

Winter Weather Wear Word Scramble

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 December 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 2 December 2013

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Too Many People with Hearing Loss Miss Out

Published on 30 October 2013

Hearing loss is an invisible disability that impacts daily communication for one in seven people. That number increases to one in three at age 65. Hearing aids have improved dramatically in the last decade, but they are still just that—aids. Those with hearing loss will hear better with hearing aids than without them, but they will still have trouble hearing in many situations.

What's Normal? What's Not? Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Published on 30 October 2013

After designating a National Alzheimer's Disease Week in 1982, President Ronald Reagan helped launch a national campaign against Alzheimer's disease in 1983. President Reagan called members of the Alzheimer's Association to the White House for the signing of a proclamation declaring that November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month (NADAM). This year marks NADAM's 30th anniversary.

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How to Manage Stress: 10 Ways to Be a Healthier Alzheimer's Caregiver

Published on 30 October 2013

Are you so overwhelmed by taking care of someone else that you have neglected your own physical, mental and emotional well-being?  If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk.

Diabetes is a Family Affair

Published on 30 October 2013

Did you know that nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, a serious disease in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal? Most people with diabetes have type 2, which used to be called adult-onset diabetes.  At one time, type 2 diabetes was more common in people over age 45. Now more young people—even children—have the disease because many are overweight or obese.

COPD Disparities Put Women in the Spotlight

Published on 30 October 2013

Did you know that women are 37 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in our nation? More than seven million women in the United States currently have COPD, and millions more have symptoms but have not been diagnosed.

Veterans' Honors Quilt Depicts Heroism Beyond Words

Published on 30 October 2013

Tears filled my eyes when first I saw the beautiful red, white and blue veteran's quilt with my late father's name written on it. Raymond Snow was a 21-year-old infantry sergeant with the army's 75th Division in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944–45, the coldest European winter in over a century. Dad didn't talk much about the war, but I remember vividly how he described the cold during the battle and how his foxhole buddy was killed by a German bullet.

Spread the Tax Refund Love

Published on 30 October 2013

Looking for an engaging volunteer opportunity to help families in your community and practice a new skill? United Way of King County is recruiting 1,000 volunteers for its Free Tax Campaign, which will serve thousands of lower-income tax clients in 2014.

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Local Film Festival to Honor 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Published on 30 October 2013

The Healthy Aging Partnership—a coalition of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individuals in Seattle-King County—has issued a call for short films about positive aging (i.e., with energy, vitality, creativity and compassion).

November Calendar

Published on 30 October 2013

November Calendar

"We Love Family Caregivers" Wordfind

Published on 30 October 2013

"We Love Family Caregivers" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 October 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 October 2013

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Why Transportation Advocacy is Important

Published on 1 October 2013

AARP Washington advocacy director Ingrid McDonald (Transportation for All—Keep Us Moving!) is clear and correct: "New investments should promote flexible transportation options that will help older people and people with disabilities stay mobile and engaged in their communities." And the priorities she outlines—public transit, special needs transportation, and complete streets—are good for people of all ages and all abilities, whether they use them or not.

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.

Counter or Fridge? How to Keep your Produce Fresh

Published on 1 October 2013

Americans throw away an average of about $400 worth of spoiled produce a year. Following a few tips will ensure more fruits and vegetables go into you and your family than into the yard waste container. What a great way to save you money and improve your family’s health.

Too Good to Waste

Published on 1 October 2013

Did you know that Thursday, October 24 is Food Day? Every day is food day, of course, but this annual event, supported by a coalition of national and regional food-movement groups, is what they describe as "a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food."

A senior man looking for his medication at the local pharmacy

Addressing Medications' Impact on Oral Health

Published on 1 October 2013

Health professionals are focused on successful care transitions, to improve patient health and reduce health care spending. Too often, oral health is not a part of the conversation, even though it’s relevant to accomplishing both health and spending. There's an easy way to weave it back in and help patients improve their oral—and overall—health.

October Calendar

Published on 1 October 2013

October Calendar

"Out and About" Wordfind

Published on 1 October 2013

"Out and About" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 October 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 October 2013

One for the Money, Two for the Show...

Published on 29 August 2013

Carl Perkins' song, Blue Suede Shoes, comes to mind when I think of September's emphasis on falls prevention and emergency preparedness. It's not because of money, racing, or shoes. It's this: It's time to get ready—and there’s so much to do!

Preventing Falls—One Step at a Time

Published on 29 August 2013

Do you know what a "fall" is? Most of us believe we do. How many times have you heard someone say, "I didn't fall, I just slipped"?

In 1987, the Kellogg International Working Group on the Prevention of Falls in the Elderly defined a fall:

"… unintentionally coming to rest on the ground, floor, or other lower level from a standing, sitting, or horizontal position in a movement not caused by a seizure, stroke, fainting, motor vehicle accident, or risky behavior, such as skiing, roof repair, or drug overdose."

Falls Prevention Among Russian/Ukrainian-speaking Older Adults

Published on 29 August 2013

In 2012, Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County—tested falls prevention toolkit strategies targeting case management clients who were at risk for falls or had a history of falls, who also lived in independent senior residential facilities. The goal was to reduce their falls risk by educating them about the falls prevention components (regular exercise, safe home environments, eye exams, and medication management).

Duct Tape and Maxi Pads to the Rescue

Published on 29 August 2013

Resourcefulness rules the day! We've all heard the adage, "Necessity is the mother of invention." That was certainly true in this case! You never know how simple, everyday items can be used when you’re in a pinch—or in a disaster.

When You're Prepared, Everyone Prospers!

Published on 29 August 2013

Even though we are reminded to be ready for power outages, hot weather, winter storms, and more by news media, flyers, and emergency management messages, many of us do not want to think about disasters. I think that "preparing to prosper" is a concept that we can all embrace.

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Reducing Disability in Clients with Alzheimer's Disease

Published on 29 August 2013

Earlier this year, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) began participating in "Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease" (RDAD), a "translational study" conducted by the University of Washington School of Nursing. Our goal is to examine how exercise and other interventions help clients with Alzheimer's—and other forms of dementia—reduce disability.

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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Celebrate Grandparents on September 8...and Every Day!

Published on 29 August 2013

Grandparents Day is an annual event in the U.S., celebrated on the second Sunday in September. In 2013, we will celebrate it on Sunday, September 8.

September Calendar

Published on 29 August 2013

September Calendar

"Emergency Preparation" Wordfind

Published on 29 August 2013

"Emergency Preparation" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 29 August 2013

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 29 August 2013

Access and Advocacy are Keys to Success

Published on 1 August 2013

When the Elder Economic Security Standard Index for Washington (or "Elder Index") came out in 2010, it provided numbers to support what we had long suspected: King County residents who live on Social Security benefits alone cannot meet their basic needs and age in place with dignity.

SHIBA Helps You Find Answers to Medicare and Health Care Coverage Questions

Published on 1 August 2013

Need help finding access to Medicare plans, health insurance, health care programs, or prescription drugs? Call or meet with a Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) counselor!

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Expands Access to Services

Published on 1 August 2013

he Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens now offers information on health insurance, estate planning, and other legal issues at their office, conveniently located on the 3rd Avenue busway in downtown Seattle. The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens is located in the Central Building, Suite 350, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets).

"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.

If You Have Psoriasis, You May Feel All Alone

Published on 1 August 2013

Rose has a skin problem: psoriasis. It's ongoing. The flare-ups are annoying, painful, and embarrassing. At times, she wears long sleeves and gloves because she does not want to draw attention to the dry, scaly patches on her arms and hands. The condition isn't contagious, but who wants to be asked, "what's wrong with your skin?"

Drawn-Out Legislative Session Ends on Positive Note

Published on 1 August 2013

The three legislative sessions of 2013 were exhausting for advocates and legislators alike, and one threatened to shut down state government if it lasted into July. But after 153 days, with two special sessions, a budget deal was finally reached on June 27th. The results for older adults and the disabled were … not bad at all.

Speak Up for the Needs and Rights of People with Alzheimer's

Published on 1 August 2013

Throughout August across King County, the Alzheimer's Association will hold town hall meetings to highlight—and solicit feedback on—public policy priorities. These include the National Alzheimer's Plan, an Alzheimer's Disease Plan for Washington State, and Voices for Better Health, a new initiative to improve health care for "dual eligibles"—Washington residents who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

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Stay Cool with Cucumber

Published on 1 August 2013

This nice, hot weather has brought cucumbers and zucchini out in full force. Take advantage of these great vegetables by having them in salads on days when it's too hot for lettuce to be in its prime.

August Calendar

Published on 1 August 2013

August Calendar

Computers and Seniors Today

Published on 1 August 2013

"Computers and Seniors Today" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 August 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 August 2013

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!

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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.

Cataracts: The Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Published on 28 June 2013

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens and is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In the U.S., it is the leading cause of vision loss.

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July Calendar

Published on 28 June 2013

July Calendar

"Transportation for Everyone" Word Scramble

Published on 28 June 2013

"Transportation for Everyone" Word Scramble

Links You Can Use

Published on 28 June 2013

Links You Can Use

Men's Health—Time to Take Charge!

Published on 31 May 2013

It's never too late to change our health behaviors. What's more, we have an opportunity to help our sons and grandsons understand the importance of building a trusting relationship with a primary care physician, getting necessary immunizations, eating right (more fiber, less sugar, healthier fats), and exercising regularly.

Male Health: Your Car Gets Regular Tune Ups, Shouldn't You?

Published on 31 May 2013

Most men are very good providers when it comes to support of family and work. Unfortunately, men fall short when providing for themselves, at least with respect to their own health.

Multi-ethnic men (50s and 60s) wearing workout clothes, in park after exercising.

Men's Oral Health

Published on 31 May 2013

According to surveys and studies from the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association, men are less likely than women to seek preventive dental care and often neglect their oral health for years.

Father's Day: A Brief History Lesson

Published on 31 May 2013

Mother's Day started in Virginia in 1908. In 1909, a young Spokane, Washington mother, artist, and poet named Sonora Smart Dodd sat in church and listened to a Mother's Day sermon. She wondered why fathers didn't have a day of honor as well.

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Kidney Health Fest Focuses on Disease Prevention

Published on 31 May 2013

One in seven American adults has kidney disease. In the African American community, the number increases four-fold. Although African Americans make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, 35 percent of individuals with kidney failure on dialysis are African American. In addition, African American men are 10 to 14 times more likely to develop kidney failure due to high blood pressure than Caucasian men in the same age group.

She Chops Onions and Assembles Condom Kits

Published on 31 May 2013

On May 9, Dotti Lydon received the Senior Services Inspire Positive Aging Award. The award is given out each year to senior individuals whose lives are marked by engagement and service.     

"The Penelope Project" Raises the Bar on Activities for People Living with Dementia

Published on 31 May 2013

This month, the Greenwood Senior Center and Elderwise will screen a recently-released documentary, The Penelope Project, to benefit creative programming for people living with dementia. This one-hour film documents a collaborative effort to dramatically raise the bar on activities in long-term care.

June Calendar

Published on 31 May 2013

June Calendar

"Plant a Garden" Word Scramble

Published on 31 May 2013

"Plant a Garden" Word Scramble

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 May 2013

So Much to Celebrate, Honor and Learn!

Published on 1 May 2013

Originally called "Senior Citizens Month," this annual celebration was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. At that time, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays; however, about a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Two years later, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law.

Inspire Positive Aging!

Published on 1 May 2013

The title of the award that Senior Services bestows annually upon senior citizens says it all. The Inspire Positive Aging award recognizes individuals whose lives are marked by engagement, service, and a certain joie de vivre. These characteristics inspire those who know them and are why Senior Services recognizes one outstanding individual each spring.

Two AARP Volunteers Make a Difference in Our Community

Published on 1 May 2013

Janet Lam-Rogers of Seattle and her husband Toby Rogers are a volunteering power couple. Janet volunteers for the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program two days a week, where she helps low-income taxpayers file their taxes at the Ballard and Shoreline libraries. Toby works in the Foundation’s Fraud Fighter Call Center in north Seattle, which helps battle financial scams.

Making a Difference: Claire Anderson

Published on 1 May 2013

Before I met her in person, friends told me about Claire Anderson. I was impressed hearing their stories about how Claire encouraged them to start writing their life stories.

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Spring Greens in Unexpected Places

Published on 1 May 2013

When you visualize a garden, you probably think of carrots planted in straight rows, lettuce marching in step, and rectangular planting beds keeping everything in order.

Vouchers Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 1 May 2013

Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County.

Access to Technology for Vision Loss

Published on 1 May 2013

Disabling vision loss among seniors and baby boomers is a serious and growing issue due in large part to the aging of the population. With it, a growing number of individuals experience age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Indeed, some experts predict that the incidence of vision loss will double by 2030.

Insight: A Low Vision Expo 2013

Published on 1 May 2013

Did you know that Impressionist Claude Monet struggled with cataracts in his later years? As inspiring as his bright paintings, Monet's story of low vision rehabilitation will be featured at SightConnection's fourth annual Insight: A Low Vision Expo, which takes place on Saturday, June 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center (3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood).

Older Americans Month Calendar

Published on 1 May 2013

Older Americans Month Calendar

"Exercise and Healthy Aging" Word Scramble

Published on 1 May 2013

"Exercise and Healthy Aging" Word Scramble

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 May 2013

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 May 2013

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

The Rewards of Volunteering

Published on 29 March 2013

Every society knows the merits of volunteerism. It has familial, communal and tribal roots—people coming together to help one another or working together to accomplish a common goal. It recalls images of barn-raisings, cathedral building, communal hunting, and farming.

United Way Volunteer Opportunities Utilize Wisdom and Experience

Published on 29 March 2013

At United Way of King County, we know volunteering is how a range of services in our community are delivered and supported.

RSVP Matches Volunteer Interests, Skills and Schedules with Meaningful Jobs

Published on 29 March 2013

No stranger to volunteering, Sarah Parkhurst bustles her way through Wellspring Family Service's Baby Boutique every Thursday, sorting clothing donations, baby equipment, diapers, infant formula, toys, books and other essential items that are then made available at no cost to homeless families in need.

Community HealthCorps Makes a Difference for Low-Income Puget Sound Residents

Published on 29 March 2013

Sea Mar Community Health Centers strives to serve low-income, underserved, and uninsured people and communities with an emphasis on the Latino population.

"Seniors Training Seniors" Volunteers and Students Enjoy Learning, Connecting and Sharing

Published on 29 March 2013

New technology appears daily, seemingly out of nowhere. If you have felt left behind and asked a well-intentioned family member, friend, or even a grandchild to help you, learning something new may have become even more challenging!

Dig In for the Earth

Published on 29 March 2013

April is Earth Day month (Earth Day is April 22), and it's a great time to consider "green volunteering." Many eco-volunteer opportunities involve being outside, and who doesn't want to be outside in the Northwest in the spring and summer?

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.

Healthy Aging Partnership Builds Coalition for Nearly 20 Years

Published on 29 March 2013

The Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP) is an informal coalition of more than 30 nonprofit, government, and community organizations—primarily in King County, WA—created to tap into the collective strengths, skills, ideas, and resources of organizations and professionals serving older residents of the Puget Sound region.

April Calendar

Published on 29 March 2013

April Calendar

"Senior Volunteers Give From the Heart" Wordfind

Published on 29 March 2013

"Senior Volunteers Give From the Heart" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 29 March 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 29 March 2013

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

We're All in This Together

Published on 4 March 2013

As our legislators and other elected leaders begin the process of creating an annual budget, scores of concerned citizens are ready to offer information and rationales to help guide their deliberations. 

Help Make King County Hunger Free

Published on 4 March 2013

It's no surprise that during a time of high unemployment and decreasing government funding, more and more people struggle to make ends meet, but did you know that one in six King County residents will struggle to put food on the table this year?

Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging

Published on 4 March 2013

Planning, preparing, and eating healthy meals can be challenging for many older adults. Some may not be motivated to prepare meals for just one or two people. For others, poor health may limit the ability to shop and prepare meals.

Community Kitchens: Good Food, Cooking Skills, Fresh Ideas & New Friends

Published on 4 March 2013

In community kitchens, we bring people together in a common kitchen and prepare large amounts of food to share. Everyone gets involved in the cooking, and cleaning, and we all share the food that is made. 

Farm to Table Store: Meal Programs Encouraged to Buy Fresh and Local

Published on 4 March 2013

Food service kitchens—including programs serving meals to older adults—are warmly invited to register to purchase local food from the Farm to Table Store, a locally managed website that offers "one stop shopping" for the freshest produce, pastured meats, dairy, etc., in wholesale quantities direct from local Washington farms.

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.

Spring into Retirement

Published on 4 March 2013

Here are a few important items about Social Security retirement benefits and how to apply for them.

Mixed Grains Wordfind

Published on 4 March 2013

Mixed Grains Wordfind

March Calendar

Published on 4 March 2013

March Calendar

Links You Can Use

Published on 4 March 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 4 March 2013

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

At the Heart of Our Community

Published on 1 February 2013

In February, we get to the heart of matters very quickly. Valentine's Day is coming, of course; however, I'm interested in other aspects of the heart as well—keeping a healthy heart and recognizing the value of our elders.

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!

Be Kind to Your Heart While Treating Your Sweetheart

Published on 1 February 2013

Since February is host to National Heart Month and Valentine's Day, it's a great time to treat your sweetheart—and yourself—to a homemade heart-healthy meal.

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.

Like, Friend, Follow, Tweet or Pin Us

Published on 1 February 2013

A website is almost mandatory for any organization that offers valuable information, services, or products. In addition, a number of "social networking" websites have made it possible to share information with thousands of online readers within seconds. The Internet gives health and human services providers tremendous potential to reach people in need.

"Black History Month" Scramble

Published on 1 February 2013

"Black History Month" Scramble

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February Calendar

Published on 1 February 2013

February Calendar

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 February 2013

Links you can use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 February 2013

Aging in King County: The Path Ahead

Published on 2 January 2013

It is my honor to serve as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disabilities in 2013.

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.

Time is Money—And It's a Good Thing

Published on 2 January 2013

How would you like to have someone weed your yard for free? Or tutor your child in math? Or de-bug your computer—again, for free?! Timebanking is one way to save you money. And it's happening here in Puget Sound. The only cost?  Some of your time.


Get Current and Stay Current on Your Utility Payments

Published on 2 January 2013

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to manage money more effectively, consider whether there are ways to save money on your utilities.

News Flash! Free Tax Prep Helps You Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money

Published on 2 January 2013

In case you haven't heard, any household making $51,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for FREE from United Way of King County.

Financial Fitness Day Offers Free Money Management Help

Published on 2 January 2013

Year after year, three of the most popular New Year's resolutions remain the same—get a better job, manage debt, and save money. If you're motivated to work on these goals right now, you may wonder where you can turn for help. Fortunately, Financial Fitness Day is on the horizon.


Falls Prevention Efforts Succeed in South King County

Published on 2 January 2013

The results are in for the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) falls prevention project that began last April. ADS received a mini-grant from the Washington State Department of Health to pilot test strategies outlined in a draft Falls Prevention Toolkit.

Two ADS Funding Opportunities

Published on 2 January 2013

This month, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) will accept applications for funding in two service areas—Senior Nutrition and Kinship Navigator. 

"Healthy Aging Resolutions for 2013" Wordfind

Published on 2 January 2013

"Healthy Aging Resolutions for 2013" Wordfind

January Calendar

Published on 2 January 2013

January Calendar

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 January 2013

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 2 January 2013

Year-End Wrap Up: Looking Forward to 2013

Published on 28 November 2012

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.

Helping Seniors Chase Away the Holiday Blues

Published on 28 November 2012

One of my dad's favorite holidays was Thanksgiving. He loved the smell of the turkey, the beautifully set table, the clambering of dishes, and the laughter of the guests. He loved to sit at the head of the table, beaming with happiness as he welcomed everyone to our table. This year will be different.

EcoConsumer: Deck the Halls Green

Published on 28 November 2012

"Going green" for the holidays is always in style. It helps preserve the planet for ourselves and future generations, but it can also save money and reduce stress. 

Homemade Gifts Infused with Flavor

Published on 28 November 2012

There is something so special about a homemade gift. It tells recipients you care enough to spend the most precious gift—your time—on them.

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.

Food Safety Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

Published on 28 November 2012

The holidays are just around the corner and whether you intend to cook for your friends and family, bring foods to a holiday party, or donate foods to meal programs or food banks, be sure to protect food from germs that cause foodborne illness.

Act Now on Medicare Part D

Published on 28 November 2012

If you currently enrolled in Medicare and are considering changes to your Medicare Part D plan, act now. The "open season" runs from October 15 to December 7.

Give the Gift of Oral Health

Published on 28 November 2012

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's a great time to consider the importance of our own oral health and the health of our loved ones.

December Calendar

Published on 28 November 2012

December Calendar

The Gift of Healthy Holiday Eating

Published on 28 November 2012

Give yourself the gift of healthier holidays by selecting foods that support good health.

Links You Can Use

Published on 28 November 2012

Links you can use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 28 November 2012

The Positive Impact of Pets…and So Much More

Published on 1 November 2012

Aren't pets wonderful? The November 2012 issue of AgeWise is about pets—those furry, fuzzy, and often funny household creatures many of us keep for companionship and enjoyment. 

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. 

Service Dogs: Are They for Real?

Published on 1 November 2012

We've all seen people in public places who are accompanied by dogs that they claim are service dogs. Like us, you may have questioned the legitimacy of some of these dogs. We would like to share both practical and personal information about service dogs.

Pet Partners Therapy Animals Bring Joy and Healing to Millions

Published on 1 November 2012

Did you know that King County—specifically Bellevue—is the home of an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving human health and enriching lives through positive connections with therapy, service and companion animals?

Golden Pets for Your Golden Years…for Free!

Published on 1 November 2012

Thinking about adopting a pet but don't know where to start?

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? 

How to Manage Stress: 10 Ways to Be a Healthier Alzheimer's Caregiver

Published on 1 November 2012

Are you so overwhelmed by taking care of someone else that you have neglected your own physical, mental and emotional well-being? If you find yourself without the time to take care of your own needs, you may be putting yourself and your health at risk.

A Star is Born Amid Technology

Published on 1 November 2012

In 1998, Center Park residents got together and decided that they did not want to be left behind in today's computer and fast Internet Age. The Special Technology Access Resource (STAR) Center of Seattle was born.

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.

Free Tax Prep Helps People Keep More of Their Hard-Earned Money

Published on 1 November 2012

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, United Way of King County will help hard-working, low-income people file their tax returns for free next year. 

November Calendar

Published on 1 November 2012

November Calendar

"Rx: Fur, Feathers and Fins" Wordfind

Published on 1 November 2012

"Rx: Fur, Feathers and Fins" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 November 2012

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 November 2012

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Lifelong Learning: The Intentional Pursuit of Knowledge

Published on 1 October 2012

For many of us, the term "lifelong learning" evokes images of learning environments like college campuses and libraries, or of hobbies—whether social or solitary—and other happy endeavors.

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.

Exercise Your Mind at Washington Community and Technical Colleges

Published on 1 October 2012

We live in the knowledge age, a time of breaking news, fascinating discoveries, and whirlwind changes in technology. Learning sharpens minds and boosts spirits. It keeps people engaged … and engaging.

African American Caregivers Forum Set for October 6

Published on 1 October 2012

African American families and caregivers, health care and social services professionals, and older adults who want to learn more about dementia are invited to attend the 7th annual African American Caregivers Forum on Saturday, October 6

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15—Review Your Plan!

Published on 1 October 2012

With more benefits, better choices and lower costs, the Social Security Administration is encouraging people with Medicare and their families to start reviewing drug and health plan coverage options for 2013.

King County Launches Regional Smart911 Service

Published on 1 October 2012

In an emergency, seconds count. Making sure 9-1-1 call-takers and emergency responders have all the information they need can mean the difference between life and death.

Shake the Salt Habit

Published on 1 October 2012

More than 70 percent of the sodium in your diet likely comes from hidden salt added to packaged and prepared foods. Limit your salt intake to no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) each day to keep your heart and kidneys healthy.

Nutrition Program for Older Adults—We Need Your Input!

Published on 1 October 2012

For over 30 years, the Senior Nutrition Program has helped older King County residents improve their diet, health, and well-being by providing home-delivered and congregate meals.

October Calendar

Published on 1 October 2012

October Calendar

"Lifelong Learning" Wordfind

Published on 1 October 2012

Lifelong Learning Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 October 2012

Links you can use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 October 2012

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.

Falls—Predictable and Preventable

Published on 30 August 2012

Falls—often predictable and preventable—are not part of the normal aging process. Rather, they are due to underlying physical illnesses (e.g., arthritis, muscle weakness, depression), medications, and environmental hazards (such as carpets, slippery floors, pets, and clutter) often in conjunction.

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. 

Reviewing Your Meds Can Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Published on 30 August 2012

As we age, our risk of falling increases. This is no surprise to anyone but more of us are living to an old age and the number of elderly people falling is growing.

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. 

Changing Vision and Your Risk of Falling

Published on 30 August 2012

As we age, our bodies change, including our eyes and the parts of our brains responsible for processing visual information. 

Free In-Home Counseling for Older King County Veterans and Spouses

Published on 30 August 2012

PEARLS helps veterans learn problem-solving skills and become more physically and socially active. Participants experience eight in-home counseling sessions over a period of five months, followed by three monthly follow-up phone calls.

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. 

Advisory Council to Host October 1 Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness

Published on 30 August 2012

Washington state is facing a massive shift in the older adult demographic that will affect infrastructure at all levels. 

September Calendar

Published on 30 August 2012

September Calendar

"Healthy Aging Month" Wordfind

Published on 30 August 2012

"Healthy Aging Month" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 August 2012

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 August 2012

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Voting: My How the Times Are A-changin'

Published on 1 August 2012

Times they are a-changin'! Used to be, you could walk to your polling place, greet the poll inspector (often your precinct committee person or a long-time neighbor), sign the polling place record book, and then go into a polling booth and pull a lever. Later, with similar steps, you were issued a paper ballot and a pen.

Vitamin D and Calcium—Good or Bad?

Published on 1 August 2012

Just a few years ago we were telling every older adult to take vitamin D and calcium to prevent broken bones. Now we’re telling them it doesn't matter. Frustrating, isn't it?

Get Your Social Security Statement Online

Published on 1 August 2012

Do you remember receiving a Social Security statement in the mail? It provided valuable information regarding your Social Security benefits, including estimates of your future payments. Now you can get the Social Security statement online.

August Calendar

Published on 1 August 2012

August Calendar

"Vaccines for a Lifetime of Protection" Wordfind

Published on 1 August 2012

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 August 2012

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 1 August 2012

Preparing for the Big One

Published on 29 June 2012

Whether "The Big One" is an earthquake, pandemic flu, a broken leg, the death of a loved one, or another event that shakes your world, there are ways to ensure that you get the resources and support you need.

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.

Disaster Ready...What Does That Mean?

Published on 29 June 2012

If a disaster such as an earthquake were to happen tomorrow, would you be ready to take care of yourself and those around you till help can arrive and City services can be restored?

Who Can You Count On in an Emergency? Who Can Count on You?

Published on 29 June 2012

Can you count on your Facebook friends in an emergency? Perhaps so, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in announcing the winners of their Facebook Lifeline Application Challenge last spring. 

Helping Others and Asking for Help When You Need It

Published on 29 June 2012

Everyone can do something for someone else and, in doing so, do something good for themselves.

Hyde Shuttle Service Begins in Federal Way, SeaTac and Tukwila

Published on 29 June 2012

Free community Hyde Shuttle service for residents age 55 and older and for people with disabilities of all ages is now available in Federal Way, SeaTac and Tukwila.

August 2 Forum to Focus on African American Elder Issues

Published on 29 June 2012

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) is committed to advocacy, education, and promotion of issues most important to African American elders.

July Calendar

Published on 29 June 2012

July calendar

"Let's Fight Ageism" Wordfind

Published on 29 June 2012

Links You Can Use

Published on 29 June 2012

Links You Can Use

Eat Your Veggies!

Published on 31 May 2012

Summer is here and grocery stores and farmers markets are full of luscious fresh produce! 

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.

Two-thirds of Eligible Seniors Have Not Taken Advantage of Basic Food Benefits

Published on 31 May 2012

The USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a strong and effective program that helps people purchase the food they need.

Fill Half Your Plate With Veggies!

Published on 31 May 2012

The food pyramid has been replaced by a new symbol for healthy eating—the plate!

Vaccines For Older Adults—A Lifetime Of Good Health!

Published on 31 May 2012

Many people think that only young children need vaccinations, but did you know that there are also vaccines specifically recommended for older adults? 

Diabetes and Dental Care: Guide to a Healthy Mouth

Published on 31 May 2012

What do brushing and flossing have to do with diabetes? Plenty. If you have diabetes, here's why dental care matters—and how to take care of your teeth and gums.

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.

Social Security: All About Disability

Published on 31 May 2012

Disability is something most people do not like to think about. But the chances that you will become disabled probably are greater than you realize. 

June Calendar

Published on 31 May 2012

June Calendar

"Aging in Place" Wordfind

Published on 31 May 2012

"Aging in Place" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 May 2012

Links You Can Use.

Never Too Old to Play!

Published on 1 May 2012

May is Older Americans Month.

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. 

Drum Group Helps Muscles and Coordination and Lifts Spirits

Published on 1 May 2012

Admit it. It's hard not to tap your foot or clap along when you hear good music. Being one with the music makes you feel good. It brings joy to the heart and soul.

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! 

Aging and Disability Services Welcomes Jesse Eller

Published on 1 May 2012

On March 28, 2012, the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council and ADS staff welcomed a new director, Jesse Eller. 

Vouchers Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Low-Income Seniors

Published on 1 May 2012

Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs throughout King County.

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. 

Older Americans Month Calendar

Published on 1 May 2012

Older Americans Month Calendar

"Calcium for Bone Health" Wordfind

Published on 1 May 2012

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

Links You Can Use

Published on 1 May 2012

Arts & Healthy Aging: The Evidence is Clear

Published on 2 April 2012

In 2006, Gene D. Cohen, MD released a groundbreaking longitudinal study that measured the effects of participatory arts on older adults.

Transforming Lives Through the Creative Process

Published on 2 April 2012

Path with Art is a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to providing adults recovering from homelessness and those "on the margins" the opportunity to engage in the creative process as a unique means to improve and rebuild their lives.

Creativity & Dementia

Published on 2 April 2012

For 25 years, Suzanne Visser worked as an oncology research nurse, caring for individuals battling cancer and helping medical science find answers in the process.

Disability & the Arts: A Conversation with Andrea Parsek and Kelly Rondou

Published on 2 April 2012

ART is NOT an OPTION! is an innovative art program designed to provide artists with disabilities studio workshops and the opportunity to showcase artwork in the community.

20 Tasty Low-Salt Foods

Published on 2 April 2012

Americans' sodium intake has doubled in the past 25 years, largely because of salt and sodium preservatives added to convenience foods. About two-thirds of the salt you eat today comes from foods that have salt added in manufacturing.

Forget Spring Cleaning: Scrub Your Budget Instead

Published on 2 April 2012

Spring is here! Time for spring cleaning? People everywhere are shedding the effects of winter. But what about dusting off your long-term financial plan?

April Calendar

Published on 2 April 2012

What's happening for the month of April

"Have Fun and Benefit Your Brain" Wordfind

Published on 2 April 2012

"Have Fun and Benefit Your Brain" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 April 2012

Links you can use

Don't Miss An Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 2 April 2012

Don't Miss An Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Eat Well to Age Well

Published on 29 February 2012

Nutrition and successful aging go hand in hand. For older adults, the benefits of healthy eating are many.

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.

Planning for Financial Fitness at Retirement

Published on 29 February 2012

Planning for retirement often feels like a guessing game.

Heart Healthy at Any Age

Published on 29 February 2012

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

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."

Senior Lobby Day: Budget Looking Better For Now

Published on 29 February 2012

On February 23, six Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council members travelled to Olympia to participate in the Washington Senior Citizens Foundation’s annual Senior Lobby Day.

Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

Published on 29 February 2012

Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

Mayor Seeks Candidates for African American Elders Council

Published on 29 February 2012

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn seeks candidates to fill five positions on the Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE).

Who Do You Know Who Exemplifies Positive Aging?

Published on 29 February 2012

King County is filled with older people whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy.

Social Security Tax Tips for 2012

Published on 29 February 2012

Time goes by so quickly, it can be easy to forget important deadlines and even easier to let critical items fall behind on your to-do list.

March Calendar

Published on 29 February 2012

March Calendar

"Planning for Long-Term Care" Wordfind

Published on 29 February 2012

"Planning for Long-Term Care" Wordfind

Links You Can Use

Published on 29 February 2012

Links you can use.

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 29 February 2012

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

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.

Help Available to Make Caregiving a Positive Experience

Published on 2 March 2012

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the average number of hours spent caring for loved ones nationally is 20 hours per week, with about 13 percent of caregivers providing 40 hours of care a week or more.

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.

Caregiving Affects Mental, Physical and Financial Health

Published on 2 March 2012

Over the past decade there have been more and more family caregivers. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance website, more than 43 million caregivers in the U.S. provide care for someone age 50 or older.

Navigating the Healthcare System: Planning for a Discharge from a Healthcare Facility

Published on 2 March 2012

National data show that as many as one in five patients discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within 30 days.

Earn (and Keep) More Money

Published on 2 March 2012

You probably already know that there was an increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly payments at the beginning of the year. 

Fund Promotes Assistive Technology, Independence and Economic Opportunity

Published on 2 March 2012

Are you a 50- or 60-something and thinking about starting a small business or earning income from self- employment?  Do you need help paying for hearing aids? Are you experiencing vision loss and frustrated because you can no longer independently pay your bills, read your mail, or even write a "to do" list for your significant other?

February Calendar

Published on 2 March 2012

Save the date for these important events.

Puzzle: "Black History Month"

Published on 2 March 2012

February is Black History Month.

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 31 January 2012

Don't miss an issue!

Links You Can Use

Published on 2 March 2012

Links You Can Use.

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New Newsletter, New Goals for a New Year

Published on 28 December 2011

Welcome to the inaugural issue of AgeWise | King County, the monthly e-newsletter of the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council, formerly known as Seniors Digest. After seven years of publication, the Advisory Council decided it was time for a change—a new name and more online versatility.

Navigating the Health Care System: Improving Health Care through Patient/Family-Centered Care

Published on 28 December 2011

Everyone has an idea about how to make the health care safer, better, cheaper but one of the best ideas is patient-centered care. 

Top 20 "Go To" Items for Every Kitchen

Published on 28 December 2011

Cooking without using salty foods is a lot easier if your pantry is stocked with great low-sodium choices.

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.

Free Tax Prep Helps You Keep More of Your Hard Earned Money

Published on 28 December 2011

With the help of hundreds of volunteers every year, United Way of King County helps people file their tax returns and secure all of the refunds and credits for which they're eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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!

January Calendar

Published on 29 December 2011

Save the date for these important events.

"Warm Winter Wear" Wordfind

Published on 29 December 2011

Just for fun, give your brain a workout with this month's puzzle

Links You Can Use

Published on 30 December 2011

Links You Can Use

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!

Published on 30 December 2011

Don't Miss an Issue of AgeWise King County!