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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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!

Introducing Community Living Connections

Published on 27 August 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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? 

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.

Links You Can Use

Published on 31 January 2014

Links You Can Use

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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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

Nurse giving to senior woman physical therapy at home.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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.     

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).

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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? 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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

Published on 1 August 2012

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

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

Fire Department Connects Residents to Health Care and Human Services

Published on 29 June 2012

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

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?

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.

CDC Awards "Health Champion" Recognition to Farm to Table

Published on 31 May 2012

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

Health Care Reform a High AAA Priority

Published on 31 May 2012

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

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. 

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

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.

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?

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.

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).

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.

Links You Can Use

Published on 29 February 2012

Links you can use.

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.

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?

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.