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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learn for Life

Published on 27 August 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Many Senior Athletes Prefer Building Character to Breaking Records

Published on 30 June 2015

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

Things I Know for Sure About Successful Aging

Published on 1 June 2015

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

EnhanceFitness Helps Older Adults Sustain Active, Healthy Lifestyles

Published on 1 June 2015

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

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

Published on 1 June 2015

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

King County Veterans and Human Services Levy Makes a Difference

Published on 30 October 2014

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

Personalized Caregiver Support Makes a World of Difference

Published on 30 October 2014

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

Now More Than Ever

Published on 30 June 2014

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

EnhanceFitness: Reduced Costs and Improved Health Outcomes for Medicare Beneficiaries

Published on 30 June 2014

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

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.

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).

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.  

Winter Weather Wear Word Scramble

Published on 2 December 2013

Winter Weather Wear Word Scramble

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.

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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.

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."

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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.

"Out and About" Wordfind

Published on 1 October 2013

"Out and About" Wordfind

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."

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?"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

Published on 1 November 2012

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

Discovering Talents and Interests that Make Life Meaningful

Published on 1 October 2012

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

Deepening Self-Knowledge and Forging Connections with Others

Published on 1 October 2012

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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! 

"Calcium for Bone Health" Wordfind

Published on 1 May 2012

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

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.

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.

"Have Fun and Benefit Your Brain" Wordfind

Published on 2 April 2012

"Have Fun and Benefit Your Brain" Wordfind

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.

Heart Healthy at Any Age

Published on 29 February 2012

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

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.

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!