New Newsletter, New Goals for a New Year

New ADS Advisory Council chair Diane Snell (center)
strategizes at the state capitol building with
senior advocates Sue Shaw (left) and Molly Holmes.

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

The name AgeWise King County resulted from a Seniors Digest online survey conducted in November. Thank you to everyone who participated. The new year is off to a great start!

This is also my first month as the Advisory Council chair. I look forward to the Council's one-day retreat in January. We will develop broad objectives for 2012. Our Advocacy, Communications, and Planning & Allocation committees will set specific work plans.

The ADS Advisory Council advises and guides Aging and Disability Services of Seattle/King County in promoting independence and choice for older adults and adults with disabilities. We monitor policies and programs, and advocate for health, long-term care, and access to services.

To that end, AgeWise King County will feature a series of articles on navigating the health care system. This month, we are pleased to present "Improving Health Care through Patient/Family-Centered Care" by Tracey Gooding, who directs patient relations at Harborview Medical Center. Three key points: Be involved, be informed, and build a broad health care team.

We're also happy to have a nutrition article from Northwest Kidney Center dietitians Katy Wilkens and Erin McCormick; a transportation advocacy article by ADS planner Irene Stewart; and information about United Way's free tax preparation service—an opportunity to volunteer or benefit!

Read AgeWise King County and tell us what you think about our new format and content. We look forward to hearing from you. Happy new year!

Diane Snell, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
for Aging and Disability Services