Active, Connected and Making a Difference

Nora Gibson, executive director for the
Full Life adult day program, with her mother Joan (right). Read "Caregiver Support Helps Persons with Dementia Remain with Family" to learn how
the program helps increase physical activity and decrease the risk of falling.

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 and Disability Services' newsletter  for two reasons:

  1. Studies have shown that keeping physically active and maintaining social connections are the two things that help people live longer and live better.

  2. The Advisory Council not only stays active and maintains connections, but we also make a difference through our advocacy for the needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Right now, we're helping to educate lawmakers in Olympia about the Senior Citizen Services Act, which authorizes state funding for the wide variety of services needed to help older adults with functional disabilities remain in their home or a community-based setting for as long as possible. We work closely with other human services advocates in the Puget Sound region and throughout the state. We collaborate with the Washington State Council on Aging and many Advisory Council members and others will participate in the 2012 Senior Lobby Day on February 23, coordinated by the Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby. You are welcome to join us there!

In addition to state advocacy, the Advisory Council helps guide local planning and allocation of resources, assists with hiring the Aging and Disability Services director, and educates the community concerning the needs of older adults and residents with disabilities as well as programs and services maintained by Aging and Disability Services.

Don Moreland (left) was an active
and connected ADS Advisory Council
member—and he made a difference.

At press time, the Advisory Council has openings for several new members. Advisory Council members are appointed by the City of Seattle, King County, and United Way. For more information, visit the Advisory Council webpage. If you are interested in serving, please send your resume and cover letter to Gigi Meinig (c/o ADS, PO Box 34216, Seattle WA 98124-4215) or call her at 206-684-0652.

Finally, I want to pay tribute to my friend and mentor, Don Moreland, who was one of our most active and best connected Advisory Council members. Don passed away in January after a period of illness. His absence leaves a hole in our hearts. To learn more about Don, I invite you to read the w4a tribute. Don, may you rest in peace.

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