Shout It from the Rooftops

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:

"Area Agencies on Aging help older persons and adults with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible!"

Aging and Disability Services (ADS) is the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Its long-term care case management program serves more than 13,000 individuals who are otherwise unable to care for themselves at home.

Please join King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in recognizing older adults and the people who serve and support them as powerful and vital contributors to our community!

In addition, ADS provides a variety of adult day, Alzheimer's support, caregiver and kinship care support, elder abuse prevention, employment, health maintenance and promotion, legal, and transportation services to Seattle and King County residents.

Consider this:

More than 13,500 residents participate in programs at senior centers that our agency funds in Seattle. King County and suburban cities support other centers across the county.

It's thanks to the federal Older Americans Act and Washington State Senior Citizens Services Act that we enjoy these services and are able to help older people maintain maximum independence, in their homes and communities, and promote a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly. In total, more than 37,000 residents receive some level of support from Aging and Disability Services each year. And that's something to shout about!

Reel of Film --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

This month's issue of AgeWise King County celebrates Older Americans Month, a national recognition that originated in 1963. This year's theme—Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.—complements the mission of Aging and Disability Services to develop a community that promotes quality of life, independence, and choice for older people and adults with disabilities in King County.

ADS has helped coordinate the Healthy Aging Partnership Film Festival and has assembled a calendar of Older Americans Month activities, which you'll find in AgeWise calendar and on, the ADS website.

Stay safe, stay connected, and keep making a difference!

Contributor Tony Provine is serving his second term as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, which publishes AgeWise King County. He welcomes input from readers via e-mail ( as well as applicants for open positions on the council, when they occur. For more information, visit