Fall Lineup!

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!

Last month, we celebrated Falls Prevention Awareness Day. In Washington state, falls result in over 12,000 hospitalizations each year, so perhaps it should become Falls Prevention Awareness Season! Click here to learn how exercise for balance and strength, medication review, eye exams, and home safety precautions can help you and your loved ones avoid injury.

Safe and accessible built environments are fundamental to life in community. On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, the Northwest Universal Design Council—facilitated by Aging and Disability Services—has arranged to have Seattle architect and accessibility expert Karen Braitmayer talk about the work of the U.S. Access Board, on which she serves. I invite you to attend her presentation at Seattle City Hall to learn how the Board makes a difference in your life—it does!

Among the lineup of fall Aging Network activities, a number of our Advisory Council members are planning to attend the state Senior Lobby conference on October 28. It's a wonderful opportunity to hear from elected officials and discuss strategies for advocacy in Olympia and Washington, DC.

Fall activities also include voting in the General Election—Tuesday, November 3, 2015. If you need information about how to vote (the process, not who or what to support), please see Voting: My How the Times Are A-changin' in our August 2012 issue. It includes links for voter registration for family members and friends as well as information about accessible voting. Click here for information about what you will find on the 2015 general election ballot.

National holidays and other observances round out our fall lineup. It's a busy time of year. I marvel at how much we accomplish, especially when we work together.

Contributor Ava Frisinger chairs the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, which publishes AgeWise King County. Ava welcomes input from readers via e-mail (advisorychair@agewisekingcounty.org) as well as applicants for open positions on the council, when they occur. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council.

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS) publishes AgeWise King County. The Council meets monthly except in October, due to the state Senior Lobby conference. Much of the work is conducted in committees. If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council, visit our How to Join webpage.