Improving Mobility for People with Limited Options

Published on 29 October 2015

From the new I-405 Express Toll Lanes, to University Link Light Rail, to major construction projects on State Route 99 and State Route 520, you’ve probably noticed some changes to King County’s transportation system lately. With so many changes, transportation can be a difficult challenge for anyone to navigate.

All Aboard, Seattle!

Published on 30 June 2015

Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen joined together at the Northgate Transit Center to celebrate increased King County Metro bus service in Seattle.

How to Avoid Distracted Driving

Published on 29 April 2015

Even though it may feel like second nature, driving is a demanding task that requires your full attention, no matter how experienced you may consider yourself.

VetsGO Offers "Beyond-the-Bus" Transportation Options

Published on 5 January 2015

Over the last two months, I attended two veteran events in King County: the Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Stand Down. Both were events that brought it all home and reminded me not only why I do what I do for a career, but also how important it is that the recognition, honoring, and support we give our veterans goes beyond November 11th every year.

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.

Metro to Offer Reduced Fare for Qualified Low-income Riders

Published on 30 September 2014

Metro bus service will become more affordable for tens of thousands of our customers next March when we introduce a reduced fare for people with low incomes.

Hopelink Travel Program Helps Take the Fear Out of Public Transit

Published on 30 September 2014

It's tricky to learn how to find bus stops, where to get on and off of buses, and how to ask for help when you don't speak English. For some, it's downright scary.

StopInfo for OneBusAway Helps Low Vision Bus Riders and Others

Published on 30 September 2014

There are many great reasons to use public transportation—convenience, cost, and concern for the environment are just a few; however, planning a bus trip to or from an unfamiliar place can present a number of challenges. Particularly for blind and low vision bus riders, finding a new bus stop can be difficult without prior information.

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.

Is There a Village on Your Horizon?

Published on 31 July 2014

Have you heard about the movement toward "virtual" retirement villages? Although typically geographic, a virtual village allows you to stay in your own home with easier access to services and supports that can help you age in place successfully.

Seattle Design Festival 2014: Community Mobility & Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The Northwest Universal Design Council and King County Mobility Coalition invite you to attend Community Mobility & Universal Design, a Seattle Design Festival event that will explore Universal Design principles that can enhance community mobility. The event will be held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 (12:30–2:30 p.m.) at Seattle Public Library—Central Branch, Meeting Room #1, 1000 4th Avenue, in downtown Seattle, as part of the two-day SDF14 Conference.

Honk If You Hear Me! Three Tips on Hearing and Driving

Published on 30 April 2014

Honking horns, emergency vehicle sirens and engines: what do all of these sounds have in common? You need to hear all of them while driving. Safe driving relies on good vision and good hearing. Our ability to hear something before we see it helps us respond more quickly to potential danger.

Olympia Curbs Unauthorized Use of Disabled Parking Placards

Published on 31 March 2014

This year's state legislative session in Olympia included passage of an important bill that will help curb the rampant unauthorized use of disabled parking placards within Seattle. For years, people without disability have illegally used the placards to get free street parking, taking spaces away from those who need it most.

Advisory Council Members Make Some Noise on "Quiet" Lobby Day

Published on 27 February 2014

It's an annual tradition and a crucial opportunity: A group of Advisory Council members went down to Olympia for Senior Lobby Day on Thursday, February 20. They met with their legislators to discuss several bills and funding concerns. And they got to hear Governor Jay Inslee and others talk about the needs of Washington’s older adults, the challenges and opportunities facing the state's long-term care systems, and many serious concerns about Washington's regressive tax system.

Inpatient or Observation Status—A Significant Difference!

Published on 2 December 2013

We work, we contribute, and when we turn 65, major medical expenses are covered by Medicare, right? Not always. Medicare beneficiaries can actually get stuck with huge hospital bills.

Older Driver Safety Highlighted in December

Published on 2 December 2013

Among the many health awareness observances we support, National Older Driver Safety Awareness rises to the top in December. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) leads the charge on National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which occurs December 2–6, 2013.

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Why Transportation Advocacy is Important

Published on 1 October 2013

AARP Washington advocacy director Ingrid McDonald (Transportation for All—Keep Us Moving!) is clear and correct: "New investments should promote flexible transportation options that will help older people and people with disabilities stay mobile and engaged in their communities." And the priorities she outlines—public transit, special needs transportation, and complete streets—are good for people of all ages and all abilities, whether they use them or not.

Making It Easier to Leave Your Car at Home

Published on 1 October 2013

There comes a time when most people stop driving. Some drivers are forced to give up the keys due to physical limitations, like limited vision, or slow response that puts themselves and others at risk. With increasing frequency, drivers of all ages choose not to drive due to cost, comfort, convenience and/or concern for the environment.

One for the Money, Two for the Show...

Published on 29 August 2013

Carl Perkins' song, Blue Suede Shoes, comes to mind when I think of September's emphasis on falls prevention and emergency preparedness. It's not because of money, racing, or shoes. It's this: It's time to get ready—and there’s so much to do!

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?

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.

Hyde Shuttle Service Begins in Federal Way, SeaTac and Tukwila

Published on 29 June 2012

Free community Hyde Shuttle service for residents age 55 and older and for people with disabilities of all ages is now available in Federal Way, SeaTac and Tukwila.

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! 

Wanted: Eastside Transportation Advocates

Published on 28 December 2011

Residents of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie Valley—and nearby towns—are invited to change the face of transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income residents on the Eastside.