Home for the Holidays: Signs Your Aging Loved One May Need Help

Published on 25 November 2015

The holidays are a common time for families to gather. When we live apart, we often don't realize changes are occurring in our aging loved ones until we are together for an extended period of time. If you have family members who are older, this is when you may notice changes in behavior, routines and lifestyle.

Creating Age- and Disability-Friendly Communities

Published on 29 October 2015

Good news! Aging and Disability Services filed its final draft Area Plan for 2016-2019 for Seattle-King County with the State Unit on Aging, part of the DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, on Oct. 5, 2015. State approval is expected in early 2016.

Senior couple at home in kitchen focusing on angry man

Elder DV May Involve Adult Children, Non-Family

Published on 1 October 2015

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. When people hear "domestic violence" or "DV," they almost always think of abuse and exploitation by an intimate partner. Although Aging and Disability Services certainly sees and serves individuals where this is the case, we see an overwhelming volume of abuse and exploitation against elders by other family members, "friends" and trusted others such as real estate agents, neighbors, financial planners, gardeners and housekeepers.

family concept (focus point on hands of the woman)

Aging with Down Syndrome

Published on 1 October 2015

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down syndrome occurs when a person has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. It is the most commonly occurring chromosomal abnormality. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.

2015 Property Values: Q&A with the King County Assessor

Published on 1 October 2015

2015 Property Values: Q&A with the King County Assessor

Learn for Life

Published on 27 August 2015

As Albert Einstein said, "Once you stop learning, you start dying."

Stay Connected: Get to Know Your Neighbors

Published on 30 July 2015

I think of Dori Gillam's article ("The Village Model: Everyone has Something to Contribute to Aging in Place") as sort of a Village Model 101—enough to get you started plus links to local resources. For many people, membership in a virtual village ensures many more years of aging in place, not only because of the services available but opportunities to stay connected.

The Village Model: Everyone Has Something to Contribute to Aging in Place

Published on 30 July 2015

Where do you envision living as you age? In the same place you are now? In a place you can call "home" (instead of a hospital-like-care-setting)?What will you do if you are still active and involved, but you need a little help keeping your living space repaired and cleaned? Or need a ride to an evening event because you no longer wish to drive at night?

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Published on 30 July 2015

The Washington State Legislature recently passed Substitute Senate Bill 5186 that increased the qualifying income from $35,000 annual gross income to $40,000 for the senior/disability property tax exemption effective October 2015.

In Her Corner

Published on 30 June 2015

At 48 years old, Tracie is younger than most people imagine when they think of someone in a long-term care facility; however, people under age 64 represent about 37 percent of those needing long-term care.

You Take Care of Mom, But Who Will Take Care of You?

Published on 31 March 2015

Family caregivers provide the majority of long-term services and supports; however, the supply of family caregivers is not likely to keep the pace with the future demand.

Social Workers Drive Change, Empower People

Published on 2 March 2015

March is National Social Work Month. This year also happens to be the 60th anniversary of the National Association of Social Work.

King County Veterans and Human Services Levy Makes a Difference

Published on 30 October 2014

In November 2005 and again in 2011, King County voters overwhelmingly approved a measure that established the Veterans and Human Services Levy.

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.

Washington Gets High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Published on 2 September 2014

A new report shows that Washington State's long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington's high quality and cost effective approach.

Revisiting King County's Senior Housing Crisis

Published on 31 July 2014

Here it is In a nutshell: More than 900 additional affordable senior housing units are needed each year until 2025.

Options for Meeting the Housing Needs of Seniors

Published on 31 July 2014

Few of us enjoy moving. Even if we are excited about buying our first home, or moving to a new town for a dream job, the process of searching for the right house or apartment, packing, and leaving a familiar environment can be a stressful time. For older adults, considering a move might also include other stressors, such as fear of losing independence and sadness over leaving the neighborhood where they raised their children.

Economics Make a Case for Universal Design

Published on 31 July 2014

The good news is that there are a lot more of us and we're living longer. Because of that very fact, the bad news is that we are headed toward an unparalleled economic crisis that we seem woefully unprepared to meet. The crisis is our inability to pay for long-term care services and supports.

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.

Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?

Published on 31 July 2014

The King County Assessor's Office annually values over 700,000 parcels and physically inspects 1/6th of the County each year. Property owners in King County should have received or will receive their 2014 property valuation in the mail between the months of June through October.

Senior woman leaning on hand and looking forward.

When It's Time to Downsize

Published on 31 December 2013

My friend, Betty, recently moved from her family home to a one-bedroom supported living apartment. I asked her why she decided to move. She replied that she developed a chronic hip problem, and was no longer able to work in her garden, walk up and down stairs, or drive. Her physical condition limited her independence and access to friends, many of whom no longer drive either.

Hoarding: A Complex Issue Needing Community Support

Published on 1 February 2013

As the Renton Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator, I have worked with residents that struggle with hoarding disorder; however, I felt uninformed about this issue.

Deciding What to Do with a Life's Worth of Possessions and Memories

Published on 2 January 2013

At some point in their lives, many older adults have to contend with the task of downsizing—moving from their family home to an apartment or from an apartment to assisted living or other living arrangements.

Make Sure Your Home Can Change As You Do

Published on 30 August 2012

Home sweet home! No one expects a simple turn of events or our changing lives to suddenly make our home sweet home become a barrier to our comfort and peace of mind. Unfortunately that is typically what can happen if we are not aware of the possibility of change and if we're not prepared to deal with it. 

Two Property Tax Benefit Programs for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

Published on 30 August 2012

If you are age 61 or older—or have a disability—and your primary residence is in King County, you may be eligible to receive a property tax exemption or deferral through a program administered by the King County Department of Assessments. 

Health Care Reform a High AAA Priority

Published on 31 May 2012

Area Agencies on Aging ("triple As," as they're sometimes called) have long contributed to health care efficiencies and effectiveness.

Planning for Financial Fitness at Retirement

Published on 29 February 2012

Planning for retirement often feels like a guessing game.

Universal Design Goes Beyond the Home

Published on 29 February 2012

Have you ever watched a captioned television at an airport? Were you thankful for the curb cut when pushing your baby stroller up a sidewalk? Did you appreciate the automatic door opener at the grocery store? These are all examples of "universal design."