The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services advocates for local, state, and national programs that promote quality of life for older people and adults with disabilities. BrochureWhat We Do
What do Advisory Council members do?
- ADVISE—We bring our knowledge of local issues to Aging and Disability Services.
- ADVOCATE—We advocate at the federal, state, county, and city levels.
- CONNECT—We connect with other organizations that provide for the older adults and individuals with disabilities, as well as with the general public.
- COLLABORATE—We collaborate with local and statewide advocacy organizations to achieve mutual goals, including senior centers, disability organizations, and human services providers.
Advocating for age-friendly communities
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services takes part in the annual Washington State Senior Lobby Conference and discuss priorities with our legislative delegation during Senior Lobby Day in Olympia. The Advisory Council also hosts and co-sponsors forums on issues such as ageism, aging in place, Alzheimer’s, behavioral health, end-of-life planning, food access, health care reform, housing, LGBTQ elders, Medicare, rural aging, transportation, the “Village Model,” and Washington’s aging readiness. For more information, visit our Advocacy webpage.
Key link between the community and the Area Agency on Aging
Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—is funded by federal, state, and city sources to provide an extensive range of programs and services, including adult day services, caregiver support, case management, Community Living Connections, elder abuse prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, legal services, nutrition services, senior centers, and transportation. For services, contact Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464.
Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Advisory Councils are mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965 as part of the Aging Network.
Aging and Disability Services (ADS) and its Advisory Council advocate on behalf of older adults, family caregivers and people with disabilities for local, state and national programs that promote quality of life for these populations.
ADS Advisory Council members participate in other local and regional advocacy coalitions to ensure that our communities are aging friendly—great places for people of all ages to grow up and grow old.
By 2035, nearly 25 percent of King County’s residents will be age 60 or older. Local government and Aging and Disability Services—your local Area Agency on Aging—can work together to make a difference for community elders.
- Legislative Priorities – ADS Advisory Council priorities for the most recent state legislative session
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- 2017 Fall Conference – Tacoma: The Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby coordinates an annual conference in Tacoma each October, which provides Advisory Council members and other Aging Network advocates an opportunity to learn about issues that deserve attention during the next legislative session. Pre-registration and payment is required. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
- Senior Lobby Day – Olympia: The Washington State Senior Lobby schedules an annual statewide event that provides an oportunity for Advisory Council members from each of Washington State’s Area Agencies on Aging and other advocates to meet with legislators. Read more about Senior Lobby Day in “A Day in the Life of a Senior Advocate” (AgeWise King County, March 2016).
- Monthly Senior Lobby Meetings – Lacy: The Washington State Senior Lobby holds monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Legislative Candidate Forums: In partnership with W4A, AARP and other local advocacy organizations, the ADS Advisory Council convenes biennial forums that focus on federal and state issues important to older adults and people with disabilities.
Ways to Get Involved
- Advocacy Listserv: The ADS Advisory Council hosts an informational listserv to share announcements about local, state, and national advocacy that impact older adults and people with disabilities. This is not a discussion forum but a way to help us share important information with a broader audience. To have your e-mail address added to the listserv, click and send to Advisory Council Meeting Notices
- Make Connections
- Visit Congress.gov to find and contact your Congressional representatives and to learn about bills, agendas, committees, etc.
- Visit Washington State Legislature to find and contact your legislator and to learn about bills, agendas, committees, etc.
- Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 to voice your opinion on the issues.
- Visit King County Council and King County Executive to find and contact your elected County officials and to learn about local initiatives.
- Visit Seattle City Council and Seattle Office of the Mayor to find and contact Seattle officials in Seattle and learn about local initiatives.
- Visit Sound Cities Association or your local municipals.
- Attend the Advisory Council’s Advocacy Committee meeting. The committee meets monthly, just before the full council’s regular meeting. Be sure to check the calendar to confirm time and location. For more information, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or email@example.com).
- Participate in other regional coalitions and advocacy organizations. See a partial list on our Join Us webpage.
- Join the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders (MCAAE), a 12-member council appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, and the Seattle Human Services Department in matters affecting older African Americans. The history of the African American Elders Program is told in the short video below, The Heart of Our Community: A Digital Story, produced by Karen Winston, Aging and Disability Services, 2012.
Our Council volunteers are appointed by the City of Seattle and King County.
Members serve for up to three two-year terms.
2017 Executive Committee
Chair: Hon. David Baker
David Baker was raised in Los Angeles and educated in Los Angeles Public Schools. He holds an RN degree from Iowa Western Community College, both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, and a PhD from Iowa State University. David and his wife Sheri moved to Kenmore in 1995. They have three children.
Currently, David serves as mayor of the City of Kenmore and sits on numerous local and regional committees, including the King County Board of Health, King County Regional Transportation Committee, and Sound Cities Board of Directors.
In addition, David owns a machine vision and video inspection company and an Internet-based cell phone service company that specializes in cell phone repairs and accessories.
Vice-Chair: Marsha Andrews
Marsha Andrews received her law degree in 1992 and worked several years as a contractor, conducting hearings on Fissile Material for the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. She returned home to the Northwest to assist her mother in the care of her sister, who was battling complications due to diabetes.
Not wanting to take another bar exam, Marsha became self-employed as a commercial Realtor, specializing in the sale of gas stations and other commercial properties. The flexibility of self-employment gave her the opportunity to be a caregiver to her mother, who recently passed at age 95.
Marsha recalls that the last part of her mother’s journey was an eye opener. Marsha noticed that elderly people who did not have anyone to speak on their behalf were treated differently than those who did (e.g., regarding insurance, care decisions, etc.).
“My mom and I talked about it, prior to her death,” Marsha says. “I made a promise to her that I would become an advocate for those who lacked the voice needed to speak for those lacking representation.”
Marsha has since been appointed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to the Mayor’s Council for African American Elders. She also sits on the board of Samuel B. McKinney Manor, a housing development for seniors.
Secretary: Lorna Stone
Lorna Stone received a Masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She has served as the Senior for Grant Making and the Director of Rural Health at the Washington Health Foundation and volunteers as a trainer with the Rainbow Train, a cultural competency training program for health and social service workers on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elder issues. Her experience includes hospice social work, health promotion training, counseling, and work with chronically ill populations. The interactive relationships of institutional change, cross-cultural partnerships and social justice remain an abiding interest.
Member At-Large: Eric Martenson
Eric Martenson worked in the hospitality industry until 2007, when an earlier disabling injury forced a conclusion to that part of his career. Eric returned to college in 2012, entering the social and human services field. During his associate years, Eric developed an interest in improving senior’s quality of life through direct interaction, advocacy and lobbying. He continues his studies, now in a public health bachelors program, and his work with the council, senior services, and his community. Eric has outstanding culinary skills, a positive attitude to life every day, and desire to leave each day a better place from his being there.
Irma Farsch is an active member of the Sound Generations Board, and the City of Seattle’s Age Friendly Community Task Force. She served on the Board of the UW’s Health Promotion Research Center and as Human Services Commissioner for the City of Bellevue. She is currently Clinic Manager of Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
Ava Frisinger, is a former four–term Mayor and City Councilmember from the City of Issaquah. She has been involved with the provision of human services on the Eastside for many years. Her involvement extends back into the 1980’s as a participant with the Eastside Human Services Forum and the county-wide Human Services Roundtable. Housing affordability and public health issues have been of particular interest to her along with an ongoing focus on special needs populations.
Currently, she is serving her second year on the State Council on Aging where she is vice-chair of the Legislative committee. She chairs the Advocacy Committee for the Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council. At home, she is a member of a working group advising the City of Issaquah on the best models to provide services for seniors through the Senior Center. She also is on the Board of Directors of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.
Carolyn Heersema is a member of the Saanya Kwaan Neix.adi Clan (The People of SE Wind) and Raven Moiety Halibut/Beaver Clan house (Saxman Alaska). As a delegate on the Tlingit and Haida Washington Chapter, vice-president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, board director of the Cape Fox village corporation, and member of the American Indian Women’s League Washington Chapter, Carolyn has helped provide Native families and elders with food, shelter, medical care, and other needs and worked to address long-term well-being and self-sufficiency.
Carolyn is also a Tlingit dance leader. The Seattle Cape Fox Dancers represent four generations.
Carolyn has experience working for a home care agency, and she managed her parents’ medical, emotional, and financial needs in later life. Carolyn’s grown daughter lives with mental and physical disabilities that resulted from contracting bacterial meningitis as an infant.
Beverly Heyden retired in 2007 after 39 years in the banking industry. Much of her career was spent at Old National Bank (later called US bank), where she focused on banking operations, consumer lending, and mortgage banking.
Once retired, Beverly was determined to stay healthy and active. She exercised regularly at the North Bellevue Community Center, which features senior and wellness activity programs, and eventually became president of the center’s Advisory Board. Under Beverly’s leadership, the center established an annual fundraising program.
Beverly is passionate about housing and transportation issues. As a member of the Bellevue Network on Aging Housing/Transportation Committee and the Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, she advocates for subsidized, supported housing and affordable, reliable transportation.
One of Beverly’s biggest concerns is that many seniors on Social Security don’t have enough money to pay rising rents or, if they are homeowners, pay increased property taxes or keep up with regular maintenance.
As an active community member, Beverly continues to participate with RSVP and volunteers once a week at the Humane Society at Happypaws Farm. She resides on the Eastside with her family and four special dogs she adopted from Happy Paws.
Molly Holmes grew up in the Yakima Valley and earned a BA from Central Washington State College in 1948. She and her husband founded a weekly newspaper in Quincy, Grant County, in 1949, a newspaper that is still up and running. A few years and four children later, Molly began work as publications editor for the Washington State School Directors Association in Olympia. She earned a teaching certificate in 1969 and taught children with disabilities for the next 23 years.
An outdoors woman, Molly hikes and kayaks throughout the Northwest. As a volunteer, she has built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Yakima, and Central America, and also managed a volunteer thrift store in Key Center.
Hon. Debora Juarez
Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez represents District 5 (North Seattle) on the Seattle City Council. Councilmember Juarez was born on the Puyallup Reservation in Tacoma. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, and her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. Prior to her election to the City Council, she worked as a public defender, as a staff attorney for the Native American Project, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, and as a judge for Seattle and King County. For more information about her work on the City Council, visit www.seattle.gov/council/Juarez.
Florence Klein brings 46 years of diverse professional and personal experience to the ADS Advisory Council. As founder of Silver Planet, an online resource guide for seniors, she has lessened the burden of that population with her important and informed guidance. As independent real estate developer, Florence has created luxury housing and planning innovative intergenerational housing throughout the United States. She was also president of her own securities and brokerage firm and vice-president of several high-profile investment firms. Florence’s board affiliations include Center for Prevention of Domestic Abuse, AIDS Information Network, and Hadassah. She is particularly proud of her work encouraging self-esteem and financial independence programs for incarcerated women in Colorado and Pennsylvania.
Larry Low’s 36-year career as a social worker has provided him with excellent understanding of the mission, vision, and work of Aging and Disability Services. Working at the VA Medical Medical Center, Larry’s focused on monitoring nursing facility patient care plans. He also worked with families on patients’ care needs following discharge. Larry is currently an associate pastor at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church. His role includes visiting members who are in the hospital or nursing care facilities. In addition to his role on the ADS Advisory Council, he volunteers at the Chinese Information Service Center and Kin On Community Care Center.
Dr. Kathe Matrone has worked over 40 years with individuals with disabilities and rehabilitation organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Michigan. She earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. She currently serves as the Director for the University of Washington Center on Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, which provides continuing education and technical assistance on issues facing professionals and organizations working in the field of rehabilitation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Recently, Kathe has seen an increase in requests for information from aging workers about accommodation in the workplace. In addition, rehabilitation professionals are seeking strategies and tools in working with older adults with disabilities seeking employment.
Membership in the Advisory Council offers her the opportunity to become involved in a local organization whose primary purpose focuses on individuals who are aging and aging into disability.
Bruce “Mac” McIntosh worked over 20 years for the Swedish/Providence health care system as part of the hospital’s intensive care unit supporting the medical staff. He served on the SEIU executive board and participated in the LGBT community representing their rights through the Lavender Caucus. He took a leave of absence to dedicate a year to John Kerry’s presidential campaign.
Mac is currently on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and is a regular contributor to their newsletter. He advocates for seniors and the most vulnerable through active membership in the Washington State Senior Citizen Lobby and Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans. Mac’s primary interests are related to seniors, disadvantaged residents, and the LGBT community.
June Michel is a Civil Rights Lawyer who has invested her career fighting for women’s rights, employment equality and a better future for our older adults. As a Latina, June is a true champion of workforce diversity starting as a Trial Lawyer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, then ABC Network Television Affirmative Action Manager. Until her move to Seattle, June maintained her law firm specializing in employment discrimination in Carmel, California.
June is thoroughly enjoying living in Seattle, close to her family. As a past Coast Guard Auxiliary Captain she is enjoying the views from her new home and as a Master Gardener she finds the Pacific Northwest to be a perfect fit.
Tom Minty is actively involved in activities that promote an awareness of the unique housing needs of people with disabilities and our aging population. According to Tom, a friend of his with multiple sclerosis raised his awareness of the obstacles people with disabilities face. As a realtor he recognized there was a lack of awareness in his field of the challenges people with physical limitations confront. He sought specialized training to understanding the housing needs and choices available to people with disabilities and people who wish to age in place. He gained the designation as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist through the National Association of Realtors. Tom promotes a broader awareness of these needs by speaking at professional conferences and other events including the Master Builders Association, the Seattle Home Show and local real-estate association events. He has been an active participant with the Northwest Universal Design Council. Most recently he served on the NWUDC Housing Task Force to create a document targeted to builders and remodelers which defines specific residential universal design features. Tom is committed to educating builders as well as consumers about forward thinking, sustainable home design and construction.
Dave Rogers is an active member of the Vashon Maury Senior Center, where he volunteers his time as the center’s van driver and as an instructor for the AARP Driving Safety Program. As a resident of Vashon Island, he brings a much-needed perspective on living in an isolated unincorporated area of the county. Prior to retirement, he worked as a lobbyist for Special Purpose Districts in Olympia. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and did his graduate work at Evergreen State College and City University. He helped care for a daughter and a sister, both of whom have disabilities. He describes himself as having firsthand knowledge about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their families.
Sue Shaw earned a B.S. in Health Science from San Jose State University in 1980, and has 30 years experience working in nonprofit health care administration. She moved to Seattle in 2008 upon her retirement from Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (KPMG) in northern California. Much of Sue’s focus was on developing and evaluating programs for self-management of chronic conditions, and she received recognition designing an educational intervention for South Asians to reduce cardiac risk.
The past two years have been challenging for Sue as her two adult daughters faced catastrophic health issues resulting in disabilities. Advocating for her family has increased her awareness of the difficulties faced by individuals in gaining access to existing services.
As a member of the Wallingford Community Senior Center, Sue has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of social support provided by Seattle’s senior centers. She participates in the Wednesday lunch program and afternoon Scrabble game on a regular basis.
Cynthia Snyder’s early career focused on children where she worked for 30 years with children and adults with disabilities for the State of Pennsylvania. Then served Penncrest School District as a Board Member for 17 years. In addition, she participated on the Head Start Advisory Board, and the Child Death Review board. Later she turned her attention to senior issues. She is currently an active member of the Mount Si Senior Center board in North Bend, WA and she is comfortable advocating with legislators and local politicians on human service related issues.
Sue Weston cared for her terminally-ill mother for five years and experienced many of the problems that long-term caregivers experience. Drugs and treatments were expensive, and she struggled to keep her mother’s health care insurance from canceling. “Mom was lucky, she had me to fight for her,” Sue says. “But many seniors, as they become more seriously ill and confused, are dropped through the cracks in America’s health system. As a single parent of two children who had lived for over 10 years in Canada, I saw first hand the difficulties and short comings of American medical care for the elderly.”
Since Sue’s mother passed away in 2005, she has volunteered a lot of time at the Vashon Senior Center, the Vashon Community Care Center, and supporting and helping to care for those in need in the church and the greater Vashon Island community. “Many of the senior support services taken for granted in the larger urban community are not available or accessible in the more rural areas of King County,” Sue says. “A senior myself, I care what happens to other seniors.”
Dick Woo brings an important financial component and human services perspective to the Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council. He currently serves as Board Chair at Salal Credit Union, as well as on the boards of Interim Community Development Association and the International District Parking Association. Dick is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and a former Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
Dick has over thirty years of financial management experience in the public and private sectors, including positions with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a City of Seattle chartered preservation and development authority, and a large savings institution. As a Congressional auditor, Dick has evaluated programs administered through the Federal Administration on Aging as well as projects implemented through not-for-profit agencies.
Dick recently retired as Director of Finance and Operations at YouthCare, a Seattle-based not-for-profit organization serving homeless youths, and previously served as CFO for King County’s Community Services Division, and as Director of Finance and Administrative Services for the City of Seattle Housing Authority.
Participation in committee work is open to all interested council members. Participation by people other than Council members is subject to approval by the committee. Contact the staff person associated with each committee for more information.
Advocates for the health and welfare needs of older persons and adults with disabilities and monitors legislation and policy measures on their behalf.
- Co-chairs: Ava Frisinger
- Meeting Time: 2nd Friday, 10:15-11:45 a.m. (Seattle Municipal Tower)
- Members: Mary Anderson, Marsha Andrews, Hon. David Baker, Katty Chow, Molly Holmes, Eric Martenson, Mac McIntosh, Sue Shaw, Lorna Stone, and Diana Thompson
- ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652
- Aging Agendas:
Planning and Allocations (P&A) Committee:
Studies in detail programs and projects receiving funding from Aging and Disability Services and makes recommendations regarding their support.
- Chair: Sue Shaw
- Meeting Time: 1st Monday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Seattle Municipal Tower 5190)
- Members: Molly Holmes, Kathe Matrone, Marsha Andrews, Bev Heyden, Kate Miller
- ADS Staff Contact: Karen Winston (206) 684-0706
Comprises Advisory Council Chair and other officers, standing committee chairs, and task force chairs.
- Chair: Molly Holmes
- Meeting Time: As needed
- Members: Officers and committee chairs
- ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652
Elected by majority vote, the Committee is composed of three members (one from each sponsoring body). This Committee presents a slate of officers at a regular Council meeting two months prior to the Annual meeting.
- Members: To be determined
- Meeting Time: As needed
- ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652
Outreach and Communications Committee:
Responsible for communication efforts of the Advisory Council and promoting the visibility of the Area Agency on Aging.
- Chair: Eric Martenson
- Members: Marsha Andrews, Claire Brannan, Katty Chow, Sue Weston
- Meeting Time: Second Fridays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. (Seattle Municipal Tower 4050)
- ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652
- Community Forums: See the Advisory Council’s Advocacy webpage.
- 2011 Communications Plan
- Beacon Hill outreach brochure
AgeWise King County Review Team:
Responsible for monthly publication of AgeWise King County, the Advisory Council’s online magazine.
- Members: Hon. David Baker, Molly Holmes & Sue Shaw
- Meeting Time: As needed
- ADS Staff Contact: Irene Stewart (206) 684-0662
Northwest Universal Design Council:
Advocates for the inclusion of universal design principles, products, and processes that enable everyone, regardless of age or ability to age in place. For more information, visit the NWUDC website (www.environmentsforall.org) or Facebook page.
- Members: Tom Minty (former Advisory Council member) and other Universal Design advocates from the community
- Meeting Time: Quarterly programs
- ADS Staff Contact: Irene Stewart (206) 684-0662
State Council on Aging
The Washington State Council on Aging serves as the State Unit on Aging with respect to federally funded programs as required by federal regulation. The Council advises the Governor and DSHS secretary on policies, programs, and services affecting older adults, promotes opportunities and challenges faced by older adults, and promotes self-advocacy through workshops, conferences, and other trainings. For more information, visit www.agingwashington.org/partners/state-council-aging/.
- King County Representative: Ava Frisinger
The Advisory Council meets on the 2nd Friday of every month (except January and October) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., often in the Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060 but sometimes in community locations. All meetings are open to the public. The monthly agenda is posted below.
Confirm the time and location of the meeting before attending by contacting ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
- September 8, 2017
- August 11, 2017
- July 14, 2017
- June 9, 2017
- May 12, 2017
- April 14, 2017
- March 10, 2017
- February 10, 2017
- January (no meeting)
- December 9, 2017
- November 18, 2016
- October (no meeting scheduled)
- September 9, 2016
- August 12, 2016
- July 8, 2016
- Presentation: The National Village Movement, presented by Wider Horizons
What a Village Can Mean To You
What is a Virtual Village for Elders?
Seven Characteristics of the Village Model
Villages offer neighborly option to age in place: Provide help, social connections (Philadelphia Area Agency on Aging, November 2015)
- June 10, 2016
- May 13, 2016
- Presentation: The Reality of What Older Workers Face in the Current Job Environment , presented by WorkSource
- April 8, 2016
- March 11, 2016
- February 12, 2016
- January 2016—Retreat
- Changing Aging: A National Strategy for Reframing the Public Discourse on Aging , by Kavan Peterson, ChangingAging.org
- Handout: The New Story of Aging (Changing Aging, 1/6/2016)
- Handout: Turning the Tide on the “Silver Tsunami” (Changing Aging, 6/10/2015)
- Handout: It Takes a Village to Disrupt Aging (Changing Aging, 5/1/2015)
- Handout: The New Dementia Story: Momentia (Changing Aging, 1/1/2014)
- December 11, 2015
- November 13, 2015
- September 11, 2015
- August 14, 2015
- July 10, 2015
- June 12, 2015
- May 8, 2015
- April 10, 2015
- Presentation: Older Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities , by Holly Woo, King County Developmental Disabilities Division
- Parallel Issues, Behavioral Issues and Care Provider Struggles , by Claire Brannan, Mobile Classes and Consulting | ADS Advisory Council
- 20 Years of Caring: Life Enrichment Options (video), presented by Rose Finnegan, LEO co-founder
- March 13, 2015
- February 13, 2015
- January 2015—Retreat
- Presentation: A 40-Year Review , by Mark Stensager
- Presentation: Ready, Set, Go. Understanding the Area Plan and Budget , by Maureen Linehan
- December 12, 2014
- November 14, 2014
- October 2014—No Meeting
- September 12, 2014
- August 8, 2014
- July 11, 2014
- Presentation: Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) , by Liz Mercer, Office of the Insurance Commissioner
- June 13, 2014
- May 9, 2014
- Presentation: CISC—Bridging Cultures, Communities and Generations
- April 11, 2014
- March 14, 2014
- February 14, 2014
- January 2014—Retreat
Thank you for serving on the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council. Following you will find a variety of tools to help you serve effectively on the Council. Wherever possible, a link to online information provides further information. For a print version, click here .
Aging and Disability Services
Aging and Disability Services—a division of the Seattle Human Services Department—is designated by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for King County. The role of AAAs is described below. ADS promotes quality of life, independence, and choice for older people and adults with disabilities. Please take a moment to read the agency’s mission and values and brochure .
An Area Plan on Aging is developed every four years, which presents relevant demographic trends, outlines major goals and objectives, and serves as a roadmap for the agency. The current Area Plan is available online.
ADS has two sponsors—the City of Seattle and King County—represented by the Seattle Human Services Department director and the King County Department of Community and Human Services director.
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability comprises volunteers who represent older adults and individuals with disabilities within our community. The Council advises ADS on policy and implementation of the Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County.
Basic tools for Advisory Council members include:
- Mission and role
- Advisory Council Bios
- Advisory Council Calendar: If you are unable to attend an Advisory Council meeting or event, contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652) at your earliest opportunity.
- ADS Calendar
- ADS Organizational Charts:
- ADS Photo Release Form
- ADS Seattle Office (map and directions )
- Parking Permit Application (City of Seattle Boards and Commissions)
- Parking Policy & Procedures (City of Seattle Fleets and Facilities)
Advisory Council members may request Council and/or ADS planning staff rosters by contacting ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652).
Advisory Council responsibilities—including meeting attendance, ethics, tasks/roles, essential and desired skills, benefits, and training are outlined in a two-page document . Please read this document carefully. For print copies, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig.
Your role and responsibilities—as well as the difference between advisory councils and boards of directors—are described in more length in a National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) publication called You Make a Difference: A Guide for Area Agency on Aging Boards and Advisory Councils .
The actions of the Advisory Council shape services the Aging Network delivers in King County. Three committees carry out much of the Council’s work:
The Council’s Executive Committee, comprising elected officers and committee chairs, makes business decisions for the Council. Officers are elected on an annual basis. An ad hoc Nominating Committee presents a slate of officers at a regular Council meeting two months prior to the end of the officers’ term.
Advocacy Committee Tools
The Advocacy Committee plays an important role in advocating for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities at the state and local level. Fortunately, the Advisory Council is not alone. Resources include:
- Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A): The W4A, a membership organization made up of 13 AAAs in Washington state, seeks to enhance the effectiveness of each AAA through a strong agenda of information, debate, advocacy and education. W4A is an affiliate of N4A, a national resource for information and education.
- Washington State Senior Lobby: A volunteer, nonprofit advocacy organization for seniors, the Senior Lobby studies issues of concern to older adults, develops a legislative agenda prior to each session, lobbies on issues during the legislative session and in the interim recess, contacts legislators and staff about seniors’ needs, organizes a Fall Conference on current public policy issues, and sponsors Senior Lobby Day at the State Capitol each legislative session.
- Area Trends (including clients served by legislative district)
- How to Lobby Your Legislator (League of Women Voters)
- King County Councilmembers
- NCOA Advocacy Toolkit
- They Represent You: 2014 Directory of Elected Officials (League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County—includes statewide Congressional and legislative information plus cities, school boards, port, courts, and tribes in King County)
- Washington State Legislature:
- Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000
(TTY for Hearing Impaired 1-800-635-9993)
- Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000
- Washington’s Members of Congress
Outreach & Communication Committee Tools
Planning and Allocations (P&A) Committee Tools
The biggest challenge the Advisory Council faces is to meet community need in the face of funding shifts and declines. Six members are appointed by the Advisory Council chair to be the eyes and ears of the community and keep informed of relevant information that impacts older adults and individuals with disabilities. The P&A Committee participates in Area Plan development, reviews discretionary funding impact on service areas, and develops recommendations to the Sponsors.
For a copy of the Area Plan budget, click here. Funding types include:
- Categorical—Funder dictates type of service and who will receive service (e.g., Medicaid)
- Limited discretion—Funder identifies service areas. AAA determines amount by service area (e.g., Family Caregiver Support).
- Discretionary—Funder allows local AAA broad discretion in service area amounts (e.g., Older Americans Act and Senior Citizens Services Act)
ADS-funded services are listed online.
- Discretionary service areas include adult day services, case management, client-specific, disability access, health promotion, elder abuse prevention, information and assistance, legal services, nutrition, senior centers, and transportation.
- Non-discretionary service areas include Medicaid case management, Medicaid nursing services, caregiver support, employment (including the Title V Community Service Employment Program), home care, and PEARLS.
Ethics & Public Disclosure
Each of the Sponsors sets ethical standards about work activities, business relationships, and the use of resources that apply to Advisory Council members, and each Council member is responsible for compliance:
- Highlights of the Ethics Code for Members of City Advisory Committees (City of Seattle, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission): This brochure summarizes the Seattle Ethics Code (SMC 4.16) as it applies to members of City of Seattle advisory committees.
- Code of Ethics: Helping Employees Make Ethical Decisions (King County Department of Executive Services, Board of Ethics): This publication provides a summary of the King County Code of Ethics and Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Code of Ethics Summary.
- Volunteering with United Way of King County (UWKC): This publication includes the UWKC Code of Ethics and Acknowledgement of Conflict of Interest.
Documents produced by or on behalf of the Advisory Council—with the exception of your address, telephone number, e-mail address, Social Security number, and emergency contact information—are public records potentially subject to public disclosure. It is important that you maintain your Advisory council work files separate from your personal files. This includes e-mail. The easiest way to do this is to:
- Create separate folders (hard copy and electronic) and promptly file all records related to your Advisory Council work.
- Save e-mail records online or print them out for hard copy folders.
Response to a public disclosure request is a legal matter. If you receive a public disclosure request, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652) immediately.
- Federal: The federal Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) works through the national network: 56 State Units on Aging, 655 AAAs, and 236 tribal and native organizations. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), an umbrella organization for AAAs and Title VI Native American aging programs, advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans.
- State: In Washington State, the Aging & Disability Services Administration (ADSA), part of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), functions as the state unit on aging. Unlike many states, ADSA brings together under one organization the major aging, long-term care, and developmental disability programs through a state network of access points to determine Medicaid eligibility and AAAs that provide in-home case management, information and assistance, and other community-based resources. The Washington State Council on Aging advises the Governor, Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, and ADSA.
- Local: ADS is one of 13 AAAs in Washington State. W4A (described above) works with the AAAs to create elder-friendly communities and to enhance the effectiveness of each AAA through a strong agenda of information, debate, advocacy and education.
- Direct Services: ADS contracts with over 60 agencies to provide a network of in-home and community services, support programs, and assistance to older adults and qualified disabled adults. In addition, ADS provides direct support to Medicaid long-term care clients through case management and to older Seattle residents through employment and volunteer programs offered by the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens (funded by the City of Seattle).
- Consumers: In 2011, over 33,000 older adults, family caregivers and adults with disabilities in King County received services from the local Aging Network.
For a diagram showing the relationship between these entities, click here .
AAA Advisory Councils were mandated by the 1965 Older Americans Act (Title 45 Sec. 1321.57). For historical information, read:
- The Aging Services Network: Broad Mandate and Increasing Responsibilities (Public Policy & Aging Report, Summer 2008)
- The Aging Services Network: Serving a Vulnerable and Growing Elderly Population in Tough Economic Times (Background Paper No. 83, National Health Policy Forum, 12/13/11)
Aging Network programs and services go by many different acronyms. Aging terminology can be equally confusing. For definitions, click here .
For any questions not addressed above, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652).
Join us in promoting an age-friendly community
The Advisory Council is currently seeking new members who are interested in issues and services affecting older people and adults with disabilities.
Advisory Council members have opportunities to hear and discuss cutting-edge information about issues facing older adults in our community, meet with legislators, and make a difference by advocating for age-friendly communities.
Each Advisory Council member is sponsored by the City of Seattle, King County, or United Way. The terms are two years with a limit of two terms for King County and the City of Seattle, while United Way has a three term limit.
Prospective members can expect a time commitment of four to six hours per month, which includes one monthly meeting (2nd Friday of each month), committee work, training and travel time.
If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council:
- Complete the application form
- Contact us ADS planner Gigi Meinig at (206) 684-0652 for more information about the appointment process.
Other ways to get involved
The Advisory Council welcomes anyone who is interested in the work of the Council to attend their monthly meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend and contribute.
Other ways to get involved include:
- Participate in special events hosted or co-sponsored by the Advisory Council or one of our community partners.
- Join the Washington State Senior Lobby. See our Advocacy webpage for additional information.
- Get involved with one of our community partners (partial list):
- AARP Washington
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Bellevue Network on Aging
- Housing Development Consortium
- King County Alliance for Human Services
- Kirkland Senior Council
- Mayor’s Council on African American Elders
- Northwest Universal Design Council
- Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)
- Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities
- Seattle Human Services Coalition
- Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens
- Sound Generations
- Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
- Washington State Council on Aging
The ADS Advisory Council hosts two listservs:
- Aging King County Advocacy Forum—announcements about local, state, and national advocacy that impact older adults and people with disabilities.
- Advisory Council Meeting Notices—monthly notice of upcoming Advisory Council meetings, with meeting minutes and related materials.
To have your e-mail address added to either listserv, please click and send to:
Click on the headings above for more information. For free, confidential access to aging network services in Seattle-King County, contact Community Living Connections.