Debunking the Myths of Mental Illness | Living Longer and Stronger in Sno-Valley | Aging in Place in Your Community | The Age Wave: 2014 Candidates Forums on Washington’s Aging Readiness | The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s Disease | Seattle Human Services Medicare Luncheon | Alzheimer's 101 Health Forum | Mobilizing for Public Transit and Transportation | Health Care Insurance | Health Care Reform | Food & Hunger | Transportation 2012 | Silver Tsunami (2012 candidates forum)
ADS Advisory Council members 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.
By 2035, 25 percent of King County’s residents will be age 60 or older. Reduced or even flat funding will not address the needs of the growing number of older adults in fair to poor health. Local government and Aging and Disability Services—your local Area Agency on Aging—can work together to make a difference for community elders.
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On Friday, September 11, 2015 (11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.), the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Southeast Seattle Senior Center are holding a special forum on housing challenges faced by older adults. If you are concerned about rent increases, condo conversions, your rights as a tenant and/or how to keep up with repairs, come to the forum for information on advocacy and resources. Speakers include:
- Joy Scott, Supportive Services, Solid Ground
- Jennifer LaBrecque, Sustainable Homeownership & Weatherization, Seattle Office of Housing
The event takes place at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly Street, Seattle). For lunch reservations and/or directions, call 206-722-0317 or visit https://goo.gl/maps/PHnjy.
On July 10, 2015, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Auburn Senior Activity Center held a forum on mental illness among older adults. George Dicks, Certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Lead Mental Health Practitioner at Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, discussed types and causes of mental illness; tips for handling difficult behaviors; and caring for older adults with behavioral and addiction issues.
On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Sno-Valley Senior Center held a special forum on strategies for aging in place in a rural environment at the Sno-Valley Senior Center.
The event featured presentations on safety net health care programs, Medicare, Medicaid, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA), caregiver support, in-home care options, housing options, adult day health, transportation, home repair, volunteer programs, and more, with emphasis on Snoqualmie Valley resources.
On March 13, 2015, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Maple Valley Community Center welcomed Jeannette Franks, PhD as guest spaker at a special forum on livable communities. The forum was held at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center. Franks is a gerontologist and author of To Move or To Stay
Put: A Guide for Your Last Decades, a book that helps
older adults and families make better decisions about aging
and living options.
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services coordinated two candidates forums in 2014—in south King County (September 19) and east King County (October 13). More information about the two forums is available below. The presentation linked at right was shown at both forums.
On Monday, October 13, 2014, the Advisory Council heard candidates from the 1st, 41st, 45th and 48th districts (Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Medina, Sammamish, Newcastle, Renton, Woodinville and Duvall) in a candidates forum at the North Bellevue Community Center.
Special thanks to AARP, Bellevue Network on Aging, City of Seattle, King County, Kirkland Senior Council, United Way, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby for supporting the event.
For more information, contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Friday, September 19, 2014, the Advisory Council heard state legislative candidates from the 11th, 33rd, 37th and 47th legislative districts (Central and South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila, Kent, SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park, Auburn and Covington) in a candidates forum at the Tukwila Community Center.
Special thanks to AARP, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby for supporting this event.
For more information, contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or email@example.com).
On Friday, September 12, 2014, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, Vashon Senior Center friends and others viewed "The Forgetting," an Emmy award-winning documentary about the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease.
The PBS documentary, based on a book by David Shenk, weaves together the history and biology of the disease, the intense real-world experiences of Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers, and the race to find a cure.
In addition to viewing the film, George Dicks, a Certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and lead Mental Health Practitioner at Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, led a discussion about memory loss and dementia.
On July 11, 2014, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Kent Senior Activity Center held a special forum on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington state, featuring 33rd District State Senator Karen Keiser and Liz Mercer, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) trainer with the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
On March 14, 2014, Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Central Area Senior Center held a special health forum on Alzheimer’s disease, with Bob LeRoy, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington.
Participants gained a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; resources, tools and tips for dementia care; and information about culturally competent care.
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Northshore Senior Center held a transportation forum on September 13, 2013 that featured various perspectives on transportation and mobility issues in Seattle-King County from King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, King County Metro general manager Kevin Desmond, Washington State Representatives Jessyn Farrell and Luis Moscoso, and Transit Riders Union leader Katy Wilson. Local transportation and community service providers answered questions and provided printed materials and other resources.
In these changing times, how do you pick a health plan? At a forum on August 9, 2013, the Kent Senior Activity Center, the ADS Advisory Council heard Liz Mercer, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), discuss how the Affordable Care Act might affect you and how you can access free, unbiased and confidential assistance with Medicare and health care choices. Her presentation is available online (click here). In addition, 33rd District State Senator Karen Keiser and State Representative Dave Upthegrove discussed recent legislative action related to health care coverage and other priorities.
The ADS Advisory Council held a special forum on health care reform on Friday, May 10, 2013 (10:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) at the SeaTac Community Center (13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac) to discuss how health care reform will impact seniors and people with disabilities in King County.
Aaron Katz, principal lecturer at the University of Washington School of Public Health, discussed how big picture changes in health care will affect seniors.
King County Councilmember Joe McDermott presented how King County is preparing for changes in health care policy.
The presentations were videotaped by The Seattle Channel. To view the recording, click here.
On March 8, 2013, the Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services and United Way of King County explored the challenges of eating healthy when resources are scarce. This public forum was held at the South East Seattle Senior Center (4655 S Holly St, Seattle).
Presentations covered the connection between good health as we age and the food we eat; myths about food choices; options for obtaining healthy foods when your budget is busted; and opportunities to make a difference—including participation in United Way of King County’s Hunger Action Week.
On November 9, 2012, the ADS Advisory Council held a special transportation forum at Bellevue City Hall. Transportation: The Road to Independence featured innovative transportation programs and services offered by the King County Mobility Coalition, Hopelink, Senior Services, and King County Metro Transit, including the Human Services Reduced Fare Bus Ticket Program and Transit Incentives Program. Special thanks to Bellevue TV for videotaping the forum for East King County residents (click here to view—pending). The presentation slides are available here. For more information, contact Irene Stewart (206-684-0662).
On October 1, 2012, local residents and aging services advocates heard perspectives on aging readiness from candidates for the Washington State Legislature.
The event was coordinated by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. Sponsors included AARP, Bellevue Network on Aging, City of Seattle, Eastside Human Services Forum, ElderCare Alliance, King County, United Way, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging & Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby. For more information, contact Doug Ricker (206-684-0292).
Senior Lobby Day: Annual gathering in Olympia to meet with legislators and urge support for W4A's Legislative Agenda.
- The Washington State Senior Lobby schedules this statewide event, at which Advisory Council members from each of Washington State's Area Agencies on Aging and other advocates meet with legislators to encourage them to preserve funding for older adults and people with disabilities. King County residents who would like to participate should contact Doug Ricker (206-684-0292).
- Read “We're All In This Together” in the March 2013 issue of AgeWise King County.
- Read about the 2012 Senior Lobby Day in AgeWise King County.
W4A Advocacy Alert: Receive e-mail alerts on pending legislation in both Washingtons. Let your representatives know where you stand on the issues with an easy to use on-line tool.
N4A Policy Priorities: The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's 2015 policy priorities are available online (click here).
Legislative Forum: A biennial event focusing on federal and state issues important to older adults and people with disabilities.
- The next forum is "The Silver Tsunami: A Candidates’ Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness," listed at the top of this page. For more information, contact Doug Ricker (206-684-0292).
- Aging Readiness: The Legislative Challenge was held September 17, 2008.
Visit http://www.leg.wa.gov 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.
- Aging and Disability Services Clients by Legislative District, 2012
- They Represent You - Directory of elected officials published by the League of Women Voters.
- Pictorial Guide to the Washington State Legislature - includes biographies and photos for Washington State's elected officials.
- Influencing the Rule Making Process in Washington State: A Role for Citizens in Public Policy - written by David Del Villar Fox for the Civic Engagment Process.
- Tips for Effective Advocacy by Joanne Brekke-Selk, a former ADS Advisory Council member and former member of the Washington State House of Representatives.
- Be a Champ for Children - Advocacy resources from a local but nationally recognized expert, Nancy Amidei. Includes quick videos on how to get started and other tips and essentials.