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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.

Preparing for the Age Wave in King CountyPreparing for the Age Wave

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.

Click on the image at right to learn more.

The Age Wave: 2014 Candidates Forums on Washington’s Aging Readiness

Click here for the Age Wave forum presentation (PDF)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.

Age Wave Candidates Forum on Washington Aging Readiness East King County October 13 2014East King County Forum

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 gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

The Age Wave Candidates Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness Tukwila September 19 2014South King County Forum

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 gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Forum Vashon IslandOn 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.

Seattle King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services Medicare luncheon Kent Senior Activity Center forumSeattle Human Services Medicare Luncheon

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.

Alzheimer's 101 Health Forum

Alzheimer's 101 Aging Disability Services Advisory Council forum Seattle King CountyOn 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.

Mobilizing for Public Transit and Transportation

Transportation Forum Mobilizing for Public Transit and Transportation Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council ADS Seattle King CountyThe 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.

Health Care Insurance: The Times They Are A’changin’!

Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council health care insurance forum flyerIn 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.

ADS Advisory Council health care forum flyerHealth Care Reform: How Will It Affect You?

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.

ADS Advisory Council Hunger Forum FlyerGood Food, Good Health, Good Life on a Budget

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.

Transportation Forum FlyerTransportation: The Road to Independence

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).

 

Candidate Forum FlyerThe Silver Tsunami:
A Candidates’ Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness

On October 1, 2012, local residents and aging services advocates heard perspectives on aging readiness from candidates for the Washington State Legislature.

Thank you to King County TV for videotaping and broadcasting the forum for King County residents. Click here to view.

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).

Ongoing Advocacy Efforts

Senior Lobby Day: Annual gathering in Olympia to meet with legislators and urge support for W4A's Legislative Agenda.

 

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.

 

Legislative Forum: A biennial event focusing on federal and state issues important to older adults and people with disabilities.

Get involved

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.

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