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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.

Note: For ADS Advisory Council community forums, click here.

Materials for 2015 Senior Lobby Day

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).

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.

 

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.

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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