Next forum: Seattle Human Services Medicare Luncheon
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.
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and the Kent Senior Activity Center invite you to attend 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 Friday, July 11, 2014 (11:45–1:15 p.m.) at the Kent Senior Activity Center (600 East Smith Street, Kent).
The luncheon meeting runs from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. and doors open at 11:45 a.m. Note: Lunch tickets are required. The first 80 tickets cost $2 each—limit 2 per person. After 80, tickets cost $6 each (no limit—must purchase by Thursday, July 3, for guaranteed seating). For tickets, call 253-856-5150.
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and the Central Area Senior Center invite you to attend a special health forum featuring “Alzheimer’s 101” with Bob LeRoy, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western and Central Washington on Friday, March 14, 2014.
Caregivers and family members who want a better understanding of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; resources, tools and tips for dementia care; and information about culturally competent care should attend.
The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A low-cost lunch is available. RSVP for lunch reservations at 206-726-4926.
The forum is planned at The Central (500 30th Avenue South, Seattle). For transportation options, call Metro at 206-553-3000 or use their online trip planner.
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.
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).
Ongoing Advocacy Efforts
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.
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.