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Promote Healthy Aging

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Access to Healthy Food | Falls Prevention |
Senior Centers
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As part of our goal to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) has embarked on a number of Healthy Aging initiatives with our community partners. These efforts include improving access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity.

The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) highlighted the health promotion efforts of ADS in the following report:

Access to Healthy Food

Our decades-long commitment to healthy aging includes funding for both community- and home-delivered meals for elders, and programs that combine culturally-appropriate physical fitness and food.

ADS helps meet the dietary needs of adults age 60+ through congregate and in-home meal programs and nutrition education, allowing for better physical and mental health, and greater independence and social contact. In 2014:

Community Meals

Congregate meal programs help meet the dietary needs of adults 60 years and older by providing nutritionally sound meals in a group setting. Nutrition education and social and fitness activities are also provided.

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Home-delivered Meals

Aging and Disability Services also contracts with community-based organizations to provide home-delivered meals (sometimes called "Meals on Wheels") for older persons who are unable to leave their homes to shop or prepare nutritious meals. For information about eligibility, contact Community Living Connections—the Aging and Disability Resource Network—at 1-800-4-ELDERS.

Farm to Table Seattle King CountyFarm to Table

To improve access to healthy food, especially fresh fruit and vegetables, the Farm to Table Partnership connects senior meal and childcare programs with local farms. By making fresh produce more affordable and easier to access, the partnership's goal is to increase the health and well being of our community's most vulnerable populations.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

SFMNP ParticipantThe Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) enhances access to fresh fruits and vegetables for seniors and supports local sustainable agriculture. Baskets of fresh produce are delivered to homebound seniors and include newsletters with information about unfamiliar foods, recipes, and information about the farmers. Each summer, one-time market vouchers are provided to 2,000 low-income seniors. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/SFMNP/.

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Falls Prevention

Every year, one in three Americans aged 65+ falls. In King County, nearly 4,000 older adults fall each year. Visit our Falls Prevention webpage for tools that can make a difference in your community.

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Senior Centers

Did you know that, compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction?

Most senior centers are for anyone age 50 or older and provide opportunities for fitness, volunteerism, lifelong learning, transportation, and healthy meals.

This interactive map will show you the location of the senior center nearest you:

View Senior Centers in King County in a full screen map


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Keep Moving

Older people who exercise regularly generally have stronger bones, lower blood pressure, better balance, better sleep, better mood, fewer aches and pains, more energy, healthier heart and lungs, and reduced risk for diabetes and some types of cancer. Older adults who maintain their abilities in balance and strength through exercise fall less often than those who are less active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can have a dramatic positive effect on physical and mental health.

Another Day Another Step digital story by Irene Stewart

Another Day ... Another Step, a digital story by Irene Stewart,
Aging and Disability Services, February 2013.

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Stay Connected

Older adults at the computerThe knowledge, talent and skill of Seattle and King County residents age 50 and older enrich our communities, and individuals find meaning in contributing to the greater good. Individual and community benefits to aging readiness are tremendous.

Organizations benefit from the time, talent, skills and resources that older adults can share. Local shops and restaurants benefit from the older people who frequent them for food, goods and services. Older adults bring neighborhood and community stability. Communities benefit from maintaining the knowledge, wisdom and talent of older adults.

For local opportunities to get and stay connected through the arts, lifelong learning, and volunteering, visit:

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