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Promote Healthy Aging

As part of our goal to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities, Aging & Disability Services 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

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.



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

The Senior FarmeSFMNP Participantrs 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/.

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.

Senior Centers

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

View Senior Centers in King County in a full screen map

Stay Active

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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