Promote Healthy Aging
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:
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:
- 15,800 King County residents received congregate or home delivered-meals.
- 382,700 meals were served in senior centers and other congregate settings.
- 483,200 meals were delivered to the homes of frail older
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.
- Basic Food/SNAP (State of Washington)
- Fresh Bucks (City of Seattle)
- EBT Matching (Washington State Farmers Market Association)
- ADS funded Senior Congregate Meal Sites
- Materials for 2008 Senior Nutrition Program RFI - includes community input; Science to Policy research; best practices; and program trends.
- Community Based Nutrition Services: Policy to Practice Sept. 2011. Presentation by Jean Lloyd, AoA National Nutritionist. Includes relationship of nutrition to health and functionality, and demographic and health data for nutrition program participants.
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.
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 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/.back to top
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.back to top
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
- Seattle for a Lifetime: City Goals for Older Adults, August 2010. Response to a Seattle City Council request to: identify the City’s policy goals for older adults; the role of senior centers and other City-funded programs and initiatives in meeting these goals; and effective and sustainable approaches to implementing programs and services in support of these goals.
- Senior Centers in King County
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.
The 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:back to top
- Encore: Seattle-King County Walking Events for People Age 50+ Get moving, stay connected, and make a difference! www.seattle.gov/walking includes links to local walks and hikes, neighborhood walking maps, and volunteer opportunities like shelter dog walking as well as a selection of 5Ks and 10Ks by month. The Encore Web portal also provides older adults with access to hundreds of resources under the Health & Fitness heading.
- Enhance Fitness
A low cost evidence based exercise program that focuses on strength, balance,
aerobics, and flexibility.
- Project Enhance
- "Replicating the Enhance Fitness Physical Activity Program in Hawaii's Multi-cultural Population, 2007-2010," A CDC Community Case Study. Preventing Chronic Disease: Volume 9, 2012.
- HomeStretch: An In-Home Falls Prevention Program for Older Adults HomeStretch is a home-based exercise program developed in partnership with the University of Washington that helps adults who struggle with chronic diseases become more active so they can better control their health. Goals include quality of life enhancement, management of chronic conditions through regular physical activity, and falls prevention. For more information, contact Mary Pat O'Leary 206-684-0683.
- Sound Steps A volunteer supported walking program designed to get senior adults moving and gaining the health benefits of regular exercise.
- Neighborhood Quality of Life Study for Seniors (NQLS) A research project funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the relation between one's neighborhood, quality of life, health, and physical activity.
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