Use Social Media for Advocacy, Now and Throughout the Year

May 4, 2017 — May is Older Americans Month, and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is encouraging older adults to make a statement. Let’s do it! Let’s start with selfies — they’re not just for kids! Did you know that “selfies” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013? I think they are here to stay. Today’s... Read More

The Challenge of Balancing Mind, Body, and Spirit

May 4, 2017 — In nursing, we have seen language move from person-centered care to whole person care. We think the theme for National Nurses Week (this year from May 6–12)—The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit—exemplifies the importance of balance for all health care professionals, especially nurses. It makes sense when the flight attendant instructs passengers to put... Read More

June 3 Forum to Address LGBTQ Aging

May 4, 2017 — As part of Mayor Ed Murray’s Age-Friendly Seattle initiative, the Mayor’s Office and other City of Seattle staff and community members are planning “Aging the LGBTQ Way: A Forum on Equity, Respect & Inclusion” that will address the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) elders. The forum benefits from research conducted... Read More

Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Share Yours!

May 4, 2017 — Everyone has a story to tell. Those who have lived longer often need—and might have a responsibility—to tell and share their stories. We have stories and ideas we want to impart to our families. We may have been asked to write our stories by family members and/or friends. Some of us have kept journals and... Read More

The Value of Workshops in Managing Chronic Conditions

May 4, 2017 — Persons with chronic illnesses often feel overwhelmed. At times, there seems to be no end in sight to pain or discomfort, only a constant need to think of ways to modify activities and feelings, such as the way to walk, move, stand, eat, and even rest. Add to that daily consideration of which medication to... Read More

Low-income Seniors: Apply Now for Farmers Market Produce Checks

May 4, 2017 — The 2017 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which allows older low-income resident to apply for $40 “checks” that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County, is now open! Qualified applicants are age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) with lower incomes who may live anywhere... Read More

What Does Better Hearing Month Mean for Aging Adults?

May 4, 2017 — Hearing loss is often misunderstood or ignored, and as a result is often not treated. Yet without hearing assistance, people can experience poor communication and understanding, which can lead to fractured relationships, isolation, an increased risk of illness, and even potential progression to dementia. Why don’t people get hearing aids? Sometimes it’s from not understanding... Read More

How A Catholic Nun Has Changed How We “Age Out Loud”

May 4, 2017 — As someone who has worked in the field of aging for over 20 years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with many older adults. Each has taught me a lesson in how to “age out loud,” including my parents and other relatives. They have all been role models in how to live successfully—in great... Read More

Throw Misconceptions about Aging Out the Door

May 3, 2017 — I think it was actress Bette Davis who said, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” We laugh but we also know that’s a pejorative statement—both about aging and about gender norms. So, I got your attention, but let’s cut to the chase … ageism. As author and activist Ashton Applewhite points out, “ageism is... Read More

RapidRide is Expanding in Seattle!

May 1, 2017 — Seattle continues to grow, and with that growth comes a greater demand on our transportation system and a need for more options for everyone. To help meet that need, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is working with King County Metro to expand RapidRide throughout Seattle, providing faster, more reliable, and accessible transit options. The... Read More