Adults 50+ Targeted as Untapped Treasure to Help Youth Thrive

March 20, 2017 — Seattle identified as impact area for intergenerational excellence movement Never before in our community’s history has Seattle enjoyed a larger population of healthy, vital and talented adults over age 50. This widely available yet untapped resource provides part of the reason selected Seattle as one of four cities to pilot its new Generation to... Read More

Planning Ahead: Tips for Returning Home from the Hospital and Avoiding Readmission

March 17, 2017 — Nothing can be more discouraging than returning home from a hospital stay, only to be readmitted due to something you didn’t anticipate, such as a drug interaction or a delayed recovery from anesthesia. As Kaiser Health News’ Navigating Aging contributing columnist Judith Graham identified in a recent article about how to avoid readmission, “too often... Read More

99 Places to Safely Dispose of Unused Meds

March 14, 2017 — Safely disposing of unwanted medicines protects public health by reducing the amount of medicines available for misuse and keeping waste medicines out of the environment. Reducing access to unwanted household medicines is a key part of a comprehensive approach to reducing prescription drug abuse, preventable poisonings and overdose. In 2013 the King County Board of... Read More

Making Seattle’s Streets Safer for Everyone

March 7, 2017 — Did you know that more than 900,000 vehicles travel Seattle’s streets every day? These bus, freight, and car drivers share the road with the many thousands of people who walk and bike our streets every day. While Seattle operates one of the safest transportation networks in the world, our busy streets present opportunities for conflict.... Read More

Restaurant Rating System Emphasizes Food Safety

March 2, 2017 — Have you noticed the new food safety rating window signs in local restaurants? Starting in mid-January, inspectors from Public Health—Seattle & King County began issuing signs that can tell you how well a restaurant practices food safety. The new system was developed in response to people throughout King County saying they wanted more information about... Read More

Day-long Conference for Family and In-Home Care Providers

February 15, 2017 — Family caregivers and in-home care providers are invited to attend “Giving Care, Taking Care,” a day-long conference on Monday, June 5, 2017 in Tukwila, Washington. The event is hosted by Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Community Connections/Aging and Disability Resources, with the support of numerous community organizations. This year’s... Read More

Adopt New, Healthy Habits during Heart Health Month

February 13, 2017 —   According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure—is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the No. 1 killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause of serious illness and disability.” The good news? Heart disease can often be... Read More

Registration for 2017 Care Transitions Conference is now open!

February 7, 2017 — “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together” is the theme of the sixth annual health care conference coordinated by Aging and Disability Services and a community-based planning team. The conference brings hospital and home health care administrators, discharge planners, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, policymakers, social service providers, community leaders, and consumers together to discuss new ways... Read More

Age-Friendly Communities: Civic Participation

January 31, 2017 — When the World Health Organization established its Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in 2010, it recognized eight domains of livability—community features that impact the well-being of older adults. One of those domains is civic participation—the act of working together to make a change or difference in the community. In addition to making a... Read More

Stay Fire Safe this Winter

January 30, 2017 — During the winter months, heaters and candles contribute to an increased fire risk. Fortunately, there are simple steps to take to reduce the risk of a home fire. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms play a critical role in reducing fire injuries and deaths. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the... Read More