When is it Time to Sell the Family Home?

April 25, 2017 — Home is where our heart is. For most of us, it’s the place where memories are made, love and laughter are shared, and the good times outweigh the bad. It is also a physical place that is both comfortable and comforting. A space that supports us as our lives evolve and change. Maybe you remember... Read More

Senior Centers Help Address Homelessness Among Older Adults

April 14, 2017 — While homelessness has not traditionally been thought of as a “senior issue,” older adults are not immune to the impacts of the homelessness crisis. In fact, the average age of the homeless population in King County is increasing. Among respondents to a 2016 survey of people experiencing homelessness, 22 percent were over age 50. And... Read More

What Do Healthy Feet Have to Do with Being Age-Friendly?

April 6, 2017 — In July 2016, the City of Seattle joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which is affiliated with the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. The World Health Organization determined eight “domains” of livability—those characteristics that help support all ages, all abilities, all the time. These include safe, walkable streets; good... Read More

AARP Applauds Withdrawal of Health Bill

April 6, 2017 — The House leadership’s decision to withdraw the American Health Care Act from consideration in late March proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk. Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on the... Read More

Age-Friendly Communities: The Value of Social Participation

April 3, 2017 — When the World Health Organization (WHO) 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 social participation—leisure, social, cultural and/or spiritual activities that connect individuals and prevent isolation. Social activity has been found to... Read More

Mayor Ed Murray Launches Age-Friendly Initiative in Seattle

March 31, 2017 — On March 22, 2017, Mayor Ed Murray launched Age-Friendly Seattle—a new initiative for the City of Seattle to address environmental, economic, and social factors influencing the health and well-being for older adults. Age-Friendly Seattle is another part of Mayor Murray’s ongoing work to increase equity in Seattle. Its goals are to increase social participation, decrease... Read More

Valuing Diversity, We Strive for Racial Equity and Social Justice

March 27, 2017 — Last month, I had the pleasure and the privilege of being part of a panel addressing the role that racial equity and social justice play in government programs and funding in front of the Aging and Disability Services’ Advisory Council. My fellow panelists, pictured above, were Matias Valenzuela, director of the King County Office of... Read More

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