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Survey Says! Seattle’s Older Residents Rank the City on Age-Friendly Factors

November 15, 2017 — In July 2016, the City of Seattle furthered their commitment to being a city for all ages by joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. A brainchild of the World Health Organization, the AARP initiative currently has a membership of 189 communities throughout the country and represents 66.5 million people nationwide. This unique program provides a... Read More

Cultivating Caregivers

November 14, 2017 — At a recent conference (Elder Friendly Futures 2017—The Essential Work of Caregiving Across Communities), one of the speakers asked, “Who is a caregiver in this room?” Initially, not everyone identified as a caregiver. After the speaker described caregivers—from paid workers to family support caregivers—almost everyone’s hands went up. I realized I am a caregiver too.... Read More

Old Friends Club—Support & Solutions for Caregivers in King County

November 13, 2017 — A dynamic new non-profit provides relief for caregivers while helping those with dementia to live full, active lives at their daytime memory care locations on the Eastside. Barb had a full life in western Washington, with all the pleasures and pressures of a happily married businesswoman in midlife. Her husband, Bill, had always been a... Read More

A Veteran’s Take on Getting Older

November 9, 2017 — In the summer of 2016, my wife and I took a trip to the Oregon coast and rented a house for the week. The house was located just south of Lincoln City, a good locale for day trips up and down the coast that we were planning to take. One of our favorite places down... Read More

A Strong Woman—A Resilient Vet

November 8, 2017 — I went to visit my doctor as I was feeling more tired than usual and some of the “normal aging” changes to a women’s body didn’t seem normal to me. My doctor ordered an ultrasound and then I had a hysteroscopy. This procedure is done when there is an indication of abnormal bleeding. The results... Read More

Medicare Open Enrollment Has Begun—Review Your Plan Now

November 7, 2017 — With more benefits, better choices and lower costs now available, the Social Security Administration is encouraging people with Medicare and their families to start reviewing drug and health plan coverage options for 2018. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period started in October and will end December 7. Finding the right plan to work with Medicare is... Read More

10 Must-Read Books to Guide and Support the Dementia Family Caregiver

November 6, 2017 — November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” November is also National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. As anyone who has been or is a caregiver knows, caregiving is a 24/7 commitment and journey. In the spirit of recognizing, supporting and honoring families providing care for an older loved one, particularly someone... Read More

Expanded Services for Unpaid Family Caregivers

November 2, 2017 — Many of us help out family members and friends who are older, sick, or have a disability but don’t think of ourselves as caregivers—when in fact, we are. Caregiving can range from providing short- or long-term financial assistance or running errands to providing comprehensive round-the-clock care. Although some people receive care from paid caregivers, many... Read More

The Chair’s Corner

November 1, 2017 — We have much to be thankful for this year. The Age Friendly Seattle resolution was unanimously adopted by the Seattle City Council, committing the city to work toward making Seattle a great place to grow up and grow old. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is standing strong—providing healthcare coverage to millions of Americans, thanks to... Read More

A City for All—Civic Hackathon Results

October 2, 2017 — Over the weekend of September 22–24, 2017, more than 100 people came together to create tools that could help Seattle become a more age-friendly community at a hackathon called “‘City for All.” The event, hosted by the City of Seattle in partnership with AARP and 15 local partners, kicked off on Friday with a welcome... Read More