Good Food Bags and Community Kitchens Provide Food for Ethnic Elders

April 24, 2018 — When Tilth Alliance was awarded a Seattle Human Services Department 2017 Innovation Fund award for its Community Good Food Project, it had two primary tasks: Distribute 1,200 Good Food Bags over a period of 10 weeks to three ethnic Senior Meal Program sites—El Centro de la Raza (40 older adults), East African Elders (30 older adults), and... Read More

Bloodworks: Bettering our Community in So Many Ways

April 23, 2018 — When there is an emergency, often the first community request is for blood donations; however, blood donations are always needed to save lives and donation drives occur nearly every day. Did you know that each time you donate, your donation is separated into red cells, platelets, and plasma, and can potentially save three lives? I... Read More

My Grandma Is My Mommy Who Chose Me

April 19, 2018 — “My grandma is my mommy who chose me.” So says Ms. Shirley’s seven-year-old granddaughter who came to live with her six years ago when her birth parents could no longer care for her. Instead of going into the state child welfare system, the grandmother’s home was determined to be the best place for the seven-year-old... Read More

Circles of Hope: Alzheimer’s Association Discovery 2018 Conference

April 18, 2018 — We still have a long way to go to fully understand Alzheimer’s and related dementias. While research confirms that staying socially engaged, intellectually challenged, creatively enriched, and physically active; not smoking; getting plenty of sleep; reducing stress; and eating an anti-inflammatory diet all contribute to brain and heart health, and reduce our risk of developing... Read More

Public Health: Increasing the Number of Healthy Years We Live

April 17, 2018 — The first week of April is National Public Health Week. To mark the occasion, we wanted to share how Public Health—Seattle & King County (Public Health) is working with the Area Agency on Aging for King County and other local initiatives to improve the health of older adults. Improving health and increasing longevity Nationally, on... Read More

Chair’s Corner: Refreshing News About the Aging Network

April 2, 2018 — Spring is in the air, and we’ve got some refreshing news about the aging network to share! Age-friendly communities I hope you’ve noticed the exciting work underway to make Seattle, designated as an aspiring age-friendly city in the summer of 2016, a great place to grow up and grow old. Aging and Disability Services hosts the Age... Read More

Making Seattle a Great Place to Grow Up AND Grow Old

March 19, 2018 — It’s been quite a year for Age Friendly Seattle! We launched last March, with passage of a joint resolution from the Mayor and Seattle City Council. An Age Friendly Task Force, which formed in 2016, met monthly. Departments put forth new age-friendly projects. AARP Livable Communities provided excellent guidance. Amid this whirlwind of activity were these accomplishments,... Read More

Through the Lens of Aging—Is Perception Always Reality?

March 12, 2018 — When you see an advertisement that includes an older person, what are the messages you receive? Are they messages of strength or weakness? Messages of empowerment or in need of assistance? Messages of society’s relevant members or the isolated? In my experience, the vast majority of marketing to persons over 50 is not positive—with the... Read More

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program—Applications Available Soon!

March 9, 2018 — In April, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) will open the application process for the popular 2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program allows older low-income residents to apply for $40 “checks” that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County. Qualified applicants are age 60 or older (age 55... Read More