A Story of Inspiration: Weightlifting at 65—and I Ain’t Done Yet!

March 5, 2018 — Regular exercise is a part of my life. I’m 65 years old. A petite frame at 5’3″, I barely tip the scale at 122 pounds. What’s not so ordinary about me is that I can currently deadlift 170 pounds. That means bending down into a squat position from a stationary, standing tall position, lifting 170... Read More

The Chair’s Corner: Survey Says!

March 2, 2018 — In January, I asked you to tell me what content is meaningful to you in AgeWise King County and ideas on how we can improve. Thank you for participating in this online survey. The feedback we received was valuable. Below is a summary of the responses we received: Nearly 90 percent of respondents state they... Read More

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Fitness Zone in Georgetown Playfield

February 13, 2018 — It’s a fitness center with no monthly dues, open 24/7 and welcome to all. The recently unveiled fitness zone at Georgetown Playfield in Seattle is a collection of free cardio and strength equipment for teens and adults. It’s a permanent installation and now one of the playfield’s many offerings. The fitness equipment was donated by... Read More

Japanese American Remembrance Trail Launches in Seattle

February 12, 2018 — On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, resulting in the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. They were charged with no crime. The cause of their imprisonment was their ancestry. Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton later identified the causes of WWII injustice as racial prejudice, wartime... Read More

Senior Lobby Day 2018

February 8, 2018 — On February 22, ADS Advisory Council members will participate in Senior Lobby Day. Organized by the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby in partnership with the Age Wave Coalition, this annual event is an opportunity to learn more about policies and legislation which impact older adults and family caregivers. It’s also a time to meet with... Read More

February is Heart Health Month

February 7, 2018 — At the center of our circulatory system is an organ responsible for pumping blood to all the cells in our body—the heart. The blood vessels, arteries, veins, and capillaries could be considered types of highways and intersections. They either lead to or move away from the main organ. Since 1963, February has been celebrated as... Read More

Chair’s Corner

February 1, 2018 — Last month, the Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council held our annual retreat, which is a time for our members to reflect on the previous year, both to celebrate our successes and learn from our failures. It’s also time to plan for our future—identify what we hope to accomplish in the coming year and how... Read More

A Big Treat—Oranges and Tangerines

January 11, 2018 — When I was a little girl in Alaska, a box of tangerines was a big deal. Each piece was individually wrapped in tissue paper with some special few—for no apparent reason— wrapped in red, green, blue, or gold foil. My sister and I fought over those special tangerines until we figured out we could just... Read More