The Art and Joy of Being a Late Bloomer

October 2, 2017 — My favorite flowers are dahlias. I love their magnificent colors, variety, and the fact that they bloom at the end of the summer just when we start to lament summer’s fading. Using nature’s metaphors is a unique way to see ourselves, particularly those individuals who blossom late in life—like dahlias, like me! In April 2017,... Read More

Seattle’s Assessment of Fair Housing

October 2, 2017 — Access to housing and services for older adults and those with different capacities are critical to the success of our communities. We have new tools to help move public and private policies in the right direction—encouraging safe, vibrant productive lives for everyone in Seattle. The City of Seattle, King County, and community and private sector... Read More

The Chair’s Corner

October 2, 2017 — As I began to write this article, the sky was covered by a blanket of white haze that blocked the brilliant blue sky that I am accustomed to seeing at this time of year. At first glance, it could have been mistaken as a typical Seattle cloudy day, but as we inhaled and exhaled, the... Read More

Putting Policy Into Action: State Associations and Local Chapters Make it Happen

September 12, 2017 — This article originally appeared in Hearing Loss Magazine, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America (July/August 2017). Submitted by Cheri Perazzoli, director of advocacy, HLAA Washington State Association On May 10, 2017, Aging and Disability Services, a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, hosted the Care Transitions: We’re All in It Together Conference. It was a perfect example... Read More

Hearing Loss Presentation at the 2017 Care Transitions Conference

September 12, 2017 — This article originally appeared in Sound Waves, published by the Hearing Loss Association of America Washington State Chapter. By Janet Primomo, R.N., Ph.D. and HLAA member HLAA Board Chair Dr. Margaret Wallhagen, R.N., Ph.D., and HLAA Board member Dr. Kelly Tremblay, Au.D., Ph.D. (of the University of Washing-ton) presented on “Age-Related Hearing Loss: Innovated Changes in... Read More

Love is Not Limited by Distance

August 31, 2017 — In September 2016, my daughter and son-in-law stopped by for a visit one weekend and explained that they were moving to Missouri. We listened attentively as they listed out all the reasons of why and how they came to this decision which they concluded with a final request—they wanted to move in with us for... Read More

Preparing for “The Big One”

August 31, 2017 — If you have listened to the news or opened a local paper recently, chances are that you are aware of the potential for a destructive earthquake in Washington State. The Cascadia Subduction Zone lies 250 miles off the coast of the western United States, and spans from British Columbia to California’s redwoods. Movement along the... Read More

Seattle Human Services Department Supports Age Friendly Community Projects

August 31, 2017 — The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) has announced recipients of its initial set of Innovation Fund awards. The Innovation Fund was established in 2017 to test new ideas or programs that focus on achieving results and racial equity. This fund made available $225,000 for new ideas related to department impact areas—preparing youth for success, addressing homelessness, supporting... Read More

Civic Technology Hackathon – A City for All

August 31, 2017 — Most of us don’t like to think about aging. Speaking broadly for my Generation X, Millennials, and those coming up behind us, we are aware that the systems put into place to support the Baby Boomers are crumbling. We don’t expect things like Social Security and pensions to be there for us. Economically, we are... Read More