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Area Plan on Aging: Update Process

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Every four years, Aging & Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—and other Area Agencies on Aging around the country develop a four-year plan. The agencies also prepare annual updates. Plans and updates for Seattle-King County are submitted to the State Unit on Aging, part of the DSHS Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, which in turn files a State Plan on Aging with the federal Administration on Aging, all part of the Aging Network authorized by the Older Americans Act of 1965.

2016–2019 Draft Area Plan Review

click here to open the draft area plan on aging for 2016 - copy for public reviewThe draft Area Plan on Aging for 2016–2019 was posted for public review on July 16, 2015. The public review period ended in late August.

The updated draft plan is now under review by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services. The plan will also be reviewed by ADS Sponsors before it is finalized and submitted to the State, after October 5, 2015. The final plan will posted in mid-January 2016.

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Area Plan on Aging public hearings flyer2016–2019 Area Plan Public Hearings

Three public hearings on the draft plan were held:

2014–2015 Planning Process

ADS sought input on the Area Plan on Aging for King County, 2016–2019 in late 2014 and early 2015. Three community forums focused on specific areas of interest (see below). A survey was issued online, in print, and in Braille (by request).

Focus on the Future Community Forums on Aging

Three public forums informed development of specific sections of the 2016–2019 Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County and neighboring counties:

Area Plan Survey

Survey categories included top needs, caregiving, transportation, housing, food security, healthy aging, livable communities, and information and assistance. The survey was available online, in print, and (by request) in Braille. The survey period is now closed.

Community Outreach & Engagement

In addition, valuable Area Plan input was received in 2014 at Community Living Connections-Aging and Disability Network outreach events and activities, including the following events. For a full report, read Aging and Disability Services' 2014 Community Engagement Summary of General Findings.

East King County Forum on Behavioral Health & Memory Care (4/3/15)

North Pierce County Forum on Community Design & Healthy Aging (3/30/15)

South Snohomish County Forum on Health and Well-Being (3/6/15)

Feet First (2/18/15)

Deaf Blind Service Center (Braille surveys, 2/6/15)

Vietnamese Community Conversation (9/26/14)

ADS Networking Meeting (9/19/14)

Refugee and Immigrant Forum (9/18/14)

South King County Human Services Planners (9/17/14)

Mayor's Council on African American Elders (9/16/14)

Family Caregiver Focus Group (9/11/14)

South County Senior Center Directors (9/8/14)

Mt. Baker Village residents (9/6/14)

Family Center Coordinators/Directors (9/5/14)

Vietnamese Community Assessment Report (9/5/14)

Asian Senior Resource Fair (9/4/14)

East King County Forum (8/25/14)

Rainier Court residents (8/23/14)

African American Elders Program Providers (8/22/14)

IDIC Filipino Elders (8/22/14)

Caregiver Support Providers (8/21/14)

Joint I&A and FCSP Meeting (8/18/14)

South King County Forum (8/18/14)

Northend Human Service Providers (8/15/14)

Native American Service Providers (8/13/14)

Lake City Senior Lunch Program(8/11/14)

North King County Forum (8/11/14)

Nutrition Providers (8/11/14)

ADS Advisory Council (8/8/14)

I&A Providers (7/28/14)

Chinese Information & Service Center (7/23/14)

DDO Coordinating Committee (7/11/14)

Multiple online & paper surveys (summer/fall 2014)


For more information about the 2015 planning process, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at karen.winston@seattle.gov.

2014–2015 Area Plan Update

ADS has updated the existing plan for 2014 and 2015. The update includes a revised budget and new and revised objectives for 2014-2015. Following are pertinent documents:

For more information, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at karen.winston@seattle.gov.

2012–2015 Area Plan Development

The development process for the 2012–2015 Area Plan on Aging included:

  1. Research and community input to inform the content,
  2. Public review of the draft plan, and
  3. State review and acceptance.

Research & Community Input

To guide the development of the plan, ADS gathered community input, collaborated with experts on issues areas, and conducted research on the needs of older adults and adults with disabilities. Efforts included:

State Review

Following the public review process, ADS submitted the draft plan to the State Unit on Aging for their review. The plan was accepted and approved by the State in December and is effective January 1, 2012.

2008–2011 Area Plan Development

The research and public input process included for the 2008–2011 Area Plan on Aging for King County included:


For more information about the Area Plan development process, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at karen.winston@seattle.gov.

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