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Area Plan on Aging: Update Process

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 Planning Now Underway

Click here for the 2016-2019 Area Plan on Aging online surveyADS is seeking input on the Area Plan on Aging for King County, 2016–2019. You can help by attending a forum (see below) and/or by completing an online or print survey (click here or scroll down for print options).

Focus on the Future Community Forum on Aging: Health & Well-Being Snohomish & King CountiesFocus on the Future Community Forums on Aging

Several public forums are planned that will help inform development of specific sections of the 2016–2019 Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County and neighboring counties:

In you require an accommodation in order to participate, please use the contact information for each forum, listed above.

Area Plan Survey

Survey categories include top needs, caregiving, transportation, housing, food security, healthy aging, livable communities, and information and assistance. Click on the survey button to complete the Survey Monkey questionnaire.

The survey is also available in print—click on one of the following options to download the form. Please feel free to give photocopies to family members and friends who would like to participate in the survey.

Note: Once completed, your PDF or MS Word survey must be saved to your computer in order to submit your responses by e-mail. Alternatively, you can print your completed form and return it by USPS mail. You will find both e-mail and USPS addresses on the forms.

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:

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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