Older Americans Act Programs

Aging and Disability Services provides a key link between federal and state funding for services for older residents and family caregivers in the Seattle-King County area and the community-based organizations that deliver the services. We administer federal Older Americans Act funding, partnering with community-based organizations to provide adult day services, caregiver support, case management, elder abuse prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, information and assistance, legal support, nutrition, senior center, and transportation services. The majority of these services are accessed by contacting Community Living Connections.

Case Management, Long-term Care

ADS helps people live independently

caregiver pushing elderly man in a wheelchairAging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for King County, is one of 13 AAAs in Washington state sanctioned by federal and state governments. ADS plans, coordinates, and advocates for a comprehensive service delivery system for older adults, family caregivers, and people with disabilities in King County—the local aging services network.

The aging network includes community providers, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and health care providers, working in partnership to:

  • Improve health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities.
  • Connect seniors and adults with disabilities with resources.
  • Provide help and support for caregivers.

Case management services help people live at home

Aging and Disability Services provides long-term care case management services to adults age 18 and up, most of whom are Medicaid-eligible and challenged by two or more “activities of daily living” (e.g., eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/walking, and continence).

ADS Case Managers authorize and arrange for in-home services for adults who need personal care services to remain safe and healthy in their home. Case managers complete in-home assessments, develop service plans to address personal care needs, and monitor service plans during the year.

Through the program, clients can select caregivers to help with their personal care needs. ADS contracts with home care agencies and a client can select an individual they know if the individual meets State requirements.

In 2014, 12,000 adults in King County received Medicaid in-home long-term care services that helped them avoid costly nursing home care.

Who is eligible?

Adults 18 years and older who are income-eligible and face challenges completing activities of daily living (e.g., eating, bathing, using the toilet, dressing, shopping, walking, and moving from a chair to bed or other places in the home) may take advantage of State-funded in-home services.


  • For King County residents age 60 and older: contact Community Living Connections 206-962-8467 or 1-844-348-KING.
  • For King County residents age 18 to 59: contact DSHS Home & Community Service Office/King County (206-341-7750 or toll-free 1-800-346-9257).
  • For King County residents with developmental disabilities: contact the Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities/Region 2 (206-568-5700 or toll-free 1-800-314-3296).


Elder Abuse Prevention

Support for Seattle-King County residents age 60+ who are abused, neglected and/or exploited by someone they trust

Elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation are growing problems in our community. Aging and Disability Services works closely with medics, fire fighters, police, and the county prosecuting attorney’s office to improve health outcomes for vulnerable adults. Following are examples of abuse:

  • Physical abuse—Use of force to threaten or physically injure
  • Emotional abuse—Verbal attacks, threats, rejection, isolation, or belittling acts that cause or could cause mental anguish, pain, or distress
  • Sexual abuse—Sexual contact that is forced, tricked, threatened, or otherwise coerced, including anyone who is unable to grant consent
  • Exploitation—Theft, fraud, misuse or neglect of authority, and use of undue influence as a lever to gain control over another person’s money or property
  • Neglect—A caregiver’s failure or refusal to provide for safety, physical, or emotional needs
  • Abandonment—Desertion by anyone with a duty of care

Studies tell us that only a small percentage of abuse cases are reported. Even so, more than 3,000 cases are reported to Adult Protective Services in King County every year. Three-quarters of the reported victims were age 60+. Reports include financial exploitation, neglect (not including self-neglect), and sexual abuse.

Help is Available

Whether the abuse is new or there is a long pattern of abuse—past or current—help is available. Aging and Disability Services case managers provide clients with a broad range of support and access to community resources, enabling them to live more self-sufficiently. Case managers identify community resources and can assist clients in accessing available services as appropriate.

Vulnerable Adult Pilot Project Final Report

To read “Vulnerable Adult Pilot Project: Program Evaluation,” an evaluation of a pilot project to improve coordination between emergency responders and other providers in identifying and responding to abuse of vulnerable adults, click here . Prepared for the Emergency Medical Services Division of Public Health—Seattle & King County, the report includes recommendations for expanding this work.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: June 15

elder abuse awareness advocates and service providers

Communities around the world planned events and activities for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2015. Above, elder abuse awareness advocates and service providers display the King County Council’s 2015 proclamation.


video stillClick on the image at right to hear Quiet Crimes: Elder Abuse on Rise in Washington on KUOW National Public Radio. Learn more elder abuse in King County and the collaboration taking place between Aging and Disability Services, Adult Protective Service and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. These agencies also work with local police and fire departments, social service agencies, and health care professionals to address the special needs of older adults who experience abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Scroll down for more information.

video stillAn Age for Justice; Elder Abuse in America, produced by the Elder Justice Now campaign, provides stark proof of the financial, emotional, physical and psychological impact of the violence and abuse that an estimated five million Americans face every day.

Senior Centers

Did you know?

senior center map [image]Compared with their peers, senior center participants have higher levels of health, social interaction, and life satisfaction?

Most senior centers are for anyone age 50 or older and provide opportunities for fitness, volunteerism, lifelong learning, transportation, and healthy meals.

This interactive map will show you the location of the senior center nearest you.


  • Seattle for a Lifetime: City Goals for Older Adults , August 2010. Response to a Seattle City Council request to: identify the City’s policy goals for older adults; the role of senior centers and other City-funded programs and initiatives in meeting these goals; and effective and sustainable approaches to implementing programs and services in support of these goals.
  • Senior Centers in King County 
Older Americans Month

flyerOlder Americans Month is an annual event dating back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. It was later renamed Older Americans Month, honoring older Americans and celebrating their contributions to our communities and our nation.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a joint proclamation for Older Americans Month in Seattle and King County, urging “public officials, businesses, neighborhood organizations, volunteers, and every resident of Seattle and King County, Washington to take time this month to acknowledge older adults and the people who serve them as powerful and vital individuals who greatly contribution to our community.”

Older Americans Month Calendar

Older Americans Month events and activities will be posted in AgeWise King County in the months leading up to and through May of each year. Additional events may be posted on the Area Agency on Aging calendar. To submit event information, e-mail AgeWise King County editor irene.stewart@seattle.gov.

Administration on Community Living Resources (ACL)

Theme: The ACL sets the theme for Older Americans Month. The 2016 theme was “Blaze a Trail,” acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation and celebrating how older adults take charge of their health, get engaged in their communities, and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Logo: To download a large Older Americans Month logo, visit the ACL’s Older Americans Month 2016 Logos webpage.

Badges: The ACL offers several additional graphics for your use during Older Americans Month. Visit their Badge page to select graphics.

Social media: Visit our Pinterest Older Americans Month page.

Ideas for You and Your Organization

Activity Suggestions: The ACL and its Administration on Aging encourage community-based organizations and businesses to plan Older Americans Month activities. Their 2016 activity guide  offers ideas to help you bring older adults together with others in your community to learn, socialize, and have fun.

General ideas include:

  • Community gardening and/or cooking—identify the activities that bring the generations together
  • Dancing—support a fun fitness activity and lifelong recreation
  • Educational programs for healthy living—encourage lifelong learning
  • Film and photography—celebrate images of healthy aging (see the call for films, below)
  • Recreational activities for older adults—encourage active living
  • Volunteer recognition—honor older adults who make a difference

Whether you choose to host an event, publish an article, or engage others through social media, by focusing on older adults and important aging issues, you are making a positive impact in the lives of Americans of all ages.

2015 Older Americans Month

Get Into the Act in Seattle-King County

Following are a series of graphics produced by Aging and Disability Services in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act of 1965, which was highlighted during Older Americans Month with the theme “Get Into The Act!

Get into the Act picture