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.
Click on the headings below for more information.Case Management, Long-term Care
ADS helps people live independently
Aging 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 2017, 12,800 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
Aging and Disability Services (ADS) provides 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.
- Community Living Connections (Seattle-King County)
- King County Prosecuting Attorney
King County Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-866-221-4909
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
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.
- 2015 Proclamation: Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Seattle
- 2015 Proclamation: Elder Abuse Awareness Day in King County
- 2014 Proclamation: Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Seattle
- 2014 White House Proclamation
- Why You Should Wear Purple on June 15 (AgeWise King County, June 2014)
- National Center on Elder Abuse
- National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
- Elder Justice: National Strategy Needed to Effectively Combat Elder Financial Exploitation , U.S. Government Accountability Office (November 2012)
- Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Financial Exploitation (a resource guide published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and FDIC)
Click 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.
An 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.
Did you know that, 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
Older 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.
Many thanks to Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw who hosted “Engage at Every Age,” an Older Americans Month forum on social and civic engagement on May 4, 2018. The forum focused on older adults who are making a difference, Age Friendly Seattle, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ new Community Resource Hub, and Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation, Dementia-friendly Recreation, Sound Steps, and Rainbow Recreation programs.
Councilmember Bagshaw presented four proclamations from the Mayor and Council—one recognizing the month, and three recognizing individuals in our community:
- Older Americans Month 2018
- June Michel—a member of the ADS Advisory Council—was recognized “as an effective advocate for older adults, individuals with disabilities, people with memory loss, and multicultural communities throughout our region.”
- Mary Diggs-Hobson, co-founder of African-American Reach & Teach Health (AARTH) was recognized “for dedicating her life to inspiring and empowering others to improve the health of people of African descent, now and for generations to come.”
- Ninety-one year old John Pehrson, long active in neighborhood affairs and currently the community lead on the Market to MOHAI urban trail project, was recognized “as a mover and a shaker in Seattle who serves as a social and civic engagement role model for others, young and old.”
Theme: The 2018 theme is “Engage at Every Age,” which emphasizes that you are never too old (or too young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being and celebrates the many ways older adults make a difference in our communities. Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean. The theme is set by the federal Administration for Community Living (ACL).
Hashtags: #OAM18 | #EngageAtEveryAge
Materials, Activity Ideas & Resources: The ACL offers lots of ideas for your Older Americans Month activities.
Calendar: Older Americans Month events and activities are posted on our May 2018 calendar and promoted in AgeWise King County in the months leading up to and through May of each year. To submit event information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social media: Visit our Pinterest Older Americans Month page.
2017 Older Americans Month
2016 Older Americans Month
- Theme: Blaze a Trail
- Proclamation: King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
2015 Older Americans Month
- Calendar (AgeWise King County, May 2015)
- Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning for Our Future (video)
- Proclamation: Governor Jay Inslee
- Proclamation: King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
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!
Click on the headings above for more information. For free, confidential access to aging network services in Seattle-King County, contact Community Living Connections.