July 29 Forum: Candidates for Mayor of Seattle

July 26, 2021 — Who will be Seattle’s next Mayor? And what will they do to make our lives better? Fifteen candidates are in the race. Some have worked in government for years; others are community activists; others are new to politics. How can a voter sort through all the claims and counterclaims and make an informed choice? Join... Read More

Accessibility is a Social Right

July 22, 2021 — I was in a cab heading to LaGuardia Airport on my way to a business meeting in Miami. Although the driver had initially been fearful of my guide dog, the ride was uneventful—until we arrived curbside at the terminal. As we pulled up, he leapt from his seat and shouted at the top of his... Read More

31 Years: Are We Accessible Yet?

July 19, 2021 — On July 26, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—a civil rights law—turns 31 years old. Despite COVID pandemic stay-at-home orders, last year’s 30-year celebration was outstanding, with three hours of curated programming related to disabilities and accessibility on the Seattle Channel, an hour-long program on King County TV, and nearly two hours of programming that was broadcast statewide... Read More

Updating the Aging Network Roadmap in Seattle-King County

July 15, 2021 — Aging and Disability Services (ADS), as an Area Agency on Aging, monitors trends and issues affecting older people and adults with disabilities in King County. Every four years, ADS and other Area Agencies on Aging throughout the United States develop an Area Plan that charts the course each agency will follow to address emerging needs,... Read More

Providing Support for Clinically Complex Clients

July 13, 2021 — Health Home clients are among the most clinically complex and vulnerable individuals that Aging, and Disability Services (ADS) serves. Health Home (not to be confused with home health) program care coordinators provide close coordination between primary and behavioral health services, transitional support, health promotion services, and community resource referrals for clients and family members. The November... Read More

Older Adults and the Digital Divide: A Social Justice Crisis

July 12, 2021 — A recent American Society of Aging conference was full of news about the digital divide and how the pandemic has disproportionately affected older adults. Almost every life task for the last year has necessitated having a high-speed Internet connection plus a device and the skills to use it—homeowners association meetings, food delivery, banking, even doctor’s appointments and... Read More

Credit for Caring Act Would Provide Relief for Family Caregivers

July 10, 2021 — Most of us are, have been, or will be a family caregiver or will need help to live independently at some point in our lives. This is an ageless and nonpartisan issue. Family caregivers are of all ages, races, and ethnicities and cut across all segments of our population. Some of Washington’s 800,000 family caregivers would get... Read More

Digital Equity: Supporting Social Connectivity for Older Adults

July 8, 2021 — Older adult services providers in King County demonstrated their resilience in the past 15 months as they moved programming online, instituted phone-based wellness checks, and provided other creative means of maintaining social connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic. To assist with efforts promoting social connectivity and digital equity, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) partnered with senior... Read More

Wildfire Season is Coming—Get Smoke Ready!

July 6, 2021 — Last September, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, we lived through an unprecedented wildfire smoke event throughout the Pacific Northwest that shattered air pollution records. For five consecutive days, King County residents experienced outdoor air quality that ranged from unhealthy to very unhealthy. The poor air quality was caused by a “super massive” plume... Read More

From Independence to Interdependence: Counting on the Kindness of Others

July 1, 2021 — In Counting on Kindness: The Dilemmas of Dependency, author Wendy Lustbader takes a deep dive into the world of older adults who, through illness or disability, are dependent on others for survival. First published in 1991, Counting on Kindness is as relevant today as it was then—perhaps even more so considering the COVID-19 pandemic. As Lustbader shares in... Read More