Working with Black and African Communities to Support Change

February 1, 2023 — The Human Services Department (HSD) holds deeply our commitment to work with communities of color to ensure equitable outcomes. As February is Black History Month, I will highlight how HSD continues to center race in our work. On behalf of HSD’s extraordinary executive team, we invite you to join us as we celebrate Black history. In... Read More

Let’s Hear It for Aging Readiness

January 31, 2023 — Aging Readiness is the theme of the 2023 Age Wave legislative agenda, published recently by AARP Washington on behalf of a coalition of organizations engaged in advocating for a more equitable aging system in Washington state. Its priorities are easy to remember—Better Health, Livable Communities, and Consumer Rights and Protection. Who doesn’t want to be healthy,... Read More

Why People Over Age 50 Should Get an Updated COVID-19 Booster

January 23, 2023 — As we get ready for our third winter season with COVID-19, we’re tired of hearing about the pandemic. We would much rather focus on the truly important things in our lives—gathering with loved ones, taking time to relax and recharge, and thinking about all the things we want to make happen in the new year.... Read More

Where Are the Clinical Geriatricians of the Future?

January 19, 2023 — 158. It’s just a number, much like any other three-digit number. But it’s one that’s going to make a huge difference over the next few decades. It’s the number of medical residents that opted for advanced training in geriatrics this next year. It’s far lower than the nearly 250 from last year (fewer than a... Read More

Travel Virtually with your Food

January 17, 2023 — I love cookbooks. I read them the way some people read romance novels. One of the things I love about them is how they can transport me to another place. I may never travel to China or France or Thailand, or even to the heartland of America, but I can go there virtually by learning... Read More

Should It Stay or Should It Go? Making Peace with Our Stuff

January 14, 2023 — The popularity of books such as The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson and Gretchen Rubin’s Outer Order Inner Calm: declutter and organize to make more room for happiness have many of us taking a deeper look at our possessions, buying habits, and living environments—even our technology (digital) clutter. Magnusson’s process uses the Swedish method of Döstädning.... Read More

My Grandfather’s Queue

January 12, 2023 — In the fall of 2005, when our oldest son was twelve, I took an afternoon off from the startup where I worked as an executive to chaperone his class, 50 raucous sixth graders from Seattle Academy, on an excursion to the Wing Luke Museum. Affiliated with the Smithsonian, it is the only community-sourced museum in... Read More

Integrating an Age-Friendly Lens into Emergency Planning

January 10, 2023 — Aging and Disability Services (ADS) has made a lot of progress since 2016 when the City of Seattle first joined the global age-friendly movement. Embracing this framework has helped us recognize and address the intersectionality of issues facing older adults and collaborate across government, public, and private sectors. One such intersection is between health, housing,... Read More

Lining Up 2023 Legislative Priorities

January 5, 2023 — While many folks were wrapping up 2022, AARP Washington’s advocacy team was ramping up for the 2023 legislative session. We met with legislators, advocacy groups, and community organizations to discuss legislative priorities and get a jump on bill language. Rising to the top of our “to-do” list are protections against utility disconnection during times of... Read More

Braille: Helping People who are Blind to Read and Write Independently

January 4, 2023 — World Braille Day is January 4. The day celebrates the birth of Braille’s inventor, a French educator named Louis Braille, who was blinded at age 3. An accident blinded one eye and infection caused blindness when it spread to the other eye. While the Braille system dates back 200-plus years, the annual observance of World... Read More