Summer Reading in the Time of COVID-19

August 10, 2020 — We are all navigating new landscapes, at times going about our daily activities and obligations in different ways, engaging with others more thoughtfully, creatively. Many of us are using this “Life in the Time of COVID-19,” as I like to call it, to learn new things, travel vicariously or locally, adjust our priorities and/or as... Read More

Masks and Face Coverings Help Stop the Spread of COVID

August 7, 2020 — Staying home is still the safest way to prevent spreading COVID-19. Older people and anyone else in a higher risk category (e.g., people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or COPD, and people with auto-immune diseases) are strongly encouraged to stay home until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. If you do go out,... Read More

Getting Healthcare During COVID-19

August 5, 2020 — Since COVID-19, healthcare delivery has changed, and many providers now use telehealth Typically, telehealth is categorized into three groups: Video telehealth happens real time with you and your health care provider or other health care professional. This is through video-conferencing or other real-time telehealth technology. Store-and-forward (S&F) telehealth involves the transmission of medical or health information, such... Read More

COVID Quarantine: What’s a Neighbor to Do?

August 4, 2020 — The need for physical distancing (six feet or more) during the COVID pandemic has limited summertime community celebrations in a big way. Parades and street fairs were cancelled. No Seafair hydro races this year! Night Out Against Crime, a long-standing annual event celebrated in many cities in King County that brings neighbors together to build a stronger sense... Read More

Stories from the Front Lines at Aging and Disability Services

August 3, 2020 — One of Aging and Disability Services’ core programs is case management. Our case managers are social workers who serve more than 14,000 clients every year by assessing their needs and authorizing in-home care hours and other services. But that’s only part of their story. As one case manager put it, “Aging and Disability Services case... Read More

Federal Advocacy Needed Now More Than Ever

July 30, 2020 — You may recall last month’s article about the new Long-Term Care Coalition in Washington state. The coalition’s work is intense and ongoing. Why? Because thousands of vulnerable Washingtonians are at risk of losing services they depend on for daily living. We are working to prevent cuts to vital services. The worst-case scenario at this time—based on modeling... Read More

Elder Financial Exploitation Victims Share One Quality: Social Isolation

July 16, 2020 — Seventy-five-year-old David K., single and living alone, had assets of more than $2.5 million that had accrued during a successful career and a lifetime of frugality. In 2016, a neighbor called Washington state’s Adult Protective Services (APS) to report that David was unable to care for himself properly. An APS investigator interviewed and tested David... Read More

Lessons from the Past Offer Perspective for COVID Response

July 15, 2020 — COVID-19 has changed everything—how we work, how we relate to one another, and how we maintain social connections. Like almost every other City department and program, Age Friendly Seattle is now doing all work remotely. Many of our community events had to be cancelled. Others were shifted to virtual formats, like the (now virtual) Civic Coffee Hour.... Read More

Kudos to 2020 Inspire Positive Aging Award Recipients

July 10, 2020 — Every year, Sound Generations, a nonprofit community-based organization serving Seattle and King County, sponsors the Inspire Positive Aging Award program. Nominations of individuals who inspire in six categories come from community members (see Nominate Someone You Admire for an ‘Inspire Positive Aging’ Award in our May 2020 issue). Kudos to this year’s award recipients from the Seattle-King... Read More