Introducing Maude’s Awards for Innovation in Dementia Care

April 1, 2020 — Maude’s Awards is a new program dedicated to enriching the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners, by celebrating and inspiring innovative practices of care and sharing these practices with the wider dementia care community. Maude’s Awards was created in 2019 by Richard Ferry in honor... Read More

Keep Moving. Stay Connected. Be Thankful.

March 31, 2020 — On April 3, the Kaiser Permanente Senior Caucus will meet by phone and hear a longtime friend of Aging and Disability Services, Dr. Christine Fordyce. The meeting notice included this text from Dr. Fordyce, which I hope you will read: “We all know how important staying socially connected and physically active is to our health and wellbeing... Read More

How to Stay Connected While Keeping Your Distance

March 30, 2020 — For some people, even the thought of being confined indoors is unsettling. Good news—if you do not have any symptoms of coronavirus, cold, flu, or other infectious condition, you do not need to go stir-crazy! Here are some ideas for outdoor activities that are safe, as long as you don’t encounter a group of people:... Read More

Trusted Online Sources for Coronavirus Information

March 28, 2020 — Some people are overwhelmed by coronavirus information. Others are hungry for as much information as they can get. It seems everyone has an opinion. How do you know what is most current and accurate? We put our trust in our public health departments and recommend the following sources: Public Health—Seattle & King County Animals and... Read More

How to Protect from Coronavirus

March 26, 2020 — The Centers for Disease Control provide guidance on protecting yourself, your family, and your home from coronavirus. A lot of this is good common sense: Avoid contact with the virus—practice “social distancing” to lessen the chance you’ll pick up the virus, lessen the chance that you’ll carry it unknowingly and make others sick, and reduce impact on our health... Read More

Coronavirus Response—We’re All in This Together

March 23, 2020 — Coronavirus—sometimes called novel (meaning new) coronavirus or COVID-19, which is short for Coronavirus Disease 2019—weighs on the hearts and minds of people around the world. According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 has become a pandemic. Last week, it was declared a national emergency. King County has been the U.S. epicenter. Following the advice of epidemiologists at the... Read More

Health One Social Workers and Firefighters Recognized for Life-saving Work

March 19, 2020 — For several years, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and Seattle Fire Department collaborated to design a service to respond efficiently and effectively to 911 calls that are not life-threatening, freeing up resources for true emergencies. About 42 percent of 96,000 calls received by Seattle’s 911 dispatch center in 2018 were not life-threatening. These calls... Read More

Financial Policy is Health Policy

March 17, 2020 — Debt is a growing feature of daily life and it shapes our access to vital basic needs, like housing, education, and transportation. Household, or consumer, debt has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 1952, household debt was 25 percent of the level of the US economy. By 2019, it had grown to 75 percent. Household debt... Read More

Dementia Reimagined at Discovery 2020

March 17, 2020 — Last year I wrote a short article for AgeWise referencing six books I encouraged others to read. One of the books was Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Dignity from Beginning to End by Tia Powell. In this book review, I shared that Dr. Powell doesn’t sugarcoat or ignore the difficulties of dementia. Through the experiences of having supported... Read More

Grant Opportunity Helps Communities of All Ages and Abilities

March 5, 2020 — Communities across Washington are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge grant program to help them get a jumpstart on neighborhood projects. We know that it takes... Read More