Reinvent Your Retirement Plan at the Senior Matters Conference

August 15, 2018 — Aging Options knows that efforts to provide quality of life and asset protection for 41.4 million Americans age 65 or older are plagued with difficulties. Too many older adults suffer through process fragmentation, unnecessary conflict, and no road map to solutions. Aging Options wants to change that. We want to find cohesiveness, easy coordination, and... Read More

Caregiver Classes Offered by King County Library System

August 13, 2018 — Every 10 years, the White House hosts a conference on aging. Regional forums were held around the country to gather public input on issues of concern for the White House conference in 2015. I was privileged to attend the White House Conference on Aging regional forum in Seattle. One of the top five issues identified was “caregiver... Read More

Kitchen Table Talk: Outdoor Spaces & Buildings

August 10, 2018 — People need public places to gather—indoors and out. Age Friendly Seattle supports parks and other green spaces, safe streets, sidewalks, outdoor seating, and accessible buildings that can be used and enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. That’s the vision for the Outdoor Spaces & Buildings domain of the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for... Read More

ADS to Launch Collaborative Funding Process

August 8, 2018 — Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle & King County—is planning for an upcoming funding process for our network of information, referral, assistance and other supports for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers in Seattle and King County. This network includes Community Living Connections and Family Caregiver Support Programs. We... Read More

No One is a Bottomless Bucket

August 6, 2018 — So many times, I have looked up to the sky and wondered, “When will I be able to have a break from this stressful situation?” Sometimes I want to scream out loud, “Why? Why me? How did I get here?” Then, after throwing a little tantrum, I come back to my senses and get ready... Read More

Leaving Your Legacy

August 2, 2018 — These days, everybody is thinking about legacy. From politicians to tech programmers designing programs for capturing our digital lives, the legacy concept looms large. And as we age, the questions can become more insistent. What will stay after we’ve gone? What do we leave behind? What legacy did we receive from those who came before? We all... Read More

Chair’s Corner: In Our Family …

July 31, 2018 — Did you know that August is National Legacy Month? It’s important to think about legacy and act on it. Too often, we don’t address stories, memories, and decisions about possessions until it’s too late. Our loved ones are left to wonder … or worse—to wish they knew, to wish they had asked, knowing they no... Read More

Your Home Environment: What You Can’t See Can Harm You

July 23, 2018 — Recently I received a call from a friend who wanted information about high lead levels in the blood. I’m a nurse. I’ve worked for the Aging and Disability Services for more than 22 years and I have lots of connections with health care providers, but I didn’t know the answer to his question because I... Read More

And the Inspiring Positive Aging Award Winners Are …

July 16, 2018 — On June 20, 2018, Sound Generations announced the winners of their 2018 Inspire Positive Aging Awards. This annual awards program recognizes individuals who exemplify positive aging in the greater Seattle area. They inspire us to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy. Enrique Cerna emceed the awards event at the Bellevue Hilton. He introduced... Read More

Falls Prevention: Something a Community Can Agree On

July 13, 2018 — I know I date myself when I share a quote from “The A-Team,” an action-adventure television series in the 1980s. As Colonel Hannibal Smith, a character played by actor George Peppard would say, “I love it when a plan comes together.” I think of that when I take on new projects and endeavors. Some things... Read More