Hot Soups for Cold Days

February 22, 2019 — February in the Pacific Northwest can be bleak. The rain seems never-ending, days are short and dark, and spring feels far away. This time of year calls for comfort foods like soup—but not the kind loaded with fat and salt. A healthy soup is well-proportioned; that is, it has about the same amount of sodium... Read More

Seahawks Superfan Mama Blue’s Home—Weatherized

February 20, 2019 — Winter is upon us and we are turning the heat up for Mama Blue, a Seattle Seahawks superfan and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame! The Seattle Office of Housing and Seattle City Light are making energy improvements to the home Mama Blue has lived in for over 50 years. The upgrades include... Read More

Reach Out! Re-Connect! Remain!

February 18, 2019 — Chances are, when you welcomed the new year, you set some new goals and aspirations. And you may have looked back and wondered, “What happened?!” Reach out A frequent refrain among older adults is the increasingly fast passage of time. While time doesn’t really go faster, it seems to do so. There are many scientific... Read More

Feb. 23 Home Fair for Seattle Renters and Homeowners

February 15, 2019 — The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is hosting the Seattle Home Fair in south Seattle on Saturday, February 23, that will be jam-packed with useful information about renting in Seattle, remodeling, the City of Seattle’s permitting process, and much more. Experts on a variety of topics will answer questions and focused presentations will... Read More

LGBTQ Lack Adequate Access to Housing and Aging Services

February 13, 2019 — Seattle/King County’s rapidly expanding growth rate is intensifying housing affordability and service accessibility. Although Seattle/King County has one of the largest LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) communities in the nation, they lag behind other major metropolitan areas in meeting the housing and senior service needs of LGBTQ older adults. The challenges faced by... Read More

Housing: Mayor’s Council on African American Elders Advocates for Change

February 11, 2019 — “When we bought our dream house in the Central District in 1956, the property tax was included in the mortgage payments. Thirty years later, we paid off the mortgage. Following our retirement, we continued paying the property tax. We are currently in our ‘golden’ years but are now paying more for property taxes than we... Read More

Heart and Brain Health: Do One New Thing for Three Weeks

February 8, 2019 — A new year is upon us! With it come resolutions to eat better, get more exercise, and start down the path to better health. These are the life improvements we so earnestly want to adopt. Yet, they have a way of falling to the wayside—a common theme for many of us (myself included). Take heart!... Read More

Increase Access and Independence for People with Hearing Loss

February 6, 2019 — Telecoils deliver the audio signal from an assistive listening system simultaneously to every person with a telecoil-enabled hearing device. Many people realize that more than half of us have some degree of hearing loss by the time we reach 60. The percentage of the population at large is about 20 percent—fewer children and young adults... Read More

A Message from HSD Director Jason Johnson

February 4, 2019 — In December, I was honored to be appointed director of the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD). I thank Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan for her continued support of the department and for this tremendous opportunity. HSD is one of the largest contributors to Seattle’s safety net—responsible for investing more than $120 million in contracts to more... Read More

What Happens on Senior Lobby Day in Olympia?

January 31, 2019 — February 26, 2019 is Senior Lobby Day in Olympia. I’ve participated in countless lobby days over the years—as a senior advocate, as a former elected official from Issaquah, as a citizen of the great state of Washington. I’m in at least one of the photos above, which show senior advocates really enjoying Senior Lobby Day... Read More