Many Miles—and More to Go—on My Amazing Feet

April 16, 2021 — “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”—Leonardo da Vinci Have you ever wondered how many miles you have traveled by foot in your lifetime? Regardless of how far you have walked, we know one thing for sure—our feet are amazing! The complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints,... Read More

Plant Your Spring Garden Now for a Great Harvest

April 14, 2021 — Early spring is the perfect time to plant cold weather vegetables in your garden. These include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, bok choy, spinach, peas, and lettuces, to name a few. Early spring is also a good time to plant herbs. Sage, rosemary, parsley (flat-leaf has more flavor), chives, cilantro and thyme all... Read More

Recognizing and Rewarding Innovative Dementia Care

April 12, 2021 — Maude’s Awards was introduced in 2020 to gather innovative practices of care for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners, and to share these practices with the wider dementia care community. Recipients of Maude’s Awards in 2020 were announced in October. Read about them in “Maude’s Awards Recognizes Innovation in Alzheimer’s... Read More

Do You Have Your Ducks in a Row?

April 9, 2021 — When was the last time you attended an educational session with People’s Memorial Association? Things might look a little different than you remember. We are thrilled to share some updates! We know the truly bizarre experience of pandemic living has led to more people than ever thinking about their mortality and what a “good death” looks... Read More

A Swiss Army Knife for Affordable Housing

April 7, 2021 — Making smart decisions about where to live over the next decade or two can be daunting. I served on Seattle City Council for 10 years and worked with older adults who wanted more tools so they could afford to remain in their Seattle homes. In many cases they wanted financial relief so they could stay... Read More

Farmers Market Produce Voucher Checks: Enrollment Begins April 5

April 5, 2021 — The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) has announced that their popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) will begin accepting 2021 applications on Monday, April 5, continuing until May 17. The program allows older low-income  seniors to apply for a one-time booklet of $40 “voucher checks ” that can be exchanged for fresh produce at... Read More

Introducing Helen Howell, Seattle Human Services Interim Director

April 5, 2021 — In January 2021, the City of Seattle welcomed Helen Howell as interim director of the Seattle Human Services Department. Aging and Disability Services, while serving clients countywide as the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County, is a division of this department. No stranger to Aging Network services, Helen was once director of... Read More

Much to Advocate for in Olympia This Month

April 3, 2021 — As Advocacy Chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS Advisory Council), I have followed developments in the state legislature with great interest. In a little under a month, the legislature wraps up business for 2021, culminating the most challenging yet ambitious session in recent memory. While a lot can... Read More

Speaking Out Against Violence and Racism

April 1, 2021 — Friends, the senseless and tragic killing of eight people—six of them Asian women—on March 16 at three sites in Atlanta is on the hearts and minds of many right now. Unfortunately, they aren’t even the latest incidents of violence against Asians or violence against women. I’m referring to a 27-year-old woman of Asian descent who was shot... Read More

Rethink Your Poison Risks during National Poison Prevention Week

March 21, 2021 — Take a peek under your kitchen sink, at the shelves in your garage, and in your medicine cabinet. You likely have substances that obviously could be harmful (like prescription medications and cleaning chemicals) as well as others that you probably wouldn’t consider an issue (like the bottle of ear drops you use occasionally or the... Read More