Caregiving During the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

November 9, 2021 — Full time unpaid caregivers for a loved one with dementia have it hard enough during normal times but during this COVID-19 pandemic it goes to a whole other level. It is difficult to go anywhere so the family caregiver spends a lot more time at home with the care receiver. One real example—before the pandemic,... Read More

Caregiving Around the Clock: A Legacy of Love

November 4, 2021 — November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time dedicated to uplifting caregivers as they care for loved ones 24/7 and an opportunity to increase awareness and support for caregivers who face issues and challenges every day. This year’s theme, created by the Caregiver Action Network, is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” Did you know that more than... Read More

Advocacy Matters

November 2, 2021 — There are many types of advocates, and I would venture to say that each person who reads this article is an advocate—for a person, a belief, or a cause—or has benefitted from help, support, advice, or guidance that someone else has provided. Family caregivers are one type of advocate. You may have heard former First... Read More

When You Notice Memory Loss, It’s Time to Talk

October 18, 2021 — Talking about memory loss with a family member may feel uncomfortable. But it’s important to talk about your—or your loved one’s—changing abilities to remember or think. Starting that conversation could be one of the best things you can do for your family. Sometimes memory loss is a sign of dementia or other health problems that... Read More

Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research

October 16, 2021 — The National Institute on Aging has awarded a $14.6 million grant for a new WSU-led project battling disparities associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander peoples. The project, called Natives Engaged in Alzheimer’s Research (NEAR), will bring together several tribes, five Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander community... Read More

Plant-Based Diets and How to Eat Less Meat

October 14, 2021 — Cutting back on eating meat can be challenging. Like any diet change, success takes planning as well as learning by trial and error, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Change takes time. At Northwest Kidney Centers, our nutrition program for people with chronic kidney disease focuses on limiting protein to the levels recommended by the World... Read More

Greenwood Senior Center Launches Project to Increase Social Connection

October 12, 2021 — Recently the Greenwood Senior Center launched a project to increase social connection among older adults, spurred by statistics on the negative health impacts of social isolation. Lack of social connection has been shown to increase health risks as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. More than one in four adults aged 50+ reported that they felt... Read More

Aging in Place Gracefully

October 10, 2021 — Words of wisdom from a member of the Redmond Fire Department’s Mobile Integrated Health Team Let’s get real! Aging is a natural part of life. As much as we might want to remain youthful and healthy forever, we must recognize this may not be reality. A great alternative to the Fountain of Youth mentality is... Read More

LGBTQIA+ Affirming Senior Housing Project Breaks Ground on Capitol Hill

October 8, 2021 — On September 10, 2021, GenPride and Community Roots Housing broke ground on Pride Place, a 118-unit affordable housing development on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. With over 100 people in attendance and nine dignitaries giving powerful speeches, it was clear how exciting this groundbreaking was for the community who started imagining this project over a decade ago. You can view the... Read More

The Seattle Public Library Supports Aging in Place

October 6, 2021 — In 2019, I became the first Older Adults Program Manager at The Seattle Public Library (SPL). SPL wanted to more intentionally develop programs and services to support older adults and to make our buildings and offerings more age friendly. While we have always served a wide range of ages, we recognized that local demographics have... Read More