News You Can Use: Long-Term Care Ombudsman

December 13, 2019 — Building a trusting rapport with individuals residing in long-term care is an important step for a long-term care “ombuds” (the gender-neutral term many prefer to “ombudsman”). Last summer, an ombudsman approached a female resident residing in a nursing home facility. The ombuds introduced themselves and attempted to explain their role as an advocate for residents... Read More

Community Mapping: Good for You, Good for Sustainable, Equitable Urban Growth

December 11, 2019 — As the holiday season comes upon us again, are you thinking about any New Year’s resolutions? One popular New Year’s resolution is volunteering. Good news—Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers have found that the act of volunteering benefits older people through improved brain function. Their Baltimore Experience Corps study highlighted that participants particularly... Read More

Increasing Native American Elder Access to Employment Opportunities

December 9, 2019 — The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) has awarded $199,550 to Chief Seattle Club to provide employment, training, and job placement services to their elders. The funded program will support the sustainable growth of a strong, successful community program, Chief Seattle Club’s Native Works. A much-needed expansion of a community-centered employment program Of American Indian/Alaska Native older adults in... Read More

Doney Coe Pet Clinic: Powered by the Community

December 6, 2019 — In 1985, when Dr. Bud Doney was walking at Pike Place Market with his wife, Nancy, they saw many homeless and low-income people with pets. Those pets were not getting the vaccinations or preventative veterinary care they needed, so Dr. Doney and Nancy discussed how they could help the animals—and the people who loved them—live... Read More

Hand Hygiene: The Do’s and Don’ts of Handwashing

December 5, 2019 — One of the best ways to keep bugs, viruses, contamination, and infections at bay—and reduce the spread of illness—is regular, proper handwashing. A recent study on kitchen hygiene and best practices commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture demonstrated that we do not wash our hands properly 97 percent of the time. According to the Centers... Read More

Advise, Advocate, Connect, and Collaborate on Aging Network Issues

December 3, 2019 — What a year! In 2019, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services took part in state and federal advocacy, including the Washington State Senior Lobby Day in Olympia, focusing on continuing and expanding long-term services and supports such as case manageme­nt, caregiver support, and expanded services available through Medicaid transformation. We presented at a joint meeting... Read More

Know Diabetes by Heart

November 18, 2019 — Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of heart attacks, strokes, and disability for people living with type 2 diabetes? National Diabetes Month is the perfect time to learn more. In fact, people living with diabetes are two times more likely to develop and die from... Read More

Join United Way’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign in the Fight against Poverty!

November 14, 2019 — Tax season is just a couple months away, which means United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign is actively seeking volunteers to join us for another impactful season. This is the perfect opportunity if you have been thinking about how to get involved in a cause that can make a positive impact in your community... Read More

Seattle’s Dementia-Friendly ‘Momentia’ Movement Comes to the Eastside

November 12, 2019 — As of this Fall, people on the east side of King County no longer need to drive to Seattle to enjoy a variety of social and creative engagement programs designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. From garden walks to improv theater, new and vibrant dementia-friendly opportunities are emerging on the Eastside... Read More

Breaking Myths around Hospice: What Does End-of-Life Support Look Like?

November 9, 2019 — November is National Hospice Month. In recognition, it is important to understand how this valuable support can be of benefit when you or someone you know has a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. Many of us know of someone who has engaged hospice towards the end of their lives, but still the service seems both... Read More