Supporting Others in Crisis

November 23, 2020 — “I’ll never forget the day the phone rang. I felt powerless, I felt stuck. I wanted to help but I didn’t know how, who to call, or what to do. I wanted to solve the problem, but I didn’t know the first place to start.” Being on the receiving end of a phone call or... Read More

Art on the Mind: Ten Years of Creative Aging

November 23, 2020 — “Arts can both reshape how people think about aging and also foster growth and meaning in late life.”—Anne Basting, PhD, Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care A person living with dementia experiences a shift in their perception of the world due to changes in the brain. Most of us know or... Read More

The Latest Discoveries in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research

November 21, 2020 — Over 120,000 people age 65+ in Washington state—and more than 5.8 million nationally—live with Alzheimer’s disease. Without effective treatment or cure, the impact of Alzheimer’s will continue to rise. This drives the Alzheimer’s Association’s investments in research to understand the basic biology underlying Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Recently, Dr. Maria Carrillo, Chief Science Officer at... Read More

Debt After Death? Not If You Do Your Research!

November 19, 2020 — A comprehensive survey of funeral home prices in Washington state shows that a family can save thousands of dollars on cremation or burial by simply shopping around. In fact, prices may be as much as seven times more expensive at one funeral establishment than another. In the summer of 2020, People’s Memorial Association (PMA) conducted... Read More

Maude’s Awards Recognizes Innovation in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

November 19, 2020 — Recipients of the first annual Maude’s Awards were announced in October. Maude’s Awards was created to enrich the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners. It provides monetary awards to organizations and individuals for innovations excelling in one of the categories of care. See Introducing Maude’s Awards... Read More

Collaboration Helps Keep SHA Residents Healthy and Safe

November 17, 2020 — For more than 20 years, Aging and Disability Services (ADS)—a division of the Seattle Human Services Department designated as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Seattle-King County—has partnered with Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) to provide on-site AAA case management services for residents of 52 high-rise and “senior” buildings. During the COVID pandemic, ADS and... Read More

Stories from ADS Health Home Care Coordinators

November 14, 2020 — You may wonder, “what in the world is a health home?” Not to be confused with “home health,” a health home is a network of services that provide close coordination of primary and behavioral health services. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a health home network provides six specific services beyond those... Read More

Making an Invisible Disease Visible

November 12, 2020 — Many people live with ongoing conditions and have persistent symptoms that keep them aware of the condition. For example, if a person has arthritis, they may have pain and stiff joints much of the time. For those with asthma, they may have shortness of breath during regular activities. And then there’s diabetes. The thing about... Read More

But You Don’t Look Like a Veteran!

November 10, 2020 — In June, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) hosted an online event facilitated by Sherman Gillums, Jr., a retired U.S. Marine who now serves as Chief Strategy Officer of American Veterans (AMVETS), the nation’s largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization. Gillums was joined by two female veterans. Gena Byrd served in the U.S. Marine... Read More

Legacy of Love: The 2020 Virtual African American Caregiver Forum

November 8, 2020 — This has been a year of so many unprecedented crises, including a global pandemic; stay at home orders; the horrible police shootings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks; the Black Lives Matter protests; unemployment; struggling businesses; and so much more. No matter the time nor season, caregiving for loved ones is always challenging.... Read More