Should It Stay or Should It Go? Making Peace with Our “Stuff”

October 11, 2019 — The popularity of books such as “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” and programs like “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” have many of us rethinking our possessions and living environments. The idea of organizing or downsizing (or “rightsizing,” as some like to call it) takes on new urgency as we approach retirement, face other... Read More

The Affordability of Long-Term Services and Supports

October 9, 2019 — Last month, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw hosted a lunch-and-learn on the affordability of long-term care in the Council Chamber at Seattle City Hall. We were grateful for the opportunity to share both the challenges of paying for long-term services and supports and several opportunities that we want older people, caregivers, and family members to... Read More

Advocating for Basic Food Security

October 7, 2019 — Recently, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services weighed in on changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility rules proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Their proposal would negatively affect 3.6 million families nationwide and cause more than 620,000 older adults to lose nutrition benefits. The change would... Read More

Get Ready for the 2020 Census: Know Your Rights, Be Counted

September 23, 2019 — On August 12, the United States Census Bureau announced that their employees would begin walking through neighborhoods in cities across the country to confirm home addresses. “Neighborhood Address Canvassing” is officially underway, now through October 18, 2019. Census employees will knock on doors and ask a few short questions to verify the address and any... Read More

Vaccination: One of the Best Decisions You Can Make

September 21, 2019 — Ever feel like your body’s an overbearing boss? Without any input from you, it decides when your back feels limber or sore, when your head feels clear or achy, when your sleep is sound or disrupted. It’s an exasperating, inescapable part of the human condition, and getting older doesn’t help. Making the decision to get... Read More

Reducing Fall Risk: You and Your Health Care Provider

September 19, 2019 — Deaths from falls have increased 31 percent for adults age 65 and older between 2007 and 2016.  One out of every five falls results in a serious injury. It’s more important than ever that people know how their health care provider can help them lower their fall risk and are prepared to start that conversation themselves. This is especially... Read More

The Power of Planning: Taking Control of Your Own Aging Journey

September 17, 2019 — Many of us have “been there” for loved ones as they have grown older. It is often through these experiences, at times filled with surprises and challenges, that we begin to recognize the wisdom of planning ahead for our own health, legal considerations, financial concerns, housing, and family issues. We are also living longer, which... Read More

Why We Need Grandparents in Schools

September 15, 2019 — It has long been a dream of mine to have grandparents in schools. As a teacher and an administrator in high school, the opportunity for me to have grandparents in my class was a joyful experience. The children could not move through the school without attracting embraces, the way a loved one draws in family... Read More

Community Living Connections: Creating a New Way of Doing Business

September 13, 2019 — The Collaborative Funding Process is a new approach to investments that enables agencies that deliver services to determine how they will collectively do the work. Unlike a traditional funding process where a panel makes funding recommendations, agencies that deliver Community Living Connections services in Seattle and King County are deciding each agency’s funding allocation and... Read More