How to Prevent Slips, Trips, Stumbles, and Falls

September 17, 2021 — National Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2021 runs September 20–24. We join the nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable and encourage older adults to remain falls-free and independent by utilizing important tools. Many people think that for it to qualify as a fall, you need to land on the ground or floor. This... Read More

Connecting Diverse Communities with Health and Nutrition

September 15, 2021 — You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.”—Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the World Health Organization Aging and Disability Services is fortunate to collaborate with multiple community-based agencies, and one of those agencies is Tilth Alliance, a nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization on a... Read More

Foster Grandparents: Volunteering Can Enrich Your Life

September 13, 2021 — “When I retired, I knew I wanted to stay busy, but I didn’t want to go look for another job. When I heard about the Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program, which would allow me to mentor kids in a nonprofit setting, I thought ‘This sounds perfect for me!’” Mary Floyd, age 77, is a King County... Read More

Grandparents: Love, Culture & History

September 9, 2021 — Honoring our grandparents is a significant practice in African American culture. Grandparents have always played important roles in nurturing and stabilizing families. Whether through discipline, financial support and/or kinship caregiving, grandparents have always been a vital part of our families. Grandparents also provide important links to our cultural heritage and family history. I recall a... Read More

Back to School? The Benefits of Learning Online

September 7, 2021 — There has never been an easier time to go back to school. Why? Because so many of our institutions offer online learning! We’ve known for years—both intuitively and through research—that lifelong learning supports brain health, keeps people connected, and increases happiness. Even 100 years ago or so (date uncertain), a famous industrialist recognized the value... Read More

Delta, Masking Up is Critical—and It’s Time to Improve the Quality and the Fit

September 3, 2021 — We are now a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic. While some things have improved, the pandemic is not over. Case counts are rising again in King County, and Public Health—Seattle & King County currently recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask in indoor public spaces and any setting where the risk is higher. The highly... Read More

Personal Loss Due to COVID-19

September 1, 2021 — After 19 months knowing COVID-19 is in our community, sometimes I am astonished to hear someone say they don’t know anyone who has contracted COVID-19 or died as a result of COVID-19 complications. That happens but, for me, the risk and the loss are very real. Last month, my family and I paid final respects... Read More

Public Health Crafter’s Corner: 1-Minute DIY Filter Fan

August 28, 2021 — Welcome to the Public Health Crafter’s Corner: Wildfire Smoke Edition! Sadly, wildfire smoke is a near-annual event with the hotter, drier summers we’re getting (see Climate Changes Health). No amount of clever crafting can turn back the climate, but this simple D.I.Y. project can make the smoky days a little more bearable and safer. Keep... Read More

Too Hot to Cook? Meals When You Don’t Want to Turn on the Oven

August 24, 2021 — It’s important to keep eating when temperatures outside are hot, even if the last thing you want to do is add more heat inside by turning on the oven or stovetop. Eating and drinking help to keep us hydrated and stay cool. I asked my amazing team of registered dietitians what they fed their families... Read More

Shingles: A Common, Painful, and Contagious Rash

August 20, 2021 — You might have heard about shingles pain from family or friends. About one out of three Americans develop shingles during their lifetime. Shingles causes a painful rash that most often appears as a stripe of blisters around either the left or the right side of the torso. Sometimes the rash occurs on one side of the... Read More