Dismantling Racism Requires Action from Everyone

July 1, 2020 — Everyone I know has been deeply affected by the demonstrations and protests that took place following the deplorable killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta in June—and so many other African Americans over many years. Across the nation and around the world, we’re hearing people call... Read More

Long-Term Care Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Washington’s Most Vulnerable

June 30, 2020 — Proposed COVID-19 budget cuts would devastate seniors and people with disabilities A Coalition of Long-Term Care advocates has assembled in response to recent budget reduction exercises that propose significant cuts—$220 million under the worst-case scenario—to critical services that support Washington’s seniors and people with disabilities. This broad and diverse coalition has come together with a... Read More

Housing Providers, COVID-19, and “The 4 Ms”

June 22, 2020 — Community collaboration has never been more important than now—during COVID-19. Our housing providers have stepped up to address many issues facing residents who are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Since 2013, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) has worked collaboratively with housing providers, starting with United Way’s Wellness Pilot Project, a strategic community initiative that... Read More

5 Tips for Solo Agers During Coronavirus

June 18, 2020 — People regularly talk with me about their fears of contracting COVID-19. Those who live alone ask me questions like: Who will take care of me if I get sick? Will anyone know I need help? What services are there to support me and how can I access them? According to the Department of Health and Human... Read More

Using Technology to Stay Social While Physically Distancing

June 16, 2020 — Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults experienced widespread social isolation and loneliness. Physical distancing is a new challenge that’s creating or worsening loneliness for many. Isolation can hurt both our physical and mental health. Here’s the good news—we can still connect, even as we stay at least six feet apart. Technology can... Read More

Multidisciplinary Support for Older People Who Experience Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

June 12, 2020 — World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 is an annual event launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and World Health Organization within the United Nations, which recognized elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation as significant public health and human rights issues. WEAAD provides an opportunity for communities around... Read More

Memory Sunday Focuses on African-American Dementia Caregivers

June 11, 2020 — Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Dementia is an “umbrella” term used to describe a loss of cognitive function—remembering, thinking, and reasoning—severe enough to interfere with everyday living. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain from disease or trauma. Did you know there are over 100 different types of dementias? While some are reversible,... Read More

We May be Isolated, But We Don’t Have to Be Alone

June 10, 2020 — Even in the best of times, social isolation is a significant problem. In Washington, nearly half a million people over the age of 50 live alone. They are at higher risk of social isolation, which is now magnified by the “social distancing” requirements across the country. We know social distancing is especially critical to stay safe,... Read More

Focus on African-American Dementia Caregivers

June 8, 2020 — From the desk of ADS director Cathy Knight Did you know that older African Americans are twice as likely as older whites to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias? This coming weekend is Memory Sunday. This annual event recognizes Alzheimer’s and other dementias—and promotes brain health—among faith communities serving African Americans. The event was conceived... Read More

Aging with Pride: IDEA Connects LGBT Older Adults with Memory Loss During COVID-19

June 8, 2020 — In late March, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a statewide order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order required every Washingtonian to stay home unless they needed to pursue an essential activity. For 18 months, Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action) visited participants’ homes to test a tailored... Read More