Exciting Changes to ‘Age Friendly Live’ Virtual Events

January 15, 2021 — In 2021, Age Friendly Live is back with a full slate of virtual programming that aims to improve access to information about community resources and encourage civic participation among older adults and their caregivers. To better illustrate what we have planned for this year, here is a look back at how it all began. In... Read More

Age-Friendly Efforts Continue in a Year of Uncertainty

January 13, 2021 — While 2020 was a year filled with uncertainty, municipalities and community organizations across Washington state still managed to put older people’s needs front and center. We welcomed two cities—Tacoma and Renton—to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining Seattle and Puyallup. Several nonprofit agencies also received AARP Community Challenge grants to address crucial pandemic-related issues,... Read More

Virtual Advocacy: Making a Difference in Olympia This Year

January 11, 2021 — This year, due to the COVID quarantine, the Washington State Legislature’s open public meetings will be held online. That means that everybody—legislators, lobbyists, advocates, and constituents—will meet the same way: via Zoom. Zoom advocacy represents an opportunity for Aging Network advocates, both those who have made annual treks to Olympia on special lobby days and... Read More

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Spot Scammers

January 7, 2021 — Each year, scammers target electric utilities relentlessly, leaving customers vulnerable to threats. These scammers usually attempt to demand financial and personal information in addition to threatening customers with a shutoff of service. This isn’t how utilities in our region do business. Here are a few tips to help you spot a potential scam and learn... Read More

Focus on Financial Wellbeing

January 4, 2021 — It is my honor to now chair the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Ava Frisinger for her extensive contributions, and the multiple terms she served as Chair of the Advisory Council. I was invited to join the Advisory Council several years ago because... Read More

There’s Nothing Festive About Fraud

December 21, 2020 — The holidays are here, but unfortunately so are the con-artists looking for opportunities to spoil your celebrations. They are more than willing to use the joyous mood to get into your wallet. But with a little preparation and vigilance, you can cut down on the threat of becoming a scam victim. Charity scams Legitimate charities... Read More

Navigate the Dark Days of Winter Through the Public Library

December 18, 2020 — Surely this is a season like no other. So many of the gatherings and celebrations we usually look forward to at this time of year have been canceled or modified significantly due to COVID. And while most of us are truly grateful for telephones, the Internet, and video-conference technology like Zoom, it doesn’t replace those... Read More

Oral Health: Essential During COVID-19

December 16, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the closures of medical clinics and dental offices. COVID caused approximately 198,000 active dentists and dental specialists in the United States to close, thereby impacting both patients and dental practices. The stress of the pandemic contributes to teeth grinding, teeth fractures, and temporal mandibular... Read More