Caregiving and the Holidays

December 6, 2023 — As a family caregiver, whether you are a spouse, partner, adult child, or friend, you know the journey is not an over-and-done scenario—it’s a marathon. The key to a successful marathon is planning, preparing, and pacing. This applies especially to special occasions, which typically take more thought and energy. Care partners, this is your opportunity... Read More

Preparing for the 2024 Washington State Legislative Session

November 30, 2023 — As we approach the end of the calendar year, we also look forward to the 2024 legislative session in Olympia, which will begin on January 8, 2024 and run for 60 days. During that time, members of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services—along with Aging Network advocates from across Washington state—will... Read More

The Three Sisters of Fall Foods

November 22, 2023 — It’s fall, and always fun to harvest the fruits of my labors from the spring and summer. Coming in now are the veggies that some Indigenous people call “the three sisters”—beans, corn and squash. The idea is that these three plants support each other like sisters should. The beans help put nitrogen into the soil,... Read More

This Short-Term Volunteer Opportunity Can Help Change Lives

November 21, 2023 — Volunteer registration is now open for the Seattle/King County Clinic, the state’s largest free health clinic, which returns to Seattle Center on February 15–18, 2024. The clinic is a joint venture among public, private, and nonprofit organizations concerned with addressing growing health disparities in the region. Clinic partners hope to recruit more than 3,000 volunteers to... Read More

Civic Coffee Recap: Falls Prevention

November 20, 2023 — On September 26, 2023, Age Friendly Seattle hosted its monthly Civic Coffee in collaboration with the Southeast Seattle Senior Center. Panelists Paige Denison and Deidre Daymon (Director and Assistant Director of Health Wellness & Project Enhance at Sound Generations, respectively); Mary Pat O’Leary, RN (a senior planner at Aging and Disability Services, Seattle Human Services... Read More

Help Reduce the Risk of Falls in Your Community—Become a Certified SAIL Instructor

November 19, 2023 — Are you interested in gaining strength and balance to help maintain and improve your life? Are you a community volunteer, fitness instructor, or health care professional committed to helping older adults stay active and independent? Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based strength, balance, and fitness class for adults 65 and older. Performing... Read More

Elder Education Institute Offers Training for Aging Network Professionals

November 18, 2023 — Are you seeking quality educational trainings that address the unique needs of older adults?  You’ve come to the right place! The Elder Education Institute (EEI) at Sound Generations is on a mission! Formerly known as the Geriatric Mental Health Program, the EEI offers educational workshops and programming that address the special concerns of older adults, providing education... Read More

New Legislation Helps Older People with Hearing Loss in Washington State

November 16, 2023 — Everyone knows someone with diminished hearing. Among the AgeWise population, data varies but typically indicates that at age 65, approximately a third of people have hearing loss, and that number rises to half of people over age 75. Hearing loss treatment and accommodations are very important for this group. Over the last few years, the... Read More

Taking Charge of Diabetes Today and Tomorrow

November 15, 2023 — I have diabetes and many people I know also have diabetes. Some have lived with this chronic condition for years, while others were recently diagnosed. Regardless of how long someone has lived with diabetes, I know from experience that focusing on taking care of oneself can be exhausting. It helps to know that information and... Read More

Hospice Care and its Benefits

November 14, 2023 — November is National Hospice Awareness Month—an opportunity to learn more about this often misunderstood but important service and support. The recent announcement by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s family that he’s entered hospice care has helped familiarize many of us with hospice care and a better understanding of the benefits that hospice can offer. Understanding... Read More