Join United Way’s Free Tax Prep Campaign in the Fight Against Poverty

December 17, 2018 — Are you thinking about how to get involved in a cause that can make a positive impact in your community or someone’s life, but don’t know where to start? Volunteer with United Way of King County’s Free Tax Preparation Campaign. United Way of King County is gearing up for this upcoming tax season, and we... Read More

You Have the (Baking) Power with Low-Sodium Baking Powders

December 14, 2018 — Here’s a chemistry lesson about delicious quick breads, ideas about cutting sodium as you make a tasty coffee cake—a holiday brunch treat, perhaps?—and a recipe for homemade baking powder. The recipe was developed by a couple of Northwest Kidney Centers patients who were carefully controlling sodium intake to save their kidneys, hearts, and blood vessels.... Read More

Give Your Own Experiences for a Green Holiday

December 12, 2018 — “Give an experience instead of stuff” for the holidays! Catchy, isn’t it? That’s been a popular concept for years. Usually that has meant giving someone an alternative to a typical gift like a sweater, knick-knack, or electronic device—for example, theater or concert tickets, piano lessons, or a gift card for zip-lining through the forest. Chosen... Read More

LGBTQ Housing Discrimination All Too Common

December 10, 2018 — Redwolf Painter, a senior systems engineer relocating to Seattle from the San Francisco Bay Area, thought it would be easier to rent an apartment here. But after applying for rentals more than a dozen times—and being denied each time—Redwolf began to suspect a more disturbing pattern. “On the phone, I had a lot of very... Read More

Home for the Holidays? Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Help

December 7, 2018 — The holidays are busy times, filled with activities, traditions, and visits with family and friends. It’s often the time when those who live apart geographically can spend extended, precious time together. If you haven’t seen the older adults in your life over several months or years, it’s not unusual not to notice changes until you... Read More

Tips for Surviving the Holidays while Caregiving

December 5, 2018 — Getting through the holiday season while caring for a loved one can be a challenge on many levels. Holidays tend to bring up emotions, old memories, and family issues. While holidays can be a time of joy and celebration, they may also highlight losses. An adult child who cares for two parents and loses one... Read More

From Homeless to Housed: Christmas Came Early for Santa

December 3, 2018 — After 21 years living on the street and with a multitude of health issues, Larry Stuvland was referred to Aging and Disability Services for assistance by Sound Generations. Bellevue Fire Cares made the original referral on Larry’s behalf. Larry was struggling to survive. He needed essential services, resources, and housing. As the Aging and Disability... Read More

Chair’s Corner: Your Time, Talent, and Kindness Go a Long Way

November 30, 2018 — In December, it is very tempting to write a cheery article about celebrating the holidays with families, food, friends, and fun. I don’t want to sound all doom-and-gloom, but the truth is that many people don’t have the opportunities to celebrate in that way during the winter holidays or any other time of year. AARP... Read More

Tenant Rights for Older Adults: The Basics

November 16, 2018 — They didn’t know what they would do. Their fixed income was barely covering shelter and food. The escalating rent to live in the modest apartment they thought would be their last was becoming prohibitive. Unresolved maintenance issues were mounting and repeated requests for repairs were either dismissed or completely ignored. A small group of residence... Read More

Liberty Bank Redevelopment Preserves Central District Housing

November 14, 2018 — On the corner of 24th & Union, east of downtown Seattle, once stood Liberty Bank, the first Black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest. The bank was founded as a community outcry to the redlining and disinvestment in Central Seattle in the 1960s. Last year developers broke ground on an impressive new multi-use structure that both... Read More