The Amazing Flavors of Stone Fruit

October 19, 2020 — This year has been amazing for stone fruits, the ones with pits. Just a few weeks ago, I filled every bowl and bucket in my house with beautiful tree-ripened peaches from my garden. So sweet and juicy! I transformed them into peach pie, peach cobbler, and a favorite family dessert—peach Melba. I’m not even mentioning... Read More

Why Flu Vaccine is More Important During COVID-19

October 16, 2020 — Although we can’t predict exactly what will happen this fall and winter, flu will likely arrive while COVID-19 is still circulating, and that makes it even more important to get a flu vaccination. We asked Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health—Seattle & King County, to explain why. Why is it particularly important to... Read More

How to Drop, Cover, and Hold—Even When You Can’t

October 14, 2020 — With all the new ways the world has been challenging us, it can be easy to forget about our inherent, natural dangers. Thursday, October 15, will mark the 12th year of International ShakeOut Day, an annual event on the third Thursday of every October. This earthquake preparedness event began in California and soon spread both nationally... Read More

Long-Term Care Coalition Says Don’t Pull the Rug Out Now

October 12, 2020 — On September 16,, the Department of Social and Health Services released a new budget cut scenario that amounts to a drastic elimination of critical long-term services and supports that help with daily activities like eating, bathing, and taking medications. Losing those supports will endanger our most vulnerable Washingtonians. The Long-Term Care Coalition, a broad and diverse... Read More

LGBTQ+2S: Vaccinations, Vaccine Trials, and You

October 9, 2020 — On October 30, 2020, Age Friendly Seattle is sponsoring the third of three Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ+2S) panel discussions—this time focused on Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and vaccinations. The live online event coincides with Gay Pride events taking place in Orlando, Honolulu, Johannesburg, Amsterdam, and elsewhere. The Age Friendly... Read More

Accessible COVID-19 Test Sites in Seattle-King County

October 8, 2020 — King County and the City of Seattle have established COVID-19 testing sites to help address the need for free testing services—especially for our more vulnerable communities. All the sites listed below are ADA accessible and can provide services in multiple languages, including ASL. Public Health—Seattle & King County is asking the community to help spread... Read More

City of Seattle’s Mobile Integrated Health Partnership Wins National Award

October 7, 2020 — On September 22, Aging and Disability Services, a division of the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD), received a 2020 n4a Aging Innovation Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) for their involvement in the City of Seattle’s Mobile Integrated Health partnership. The award was presented on the second day of the n4a’s four-day... Read More

Driven by Compassion, Empathy, and Decency

October 5, 2020 — Perhaps you read the Seattle Times article about income inequality on Sept. 25 (“Seattle’s median household income soars past $100,000—but wealth doesn’t reach all”). Median household income in the Seattle metropolitan area hit $102,500 last year. Median income for households headed by a white or Asian person was $112,000—2.4 times higher than those headed by... Read More

Joe Hailey and Barb Williams: Not Sitting on the Sidelines

October 1, 2020 — Members of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services advocate year-round for local, state, and national programs that promote quality of life for older people and adults with disabilities in King County. As their staff liaison, I’m always impressed by the passion, expertise, and energy each one brings to this work. This... Read More