Connecting with Others—Why That’s So Important

May 1, 2019 — May is Older Americans Month. The national theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. I encourage you to reach out to an older person—a friend, family member, neighbor, colleague, or client—and spend even a couple minutes asking about their lives and experiences. If you can connect on a periodic basis, even better. Let’s focus on the first “C”—Connect.... Read More

Celebrate Older Americans Month 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute!

May 1, 2019 — Happy May Day! This day holds a lot of meaning, from celebration of Spring through flowery Maypole dances to recognition of International Workers’ Day. For me, it’s also the first day of Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of older people in our communities nationwide. Older Americans Month is an annual event... Read More

Knowledge is Power: Check Out MySocialSecurity

April 22, 2019 — April is National Social Security Month and this year we’re highlighting some of the time-saving features of the mySocialSecurity account. Once you create an account, you’ll see that we already have your work history and secure information to estimate what you could receive once you start collecting benefits. With your personal mySocialSecurity account, you can also: Request... Read More

MySavingsJar Will Help Seattleites Save

April 18, 2019 — Imagine you’re a 55-year-old single mom. You work in administrative support, making around $30,000 a year. Living paycheck to paycheck is the norm for you, and there’s no “planning ahead” for an unexpected expense because there’s no money set aside. So what happens if you get a flat tire? If the utility bill is $50... Read More

Adventure to Alternative Transportation

April 16, 2019 — As spring evolves and summer approaches, the Pacific Northwest begins to come alive. After the long winter, people of all ages are itching to get outside and move. But if your mobility needs are changing–what had previously been a time of excitement and adventure can become a challenge. Perhaps during the snowstorms, you realized that... Read More

Who Does NOT Need the MMR Vaccine?

April 14, 2019 — News about immunizations and vaccinations comes out daily, what with the recent measles outbreaks. It leaves a lot of older adults wondering whether or not they are immune or should be vaccinated. Following is information provided to AgeWise King County by our friends at Public Health—Seattle & King County, courtesy of the Centers for Disease... Read More

How Available is Healthy Food in Your Neighborhood?

April 12, 2019 — Where you live in Seattle can determine how easy or hard it can be to access healthy food. That’s one of the key findings from a new study by researchers at the University of Washington and Public Health—Seattle & King County. The researchers surveyed 134 stores (approximately 25 percent of all food stores in Seattle),... Read More

Starting April 8: Apply for Farmers Market Produce Checks

April 10, 2019 — The popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) will open on Monday, April 8. This seasonal program allows older low-income residents to apply for $40 “checks” that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County. Qualified applicants are age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) by... Read More

What’s Happening @AgingKingCounty? There’s An App for That!

April 8, 2019 — Only a few years ago, people would jokingly ask, “Is there an app for that?” These days, you can bet there is not only one app but multiple apps for just about anything you can imagine. “App” is simply an abbreviation for “application.” The term may refer to a web-based program or to software that... Read More

Popular One-Day Conference for Family and In-Home Providers

March 28, 2019 — On Monday, June 3, 2019 a day-long conference for caregivers called “Giving Care, Taking Care” will take place in Tukwila. The event is hosted by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Human Services, with the support of numerous community organizations. Wendy Lustbader, nationally known speaker, author, and storyteller, will... Read More