Eastside Resources for Falls Prevention

September 23, 2020 — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has declared that “falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.” DOH points out that 28 percent of Washington residents over age 65 experience a fall every year. In 2018, almost 21,000 Washington residents age 65+ were hospitalized after a fall. Falls Prevention Awareness Week is... Read More

Mission Possible: Physical Activity Helps Prevent Falls

September 21, 2020 — Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 21–25, 2020 You may remember the “Mission Impossible” TV series that ran from 1966 to 1973. At the start of each job assignment, a voice would say, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is … .” I admit that I was fascinated with this show in my... Read More

Video Conference to Focus on Local Dementia-Friendly Efforts

September 14, 2020 — Over 110,000 people live with dementia in Washington State, and the numbers continue to grow. For many people with dementia and caregivers, social isolation can be an all-too-common experience—an experience now compounded by the COVID-19 outbreak. While there’s no cure for the medical conditions that cause dementia, the burden of social isolation can be effectively... Read More

Love & Community: The Ties that Bind

September 7, 2020 — Grandparents Day 2020 is Sunday, September 13 I consider happy memories with my grandparents as special blessings that I will always cherish. I remember my grandparents loved TV wrestling matches. As a child, I had to suffer through watching them while there for sleepovers. I can still hear my grandmother’s squeals every time a wrestler... Read More

When a Disaster Strikes, What Will You Do?

September 3, 2020 — At the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM), one of our main goals is to ensure people in Seattle are ready for emergencies. We help people plan for emergencies and disasters with their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. September is National Preparedness Month, when communities across the country come together to plan for emergencies, practice what... Read More

Voter Suppression: Truth That’s Stranger Than Fiction

August 31, 2020 — Some days I shake my head in near-disbelief at the news. Frequently, the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction” comes to mind. “’Tis strange but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction; if it could be told, How much would novels gain by the exchange! How differently the world would men behold! How... Read More

LGBTQ+2S Resilience During the COVID Pandemic

August 14, 2020 — This summer, Age Friendly Seattle and the Saying It Out Loud Conference coordinated two online panel presentations related to COVID that were geared to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or two-spirit (LGBTQ+2S). The first presentation (June 26) focused on lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic that help inform the COVID pandemic... Read More

Eat the Rainbow: Orange Cauliflower, Red Carrots, Purple Broccoli, and More

August 12, 2020 — “Eat the rainbow” is a mantra developed to encourage people to eat highly colored foods. We’re used to thinking of green beans, red bell peppers or blueberries. But more exotic possibilities are fun to explore too. Raw or roasted, colorful vegetables are generally high in antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and fiber. They’re also great... Read More

Summer Reading in the Time of COVID-19

August 10, 2020 — We are all navigating new landscapes, at times going about our daily activities and obligations in different ways, engaging with others more thoughtfully, creatively. Many of us are using this “Life in the Time of COVID-19,” as I like to call it, to learn new things, travel vicariously or locally, adjust our priorities and/or as... Read More

Masks and Face Coverings Help Stop the Spread of COVID

August 7, 2020 — Staying home is still the safest way to prevent spreading COVID-19. Older people and anyone else in a higher risk category (e.g., people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or COPD, and people with auto-immune diseases) are strongly encouraged to stay home until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. If you do go out,... Read More