You are Not Alone! Support Groups Offer Valuable Community Connection and Help

November 12, 2018 — “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.”—Emily Kimbrough As many family caregivers can attest, helping to care for a loved one who has a chronic or progressive health condition can be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging. And isolating. You give it your all—day in... Read More

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Uncharted Territory for Many

November 9, 2018 — The month of November is both National Family Caregiver Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. These designations happen to coincide in a very meaningful way. I have worked in Aging and Disability Services’ Family Caregiver Support Program for many years. The majority of caregivers I’ve worked with have cared for someone who has been diagnosed... Read More

Lest We Forget

November 7, 2018 — “Recessional,” a Rudyard Kipling poem, is a common hymn at war remembrances services. One phrase—lest we forget—is used frequently in film, literature, and music to remind us of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. As we honor our military veterans on Veterans Day (November 11), we pause and remember the courage... Read More

Aging in Place: Getting Care That Supports the Ability to Live at Home

November 5, 2018 — Many middle-income households will face the same challenges that my siblings and I do in providing care for an aging parent. What we learned along the way is the need to think several steps ahead—anticipating the need for caregivers, remodeling, and supportive services. My mother lives alone in New York City. Like three out of four... Read More

Will Your Current Home Allow You to Age in Place?

November 2, 2018 — An age-friendly home is an important goal for many older Seattle and King County residents. Unfortunately, with our steep terrain, historic building practices, and current vertical living trends, many homes lack the age-friendly features that are important for aging in place. Level entries, wider hallways, and a main-floor bathroom that can accommodate a wheelchair are... Read More

Chair’s Corner: Food for Thought, Resources for Living, Effective Advocacy

November 2, 2018 — Some of the things that I enjoy most about AgeWise King County is the ability to provide food for thought, resources for healthy aging and living, and information for effective advocacy. This issue is no exception. You will read about Alzheimer’s, caregiving, and housing. On every page, you will see local resource information. I encourage... Read More

East African Elders Program Launches in North Seattle

October 15, 2018 — Sound Generations, Hunger Intervention Program, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Horn of Africa Services have teamed up to bring healthy meals, fitness programs, recreational activities, and social work services to East African elders in north Seattle. This program launched in late August at the Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle) and will be... Read More

Seattle and King County Make Major Investments in Senior Centers

October 12, 2018 — In August and September, both King County and the City of Seattle made major investments in community-based services for older people, recognizing significant growth of our aging population. In August, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced nearly $3.5 million in awards to organizations serving older adults throughout King County. The investments will enhance senior center... Read More

Too Many Zucchini?

October 10, 2018 — Every year I tell myself I won’t plant too many zucchini and then, by the end of summer, I have zucchini everywhere! I have given a lot away, but sometimes still find a giant one, looking like a torpedo hiding under its big, prickly leaves. Zucchini are low in calories and sodium with good amounts... Read More

Breast Cancer: Early Detection Saves Lives

October 8, 2018 — Did you know that Breast Cancer Awareness Month was first observed in the United States in October 1985? This is an international campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the disease and raise money to fund research into cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. The ongoing focus and message is to encourage women to have mammograms, which... Read More