Mary Mitchell Announced as Aging and Disability Services Director

September 7, 2022 — The City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD) recently announced the hire of Mary Mitchell as director of its Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division. Mary has served in an interim capacity for the past year (see “Mary Mitchell: Steeped in Race and Social Justice” in the June 2021 issue of AgeWise King County). Her... Read More

Policy Wins: Inflation Reduction, Clean Energy, and Health Care

September 6, 2022 — On Friday, August 26, I attended a Congressional roundtable event with Congresswoman DelBene (CD1) to discuss the state of healthcare for older adults. This event—organized in partnership with AARP Washington, Washington Area Agencies on Aging and Seattle Human Services Department—took place ten days after President Biden signed the historic Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 into law. This legislation... Read More

New CAPABLE Program Promotes Aging in Place

August 29, 2022 — Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County (Habitat SKC) to bring an innovative program to Washington state that promotes aging in place. CAPABLE stands for Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders. It’s a person-directed, home-based program developed by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of... Read More

Civic Coffee Recap: Parks and Recreation

August 22, 2022 — Parks are at the center of so many experiences and memories. Our local parks often serve as our first experiences with nature, our introduction to a favorite hobby or physical activity, and gathering sites for celebrations with family and friends. They are the places we go to recharge ourselves, connect with others, and find respite... Read More

Continuing Efforts Toward Full Equality

August 15, 2022 — As a child of the 1960s, plus a few years on either side of that decade, I was only exposed to American history in school that supported the supremacy of white men of European descent—the conquerors, explorers, colonists, founders, inventors, presidents, and other men favored by historians of yore. I remember passing reference to the... Read More

Some of My Best Friends are at the Library

August 8, 2022 — If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we all need a buddy in life—someone who gets you, who doesn’t judge, who supports and uplifts and maybe even makes you see a different perspective. I find those people every day at my local library. All the authors, performers, directors, characters—it’s truly a cocoon of lifelong... Read More

Look Who’s Turning 87—the Social Security Act of 1935

August 4, 2022 — Eighty-seven years ago this August, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, establishing a permanent fund that has provided retirement, disability, and survivor benefits for generations of Americans. The Social Security Act was part of a series of programs and reforms enacted to help pull the U.S. out of the Great... Read More

The Child Tax Credit Helps Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

July 31, 2022 — The number of grandparents caring for grandchildren is significant and continues to grow. In general, the reasons include the opioid crisis, increasing gas prices and rising inflation. Many grandparents will tell you that their lives have been enhanced by providing full-time care to their grandchildren. But caring for a child is expensive. Just like parents,... Read More

12 Things I Like About Aging and Disability Services

July 28, 2022 — Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) have existed everywhere in the United States since 1972. In King County, our AAA is the Aging and Disability Services division of the Seattle Human Services Department. As chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, I have the honor of learning about the work of... Read More