Ready to Retire? Apply Online with Social Security

June 12, 2024 — It’s never too early to start planning for retirement and Social Security (SSA) online tools can help. Go to to access your personal mySocial Security account to get an estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Once you have an account, you can use SSA’s Plan for Retirement tool to see how your benefits can change... Read More

Maude’s Ventures: Funding the Future of Dementia Care

June 10, 2024 — Do you have a groundbreaking idea to improve the lives of those living with dementia and their caregivers? Maude’s Ventures is seeking your vision! The Maude’s Ventures annual grant competition is open now, offering seed funding of up to $50,000 to turn your vision into reality. Groundbreaking ideas make a difference Maude’s Ventures is passionate... Read More

AARP Seeks Nominees for Exceptional Volunteer Award

June 8, 2024 — AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2024 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Washingtonians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Washington is excited to shine a light on 50+ Washingtonians who are using a lifetime of experience to make a... Read More

Some Aging Issues are Unique to Men

June 6, 2024 — Men’s health is important, and yet, it isn’t talked about openly very often. For a spouse, partner, parent, uncle, or grandparent, and other males we know, men’s health and wellness are essential for living full and enriching lives. Some men say that they only see a health care professional because a loved one, e.g., spouse,... Read More

Fortify Your Brain Health

June 4, 2024 — June is Brain Health Awareness Month, an invitation to explore how to fortify your brain health. Research supports how small, manageable lifestyle changes can be powerful, lasting ways to improve brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia. It is never too late to start. The top six things you can do to positively impact... Read More

Call to Action: Increase Alzheimer’s Awareness Among African Americans

June 2, 2024 — Did you know that Blacks and African Americans (as well as Indigenous persons) are two-times more likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementias when compared to non-Hispanic whites? According to the Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias 2023–2028, among both populations, there’s at least a 45 percent greater chance of developing... Read More

We ❤ Aging—Yes, We Do!

May 31, 2024 — Everyone wants to be treated with respect and dignity, but “isms” get in the way. You know—racism, sexism, classism, and others. Two of those others are ageism (discrimination against older people because of negative and inaccurate stereotypes) and ableism (discrimination in favor of able-bodied people). Ageism and ableism are compounded by the other “isms,” and... Read More

Social Security Honors Our Military Heroes

May 23, 2024 — On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms. Families, friends, and communities come together to remember the great sacrifices of military members and ensure their legacies live on. Social Security benefits can help the families of deceased military service members. For example, surviving spouses and dependent... Read More

Civic Coffee Recap: Identifying Accurate Information

May 20, 2024 — On March 19, 2024, Age Friendly Seattle collaborated with the Chinese Information and Service Center to present a Civic Coffee panel discussion on enhancing digital literacy. Panelists Andrea Otáñez, a University of Washington teaching professor, and Di Zhang, a librarian at Renton Technical College, discussed methods to identify accurate information online and provided insights and... Read More

Examining Blue Zones: What Can We Learn from This Form of Health Media?

May 19, 2024 — You may have heard the term “Blue Zones” in health and wellness-related media. This phrase describes specific areas around the world that are home to people reportedly living healthier, longer lives. This research has become a fascination of health and wellness culture, with countless books, articles, and documentaries dedicated to the subject. Blue Zones are... Read More