Age Friendly Seattle Adapts to the Virtual Environment

September 27, 2021 — Age Friendly Seattle has constantly innovated their events to accommodate guests. Prior to the pandemic, they hosted monthly Civic Coffee Hours at downtown locations, including the Seattle Library’s Central Branch. The events educated people of all ages on current happenings and programs serving different needs and emphasized inclusivity. In early 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,... Read More

With Early Detection, You have Options for Living with Memory Loss

September 23, 2021 — As we age, many of us experience some memory loss. Forgetting things occasionally is a normal part of aging. But memory loss that disrupts daily life could be a sign of something more serious, like dementia or other health problems. To know whether your memory loss is a sign of a bigger issue, it’s important... Read More

Alcohol: What’s Age Got to Do with It?

September 20, 2021 — Alcohol—in the form of wine, distilled spirits, and beer—is one of the most common and accessible drugs in the world. In our own backyard, Washington state has an abundance of wineries, craft distilleries, and breweries. In fact, we rank second in wine production behind California, third in the production distilled spirits, and fifth in beer.... Read More

How to Prevent Slips, Trips, Stumbles, and Falls

September 17, 2021 — National Falls Prevention Awareness Week 2021 runs September 20–24. We join the nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable and encourage older adults to remain falls-free and independent by utilizing important tools. Many people think that for it to qualify as a fall, you need to land on the ground or floor. This... Read More

Connecting Diverse Communities with Health and Nutrition

September 15, 2021 — You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.”—Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Director-General of the World Health Organization Aging and Disability Services is fortunate to collaborate with multiple community-based agencies, and one of those agencies is Tilth Alliance, a nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization on a... Read More

Foster Grandparents: Volunteering Can Enrich Your Life

September 13, 2021 — “When I retired, I knew I wanted to stay busy, but I didn’t want to go look for another job. When I heard about the Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program, which would allow me to mentor kids in a nonprofit setting, I thought ‘This sounds perfect for me!’” Mary Floyd, age 77, is a King County... Read More

Grandparents: Love, Culture & History

September 9, 2021 — Honoring our grandparents is a significant practice in African American culture. Grandparents have always played important roles in nurturing and stabilizing families. Whether through discipline, financial support and/or kinship caregiving, grandparents have always been a vital part of our families. Grandparents also provide important links to our cultural heritage and family history. I recall a... Read More

Back to School? The Benefits of Learning Online

September 7, 2021 — There has never been an easier time to go back to school. Why? Because so many of our institutions offer online learning! We’ve known for years—both intuitively and through research—that lifelong learning supports brain health, keeps people connected, and increases happiness. Even 100 years ago or so (date uncertain), a famous industrialist recognized the value... Read More

Delta, Masking Up is Critical—and It’s Time to Improve the Quality and the Fit

September 3, 2021 — We are now a year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic. While some things have improved, the pandemic is not over. Case counts are rising again in King County, and Public Health—Seattle & King County currently recommends everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask in indoor public spaces and any setting where the risk is higher. The highly... Read More

Personal Loss Due to COVID-19

September 1, 2021 — After 19 months knowing COVID-19 is in our community, sometimes I am astonished to hear someone say they don’t know anyone who has contracted COVID-19 or died as a result of COVID-19 complications. That happens but, for me, the risk and the loss are very real. Last month, my family and I paid final respects... Read More