The Beauty of Spring Greens

April 14, 2022 — Nutrition science tells us we should eat more vegetables. But that can be difficult in the spring, when there seem to be few in-season choices. That’s why spring is a great time of year to eat greens. For me, greens are those hardy, cold-weather plants that are growing quickly in my garden now. I like... Read More

Addressing Increased Alcohol Consumption During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 12, 2022 — For the past two years, life has been anything but normal. Isolation and social distancing we needed to protect ourselves from COVID-19 has impacted each of us in different ways. Some stayed connected by phone and virtual meetings, while others withdrew, and some experienced emotional isolation. You might wonder—did the pandemic impact alcohol consumption? According... Read More

City to low-income seniors: Apply now for farmers market produce checks

April 11, 2022 — Today the Seattle Human Services Department announced the re-opening of their popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). The program allows older low-income residents to apply for one-time $40 “checks” (vouchers) that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County. Qualified applicants are age 60 or older (age 55 or older... Read More

Community Reimagines Seattle Through Storytelling

April 10, 2022 — The challenges of the last two years have been immense and impacted each one of us. They have laid bare deep inequities and racial disparities in our culture. They have changed the way we live, the way we work, and the way we show up for each other. But, most importantly, these challenges have given... Read More

Scamming the Scammers

April 8, 2022 — “Hey, Grandma, it’s Danny. I came here to Costa Rica for spring break, but last night I got mugged. Yeah, Gran, I’m okay—just a few cuts and bruises—but I need money to get home. If you could Zelle or Venmo me $500, I’d really, really appreciate it. Thanks, Gran. Love you.” “CONGRATULATIONS! We’re going to... Read More

Update on ADS Director and Related Recruitment Efforts

April 7, 2022 — The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is developing a strategy to recruit a permanent director for the department’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division. The department’s hope is to have a candidate identified and on-site by August 2022. The timeline at right provides a high-level view of the path ahead. As part of the hiring... Read More

How Will You Celebrate Older Americans Month this May?

April 6, 2022 — Each May, we celebrate Older Americans Month. This year’s theme—Age My Way!—recognizes that older adults want to and often do remain living and involved in their communities. Planning, participation, accessibility, and making connections all play a role in aging in place, and what each person needs and prefers is unique. Aging and Disability Services—a division of... Read More

Older Adult Farmers Market Produce Checks Coming Soon

April 6, 2022 — On Monday, April 11, Aging and Disability Services begins accepting applications for its 2022 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). This popular program allows older low-income residents to apply for one-time $40 “checks” that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County. Qualified applicants are age 60 or older (age 55... Read More

It’s Time to Return to Preventive Health Screenings

April 4, 2022 — With the emergence of COVID-19, routine preventive care, including breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening, decreased dramatically to prioritize urgent care and reduce the spread of the virus in medical facilities. The good news is that 92.6 percent of people in King County ages 5+ have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and half are... Read More

Age Friendly Renton: Bridging the Isolation Divide

April 1, 2022 — Past studies have shown that nearly one-quarter of people aged 65 and older are considered socially isolated. We believe these numbers have likely been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that we, as a community, need to keep the spotlight on improving the quality of life for older adults by keeping them independent and... Read More