Navigate the Dark Days of Winter Through the Public Library

December 18, 2020 — Surely this is a season like no other. So many of the gatherings and celebrations we usually look forward to at this time of year have been canceled or modified significantly due to COVID. And while most of us are truly grateful for telephones, the Internet, and video-conference technology like Zoom, it doesn’t replace those... Read More

Oral Health: Essential During COVID-19

December 16, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the closures of medical clinics and dental offices. COVID caused approximately 198,000 active dentists and dental specialists in the United States to close, thereby impacting both patients and dental practices. The stress of the pandemic contributes to teeth grinding, teeth fractures, and temporal mandibular... Read More

Game Hens: Your “Mini-Turkey” this Holiday Season

December 14, 2020 — COVID cases are expected to rise as we stay indoors more due to cold and rainy winter weather, and most of us will not be traveling to visit family or friends for the winter holidays. You can think of that sacrifice as the gift you are giving people you care about—their health. So, if you... Read More

Health Promotion: Gifts to Communities During COVID-19

December 11, 2020 — Local health promotion network providers and others routinely offer and promote health and wellness programs for older people in Seattle/King County. During the pandemic, our community stepped up to provide even more support to older people and adults with disabilities. Our formal network providers showed remarkable resilience and innovations in their support to older adults... Read More

11 Old-Fashioned, Newfangled Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

December 9, 2020 — In this time of COVID, holidays will look a little different. Large events are not recommended. A lot of families are not gathering due to concern about spreading the disease. Those who host small gatherings are taking extra precautions, like limiting time indoors, wearing masks indoors, seating households at separate tables, and serving food on individual plates... Read More

Stay Connected: Focused Phone Calls Make a Difference

December 7, 2020 — Regardless of age, many of us have experienced feelings of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, this is especially true for older adults who are not allowed visitors or who are not allowed to leave their place of residence. Face it, it is not easy to see emotions through the phone. And yet, many folks,... Read More

ADS Ramps Up Efforts to Promote Social Connectivity

December 5, 2020 — Social Isolation and loneliness have profound impacts on health. Research has compared the health impacts of loneliness to smoking, concluding that loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out earlier this year, many health and wellness programs and social activities were cancelled or suspended. Providers quickly stepped up... Read More

New COVID-19 Measures in Washington State

December 3, 2020 — Following is a statement from Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health—Seattle & King County, on Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of new measures to control the surging outbreak of COVID-19 in Washington state: COVID-19 transmission and the number of people being infected are at all-time highs in King County and the outbreak is growing faster than... Read More

Care and Kindness Can Help This Country Heal

November 30, 2020 — The past four years have been a rocky road—and I don’t mean ice cream! Political polarization and turmoil, a worldwide pandemic and quarantine, racial tension, a challenged economy, and climate change have caused huge rifts among the American people. The outcome of the 2020 presidential election illustrated the huge chasm that exists in this country.... Read More

Supporting Others in Crisis

November 23, 2020 — “I’ll never forget the day the phone rang. I felt powerless, I felt stuck. I wanted to help but I didn’t know how, who to call, or what to do. I wanted to solve the problem, but I didn’t know the first place to start.” Being on the receiving end of a phone call or... Read More