Vote Like Lives Depend on It

July 8, 2020 — We’re lucky in Washington state. We can register to vote online 24/7 or by mail until eight days before an election or in-person through Election Day. Sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds can register to vote now and receive their first ballot after their eighteenth birthday. Washington is a mail ballot state—one of only five in the country (the others... Read More

Racism is a Public Health Crisis: The Transformation Starts Here. It Starts with Us.

July 7, 2020 — From King County Executive Dow Constantine and Public Health—Seattle & King County Director Patty Hayes “There’s nothing new under the sun but there are new suns.”—Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Trickster Today, we declare that racism is a public health crisis. Public Health—Seattle & King County and all of King County government are committed... Read More

Apply Now for Farmers Market Checks You Can Use This Summer and Fall

July 6, 2020 — Updated July 7, 2020 The popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is now open! There was a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for physical distancing, and suspended farmers market operations; however, as King County entered its Phase 2 reopening, the 2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) application process opened on June 12.... Read More

Dismantling Racism Requires Action from Everyone

July 1, 2020 — Everyone I know has been deeply affected by the demonstrations and protests that took place following the deplorable killing by police of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta in June—and so many other African Americans over many years. Across the nation and around the world, we’re hearing people call... Read More

Long-Term Care Coalition Calls on Lawmakers to Protect Washington’s Most Vulnerable

June 30, 2020 — Proposed COVID-19 budget cuts would devastate seniors and people with disabilities A Coalition of Long-Term Care advocates has assembled in response to recent budget reduction exercises that propose significant cuts—$220 million under the worst-case scenario—to critical services that support Washington’s seniors and people with disabilities. This broad and diverse coalition has come together with a... Read More

Housing Providers, COVID-19, and “The 4 Ms”

June 22, 2020 — Community collaboration has never been more important than now—during COVID-19. Our housing providers have stepped up to address many issues facing residents who are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Since 2013, Aging and Disability Services (ADS) has worked collaboratively with housing providers, starting with United Way’s Wellness Pilot Project, a strategic community initiative that... Read More

5 Tips for Solo Agers During Coronavirus

June 18, 2020 — People regularly talk with me about their fears of contracting COVID-19. Those who live alone ask me questions like: Who will take care of me if I get sick? Will anyone know I need help? What services are there to support me and how can I access them? According to the Department of Health and Human... Read More

Using Technology to Stay Social While Physically Distancing

June 16, 2020 — Even before the current COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults experienced widespread social isolation and loneliness. Physical distancing is a new challenge that’s creating or worsening loneliness for many. Isolation can hurt both our physical and mental health. Here’s the good news—we can still connect, even as we stay at least six feet apart. Technology can... Read More

Multidisciplinary Support for Older People Who Experience Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

June 12, 2020 — World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15 is an annual event launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and World Health Organization within the United Nations, which recognized elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation as significant public health and human rights issues. WEAAD provides an opportunity for communities around... Read More

Memory Sunday Focuses on African-American Dementia Caregivers

June 11, 2020 — Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Dementia is an “umbrella” term used to describe a loss of cognitive function—remembering, thinking, and reasoning—severe enough to interfere with everyday living. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain from disease or trauma. Did you know there are over 100 different types of dementias? While some are reversible,... Read More