Join the ‘Age Friendly’ Movement

March 4, 2020 — The Age Friendly Seattle 2019 Annual Report is hot off the press, and well worth review. If you’re not familiar with the “age friendly” movement, the City of Seattle joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2016 and launched its Age Friendly Seattle initiative the following year. After reading the report, I’m convinced that suburban cities in King... Read More

New Funding Opportunities from the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy

March 3, 2020 — King County’s Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) promotes healthy living, financial stability, social engagement, housing stability, and service system access for veterans, seniors and vulnerable populations. The VSHSL Implementation Plan guides levy investments from 2019 through 2023. Funding opportunities in March 2020 are listed below: Countywide information and referral service The King County Department of... Read More

Voter Registration—Why It’s Important Right Now

March 2, 2020 — Election Day is in November, right?! Yes, and you must be registered to vote in order to vote. But why now? This year, there’s a Presidential Primary Election in Washington state—Tuesday, March 10, 2020—as well as the August 4 Primary Election and November 3 General Election. Some people refer to Washington’s presidential primary as “Little Tuesday,” differentiating it from “Super... Read More

Fish Soups Can Warm You Up in Cold Weather

February 21, 2020 — There is nothing quite like a hot bowl of soup on a cold, stormy day. The weather seems to call out for simple, hearty meals that are filling and warming. I tasted lots of great fish soups on a recent trip to Scandinavia and was reminded how lucky we are in the Pacific Northwest to... Read More

Perspectives on Legacy: Making a Positive Difference in an Imperfect World

February 14, 2020 — This year, the Frye Art Museum celebrates ten years of Creative Aging Programs. Part of the ever-evolving offering of programs is an annual Creative Aging Conference. This one-day conference, in its seventh year, is designed for social services and healthcare professionals, artists, educators, and lifelong learners, though it’s open to anyone with an interest in “Perspectives... Read More

Universal Design & Pedestrian Wayfinding Forum

February 13, 2020 — The principles of Universal Design can be applied to urban environments to make public spaces usable and inviting. Urban designers apply a variety of tools to help pedestrians determine where they are and where they need to go to reach their destination. These tools—known collectively as “wayfinding”—have adapted to incorporate new technologies and design methods.... Read More

Norovirus 101: Older People are at Higher Risk

February 9, 2020 — Norovirus is very contagious. It can easily spread in closed indoor settings with large populations, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and healthcare settings. While norovirus doesn’t typically have serious consequences, older people are at higher risk for complications—mainly dehydration. Read on to learn more about norovirus and how you can help prevent its spread.... Read More

It’s Easier to Receive a Property Tax Reduction Now

February 7, 2020 — For many years, Washington state has provided a property tax reduction to older adults and veterans with disabilities to make it easier for those on fixed incomes to remain in their homes. Unfortunately, due to rapidly rising home values and property taxes, these programs didn’t help enough of our neighbors. That’s why regional leaders and... Read More

Giant Free Health Clinic at Seattle Center Feb. 13-16

February 6, 2020 — Seattle/King County Clinic is getting ready to open its doors to anyone in need of healthcare services. The 2020 Clinic—open Thursday, Feb. 13–Sunday, Feb. 16 at Seattle Center—is the largest event of its kind in Washington state. It offers a broad range of FREE dental, vision, and medical care. The four-day clinic, now in its... Read More

Recovery Tools for Heart Attack Survivors, Including Emotional Well-being

February 4, 2020 — Recovery from a heart attack or other cardiac event can be physically daunting but many don’t realize that it can be emotionally challenging for survivors as well. My Cardiac Coach™, a free app from the American Heart Association, helps survivors with their recovery goals and includes a tool that provides tips and resources to help them... Read More