Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy Open Houses

May 2, 2023 — The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) is hosting a series of in-person open houses across King County for community members to learn more about the VSHSL and VSHSL-funded services provided in their community. Nine in-person open houses and one virtual open house will be held in May and early June. The VSHSL funds a wide... Read More

50 Years and Counting

May 1, 2023 — If you’re older than 50, think back to 1973. What was happening in your life? That year, the U.S. ended its involvement in the Vietnam War. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its original ruling on Roe v. Wade. Hip hop music was born. At times, it seems so long ago; other times, it seems like... Read More

Civic Coffee Recap: Access to Care

April 24, 2023 — According to AARP’s Home and Community Preference Survey, 77 percent of adults aged 50 and older would prefer to grow old at home. To make this happen, many healthcare organizations in Seattle and King County are stepping up to provide care in diverse ways. Healthcare access is essential to all ages, but the amount and the... Read More

Seattle Histories: My Grandmother’s Hand

April 21, 2023 — In 2008, two grand openings led me to this story. First, the forty-year-old Wing Luke Asian Museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian and the only Pan-Asian American museum in the nation, reopened in its newly remodeled home in the East Kong Yick building in Seattle’s Chinatown, a four-story brick structure originally built in 1910 with investments... Read More

Civic Coffee Recap: Financial Planning and Fraud Prevention

April 19, 2023 — Financial security and planning are a growing challenge faced by people of all ages; however, older adults have specific challenges that make the topic of finance more complicated. As people age, income often becomes more restricted, making budgeting more difficult. In addition, older adults are disproportionately victims of scams and frauds. Knowing how to detect... Read More

Let’s Get Practical for Earth Day—The Electric Car and the Hair Snake

April 17, 2023 — For Earth Day this year—Saturday, April 22!—let’s dive into a little real-world environmentalism. I’ll start with a problem I had last November: The bathtub in my apartment wouldn’t drain. To unclog it, I was going to try to find a long, hard, bent wire and stick it down the drain. Or something. But I kept... Read More

Taking a Step Forward: Foot Care and Minority Health

April 12, 2023 — April is National Minority Health Month and Foot Health Awareness Month. This presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight the intersection of these two topics. Health disparities among people of color is not just a current-day concern. Many years ago, Booker T. Washington, who rose from slavery to become a leading African American educator, advocated for... Read More

Share Your Stories on Neighbor Day

April 10, 2023 — Seattle Department of Neighborhoods invites all Seattle residents to celebrate Neighbor Day on Saturday, May 6, by indulging in and amplifying acts of kindness in their community. Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our city a great place to... Read More

Maude’s Awards Recognize and Reward Innovative Dementia Care

April 6, 2023 — The application period for 2023 Maude’s Awards is now open. Now in its fourth year, Maude’s Awards was developed to gather and share innovations that will enrich the quality of life for persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their care partners. Annually, Maude’s Awards makes up to eight awards—three $25,000 awards to... Read More

Low-income Seniors: Apply for the SFMNP Benefit Card Starting April 10

April 3, 2023 — The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) recently announced that open enrollment for the popular Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) opens Monday, April 10. The program allows older low-income residents to apply for a one-time SFMNP benefit card that can be used to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County. Each card holds... Read More