Affordability: Large or Small, Savings Help

February 6, 2024 — A pressing and over-arching issue facing older people in Seattle, King County, and throughout the country is affordability. No one can afford to live here on Social Security alone, and far too many people have no significant savings or pension. It’s no secret that income, or lack thereof, impacts where and how we live, our... Read More

Civic Coffee Recap: Assistive Technologies

January 24, 2024 — On November 16, 2023, Age Friendly Seattle hosted its final 2023 Civic Coffee, planned in collaboration with and held at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. The panel discussion explored practical tools and solutions to enhance accessibility and quality of life. Panelists included Maria Kelley, OTR/L, ATP, a Senior Assistive Technology Specialist with the Washington... Read More

Magic Potions: Make Your Own Infused Vinegars

January 22, 2024 — There is a magic ingredient hiding in your kitchen that can boost the flavor of your meals, help keep your house clean, and get rid of nasty weeds in your garden. What is this magic potion? It’s something so simple—vinegar! Vinegar is a mild acid (acetic acid, to be precise). The way you buy it... Read More

Nurturing Thyroid Health: Knowledge, Detection, and Wellness

January 18, 2024 — When I underwent thyroid surgery removal due to suspected cancer, it was overwhelming. The positive outcome was that the thyroid nodules were not cancer, despite my worst fear. I can attest that, if properly treated, it is possible to live a normal, healthy life with proper treatment and medication. What is a thyroid and where... Read More

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Village Movement

January 16, 2024 — “When we decide to ask for help, it doesn’t mean we no longer play a role in our own well-being. Getting the help we need allows us to do what we can without being at risk. It means we have created new networks of connection and relationship. It might well mean we discover creative and... Read More

AARP and United Way Launch 211 Program to Help Washington Caregivers

January 11, 2024 — AARP Washington has joined forces with 211 and United Way Worldwide to connect residents with trained, compassionate people in their communities who can provide caregiving help at any time, any day. People who provide care for someone—like a family member or friend—need care, too, but navigating available services or programs that can help can be... Read More

Long-Term Care Residents Deserve Equal Rights

January 8, 2024 — You may assume all people who live in long-term care homes have the same rights and protections. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Depending on whether you live in a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or another type of setting, your rights differ in certain areas. One of the most critically important differences is... Read More

Now is the Time: Learn About Social Security Online in 2024

January 5, 2024 — Social Security programs touch the lives of more than 71 million people. We work hard to ensure critical benefits and other services are accessible to you. This includes the approximately 1.3 million people in Washington State receiving Retirement, Survivor, and Disability benefits plus the over 121 thousand people receiving Supplemental Security Income, SSA’s needs based... Read More

Resolve to Weigh In on Issues Related to Long-Term Care

January 3, 2024 — If you’re like me, you stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago. Still, there’s something about the beginning of a new year and a fresh new calendar that makes me want to get a fresh start and do good work that helps other people. The fact that the Washington State Legislature convenes its... Read More

Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2024

December 16, 2023 — More than 71 million Americans will see a 3.2 percent increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2024. On average, Social Security retirement benefits will increase by more than $50 per month starting in January. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of... Read More