OpenSidewalks Offers Community-Building Workshops for Neighborhoods

March 21, 2019 — Sidewalks are at the heart of walkable urban centers, offering a mode of travel that supports nearly all other travel options and community activities. Unfortunately, sidewalks are not always safe and accessible to all. Many people encounter sidewalk obstacles, like steep inclines, that limit their access to the benefits of urban life. Though we cannot... Read More

Who Are the Older People Who Inspire You?

March 20, 2019 — What do a protestor at Standing Rock, a fitness guru in his 90s, Washington state’s first Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and a master Wii bowler all have in common? All describe older people who have received an Inspire Positive Aging award in past years. The Inspire Positive Aging Awards program, sponsored by Sound Generations, is now in its... Read More

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

March 19, 2019 — When David received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s at age 76, a cloud of sorts was lifted. All the questions about memory lapses, balance issues, and uncharacteristic anxiety had a cause. When David and his wife Nancy talked with his health care provider about next steps, the discussion was limited to medications and some home modifications.... Read More

Everyone Deserves a Home That Meets Their Needs

March 18, 2019 — Everyone deserves the opportunity to find a home that meets their needs. That seems like a common-sense statement but, to people affected by many types of disabilities, that is simply not always the case in the real estate industry. This became obvious to two local Realtors® who were focused on helping this underserved segment of... Read More

Snowpocalypse: Caring for Others During Severe Weather

March 15, 2019 — The snow events that took place throughout King and neighboring counties last month were unusual, to say the least. February 2019 was the snowiest month in the greater Seattle area in 50–70 years (that’s the range given in recent news reports). Temperatures dropped into the 20s and teens, with wind chill, and more than 14″... Read More

Hot Soups for Cold Days

February 22, 2019 — February in the Pacific Northwest can be bleak. The rain seems never-ending, days are short and dark, and spring feels far away. This time of year calls for comfort foods like soup—but not the kind loaded with fat and salt. A healthy soup is well-proportioned; that is, it has about the same amount of sodium... Read More

Seahawks Superfan Mama Blue’s Home—Weatherized

February 20, 2019 — Winter is upon us and we are turning the heat up for Mama Blue, a Seattle Seahawks superfan and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame! The Seattle Office of Housing and Seattle City Light are making energy improvements to the home Mama Blue has lived in for over 50 years. The upgrades include... Read More

Reach Out! Re-Connect! Remain!

February 18, 2019 — Chances are, when you welcomed the new year, you set some new goals and aspirations. And you may have looked back and wondered, “What happened?!” Reach out A frequent refrain among older adults is the increasingly fast passage of time. While time doesn’t really go faster, it seems to do so. There are many scientific... Read More

Feb. 23 Home Fair for Seattle Renters and Homeowners

February 15, 2019 — The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is hosting the Seattle Home Fair in south Seattle on Saturday, February 23, that will be jam-packed with useful information about renting in Seattle, remodeling, the City of Seattle’s permitting process, and much more. Experts on a variety of topics will answer questions and focused presentations will... Read More

LGBTQ Lack Adequate Access to Housing and Aging Services

February 13, 2019 — Seattle/King County’s rapidly expanding growth rate is intensifying housing affordability and service accessibility. Although Seattle/King County has one of the largest LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) communities in the nation, they lag behind other major metropolitan areas in meeting the housing and senior service needs of LGBTQ older adults. The challenges faced by... Read More