Every Bite is Coming Up Roses

July 8, 2019 — If you have access to roses that don’t get sprayed with pesticides, they can be a fragrant and fun addition to your summer meals. If you don’t have a rose garden, try your local health food store, which may sell dried rosebuds for use in tea. Be sure to get food-grade flowers. Adding flowers to... Read More

Summertime and the Reading is Easy

July 4, 2019 — Hello, Summer! July is a time when many of us are making plans to take a vacation, a “staycation”, and/or enjoy some holiday breaks. If you are like me, you love to read while traveling, relaxing at the beach, and between activities. There are several recent releases that won’t disappoint, especially if you are in... Read More

A Month of Celebrations

July 2, 2019 — July is a month of celebrations, or at least it should be! In July, we should celebrate the anniversaries of the Older Americans Act (July 14), Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26), and Medicare/Medicaid (July 30), as well as Age Friendly Seattle (July 27), an initiative that took root just three years ago. The first... Read More

Data Dive: What Public Health’s Numbers Show About Firearm Suicide in King County

June 20, 2019 — Our public health approach to gun violence is a framework that we use to understand how and when firearms are used unsafely, raise public awareness of firearm safety practices, and develop and evaluate upstream, evidence-based prevention programs in partnership with community stakeholders. This work hinges on effective data collection and analysis so that we can... Read More

Help UW Better Understand the Everyday Experience of Life with Mild Cognitive Impairment

June 17, 2019 — Have you noticed yourself forgetting names of acquaintances or common items? Or, maybe keeping track of complicated instructions or directions has become more difficult. If so, you’re not alone! Many older adults find themselves wondering whether such changes are normal or not. Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, refers to decline in one’s cognition (thinking abilities,... Read More

Know Your Options: The Pros and Cons of Living at Home as You Age

June 13, 2019 — Aging in place, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” Ninety percent of individuals 65 years of age and older report that they would prefer to continue living in their... Read More

Celebrating Pride: Unveiling the Health and Wellness of LGBT Older Adults

June 10, 2019 — Aging with Pride: The National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender study is generating exciting and crucial knowledge on health, aging, and caregiving among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults age 50 and older. This first-ever national project funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging has been funded for five additional... Read More

Memory Sunday Builds Alzheimer’s Awareness

June 5, 2019 — Did you know? Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and the fifth leading cause of death of older African Americans. African Americans are generally diagnosed at later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s is two to three times higher for African Americans. African Americans have... Read More

A Monumental Win in Washington State

June 5, 2019 — The state legislative session adjourned April 28 with several wins for the Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services (ADS) and other Area Agencies on Aging. One of those wins—passage of the Long-Term Care Trust Act—was monumental for the future of aging services in Washington state. The following bills passed and have been... Read More

Healthy and Home-Cooked in a Hurry

May 20, 2019 — Home-cooked meals are always your healthiest choice. They will almost always contain less salt than takeout options and processed food, but they may take time to prepare. Using a microwave oven is a great way to cut back on the time you spend cooking. Tips for microwave cooking: Cover—Put a lid over your food but... Read More