Seattle’s Dementia-Friendly ‘Momentia’ Movement Comes to the Eastside

November 12, 2019 — As of this Fall, people on the east side of King County no longer need to drive to Seattle to enjoy a variety of social and creative engagement programs designed for people living with dementia and their care partners. From garden walks to improv theater, new and vibrant dementia-friendly opportunities are emerging on the Eastside... Read More

Breaking Myths around Hospice: What Does End-of-Life Support Look Like?

November 9, 2019 — November is National Hospice Month. In recognition, it is important to understand how this valuable support can be of benefit when you or someone you know has a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness. Many of us know of someone who has engaged hospice towards the end of their lives, but still the service seems both... Read More

Honoring Those Who Served: Tips for Showing Appreciation

November 7, 2019 — In honor of Veterans Day, we celebrate the men and women who dedicated and sacrificed themselves to serve this country. As a Navy veteran, I have developed a sense of pride and accomplishment about my time in the armed forces. At times, I often find myself sharing my experiences and providing insight about what being a... Read More

Advocacy 101: Every Voice Makes a Difference

November 5, 2019 — Each fall, we gear up for the coming session of the Washington State Legislature. The 2020 session convenes on Monday, January 13. The 2020 regular session will last for 60 days, and there is a lot to get done! Every voice makes a difference. And whether someone can do a lot or a little, sometimes... Read More

Have You Had Your Robocall Today?

October 22, 2019 — From the desk of ADS Director Cathy Knight Just about everyone I know has received many robocall scam messages—sometimes several per day. That situation has been really out of control. Thousands of older people fall victim to phone scams every day. Many of us know at least one person who has turned over large amounts... Read More

Legacy of Love: A Unique, Culturally Focused Event for Caregivers

October 18, 2019 — November is National Caregivers Month. In 2006, Aging and Disability Services collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter, to develop an annual conference that would focus on the unique challenges that African American caregivers experience, particularly in meeting the needs of their loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. On Saturday, November... Read More

Portraits and Puppetry Personalize Volunteer Experience

October 16, 2019 — When I met Maria Pinto, a volunteer at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Seattle, we shook hands and exchanged names. Then, she tilted her head and asked if she could do a portrait of me. It was February 2019 and I was finally starting my position as Community Volunteer Ambassador at Klondike after... Read More

Protecting Our Health, Protecting Our Nation

October 14, 2019 — The Office of the Surgeon General sees a silent epidemic of oral diseases, affecting those who are most vulnerable—children who live in poverty, older adults, and many adults in racial and ethnic minority groups. Dr. Jerome Adams, the Surgeon General of the United States, includes oral health among the nation’s most pressing health concerns (along... Read More

Should It Stay or Should It Go? Making Peace with Our “Stuff”

October 11, 2019 — The popularity of books such as “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” and programs like “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” have many of us rethinking our possessions and living environments. The idea of organizing or downsizing (or “rightsizing,” as some like to call it) takes on new urgency as we approach retirement, face other... Read More

The Affordability of Long-Term Services and Supports

October 9, 2019 — Last month, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw hosted a lunch-and-learn on the affordability of long-term care in the Council Chamber at Seattle City Hall. We were grateful for the opportunity to share both the challenges of paying for long-term services and supports and several opportunities that we want older people, caregivers, and family members to... Read More