Celebrating Black History Throughout the Year

February 1, 2020 — February is Black History Month but Black history, art, and culture are celebrated year-round at the Northwest African American Museum. This award-winning museum is located in the historic Colman School building adjacent to Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle’s Central District. The museum and park welcome people of all ages. Currently, and through March 15, you’ll find a museum exhibit called Iconic Black Women:... Read More

Aging and Advocacy: We’re All In This Together

January 30, 2020 — You may find it of interest to know who is speaking for Aging and Disability Services (ADS) in Olympia. It’s not ADS employees (unless they choose to do so on their own time). They are City of Seattle employees and City ethics rules prohibit them from taking part in political activity while on City time or using... Read More

A Sobering Journey

January 21, 2020 — This is the heart-wrenching story of a middle-aged woman in the throes of alcoholism. When we met Ms. Doe, she was on the verge of eviction and so inebriated, she had very little memory. She couldn’t even remember how she landed in such a desperate state. Ms. Doe faced many challenges—looming eviction, no support of... Read More

Opening the Conversation about Opioids & Older Adults

January 17, 2020 — People of all ages, genders, races, and income levels fall victim to the opioid crisis. Older people in our community are no exception. People in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond are filling opioid prescriptions at a rising rate, and increasingly running into trouble. At a convening hosted by Public Health—Seattle & King County on... Read More

What Does It Mean to “Shelter-in-Place?”

January 15, 2020 — When emergencies strike, one of the directions that officials may give to the public is to “shelter-in-place.” Sheltering-in-place is an appropriate action to take when circumstances require that you seek protection—in your home, place of employment, or other location—because of dangerous conditions. Being ready to shelter-in-place, especially in your home, is something you can prepare... Read More

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

January 13, 2020 — Each year, the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting... Read More

Celebrating the New Year in Many Cultures

January 13, 2020 — From the desk of ADS Director Cathy Knight Many of us made a little noise on December 31st, leading up to and maybe even after midnight, celebrating the end of one year, the beginning of another, and a new decade. January 1 is known as the Gregorian New Year and, as a national holiday in... Read More

Seven Signs That an Older Loved One May Need Help

January 9, 2020 — The end-of-year holiday season is behind us and with it the festive gatherings with family and friends. It is not unusual during the holidays to spend extended periods of time with people we don’t see frequently. Did you notice some changes in an older loved one that might have you concerned? Changes and adjustments are... Read More

Kick Off the New Year with “Successful Aging”

January 7, 2020 — You may be familiar with Daniel Levitin through his first book, This is Your Brain on Music (2006), which spent over a year on The New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 18 languages. Dr. Levitin is coming to Seattle on a book tour in January! His newest book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the... Read More

Forget Resolutions, Set Community Goals Instead

January 6, 2020 — Have you every wondered where the practice of making New Year’s resolutions came from? “The History of New Year’s Resolutions” ( tells us this practice has evolved over thousands of years. The article also points out that very few people achieve goals put forth in resolutions. So … let’s shake things up! Let’s set New... Read More