Age Friendly Seattle Launches Kitchen Table Talks

June 13, 2018 — As part of the regional Age-Friendly Discussion Groups initiated this spring by AARP Washington, King County Library System, and Aging and Disability Services, Age Friendly Seattle launched a series of eight call-in/log-on discussion groups. “We call the series ‘Kitchen Table Talks’ because the kitchen table is a symbol of where important conversations take place,” said... Read More

Elder Abuse: Two True Stories of Support

June 11, 2018 — “Joe” is a lonely, friendly, and trusting 78-year-old man with a soft spot for those with hard-luck stories. He was befriended by “Sally,” a much younger woman, at a laundromat. Sally offered to help him carry his laundry out to his car and then rode with him back to his home. She told Joe she... Read More

Voting: A Sacred Obligation

June 8, 2018 — “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves—and the only way they could do that is by not voting at all … Every man and every woman in this Nation—regardless of party—who have the right to register and to vote, and the opportunity to register and... Read More

Chair’s Corner: Innovations in Aging

June 5, 2018 — Innovation—the action or process of innovating, synonymous with change, alteration, revolution, upheaval, transformation, metamorphosis, breakthrough, and more. The term “innovation” is largely positive, and a good way to think about the way that the world is changing, even as we talk about the age-old act of growing older. How do we innovate? Applying research in... Read More

Age Friendly Seattle Team on Board

May 21, 2018 — Help us welcome the Age Friendly Seattle team, now on board at the Seattle Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services division. As you may know, the City of Seattle launched Age Friendly Seattle in 2017 with passage of a joint resolution from the Mayor and Seattle City Council. The goal? Make Seattle a great place to... Read More

Aging and Disability Services Invests in Legal Services for Older Adults

May 21, 2018 — Following the completion of a Request for Qualification process, Aging and Disability Services is pleased to announce an investment of $191,232 to Columbia Legal Services for legal services for older adults in King County. Legal Services is a required program under the Older Americans Act. Legal services enable older people to secure rights, benefits and... Read More

Living Long, Living Well: King County Boosts Senior Center Funding

May 17, 2018 — The number of older adults in King County is growing every year. By the year 2040, nearly a quarter of King County’s population will be at least 65 years old. Healthy lifestyles and social engagement are keys to living long and living well. King County is acting now to improve the quality of life for... Read More

Developing Long-Term Services and Supports for AAPI Older Adults with Dementia

May 14, 2018 — Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating degenerative disease that causes memory loss, challenging behavior problems, and severe functional limitations. Across the nation, 13.8 percent of older Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents report an increase in confusion or memory loss—the second highest of all ethnic groups. The prevalence and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias within... Read More

Stress-free Aging: Planning for Health and Long-Term Care

May 11, 2018 — The Healthy Aging Partnership—an informal coalition of representatives from nonprofit and government agencies that serve older adults in the Puget Sound region—invites you to participate in “Stress-free Aging: Planning for Health and Long-Term Care,” an Older Americans Month event on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (12–4 p.m.) at the Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Hwy,... Read More

Ayame Tsutakawa and Family: A Cultural Journey through Dementia

May 10, 2018 — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month is an annual celebration of diverse cultures, traditions, and migration histories, first designated by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. May was chosen to commemorate immigration of the first Japanese to the United States as well as completion of the transcontinental railroad. In addition, May is Older Americans Month—established... Read More