Understand Hearing Loss—And Take Action

May 9, 2018 — For years I have posted this cartoon on my refrigerator. It was sent to me by a cousin long ago, and I have no idea where it came from, but it is right on. That cartoon aside, my experience has mostly been that I am the only one who seems affected by the noise levels... Read More

Chair’s Corner: Aging and Engaging!

May 8, 2018 — Members of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services are very engaged. All of our members are active in Aging Network advocacy, and each one has more stories to tell than the next! Here are just a few: June Michel attended the annual N4A Policy Briefingin Washington, DC, and met with members of... Read More

Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence

May 6, 2018 — Every May we celebrate National Nurses Week. It begins May 6 and ends May 12—on Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The nursing profession has seen many changes over the years. It is important to be innovative and courageously influence the future of our profession. As a nurse for 39 years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in... Read More

Salt-free Bread is a Winner

April 25, 2018 — Eating good homemade bread is one of life’s pleasures. Bread baking is making a comeback, mostly because it’s gotten easier to make good, quality bread in a normal kitchen. Most bread has only four ingredients: flour, water, yeast, and salt. That last ingredient—salt—can be a problem. Salt is linked to high blood pressure as well... Read More

Good Food Bags and Community Kitchens Provide Food for Ethnic Elders

April 24, 2018 — When Tilth Alliance was awarded a Seattle Human Services Department 2017 Innovation Fund award for its Community Good Food Project, it had two primary tasks: Distribute 1,200 Good Food Bags over a period of 10 weeks to three ethnic Senior Meal Program sites—El Centro de la Raza (40 older adults), East African Elders (30 older adults), and... Read More

Bloodworks: Bettering our Community in So Many Ways

April 23, 2018 — When there is an emergency, often the first community request is for blood donations; however, blood donations are always needed to save lives and donation drives occur nearly every day. Did you know that each time you donate, your donation is separated into red cells, platelets, and plasma, and can potentially save three lives? I... Read More

My Grandma Is My Mommy Who Chose Me

April 19, 2018 — “My grandma is my mommy who chose me.” So says Ms. Shirley’s seven-year-old granddaughter who came to live with her six years ago when her birth parents could no longer care for her. Instead of going into the state child welfare system, the grandmother’s home was determined to be the best place for the seven-year-old... Read More

Circles of Hope: Alzheimer’s Association Discovery 2018 Conference

April 18, 2018 — We still have a long way to go to fully understand Alzheimer’s and related dementias. While research confirms that staying socially engaged, intellectually challenged, creatively enriched, and physically active; not smoking; getting plenty of sleep; reducing stress; and eating an anti-inflammatory diet all contribute to brain and heart health, and reduce our risk of developing... Read More

Public Health: Increasing the Number of Healthy Years We Live

April 17, 2018 — The first week of April is National Public Health Week. To mark the occasion, we wanted to share how Public Health—Seattle & King County (Public Health) is working with the Area Agency on Aging for King County and other local initiatives to improve the health of older adults. Improving health and increasing longevity Nationally, on... Read More

Chair’s Corner: Refreshing News About the Aging Network

April 2, 2018 — Spring is in the air, and we’ve got some refreshing news about the aging network to share! Age-friendly communities I hope you’ve noticed the exciting work underway to make Seattle, designated as an aspiring age-friendly city in the summer of 2016, a great place to grow up and grow old. Aging and Disability Services hosts the Age... Read More