Making Seattle a Great Place to Grow Up AND Grow Old

March 19, 2018 — It’s been quite a year for Age Friendly Seattle! We launched last March, with passage of a joint resolution from the Mayor and Seattle City Council. An Age Friendly Task Force, which formed in 2016, met monthly. Departments put forth new age-friendly projects. AARP Livable Communities provided excellent guidance. Amid this whirlwind of activity were these accomplishments,... Read More

Through the Lens of Aging—Is Perception Always Reality?

March 12, 2018 — When you see an advertisement that includes an older person, what are the messages you receive? Are they messages of strength or weakness? Messages of empowerment or in need of assistance? Messages of society’s relevant members or the isolated? In my experience, the vast majority of marketing to persons over 50 is not positive—with the... Read More

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program—Applications Available Soon!

March 9, 2018 — In April, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) will open the application process for the popular 2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The program allows older low-income residents to apply for $40 “checks” that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets throughout King County. Qualified applicants are age 60 or older (age 55... Read More

A Story of Inspiration: Weightlifting at 65—and I Ain’t Done Yet!

March 5, 2018 — Regular exercise is a part of my life. I’m 65 years old. A petite frame at 5’3″, I barely tip the scale at 122 pounds. What’s not so ordinary about me is that I can currently deadlift 170 pounds. That means bending down into a squat position from a stationary, standing tall position, lifting 170... Read More

The Chair’s Corner: Survey Says!

March 2, 2018 — In January, I asked you to tell me what content is meaningful to you in AgeWise King County and ideas on how we can improve. Thank you for participating in this online survey. The feedback we received was valuable. Below is a summary of the responses we received: Nearly 90 percent of respondents state they... Read More

Kaiser Permanente Unveils Fitness Zone in Georgetown Playfield

February 13, 2018 — It’s a fitness center with no monthly dues, open 24/7 and welcome to all. The recently unveiled fitness zone at Georgetown Playfield in Seattle is a collection of free cardio and strength equipment for teens and adults. It’s a permanent installation and now one of the playfield’s many offerings. The fitness equipment was donated by... Read More

Japanese American Remembrance Trail Launches in Seattle

February 12, 2018 — On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, resulting in the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans. They were charged with no crime. The cause of their imprisonment was their ancestry. Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton later identified the causes of WWII injustice as racial prejudice, wartime... Read More

Senior Lobby Day 2018

February 8, 2018 — On February 22, ADS Advisory Council members will participate in Senior Lobby Day. Organized by the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby in partnership with the Age Wave Coalition, this annual event is an opportunity to learn more about policies and legislation which impact older adults and family caregivers. It’s also a time to meet with... Read More

February is Heart Health Month

February 7, 2018 — At the center of our circulatory system is an organ responsible for pumping blood to all the cells in our body—the heart. The blood vessels, arteries, veins, and capillaries could be considered types of highways and intersections. They either lead to or move away from the main organ. Since 1963, February has been celebrated as... Read More