Highlights

Age Friendly Seattle—2018

Accomplishments are listed in reverse chronological order. For more information, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.

May

  • Age Friendly Seattle coordinated "Engage at Every Age," an Older Americans Month forum on social and civic engagement at Mirabella Seattle, hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (5/4/18): Video (see additional information on the Events page)
  • AgeWise King County published "Age Friendly Seattle Team on Board." More Info

April

  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored and participated in "Age Friendly City: Care. Community. Vision. For All."—a Pecha Kucha night at The Seattle Public Library. Flyer | Video
  • Age Friendly Seattle presented "How to Plan Events that are Accessible to All" to the Healthy Aging Partnership (4/24/18). Materials: Guide | Top 10 Tips | Communication Access for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing | Accessibility and Accommodation Notice
  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored "Out Lives, Our Cohices: End-of-Life Planning" with the Mayor's Council on African American Elders (4/19/18). More Info
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on Sound Generations volunteer programs (4/19/18). More Info
  • The Seattle Human Services Department celebrated the success of 2017 Innovation Fund award winners, seven of which completed projects that supported healthy aging and at least one of The 8 Domains of Livability promoted by Age Friendly Seattle (4/13/18). Invitation | Article
  • The community-based Age Friendly Task Force changed its name to Age Friendly Coalition.
  • AgeWise King County published "Celebrating Human Services Innovation and Healthy Aging." More Info

March

  • Age Friendly Seattle presented "How to Plan Events that are Accessible to All" at the American Society on Aging's 2018 Aging in America conference in San Francisco (3/28/18). Materials: Guide | Top 10 Tips | Communication Access for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing | Accessibility and Accommodation Notice
  • Age Friendly Seattle facilitated a roundtable discussion on planning accessible events and meetings at Aging and Disability Services' Professional Development Day (3/22/18), using materials listed above.
  • Age Friendly Seattle produced "Meeting the Needs of People with disAbilities: Community Guide to Accessible Events & Meetings." PDF (28 pages)
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on Seattle Animal Shelter (3/15/18). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published:
    • "Making Seattle a Great Place to Grow Up AND Grow Old" More Info
    • "Through the Lens of Aging—Is Perception Always Reality?" More Info
    • "Social Isolation and Loneliness—The Realities of Modern Life" More Info

February

  • Published "Moving Toward Age-Friendly Housing in King County," a report commissioned by the City of Seattle Human Services Department in partnership with City of Seattle Office of Housing and King County.
  • Published "Age-Friendly Housing Plan Stakeholder Involvement Summary," a report from consultant Pamela Piering that summarizes community involvement in the age-friendly housing report linked above.
  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force proposes a new name and branding.
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on The Seattle Public Library LEAP/Library Equal Access Program (2/15/18) More Info

January

  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force formed three committees that will support implementation of specific Age Friendly Seattle actions. All meetings are open table. See the Events page for more information.
    • Active Transportation & Outdoor Spaces
    • Social and Civic Participation
    • Outreach, Advocacy & Communications
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on falls prevention (1/18/18). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published an article called "Age Friendly Housing Supports Aging in Place." More Info

All year

  • Age Friendly Seattle staff continues meetings with department representatives and finishing touches are being added to the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021. To comment on the plan, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.
  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force met to discuss Seattle’s needs and best practices from around the country, and met on the third Friday of each month throughout 2017, supporting development of Age Friendly Seattle. More Info

Age Friendly Seattle—2017

All year

  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force met to discuss Seattle’s needs and best practices from around the country, and met on the third Friday of each month throughout 2017, supporting development of Age Friendly Seattle. More Info
  • SDOT drafted the Street Design Toolkit for Age-Friendly Neighborhoods to guide design of supportive street and public realm elements to foster all-age communities and aging in place.
  • Age Friendly Seattle promoted Community Living Connections, the City’s “no wrong door” referral for information about aging and disability issues, across City departments. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle maintained an active website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and listserv.

December

  • The Seattle City Council passed Transportation Equity Program Resolution 31773, committing SDOT to provide safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation options that support communities of color, low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, LGTBQ people, women and girls, youth, and seniors to thrive in place in vibrant and healthy communities, and eliminate or mitigate racial disparities and the effects of displacement.
  • The Age Friendly Task Force focused attention on development of the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021 and, at year-end, was restructuring to support plan implementation and regional promotion of age-friendly communities.
  • AgeWise King County published two articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “10 Tasks for Effective Legislative Advocacy” More Info
    • “200 Engaged in Discussing Women and Optimal Aging” More Info

November

  • Age Friendly Seattle and a community-based planning team presented “Engaging Aging,” a forum focused on women and optimal aging in Seattle, attended by 200 people of all ages, mostly women. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle collaborated with the King County Assessor’s Office to promote enrollment in the state property tax savings programs for low-income older homeowners and homeowners with disabilities, which can save participants hundreds of dollars every year, distributing approximately 2,000 program booklets. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle staff were hosted by AARP at their annual Livable Communities National Conference in Dallas, Texas, sharing strategies, best practices, and innovative ideas about age-friendly communities (November 14–16). More Info
  • Human Services Department staff presented Age Friendly Seattle to the King County Mobility Coalition (November 14).
  • Human Services Department staff participated in a meeting with representatives from the Seoul 50+ Foundation, a new organization seeking to engage South Korean older adults in meaningful civic engagement and employment, hosted by Gen2Gen Seattle.
  • AgeWise King County published “Survey Says! Seattle’s Older Residents Rank the City on Age-Friendly Factors,” an article by Christina Clem, AARP Washington. More Info
  • The Seattle City Council passed the 2018 City Budget, allowing for creation of an Age Friendly Seattle team charged with coordinating with all other City departments in making Seattle a better place to grow up and grow old. Through the Age Friendly Seattle Office, the Seattle Human Services Department will shift its investments from small-scale direct
    services with limited impact to broad-scale system change, leading implementation, oversight and evaluation of an action plan to increase racial equity, reduce displacement, increase social participation, and raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities that accompany Seattle’s aging population. More Info 

October

  • Age Friendly Seattle presented to the King County Elder Abuse Council (October 10).
  • Age Friendly Seattle supported AARP and Age Friendly Communities Task Force in promoting the Seattle for All Ages mayoral candidates debate at KOMO News 4 (October 10). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle accompanied SDOT director Scott Kubly and staff on a walking audit with residents of Elizabeth James House (October 16)
  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored an African American Caregivers Forum (October 21). More Info
  • Seattle Department of Transportation facilitated the first meeting of a new Pedestrian Access Advisory Committee to help address accessibility issues. More Info
  • AgeWise King County published four stories related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Seattle Human Services Department Supports Age Friendly Community Projects” More Info
    • “A City for All—Civic Technology Hackathon Results” More Info
    • “Engaging Aging” Forum to Focus on Women, Equity, and Optimal Aging” More Info
    • “The Art and Joy of Being a Late Bloomer,” by Age Friendly Task Force member Dolores Rossman. More Info

September

  • Seattle Human Services Department and Seattle Department of Transportation contracted with Sound Generations to develop an accessible and affordable transportation solution for immigrants and refugees, modeled after their current Volunteer Transportation program but using family and/or friends as drivers (for 2018 implementation).
  • Age Friendly Seattle, Seattle Department of Transportation, and Seattle Parks and Recreation coordinated a Pedestrian Potluck to bring Parks’ Sound Steps walkers and the public together with the SDOT Vision Zero, sidewalk assessment project, and other pedestrian and transit option programs (September 20). More Info
  • Seattle IT presented Age Friendly Seattle’s “A City for All” civic technology hackathon in a three-day event at Seattle City Hall, attracting 78 people, including nine project teams that presented projects to a panel of judges from the City of Seattle, AARP, Impact Hub Seattle, Microsoft, Socrata, and Tableau (September 22–24). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle project manager presented “Social Media Advocacy for Older Adults” to the State Council on Aging (September 26). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published two articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Civic Technology Hackathon – A City for All” More Info
    • “Walking: The Wonder Drug” More Info

August

  • AARP completed a major survey of Seattle residents age 45+ to assess the city’s age-friendliness, providing data for the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan. Seattle was one of only 14 cities to receive this service in 2017. More Info
  • Seattle Department of Transportation completed the field assessment of over 2,300 miles of sidewalks, mapping over 92,000 uplifts, 38,000 surface conditions, 20,000 obstructions, and 3,600 isolated cross slope issues. More Info
  • Human Services Department awarded seven of its 12 Innovation Fund grants to projects that address the department's “Promoting Health Aging” impact area and at least one domain of livability for age-friendly communities, to test new ideas in human service delivery. Organizations included API Chaya, Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, Latino Community Fund of Washington State, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Tilth Alliance, UW Health Promotion Research Center, and Women United. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle project manager was quoted in an International Examiner article, “As King County elderly population increases, API elders face unique challenges” (August 28).

July

  • Age Friendly Seattle convened a community-based team to plan a women’s equity forum in November (July 11). The planning team met every other week throughout summer and fall. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle and multiple departments participated in the Find It, Fix It community walk on First Hill (July 11). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle met with Market to MOHAI, one of several pedestrian corridor projects planned for downtown Seattle, to suggest age- and disability-friendly enhancements (June and July). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published three articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Wired to Be One” More Info
    • “Is End-of-Life Planning Age Friendly?” More Info
    • “What’s the Big Deal about Social Participation?” More Info

June

  • Age Friendly Seattle and a community-based planning team presented “Aging the LGBTQ Way: A Forum on Equity, Respect & Inclusion” at Seattle City Hall. The all-day forum was attended by 130 community members (June 3). More Info
  • Utility Discount Program eligibility rules were changed to allow Social Security recipients to deduct Medicare Part B premium payments from their gross income calculation, allowing several thousand households that were previously slightly over-income the enroll in the savings program. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle staff presented to Seattle area senior center directors (June 12).
  • Human Services Department staff met with the AARP Washington executive council to discuss Age Friendly Seattle (June 13).
  • Seattle IT staff began monthly meetings with the Age Friendly Task Force to discuss plans for a civic technology hackathon in September (June 16). More Info
  • Human Services Department accepted proposals for Innovation Fund projects, a new fund intended to test new ideas with the focus on results and racial equity related to one of the department’s impact areas, including funds designated to promote healthy aging and address one or more Age Friendly Seattle goal. More Info
  • AgeWise King County published two articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Seattle is Changing the Utility Discount Program to Increase Access” More Info
    • “Got a Good Idea? We’ve Got the Funds!” More Info

May

  • Age Friendly Seattle staff participated in Seattle Town Hall events featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, an international authority on geriatric medicine and elder care (April 12 and May 3).
  • Age Friendly Seattle staff supported the Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services division in presenting “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together,” a conference that drew 300 health care and human services providers from around the region. Presentations on age-friendly topics included Age-Related Hearing Loss: Innovated changes in Practice and Policy; Health Care & Housing: Partners in Healthy Aging; An Intimate Look at Aging; and Teaching Effectively: Considerations When Teaching Older Adults. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle and AARP presented the initiative to the Machinists 751 Retirement Club, along with a proclamation about Older Americans Month in Seattle (May 15). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle accompanied the Mayor to Lake City Seniors to talk with program participants about age-friendly communities (May 24). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle and multiple departments participated in the Find It, Fix It community walk in Highland Park (May 25). More Info
  • Seattle Department of Transportation developed an additional “age-friendly” scoring factor for its Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation Plan, shifting project prioritization based on the percent population age 64+ (by census block group) and quarter-mile proximity to congregate meal sites, senior centers, and health care facilities. More Info
  • AgeWise King County published four articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Throw Misconceptions about Aging Out the Door” More Info
    • “Use Social Media for Advocacy, Now and Throughout the Year” More Info
    • “June 3 Forum to Address LGBTQ Aging” More Info
    • “Low-income Seniors: Apply Now for Farmers Market Produce Checks” More Info

April

  • Seattle Department of Transportation involved older adults and people with disabilities in developing sidewalk assessment methodology validation. More Info
  • Seattle Human Services’ Aging and Disability Services division engaged WSU Metro Center to update an assessment and analysis of current and future senior housing and in-home service needs in Seattle-King County, with new evaluation of LGBTQ housing needs, and recommend strategies that will allow more older adults to age in the home and community of their choosing. More Info
  • Senior Coffee Hour focused on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation and Sound Steps programs (April 20). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published three articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Mayor Ed Murray Launches Age-Friendly Initiative in Seattle” More Info
    • “Age-Friendly Communities: The Value of Social Participation” More Info
    • “What Do Healthy Feet Have to Do with Being Age-Friendly?” More Info

March

  • The AIDS Healthcare Foundation provided funding for three Age Friendly Seattle events, including “HIV is Ageless,” an intimate look at HIV/AIDS among African American adults age 50+ (March 11) and two equity forums held later in the year.
  • Age Friendly Seattle collaborated with Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Housing Authority to host a luncheon and listening session with immigrant/refugee elders at NewHolly (March 14). Eight languages were represented. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle was introduced to the public at a morning press event at Pike Market Senior Center and at the afternoon meeting of the City Council’s Human Services and Public Health Committee (March 22). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle project manager presented best practices in age-friendly print and digital communications in a poster session at the Aging in America conference in Chicago, IL (March 22). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle convened a meeting of LGBTQ community leaders to plan an LGBTQ elders equity forum (March 29). The planning team met every other week throughout the spring. More Info
  • Seattle City Council unanimously passed and the Mayor signed Resolution 31739, officially launching the Age Friendly Seattle initiative (March 31). More Info
  • Senior Coffee Hour focused on Vision Zero, the Seattle Department of Transportation’s effort to reduce collisions and save lives through street designs that prioritize safety, public education and engagement, and targeted enforcement (March 16). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published “Making Seattle’s Streets Safer for Everyone.” More Info

February

  • The Seattle Human Services Department created and filled a temporary program manager position to launch Age Friendly Seattle and facilitate development of an Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle produced preliminary materials. More Info
  • Senior Coffee Hour focused on Age Friendly Seattle initiative (February 16). More Info
  • Seattle Human Services Department Aging and Disability Services division staff participated in the Central Area Seniors Reception for Black History Month (February 27). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published “Age-Friendly Communities: Civic Participation.” More Info