Promoting Healthy Aging

Seattle has adopted the Age-Friendly Communities framework---developed by the World Health Organization to address the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. In an effort to ensure all older adults experience stable health and can age in place, the Human Services Department invests $39.8 million in a combination of direct services and in funding agencies that serve our older adults. Program and service investments are managed by the Aging and Disability Services division that support older individuals, those living with a disability, and their families.

Programs and Initiatives:

Age Friendly Seattle: Age-Friendly Communities is a framework developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to address the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults.  In partnership with AARP, WHO supports a global network of cities and communities committed to adopting this framework with the goal of supporting the positive contributions of older adults and enabling people of all ages and abilities to achieve their potential.

Caregiver Support: ADS sponsors the King County Caregiver Support Network and Respite Care providers. These programs support unpaid primary caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities.

Case Management: With offices in downtown Seattle and South King County, ADS offers in-depth assistance and personal care to older adults and adults with chronic health needs. These services aim to help our residents remain in their own homes. ADS also provides case management services to older adults and adults with disabilities in 52 Seattle Housing Authority buildings. Services include training, crisis management, eviction prevention, and supportive counseling.

Nutrition: ADS supports congregate meal sites, ethnic meal programs, in-home meal programs and nutrition education to meet the needs of adults 60 years and older allowing for better physical and mental health, greater independence and social contact. ADS also supports

Senior Farmers Market and Farm to Table programs. 

Senior Centers: ADS supports physical activity, social connections and lifelong learning for older adults through funding at a variety of senior centers.

ADS supports an extensive, reliable network for aging and disability services in King County. Community Living Connections offers services such as; Nutrition programs, Family caregiver programs, Kinship care, Care coordination, Medicaid case management, Minor home repair, Volunteer transportation, and more. Older adults, family members, or anyone needing help with an aging or disability issue can call Community Living Connections. 1-844-348-5464.
Classes and services for Senior Citizens, including events, Gold Card, and Flash Card.