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.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens

After 40 years of service, The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) will be transitioning from a direct service provider model to an Age Friendly Seattle--- the city's framework to ensure our communities are a great place to grow up and grow old---service coordinator model. Over the years, community based partners have grown in both number and service capacity, leading to the need to re-structure the MOSC into a supportive partner role. This entity will transition from a direct service provider into a n entity that provides service coordination, trainings, systems development, and outreach work.

To ensure a seamless transition of services to the older adults in our community, the Human Services Department is working in partnership with community based organizations, current MOSC staff and current clients who receive direct services. Staff are working directly with clients to connect them with community based partners that will continue the services they have received from the MOSC, and will re-direct any new clients to resources in the community. During this transition time the services listed below will be available through June of 2018. For more information on the MOSC transition, please read our FAQ.

Discounts for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Aging & Disability Services issues the Gold Card and FLASH Card for older adults and adults with disabilities. The cards list phone numbers for information and assistance, and give cardholders discounts for events, goods and services at businesses and organizations throughout King County.
 

FLASH gold card Gold Card for Healthy Aging

Seattle's Gold Card for Healthy Aging is a handy resource for Seattle and King County residents age 60 and older. The card features a toll-free number for information and assistance, and discounts on goods and services listed in a Special Discounts Directory. It also facilitates registration for senior nutrition programs throughout Seattle and King County.

The Gold Card is available at: 

Gold Card Information and Assistance contact information:1-844-348-5464 or 206-962-8467

FLASH Card

Seattle's FLASH Card - Fun Leisure Access Savings and Health - is a discount and identification card for adults with disabilities living in Seattle and King County. Similar to the popular Gold Card for Healthy Aging, the FLASH Card features the King County 2-1-1. Embossed in Braille, the card also provides access to discounts on goods and services listed in a Special Discounts Directory. Eligibility requirements for the FLASH Card are the same as for a Metro Transit reduced fare permit for persons with disabilities. Individuals with temporary disabilities may receive a paper FLASH Card with an expiration date.

To receive the FLASH card, print out and return the FLASH Card application form to one of the following locations:        

Technology Resources

The City of Seattle is committed to supporting services that ensure residents have the information technology training and access needed for civic and cultural participation, employment and lifelong learning. City of Seattle and community technology resources are listed below:

For further assistance contact Lynda Hunter: 206.233.2783 or email Lynda.Hunter@Seattle.gov

Coffee Hour

November Coffee Hour

Ann LoGerfo,

Directing Attorney Basic Human Needs Project Columbia Legal Services

Thursday, November 17

10-11a.m

  

Senior Coffee Hours are held in The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets in downtown Seattle) unless otherwise posted in the flyer. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or seniors@seattle.gov). Requests should be made three days prior to the event.