Promoting health aging
Promoting health aging

Promoting Healthy Aging

Introducing Age-Friendly Communities - Seattle

In the year 2030, Seattle residents 65 and older will be nearly 20% of the population.

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.

" As Seattle and other cities experience a demographic shift, the need for age-friendly design is becoming ever more critical. From urban planning, growth and development to housing, transportation and services, these aspects of our community may be shaped for and by the elderly. "
- Mayor Ed Murray
  • Help Seattle plan for its aging population
  • Improve our services and programs for seniors
  • Elevate general awareness of senior and caretaker needs
Civic Participation
Civic Participation
Communication and Information
Communication & Information
Community Support and Health Services
Community Support & Health Services
Housing
Housing
Outdoor Spaces and Building
Outdoor Spaces & Building
Respect and Social Inclusion
Respect & Social Inclusion
Social Participation
Social Participation
Transportation
Transportation

More on the Seattle Human Services Department’s investments in healthy aging:

As a part of the city's goal to improve the physical and mental well-being of older adults and people living with disabilities, the Seattle Human Services Department has embarked on a number of healthy aging programs. The Human Services Department's initiatives on healthy aging emphasize preventative measures such as increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and conducting health screenings. HSD currently invests $32.8M in a combination of direct services and investments in agencies that support older adults.

ADS, a division of the Human Services Department, is the state-designated local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Seattle and King County. In this role, ADS makes investments in case management services for long-term care clients, senior centers, family care, giving support, kinship care programs, meal services and transportation support. In 2015, HSD submitted its Area Plan on Aging.

In 2015, the city awarded 11 senior centers a total of $1.1 million to serve approximately 17,000 Seattle older adults. Nonprofit senior centers provide dedicated space for older adults to gather for drop-in visits and schedule programming and activities which include food and nutrition, wellness and fitness, educational program and recreational activities.

The Human Services Department announced Medicaid Case Management awards in May of 2016. Neighborhood House and Lifelong were deemed eligible to perform the required case management work which will address an anticipated service gap for clients residing in East King County and to increase capacity throughout the system to address the needs of an increasingly diverse client population-specifically clients from Easter Europe, the Middle East and East Africa.