Promoting Healthy Aging Initiatives
As part of our goal to improve the physical and mental health and well-being of older adults and people with disabilities, Aging & Disability Services in the Seattle Human Services Department has embarked on a number of healthy aging programs working closely with our community partners.
Studies show that preventive measures such as increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and conducting health screenings go a long way toward managing chronic conditions and reducing associated disabilities as people age. As such, our healthy aging initiatives emphasize chronic disease self-management and health behavior change.
- The Congregate Meals Program provides nutritional meals, nutrition education and social and fitness activities to adults 60 and over in a group setting.
Case Study of Health Promotion in the Aging Network (pdf format),
Congregate Meal and Nutritional Activity Programs (pdf format)
- The Farm to Table partnership improves access to and affordability of fresh local produce in senior nutrition and childcare programs through cooperative purchasing directly from farmers.
- The Healthy Aging Partnership is a coalition of more than 30 nonprofit and government organizations working together to promote healthy aging.
- King County Care Partners (KCCP) formed in 2006 to provide chronic care management for Medicaid fee-for-service adult patients. ADS, Harborview Medical Center and four community health centers work together to offer care management, education and assistance, and coordination of medical services to eligible patients.
- PEARLS - the Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives — is a community-integrated program to treat older adults who have minor depression.
- Project Enhance is a fitness and wellness program offered to older adults by Senior Services.
- The Senior Farmer’s Market Program is a City of Seattle and federally funded program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors and supports local sustainable agriculture.
- AgeWise King County is a monthly electronic magazine for older adults, their families, and caregivers, sponsored by the Advisory Council for Aging and Disability Services.
- Sound Steps – is a citywide walking program for adults age 50+, offered by Seattle Parks and Recreation's "Lifelong Recreation Programs." Sound Steps provides over 20 weekly walking groups at varying speeds and distances, monthly hikes, and training sessions to prepare for a 5K, 10K or half marathon walk. For more information about this free program, e-mail or call 206-684-4664.