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: The City's Age Friendly Seattle initiative is working to make Seattle a great place to row up and grow old. We joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in July 2016. The Council and Mayor launched Age Friendly Seattle in March 2017 with passage of Resolution 31739. Our Action Plan for 2018-2021 focuses on improvements in eight domains-housing, transportation, outdoor spaces and buildings, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, community and health services, and communication and information. For more information, visit Visit the Age Friendly Seattle events page for information about upcoming events, including Coffee Hours.

Age Friendly Coffee Hours have moved to a new location! In 2020, Age Friendly Seattle will be hosting Civic Coffee Hours on the third Thursday of every month (January-November) at the Seattle Public Library Central Branch (1000 Fourth Ave between Spring & Madison Streets in downtown Seattle) unless otherwise posted in the flier -- and may schedule additional dates in Seattle neighborhoods.

These events bring community elders closer to City officials to explore topics of interest. Our guests learn about City programs and services, and officials hear from the community. Presentations often include cutting edge information about healthy aging, legal and planning issues; however, a broad range of issues have been discussed over the years. Coffee and other refreshments are served.   

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, contact Lenny Orlov (206-386-1521) or Sarah Demas (206-386-4058) or Requests should be made as soon as possible (at least three days prior to the event).


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.

Discounts for Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities: Aging and 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.

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.