2017 Highlights

Age Friendly Seattle Accomplishments

Lots of work is in progress! Bookmark this page and check back as we add accomplishments to this list.

Age-friendly programs and projects

  • Developed the Human Services Department Innovation Fund, modeled after the successful Neighborhood Matching Fund and Technology Matching Fund, which will provide several small grants for unique and creative projects that meet community needs. In August 2017, 12 community organizations received Innovation Fund awards, including seven projects that address the department's “Promoting Health Aging” impact area and at least one domain of livability for age-friendly communities. For general information, click here. Age-friendly awards in 2017 were:
    • API Chaya received $21,000 to help a group of queer, trans, people of color, parents, individuals with disabilities, and elders define safety and conduct public safety audits using SafetiPin, a family tracker and personal safety app. The findings will inform the City’s planning needs as well the app.
    • Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle received $20,178 to link Eritrean elders to youth in a setting that will support both demographics. Elders will receive a variety of culturally-specific health and social services, and youth will hear and record their elders’ stories, creating a deep community bond.
    • Latino Community Fund of Washington State received $20,995 to create a space where Latinx youth and seniors build community, share access to health services, and celebrate Latinx culture through dance. A series of culturally relevant dance classes will be held twice a month at rotating community locations in South Seattle.
    • National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) received $20,000 to test the Korean and Vietnamese American communities’ readiness and cultural appropriateness of TCARE—Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral—model used by other communities to identify and help ease caregiver stress and depression.
    • Tilth Alliance received $21,000 for the Community Good Food Project, which offers community-led dinners and weekly deliveries of fresh produce to congregate meal kitchens in Southeast Seattle serving Latinx, Ethiopian and Eritrean, and Laotian, Hmong, and Mien elders, reducing disparities in food access and nutrition.
    • The UW Health Promotion Research Center received $10,597 to identify culturally-responsive ways to share information and promote early awareness and support for cognitive health and impairment in Asian Americans and Pacific Islander communities, where Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are underreported, likely due to stigma.
    • Women United received $11,230 to connect low-income women and women of color who are kinship caregivers to each other and to resources. Threads of Change sewing classes will help caregivers who are experiencing high physical and emotional stress mend themselves while learning to mend fabrics
  • Supported AARP and Age Friendly Communities Task Force in promoting the Seattle for All Ages mayoral candidates debate at KOMO News 4 (October 10).
  • Identified City of Seattle programs and services that support the positive contributions of older adults and enable people of all aIn  ges and abilities to achieve their potential, which can carry the Age Friendly Seattle logo.
  • Involved older adults and people with disabilities in SDOT sidewalk assessment methodology validation
  • Discussed opportunities to improve the pedestrian experience for older adults through SDOT’s Pedestrian Master Plan implementation plan.
  • Co-sponsored an African American Caregivers Forum at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel (October 21).
  • Coordinated a Pedestrian Potluck to bring Parks' Sound Steps walking program participants together with the SDOT Vision Zero, sidewalk assessment project, and other pedestrian and transit option programs (September 20). The public is invited to attend.

Increasing collaboration

  • Collaborated with housing providers to commission a senior housing study and action plan.
  • Promoted a “no wrong door” among City employees, who can refer older adults, adults with disabilities, caregivers, family members, and professionals to Community Living Connections for objective, confidential information about local aging resources and service options.
  • Explored options to expedite enrollment in the state property tax savings programs (via the King County Assessor) and City of Seattle Utility Discount Program, each of which can save participants hundreds of dollars every year.

Gathering information on needs and innovative solutions

  • Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) contracted with Sound Generations to develop an accessible and affordable transportation solution for immigrants and refugees, modeled after their current Volunteer Transportation program but using family and/or friends as drivers (for 2018 implementation). 
  • SDOT established a new Pedestrian Access Advisory Committee to help address accessibility issues.
  • SDOT hired 14 college interns to walk 2,300 miles of sidewalks and map conditions—92,000 uplifts, 38,000 surface conditions, 20,000 obstructions, and 3,600 isolated cross slope issues.
  • HSD and community partners convened Engaging Aging, a forum about women and optimal aging in Seattle, on November 6, 2017. Read the report here.
  • Seattle IT and HSD coordinated the A City for All civic technology hackathon at Seattle City Hall (September 22-23). Seattle IT received a $10K AARP 2017 Community Challenge Award that supported the hackathon. Read the hackathon report here.
  • HSD and community partners convened Aging the LGBTQ Way: A Forum on Equity, Respect & Inclusion to explore the unique vulnerabilities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders (June 3). Read the report here.
  • Multiple departments participated in the Find It, Fix It community walks in Highland Park (May 25) and First Hill (July 11).
  • Toured Lake City Seniors programs with mayor (May 24).
  • Collaborated with Seattle Housing Authority to bring immigrant/refugee elders to a luncheon at newHolly (March 14). Eight languages were represented.
  • Participated in the Central Area Seniors Reception for mayor (February 27).
  • Age Friendly Communities Task Force meets monthly to discuss Seattle’s needs and best practices from around the country.
  • Established Age Friendly Seattle e-mail, listserv, and social media.

Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021

The current draft Action Plan for 2018–2021 is available here. Note: This is a large PDF file (3 MB) that may take extra time to download. The document is 68 pages. Please consider the environment before printing the document.

For more information, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.