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Age Friendly Seattle 2021

Accomplishments are listed in reverse chronological order. Reports and other materials are posted individually below and as a group on the About page (under Materials). Events listed below may also be listed in the event archives. For more information, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.

November

  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored Legacy of Love, an annual forum for African American caregivers (November 13).

October

To be announced.

September

August

July

  • On July 29, Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored the MCAAE/PSARA Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum, featuring six of the 15 invited candidates for Mayor of Seattle. None of the sponsoring organizations endorse or make recommendations. AgeWise | Facebook | Video
  • On July 28, Age Friendly Seattle (Gheeda Hamam and Irene Stewart) met with representatives from the other age-friendly communities in Washington state—Renton, Tacoma, and Puyallup—in an online meeting coordinated by Amanda Frame, AARP Washington.
  • On July 20, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)—now USAging-recognized "Age Friendly Live"—Age Friendly Seattle's live and online events-with a n4a Aging Achievement Award presented to Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. N4a awards recognize cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. 2021 n4a Awards Book (Note: n4a became USAging following their national conference in July.)
  • On July 15, the Age Friendly Seattle Civic Coffee Hour featured Public Health—Seattle & King County, with Shauna Clark, RN, who oversees the Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Response Program, and James Lewis, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist in the COVID-19 Heathcare Response, Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Section. They described the structure of Public Health's teams and roles as investigators and data analysts and how they provide testing and vaccine support to medical providers.   Facebook | Facebook Live (video) | YouTube
  • On July 1, Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech & Resilience featured Alesia Cannady, founder and executive director of Women United Seattle, who talked about kinship care—particularly grandparents raising grandchildren—and her organization's supportive services. Facebook | YouTube video
  • The July issue of AgeWise included "31 Years: Are We Accessible Yet?," an article by Dick Woo, chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, that includes Age Friendly Seattle's efforts to promote accessibility.

June

  • On June 17, Age Friendly Seattle's Civic Coffee Hour focused on City of Seattle programs that support LGBTQIA+ elders, with presenters Cheryl Brown (Rainbow Recreation, Lifelong Recreation Program, Seattle Parks and Recreation), Dominique Stephens (External Affairs and Outreach, Office of the Mayor), who described her experience organizing and leading the City of Seattle's contingent in the annual Seattle Pride Parade and Festival; and Kristen Ramirez (Seattle Arts & Culture), who discussed the City's involvement with The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway and Public Art Bootcamp, which explores Queer art, history and the intersectional impact of HIV/AIDS. Facebook | YouTube
  • On June 3, Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech & Resilience featured Pride Month, with presentations by Tom Rasmussen, AIDS Memorial Pathway; Amy Cunningham, Aging with Pride: IDEA, UW School of Social Work; and Steven Knipp, GenPRIDE. Facebook | YouTube

May

  • On May 20, Age Friendly Seattle's Civic Coffee Hour focused on Older Americans Month and the local Aging Network, with Dick Woo, chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services; Mary Mitchell, interim director of the Seattle Human Service Department's Aging and Disability Services division (HSD/ADS); and Andrea Yip, ADS planning manager, who presented Older Americans Month 2021 and the work of Aging and Disability Services as the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Facebook | YouTube 
  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored Memory Sunday, an annual event in which faith communities serving people of African descent provide education on Alzheimer's: prevention, treatment, research studies, and caregiving. This year's event on Sunday, May 13, was celebrated by 20 faith communities.
  • On May 6, Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech & Resilience featured Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council member Diana Thompson, who is also active with the Hearing Loss Association of America—Washington; Hearing Loss Association-Washington president and Let's Loop Washington founder Cheri Perazzoli; and Dr. Brad Ingrao, an audiologist. Facebook | YouTube | Better Hearing Month in Seattle Proclamation
  • Age Friendly Seattle was included in Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's 2021 Older Americans Month in Seattle proclamation.
  • The May issue of AgeWise included:

April

  • On April 28, Age Friendly Seattle (Brent Butler, Lenny Orlov, Meg Woolfe, Gheeda Hamam, and Irene Stewart) met with representatives from the other age-friendly communities in Washington state-Renton, Tacoma, and Puyallup-in an online meeting coordinated by Amanda Frame, AARP Washington.
  • On April 15, Age Friendly Seattle Coordinator Lenny Orlov and AARP Washington Associate State Director for Communications Bruce Carlson presented "Lights, Camera, Interaction! How to Engage Diverse Audiences With Video on Social Media" at the American Society on Aging's On Aging 2021 conference.
  • The April 15 Civic Coffee Hour featured Emily Alvarado, director of the Seattle Office of Housing. Facebook | YouTube video (pending)
  • On April 9, the American Society on Aging presented its Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging, which recognizes high-quality, innovative programs enhancing the lives of a multicultural aging population, to Age Friendly Seattle for demonstrated success in intentional outreach to immigrant elders and innovation in meeting their language needs at live in-person and online events.  
  • From April 6–15, Age Friendly Seattle Coordinator Lenny Orlov's poster, "Won't You Be My SUBSCRIBER? Taking a Page Out of Mr. Rogers' Playbook for Reaching Diverse Audiences on YouTube," was on exhibit during the American Society on Aging's On Aging 2021 conference.
  • On April 1, Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech & Resilience featured Jay Woolford from SHAG (Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations) and Sara Sisco from Hopelink Mobility Management. Facebook | YouTube
  • The April issue of AgeWise included "A Swiss Army Knife for Affordable Housing," an article by former Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, about homesharing-one of the housing options named in Moving Toward Age-Friendly Housing in King County, a report commissioned during the first year of the Age Friendly Seattle initiative.

March

February

  • The Civic Coffee Hour on February18 featured Mariko Lockhart and Mike Chin, Seattle Office for Civil Rights. FacebookYouTube
  • On February 4, Close to Home recognized Black History Month with featured speaker Omari Salisbury, co-founder of Converge Media, a Central Area independent media company bringing voices and perspectives of Seattle African American community. Facebook | YouTube

January

  • On January 27, Age Friendly Seattle (Brent Butler, Lenny Orlov, and Irene Stewart) met with representatives from the other age-friendly communities in Washington state—Renton, Tacoma, and Puyallup—in an online meeting coordinated by Amanda Frame, AARP Washington.
  • The Civic Coffee Hour on January 21 featured Jonna Ward, CEO of The Seattle Public Library Foundation. Flyer | Facebook | YouTube
  • On January 20, Irene Stewart include age-friendly communities as part of a presentation to the South End Coalition about AgeWise King County and the Area Agency on Aging.
  • The January issue of AgeWise included: 

Age Friendly Seattle 2020

December

  • Close to Home: National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) on December 10 featured NAPCA representatives Emiko Ormsbee (Community Resource Helpline), Jenna Holzberg and Teresa Cheung (Senior Community Service Employment Program). Facebook | YouTube video
  • Close to Home: Sorting Fact From Fiction: Finding Truth in an Infodemic on December 3 featured Doug Shadel from AARP Washington and Jevin West from the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public. Facebook | YouTube video

November

  • The virtual Civic Coffee Hour on November 19 featured Mami Hara, General Manager of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). Facebook | YouTube video 
  • On November 14, Age Friendly Seattle provided videoconference support for Legacy of Love, the 2020 African American Caregivers Forum, an annual event presented during National Family Caregivers Month. For event information, visit the Legacy of Love webpageFacebook | YouTube video
  • Close to Home: Hopelink Employment and Mobility on November 12 featured Sara Sisco (transportation) and Jim Boland (employment), both from Hopelink. Facebook | YouTube video
  • Close to Home: Dignity, Hope & Healing at the End of Life on November 5 featured Dr. Jim DeMaine, ICU physician (retired), book author, and blogger (endoflifeblog.com). Facebook | YouTube video
  • The November issue of AgeWise included: 

October

  • The third of three LGBTQ+2S health and wellness forums (LGBTQ+2S & BIPOC: Vaccines, Vaccination Trials and YOU) on October 30 focused on the BIPOC experience with vaccines and vacinnation trials. Facebook | Flyer | AgeWise article | YouTube video
  • Age Friendly Seattle welcomed Mayor Jenny Durkan at a special virtual Civic Coffee Hour on October 23. The event was recorded and broadcast by The Seattle Channel.
  • Close to Home: Socially Distanced Connections at Seattle's Senior Centers on October 22 featured Katherine Jordan, South Park Senior Center, and Zoe Freeman, Pike Market Senior Center. YouTube video
  • The virtual Civic Coffee Hour with Sarah Peterson and Emmanuel Ndayisenga on October 15 featured Sarah Peterson, Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance, WA DSHS, and Emmanuel Ndayisenga, Washington State Refugee Advisory Council and International Rescue Committee. YouTube video
  • On October 8, Close to Home featured a conversation about Seattle's African descent population with Dr. Ben Abe, African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, and Paul Kimani, Northwest Kenyan Community Association. Facebook | YouTube
  • Close to Home on October 1 featured Darius Foster, Seattle Office of Labor Standards, and Lisa Mayfield, Aging Wisdom. YouTube video
  • The October issue of AgeWise included: 

September

August

  • Close to Home: Information, Assistance and Customer Service: How City and Community Navigate COVID-19 on August 27 featured Vance Adams from the City of Seattle's Customer Service Bureau and Stephen Lam from Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC). YouTube video
  • The virtual Civic Coffee Hour on August 20 featured The Seattle Public Library City Librarian and CEO Marcellus Turner and Older Adult Program Manager Nancy Slote, Seattle Public Library. YouTube video
  • Close to Home on August 13 featured Carrie Brazil, Volunteer Coordinator/Strategic Advisor, Seattle Office of Emergency Management, and Ann Forrest, Chair, North Seattle Emergency Hubs, Emergency Preparedness Educator, North Seattle College. YouTube video
  • On August 11, Age Friendly Seattle supported a presentation on the Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) by Human Services Department/Aging and Disability Services division PEARLS counselors Carl Kaiser and Suzet Tave to Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program participants and The Seattle Public Library patrons. YouTube video
  • Close to Home on August 6 featured Kay Ray, AgeWise TV producer, and Tania Rzhondkovska, Client Liaison, Immigrant Assistance, St. James Cathedral. YouTube video
  • The August issue of AgeWise included the following articles:

July

  • On July 31, the second of three LGBTQ+2S health and wellness forums in 2020 was called "LGBTQ+2S Resilience: Thriving or just surviving during the COVID pandemic?" YouTube video.
  • Close to Home (ADA at 30 & Geriatric Mental Health) on July 23 featured Michael Richardson, director of the Northwest ADA Center, and George Dicks, a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist at Harborview Medical Center. YouTube videorecording
  • The virtual Civic Coffee Hour on July 16 featured Aging and Disability Services director Cathy Knight and ADS Advisory Council advocacy committee chair June Michel, who discussed the work of the Area Agency on Aging as well as Aging Network advocacy. YouTube
  • Close to Home (Beyond Language Access: Resources for Immigrant and Refugee Elders) on July 9 featured Adam Halpern, Older Adult Services Director, Jewish Family Service, and José Manuel Vasquez Community Engagement & Programs Specialist, Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. YouTube
  • Close to Home: Innovations in Dementia Support & Universal Design on July 2 featured Amy Cunningham, Research Coordinator, Aging with Pride: IDEA, UW School of Social Work, and Tom Minty, Realtor, Northwest Universal Design Council member, who is also an Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council member. YouTube.
  • The July issue of AgeWise included:

June

May

April

  • On April 30, the premiere of Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech & Resilience ("COVID-19, Resilience & Census Access") featured Elsa Batres-Boni, Seattle Census 2020, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Mary Pat O'Leary, Aging and Disability Services, Seattle Human Services Department.
  • Civic Coffee Hours went entirely virtual on April 16. The first Age Friendly Seattle Virtual Civic Coffee Hour featured Anne Shields, Public Health—Seattle & King County. YouTube video recording
  • On April 8, AARP Washington and local leaders—including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Public Health--Seattle & King County director Patty Hayes, and Aging and Disability Services director Cathy Knight—co-hosted a coronavirus information tele-town hall. YouTube
  • The April issue of AgeWise included:

March

February

  • Age Friendly Seattle and the Northwest Universal Design Council presented Universal Design & Pedestrian Wayfinding Forum on February 27, 2020, featuring an expert panel on designing wayfinding systems discussed ways that local government is addressing mobility needs of all. AgeWise article | Seattle Channel | YouTube-includes captions)
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on Thursday, Feb. 20, featured Elsa Batres-Boni, Census Strategic Advisor, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
  • Age Friendly Seattle's 2019 Annual Report was completed and posted online.

January

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 16, was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Age Friendly Seattle 2019

November

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on Thursday, Nov. 14, featured Sound Transit staff Donna Smith and Alex Ko, who discussed Connect 2020-a project connecting the Eastside to existing Link light rail in downtown Seattle, with a special emphasis on accessibility.  Age Friendly Minute (YouTube)
  • Age Friendly Seattle promoted "Legacy of Love," the 2019 African American Caregivers Forum that took place on November 9. For more information, visit the conference webpage.

October

September

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on September 26 feataured Sarah Peterson, Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, Washington State DSHS.
  • Age Friendly Seattle and AARP Washington teamed up with the Seattle Sounders FC to present the first-ever Age Friendly Day at the Sounders on September 15, 2019. More than 300 tickets were purchased specific to this event.

  • On September 8, Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored "Hand in Hand: Honoring Our Grandparents," a Grandparents Day event at the Northwest African American Museum, with the Mayor's Council on African American Elders and AARP Washington. 

  • Age Friendly Seattle coordinated a lunch-and-learn called "The Affordability of Long-Term Care" on September 4, 2019 in the Seattle City Council Chamber, hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. Seattle Channel Video | YouTube Video

  • The Seattle Channel produced a CityStream program called "Robocalls & Rainier Avenue," featuring interviews with local experts about robocall scams and fraud (27:46). Age Friendly Seattle provided technical assistance.

  • AgeWise King County included the following articles in their September 2019 issue:

August

July

  • The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) presented a 2019 Aging Achievement Award to the Aging and Disability Services (a division of the Seattle Human Services Department) in recognition of Age Friendly Seattle's advocacy for accessible events and meetings. See the 2019 Award Book (page 28). 

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on July 18, 2019 featured Cathy Knight, director of Aging and Disability Services, and Dick Woo, vice-chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services. This event was broadcast on Facebook Live. It doubled as a public hearing for Aging and Disability Services' draft four-year Area Plan. For more information, click hereVideo

  • AgeWise included the following articles in their July 2019 issue:

    • A Month of Celebrations, by Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services chair Ava Frisinger (recognizing Age Friendly Seattle's anniversary date)

    • Summertime and the Reading is Easy, by Keri Pollock, Aging Wisdom, who serves on the Age Friendly Coalition for Seattle and King County

June

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on June 20 featured Sheryl Shapiro and Natasha Walker from Seattle Public Utilities. Click here for a video promo for this event.

  • On June 15, Aging and Disability Services communications manager Irene Stewart (formerly the Age Friendly Seattle project manager) and a representative from the Hearing Loss Association-WA presented "How to Plan and Advocate for Events that are Accessible to All" at the Hearing Loss Association of America convention in Rochester, NY. The event included free copies of Age Friendly Seattle's Community Guide to Accessible Events & Meetings.

  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored and helped to promote Memory Sunday at area faith communities serving African Americans (June 8-9). Five faith communities participated this year, up from four in 2018.

May

  • Age Friendly Seattle staffed a Northwest Universal Design Council forum called How To Plan an Accessible Event on May 30 at Seattle City Hall. Seattle Channel | YouTube | Photos

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on May 16 featured Andrés Mantilla, director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Among the audience were Seattle residents who spoke Russian and others who spoke Amharic. Interpretation services were provided. The event was broadcast on Facebook Live. An Age Friendly Minute was produced in advance of the event.

  • AgeWise included the following articles in their May 2019 issue:

April

  • On April 15, Aging and Disability Services communications manager Irene Stewart (formerly the Age Friendly Seattle project manager) and AARP Washington associate state director for community outreach Amanda Frame presented "Going Age-Friendly: Creative Community Engagement Techniques" in collaboration with representatives from Age Friendly Greater Pittsburgh and Lively Pittsburgh at the American Society on Aging's 2019 Aging in America Conference in New Orleans, LA.  

  • Age Friendly Seattle helped staff the Northwest Universal Design Council's Happy Hour on April 25 at the Best Plumbing Showroom in north Seattle.

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on April 25 featured Ingrid Ulrey, Public Health-Seattle & King County.

  • AgeWise included the following articles in their April 2019 issue: 

March

February

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on February 21 featured AARP Fraud Watch coordinator Jean Mathisen and Aging and Disability Services elder abuse case manager Kathi Church. From Kathi's presentation, Age Friendly Seattle prepared a one-minute video on what to do if you suspect abuse.

  • The "Coffee Hour: where, what, and why?" video was produced to promote Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hours on social media and in e-mail.

  • AgeWise included the following articles in their February 2019 issue:

January

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on January 17 featured Seattle Human Services Department director Jason Johnson (click here for a video recap).

  • Age Friendly Seattle began videotaping events, making it possible for people who cannot attend to get more information. In addition to sharing on Facebook and Twitter, Age Friendly Seattle helped establish an Aging King County channel on YouTube.  

  • AgeWise included the following article in their January 2019 issue: 

Age Friendly Seattle—2018

December

November

  • Thanks to advocacy by Realtor Tom Minty, John L. Scott (who serves on the Northwest Universal Design Council and the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services) and Realtor Barry Long, Marketplace Sotheby's International Realty (who uses a wheelchair for mobility), the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) added an accessibility feature report option to its database, helping home buyers with disabilities to better identify properties that meet their needs. For more information about the "Accessibility Information Supplement," click here. This project satisfied one objective in the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021 and also earned the NWMLS a "Best Practices Award" from the Northwest Access Fund, presented on November 12.

  • Age Friendly Seattle coordinated a panel presentation for the Caregiver Support Lunch-and-Learn hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw on November 28 in the Seattle City Council Chamber as part of National Family Caregivers Month. Seattle Channel | YouTube

  • Age Friendly Seattle's Kitchen Table Talk on November 20 focused on Community Support & Health Services, with discussion questions based on the Northwest Prime Time Age-Friendly Discussion Groups article, "Access to Age-Friendly Community and Health Services," by Irene Stewart, communications manager for Aging and Disability Services, Seattle Human Services Department.

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on November 15 featured Dion Graham, ADA Services Administrator at King County Metro, and Michael Shaw, ADA Coordinator at Seattle Department of Transportation.

  • Age Friendly Seattle program manager Brent Butler and Seattle Human Services Department/Aging and Disability Services communications manager Irene Stewart participated in the 6th Annual AARP Livable Communities National Conference on November 12–14 in Charlotte, North Carolina, as guests of AARP. Irene was invited to participate in the rapid-fire Innovation Showcase with a three-minute presentation on Age Friendly Seatle's Community Guide to Accessible Events & Meetings.

  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored "Legacy of Love," the 2018 African American Caregiver Forum on November 10 at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel, which was videotaped in two parts: "African American Caregivers Forum: Hope, Love, Resiliency" (Seattle Channel | YouTube) and "African American Caregivers Forum: Planning & Advocacy" (Seattle Channel | YouTube)

  • On November 7, Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored and helped to staff a Northwest Universal Design Council forum on Remodeling for Aging in Place. Seattle Channel | YouTube (slidedecks: Minty | Kocharhook | Cherney)

  • The Age Friendly Seattle held two community coffee hours that featured the work of the Age Friendly Seattle team (November 8 at Queen Anne Community Center and November 30 at Rainier Beach Community Center).

  • The November issue of AgeWise King County included:

October

  • The Seattle Channel produced "Age Friendly Seattle:Living Longer, Living Well," a 30-minute program showcasing fitness, dance, nutrition, and community mobility. The video is also available with Closed Captions (click here).

  • On October 30, Age Friendly Seattle presented "Librarians and Age-Friendly Communities" at the 2018 annual meeting of the Outreach Workers of Washington Libraries in Issaquah.

  • Age Friendly Seattle and Age Friendly Puyallup co-presented age-friendly communities at the 2018 annual meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Washington Chapter, on October 27 in Bellevue (see program information in the HLAA-WA newsletter).  

  • On October 19, the Age Friendly Coalition of Seattle and King County, staffed by Age Friendly Seattle, navigated Pike Place Market while documenting observations on accessibility and age-friendliness on a smartphone app. Participants were briefed on the Market’s senior center, food bank, health clinic, child care center, and resident/vendor emergency fund. In pairs, they then walked the Market using The Discovery Tool, a proprietary app developed by the Stanford Medicine Our Voice program. See also June 7, 2018, below. 

  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour on October 18 featured a presentation by Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation, on Lifelong Recreation, Sound Steps, Dementia-Friendly Recreation, and Rainbow Recreation.

  • Age Friendly Seattle hosted a Kitchen Table Talk (virtual meeting) on civic participation on October 16. More Info

  • The Age Friendly Seattle team hosted a community coffee hour at Magnuson Brig on October 16. More Info

  • On October 4, Jon Morrison Winters and Portland State University Institute on Aging research associate Alan DeLaTorre presented “Senior Housing in Age-Friendly Communities” at the Housing Washington state conference in Tacoma, sharing results from the “Moving Toward Age-Friendly Housing in King County” report along with a set of strategies and policy initiatives to help respond to this hidden population and their needs.

  • Also on October 4, Age Friendly Seattle program manager Brent Butler, SDOT transportation planner Lizzie Moll, and Toole Design’s Carol Kachadoorian presented “What’s Next? Making an Age-Friendly Workplan Work” at the American Planning Association/Washington Chapter conference in Spokane. They described development of the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021 and current collaboration with community members of the Age Friendly Coalition and its Transportation and Public Space Committee.

  • The October issue of AgeWise King County included "Seattle and King County Make Major Investments in Senior Centers."

September

August

July

June

  • A Kitchen Table Talk on Communication & Information was held on June 26. Flyer
  • Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Seattle City Council proclaimed June 15 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Seattle. June 15 is also World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. A copy of the proclamation is available here. Seattle Channel video coverage is available here (click on Presentations or scroll to 3:00).
  • The Age Friendly Coalition meeting on June 15 featured a presentation by Mary Snodgrass, Public Health—Seattle & King County, on the social determinants of health, including racism and trauma at any time during the lifespan.
  • Age Friendly Seattle helped to promote Memory Sunday, which provided education on Alzheimer's prevention, treatment, research studies, and caregiving to four local local African American congregations.
  • On June 7, Age Friendly Seattle program manager Brent Butler and Aging and Disability Services communications manager Irene Stewart presented Age Friendly Seattle to 35 local, state, and national AARP directors at Cedarbrook Lodge, all of them experts in livable communities, and then travelled with them on an "age-friendly adventure" in downtown Seattle that included:
    • Pike Place Market: Following a briefing by Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority and Pike Place Market Foundation representatives about the market's history and unique combination of social and health services, Brent and Irene led small groups through a walking tour while using The Discovery Tool, a walkability app created by Stanford Medicine that helps to maps walkability and age-friendly amenities or lack thereof. A report is forthcoming.
    • The Spheres: The group participated in a tour of the Amazon Spheres and discussed the evolution of work and personal relaxation space.
  • The June issue of AgeWise King County featured:

May

  • On May 31, Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored and staffed the WATAP training on Assistive Technology Tools and Creative DIY Solutions to Support Older Adults and People with Disabilities.
  • On May 23, Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored Stress-free Aging: Planning for Health & Long-Term Care, a half-day forum with presentations on end-of-life planning and life planning for retirement and a resource fair.
  • The May 17 Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour featured Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, Generations Aging with Pride. 
  • Age Friendly Seattle collaborated with AARP Washington, King County Library System, Aging and Disability Services, and Northwest Prime Time News to launch Kitchen Table Talks, a series of eight open conference calls focused on The 8 Domains of Livability. The inaugural talk on May 15 featured Housing.
  • Age Friendly Seattle coordinated "Engage at Every Age," an Older Americans Month forum on social and civic engagement at Mirabella Seattle, hosted by Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (5/4/18): Video (see additional information on the Events page)
  • AgeWise King County published "Age Friendly Seattle Team on Board." More Info

April

  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored and participated in "Age Friendly City: Care. Community. Vision. For All."—a Pecha Kucha night at The Seattle Public Library. Flyer | Video
  • Age Friendly Seattle presented "How to Plan Events that are Accessible to All" to the Healthy Aging Partnership (4/24/18). Materials: Guide | Top 10 Tips | Communication Access for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing | Accessibility and Accommodation Notice
  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored "Out Lives, Our Cohices: End-of-Life Planning" with the Mayor's Council on African American Elders (4/19/18). More Info
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on Sound Generations volunteer programs (4/19/18). More Info
  • The Seattle Human Services Department celebrated the success of 2017 Innovation Fund award winners, seven of which completed projects that supported healthy aging and at least one of The 8 Domains of Livability promoted by Age Friendly Seattle (4/13/18). Invitation | Article
  • The community-based Age Friendly Task Force changed its name to Age Friendly Coalition.
  • AgeWise King County published "Celebrating Human Services Innovation and Healthy Aging." More Info

March

  • Age Friendly Seattle presented "How to Plan Events that are Accessible to All" at the American Society on Aging's 2018 Aging in America conference in San Francisco (3/28/18). Materials: Guide | Top 10 Tips | Communication Access for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing | Accessibility and Accommodation Notice
  • Age Friendly Seattle facilitated a roundtable discussion on planning accessible events and meetings at Aging and Disability Services' Professional Development Day (3/22/18), using materials listed above.
  • Age Friendly Seattle produced "Meeting the Needs of People with disAbilities: Community Guide to Accessible Events & Meetings." PDF (28 pages)
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on Seattle Animal Shelter (3/15/18). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published:
    • "Making Seattle a Great Place to Grow Up AND Grow Old" More Info
    • "Through the Lens of Aging—Is Perception Always Reality?" More Info
    • "Social Isolation and Loneliness—The Realities of Modern Life" More Info

February

  • Published "Moving Toward Age-Friendly Housing in King County," a report commissioned by the City of Seattle Human Services Department in partnership with City of Seattle Office of Housing and King County.
  • Published "Age-Friendly Housing Plan Stakeholder Involvement Summary," a report from consultant Pamela Piering that summarizes community involvement in the age-friendly housing report linked above.
  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force proposes a new name and branding.
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on The Seattle Public Library LEAP/Library Equal Access Program (2/15/18) More Info

January

  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force formed three committees that will support implementation of specific Age Friendly Seattle actions. All meetings are open table. See the Events page for more information.
    • Active Transportation & Outdoor Spaces
    • Social and Civic Participation
    • Outreach, Advocacy & Communications
  • The Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour focus was on falls prevention (1/18/18). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published an article called "Age Friendly Housing Supports Aging in Place." More Info

All year

  • Age Friendly Seattle staff continues meetings with department representatives and finishing touches are being added to the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021. To comment on the plan, e-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.
  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force met to discuss Seattle’s needs and best practices from around the country, and met on the third Friday of each month throughout 2017, supporting development of Age Friendly Seattle. More Info

Age Friendly Seattle—2017

All year

  • The Age Friendly Communities Task Force met to discuss Seattle’s needs and best practices from around the country, and met on the third Friday of each month throughout 2017, supporting development of Age Friendly Seattle. More Info

  • SDOT drafted the Street Design Toolkit for Age-Friendly Neighborhoods to guide design of supportive street and public realm elements to foster all-age communities and aging in place.
  • Age Friendly Seattle promoted Community Living Connections, the City’s “no wrong door” referral for information about aging and disability issues, across City departments. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle maintained an active website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and listserv.

December

  • The Seattle City Council passed Transportation Equity Program Resolution 31773, committing SDOT to provide safe, environmentally sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation options that support communities of color, low-income communities, immigrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, LGTBQ people, women and girls, youth, and seniors to thrive in place in vibrant and healthy communities, and eliminate or mitigate racial disparities and the effects of displacement.
  • The Age Friendly Task Force focused attention on development of the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021 and, at year-end, was restructuring to support plan implementation and regional promotion of age-friendly communities.
  • AgeWise King County published two articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “10 Tasks for Effective Legislative Advocacy” More Info
    • “200 Engaged in Discussing Women and Optimal Aging” More Info

November

  • Age Friendly Seattle and a community-based planning team presented “Engaging Aging,” a forum focused on women and optimal aging in Seattle, attended by 200 people of all ages, mostly women. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle collaborated with the King County Assessor’s Office to promote enrollment in the state property tax savings programs for low-income older homeowners and homeowners with disabilities, which can save participants hundreds of dollars every year, distributing approximately 2,000 program booklets. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle staff were hosted by AARP at their annual Livable Communities National Conference in Dallas, Texas, sharing strategies, best practices, and innovative ideas about age-friendly communities (November 14–16). More Info
  • Human Services Department staff presented Age Friendly Seattle to the King County Mobility Coalition (November 14).
  • Human Services Department staff participated in a meeting with representatives from the Seoul 50+ Foundation, a new organization seeking to engage South Korean older adults in meaningful civic engagement and employment, hosted by Gen2Gen Seattle.
  • AgeWise King County published “Survey Says! Seattle’s Older Residents Rank the City on Age-Friendly Factors,” an article by Christina Clem, AARP Washington. More Info
  • The Seattle City Council passed the 2018 City Budget, allowing for creation of an Age Friendly Seattle team charged with coordinating with all other City departments in making Seattle a better place to grow up and grow old. Through the Age Friendly Seattle Office, the Seattle Human Services Department will shift its investments from small-scale direct
    services with limited impact to broad-scale system change, leading implementation, oversight and evaluation of an action plan to increase racial equity, reduce displacement, increase social participation, and raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities that accompany Seattle’s aging population. More Info 

October

  • Age Friendly Seattle presented to the King County Elder Abuse Council (October 10).
  • Age Friendly Seattle supported AARP and Age Friendly Communities Task Force in promoting the Seattle for All Ages mayoral candidates debate at KOMO News 4 (October 10). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle accompanied SDOT director Scott Kubly and staff on a walking audit with residents of Elizabeth James House (October 16)
  • Age Friendly Seattle co-sponsored an African American Caregivers Forum (October 21). More Info
  • Seattle Department of Transportation facilitated the first meeting of a new Pedestrian Access Advisory Committee to help address accessibility issues. More Info
  • AgeWise King County published four stories related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Seattle Human Services Department Supports Age Friendly Community Projects” More Info
    • “A City for All—Civic Technology Hackathon Results” More Info
    • “Engaging Aging” Forum to Focus on Women, Equity, and Optimal Aging” More Info
    • “The Art and Joy of Being a Late Bloomer,” by Age Friendly Task Force member Dolores Rossman. More Info

September

  • Seattle Human Services Department and Seattle Department of Transportation 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).
  • Age Friendly Seattle, Seattle Department of Transportation, and Seattle Parks and Recreation coordinated a Pedestrian Potluck to bring Parks’ Sound Steps walkers and the public together with the SDOT Vision Zero, sidewalk assessment project, and other pedestrian and transit option programs (September 20). More Info
  • Seattle IT presented Age Friendly Seattle’s “A City for All” civic technology hackathon in a three-day event at Seattle City Hall, attracting 78 people, including nine project teams that presented projects to a panel of judges from the City of Seattle, AARP, Impact Hub Seattle, Microsoft, Socrata, and Tableau (September 22–24). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle project manager presented “Social Media Advocacy for Older Adults” to the State Council on Aging (September 26). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published two articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Civic Technology Hackathon – A City for All” More Info
    • “Walking: The Wonder Drug” More Info

August

  • AARP completed a major survey of Seattle residents age 45+ to assess the city’s age-friendliness, providing data for the Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan. Seattle was one of only 14 cities to receive this service in 2017. More Info
  • Seattle Department of Transportation completed the field assessment of over 2,300 miles of sidewalks, mapping over 92,000 uplifts, 38,000 surface conditions, 20,000 obstructions, and 3,600 isolated cross slope issues. More Info
  • Human Services Department awarded seven of its 12 Innovation Fund grants to projects that address the department's “Promoting Health Aging” impact area and at least one domain of livability for age-friendly communities, to test new ideas in human service delivery. Organizations included API Chaya, Eritrean Association of Greater Seattle, Latino Community Fund of Washington State, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Tilth Alliance, UW Health Promotion Research Center, and Women United. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle project manager was quoted in an International Examiner article, “As King County elderly population increases, API elders face unique challenges” (August 28).

July

  • Age Friendly Seattle convened a community-based team to plan a women’s equity forum in November (July 11). The planning team met every other week throughout summer and fall. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle and multiple departments participated in the Find It, Fix It community walk on First Hill (July 11).
  • Age Friendly Seattle met with Market to MOHAI, one of several pedestrian corridor projects planned for downtown Seattle, to suggest age- and disability-friendly enhancements (June and July). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published three articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Wired to Be One” More Info
    • “Is End-of-Life Planning Age Friendly?” More Info
    • “What’s the Big Deal about Social Participation?” More Info

June

  • Age Friendly Seattle and a community-based planning team presented “Aging the LGBTQ Way: A Forum on Equity, Respect & Inclusion” at Seattle City Hall. The all-day forum was attended by 130 community members (June 3). More Info
  • Utility Discount Program eligibility rules were changed to allow Social Security recipients to deduct Medicare Part B premium payments from their gross income calculation, allowing several thousand households that were previously slightly over-income the enroll in the savings program. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle staff presented to Seattle area senior center directors (June 12).
  • Human Services Department staff met with the AARP Washington executive council to discuss Age Friendly Seattle (June 13).
  • Seattle IT staff began monthly meetings with the Age Friendly Task Force to discuss plans for a civic technology hackathon in September (June 16). More Info
  • Human Services Department accepted proposals for Innovation Fund projects, a new fund intended to test new ideas with the focus on results and racial equity related to one of the department’s impact areas, including funds designated to promote healthy aging and address one or more Age Friendly Seattle goal. More Info
  • AgeWise King County published two articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Seattle is Changing the Utility Discount Program to Increase Access” More Info
    • “Got a Good Idea? We’ve Got the Funds!” More Info

May

  • Age Friendly Seattle staff participated in Seattle Town Hall events featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, an international authority on geriatric medicine and elder care (April 12 and May 3).
  • Age Friendly Seattle staff supported the Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services division in presenting “Care Transitions: We’re All In It Together,” a conference that drew 300 health care and human services providers from around the region. Presentations on age-friendly topics included Age-Related Hearing Loss: Innovated changes in Practice and Policy; Health Care & Housing: Partners in Healthy Aging; An Intimate Look at Aging; and Teaching Effectively: Considerations When Teaching Older Adults. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle and AARP presented the initiative to the Machinists 751 Retirement Club, along with a proclamation about Older Americans Month in Seattle (May 15). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle accompanied the Mayor to Lake City Seniors to talk with program participants about age-friendly communities (May 24). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle and multiple departments participated in the Find It, Fix It community walk in Highland Park (May 25). 
  • Seattle Department of Transportation developed an additional “age-friendly” scoring factor for its Pedestrian Master Plan Implementation Plan, shifting project prioritization based on the percent population age 64+ (by census block group) and quarter-mile proximity to congregate meal sites, senior centers, and health care facilities. More Info
  • AgeWise King County published four articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Throw Misconceptions about Aging Out the Door” More Info
    • “Use Social Media for Advocacy, Now and Throughout the Year” More Info
    • “June 3 Forum to Address LGBTQ Aging” More Info
    • “Low-income Seniors: Apply Now for Farmers Market Produce Checks” More Info

April

  • Seattle Department of Transportation involved older adults and people with disabilities in developing sidewalk assessment methodology validation. More Info
  • Seattle Human Services’ Aging and Disability Services division engaged WSU Metro Center to update an assessment and analysis of current and future senior housing and in-home service needs in Seattle-King County, with new evaluation of LGBTQ housing needs, and recommend strategies that will allow more older adults to age in the home and community of their choosing. More Info
  • Senior Coffee Hour focused on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation and Sound Steps programs (April 20). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published three articles related to age-friendly communities:
    • “Mayor Ed Murray Launches Age-Friendly Initiative in Seattle” More Info
    • “Age-Friendly Communities: The Value of Social Participation” More Info
    • “What Do Healthy Feet Have to Do with Being Age-Friendly?” More Info

March

  • The AIDS Healthcare Foundation provided funding for three Age Friendly Seattle events, including “HIV is Ageless,” an intimate look at HIV/AIDS among African American adults age 50+ (March 11) and two equity forums held later in the year.
  • Age Friendly Seattle collaborated with Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Housing Authority to host a luncheon and listening session with immigrant/refugee elders at NewHolly (March 14). Eight languages were represented. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle was introduced to the public at a morning press event at Pike Market Senior Center and at the afternoon meeting of the City Council’s Human Services and Public Health Committee (March 22). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle project manager presented best practices in age-friendly print and digital communications in a poster session at the Aging in America conference in Chicago, IL (March 22). More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle convened a meeting of LGBTQ community leaders to plan an LGBTQ elders equity forum (March 29). The planning team met every other week throughout the spring. More Info
  • Seattle City Council unanimously passed and the Mayor signed Resolution 31739, officially launching the Age Friendly Seattle initiative (March 31). More Info
  • Senior Coffee Hour focused on Vision Zero, the Seattle Department of Transportation’s effort to reduce collisions and save lives through street designs that prioritize safety, public education and engagement, and targeted enforcement (March 16). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published “Making Seattle’s Streets Safer for Everyone.” More Info

February

  • The Seattle Human Services Department created and filled a temporary program manager position to launch Age Friendly Seattle and facilitate development of an Age Friendly Seattle Action Plan for 2018–2021. More Info
  • Age Friendly Seattle produced preliminary materials. More Info
  • Senior Coffee Hour focused on Age Friendly Seattle initiative (February 16). More Info
  • Seattle Human Services Department Aging and Disability Services division staff participated in the Central Area Seniors Reception for Black History Month (February 27). More Info
  • AgeWise King County published “Age-Friendly Communities: Civic Participation.” More Info