Promoting Healthy Aging

To ensure all older adults experience stable health and can age in place, the Human Services Department invests in a combination of direct services and in funding agencies that serve older people. Program and service investments are managed by the Aging and Disability Services division that support older people, adults with disabilities, caregivers, and their families.

Programs and Services:

Age Friendly Seattle

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. Our Age Friendly Seattle initiative is working to make Seattle a great place to grow up and grow old. Working across departments and in the community, Age Friendly Seattle promotes improvements in housing, transportation, outdoor spaces and buildings, social and civic participation, respect and social inclusion, community and health services, and communication and information.

Visit the Age Friendly Seattle events page for information about upcoming events, including virtual Civic Coffee Hours and a new series called "Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech and Resilience."

Age Friendly Seattle Gold and FLASH cards provide discounts for older people and adults with qualifying disabilities offered by local businesses, arts organizations, and more throughout King County.

Area Agency on Aging

HSD's Aging and Disability Services (ADS) division is designated by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County. As such, the division receives federal and state Aging Network funds to provide direct services such as Medicaid case management and caregiver support. In addition, ADS subcontracts with over 60 agencies to provide a network of in-home and community services, support programs and assistance to older people, adults with disabilities, and caregivers.

Mobile Integrated Health Partnership

The Mobile Integrated Health Program comprises three main activities: the Health One response unit, high utilizer case management, and the Vulnerable Adult program. All three are partnerships between HSD's Aging and Disability Services division and the Seattle Fire Department.

Image of refrigerator magnet with phone number and website for Community Living ConnectionsSenior Centers

Senior centers are community activity and resource centers that meet the physical and emotional needs of older adults (usually age 50+) by providing opportunities for fitness, volunteerism, lifelong learning, and transportation, as well as services and resources such as community meals, technology training, immunization, health screening, and foot care.

Community Living Connections

HSD's Aging and Disability Services division funds and supports an extensive, reliable network for aging and disability services in King County. Have a question or concern? Call Community Living Connections (toll-free 1-844-348-5464) or visit www.CommunityLivingConnections.org for professional, confidential information and referrals, free of charge.

AgeWise King County

Communication and information are important components of age-friendly communities. AgeWise King County is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. It encourages access to resources, benefits, and services for all ages and abilities, and includes inspirational stories about people in the Puget Sound area. It's a wonderful resource for older adults, friends, family members, and caregivers.

Mayor's Council on African American Elders

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) works to promote a better quality of life for African American elders in Seattle by advocating for accessible, culturally appropriate, comprehensive services with a focus on the isolated, frail, and low-income.

The Council achieves its mission by informing the Seattle mayor and other government leaders and policymakers about the unique needs of older African Americans; advocating for changes in policies, practices, and programs; educating the public; and encouraging and sponsoring research to address unmet needs and gaps in services.

Council members reflect a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seek to maintain the diversity and strength of the Council. More specifically, the Mayor seeks candidates who are active in Seattle and King County community affairs and have skills and experience in health care, research, fund development and public relations, and who have contacts in African American churches.