New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents – but caution remains

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing For Immediate Release June 19, 2014 Contacts:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Ingrid McDonald / 206-330-6531 New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents Advocates caution that more work is needed to support families who need long term care Seattle – A new report shows that Washington State’s long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington’s high quality and …

Conference Looks at ‘Aging Your Way’

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP in Seattle is a key sponsor of the upcoming 2014 Community Connections Conference, “Moving from I to We,” set for Thursday, June 26. The daylong event is part of an initiative by the nonprofit agency Senior Services, called Aging Your Way, to help older people shift from a focus on individual needs to ways of working together. During the conference, facilitator Jim Diers, a community development expert, will discuss how to view family and community as a support system …

The “Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP” Provides Free Health Screenings and Services

Posted on 05/27/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP rolls in to Washington State in June as part of a nationwide tour to provide free prevention and early detection health services to underserved communities. The tour is traveling the country providing free tests, assessment, education and consulting services. The tour will include 10 stops in Bellingham, Lynnwood, Burien, Seattle, Kent, Tacoma and Federal Way. Stop by to receive a series of free tests including: total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body …

A Survey on Family Caregiving: Your Voice Matters!

Posted on 05/8/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The State of Washington is looking to help current and future family caregivers!  As Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world:  1. those who have been caregivers, 2. those who currently are caregivers, 3. those who will be caregivers, and 4. those who will need caregivers.”  We are working hard to improve information and supports for family caregivers across the state. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) wants to …

Making a Difference for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Sarah Villain, Communications Manager, Multi-Service Center The elderly have always held a special place in Joanne Chan’s heart.  She’s put this compassion to good use by volunteering for the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) operated through Multi-Service Center. For the last three years, Joanne has visited two local long-term care facilities on a weekly basis. She talks with residents about any challenges they may be facing and distributes brochures on resident rights and LTCOP. She also follows …

Insight: A Low Vision Expo, May 17

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Many people with vision loss experience “phantom images” that are often pleasant images such as butterflies, flowers, or even friendly faces.  These visual hallucinations, while lovely, can be unsettling for the person experiencing them. The source of these phantom images is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome that mysteriously appears with vision loss. Former Harvard Professor, Dr. Mary Lou Jackson is an ophthalmologist and leading researcher on Charles Bonnet Syndrome.  She will present the morning keynote presentation, “Phantom Vision: Charles Bonnet …