New Resource in Washington State to Ensure End-of-Life Care Wishes Are Honored

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Joanne Roberts, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Providence Regional Medical Center – Everett and Chair, Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest Workgroup Wishes honored. Peace of mind. Family harmony. Quality care. These are the aspirations of a new program and website recently launched in Washington state called Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (www.honoringchoicespnw.org). The vision is to ensure everyone in Washington state receives care that honors personal values and goals at the end of life. Led by the Washington State Hospital Association  and …

Living Longer, Living Smarter – Free AARP events

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Thinking ahead… is your home and community a place where you could stay involved with the people and places you love?  Or would it hold you hostage if you couldn’t drive or get up and down the stairs?  Can you afford those important extras out of your retirement savings?  And what extras should you plan for?  Why should women, in particular, care about these things? AARP’s Decide.Create.Share initiative educates women about what long-term care is and the real possibilities created …

We need your input – Developing a State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Do you have thoughts on how to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, and of their caregivers? Washington state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group (ADWG) is developing a state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease – they are asking for your feedback and advice on how public and private partners can respond. You can help by completing a brief online survey to let the ADWG know what you think is needed in Washington state. Responses to the …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Washington

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By AARP State President Mike Tucker “One might think that the toughest part of caregiving would revolve around shopping, cooking, cleaning and other household duties, interspersed with organizing medications, but it’s not,” says Stuart.  “The greatest challenge is keeping a positive attitude, along with faith and hope, not only for the patient, but also for myself as caregiver,” he says. Stuart is one of more than 1.25 million Washingtonians who perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, …

Dreaming About Your Future?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Leslee Jaquette Drawing on a background in sales and human resource management, Dori Gillam, 62, of Seattle, has for 15 years run a consulting business, Creative Leadership Resources, for boomers on how to make career changes. Two years ago, she began conducting workshops called Positive Endings, advising clients on end-of-life planning. Her path to an encore career was similar to the course of introspection laid out in the AARP Life Re­imagined program. Inspired by the book of the same …

4-Day Clinic Offers Free Medical Care

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing People can receive free medical, dental and vision care at the Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical, Oct. 23-26 at KeyArena at Seattle Center, 401 1st Street North. AARP Seattle is one of the sponsors. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, providers will offer physicals, mammograms, flu vaccines and health screenings; dental cleanings, fillings, extractions and X-rays; eye exams and prescription eyeglasses; and more. Patients do not need to provide identification or proof of citizenship, and interpreters will be …