Conference Looks at ‘Aging Your Way’

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

Home & Family 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 …

Find your “What’s Next” with AARP’s Life Reimagined

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Home & Family       Woulda’, Coulda’, Shoulda’?  It’s time for WILL, CAN, DID! We all think about “What’s Next” but often wonder where to start and how to make it real. That’s why AARP is offering “Life Reimagined,” an innovative new program that helps each of us identify and achieve our goals, no matter where we are in life. Sometimes the process of doing something different can be daunting. And maybe you need a little encouragement to take that next step. …

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

Women Helping Women Plan Their Futures

Posted on 12/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Two-thirds of Washington women age 50 and older worry about declining physical health and 84 percent worry about staying mentally sharp, according to an AARP survey of female members in the state. In addition, roughly two-thirds are concerned about staying in their own homes and having long-term care or home health care services available as they age. To address these and related issues, AARP Washington is sponsoring a series of Seattle-area free workshops for women in their 40s, 50s and …

Keeping Your Cool: Tips to Beat Road Rage

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie Lee Road rage is a serious concern for American drivers. In one study of just 10,000 U.S. road rage incidents committed over seven years, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recorded at least 218 murders and another 12,610 injury cases. Many of us have encountered situations where reckless or inconsiderate drivers make their way into our driving lane. On any given day, we may encounter unavoidable instances where aggressive drivers turn without signaling, slam on their brakes suddenly, …

Lawmakers Take First Steps in Response to the Age Wave

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family About 20 percent of Washingtonians will be 65 or older by 2030, up from the current 13 percent. The age wave is expected to increase pressure on state services and infrastructure. Lawmakers responded during the recent legislative session by creating a high-level committee to plan for the demographic shift. AARP Washington pushed for the measure. The Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Aging and Disability Issues will identify strategies for transportation, health care, long-term care, housing and other needs of older …