— What should the future of Seattle look like? How can we make the city a place where people of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant community? (SEATTLE, WA) – On Tuesday, October 10, mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will share their views on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to connect and engage in the community life of our city no matter their age. The debate will be …

— Over 100,000 people in Washington state live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and that number continues to grow. For many people with memory loss, social stigma and barriers to inclusion can lead to shame, fear, and isolation. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We recognize that people with memory loss are a vital part of our communities, retain remarkable strengths and stories, and deserve the right to fully participate. Here in Washington state, we’re joining the worldwide …

— By Vanessa Ho Life improved dramatically for Barbara Flagg about a year ago, when her son-in-law bought her a pair of hearing aids—a $3,000 investment Flagg couldn’t afford herself. Suddenly, she could hear her friends in a noisy dining room. She could follow the conversation at the senior council meetings she attended. Best of all, she could connect with her children and grandchildren. “Even if they were talking about football or baseball or … concerts, I was part of the …

— A new state law backed by AARP Washington aims to improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers and to ease patients’ transitions back home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect June 9, directs hospitals to notify a designated caregiver before a patient is discharged and to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up tasks the patient will need at home. Washington is the 24th state to enact such a law. In a recent AARP survey, more …

—   By Jeff Hambleton, MD June is National Smile Month, which is a good opportunity to draw attention to the importance of oral health, particularly for older adults. With water fluoridation and better dental care many people are keeping their teeth longer than ever before. But here’s a surprise for many pre-retirees. Medicare does not cover dental. In a recent state survey a majority of people 60 and older mistakenly believe that dental is part of basic Medicare. Good oral …

— By Vanessa Ho When Char Tait’s mother was living in long-term care facilities, Tait was grateful for the volunteer ombudsmen who visited her mother and helped explain her legal rights as a resident. “It gave her a voice she didn’t think she had,” said Tait, who lives in the Chelan County town of Manson. The experience inspired Tait to volunteer as an ombudsman in 2011. Now 69, Tait spends six to eight hours a week visiting a handful of long-term …

— Join the King County Library System for a special live telephone town hall meeting with specialists from the Social Security Administration and Washington Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. Talk about how to make the most of your Social Security benefits, health insurance and Medicare coverage. The format is like a radio talk show, but you simply listen on your phone! Our experts will even take live questions from the audience. This free event will take place on Wednesday, May 18, …

— Dori Gillam of Seattle is proof positive that conquering mountains – all kinds of mountains – is good for you. She climbed Mt. Rainier at age 46 and she and her friends set their sights on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. But life had other plans. Both her parents became seriously ill and Dori put her life on hold for eight years to act as their caregiver. “It was a privilege to take care of my parents. It was a huge responsibility but it was …

— For Immediate Release January 20, 2016 Contact: Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Introduces the “CARE Act” Supporting 1.2 million Family Caregivers in Washington State Olympia, Washington-   Help for millions of family caregivers across Washington State is on its way with the introduction of the “CARE Act,” House Bill 2424, legislation that recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in helping their loved ones age safely at home and out of costly institutions. The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act (CARE …

— By Leslee Jaquette It has been 13 years since June Palon’s husband, Bob, died of leukemia. But she remembers how lost she felt trying to care for him when he was released from the hospital on weekend furloughs. His oncologist preferred that the 74-year-old cancer patient remain in the hospital for treatment. But at Bob’s insistence, he was allowed to go home several weekends before being discharged to hospice care. He died shortly after. The main problem, said June, now …

— AARP honors local family caregiver Stuart Seibel of Yakima with the Washington state “Portrait of Care”. “One might think that the toughest part of caregiving would revolve around shopping, cooking, clearing and other household duties but it’s not,” says Stuart. “The greatest challenge is keeping a positive attitude, along with faith and hope, not only for Carol, the patient, but also for myself as caregiver. Years ago I was taught, ‘Attitude is everything.’ This is so vital with illnesses, probably …