— 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? If you missed the debate broadcast, there is still time to watch candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as they 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 …

— AARP Funds Age-Friendly Hackathon to Make Communities More Livable [SEATTLE, WA] —AARP Washington announces the City of Seattle, in partnership with Sound Generations, has been selected to receive a grant from the AARP Community Challenge for their hackathon dubbed A City for All. “Making Seattle the leader among Age Friendly cities is a primary goal of mine,” Councilmember Sally Bagshaw said in a statement. “This hackathon will bring together our tech savvy community, as well as those of us who …

— When former music teacher Pat Gray decided to retire, she imagined a life of leisure.  Instead, Pat heard a different calling from her local community in Kent and it resulted in a Life Reimagined. Pat started KentHOPE, a day shelter for homeless women and their children. The facility hosts an average of 30 women and children each day and offers three substantial meals a day, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, computers with internet access, health care, life skills classes, advocacy and hope. “It’s a thing I …

— Mike Sherlock spent 30 years in the commercial fishing industry, first running boats in the Bering Sea and later as a shipyard owner. But at the age of 54, he decided he wanted a different kind of life. When craft liquor distilling became legal in Washington State, Mike and his partner Patti Bishop saw opportunity. Patti owned a software business and both felt like they were working 24/7. Commercial distilling was a huge leap of faith but they took it. …

— AARP members are invited to see the classic musical Carousel at the beautiful and historic 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle at a savings of 25%. The show runs February 5th to March 1st and the discount is available for all performances. Prepare to be captivated by one of Rogers and Hammerstein’s most beautiful and enduring musicals. A tempestous love story told with heart-breaking tenderness, Carousel follows the passionate romance between carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan. You’ll …

— Seven of 10 pedestrian fatalities in Seattle from 2010 to 2013 involved people age 50 and older. To address the problem, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), AARP Seattle and others have teamed up to try to make the city’s roadways safer. “Data shows that older adults are some of the most vulnerable when it comes to being hit,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. The organizations have kicked off Be Super Safe, a media campaign designed to create awareness and …

— 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 …

— 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 …