AgeWise King County
AgeWise King County is an e-newsletter published by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services. For a free subscription (a monthly…
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Voting is important to the success of our Aging Network. The people we elect to represent our interests and the ballot measures we pass or reject influence decisions made at every level of government. Your votes influence the tenor of political discourse and government investments in services and supports that can help people live independently.
From June 26–29, 2021, we experienced what meteorologists say was a 1,000-year weather event. Daytime temperatures rose to all-time highs—well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Overall, from late June to mid-July 2022, more than 1,400 people in the western United States and Canada died due to extreme heat. Heat drove more than 3,500 people across four states to visit emergency rooms.
We all carry bias about aging. We display it when we cringe at having our age announced on our birthday. And we laugh at the age jokes—until they’re not funny anymore. I believe that by sharing more about our lives and talking more openly about aging, we can broaden perspectives and help to reduce ageism that exists in many cultures.
In February, the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services voted unanimously to send a letter to Washington State Senate and Long-Term Care Committee members in support of legislation that would amend the Washington State Death with Dignity Act to expand access to its provisions (ESHB 1141).
It’s beneficial to be intentional about working relationships, and it’s beneficial to talk about race. Each of us has life experiences in which race was a central feature—some daily, others frequently. Each of us experiences race, power, and equity in different ways.
After joining the Advisory Council, I learned a lot about the depth and breadth of services provided by Aging Network partners and other community organizations. I am particularly impressed by the way that ADS and its partners rallied to support clients—and older people in general—amid a pandemic.
Long-term services and supports are not free of charge. Clients who receive Medicaid services are required to pay a co-pay, which is calculated by subtracting a Personal Needs Allowance (PNA) from their monthly income. Currently, those who receive in-home LTSS are only able to keep $1,074 of their monthly income to pay for rent, utilities, food, and other essential items. Everything else goes toward paying for the cost of their LTSS care—which could be a lot if their monthly income is around $3,
On July 26, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—a civil rights law—turns 31 years old. Despite COVID pandemic stay-at-home orders, last year’s 30-year celebration was outstanding, with three hours of curated programming related to disabilities and accessibility on the Seattle Channel, an hour-long program on King County TV, and nearly two hours of programming that was broadcast statewide by TVW. A year later, these links still provide excellent information about accessibility in ou
We all want our kids and our grandkids to be healthy and happy. This Father’s Day, I’m thinking about the ways in which those wishes sometimes don’t come true, and how I (and we) can change the scenario for those in need. This thought will continue to drive my involvement with the ADS Advisory Council and other boards on which I serve, and my commitment to equity and respect for Asian, Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples.