Welcome to the July 2009 Seniors Digest!
In this issue, Pamela Piering, Director of Aging & Disability Services, Seattle-King County Area Agency on Aging, shares some sobering information about budget cuts that will impact elders and people with disabilities in our area. Advocates are scrambling to seek mitigation for these cuts to services, and we will keep you updated in future issues of Seniors Digest.
Many consider 94-year-old Emanuel Vardi to be the greatest violist on earth. Emanuel is also a talented artist. See "B Flat to Stay Sharp" in this issue of Seniors Digest to learn more about Emanuel and his wife Lenore, also a musician and artist.
However, we also have something to celebrate in our area! The long-anticipated maiden voyage of the Link light rail system is scheduled for July 18. Michael Miller fills us in on features that make the new system fully accessible for seniors and passengers with disabilities, and also provides us with insider tips for navigating the easy new system. And don't forget to get your ORCA Regional Reduced Fare Permit while it is still free.
This month we are also focusing on aging and creativity. Think you're too old for music lessons? Think again! Noted violist and artist Emanuel Vardi has much to say about the benefits of music on our brains. And beginning with this issue, the Northwest Center for Creative Aging will offer information on the many ways creativity supports well-being.
Also in this issue....
- Study Shows Sense of Purpose Benefits Healthy Aging
- "Music on the Brain" Wordfind
For More Information…
See "Links You Can Use" for local websites that can direct you to services for seniors. And check out SeniorsDigest.org, our national companion website, which includes the new, improved Online Information Center, where you will find resources and information about issues of interest to older adults and their families.
We hope you will refer to our electronic pages often—to obtain advice, to learn of new and exciting services, and to offer us your constructive feedback.
Read Seniors Digest and tell us what you think. We are here to help.
Cathy VonWald, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services