Welcome to the September 2010 Seniors Digest
Participants in the Vietnamese Senior Association "Food and Fitness" program discover that good nutrition and staying physically active are two important ways to support optimum aging!
In Seattle, we are so proud of our vibrant, diverse population. This month, we are focusing on some of the multicultural aspects of growing older. Some elements of healthy aging are universal, yet we each experience aging in our own unique way, influenced by our individual experiences and by the tradition in which we grew up.
Learn how Aging and Disability Services (ADS) has partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to present the Food and Fitness Program, which encourages good nutrition and physical activities in seniors from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Also in this issue, Rowena Rye of the Alzheimer's Association discusses some of the concerns faced by African American caregivers whose loved one has dementia. Learn about the upcoming African American Caregivers Forum, where participants will find practical solutions to caring for their loved ones, as well as updates on the latest research.
For many Seattle seniors, the love of multicultural experiences is enhanced by traveling out of the country. Karen Winston, ADS planner, reports on tips for safe travel abroad from the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Also in this issue…
- Our food columnist Katy G. Wilkens tells how pizza can be a healthy food choice, even for those on a low-salt diet.
- The Healthy Aging Partnership is excited to announce the availability of mini-grants for the 2010 Aging at Home Initiative, and encourages those interested in aging at home to attend the Aging at Home Workshop this month.
- The LGBT Elder Summit, Serving Our Homeless Elderly discussions and the Human Services Transportation Forum are just a few of many upcoming events.
- Just in time for Labor Day, give your brain a workout with the "Older Workers Wordfind"
- Guest columnist David W. Branch, DDS, shares information about "dry mouth," a common problem for many seniors.
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 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.
Timmie Faghin, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services