Welcome to the October 2010 Seniors Digest
The Advisory Council, in collaboration with South County Senior Center Directors, hosted a Legislative "Mocktail" Happy Hour on September 30. The event focused on the importance of the Senior Citizens Services Act, which is facing a 20% cut by December 1st. There were presentations on several SCSA-funded programs, and legislators Senator Karen Keiser and Representative Sharon Nelson also spoke.
(Above) Volunteer John McEvoy expresses how important the Senior Citizens Services Act funding is for the older adults he interacts with as a volunteer driver at the Des Moines Senior Center.
Senator Karen Keiser addresses the concerns of Advisory Council members
Representative Sharon Nelson spoke about the challenges legislators face with the current budget
This month, we have news about several innovative programs and organizations in our area. Learn about the newly appointed Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, which will tackle questions about parking, emergency preparation and more.
Also in this issue...
Rose Floyd of the King County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program shares information on effectively meeting the needs of African American elders who live in senior living communities.
Get a $10 discount on your next "Shape Up" fitness class, and learn more about an effective physical activity routine for older adults.
Just in time for Halloween, Kirk Larson from Social Security tells us how not to get "tricked" by scammers, and how to flesh out our financial skeleton so that retirement won't seem so scary.
October 7 is National Depression Screening Day. This month's wordfind puzzle is all about ways to fight this condition that can have such a negative quality of life impact no older adults.
Save the date for the Disability Community Candidates Forum, the 2010 Senior Lobby Annual Fall Conference, Operation Front Line Cooking Classes and more!
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