Seniors Digest
Seattle-King County Edition
  April 1, 2005 

Welcome to the April 2005 Seniors Digest!


Decisions, decisions! As we grow older, it sometimes seems that we are constantly faced with choices and the key to selecting the best options for ourselves is knowledge. In the April 2005 issue of Seniors Digest, we'd like to provide you with information we hope will help as you consider some of these important issues.

One big decision we have to make is where to live. Should we stay in the place we now call home?  Will our current home still be a good choice if we face future health challenges? Should we move to a smaller house, or condo, or apartment? What about the many senior housing alternatives? Amanda Woodland, Caregiver Specialist with the Crisis Clinic, provides a framework for decision-making in "Independence Versus Safety: Housing Options in Later Life."

Another decision process that has been on many Americans' minds in the past week is advance health care planning. In this issue, we take a look at some of the legal and practical steps you can take, so that you are in charge of what happens to you medically in your doctor's office, in the hospital, in your home, or in any care setting.

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 17-23), we look at more choices of some of the wonderful organizations that could use your help, and prove to be a meaningful experience of providing service to others.

Also in this issue:

  • New Preventive Benefit Added to Medicare
  • Fruits and Veggies wordfind puzzle

For more information, check out, our national companion website. The Seniors Digest Resource Center includes a "library" of quality links, and is a great place to begin your search for information about issues of interest to seniors and their families.

For more information....

"Links You Can Use" will lead you to further information about the topics of the month, as well as to contact information for accessing resources in the area, and a few fun links, as well.

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

* More about Nancy Gerard

Nancy began volunteering with the Senior Rights Assistance (SRA) program shortly after moving to the Northwest from Virginia eleven years ago.  In that time, she has helped hundreds of older adults with legal concerns, specializing in helping people address end-of-life issues. She has noted an increase in the number of people asking for help with advance directives.  Nancy had first-hand experience with these issues during the illness of her husband, so the SRA program at Senior Services was a good fit.

Volunteers with the SRA program receive outstanding training. Working under the supervision of an attorney, they provide one-on-one assistance in 35 locations throughout King County. Says Nancy, "It's a volunteer position in which you really get to use your brain."

Nancy also volunteers with the Humane Society, providing foster care to cats and kittens in her home until they are ready for adoption or permanent placement. In her four years of fostering felines, Nancy has cared for 161 different kittens and cats. She is currently playing hostess to several tiny newborn "Easter kittens." 

When she is not volunteering her time with SRA or the Humane Society, Nancy loves to hike.  She is an active member of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club, and she also leads walks and hikes for her 45 singles group. She reports that the group hikes are a great way to stay both socially and physically active.

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Welcome to the April 2005 Seniors Digest!
Independence Versus Safety: Housing Options in Later Life
Great Matches: The Homesharing Program at Senior Services
Schiavo Case Calls Attention to Need for Advance Healthcare Planning
April 17-23 is National Volunteer Week
New Preventive Benefits Added to Medicare
"Fruits and Veggies" Wordfind
Links You Can Use
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