Welcome to the August 2005 Seniors Digest!
Welcome to the August 2005 edition of Seniors Digest! Last month saw our area hosting an exciting gathering of aging experts from across the country, when the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) Conference was held in Bellevue. The conference attracted 600 professionals and senior advocates from around the country to discuss the "Boomers in Transition" theme, hear directly from federal officials about new Medicare program changes, attend workshops, and visit local sites to learn about new approaches to meeting community needs.
Conventioneers ventured out and about, enjoying the many sights the Puget Sound region has to offer, and our area's emphasis on active pursuits was evident.
Click here to see photos of conference attendees enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest!
Also in this issue:
- Family caregiver Suzanne Wiley shares her observations and acquired wisdom
- Suggestions for beating the August heat
- Quiz: Pain and Older Adults
- "Camping Trip" Wordfind
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Timmie Faghin, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services
* More About Karen Kay
Recently retired from her position as Activity Director at a long-term care facility, Karen Kay wanted to stay active by finding a part-time position where she could continue to provide service to the elderly population. Karen says, "I didn't want to repeat the past twelve years I just wanted to use the skills I had gained in a different way. But what could that be? I didn't even know where to begin and I was starting to feel a bit panicked about resumes and interviews, without knowing what I really wanted."
Then Karen's friend Patti-Lyn Bell, Programs Manager for the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens, told her about volunteer opportunities at the N4A Conference. Laughs Karen, "Patti-Lyn first asked me if I could put in a day at the registration desk...and that day quickly grew to several!"
Through her work at the convention, Karen learned about a wellness program operated by Senior Services of Seattle-King County. She attended workshops, met people in the program, and is now focusing on what she needs to do to become a part of helping people live healthier, and more active lives.
Says Karen, "The moral to my story is: while giving back to society by volunteering, you too may find a brand new direction in life!"
About the Advisory Council
We are a volunteer citizens' group working to create choices for elders and adults with disabilities in Seattle-King County. We do this by identifying, advising and advocating for programs that promote quality of life for these populations.
Aging & Disability Services, Seattle Human Services Department and The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging