Welcome to the September 2008 Seniors Digest!
Governor Gregoire has declared September 18 as Fall Prevention Day. During September 18-25, older adults are invited to visit local senior centers, community centers and senior residences for free fall screenings. Information about fire safety will also be presented. Read on for a full list of locations and times.
Long active in advocating for seniors in our state, Jerry Reilly will be speaking at the Aging Readiness Forum this month. See below to learn more about Jerry and the Forum.*
Also in September, Advisory Council Member Don Moreland joins Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care Advisory Board member Terri Baker in inviting you to the September 17 Aging Readiness Forum, to be held at the Tukwila Community Center. The forum will feature advocacy training, guest speakers and more. Learn about legislative issues affecting older adults, and get an inside look at how the state legislature really works.
Also in this issue….
- Take a look at the City of Seattle's draft 2009-2012 Consolidated Plan, and comment online.
- Save the date for the African American Caregiver Forum, LGBT Caregiver Support Groups, and more!
- Learn from the Washington State Department of Health which immunizations are recommended for older adults, and check out CDC information on why people over 60 should get the shingles vaccine.
- Give your brain a workout with this month’s wordfind—“Exercise: the Best Prescription”
For More Information
Check out SeniorsDigest.org, our national companion website. The Seniors Digest Resource Center is a great place to begin your search for information about issues of interest to seniors 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.
Michael Miller, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services
* More About Jerry Reilly
Jerry Reilly, one of the speakers at the September 17th Aging Readiness Forum you will read about in this issue of Seniors Digest, heads his own public policy consulting practice in Olympia, Washington. Jerry is the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging lobbyist, and the current chair of the Washington Eldercare Alliance.
Long involved in civic affairs, he was a member and chair of the Olympia Planning Commission. He is a founding member of the Heritage Park Development Association. He and his wife Marianne live in Olympia. They have four grown sons and seven grandchildren.
For over thirty years he has been involved in various aspects of health care and public administration. Until 2001 he was executive director of the Washington Health Care Association. Prior to that, he was Assistant Secretary for Medical and Economic Services at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services. He has also served as Director of the Medicaid Medical Assistance Programs in both New Jersey and Washington State.
Says Don Moreland, member of the Advisory Council and co-chair of the Forum Planning Committee, "In these changing and challenging times, it's great to have a true professional such as Jerry helping to bring the senior community's needs in front of the state legislature."