Welcome to the November 2010 Seniors Digest!
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Aging and Disability Services Director Pamela Piering discuss some of the issues facing local seniors during the recent Mayor's Council for African American Elders legislative breakfast. McGinn will also be the featured guest at this month's Coffee Hour, sponsored by the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens on November 18. See "Upcoming Events" for more information.
President Obama has just proclaimed November as National Family Caregivers Month, honoring the 65 million family caregivers in our nation. These family and friends who provide care for senior and disabled loved ones are the front line of our long-term care system. This year's theme is "Reach Out for Help." National Family Caregivers Association president Suzanne Mintz reminds us that this is the 10th anniversary of the National Family Caregivers Support Program—the first piece of legislation to create a nationwide support program for caregivers. Mintz also emphasizes how important it is to reach out to family caregivers, who are being challenged by cutbacks in support programs at every level.
Another important reminder: Medicare Open Enrollment runs from November 15 through December 31. Kirk Larsen of Social Security reminds us that 'tis the season to examine your Medicare supplemental plan and prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D).
Also in this issue:
- Rev. Gwendolyn Phillips Coates shares her thoughts about coping with grief and loss during the holiday season.
- The Eldercare Locator has enhanced its services, offering free online information specialists to help seniors and family caregivers connect with resources in the area where they live.
- EyeCare America offers free eye examinations to seniors who qualify—and now you can apply online.
- Check out "Save the Date" for opportunities to learn about senior mental health, the future of transportation in our area, the art and dementia conference at the Frye Art Museum, and many more informative and fun events.
- November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and this month's puzzle highlights resources for those with this condition and their caregivers.
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