The Healthy Aging Partnership Funds Four "Aging at Home" Projects in King County
The Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP) has funded four one-year projects in King County to help older adults live longer, healthier lives in their homes and communities.
Most people say they want to stay in their own home as they age. This wish can become a reality for more and more elderly as the aging at home movement takes hold in local communities. Aging at home will happen if communities coordinate or provide services, products, and technologies that help older adults stay in their home safely, happily and affordably.
HAP, a King County coalition of services organizations, is helping the aging at home movement take hold in King County through its Aging at Home initiative. In fall 2010, HAP invited King County community groups, such as clubs, neighborhood associations, faith communities, and advocacy groups, to apply for up to $5,000 to start aging at home projects. HAP funded four of the 17 proposals received: Intergenerational Multimedia Storytelling, Brighton Senior Farms, South Park Fall Prevention and Fitness Program, and Sammamish Cares.
The Intergenerational Multimedia Storytelling project aims to prevent isolation and encourage active community participation by bringing Seattle's Asian seniors together weekly to share stories about their lives. The stories will be recorded, and teen volunteers will transcribe them. The project will also involve high school students, who will use the stories as inspiration for art projects, including writing, drama, and poetry.
The South Park Fall Prevention and Fitness Program will establish a new weekly exercise and fall prevention program as part of the South Park Senior Program at the South Park Neighborhood Center. It will also sponsor two Matter-of-Balance eight-week classes at locations in the South Park, and conduct three emergency preparedness events.
The Brighton Senior Farms project will contribute to the development an urban farm at Brighton Apartments in Southeast Seattle. The farm will offer seniors who enjoy working with plants part-time work and volunteer opportunities in a group setting.
The Sammamish Cares project will coordinate volunteers from the Sammamish Rotary, Sammamish Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, and Faith in Action, along with the City of Sammamish, to help repair and maintain the homes of older residents who lack the financial means or the physical capability to manage the work themselves.
Visit the HAP website to find more information about the Aging at Home Initiative, or contact Michael Craig at MCraig@csbps.com or 206-525-5556.
The Healthy Aging Partnership—a coalition of 30 not-for-profit and public health, human service and senior service organizations in King County—can answer questions about any aspect of senior life. Call the Senior Information and Assistance line at 1-888-4ELDERS (1-888-435-3377) or visit the Web site at www.4elders.org. HAP is generously supported by HAP partner organizations.