Welcome to the April 2011 Seniors Digest
A woman from the community came into the Central Area Senior Center recently, and expressed embarrassment that she now has to check the "over 50" box. Director Cynthia Andrews (right) told her, "Heck yes! Check that box, girlfriend, because you have finally arrived!"
Cynthia Andrews of the Mayor's Council for African American Elders recently challenged herself to climb to the top of Multnomah Falls. Cynthia says, "Why am I so excited about this stage of my life? I have made a commitment to do something adventurous, exciting and new every birthday." See "The Defining Years" for more of Cynthia's inspiring thoughts about the many joys to be found upon reaching our later years.
Cynthia's inspiring words remind us of the importance of remaining active and socially engaged throughout life. Did you know that loneliness and inactivity are risk factors for heart disease, hypertension and a host of other illnesses? A recent Harvard School of Public Health study even found evidence that an active social life can slow memory loss and cognitive decline.
Read on to find out how Chinese elders are reaping the benefits of culturally appropriate support activities in the Sunshine Garden adult day center. And find out how Advisory Council members are connecting with seniors from around the area to get their input for the Area Plan on Aging.
Advisory Council member also traveled to Lacey for the launch of our state's Elder Economic Security Index, which yields data showing what it really costs older adults to live in our area. It will come as no surprise to most that the figures are higher than those appearing in the federal poverty level guidelines.
Also in this issue of Seniors Digest:
- See "Save the Date" to find out about the Mature Worker Hiring Event, the Technology Matching Fund Workshops, and many other events and opportunities. And mark your calendar for the Senior Farmers Market Voucher Program opening day.
- "Miracle Cures Can Be Bad for Your Health" offers tips on recognizing useless health products, which are often pitched at the senior market.
- Give your brain a workout with the "Tax Time" wordfind.
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.
Kaylene Moon, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services