The holidays can be a stressful time, when we can start to feel a little bit frazzled! So in this month's Seniors Digest, we take a look at several different areas where life can be made a little easier. Michael Miller of Sound Transit offers information about Sound Transit buses and the Sounder Train and have you tried out the nifty Tacoma Link downtown light rail service? It's a great way to visit the Museum of Glass or the Washington State History Museum.
We'd also like to highlight the Aging in Place Fair, to be held at the Seattle Center on November 12. Find out about the many ways you can make life easier through accessibility improvements to your home.
Figuring out the new Medicare Prescription Benefit is enough to give you a headache by itself! But never fear: ADS Planner Linda Wells continues her ongoing series on Medicare Part D with a three-step plan for choosing the prescription drug plan that's right for you.
Also in this issue:
Caregiver Corner: "Wish You Were Here" is a poignant and uplifting look at the challenges of serving as family caregiver to a person with dementia.
Test Your Flu IQ. Flu season is coming. Do you know what you need to protect yourself?
"America's National Parks" wordfind
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Timmie Faghin, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services
* More about Coe Morgan
Coe Morgan is the outgoing Chair of the Citizens' Accessibility Advisory Committee (CAAC) for Sound Transit. The CAAC advises Sound Transit on accessibility issues for the elderly and disabled.
As a lifelong community activist who has served on dozens of non-profit and government advisory boards, including the Washington State Arts Commission, Coe says that his five years on CAAC have been among his most effective. "Sound Transit really backs the committee and values our input," he says. Among the improvements for which Coe and the CAAC have advocated are better bus signage at the airport, modifications to both the color and texture of ramps to improve their usability, and the installation of tile patterns in sidewalks to aid vision impaired riders in transferring between busses.
Coe has always preferred taking the bus over driving. After a knee replacement last summer, he was back riding the buses within two weeks much faster than it would have taken to get behind the wheel of a car! A voracious reader, he reports that he is able to pass the time focusing on books instead of traffic, and he never has to pay for parking. And walking to and from the bus stop helps him stay fit.
Among his other accomplishments, Coe was president of Local 79 (Shipyard Workers and Machinists Union) for 15 years and is Secretary of the Seattle Daylight Masonic Lodge. He has a background in theater, is a strong supporter of the arts, and has been a subscriber to the Seattle Symphony since age 12. Nowadays, Coe is a volunteer at the Pike Place Market Information booth, and tells us, "It's the most fun job I've ever had!"