Welcome to the May 2006 Seniors Digest!
May is Older Americans Month 2006! This year's theme is "Choices for Independence." Most of us would like to remain as independent as possible through our senior years, and this month we highlight the balance of elements that support this goal:
A Healthy Lifestyle:
Check out the Columbia City Walks on May 13
A Safe Environment:
Senior Services' Minor Home Repair Program
Access to Healthcare Resources:
What to Do If Your Medication Isn't Covered by the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
Getting Support When You Need It
The annual Caregivers Conference on June 5
Also in this issue...
- Give Your Home a Safety Inspection
- "May Is Older Americans Month" wordfind
- Links You Can Use
And just a reminder: May 15 is the deadline to enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Program without a financial penalty. See articles in previous issues of Seniors Digest for more information, or go to the Medicare website.
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.
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Don Moreland, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services
* Widowed young, Rose raised six children and built a secure home for them. Her first job in Seattle was as a nurse's aide. At her supervisor's urging, Rose went to college, studied to become a surgical technician and worked for twenty years at that profession. At that time, paying for commercial electricians was not a problem, but now it is no longer feasible on her fixed income. She recalls one winter afternoon when she lost her heat. She called the Minor Home Repair program. They promptly sent a Repair Specialist who fixed the problem for a small labor charge and the cost of the materials. Rose says the kindness of the workers makes her feel warm all over. See Minor Home Repair Program Provides Low-Cost Fixes for Area Homeowners for more about this program that is receiving rave reviews.