Local, State & National Resources

Local & State Resources

  • African American Elders Program: Serving African American elders in central and southeast Seattle and south King County. The program identifies frail, isolated and hard-to-serve African Americans and assists them in accessing and receiving needed social and health services through ongoing case management, support and referrals. The program is hosted by Catholic Community Services.
  • Age Friendly Seattle Discount Directory: Age Friendly Seattle's online discount directory provides local discounts on arts, entertainment, retail, services, tourism, and more.
  • AgeWise King County: This monthly online newsletter is published by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services. Subscriptions are free.
  • Aging and Disability Services: Aging and Disability Services (ADS) is the local Area Agency on Aging, chartered under the Older Americans Act. Its mission is to develop a community that promotes quality of life, independence, and choice for older people and adults with disabilities in King County.
  • Alzheimer's Association of Washington State: The Alzheimer's Association provides support and help for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and their caregivers and loved ones.
  • Area Plan for Seattle-King County: See age-related demographic information under the Planning and Service Area Profile in Aging and Disability Services' current Area Plan.
  • Dementia Legal Planning Assistance: For people 60+ and/or with dementia (any age), who need help to complete legal documents – powers of attorney for finances and health care, health care directives – the Dementia Legal Planning project is available to assist. Eligible people will be matched with pro bono attorneys to help navigate the process. Learn more at dementialegalplanning.org.
  • Dementia Road Map: A Guide for Family and Care Partners : Read online or request a copy by emailing your name and USPS mailing address to dementiaroadmap@dshs.wa.gov.
  • Memory Hub: The Memory Hub is a place for dementia-friendly community, collaboration, and impact. It brings together people, programs, and partners, and operates as a vibrant dementia-specific community center, collaborative workspace, and training center. Spearheaded by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center—for more information, contact program manager Marigrace Becker (mbecker1@uw.edu or call (206) 744-2190.
  • Partnering with Your Healthcare Provider: A Resource for People Living with Memory Problems and Their Care Partners: This is from the DAC Care Transitions team. It is for people with memory loss and their care partners, this easy-to-navigate online presentation is designed to help consumers understand how to work in partnership with their healthcare providers, organize and communicate around care needs, and reduce the chances of potentially avoidable hospital or emergency room visits.
  • Property Tax Exemptions: Apply online using the King County Assessor's Tax Relief Portal.
  • Seattle Office of Housing: Services for low-income homeowners include foreclosure preventionhome repair loans, and weatherization. First-time homeowners may qualify for homeownership assistance.
  • Sound GenerationsThis nonprofit organization was established in 1967 to serve older adults and their loved ones throughout Washington state. 
  • Tip Sheets for Family and Care Partners: The IDEA! Strategy is an approach to help understand behaviors and how to respond, along with multiple tip sheets for common challenges and situations. Caring for a person with Alzheimer's or another dementia is challenging and changes regularly. These plain-language tip sheets are offered in English and Spanish, adapted from Alzheimer’s LA. You can download one, more, or all the tip sheets for suggestions on how to handle common challenges and situations such as driving, bathing, hallucinations, resistance to care and more.
  • Utility Discount Program: Offers income-qualified residential customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill.
  • UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center: As part of our mission to promote the well-being of persons living with memory loss and their families, the Memory & Brain Wellness Center offers a variety of community events and programs. For more information, contact program manager Marigrace Becker at mbecker1@uw.edu or (206) 744-2190.

National Resources

  • Memory Sunday: Usually observed on the second Sunday in June, Memory Sunday is a designated Sunday, within congregations serving African Americans, that provides education on Alzheimer’s: prevention, treatment, research studies, and caregiver support.
  • National Brain Health Center for African Americans: Sponsored by The Balm in Gilead.
  • National Caucus and Center on Black AgedThis nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the dignity and enhancing the lives of low-income elderly African Americans, particularly in the areas of health, affordable housing, and employment.
  • National Council on Aging: This nonprofit service and advocacy organization works to improve the lives of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and acts as a national voice for older adults and the community organizations that serve them.
  • National Institute on AgingThis organization provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and programs relevant to aging and older people.
  • NCOA Center for Healthy Aging: This community-based organization develops and implements evidence-based programs that promote healthy lives for older adults. 
  • Office for Minority HealthCreated in 1986, this office is one of the most significant outcomes of the 1985 Secretary's Task Force Report on Black and Minority Health. The Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.

Human Services

Tanya Kim, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA, 98124-4215
Phone: (206) 386-1001

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