Resources

We do our best to share reliable and reputable resources, and invite your suggestions and comments. We are not connected to law firms or other businesses, but want to provide seniors with a wide range of resources so they can be informed consumers. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement.

Aging and the Study of Aging 

  • Aging 2.0: A global innovation platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world, by connecting, educating and supporting innovators through community building, events and programming.
  • American Society on Aging: Offering nationally recognized professional education, publications, and online information and training resources.
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: AGHE’s mission is two-fold: to advance gerontology and geriatric education in academic institutions; and to provide leadership and support of gerontology and geriatrics education faculty and students at education institutions
  • Coming of Age: An organization that helps people 50+ “explore their future; connect and contribute through opportunities, both paid and unpaid, in their communities; and provides training to nonprofits about how to build their capacity to capture the energy and expertise of this population.” You can sign up to receive their newsletter. 
  • National Center for Creative Aging: Dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding.
  • NextAvenue: Public media’s first and only national service for America’s 50+ population. Their mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media by providing news, information and advice to help their audience navigate their lives and inviting them to join in an ongoing conversation about the issues and transitions we all face.
  • Personal Safety Nets: A pragmatic way of preparing for the surprises in life by building a plan to increase resourcefulness and resilience for you and those you care about
  • Sage-ing: “Looking at life in a new way as we grow older, a spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives, transmitting that wisdom as a legacy to future generations and giving back through service.” They offer workshops, webinars, Sage-ing Chapters, and more.

Aging in Place 

Alzheimer’s & Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s Association: Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
  • Alzheimer’s Navigator: Helps guide caregivers by creating a personalized action plan and linking you to information, support and local resources.
  • Art of Alzheimer’s: Sharing remarkable art by vibrant people, opening hearts and minds to a different way of thinking about Alzheimer’s and dementia, and preparing us all to be better stewards of an aging population.
  • Alzheimer Society of Washington: Educating people about dementia related diseases and providing hope to those affected by offering support and resources.
  • Elderwise: An Adult Day Center that meets weekdays in Seattle and uses the Elderwise Spirit-centered Care model to provide a structured program of arts, exercise, discussion, and shared community, offering enrichment for the frail elder and respite for caregivers.
  • Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet: From the National Institute on Aging.
  • Legal Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer’s: A guide for patients and their families on the Just Great Lawyers website, which helps people locate, compare and contact attorneys.
  • Momentia: A grassroots movement empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community.

Blogs & Other Publications

  • Changing Aging, with Dr. Bill Thomas: Articles and blogs with a focus on changing the culture of aging
  • Encore.org: “Advances the idea of leveraging the skills and talents of experienced adults to improve communities and the world.” Their News and Blogs page features pieces from their own bloggers, as well as links to articles in other publications.
  • Synapse: Newsletter and blog from MINDRAMP Consulting, which “creates programs and services that promote brain health and mental flourishing.”
  • Third Act Magazine: Published quarterly in Western Washington with articles and stories that speak directly to boomers and older adults. NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton and Board President Dori Gillam both have monthly columns.
  • This Chair Rocks: A website, book, and blog committed to combatting ageism
  • Time Goes By: A personal blog from Ronni Bennett on, “What it’s really like to get old.”

Disability Resources

End of Life Resources

  • Aging with Dignity: The Five Wishes: A private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness. Their Five Wishes document helps people plan in advance of a serious illness.
  • The Conversation Project: Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care
  • The Death Café: A group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. Their intention is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives’.
  • Death Over Dinner: How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. Dozens of medical and wellness leaders have been gathered to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment.
  • End of Life Blog: Thoughts from an M.D.: Stories about end of life situations encountered by Dr. Jim DeMaine during a 32-year practice in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, in which he explores the ethical issues, stresses, successes, and failures.
  • End of Life Washington: Guides people in planning for the final days of their lives, by providing free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death. Formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington.
  • My Gift Of Grace: A surprisingly fun game about end of life that families around the world are using to start meaningful conversations.
  • OK to Die: End of Life Preparation Checklist: Their mission is to create conditions in which people plan ahead, make their peace, understand that it is OK to die naturally, and make educated choices which allow them to pass away peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by those who love them most.
  • Positive Endings: Become comfortable with planning your own death. Dori Gillam engages groups with compassion and humor to share and learn about end of life planning.
  • Speaking of Dying: A powerful short film by Trudy James with a message for seniors and others that it’s possible to learn about and discuss end of life choices before a crisis occurs.

Health

  • 25 Easy Recipes for Senior Nutrition: A list offered by A Place for Mom to “help seniors and their families meet the challenge of healthy and simple cooking.”
  • American Cancer Society: A resource for expert information, support of patients, and prevention guidance.
  • Medical Malpractice Center: Provides information on different types of medical malpractice, plus state-by-state malpractice laws and limitations in hopes of reducing these types of injuries.
  • Mesothelioma Resources: Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos particles and usually affects older adults in their 60’s and 70’s.
    • Mesothelioma Guide: Their comprehensive guide includes up-to-date information about living with mesothelioma, top doctors and treatment options.
    • Mesothelioma Lawyer Center: Helps families locate local lawyers specializing in this disease.
    • Mesothelioma Prognosis Network: Offering a monthly online support group; an on-staff doctor and nurse available to answer any medical-related questions; 24-hour live chat support and Patient Advocates.
    • Mesothelioma Support: Suggestions from Mesothelioma.net for patients, their friends, family and caregivers as they struggle to come to terms with and deal with this disease.
    • Mesothelioma Veterans Center: Because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past, 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. This organization helps spread awareness to veterans and their families.
    • Treat Mesothelioma: An informational website that “aspires to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos and to assist people who may have already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.”
  • Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation: The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people in the Parkinson’s Disease community, with the goal of bridging the gap between diagnosis and cure with the best evidence-based programming available at no or low cost.
  • Quit Smoking Community: A hub where visitors can access information regarding quitting smoking, as well as download resources and tools to help them begin and complete their quit journey.
  • Senior Diabetes Signs & Diagnosis: Information from NIH Senior Health, which offers health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Seniors’ Health Resources: A wide-ranging listing of resources compiled by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine and presented by MedlinePlus.
  • Sleep and Aging: Senior Sleep Guide: Offered by Tuck Sleep Foundation, a Seattle-based “non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.”

Informational and Advocacy Resources

Mental and Physical Resources

Seattle Area Resources