In Retirement, Community Really Matters

The Retirement Life Planning Group here at LNWM does quite a bit of hands-on research, so we can provide clients with information, advice and referrals. For me, part of that research is finding out what is going on locally. That is key during retirement. And one of my sources for this is a King County newsletter called AgeWise. The July 2017 AgeWise, for example, is full of specific info on how seniors living in King County (and even Washington State) can stay connected and socially engaged.

***Virtual villages: These are relatively new neighborhood networks providing services, resources and referrals for seniors wanting to stay in their homes but be active and connected. There are currently three “villages”  in the Seattle area: Wider Horizons for residents of Central Seattle; NEST for Northeast Seattle; and PNA for those in the Phinney Ridge area. Also, Swedish Medical launched a similar service called Swedish Optimal Aging in February of last year. The program is available to seniors in King and South Snohomish counties regardless of healthcare provider.

***Adult day care programs in WA State. These programs, which typically last four hours in any one day, offer different levels of activities, depending on participants’ needs: movement exercises, gardening, cooking, or even medication management and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Usually, the activities include lunch. Adult day care can allow for the usual care givers to take a break for errands personal appointments, meeting with friends or just to relax.

***Other ways to get social in King County. Socializing, dozens of research studies have shown, helps people to live longer and better. This article has a list of suggestions on how to connect locally, including gardening and walking clubs, volunteering, and life long learning.

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