One of the Greatest Experiences of My Life

As this year comes to a close, so does my second term as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS). I'm stepping down but I'm not going far—I remain a member of the council and look forward to continuing advocacy for older adults.

In 2014, the Advisory Council presented more programs about topics of interest to older adults, disabled people and caregivers. Through its Outreach and Communications Committee, the Advisory Council continued to further its goal of bringing timely and relevant information to people where they reside through community forums located in various parts of the King County service area. Legislative forums hosted by the Advisory Council this fall allowed participants to hear state legislative candidates' positions on state priorities.

Tony Provine (left) and Ava Frisinger (right) met with U.S. Representative Dave Reichert and other elected officials earlier this year. Ava will chair the ADS Advisory Council in 2015.

For me the highlights of the past two years included making the commitment to interact in a substantive way with people who we serve through the Advisory Council and creating meaningful community forum programs.

The Advisory Council prepared a two-page flyer to describe diminished "purchasing power" within the state and federal Aging Network. Local government can work with their Area Agency on Aging to make a difference for community elders.

Another highlight was successfully advocating for funding from the City of Seattle to restore some federal and state cuts to the ADS budget and to provide additional funding for senior centers in the city. The Advisory Council also began a major campaign to expand inter-regional cooperation, funding, and sponsorship for ADS among the several governmental entities and service providers in King County.

Working with all of the dedicated volunteers who comprise the Advisory Council and whose service makes such a difference in the lives of others is one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Contributor Tony Provine is completing his second term as chair of the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, which publishes AgeWise King County. He welcomes input from readers via e-mail (advisorychair@agewisekingcounty.org) as well as applicants for open positions on the council, when they occur. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council.