The Chair’s Corner
In January, I asked you to tell me what content is meaningful to you in AgeWise King County and ideas on how we can improve. Thank you for participating in this online survey. The feedback we received was valuable. Below is a summary of the responses we received:
- Nearly 90 percent of respondents state they read AgeWise every month or most months.
- Over 60 percent of respondents prefer to have five to seven articles in each issue.
- The content front runners were local programs, health and wellness, and advocacy.
- Over 86 percent of our readers are either older adults or people who work with older adults or people with disabilities.
- 4.3 percent of our readers are African American, 2.15 percent are Native American, 4.3 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander, 7.53 percent are Latino and 88.17 percent are White (non-Hispanic). When compared to the racial demographics of Seattle—King County metrics, our people of color demographics are lower and White demographics are higher.
- Over 85 percent of our readers are over 50 years old.
Respondents overwhelmingly enjoy AgeWise King County and have told us to keep up the good work in our open-ended question—What can we do to improve? While feedback was positive, practical improvement suggestions were offered:
- Email format—change the sender name and create a more user-friendly email format. Readers shared that they oftentimes miss the AgeWise King County email notifications because it goes straight to Spam/Junk folders and don’t necessarily make the connection between my name and AgeWise King County. Also, update the email notification layout so that it is easier to read.
- Content—readers would like to see articles about local senior centers and the programs they offer. Others want to learn about resources for aging in place, including care resources, home adaption, low cost housing and transportation options. Articles on fraud and emergency preparedness are safety concerns that some readers would like more information on.
I appreciate the time you took to complete the survey and your thoughtful suggestions! I will work with our editor in the months ahead to implement these suggestions.
Contributor Ava Frisinger chairs the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, which publishes AgeWise King County. She welcomes input from readers via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well as applicants for open positions on the council. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council.
Advisory Council Photo credit: Lorraine Sanford, Aging and Disability Services
Following are some of the events that ADS Advisory Council members will participate in this month:
- ADS Advisory Council Meeting (Friday, March 9, 12–2 p.m., Seattle Municipal Tower 4050/60.
- Age Friendly Task Force Steering Committee Meeting (Friday, March 16, 9–11 a.m., Seattle Municipal Tower 1600)
- Mayor’s Council on African American Elders (Friday, March 16, 2–3:30 p.m., Seattle Municipal Tower 4090
The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services meets monthly, except January and October, and holds periodic forums. Open to the public, agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Gigi Meinig at email@example.com or 206-684-0652.