General Resources

  • AARP - Search the AARP website for valuable information on many topics of interest to older adults, including: health, family caregiving, scams, retirement and Social Security. You may also call 1-888-687-2277.
  • Age Friendly Seattle - Learn about the City of Seattle Age Friendly Action Plan 2018-2021 and events supporting older adults. Get a Gold Card with discounts for Seattle-King County Residents 60+.
  • BenefitsCheckup - Find out about benefits for which you might be qualified. This includes help with prescription medications if you're on Medicare.   
  • Community Living Connections - Access the online database or call to get confidential information about community resources and services in King County for older adults, adults with disabilities, caregivers, family members and professionals. Phone 1-844-348-5464.  
  • Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults - Learn how to create an emergency plan and supply kit during a natural disaster.
  • Senior Centers, King County - Find a King County senior center near you. Participate in programs for fitness, lifelong learning, volunteering, transportation and healthy meals. Enjoy social connections. For adults 50+.    
  • Social Security - Apply for retirement, disability and Medicare online, manage your account, and find help and answers. Seattle Office phone: 1-866-494-3135. National phone: 1-800-772-1213.
  • Social Security Resource Center - Find information on eligibility, benefits, disability benefits and more. Submit questions to AARP experts. 

Resources by Topics

Caregiving

Consumer Protection

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Get tips and tools for protecting your finances during the coronavirus pandemic, including information for financial caregivers.   
  • Consumer Resource Center - Find information on consumer issues and up-to-date alerts about scams and fradulent activities. Get help with complaints. Call 1-800-551-4636.
  • Credit Reports - Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. 
  • Fraud Watch Help Network - Get help from AARP if you think you've been targeted or have fallen victim to a scam. Call toll-free 1-877-908-3360.
  • Identity Theft - Report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission online or by phone. 1-877-438-4338.
  • Informed Delivery - Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon. You can view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages.
  • Innovis Credit Report - Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months. 
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Get help resolving problems for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes and assisted living facilities in Washington State.  

End-of-Life-Planning

Entrepreneurships and Jobs

  • Careeronestop - Explore careers, find training and do a job search for older workers. 
  • SCORE of Greater Seattle - Provides free one-on-one business mentoring for start-up entrepreneurs and small business owners.  
  • Seattle Public Library: Job Resources - Start your job search with resources on new careers, job skills, cover letters, resumes and job opportunities. Get free one-on-one help with job and unemployment questions.  
  • Seattle Public Library: Library to Business - Make a 1:1 business appointment with librarians trained to help you research business topics.
  • Ventures - Provides access to business training, capital and coaching for entrepreneurs with limited resources. Offers workshops in Spanish.  
  • Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) - Work with business advisors to get one-on-one, confidential, no-cost advising on all phases of small business development. 
  • Women's Business Center - Provides coaching, capital and classes to help small business launch and grow.

Finances

  • Credit Reports - Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company, Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. 
  • King County Property Tax Exemption - Get applications for two King County property tax relief programs: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. 
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Find contact information and eligibility for assistance for low-income households to meet their immediate home energy needs. 
  • Social Security - Apply for retirement, disability and Medicare online, manage your account, and find help and answers. Seattle Office phone: 1-866-494-3135. National phone: 1-800-772-1213.
  • Social Security Resource Center - Find information on eligibility, benefits, disability benefits and more. Submit questions to AARP experts. 

Health

  • Falls Risk and Alzheimer's Disease: A Patient Guide - Get tips on falls prevention for people living with memory loss and their care partners.  
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman - Get help resolving problems for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes and assisted living facilities in Washington State.  
  • Medicare - Create an account, sign up for Medicare, search for plans and providers and find answers to many questions.
  • Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program - Apply for $40 vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets if you are 60+ and low-income. Contact Community Living Connections for more information at 1-844-348-5464.
  • State Healthcare Insurance Program - Get free, unbiased, and confidential assistance with Medicare and health care choices. 1-800-562-6900
  • UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center - Find programs to support individuals living with dementia and their care partners. 
  • Washington Poison Center - Get immediate advice and assistance if you've had contact with poisonous, hazardous or toxic substances. 24x7. 1-800-222-1222. 

Homes and Housing

  • Home Repair Loan Program - Get affordable, no-interest loans for income-qualified home owners for critical health, safety, and structural issues. From the City of Seattle.
  • Home Repair Program - Provides assistance with critical repairs for health or safety, minor home repairs and aging in place services for lower-income home owners. From Habitat for Humanity Seattle-KingCounty.     
  • Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease - Follow a room-by-room checklist to identify hazards for people living with memory loss and their care partners. 
  • King County Property Tax Exemption - Get applications for two King County property tax relief programs: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. 
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Find contact information and eligibility for assistance for low-income households to meet their immediate home energy needs. 
  • Minor Home Repair - Get home maintenance help for individuals with disabilities, low-income family homeowners and older adult homeowners. From Sound Generations. 
  • Village to Village Network - Identify virtual villages in your area and the services they provide to allow you to age in your own home. 

LGBTQIA

  • Aging with Pride: I.D.E.A. - Check out a free, six-week program to reduce stress and increase physical activity for older LGBTQ+ individuals living with dementia and their care partners.  
  • GenPride - Participate in classes and social events for LGBTQIA older adults.  Get help with social service referrals. 
  • Rainbow Recreation - Find recreational opportunities for LGBTQ+ adults 50+ from Seattle Parks and Recreation. 

Lifelong Learning

  • AgeWise TV - Watch a weekly hour-long program with arts and exercise activities, interviews and documentaries on topics focused on older adults. 
  • Frye from Home - Explore virtual arts discussions and activities.
  • Lifelong Recreation - Participate in activities and programs for adults 50+, including physical activity, healthy lifestyles, education, arts, creativity and social engagement. 
  • Lifetime Learning Center - Take classes to engage inquisitive minds and support successful aging. Class fees or by donation. 
  • Next Avenue - Explore new ideas and perspectives on issues affecting older adults from PBS.  
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Take classes, join study groups, and attend special events for adults 50+. Annual membership fee and additional class fees. 
  • Well-Connected - Join a free class on a wide range of topics by phone or online. Classes are in English and Spanish. For adults 60+

Memory Loss

  • Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington - Get information for adults living with Alzheimer's and other dementias and their families and care partners. Find support groups and access a helpline, 24x7. 1-800-272-3900.
  • Dementia-Friendly Recreation - Enjoy recreation and social engagement opportunities for people living with memory loss from Seattle Parks and Recreation. 
  • Greenwood Senior Center - Find support for early-stage memory loss, opportunities to socialize, and cultrual and social events for the needs of those with memory loss and their care partners. 
  • Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease - Follow a room-by-room checklist to identify hazards for people living with memory loss and their care partners. 
  • Momentia - Participate in social opportunities for people living with memory loss and their care partners.
  • UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center - Find programs to support individuals living with dementia and their care partners. 

Social Connections

  • Encore - Explore intergenerational opportunities through the Gen2Gen program. 
  • Friendly Voices - Find online mutual aid groups to stay connected. You can also request well-being phone calls from AARP volunteers. 1-888-281-0145 for English. 1-888-497-4108 for Spanish.  
  • Friendship Line - Call this 24x7 crisis line if you're feeling lonely. For adults 60+ and adults with diabilities. 1-800-971-0016. 
  • Lifelong Recreation - Participate in activities and programs for adults 50+, including physical activity, healthy lifestyles, education, arts, creativity and social engagement. In-person programs are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. 
  • Momentia - Participate in social opportunities for people living with memory loss and their care partners.
  • Rainbow Recreation - Find recreational opportunities for LGBTQ+ adults 50+ from Seattle Parks and Recreation. 
  • Senior Centers, King County - Find a King County senior center near you. Participate in programs for fitness, lifelong learning, volunteering, transportation and healthy meals. Enjoy social connections. For adults 50+.    
  • Senior Planet - Take free online technology classes and learn about new apps. Call the National Senior Planet Hotline for technology questions. 1-920-666-1959.
  • Village to Village Network - Identify virtual villages in your area and the services they provide to allow you to age in your own home. 
  • Washington Listens - Provides telephone support to help people manage elevated levels of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 1-833-681-0211
  • Well-Connected - Join a free class on a wide range of topics by phone or online. Classes are in English and Spanish. For adults 60+

Social Services

  • BenefitsCheckup - Find out about benefits for which you might be qualified. This includes help with prescription medications if you're on Medicare.   
  • Community Living Connections - Access the online database or call to get confidential information about community resources and services in King County for older adults, adults with disabilities, caregivers, family members and professionals. Phone 1-844-348-5464.  
  • Eldercare Locator - Find resources and referrals by zip code or city thoughout the U.S. including meal sites, housing and social services, especially for long-distance care partners. 
  • Feeding America - Find help with meals outside of King County. Search by zip code.
  • Hunger Free America Hotline - Call the hotline to get connections to emergency food providers, government assistance programs, and other social services. 1-866-3-HUNGRY in English. 1-877-8-HAMBRE in Spanish.  
  • Kinship Services - Provides financial assistance and case management for eligible families providing "kinship care" - adults ages 18 or older who are the primary caregiver for a friend's or a relative's children.
  • Meals on Wheels - Find information on home-delivered meals for older adults with diminished  physical mobility. Volunteers provide a friendly visit and safety check. Search by zip code to find providers near you and their phone numbers.    

Tech Help

  • Senior Planet - Take free online technology classes and learn about new apps. Call the National Senior Planet Hotline for technology questions. 1-920-666-1959.
  • Tech Made Easy - Get step-by-step instructions on using smartphones to check email, FaceTime, text and more. Guides for Zoom videoconferencing are also available for smartphones, iPads and Windows computers.

Universal Design and Assistive Technology

  • Aging in Place Technology Watch - Track new devices, read reviews, and learn about trends for aging in place technologies.   
  • Environments for All - Learn about universal design, accessibility features for homes and resources in the Pacific Northwest. 
  • Explore AT (Assistive Technology) - Find assistive technology resources, tips, financial information, fact sheets, and videos relating to specific disabilities. 
  • LEAP (Library Equal Access Program) - Contact LEAP at The Seattle Public Library for information about accessible Library programs, services and assistive devices. 
  • Northwest Access Fund - Provides low-interest loans for people to purchase assistive technology and free one-on-one financial coaching for people with disabilities and older adults. 
  • Northwest ADA Center - Get assistance with questions about equal opportunity in employment and equal access to goods and services for people with disabilities. Find fact sheets on parking, service animals, education, accessible shopping, travel, housing, and more. 1-800-949-4232; Relay 7-1-1; Video Phone (ASL) 1-425-233-8913.
  • Washington Assistive Technology - Provides assistive technology consultations, device demonstrations and short-term loans.