These referrals are not an endorsement of any particular product, methodology or provider. And I offer my appreciation to my Institute for Challenging Disorganization and National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and Northwest LGBT Senior Care Providers Network colleagues for this compilation as well: many of these references come from them.
Books: Age in Place by Lynda G. Shrager (reviewed in this post); Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash by Vickie Delaquila (reviewed here); How to Say It to Seniors by David Solie (my opinion here); My Mother, Your Mother by Dennis McCullough (I've read it, see what I have to say); The Secret Language of Healthcare by Robin L. Shapiro; Stages of Senior Care by Paul and Lori Hogan (another of the books I had to read for an Institute for Challenging Disorganization certificate)
AARP (American Association of Retired Persons)
Amer Geriatrics Soc
40 Fulton Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Am Soc Aging
575 Market Street, Suite 2100
San Francisco, CA 94105-2869 USA
(415) 974-9600 or (800) 537-9728
fax: (415) 974-0300
The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on the model Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.
Death with Dignity
520 SW 6th Avenue #1220
Portland, OR 97204
1707 L Street NW, Suite 220
Washington, DC 20036
Contact us or call 202-457-5811 / 800-854-3402 | Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:00 ET
A documentary about physician-assisted suicide.
In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In How to Die in Oregon, filmmaker Peter Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether – and when – to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.
Barbara Karnes "is an internationally respected speaker, educator, author and thought leader on matters of end of life. She is a renowned authority to explain the dying process to families, healthcare professionals and the community at large." www.bkbooks.com
228 Seventh Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
1731 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
"Informative and yet intimate, Speaking of Dying captures the importance of individuals and groups speaking openly about all aspects of the dying process.
Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end of life choices and wishes. It will motivate you to become more informed regarding life supports, hospice, palliative care, and other options—long before a crisis. The film also demonstrates the value of end of life planning in groups—one of the best ways to become comfortable speaking openly about this subject. Most of all, Speaking of Dying will help you believe that your life can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones."
This film stars Julianne Moore in the role of Alice Howland: "Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring."
Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist with forty years of clinical practice experience, is one of the world’s leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. In 2005, she founded Positive Approach® to Care (PAC), a company that provides dementia care training, services, and products around the world. A core principle of PAC is that, in order to obtain the relationships and outcomes that are desired, the first and most important shift must originate with each person’s own willingness and ability to change. Join PAC in helping to change the culture of dementia care, one mind at a time.
Positive Approach® to Care (PAC) provides a wide variety of services to enhance awareness and increase dementia care skills, including PAC Speakers, Trainers, Teepa Talks, and Certifications. We are now offering an array of virtual options, too! Click below to find the service that fits your needs.
Terra Nova Films creates, produces, distributes, and presents films and videos on aging and elderhood. When the company started in 1981, it was dealing with mainly one film; now it handles more than 300, with a client base of more than 10,000, ranging from colleges and universities to community groups and senior centers. And now, as the aging population in many countries is rapidly expanding, Terra Nova continues to be a leader in the use of visual storytelling to help people understand, value, and traverse the human experience of elderhood.
AHAT Homecare provides help to people with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in Washington State. We offer affordable housing and access to healthcare for residents and the community in three programs – Three Cedars, Project Open Door and Healthy Living.
301 North L
Tacoma, WA 98403
P.O. Box 2251
Tacoma, WA 98401
Funding to cover AIDS treatment for anyone who makes under 400% of the poverty level. Detailed information from the ADAP directory, as well as links to the direct DOH page.
Where Family Caregiving Is Made Easier
End of Life Washington – formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington – guides people in planning for the final days of their lives.
We provide free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death.
We encourage advance planning and set a new standard in Washington for advance planning documents with our End of Life Washington Advance Directive.
We promote the use of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for those with serious illnesses. We provide these and many other documents at no cost.
We created and played a key role in leading the coalition that passed Initiative 1000 (the Washington Death with Dignity Act) into law in November, 2008 with nearly 60 percent of the popular vote. We now steward, protect, and uphold the law.
We advocate for better pain management, patient-directed end-of-life care, and expanded choice for the terminally ill. We do not suggest, encourage, or promote suicide or euthanasia.
There is never a fee for our services.
End of Life Washington
PO Box 61369
Seattle WA 98141
Housing Resources compiled by Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (PS OLOC)
A grassroots movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community.
The Puget Sound region is home to a variety of dementia-friendly opportunities offered by a growing number of community members and organizations.
NEST is a “virtual village” located in Northeast Seattle that also serves as the area’s senior center. We serve the 13 neighborhoods east of I-5, north of the Montlake Ship Canal and south of NE Northgate Way/NE 110th St. Villages are vibrant, intergenerational communities building connections between neighbors. With 180 members, 170 volunteers, over 400 member gatherings and 200 events open to the public each year, NEST is one of the nation’s most active villages.
Seattle, WA 98115
The Seattle Chapter of the National Organization for Women was founded in 1970. Originally named the Seattle-King County Chapter, it was the 36th chapter of NOW chartered in the United States. The founders’ intent was to work “peacefully and within the system, through the courts, through all of the constitutional means available to effect the changes that our system has channels for.” In 1972 our then president, Elaine Day Latourell, expanded upon that intent by stating, “NOW is dedicated to working within the system and when that doesn’t work, to raising hell.” For 35 years Seattle NOW has not strayed from the commitment made by our founding mothers to pushing buttons, breaking barriers, and opening doors for women and girls.
3720 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98134
206-632-8547 (Message Only)
Offering daytime memory care: active social clubs for people living with dementia in Carnation, Kirkland and Sammamish.
Old Friends Club
P.O. Box 2472
Kirkland, WA 98083
Simpler funerals, a natural choice.
More and more people are choosing simpler options for their final arrangements–It just makes sense. People’s Memorial Association (PMA) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1939 to help the residents of Washington state avoid the confusion, sales pressure and high expense often associated with cremation and burial arrangements. We also provide education and advocacy for all consumers regarding end-of-life matters.
People's Memorial Assn
1801 12th Avenue, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98122
We build, engage, and support our diverse community through programs, services, and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.
6532 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle WA 98103
Seattle has adopted the Age-Friendly Communities framework---developed by the World Health Organization to address the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. In an effort to ensure all older adults experience stable health and can age in place, the Human Services Department invests $39.8 million in a combination of direct services and in funding agencies that serve our older adults. Program and service investments are managed by the Aging and Disability Services division that supports older individuals, those living with a disability, and their families.
For more than a quarter century, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) has been active in fighting for older Americans, their children and their families.
321 16th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98144
Since 1967, Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) has connected older adults and adults with disabilities in King County with vital resources to help them thrive. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization providing Meals on Wheels and free rides to medical appointments, fitness programs and opportunities for meaningful engagement with others. We alleviate stress by connecting seniors and those who care about them to whatever they need to remain safe, active and healthy and we are committed to helping all people — especially those in low-income communities and communities of color — feel included and respected.
Downtown Admin Offices
Lillian Rice Bldg
2208 Second Avenue, Suite 100
Seattle WA 98121-2055
1-888-435-3377 (Toll Free)