Senior Council

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The purpose of the Kirkland Senior Council is to help ensure that the needs of all seniors age 50 and older are addressed. The Senior Council enables seniors to directly participate in the advocacy and creation of community programs and services that meet their needs.

Senior Council Meetings are always open to the public, and we welcome advocacy suggestions for the Health and Safety of our senior resident in Kirkland.

Please join us on the Second Tuesday of each month (no meeting in August or December 2023) or send comments via email to: Scouncil@kirklandwa.gov

Mission Statement

Recognizing the value and contributions older adults bring to our community, our mission is to maintain and improve the quality of life for Kirkland residents age 50+ by identifying their concerns, advocating for their needs and creating programs that advance their well-being.

2023 Work Plan

Kirkland Senior Council Work Plan 2023 Recognizing the value and contributions older adults bring to our community, our mission is to maintain and improve the quality of life for Kirkland residents ages 50+ by identifying their concerns, advocating for their needs and creating programs that advance their well-being.

Goal 1: Maintain and improve the quality of life for Kirkland residents 50 years and older.

  • Legislative Action/Advocacy – The ongoing and essential engagement of the Senior Council in political Advocacy on behalf of seniors, in partnership with the Kirkland City Council and the Bellevue Network on Aging.
  • Local Advocacy/Community Engagement – KSC members will participate in multiple focus groups for the 2044 Comprehensive Plan.

Goal 2: Provide opportunities for residents 50 years and older to be active, connected, and engaged in the community.

  • Viva Volunteers – The KSC Signature Annual Event providing Non-profit connections for volunteering opportunities for seniors and their families has changed formats and is now a mobile program that can be taken to community events.
  • Art Show – Annual Event - Highlighting senior community members. 

Goal 3: Provide access to information, resources, services, and programs for older adults.

  • Education Forums – 2023 education forums will focus on complex issues the seniors in the community face including programs on Property Tax Relief, Aging in Place and Universal Design and  Fraud Prevention.
  • Juanita Farmers Market – KSC Outreach efforts to connect to seniors in Kirkland and neighboring communities.
  • Transportation/Eastside Easy Riders Coalition – KSC participation in the regional transportation coalition to improve transportation options for seniors.
  • East King County Resource Guide for Older Adults and Their Families – A regional guide published with funding support from EvergreenHealth and the City of Kirkland. 

Goal 4: Encourage affordable and appropriately designed older adult housing.

  • Housing Advocacy – The Senior Council will monitor activities related to the City of Kirkland's Housing Strategy Plan & continue to advocate for affordable housing options in our high-cost community.
  • Age in Place/Universal Design – Advocacy efforts to assure awareness of design features that allow folks to age in place more easily in their homes.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with any items on the KSC workplan, please reach out to Scouncil@kirklandwa.gov


Meeting Agendas and Minutes

2024

Agendas Minutes
January 2024 Agenda(PDF, 103KB)  
February 2024 Agenda(PDF, 89KB)  
   
   
   
   
   
   

 
   

Senior Council Videos

The Kirkland Senior Council has produced and distributed a variety of educational TV/Video programs:

Falling into Fitness
Excel as a Pedestrian
Elder Abuse
Aging in Place in Kirkland
SWAY