March Calendar

Inspire Positive Aging Nomination Deadline: Now through Monday, April 9, 2012

Nominate an elder whose life exemplifies positive aging: community involvement, relationships, healthy living, endurance, and balance. For more information, see the article in this issue, visit www.inspire-award.org, or contact Donna Bellinger at 206-727-6267.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, March 9, 2012, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave. (between Cherry & Columbia Streets), Seattle

The Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council meets on the second Friday of each month. Agendas are available on the Aging King County Website within a week of the meeting. For more information, visit the Advisory Council Website or contact Gigi Meinig at 206-684-0652.

Overlake Hospital's 16th Annual Active Senior Fair

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Westminster Chapel, 13646 NE 24th St., Bellevue

In 2012, Overlake Hospital presents its 16th annual Active Senior Fair, featuring information about ways to enhance healthy and active lifestyles, and fair vendors offer products or services such as entertainment, travel, self-improvement and educational opportunities, health and fitness, financial and legal services. For more information, visit the Overlake Hospital Website or call 425-688-5806.

Sound Steps St. Patty's Day 5K Walk

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle

Register today for Sound Steps' St. Patty's Day 5K Walk. Tailored especially for people age 50+, all ages are welcome to participate. Includes T-shirt, snacks, live Irish music, and prizes for the best St. Patty's Day costume! $10 suggested donation. To register, contact Mari Becker (206) 684-4664 or sound.steps@seattle.gov) in advance. Limited day-of-walk registration (10:00–10:30 a.m. only).

Health Decisions During the Last Decade of Life

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

Take an active role in your healthcare decisions in the last decade of life by using tools and education on what decisions you face, working with medical providers and making this journey yours. Presented by Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care and Comfort Keepers of South King County. Free. For more information, call 206-973-4680 or visit City of SeaTac Senior Programs.

Enumclaw/Plauteau Elder-friendly Communities Meeting

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Hospital, Rainier Room

1455 Battersby Ave., Enumclaw

What should an elder-friendly Enumclaw area look like? Join your neighbors to discuss changing community needs and supports for elders who wish to continue living in the community of their choice. For more information, contact Jobyna Nickum at jnickum@ci.enumclaw.wa.us or 360-825-4741.

Financial Fitness Day

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle

Get your finances in shape at Financial Fitness Day! Review your credit report, get help preparing your taxes, get personal documents shredded, and attend workshops, which include Financial Goal Setting, Making the Most of a Reduced Income, Avoiding ID Theft and Financial Fraud, Understanding the Foreclosure Process, Vehicle Ownership Program, How to Deal with Debt Collectors, Bank On It: Checking and Savings Accounts, Paying for College. A list of items you should bring is posted on the Financial Fitness Day Website.

Save the Date: 27th Annual Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
Downtown Seattle

Online registration is now open for "Discovery," the 2012 Alzheimer's Regional Conference, which will bring together the best of national, regional and local professionals in Alzheimer's care and research. This one-day conference features 18 interactive workshops for activity professionals, case/care managers, counselors, dementia care providers, family caregivers, guardians, healthcare professionals, long-term care administrators, and social workers. For more information, call 800-848-7097 ext. 506, e-mail alzwacon2012@alz.org, or visit the Conference website.

Save the Date: Older Americans Month

May 2012

Nationwide, May is Older Americans Month. This year's theme—Never Too Old to Play!—says it all. Now's the time for you or your organization to plan an event or special acknowledgement that will encourage older people to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities. For more information, visit the AoA's 2012 Older Americans Month website.

Save the Date: 19th Annual Challenges in Caregiving Conference

Monday, June 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

Attend "Giving Care, Taking Care," a one-day conference for family caregivers of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities; adult children concerned about aging parents; aging parents caring for adult children with disabilities; in-home caregivers; adult day care, adult family home, and assisted living facilities staff; and geriatric mental health service providers. For more information, contact Lynne Korte, Aging and Disabilities Services Administration, at 360-725-2545 or kortelm@dshs.wa.gov.

Save the Date: Insight: A Low Vision Expo

Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about resources for people with low vision—keynote presentations, breakout sessions, a vendor fair, and an all-day assistive technology learning lab with hands-on demonstrations of modern technology and accessible computer devices included.  For more information, visit SightConnection (formerly called Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted) or contact Michael L Craig at 206-525-5556 or mcraig@SightConnection.org.