Older Americans Month Calendar

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Now through June 4, 2012

Now through June 4, low-income seniors can apply to receive $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County. For more eligibility information and applications, visit Aging King County Highlights.

Mental Health and Community Resources Fair

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland

The public is invited to the 5th Annual Mental Health and Community Resources Fair. Free. For more information, contact Neera at 425-739-8211 or neera.mehta@lwtech.edu.

We Are Family Day at Safeco Field

Sunday, May 6, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. pre-game event / 1:10 p.m. game
Safeco Field

Join the Seattle Mariners to celebrate the youth and families of adoption, kinship care, and foster care, and the many social workers, agencies, and community members who support them. Bring your family and friends. The M's play the Minnesota Twins. View reserved seats for $11 (normally $25); field seats for $30 (normally $40). Deadline for ordering is May 4, 2012 at 12 noon. To order, visit www.Mariners.com/WeAreFamily  (password/promo code: Family).

Senior Coffee Hour with Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ballard NW Senior Center
5429 32nd NW, Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to attend a special Senior Coffee Hour at the Ballard NW Senior Center featuring Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads, a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Rhoads has held a variety of clinical, teaching and research positions, including the University of Washington School of Medicine the Seattle VA Medical Center. He is currently the co-director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the Virginia Mason Medical Center Neurosciences Institute. For more information, For more information, see the coffee hour flyer, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0500.

Senior Adult Resource Fair

Monday, May 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10515 5th Ave. NE, Seattle

Come to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Senior Adult Resource Fair for free health screenings, wellness information, and valuable information about retirement, employment, nutrition, recreation, utility assistance, financial planning, and transportation—not to mention a free lunch! For more information, call 206-386-9106 or e-mail cheryl.brown@seattle.gov.

Kinship Caregivers Week

Monday, May 14–Friday, May 18, 2012

The Kinship Center celebrates kinship caregivers all week, with special giveaways, workshops, a talent showcase, and resource fair. For special event information, contact Kimberly Walker, MSW at 206-445-1360, ext. 253 or kimberlyw@seniorservices.org. For Kinship Navigator and other kinship care resources, visit the Kinship Center website and/or Catholic Community Services.

Circle of Friends

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Salvadorean Bakery/Restaurant
1719 SW Roxbury St., Seattle

Are you single and age 55+? Do you want to meet a fun and interesting group for friendship, a walk/hike, or a night out? Join Circle of Friends! No-host refreshments. For more information, contact Carol Johnston, Senior Center of West Seattle, at 206-932-4044, ext. 3 or CarolJ@seniorservices.org.

Caregiver's Path: Compassionate Decision Making

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Redmond Library
15990 NE 8th St., Redmond

Viki Kind, MA, national speaker and author of Caregiver's Path: Compassionate Decision Making, will give a free presentation on the tools and strategies to help caregivers answer the question, "Am I doing the right thing?" Learn how to make the right decisions, such as whether to take away car keys, move to a long-term care facility, or make difficult medical and end-of-life choices. For more information, call the King County Library System at 425-747-3350 or visit their Meet the Author website.

Senior Coffee Hour with Senior Advocate Alain Rhone

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor
810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia and Marion Streets), Seattle

Alain Rhone has worked as an advocate in Senior Services' Information and Assistance (I&A) Program eight years, based primarily at the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. Alain has degrees in Psychology and Communications. Before joining I&A, Alain worked at an employee assistance program, a diabetes clinic, and a research clinic providing group psychotherapy to people with addictions. Alain's experience leading a support group for chronic pain reflects his interest in the management of chronic medical conditions. He also has interests in music, technology, and energy work. For more information, For more information, see the coffee hour flyer, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0500.

Celebration of Aging Lunch: We're WILD About 80s

Friday, May 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 9th St SE, Auburn

Take a walk on the wild side as we celebrate the greatest expedition ever taken: 80-plus years of life! It's a jungle out there and you never know where the day-to-day safari of life will lead you. We will honor explorers age 80 and over with an afternoon of fun and adventure. All ages are welcome with the oldest in attendance being named the Top Banana. Tickets may be purchased in person or by telephone. $4 suggested donation for those age 60+ and $5.75 under age 60. For more information, contact Radine Lozier, Auburn Senior Activity Center, at 253-931-3016 or rlozier@auburnwa.gov or visit www.auburnwa.gov/community/seniors.asp.

Save the Date: Kidney Health Fest for African American Families

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Van Asselt Elementary (formerly the African American Academy)
8311 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle

Northwest Kidney Centers invites you to "Celebrating 10 Years Toward Kidney Wellness: Mind, Body and Soul," the 10th annual Kidney Health Fest for African American Families. This free event features free health screenings, private consultations with volunteer doctors, healthy food made by local celebrity chefs, and an educational program emceed by former King County executive and former HUD deputy secretary Ron Sims. The day includes music and other entertainment, exhibits, and a chance to win prizes. For more information, visit www.nwkidney.org/fest.

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: Fair Housing Accessibility Training

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Ave., Seattle

This all-day event promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. Sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, King County Office of Civil Rights, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the event is free. For more information, contact Michael Chin at 206-684-8063 or see the event flyer.

Save the Date: Awareness, Prevention, Protection: End Abuse of Elders and Vulnerable Adults

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Register now for this one-day conference for law enforcement, health care providers, and social services professionals featuring keynote speakers Robert Blancato, Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, and Dr. Christine Fordyce, speaking on "Elder Abuse from the Health Care Perspective." Workshops include Signs of Neglect, Power of Attorney and Guardianship, Prosecution of Elder Abuse, Hoarding, Financial Exploitation, and Challenges with Charging Vulnerable Adult Cases Criminally. Lunch is included. For more information, visit the conference webpage or contact Tami Kesl (425) 265-2296 or tkesl@sssc.org).

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 the SightConnection (formerly called Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted) or contact Michael Craig at 206-525-5556 or mcraig@SightConnection.org.

Northwest Senior Games Dance Day

Friday, June 15, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Redmond Senior Center, Multipurpose Room
8703 160th Ave. NE, Redmond

All are welcome at this non-competitive recreational dance event. The morning is devoted to line dance; the afternoon to East Coast swing. A light buffet lunch is free to all dancers. Registration fees are $6 for one dance or $10 for both dances, in advance ($8 and $14 at the door). Maximum participants: 100. Advance registration is strongly encouraged as this event could sell out. To register over the phone with a credit card or to request a registration form in the mail, call 425-556-2314.

Save the Date: World Dance Party

Friday, June 15, 2012, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle

A community celebration that grew from an Aging Your Way gathering, all ages and cultures are welcome at the World Dance Party! See the article in this issue. For more information, e-mail worlddanceparty@gmail.com or visit www.worlddancepartyseattle.org.