July Calendar

More to Explore 50+ Events at King County Library

King County Library System offers engaging programs and resources for older adults. Join others age 50+ and learn about something new! July events include:

  • Social Security Administration—SSA 101 Understanding the Benefits (Thursday, July 12, 11:30 a.m. at Fairwood Library)
  • Rick Steves' Packing Light and Right (Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 p.m. at Maple Valley Library)
  • The Swingin' With Dean Show (Thursday, July 19, 6:00 p.m. at Duvall Farmers Market & Thursday, July 26, 6:00 p.m. at Burien Library)

For more information about these and other events, visit the More to Explore 50+ or submit a question via the KCLS Contact Us page.

Healthy Summer Fun for People Age 50 and Better

Where can you find information about art classes, ballroom dance, baseball, bird walks, book clubs, cooking clubs, dog walks, field trips, fitness classes, hikes, movies, volunteer activities, yoga—all for people age 50 and better—in one place? Check out Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Summer Catalog for dates and locations throughout Seattle. Registration is mandatory for most activities. Fees may apply. For more information, visit the Lifelong Recreation website or call 206-684-4951.

2012 Northwest Senior Games

The Northwest Senior Games gives adults age 50+ the opportunity to participate in social, competitive and recreational athletic events. The goal is to promote an interest in lifetime sports, offer opportunities for social engagement and physical activity that helps maintain and improve health. July and August events include golf, shuffleboard, and tennis. Age divisions for competition are 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, and 90+. For more information, contact Blaine Schultz at 360-826-6703 or schultz314@netzero.com. To volunteer, call 206-755-3588 or visit the Northwest Senior Games website.

Age 55+ Employment Resource Center Workshop

Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens

Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites Seattle residents age 55+ who are looking for work to attend their job search workshop, held on the second Wednesday of every month (except December). For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the Employment Resource Center webpage.

Senior Coffee Hour: Scams that Target Seniors and Identity Theft

Thursday, July 19, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to hear Jean Mathisen, AARP Washington Fraud Fighter Call Center project director, talk about fraud prevention. Refreshments will be served. You can also attend this presentation on July 26 in West Seattle (see below). For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Arts and Events website.

Boomers and Aging Parents 101 Workshops

Fridays, July 20 & 27, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E Smith St., Kent

Many families are unaware of resources to help aging parents deal with housing and health issues. It's never too early to explore options. Visit resource booths, listen to mini-informational sessions, and take advantage of opportunities to make future appointments with health and housing professions for specific assistance. July 20 will feature Social Security, Railroad Retirement Benefits, Veterans Administration Benefits, and VA Aid and Assistance. July 27 will feature Medicare, Long Term Care Insurance, and SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors). Free. Lunch tickets ($6) are available in advance by calling Helena at 253-856-5164. For more information, visit the Kent Senior Activity Center Program Bulletin.

Five Things You Should Know About Lewy Body Dementia

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
The Terraces at Skyline, First Hill

715 9th Ave., Seattle

Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common dementia diagnosis (behind Alzheimer's). Learn more when you hear Helen and Jim Whitworth, authors of A Caregiver's Guide to Lewy Body Dementia, a popular book on Lewy Body Dementia caregiving, and Dr. Jim Leverenz, UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Washington state's foremost authority on Lewy Body Dementia. A question-and-answer forum follows. To RSVP or for more information, contact Anita Souza (206-529-3868 or anita.souza@alz.org).

Community Lunch Hour: Scams that Target Seniors and Identity Theft

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St., Seattle

If you missed the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens coffee hour on July 19, come to West Seattle to hear Jean Mathisen, AARP Washington Fraud Fighter Call Center project director, talk about fraud prevention. Bring your lunch or contact the senior center by July 25 if you wish to purchase lunch. There is also a café available with soup and sandwiches for $4. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Arts and Events website.

Save the Date: 4th Annual African American Elders Legislative Forum

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Ave. S, Seattle

Find out what candidates, elected officials, and policy makers have to say about issues of interest to African American elders at the Mayor's Council on African American Elders annual legislative forum (see article this issue). Lunch will be served; suggested donation $6 (under age 60) and $3 (age 60+). Reservations are strongly encouraged (call 206-726-4926). For more information about the MCAAE, contact Karen Winston at 206-684-0706 or karen.winston@seattle.gov.

Save the Date: Age 55+ Employment Resource Center Workshop

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites Seattle residents age 55+ who are looking for work to attend their job search workshop, held on the second Wednesday of every month (except December). For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the Employment Resource Center webpage.

Save the Date: Senior Coffee Hour with Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens

Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to hear Robert Nellams, director of Seattle Center, now celebrating The Next Fifty. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens' Arts and Events website.

Register Now: Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) Training

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Lynnwood Senior Center

19000 44th Ave. W, Lynnwood

Register today for this introduction to Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL), an evidence-based intervention for preventing falls in older adults that includes a fitness class designed for older adults, educational materials, and self-assessments. The seminar provides an overview of the SAIL Program for people who plan to establish a SAIL program in their organization and community upon successful completion of this class. Advance registration is required. Thanks to the Washington State Department of Health and DSHS Aging and Disability Services Administration, there is no registration fee. Space is limited, so register today. For more information, visit Leader Training for SAIL: Stay Active and Independent for Life or contact instructor Laurie Swan at 253-209-7837 or laurieswan@comcast.net.

Save the Date: Creating Elder-Friendly Communities

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
UW Tower Auditorium & Cafeteria
4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle

This University of Washington Gerontology Research Forum, sponsored by the UW Elder-Friendly Futures Initiative, invites you to learn about and discuss issues related to healthy aging. The keynote speaker, Prof. George Demiris, and panelists will present a range of perspectives on supporting older adults in their homes and communities. The forum is open to all and free of charge. To register, e-mail Nancy Hooyman (chair, Elder-Friendly Futures Initiative) at hooy@uw.ed.