August Calendar

Managing Medications Presentations at Local Libraries

Senior Services Information and Assistance (I&A) advocates will present free presentations on Managing Your Medications at local libraries in August:

The I&A advocate will provide information and resources for working with pharmacists and doctors and also provide tips about managing medications, information on discounts and other assistance programs. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Senior Services at 206-448-3110 or info@seniorservices.org.

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. 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, read the July 2012 AgeWise article or contact Karen Winston at 206-684-0706 or karen.winston@seattle.gov.

Primary Election Day

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Remember to complete and return your Primary Election ballot on or before Tuesday, August 7. To confirm your registration details, find your district or precinct, and look up candidates and measures that will appear on your ballot, visit the King County Records and Elections Voter Lookup website. The General Election is Tuesday, November 6. You must be registered to vote at least eight days in advance. For information about registering to vote, visit King County Records and Elections.

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.

Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar

Thursday, August 9, 2012, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Overlake Hospital
1035 116th Ave. NE, Bellevue

If you are experiencing early stage memory loss, register now for this seminar, which will provide information specific for those experiencing memory loss and dementia as well as their family member or care partner. Advance registration is required. Contact Anita at 206-529-3868 or anita.souza@alz.org or visit the Alzheimer's Association online.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, August 10, 2012, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services meets on the second Friday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information, contact Gigi Meinig at gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652.

Fabulous Felines Cat Adoption Event

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Capitol Hill Miller Community Center

330 19th Ave. E, Seattle

A fabulous feline may be waiting for you at this special adoption event. Adoption and license fee discounts are offered to seniors and adults with disabilities. For more information about this and other pet adoption events, call 206-386-7385 or visit the Seattle Animal Shelter's Adoption Events webpage.

Greenwood Summer Luau: Luncheon & Hula Show

Sunday, August 12, 2012, 11:30 a.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Celebrate summer at this fun and festive luau. Great food and a hula show. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Greenwood Celebration: 50th Anniversary of the World's Fair

Monday, August 13, 2012, 1:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center

525 N 85th St., Seattle

Explore the memories and meaning of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair with friends at the Greenwood Senior Center. See historic photos and artifacts from the fair, courtesy of Museum of History & Industry educator Julia Swan. Examine the historic context of the early 1960s and what the fair meant to Seattle. Refreshments included, along with time to share memories and personal experiences. Donation only. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

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.

Election Primer: The Initiative & Referendum Process

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Ave., Seattle

Endless Opportunities, a community-wide program of free educational, social, recreational and volunteer activities for adults age 60+, invites you to hear Katie Blinn, co-director of the Secretary of State's Elections Office, give an overview of how elections are conducted in Washington State and what sets us apart from other states. Katie will discuss the four different ballot measures—initiatives to the Legislature, initiatives to the people, referendum measures, and constitutional amendments—and how measures qualify for the ballot. RSVP to Ellen Hendin at 206-861-3183 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org by Thursday, August 16, 2012.

here:now Frye Art Museum Tours for Dementia Patients & Care Partners

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Registration is open for a popular, free, discussion-based gallery tour for individuals with young-onset or early- to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. Advance registration is required. For more information about The Frye's here:now programs, visit here:now – Arts Engagement for Individuals Living with Dementia. Call 206-432-8265 to register.

Health and Education Fair & 5K Fun Run/Walk

Saturday, August 25, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Judkins Park
2150 S Norman St., Seattle

Enjoy free admission to the Health and Education Fair (open until 3:00 p.m.), featuring informational booths to raise health awareness and emphasize the importance of education. Sponsored by the Seattle-King County NAACP, the event is an opportunity to build community around a shared vision of educational excellence and well-being in communities of color. There is a fee to walk or run in the 5K. For more information, visit the event webpage or call Rachael at 508-451-9455.

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, contact instructor Laurie Swan, PhD, DPT, PT, at 253-209-7837 or laurieswan@comcast.net.

Register Now: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Mondays, September 10–October 15, 2012, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center
Room 104, 10201 E. Riverside, Bothell

Register now for this free, six-week educational series designed to provide caregivers with tools needed to take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes consist of interactive sessions, discussions, and brainstorming to help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action in your life. Registration is required! Contact Janet at 425-286-1035 or janetz@seniorservices.org.

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.

Save the Date: Senior Coffee Hour with Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston returns to the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens coffee hour to discuss personal and community safety for elders. A dynamic speaker, Ms. Johnston's coffee hours have been very popular in years past. All members of the public are invited to attend, regardless of age. 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.

Save the Date: 7th Annual African American Caregivers Forum

Saturday, October 6, 2012
MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center
3201 E Republican St., Seattle

Plan now to attend "Finding Your Way: Resources for the Journey," the 7th annual African American Caregivers Forum, featuring keynote speaker Connie Thompson, KOMO TV consumer reporter and caregiver. Topics include tips for managing the behavior changes associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias; care planning (respite, housing options, transitions); end-of-life, including hospice; self-care, including nutrition and physical activity; and long-term care (COPES, medical, financial and legal issues). For more information, visit the Alzheimer's Association event webpage.

Save the Date: Seattle Financial Planning Day

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St., Seattle

The City of Seattle and the Financial Planning Association of Pugent Sound invite you to meet one-on-one with dozens of professional financial planners to discuss your personal finance questions, concerns, and interests. The planners will provide free information about debt management, buying a home, foreclosure assistance, wills, long-term care planning, pension benefits, and more. No strings attached—volunteering financial planners will not pass out marketing materials or sell products or services. In addition, a series of educational workshops on popular personal finance topics will be offered. For more information, visit the Financial Planning Days – Seattle or Seattle-King County Asset-Building Collaborative websites.

Save the Date: World Dance Party

Friday, November 2, 2012
Location TBA 

Dance like no one's watching! World Dance Party surfaced at an Aging Your Way gathering as a community activity for all ages and cultures. Scheduled periodically, each World Dance Party has been bigger and better than the one before it. For more information, visit the World Dance Party website or Facebook page.