September Calendar

Register Now: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Six-week workshop starting Thursday, September 6, 2012
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St., Seattle

This six-week workshop teaches practical skills for living a healthy life for participants with an ongoing condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or arthritis. Developed by Stanford University's Patient Education department, the workshop is designed to help people learn to manage their chronic conditions and improve the quality of their lives. Family members, friends and caregivers can also participate. By participating in the six week workshop, people increase their confidence and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition. Preregistration required—contact Alex Arceo at 206-722-0317. For more information, click here.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series

First Fridays (Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 & Dec.7), 2012, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

The Greenwood Senior Center has four films lined up for their Positive Images of Aging Film Series: Driving Miss Daisy (Sept. 7), Harold and Maude (Oct. 5), Enchanted April (Nov. 2), and All Passion Spent (Dec. 7). Enjoy entertainment, discussion, camaraderie, and snacks. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

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

Six-week course starting Monday, September 10, 2012, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. NW, 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.

The Power of Community: PNA Senior Programs Breakfast

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle 98103

The Phinney Neighborhood Association's fundraising breakfast features a presentation by Wendy Lustbader, author of "Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Getting Older." No cost to attend; however, there will be an opportunity to donate. For more information, view the invitation, contact Ann Bowden at 206-783-2244 or ann@phinneycenter.org, or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Seattle Stand Down—Resources for Veterans

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Mitchell Activity Center, Seattle Central Community College
1718 Broadway, Seattle

Seattle Central Community College is hosting the second annual Seattle Stand Down, an event that helps support veterans in need of social and human resources. Free services include legal, VA benefits, medical/dental, housing, employment, childcare, counseling, financial assistance; clothing; food; haircuts; and lunch. For more information, call 206-934-3881 or visit www.theseattlestanddown.com.

Register Now: Powerful Tools For Caregivers

Six-week course starting Thursday, September 13, 2012, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

This free six-week evidence-based course for family caregivers will provide tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. Taught by Carin Mack, MSW and Marie Adan. Class limit of 13 participants. Registration required. The Caregiver Helpbook will be available for purchase. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Veterans' Community Resource Fair

Friday, September 14, 2012, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Veterans Affairs Hospital, Building 1, Room 240
1660 S Columbian Way, Seattle

The Seattle VA Hospital Peer Support to Recovery Group invites all veterans and their supporters to a free resource and information fair. Meet representatives from agencies and nonprofit organizations, save time and money, get a little help or just find new ways to have fun. For more information, contact Holly (206-277-3885) or Connie (206-277-3748), e-mail holly.lafrance@va.gov or visit www.pugetsound.va.gov.

Kawabe Memorial House Summer Health Fair

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Kawabe Memorial House
221 18th Ave. S, Seattle

The Kawabe Memorial House Summer Health Fair is open to the public. For more information, call Reiko at 206-322-4550.

Walk & Roll for Inclusion 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave. E, Seattle

The Walk & Roll for Inclusion walk-a-thon raises funds to maintain housing for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Walk with a team or as an individual. Minimum donation is $10 (no maximum!). For more information, visit Parkview Services.

Register Now: AARP Washington Scam Jam

Monday, September 17, 2012, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Criminal Justice Training Center
19010 1st Ave. S, Burien

Scam Jam promises to be an educational and entertaining program where you can learn about today's scams and schemes, such as Medicare fraud, insurance and investment fraud, identity theft, and some of the other leading scams targeting consumers. Learn first-hand from the experts about how to protect yourself. Free materials, door prizes and lunch will also be provided. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Register online today or call 1-877-926-8300.

Rally to Prevent Falls

Monday, September 17, 2012, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Ave. SW, Burien

Come to the Rally to Prevent Falls in honor of National Fall Prevention Awareness Day and experience a taste of A Matter of Balance and EnhanceFitness. Join the movement to prevent falls and stay active and independent. Click here for directions. For more information, contact Andrea Meewes Sanchez (206-268-6736 or andream@seniorservices.org).

Making Seattle's Sustainable Future Work for All of Us

Monday, September 17, 2012, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Library
2300 E Yesler, Seattle

Seattle will grow by 120,000 residents in the next 20 years. We have no more room to build single family homes or more roads. We cannot remain auto-dependent because of increased congestion and pollution. Where will people live? How will we get around? Come hear a presentation by the City of Seattle and let them know what you think. For more information, contact Aging Your Way (a Senior Services program) at 206-727-6206 or ayw@seniorservices.org or visit www.seniorservices.org/agingyourway.

Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Working with Family Caregivers

Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
UW Medical Center, Seattle

Certified case managers, RNs, social workers, and health care professionals are invited to hear Martha Richards, MSW, ACSW, LICSW, a social worker in private practice in Port Townsend, discuss ethical challenges in caregiving. Ms. Richards worked for over 40 years at the University of Washington, in the community, in faith communities and in long term care facilities. She is the author of "Caresharing: A Reciprocal Approach to Caregiving and Care Receiving." Food, refreshments and door prizes will be provided. To register, visit www.fedeltacaresolutions.com/rsvp.php or call 877-333-3582.

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.

Normal Aging: From Successful to Harmonious Aging

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Ave., Seattle

"Normal Aging: From Successful to Harmonious Aging" is this month's topic for a discussion group open to professionals in the field of aging. For information, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or call 206-799-7108.

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.

FDCARES Wellness Fair

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 E Smith St., Kent

The FDCARES Wellness Fair will include blood pressure and blood sugar checks; vendor services and giveaways; free flu shots for the first 200 people; a $1 lunch for the first 350 people who obtain a voucher; an FDCARES carrying bag; and door prizes (drawn from completed passports). For more information, call the Kent Senior Activity Center at 253-856-5150 or visit their bulletin or FDCARES.

Multiple Sclerosis Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Snohomish County Adult Day Health Center
2931 Rucker Avenue, Everett

Topics include Back to Basics with Traditional Foods, The Benefits of Exercise and Tai Chi, Cognitive Challenges for Patients and Family, Disability and Employment, and information about the National MS Society in your community. Persons with MS and their families are encouraged to attend. Workshops are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Presented by Full Life Care. See also the October 13 workshop in Seattle (below). For more information or to reserve a seat, call (425) 355-1313.

South King County Latino Family Health & Safety Fair

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Grace Community Church
1320 Auburn Way S, Auburn

The 7th annual South King County Latino Family Health & Safety Fair features free dental, blood pressure and diabetes screenings, free Pap tests and  mammograms for women age 40–64, and presentations in Spanish about worker rights, insurance options, breast cancer, and nutrition. Call 206-432-2334 for required appointments (Pap test & mammogram). For more information, call 800-756-5437 or visit www.latinoferia.com.

Neighborhood Coffee Hour: A Conversation on Age Discrimination

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St., Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens and Southeast Seattle Senior Center invite you to participate in a conversation with Felicia Yearwood, Seattle Office of Civil Rights, about age discrimination. The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' coffee hour series—usually held on the third Thursday of every month at the Central Building in downtown Seattle but scheduled periodically at neighborhood sites—brings community elders closer to City officials to explore a variety of topics of interest to older adults, provide opportunities to learn about City programs and services, and give officials an opportunity to hear from elders. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the senior office's Arts & Events website.

Auburn Wellness Fair

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 9th St. SE, Auburn

Auburn's "Re-Energize With Wellness Fair" will feature health screenings, health information, and a healthy luncheon. Sponsored by the Auburn Senior Wellness Team, the Auburn Regional Medical Center, and the Auburn Senior Activity Center. For more information, call Rocky at 253-288-7442.

Register Now: A Matter of Balance

Eight-week class starting Monday, October 1, 2012
Burien Community Center
14700 6th Ave. SW, Burien

Are you concerned about falling? Have you fallen recently? This eight-week class is designed to prevent falls, reduce fear of falling, and increase activity levels. You will learn to make changes to reduce your fall risk, learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance, set realistic goals, and increase your activity. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Burien Community Center receptionist at 206-988-3700. For more information, click here.

The Silver Tsunami: A Candidates' Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness

Monday, October 1, 2012, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island

Hear perspectives on aging readiness from candidates for the Washington State Legislature! Coordinated by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch is included at no charge; however, registration is required. Contact Doug Ricker at 206-684-0292 or doug.ricker@seattle.gov.

Be Well Washington

Monday, October 1–Saturday, October 6, 2012
Century Link Field (and other locations)

Be Well Washington is a week of family health events throughout the community that culminates in a free health fair at Century Link Field on October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A free parking pass is available online. For more information, visit www.bewellwashington.net.

Register Now: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Six-week workshop starting Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Greater Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
4055 38th Ave. S, Seattle

This six-week workshop teaches practical skills for living a healthy life for participants with an ongoing condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or arthritis. Developed by Stanford University's Patient Education department, the workshop is designed to help people learn to manage their chronic conditions and improve the quality of their lives. Family members, friends and caregivers can also participate. By participating in the six week workshop, people increase their confidence and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition. Preregistration required—contact Kimberly Walker at 206-726-4926. For more information, click here.

Register Now: Oral Health for Caregivers Seminar

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cedarbrook Lodge
18525 36th Ave. S, Seattle

This train-the-trainer program provides critical oral health information, with an emphasis on prevention, for professionals who train other professionals to care for older adults (e.g., nurses, social workers, therapists, activity specialists, adult day health professionals). Free for Washington residents ($45 for out-of-state participants). Registration is required. Complete and return the registration form to the Washington Dental Service Foundation, Attn: Laura Hilbert, PO Box 75983, Seattle, WA 98175. For training questions, contact Karen Lewis (206-528-7344 or klewis@deltadentalwa.com).

Register Now: Health Equity & Social Justice—Creating Community Networks for Change

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Jerry Brockey Center, South Seattle Community College
6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle

Sea Mar Community Health Centers invites you to attend their 7th Annual Latino Health Forum, a public event dedicated to the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices and the advancement of Latino health. Meet and engage one-on-one with practitioners, researchers, and community activists in the field of public health. Gain valuable resources and skills towards shaping health policy and creating greater health equity for Latino residents of Washington state. Registration is now open though Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, contact MarilenaMorales@seamarchc.org.

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 4 news anchor and consumer advocate who is also a family 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, call 206-529-3894, e-mail AACForum2012@alzwa.org, or visit the Alzheimer's Association event webpage.

Register Now: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Six-week workshop starting Monday, October 8, 2012
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Ave., Seattle

This six-week workshop teaches practical skills for living a healthy life for participants with an ongoing condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or arthritis. Developed by Stanford University's Patient Education department, the workshop is designed to help people learn to manage their chronic conditions and improve the quality of their lives. Family members, friends and caregivers can also participate. By participating in the six week workshop, people increase their confidence and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition. Preregistration required—call 206-268-6734 or e-mail katherines@seniorservices.org. For more information, click here.

Strategies to Overcoming Resistance to Care

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Evergreen Health Main Campus, Kirkland

Certified case managers, RNs, social workers, and health care professionals are invited to hear Dr. Nancy R. Hooyman, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Social Work and author of eight books and over 100 articles and chapters related to gerontology and women's issues, present strategies for overcoming resistance to care. Food, refreshments and door prizes will be provided. To register, visit www.fedeltacaresolutions.com/rsvp.php or call 877-333-3582.

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 Puget 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: Multiple Sclerosis Workshop

October 13, 2012, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
South Seattle Adult Day Health Center
4712 35th Ave. S, Seattle

Topics include Back to Basics with Traditional Foods, The Benefits of Exercise and Tai Chi, Cognitive Challenges for Patients and Family, Disability and Employment, and the National MS Society. Persons with MS and their families are encouraged to attend. Workshops are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Presented by Full Life Care. See also the September 22 workshop in Everett (above). For more information or to reserve a seat, call (206) 721-3634.

Senior Coffee Hour: "What You Should Know about Medicare Open Enrollment"

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
Central Building, 810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

Learn about Medicare enrollment at this Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens coffee hour featuring Andrew Tartella, a health insurance specialist with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regional offices in Seattle. 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: A Matter of Balance

Eight-week class starting Thursday, October 18, 2012
Northshore Senior Center
10201 E Riverside Dr., Bothell

Are you concerned about falling? Have you fallen recently? This eight-week class is designed to prevent falls, reduce fear of falling, and increase activity levels. You will learn to make changes to reduce your fall risk, learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance, set realistic goals, and increase your activity. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Northshore Senior Center receptionist at 425-487-2441. For more information, click here.

Register Now: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Six-week workshop starting Monday, October 22, 2012
Northshore Senior Center
10201 E Riverside Dr., Bothell

This six-week workshop teaches practical skills for living a healthy life for participants with an ongoing condition such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or arthritis. Developed by Stanford University's Patient Education department, the workshop is designed to help people learn to manage their chronic conditions and improve the quality of their lives. Family members, friends and caregivers can also participate. By participating in the six week workshop, people increase their confidence and motivation needed to manage the challenges of living with a chronic health condition. Preregistration required—contact the Northshore Senior Center receptionist at 425-487-2441. For more information, click here.

Register Now: A Matter of Balance

Eight-week class starting Thursday, November 1, 2012
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St., Seattle

Are you concerned about falling? Have you fallen recently? This eight-week class is designed to prevent falls, reduce fear of falling, and increase activity levels. You will learn to make changes to reduce your fall risk, learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance, set realistic goals, and increase your activity. Pre-registration is required. Contact Alex Arceo at 206-722-0317. For more information, click here.

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.

Save the Date: Senior Coffee Hour with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
Location to be decided

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to hear Mayor Mike McGinn discuss current issues in Seattle. Refreshments will be served. For the location and other information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Arts and Events website. Dates and speakers subject to change.