October Calendar

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.

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.

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, P.O. Box 75983, Seattle, WA 98175. For training questions, contact Karen Lewis (206-528-7344 or klewis@deltadentalwa.com).

PEOPLE+PLACES: State Legislative Candidate Forum

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Southside Commons
3518 S Edmunds Street, Seattle

How do we invest in people and places to build thriving communities? Hear from the candidates who are running to represent you. Hosted by the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, the forum is non-partisan, attendance is free, and all are welcome. Light refreshments provided. All venues are accessible. For more information about this and similar forums, visit the Consortium's candidate forum webpage or call 206-682-9541.

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.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series

First Fridays (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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

PEOPLE+PLACES: State Legislative Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Jubilee REACH
14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue

How do we invest in people and places to build thriving communities? Hear from the candidates who are running to represent you. Hosted by the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County, the forum is non-partisan, attendance is free, and all are welcome. Light refreshments provided. All venues are accessible. For more information about this and similar forums, visit the Consortium's candidate forum webpage or call 206-682-9541.

Statewide Gathering of AAA Advisory Councils & State Council on Aging

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

This annual event is sponsored by the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (w4a) and attended by invitation only for the Advisory Council members of the local AAAs and members of the State Council on Aging. Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services should contact Gigi Meinig for details (206-684-0652). For additional information, contact w4a@agingwashington.org.

Washington State Senior Lobby Legislative Reception

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

For more information about the Washington State Senior Lobby's annual fall legislative reception, visit the Washington State Senior Lobby website.

Washington State Senior Citizens' Foundation 2012 Fall Conference

Friday, October 26, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

This annual conference will cover topics such as 2013 legislation, revenue, changes in Medicare and Medicaid, health care reform implementation, nutrition, access to justice, and public transportation for seniors. Governor Christine Gregoire and other well-known speakers are featured. The conference will again be covered by TVW. Registration is required: $45 seniors and volunteers and $110 professionals (service providers and agency and organizational representatives). Visit the Washington State Senior Lobby website for registration information.

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.

Exploring the Landscape of Aging: Transitions & Choices

Thursdays, November 1 & November 8, 2012, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Despite changes both physical and emotional, finding resilience is critical to accepting the changes and oftentimes accepting help. This two-part workshop will consider the normal changes that occur during one's aging. Session 1 will explore health and safety considerations, managing chronic illness, medications, driving, and mood changes. Session 2 will explore the choices for either staying in your home or knowing when to move to a supportive living environment. Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW, with clinical practice in care for older adults, both in community and residential settings for more than 20 years. Donation suggested. For more information, call 206-297-0875, e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

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.

Special Birthday Luncheon for 90+

Monday, November 5, 2012, 12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Nonagenarians, centenrians, and their friends and families are invited to celebrate those who have entered their ninth decade and beyond. $5 per person. For more information, call 206-297-0875, e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Loving Someone Who Has Dementia

Mondays, November 5 & December 3, 2012, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

This support group, held on the first Monday of every month, is open to family members who care for a loved one with dementia. Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief must be read before attending. This support group will enable family members the opportunity to better handle the ambiguous loss associated with this caregiving. Facilitated by Carin Mack. Class minimum 3, maximum 12. Free but advance registration is mandatory—call 206-297-0875 or e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org.

Vulnerable Adult Abuse Conference

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Criminal Justice Training Center
19010 First Ave. S, Burien

"Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities: A Focus on Our Diverse Communities" is the theme of Washington State's 9th Annual Conference on Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities. $75 per person. Register online before October 31. For more information, contact Shelley Fraley, King County Prosecutor's Office (Shelley.Fraley@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-9010).

Honoring Our Veterans Thanksgiving Luncheon

Friday, November 9, 2012, 12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Honor veterans at the Greenwood Senior Center's annual Thanksgiving meal. $5 per person plus a food bank donation. Sponsored by the GSC Social Committee. Call 206-297-0875 to reserve your place. For more information, e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

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.

3rd Annual Local Giving Fair

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Celebrate the true spirit of the holidays and support local, vital projects by donating dollars in honor of family and friends. Learn about the important work of 20 local nonprofit organizations that represent needs in our community, including shelter, safety, education, justice, sustenance, support and skills. Make a donation and you will receive a lovely card and impact statement to give to a loved one during the holidays. Music and refreshments make this an event to remember. For more information, e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Healthy Comfort Foods: Fall Cooking Class

Monday, November 19, 2012, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Fall is the time to prepare our bodies and build up our immunity for the cold winter months to come. We also feel the need to eat more comforting and warming foods. Led by holistic health coach Brianna Moulton, participants will prepare and taste a pear butternut squash soup, baked veggies with reduced balsamic vinegar, and a healthy version of warm apple crisp. $10/PNA Member and $12/Public. Advance registration is mandatory—call 206-297-0875 or e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org.