January Calendar

Supporting Your Parents Long-Distance

Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7:00–9:00 p.m.           
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Ave., Seattle

It can be stressful to live far from our parents. How do we manage crisis and other practical issues? What if other family members are also involved? Join us for a frank and thought-provoking discussion. Part of the Caring for Our Aging Parents series. Space is limited. $15/person at the door, $10 in advance. For more information and to RSVP, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784 or e-mail familylife@jfsseattle.org.

Senior Coffee Hour: Keeping Your Home, Body, and Wallet Healthier

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–12 noon
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St., Seattle

Come to this special senior coffee hour with Alain Rhone, the Senior Information and Assistance Advocate in the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. Hosted by the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Dance for Parkinson's Classes

Thursdays, January 10–February 28, 2013, 11:00–12:30 p.m.
Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St., Seattle

Saturdays, January 12–March 2, 2013, 11:00–12:30 p.m.
Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland

Mondays, February 25—April 15, 2013, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Des Moines Senior Center, 2045 S 216th St., Des Moines

Dance for Parkinson's offers dance classes for people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers. Each eight-week series of classes uses dance, live music, and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. Working with professional dancers trained in the Dance or PD® method, participants explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, and stimulating. Whether seated or standing, people with Parkinson's disease, their caregivers and friends will enjoy this creative and welcoming environment. No dance experience necessary. Register for the Seattle and Des Moines series at www.nwpf.org/programs.aspx or call 1-877-980-7500. Register for the Kirkland series at www.evergreenhealth.com/classes or call 425-899-3000.

The Full Continuum of Hoarding

Friday, January 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Renton Housing Authority
2900 NE 10th St., Renton

This training will educate professionals about hoarding disorder—its causes, genetic links, risk factors, and its impacts on families, friends, and communities. Participants will discuss a framework for understanding and working with clients who hoard and the importance of collaborative work with professionals from multiple disciplines. Assessment and both short- and long-term strategies will also be covered. For more information, contact Susan Dailey at 425-226-1850 x 284 or visit www.rentonhousing.org/hoarding.

What Can The VA Do For You?

Monday, January 14, 2013, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

The VA's Geriatrics and Extended Care programs provide services for veterans who may be chronically ill, disabled, elderly, or unable to live alone. Do you know about the VA aide and attendant program?  In this workshop you will learn about what resources the VA has to offer. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Round Table Discussion Group: Apathy in Alzheimer's Disease

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Ave., Seattle

In January, the Round Table Discussion Group for professionals in the field of aging will discuss apathy. Participants receive an article to read prior to each monthly roundtable event, providing a framework for the group discussion. To reserve your seat or for more information, contact facilitator Barbara Green, MSW (206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.org).

Senior Coffee Hour: City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st floor Conference Room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Come to a conversation with Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
City University
Bellevue

This seminar will provide information specific to those who may be experiencing memory loss and dementia. The program, for both those affected with memory loss and their family member/support person, will provide education and supportive discussion on topics such as medical causes and treatments, future planning and communication strategies. Pre-registration is required. Call Anita at 206-529-3868 or 1-800-848-7097, ext. 229, to register and/or for more information.

Current Exercise Concepts for People with Parkinson's Disease

Friday, January 18, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Learn about exercises specifically tailored to people with Parkinson's and about physical therapy programs that help improve walking, mobility, and flexibility. Take the opportunity to practice these exercises in the class. Speaker Tim Pazier, a physical therapist, is an expert clinician certified in both Lee Silverman Voice Training BIG for Parkinson's Therapist and Parkinson's Wellness Recovery. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Senior Coffee Hour: Staying Safe—A Conversation on Crime Prevention

Wednesday, January 22, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Four Freedoms House of Seattle Senior Community
747 N 135th St., Seattle

Come to this special senior coffee hour with Terrie Johnston, Crime Prevention Coordinator, Seattle Police Department. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Register Now: Caregivers Class in University District

Thursdays, January 24–February 28, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
University Presbyterian Church
4540 15th Ave. NE, Seattle

This free six-week course will provide tools for caregivers to care for themselves while caregiving for a friend, spouse or parent in their home, nursing home or across the miles. Attendees are requested to attend all six classes as each class builds on the next. Space is limited and registration is required. Call Marsha at 206-522-0183 or Karen at 425-438-0452.

Our Aging Brains Workshop

Monday, January 28, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Join holistic health coach Hollis Giammatteo at this workshop for members of the Boomer generation and older who are concerned about maintaining brain health. Learn about brain fitness exercises, foods that support brain health and the impact of stress on the brain. Get the information and confidence you need to promote your own brain health. Healthy snacks provided! For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Difficult Behaviors: Responding to Depression, Mental Illness & Substance Abuse

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7:00–9:00 p.m.           
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Ave., Seattle

As parents age, they often experience major life changes, including health concerns, reduced income or the death of a loved one. When these changes coincide with depression, mental illness, or substance abuse, parents may resist help or become overly demanding. Learn how to recognize these behaviors and help your parents find the support they need. Part of the Caring for Our Aging Parents series (see January 8 above and February 19, below). Space is limited. $15/person at the door, $10 in advance. For more information and to RSVP, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784 or e-mail familylife@jfsseattle.org.

Why Do They Do THAT? Understanding Symptoms and Behaviors in Dementia

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
Cedarbrook Lodge
18525 36th Ave S., SeaTac

This day-long seminar will focus on signs, symptoms, and behaviors of dementia, as well as understanding of the various forms of dementia, with the goals of reducing caregiver distress, meeting needs, and fostering positive care outcomes. For more information, visit www.leadingagewa.org or call 253-964-8870.

A Holistic Living Will

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Join elder law attorney Jamie Clausen and others in a discussion of end-of-life decision-making, including creating a holistic living will and advanced healthcare directives. Hear about the legal issues that come with growing older, how to make arrangements for long term care, and how to deal with health care challenges such as long term disability. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Take It To Heart: Nutrition For Cardio Health

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Ever wonder if eggs are good or bad for your cholesterol? How much salt is too much? Join Megan Moore, RD, CD to explore myths and strategies for improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Gain recipes and wellness tips, and sign up for a complimentary individual nutrition consultation. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Save the Date! Coming From The Heart: A Workshop On Compassion

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Focus on living a compassionate life. Explore non-violent communication with Moreah Vestan, compassionate communication trainer, life coach, and columnist, as special guest Gen Kelsang Jampa, American Buddhist Monk and NKT-IKBU US National Spiritual Director. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org.

Save the Date! Senior Coffee Hour: Scams and Identity Theft

Thursday, February 7, 2012, 11:00 a.m. –12 noon
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St., Seattle

Come to a special senior coffee hour with Jean Mathisen, AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center Coordinator, on scams and identity theft. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, February 8, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council 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, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council or contact Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Register Now! Powerful Tools for Caregivers in South King County

Tuesdays, February 12–March 13, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Fidelis Clinic
1412 SW 43rd St., Renton

Senior Services and Jewish Family Services offer a free 6 week evidenced-based class for family caregivers in South King County starting February 12. Topics include stress management, communication skills, dealing with difficult decisions, navigating emotions, and honoring yourself. The class goal is to help set healthy boundaries, recognize and communicate your needs as a caregiver, and take care of yourself so you can in turn better care for your family member. (This is not a class on learning to lift or do personal care.) Class space is limited so registration is required. You will receive a free book, The Caregiver Helpbook, as part of the class. Contact Sally Friedman at 206-727-6260 or sallyf@seniorservices.org.

Kinship Navigator and Collaboration RFI  Information Session

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave. S, Seattle

ADS has issued a Request for Investment (RFI) for the King County Kinship Navigator and Kinship Collaboration programs. The RFI is posted at www.seattle.gov/humanservices/funding/. The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. For more information, see the article in the January issue of AgeWise King County, come to the RFI Information Session, or contact Doug Ricker at 206-684-0292 or doug.ricker@seattle.gov.

Save the Date: A Teamwork Approach to Caring for Your Parents

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:00–9:00 p.m.           
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Ave., Seattle

Part of the Caring for Our Aging Parents series (see January 8 and 29, above). Space is limited. $15/person at the door, $10 in advance. For more information and to RSVP, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784 or e-mail familylife@jfsseattle.org.

Save the Date: Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby 2013 Lobby Day

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Ave. SE, Olympia

For more information, visit www.waseniorlobby.org or contact Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207 or info@waseniorlobby.org.

Save the Date: Senior Coffee Hour with Jesse Eller, Aging and Disability Services

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st floor Conference Room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Come to a conversation with Jesse Eller, Director of Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday March 8, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council 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, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council or contact Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Save the Date: Financial Fitness Day 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle

Come to Financial Fitness Day for free help preparing your tax return (eligibility limits apply), printing a free credit report, opening a checking or savings account, screening for citizenship applications and fee waivers, applying for public benefits (food, utilities, child care, health insurance), and shredding financial documents. Free one-on-one help on money issues is available, as well as free financial and job readiness workshops. Door prizes! On bus routes #7, #39 and #42. Register in advance if you need child care, language interpretation or other accommodations. For more information and what to bring, visit the Financial Fitness Day website or call 888-864-8549.

Save the Date: 28th Annual Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Friday, April 5, 2013
Washington State Convention Center
Downtown Seattle

For more information, visit www.alzwa.org or call 206-363-5500.

Planning Ahead: 2013 Older Americans Month

Every year since 1963, May has been a month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. The Administration on Aging recently announced the theme for Older Americans Month 2013: Unleash the Power of Age.

Think about ways that you or your organization can help Unleash the Power of Age. Plan special recognition or celebration of older adults who are active and influential in your community, or who share talents, wisdom, and life experience with their families, friends and neighbors. Develop new opportunities for older adults to volunteer their time their time and talent. Help our elders stay positive, active, and looking forward.

For more information, visit the AoA Older Americans Month webpage. Please send information about May 2013 activities and events for older Seattle-King County residents to editor@agewisekingcounty.org.