February Calendar

PNA Village Informational Sessions

The PNA Village is holding informational sessions for anyone interested in learning more about its programs and services or the village concept (i.e., grassroots member organizations that coordinate access to affordable services, including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and other day-to-day needs that enable individuals to age in place). Dates include:

  • Wednesdays (2 p.m.) at Greenwood Senior Center: February 20, March 20
  • Saturdays (9 a.m.) at Greenwood Senior Center: February 23, March 23
  • Wednesdays (2 p.m.) at the Phinney Center: April 17, May 15, June 19
  • Saturdays (9 a.m.) at the Phinney Center: April 20, May 18, June 22

Greenwood Senior Center is located at 525 N 85th St. in Seattle. The Phinney Center is located at 6532 Phinney Ave. N, also in Seattle. Please e-mail village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217 in advance. Rides are available.

Social Security 101: Everything You Wanted to Know

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Ave. NE, Redmond

Come to a free workshop by Kirk Larson, Social Security Western Washington, to learn about retirement benefits, eligibility requirements, early retirement, survivor benefits, and Medicare, disability, and spousal benefits. For more information, call the Eastside Legal Assistance Program (sponsors) at 425-747-7274.

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 well 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.

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).

Neighbor Appreciation Day

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Neighborhoods throughout Seattle

Neighbor Appreciation Day was founded in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate "a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other." This year we celebrate its 19th anniversary by reaching out to new neighbors and expressing thanks for the neighbors who make a difference in our lives. Special events are planned throughout the city. For ideas on ways you and your neighbors can celebrate, visit the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' Neighbor Appreciation Day website.

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.

King County Property Tax Day—Have You Looked at Benefit Programs Yet?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

State law provides two tax benefit programs for seniors and adults with disabilities: property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. Yet more than 26,000 qualified residents have yet to register for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for deferrals are currently enrolled. Read more about both programs in Two Property Tax Benefit Programs for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities. Applications are available online.

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 4:00 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.

The Women Who Paved the Way: 50th Anniversary of the Women's Movement

Tuesdays, February 19 & 26, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Participate in this two-part program and discussion in honor of the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and the start of the Women's Movement. Bring your thoughts, experiences, and questions as we explore this social movement in order to understand the struggle that took place, acknowledge where we are today, and look at Third Wave Feminists, our daughters and granddaughters. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc.

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

Sometimes "it takes a village" to care for a frail or ailing older person. A care team might include a spouse, adult children, other relatives, friends and neighbors. Join us to learn how to keep sibling and other family relationships strong throughout the process. Bring the whole family to this interactive workshop! Facilitated by Jane Relin, MSW, LICSW. Space is limited. $15/person at the door, $10 in advance. Special team rate $25/family of 3 or more. For more information and to RSVP, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784 or e-mail familylife@jfsseattle.org.

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.

Round Table Series for Aging Field Professionals

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 Second Ave., Seattle

If you are a professional in the field of aging, join the Round Table Discussion Group that meets on the third Thursday of the month at Senior Services. Led by Barbara Green, MSW, the February topic is Creativity: Creative Arts and Brain Health. For more information about the ongoing schedule, call 206-799-7108 or e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org.

Senior Coffee Hour with City Attorney Pete Holmes

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

The next Senior Coffee Hour sponsored by the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens will feature City Attorney Pete Holmes, who represents the City of Seattle in lawsuits, prosecutes municipal infractions and misdemeanors, advises City officials, and oversees a team of 90 attorneys. 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: Round Table Series for Aging Field Professionals

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 Second Ave., Seattle

If you are a professional in the field of aging, join the Round Table Discussion Group that meets on the third Thursday of the month at Senior Services.  Led by Barbara Green, MSW, the March topic is Family Caregiving: Elderly Parents and Adult Dependent Children. For more information about the ongoing schedule, call 206-799-7108 or e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org.

John Zeisel: A New Philosophy of Alzheimer's Care

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Town Hall (enter on Seneca St.)
1119 8th Ave, Seattle

Come hear John Zeisel, PhD, author of "I'm Still Here: A Breakthrough Approach to Understanding Someone Living with Alzheimer's," talk about the challenges faced by individuals who care for a loved one who has Alzheimer's. Co-presented by Alzheimer's Association Western & Central Washington and Frye Art Museum here:now. $5 per person. For more information, visit the Town Hall event page or Frye Museum event page

Discovery 2013: 28th Annual Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Friday, April 5, 2013, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, 6th Floor
800 Convention Place, Seattle

Dr. John Zeisel, author of "I'm Still Here: A Breakthrough Approach to Understanding Someone with Alzheimer's" and pioneer of dementia-friendly communities, will keynote this year's conference, which is designed for professionals as well as family caregivers. Registration $150 for professionals, $50 for unpaid family caregivers (prices go up to $180/$70 after March 8). For more information and to register, call 206-529-3894, e-mail DiscoveryConf2013@alzwa.org, or visit the conference webpage.

Save the Date: Meet Me at the Frye and Make Memories

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11:30 a.m.
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave., Seattle

Introduced by Dr. John Zeisel, this film experience is designed specifically for people with memory loss and their care partners. Short clips from classic films are shown, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence. Free tickets may be picked up at the Frye Information Desk beginning at 11:00 a.m. on April 6. Free but limited seating—first come, first served. For directions, click here. For more information, call 206-432-8211, e-mail herenow@fryemuseum.org, or visit the Frye Museum event page.  

Save the Date: Northwest Universal Design Council

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 1610
700 5th Avenue (16th floor), Seattle

Whether you are interested in design features for your own home or a whole neighborhood, you are invited to attend the quarterly meeting of the Northwest Universal Design Council on April 11, which will feature a Seattle Housing Authority presentation on accessibility features in the Yesler Terrace redevelopment. There will also be time for networking with architects, builders, planners, members of the disability community, and Aging Network advocates. For more information, visit www.environmentsforall.org or contact Irene Stewart (206-684-0662).

Start Training! Sound Steps Lake Union Loop

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 7:00 a.m.
Gasworks Park
2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle

Mark your calendar for the Lake Union Loop—a 10K or half-marathon non-competitive walk for people age 50 and better. The distance depends on whether you circle the lake once or twice. Prizes, music and refreshment are all part of the fun. Start your training by checking out Sound Steps—call Mari Becker at 206-684-4664, e-mail sound.steps@seattle.gov or visit the Sound Steps website and blog. Photo courtesy of CareForce.

Planning Ahead: May is Older Americans Month

Since 1963, U.S. presidents have designated May as the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. This year's theme is Unleash the Power of Age. For inspiration, visit www.olderamericansmonth.org.

If you or your organization plans any event or special recognition for older Seattle-King County residents, e-mail details to editor@agewisekingcounty.org so it can be included in the Aging King County May calendar as well as the May issue of AgeWise King County.