March Calendar

It's Not Your Mother's Bingo Game Anymore!

If you have a good sense of humor and like a rowdy crowd, it may be time to check out bingo at your local senior center. What you're likely to find is dozens—or even hundreds—of young people having the time of their lives. Here are several opportunities to join the fun, build community, and support programs and services for older adults:

  • Southeast Seattle: Don a grass skirt (or come as you are) for the Rainbow Bingo Tiki Luau on Friday 3/8 (6-9 p.m.) at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center. Ticket includes 12 bingo games and dinner: $17 advance—pay by credit card online or at their front desk—or $20 at the door. Drinks sold separately. Food by Tutta Bella and beer by Columbia City Alehouse. Entertainment by the fabulous Sylvia O'Stayformore. The Center is located 4655 S Holly St, Seattle (tel. 206-722-0317).
  • West Seattle: Sylvia O'Stayformore is also a regular caller for Rainbow Bingo in West Seattle. For more information, call 206-932-4044, or visit the Senior Center of West Seattle webpage.
  • Greenwood: Northeast Seattle residents play bingo to win, and sing onstage or just sing along, at the Greenwood Senior Center's Bingo Karaoke night. Register online for the Friday, March 29, event (7 p.m.).

 

Does Aging Have A Future?

Wednesdays, March 6–27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

When did "aging" become a separate phase of life? What was it like being old several centuries ago? We’ll explore how ideas and images about aging have changed and developed over time. Join lifelong educator Marguerite Langlois and others to share how we are creating and changing what it means to age. $15 full series / $5 individual sessions. Pre-registration required. Call 206-782-8660 or visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org for more information.

ADS Advisory Council Forum: Good Food, Good Health, Good Life on a Budget

Friday, March 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St., Seattle

The Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services and United Way of King County invite you to enjoy lunch and an opportunity to explore the challenges of eating healthy when resources are scarce. Learn the connection between good health as we age and the food we eat; unravel food myths; explore options for obtaining healthy foods when your budget is busted; make a difference—learn about opportunities to engage with United Way's efforts to fight hunger; and sign up for information about Hunger Awareness Week (March 25–30). Lunch is generously provided by United Way of King County. Although the event and lunch are free, you must RSVP at 206-722-0317 or sessc@seniorservices.org.

Free 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.

Seniors Training Seniors: Publishing a Book Online

Monday, March 11, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Have you ever thought about writing a book? You can realize that dream by learning the capabilities of MS Word. This class will give you the tools for writing and show you opportunities for publishing. Instructor William McPherson has authored two books. Prerequisites: computer familiarity and typing skills. $8 Greenwood Senior Center/Phinney Neighborhood Association members / $10 public. Sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call Patti at 206-684-0639.

Alzheimer's Café—new location!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Ampersand Pantry and Café
424 N 85th St., Seattle

In February, the popular Alzheimer's Café—a café for people with memory loss and their care partners—moved to a new location (formerly at Mae's Café). Always held the 2nd Tuesday of the month, the Alzheimer's Café provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment—without judgment or expectations, just support. No cost other than the food (soup, sandwich, dessert, coffee, beer and/or wine) that is ordered. Parking is available at the nearby Greenwood Senior Center, in the neighborhood or at the Bank of America lot west of the café. The Alzheimer's Café is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association's Greenwood Senior Center. For more information, call Carin Mack at 206-297-0875.

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.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building
810 3rd Ave. (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to meet Dannette R. Smith, director of the Seattle Human Services Department. The coffee hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn more about programs and services and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Friday, March 22, 2013, 11:00–12 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens and Greenwood Senior Center invite you to meet Jean Mathisen, AARP Washington Fraud Fighter Call Center project director. The coffee hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn more about programs and services and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Diabetes Management: Winter Support Group

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Looking for support in managing diabetes? Join Jenny Palu, RN and others at a free support group to share your experiences with diabetes. Anyone affected by diabetes is invited. This is a partnership between Greenwood Senior Center and Neighborcare. For more information, visit www.greenwoodseniorcenter.org or call 206-782-8660.

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. See article in this issue. $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). See article in this issue. For more information and to register, call 206-529-3894, e-mail DiscoveryConf2013@alzwa.org, or visit the conference webpage.

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. See article in this issue. For more information, call 206-432-8211, e-mail herenow@fryemuseum.org, or visit the Frye Museum event page.

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).

2013 American Diabetes Association EXPO

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Pl (8th & Pike), Seattle

The free EXPO will include health screenings, cooking demos, products and services of exhibitors as well as presentations by leading experts on preventing and managing diabetes. For more information or to register online, click here.

Round Table Series for Field of Aging Professionals

April 18, 2013, time TBA
Senior Services
2208 2nd Ave., Seattle

The April roundtable discussion group and workshop for professionals in the field of aging will discuss End-of-Life: Spiritual Resiliency. Prior to each monthly Round Table which, participants receive an article to read that will provide the framework for the group discussion. Sponsored by Senior Services and led by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information about the series, including the meeting time, call 206-799-7108 or e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org.

Gotta Dance (special movie screening)

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:30 p.m. reception & 7:00 p.m. screening
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave., Seattle

Save the date! In celebration of 2013 Older Americans Month, the Healthy Aging Partnership (HAP) invites you to attend a special screening of Gotta Dance, an award-winning documentary about the first-ever, senior hip-hop dance team. "Unleash the Power of Age" at this free reception, movie screening, and brief follow-up program. Pre-registration required (available next month). For more information, contact any HAP steering committee member: Janet Ceballos, Susan Dailey, Cecily Kaplan, Karen Winston or Jessica Wong. Who says you can't hip-hop if you're 80 years old?

A Conversation About Life with David Shields

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Phinney Neighborhood Association, Jewish Family Service, Temple Beth Am, Congregation Beth Shalom and Santoro's Books present David Shields, a New York Times bestselling author and faculty at the University of Washington, who will read from his books The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead and How Literature Saved My Life. The event is free, followed by a reception and book signing.

Alzheimer's Association 2013 Early Stage Memory Loss Forum

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Seattle (location TBA)

Register now for Navigation: Pathways to Help and Hope, a forum specifically designed for and limited to people who have mild memory loss due to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease, and other related dementias. Pre-registration is required (not available on the day of the forum). The location of the forum will be provided with registration. For more information, call Anita at 206-363-5500, ext. 507 or 1-800-848-7-97, ext. 507.

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.

Special Invitation: List Your May 2013 Event in the Older Americans Month Calendar

May is Older Americans Month. 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.