April Calendar

List Your 2013 Older Americans Month Events Here!
May is Older Americans Month. This year's theme is Unleash the Power of Age. If you or your organization plans an event or special recognition for older Seattle-King County residents in May 2013, e-mail details to editor@agewisekingcounty.org by Monday, April 22, so it can be included in the May issue of AgeWise King County. For inspiration, visit www.olderamericansmonth.org.


Senior Coffee Hour with Jean Mathisen, AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center Coordinator

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Ballard Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. NW, Seattle

Join the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens and friends from across the city to learn more about fraud and scams. Senior coffee hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn more about City 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.

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 the March 2013 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 Living 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 $180 for professionals, $70 for unpaid family caregivers. See article in the March 2013 issue. For more information and to register, call 206-529-3894, e-mail DiscoveryConf2013@alzwa.org, or visit the conference webpage

Film Series: Positive Images of Aging

Friday, April 5, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Join friends at the Greenwood Senior Center and watch "Age Old Friends," a film about the fight for independence and dignity in old age. This free film series—facilitated by Ruth McCormick—includes movie, discussion, and snacks. Future offerings (1st Fridays) include "Goodnight, Mister Tom" (May) and "The Visitor" (June). For film details, call 206-297-0875. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Seattle City Hall Open House

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle City Hall
601 5th Ave., Seattle

Join Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, the Seattle City Council, and City Attorney Pete Holmes at City Hall. Enjoy an acrobatic performance by SANCA (11:00 a.m.) and the Massive Monkees Dance Crew (12:00 noon), live music, adoptable dogs and critters, and family activities as you meet your elected officials, tour City Hall offices, and learn about the work of City departments. Refreshments available from local food trucks. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/openhouse2013.

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 the March 2013 issue. For more information, call 206-432-8211, e-mail herenow@fryemuseum.org, or visit the Frye Museum event page

End-of-life Planning Discussion (Vietnamese Community)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Peter Claver House
7101 38th Ave. S, Seattle

Providence Hospice of Seattle invites members of the Vietnamese community to a free end-of-life planning workshop. Learn how to talk with loved ones about how they would want to spend their final days. Make sure their wishes are written down using The Five Wishes, a form (legal in Washington) that helps guide families through planning for end-of-life care. There are no right or wrong answers, just individual wishes. This workshop coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day. For more information, contact Lisa Nelson (206-320-4000 or Lisa.Nelson@providence.org) or go to www.providence.org/hospiceofseattle.

End-of-life Planning Discussion

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Providence Hospice of Seattle
425 Pontius Ave. N, Suite 300, Seattle

Providence Hospice of Seattle invites you to attend one of two free end-of-life planning workshops (April 9 or April 17) at their South Lake Union office. Learn how to talk with loved ones about how they would want to spend their final days, using The Conversation Project's innovative family-friendly curriculum, and how to make sure their wishes are written down. This workshop coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day. For more information, contact Lisa Nelson (206-320-4000 or Lisa.Nelson@providence.org) or go to www.providence.org/hospiceofseattle.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Join friends at the Phinney Center for a monthly conversation (2nd Wednesdays) about aging, offered in partnership with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. The April 10 topic is "The Surprises of Aging—Who knew it would be like this? What have you learned?" Led by a trained facilitator from the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

"The Gathering Place" Open House

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Come to this open house to learn about The Gathering Place, a program for those living with Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) that includes activities to strengthen and engage both mind and body. Participants meet weekly (Thursdays 1–4 p.m.) for socializing; sharing; exercise (e.g., yoga, qi gong, line dancing); creative exploration via visual and performing arts; creative and cognitive stimulation using games, puzzles, and other activities; and refreshments. Participation offers structure, meaning, and purpose. Developed by Carin Mack, MSW and Mari Becker, MSW, the program has been running for two year. Screening is required before participation. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc.

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).

Nomination Deadline: 2013 Inspire Positive Aging Award

Friday, April 12, 2013

Do you have an aging mentor—an older friend or family member who has served as a role model for active aging and inspired you to age well? Join Senior Services in recognizing inspiring seniors in our community. The award recipient receives two roundtrip domestic airline tickets to a destination of his/her choice and a free one-year senior center membership. The winning nominator will receive a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. The Inspire Award winner will be announced at Senior Services' Annual Spring Breakfast on May 8. For entry form, rules, and information about past winners, click here or call 206-727-6261.

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

Thursday, 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.

Senior Coffee Hour with Don Jordan, Seattle Animal Shelter

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
810 3rd Ave. (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

Come to this popular coffee hour to learn how the Seattle Animal Shelter fosters safe, healthy and caring relationships between people and animals in our community. Senior coffee hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn more about City 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.

Low-Vision Technology Open House

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
SightConnection
9709 3rd Ave. NE, Suite 100, Seattle

Come to this open house to participate in hands-on demonstrations of the latest technology available for people with low vision, which can help those with low-vision read, write, see loved ones, and enjoy hobbies again. A local Enhanced Vision representative will be on hand to answer questions. RSVP by calling 800-458-4888. For more information, visit www.sightconnection.com.

Register Now: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Thursdays, April 25–May 30, 2013, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Register well in advance for this free six-week evidence-based course for family caregivers, presented by Carin Mack, MSW & Marie Adan. The curriculum provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. Class limit of 13 participants. The Caregiver Helpbook will be available for purchase. Registration required (call 206-297-0875). For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Medications and the Older Adult

Monday, April 29, 2013, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle

This workshop will introduce professionals in the field of aging to problems of polypharmacy, developing good medication management protocols, and knowing when to utilize the skills and services of a professional pharmacist. This class will cover the basics of medications for older adults for pain, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Led by Peggy Odegard, PharmD, UW Professor & Chair Department of Pharmacy, the program has been approved for 2.5 CEUs by the NASW Washington State chapter (for licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors); complies with WSNA for Continuing Nursing Education for individuals whose professional nursing practice is in the field of gerontology; and meets accreditation standards for Professional Guardian Board for "general" credits. Program Fee: $45. For more information, contact Barbara Green (206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

End-of-life Planning Discussion

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Providence Mount St. Vincent
4831 35th Ave. SW, West Seattle

Providence Hospice of Seattle invites you to attend one of two free end-of-life planning workshops (April 9 or April 17) at their South Lake Union office. Learn how to talk with loved ones about how they would want to spend their final days, using "Advanced Planning: 5 Essential Documents You Need to Know About" and how to make sure their wishes are written down. This workshop coincides with National Healthcare Decisions Day. For more information, contact Lisa Nelson (206-320-4000 or Lisa.Nelson@providence.org) or go to www.providence.org/hospiceofseattle or www.providence.org/themount.

Register Now! Six-Week Course on Finding Meaning in Our Lives

Wednesdays, May 1–June 5, 2013, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Horizon House
900 University St., Seattle

Elderwise invites you to participate in a free six-week, co-facilitated conversation group on Finding Meaning in Our Lives at Horizon House, in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. Pre-registration is required—RSVP with a message by calling 206-774-6606 or sending e-mail to consciousaging@elderwise.org. For more information, visit www.elderwise.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?

Film Series: Positive Images of Aging

Friday, May 3, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Join friends at the Greenwood Senior Center and watch "Goodnight, Mister Tom," a film about the enduring bond and friendship between a WWI veteran and a London orphan, starting at the beginning of WWII. This free film series—facilitated by Ruth McCormick—includes movie, discussion, and snacks. Future offerings (1st Fridays) include "The Visitor" (June). For film details, call 206-297-0875. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Senior Coffee Hour: Keeping Your Homes, Wallets, and Bodies Healthier

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2801 S Jackson St., Seattle

Come to this community coffee hour for seniors to talk with Alain Rhone, the Senior Information & Assistance Advocate in the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens, about "Little Known Resources:  Keeping Your Homes, Wallets, and Bodies Healthier." For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Join friends at the Phinney Center for a monthly conversation (2nd Wednesdays) about aging, offered in partnership with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. The May 8 topic is "Looking Forward—Sharing what we still want to create and experience in our lives and ways to make it happen." Led by a trained facilitator from the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

Brain Health: Mild Cognitive Impairment

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Mild Cognitive Impairment is a transition stage or border zone between the mild cognitive changes associated with normal aging and the more substantial problems caused by dementia. Dr. Rebecca Logsdon, a clinical psychologist in gerontology and geriatrics at the University of Washington, will discuss the symptoms of this condition as well as strategies for handling them at this free event. To register, call  206-783-2244. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Caregiving Begins with You

Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center-Multipurpose Room
10201 E Riverside Dr., Bothell

Come to an informative and enlightening workshop for unpaid family caregivers and take home tools for coping with the complex issues and emotions of caregiving. Identify the signs of caregiver distress and the ways to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. Wendy Lustbader, MSW, national speaker on caregiver issues, University of Washington professor and co-author of Taking Care of Aging Family Members, will use storytelling to address concerns common among family members and friends who help adults with activities of daily living. Free. Co-presented by the Northshore Senior Center and Alzheimer's Association of Western and Central Washington. Pre-register by contacting Nikki Bagli (425-948-7183 or nikkib@seniorservices.org).

May Flowers Luncheon and Fashion Show

Friday, May 10, 2013, 12:00 noon
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Bring in the spring season in style! Attend the Greenwood Senior Center's annual fashion show and watch members strut their stuff on the catwalk, while enjoying delicious food. Admission $5 (proceeds benefit the Discovery Shop) plus a food bank donation. All clothing available for purchase. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage. RSVP for the luncheon at 206-297-0875.

Senior Coffee Hour: Medicare & Medicaid Services

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Seattle Center Armory (Center House)
305 Harrison St., Room H, Seattle

John T. Hammarlund, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is special guest at the May 16 community coffee hour at Seattle Center, sponsored by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. Bring your questions and concerns. For a map, click here. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.]

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island

Finding the time to focus on your future is particularly important for women, who generally have more years to cover in retirement with fewer resources. Join AARP Washington and Aging and Disability Services for a community forum designed by and for women who want to build a successful life strategy for the future. This is a free educational forum and information fair, not a sales presentation. Participants will receive valuable planning tools and resources. Lunch is provided. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit http://aarp.cvent.com/WomentoWomenMercerIsland.

Spring into Bed Work Party

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center Garden
525 N 85th St., Seattle

"Spring into Bed" is a citywide garden-build day that was initiated in 2010 to build and celebrate a thriving, local, just food system for all. Greenwood Senior Center will participate by planting starts and seeds outside. Free to participate—snacks provided but bring your own lunch. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage. RSVP at 206-297-0875. Note: Other Spring into Bed work sites include High Point and Redmond. Visit the Just Garden website for information about ways you can get involved.

Latina Health Fair

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
South Park Community Center
8319 8th Ave. S, Seattle

The Latina Health Fair is an annual community-based, culturally and linguistically appropriate event hosted by Sea Mar Community Health Centers that provides health and community resource information and health screenings to the Latina/o community, helps eliminate health disparities and promote health equity, and encourages healthy behaviors among Latinas of all ages and their families (such as healthy eating, physical activity, and accessing preventative screenings and care). Free and open to the general public. For more information, contact Ismenia Gaviria at 206-764-8045 x40045 or LatinaHealthFair@seamarchc.org.

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. Get your free ticket at www.davidshields.brownpapertickets.com.

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), or visit the event webpage.

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care

Monday, June 3, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S  Tukwila

See Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving in this issue. To request a full brochure and registration materials, call toll-free 1-800-422-3263 (360-725-2544) or e-mail caregivingconference@dshs.wa.gov.

Film Series: Positive Images of Aging

Friday, June 7, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Join friends at the Greenwood Senior Center and watch "The Visitor," a film that focuses on a lonely middle-aged man whose life changes when faces identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication issues in New York City following 9/11. This free "1st Fridays" film series—facilitated by Ruth McCormick—includes movie, discussion, and snacks. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Insight: A Low Vision Expo 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Impressionist Claude Monet's story of low vision rehabilitation will be featured at SightConnection’s fourth annual Insight: A Low Vision Expo. Keynote speaker Dr. Imran A. Khan will explore what we can learn today from Monet's altered reality and functional adaptation. The expo will also feature an all-day assistive technology learning lab with devices designed to overcome low vision impairments when accomplishing tasks of everyday living as well as informative topic break-out discussions, Q&A with eye doctors, and a vendor fair. Entry fee includes a box lunch: $20 by May 31st or $25 at the door. To register, call toll-free 800-458-4888, e-mail events@sightconnection.org, or visit www.sightconnection.org.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Join friends at the Phinney Center for a monthly conversation (2nd Wednesdays) about aging, offered in partnership with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. The June 12 topic is "Living Our Legacy—How do you want to be remembered?" Led by a trained facilitator from the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

Save the Date: A Day of Learning at Seattle University

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Seattle University

The Northwest Center for Creative Aging presents four dynamic classes (TBD) at A Day of Learning at Seattle University. Participants choose one class, providing two-hours of instruction, and join professors for lunch in cafeteria at noon. For more information, contact the Rebecca Crichton, Northwest Center for Creative Aging, at rebeccajcrichton@gmail.com.

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.

Save the Date: Working Together for Elder Friendly Futures

Wednesday & Thursday, September 11 & 12, 2013

What does the future hold for older adults? How can we work together to create a future in which all older people can thrive? This UW Gerontology conference includes topics such as Community Innovations to Support Aging in Place, Transitions across Care Settings to Promote Well-being, State of the Science:  Maintaining and Enhancing Wellness, and Unpackaging the Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for your Practice, Research or Teaching? For more information, visit www.elderfriendlyfutures.org and sign on to the mailing list.