Older Americans Month Calendar

May is Older Americans Month

Events below are listed for your inspiration. Get moving, stay connected, make a difference! Unleash the power of age!


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

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. Contact any HAP steering committee member to check on current ticket availability (limited): Janet Ceballos, Susan Dailey, Cecily Kaplan, Karen Winston or Jessica Wong. Who says you can't hip-hop if you're 80 years old?

Intensive Workshop: Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatric Care (series of three)

Fridays, May 3, 10 & 17, 2013, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services Lillian Rice Center
2208 Second Ave., Seattle

Work with older adults and their families presents a number of complex situations, often requiring extreme measures, such as pursuing guardianship or considering end-of-life options. This intensive workshop begins with an exploration of the meaning of ageism and how older adults may embody negative stereotypes. A discussion of guardianship from an attorney's perspective and the ethical duties as different from those of a social worker follows. Finally, the series will consider choices in withdrawing medical treatment and pursuing options for end-of-life care. Participants in this interactive workshop will explore basic "quality of life" discussions important to individuals, families, and professional practice. Workshop fee: $125. This program has been approved for six CEUs by NASW Washington State Chapter. It complies with WSNA for Continuing Nursing Education for individuals whose professional practice is in the field of gerontology. For more information, click here. To register, call 206-799-7108 or visit www.bgreenmsw.org/Register.html.

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.

Finances 50+

Tuesdays, May 7, 14 & 21, 2013, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
AARP Fraud Fighter Center
9750 Third Ave. NE, Suite 450, Seattle

The AARP Foundation and Charles Schwab Foundation invite you to attend Finances 50+, a free financial capability program for people age 50+ who are concerned about their financial security. This program helps older adults set goals and take action to protect assets, repair or rebuild credit, increase savings, and decrease debt. Three 90-minute sessions will focus on where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there; taking control of credit and debt; and building and protecting your assets. No products or services sold. For registration or more information, call 1-800-646-2283 or e-mail jmathisen@aarp.org.

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.

Inside a U.S. Embassy

Thursday: May 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 NE 4th Street, Bellevue

Endless Opportunities, a community-wide program of free educational, social, recreational and volunteer activities for adults age 60+, invites you to hear Jonathan Bensky, who served as a Foreign Service officer for 34 years in eight different posts, discuss the nuts and bolts of an embassy. Learn about an embassy's structure, organization and different responsibilities, and about the life of a Foreign Service agent. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206-461-3240 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org) by May 2.

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 Nikki Bagli (425-948-7183 or nikkib@seniorservices.org).

Health Care Reform: How Will It Affect You?

Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and the City of SeaTac invite you to attend a special forum on health care reform to learn how health care reform will impact seniors and people with disabilities in King County. Aaron Katz, principal lecturer at the University of Washington School of Public Health, will discuss how big picture changes in health care will affect seniors. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott will present how King County is preparing for changes in health care policy. Resource tables and staff will share information about health insurance and other programs. Lunch is provided but a reservation is required (call 206-973-4690 no later than Wednesday, May 8).

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.

Kinship Caregiver Celebration Week: Tool Kit Workshops

Monday, May 13, 2013 (see workshop times below)
Kinship Center
500 30th Avenue S, Seattle

Three workshops for kinship caregivers are available on the first day of this second annual Kinship Caregiver Celebration Week: 3rd Party Legal Custody (10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon), Education Advocacy (12:30–2:00 p.m.) and Money (5:30–7:30 p.m.). Learn how to navigate these systems and support the children and youth in your care. Register today by calling 206-445-1360 x253. For more information, e-mail Kinship Center director Kimberly Walker at kwalker@the-central.org or visit http://the-central.org/kinship-care.

Outing to Hillel with Artist Akiva Kenny Segan

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon
Hillel UW
4745 17th Ave. NE, Seattle

Endless Opportunities, a community-wide program of free educational, social, recreational and volunteer activities for adults age 60+, invites you to hear artist Akiva Segan, who will discuss his powerful mosaics and drawings, Under the Wings of G-D & Sightseeing with Dignity. Segan explores the Shoah and human rights respectively. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206-461-3240 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org) by May 7.

Kinship Caregiver Celebration Week: Fun Day

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Kinship Center
500 30th Avenue S, Seattle

Sign up for your choice of a free manicure, pedicure, hairstyle, or movies at a theater! Space is limited, so sign up today by calling 206-445-1360 x253. For more information, e-mail Kinship Center director Kimberly Walker at kwalker@the-central.org or visit http://the-central.org/kinship-care.

Senior Coffee Hour: An Update on the Status of Health Care Reform in Washington

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

Kinship Advocacy Tea

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Skyline Presbyterian Church
6301 Westgate Blvd., Tacoma

Are you a kinship caregiver? Does your work in the community include kinship families? Would it be helpful to learn more about kinship care? Come hear a panel of caregivers share their experiences, the work they have begun, and how you can get involved. Free. All are welcome! Childcare is available for ages 0-4 (must pre-register). RSVP to Kinship Navigator program coordinator Jesie Holden (253-565-4484 or jholden@hopesparks.org).

Kinship Caregiver Celebration Week: Open House

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Kinship Center
500 30th Avenue S, Seattle

Come by the Kinship Center to meet Ms. Washington Plus America 2013 and her friends (remember your camera), enjoy refreshments, and participate in a huge giveaway of gift cards, clothing, household items, and more. For more information, e-mail Kinship Center director Kimberly Walker at kwalker@the-central.org or visit http://the-central.org/kinship-care.

Kinship Caregiver Celebration Week: Talent Showcase

Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Kinship Center
500 30th Avenue S, Seattle

Kinship families, come share your talent! Singing, dancing, poetry, drama, whatever—come and share in the fun. Grand prize $100. For more information, e-mail Kinship Center director Kimberly Walker at kwalker@the-central.org or visit http://the-central.org/kinship-care.

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 & 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, click here.

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, 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. The fair 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 public. For more information, contact Ismenia Gaviria at 206-764-8045 x40045 or LatinaHealthFair@seamarchc.org.

Intro to Assistive Listening Technology & the Impact of Hearing Loss on Seniors

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 8:15–10:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Lakewood Community Center
9112 Lakewood Dr. SW, #121, Lakewood

CS-DHHRS, LLC is offering two continuing education classes for people serving adults with hearing loss. Introduction to Assistive Listening Technology discusses assistive listening technology that supports communication with people with hearing loss, with or without hearing aids. It also explores how service providers can educate others about assistive listening technology in a wide range of venues. Impact of Hearing loss on Seniors explores the bio/psycho/social impact of hearing loss on seniors, including consequences of untreated hearing loss, common misconceptions, and basic communication strategies that improve interpersonal relationships and ability to provide effective services. Cost: $30 for one class, $50 for both. Continued education credit is available. Register on the CS-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource Specialists continuing education webpage.

Cosmic Evolution of the Universe

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Ave., Seattle

Our universe began with a big bang 13.7 billion years ago. UW Professor Bruce Balick will portray the cosmic evolution of the Universe for the first 100 seconds of physical existence—long before carbon, water, iron, planets, stars, or life could have formed. He will summarize how scientists have made this determination. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206-461-3240 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org) by May 13.

Saying It Out Loud LGBT Conference

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline

The 2013 Saying It Out Loud LGBT conference "Many Victories: What’s Next?" will emphasize learning, growth and understanding of the best practices and relevant clinical services needed to support members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities. The conference is free; however, registration is required (and offered on a first-come, first-served basis). To register or to get more information, visit www.casat.unr.edu/dasa/siol2013.html.

Renton Housing Authority Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Renton Housing Authority
2900 NE 10th St., Renton

What better way to "Unleash the Power of Age!" during Older Americans Month? Renton Housing Authority is sponsoring a free Volunteer Fair for older adults to help connect their talents to agencies in need. Free parking. For more information, contact Susan G. Dailey, Resident Services Coordinator, at sgd@rentonhousing.org or 425-226-1850 x284.

Bayview Health Fair

Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Bayview Retirement Community
11 West Aloha Street, Seattle

The Bayview Retirement Community invites you to their National Senior Health and Fitness Day health fair, a free event featuring wellness and fitness programs, classes, and exhibitors. For more information, call 206-2381-5771, e-mail nweinbeck@bayviewmanor.org, or visit www.bayviewcommunity.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.

From the Hills of Seattle to the Mountains of Nepal

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
3850 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue

Some people bring their work home with them. Margaret Hinson, director of JFS Refugee & Immigrant Service Center, brought her work to Nepal. Margaret will speak about the people she met at the Nepalese refugee camps—relatives of her Seattle clients. She will share information on the immigration process, how the camps are organized, and what life is like once the refugees come to America, as well as breathtaking photos of Nepal. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206-461-3240 or endlessopps@jfsseattle.org) by May 23.

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. 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 31 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.

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. For more information, contact Mari Becker at 206-684-4664 or sound.steps@seattle.gov or visit the Sound Steps website and blog. (Photo courtesy of CareForce.)

Northwest Universal Design Council

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4080
700 Fifth Avenue (5th & Columbia), Seattle

Come to the third-quarter meeting of the Northwest Universal Design Council to hear U.S. Access Board chair Karen Braitmayer discuss the work of the independent Federal agency, which is devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities and a leading source of information on accessible design. Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, other architects, and homebuilders and owners on accessibility under various laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and on compliance with state codes in housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. For more information about the Northwest Universal Design Council, visit www.environmentsforall.org.

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Peoples Institutional Baptist Church
159 24th Ave., Seattle

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 & 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, click here.

Register Now: 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, click here.