July Calendar

Primary Election Day is Right Around the Corner

Tuesday, August 6 is Primary Election Day in Seattle-King County; however, registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail in mid-July. Ballot drop boxes open July 18 for the August 6 election.

Click here to confirm your registration—and create and read a custom voter pamphlet to learn more about candidates and issues on your ballot. Vote and return your ballot early—you'll avoid Election Day crowds and your votes will be included in Election Night results. Return your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service using a first class stamp or at a ballot drop box or ballot drop-off van (temporary collection point). Ballots must be postmarked by or returned by Election Day.

Not registered to vote? July 8 is the mail-in and online registration deadline for the August 6 election. To read more about voting in King County, including accessible voting, see Voting: My How the Times Are A-changin' in the August 2012 issue of AgeWise King County.

Northwest Senior Games

Now through July 28, 2013
Locations vary

For a good dose of healthy fun, take part in the Northwest Senior Games—as a spectator or participant. The competition is open to men and women age 50+ who do not gain livelihood from competing in the sport entered. July events are tennis (register by July 8 for July 19–21 games) and table tennis (register by July 22 for the July 28 games). For more information, visit www.northwestseniorgames.org.

Registration Deadline: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Register by Monday, July 1—see class information below
Providence Mount St. Vincent
4831 35th Avenue SW, West Seattle

Register by Monday, July 1 for the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course that starts Thursday, July 11 (6:30–8:00 p.m.) at The Mount. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. This class series meets once a week for six weeks, through August 15. Class size is limited, and registration is required. There is no cost to attend; however, donations are accepted to cover the cost of class materials. To register, contact Kristine Kumangai (206-937-3701 x28345 or kristine.kumangai@providence.org) or visit www.providence.org/themount.

Middle-aged couple sitting on floor with architectural blueprints.

Blueprint for Living 2013 and Beyond: Take a Vacation without Leaving Home

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Periodic vacations are healthy, so consider "stay-cations"—low-cost and fun vacation opportunities in your own community! Presentations facilitated by Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation. For more information, call 206-878-1642.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 2:30–4:00 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 July 10 topic is "Aging Creatively—Living life with intention and discovery while exploring what matters most to us." 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.

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.

Summer Wellness Workshop

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Summertime can be full of sun and fun but can also wreak havoc on our health. Join folks at Greenwood Senior Center to discuss ways to stay hydrated, prevent unwanted weight gain, and learn how to protect our body from sun damage, facilitated by a clinical dietitian at Ballard Care and Rehab. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, July 12, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
800 5th Ave., Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services 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, contact Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Northwest Universal Design Council Steering Committee

Monday, July 15, 2013, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 5135
800 5th Ave., Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) steering committee generally meets on the third Monday of each month. New members are welcome. Please confirm date and time before attending by contacting ADS planner Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov). For information about the NWUDC and its quarterly program meetings, visit www.environmentsforall.org.

Blueprint for Living 2013 and Beyond: The Healthy Value of Social Media

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Texting, tweeting, computer apps, kindles, smart phones, and more—social media surrounds us and it is not going away. Learn how working with it contributes to your health. Presentations facilitated by Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation. For more information, call 206-878-1642.

Pink piggy bank with loose change.

Make Change! Debt Education Workshop

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Catholic Community Services
100 23rd Avenue South, Seattle

Attend Make Change!, a free two-hour workshop open to the public, to learn how to address debt-related issues, assess your debt situation, deal with debt collectors, respond to a collection lawsuit, figure out when an attorney is necessary, how to find help, and more. Know your rights! For more information and to RSVP, call 206-267-7095.

July Coffee Hour with ADS Director Jesse Eller

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st floor conference room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Join the conversation with Aging and Disability Services director Jesse Eller at the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' July coffee hour. Monthly coffee hours are one way the office brings 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 served. Upcoming dates are August 16 and September 20, both Thursdays. 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, 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.

Senior Health and Wellness Fair

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
3604 NE 10th Court, Renton

Take advantage of free health screenings (vision, blood pressure, glucose, and more) at this free health and wellness fair. A wide variety of community agencies will provide information and assistance, check benefits you may be eligible to receive, and help you apply for benefits. In addition, you can hear short presentations on "Life's Simple Seven" (Jennifer Smyth, American Heart Association), "Can You Hear Me Back There?" (Bev Ziarko, Washington Hearing Loss Association of America) and "How to Protect Your Privacy & Your Money: The Latest in Schemes & Scams that Target Seniors" (AARP Washington Fraud Fighters). Free healthy snacks, too! For more information, contact the Renton Housing Authority, which is hosting the event, at 425-226-1850 x284 or visit www.rentonhousing.org.

Blueprint for Living 2013 and Beyond: Expect to Forget

Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Preparing yourself to forget is the first step to preventing troublesome forgetfulness at any age. Presentations facilitated by Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation. For more information, call 206-878-1642.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:30–4:00 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 August 14 topic is "Gratitude—More than Counting Blessings. How does gratitude manifest in your life?" 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.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hours

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to attend their coffee hours, held the third Thursday of every month downtown at the Central Building, and at various locations in Seattle neighborhoods. For guest speakers, click here. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Blueprint for Living 2013 and Beyond: Keeping Your Memory

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Playing brain games and stimulating your intellect provides your memory with a healthful workout. Presentations facilitated by Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation. For more information, call 206-878-1642.

Blueprint for Living 2013 and Beyond: Substance Abuse

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
Des Moines Activity Center
2045 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Substance abuse comes in many forms for older adults and often has fatal results. This session focuses on the special risks and dangers. Presentations facilitated by Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation. For more information, call 206-878-1642.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 2:30–4:00 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 September 11 topic is "Make new friends and keep the old. What you've learned about friendship and what kind of friend you are." 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.

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 offers an in-depth opportunity for researchers, practitioners, administrators, policy-makers and educators to come together and discuss the opportunities and challenges to building elder-friendly futures. Topics include 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.

Are you planning a special event?

Events of specific interest to older residents of Seattle-King County and/or adults with disabilities or caregivers may be published in AgeWise King County on a space-available basis. To have your event considered, e-mail information (who-what-where-when-why-and-how) to editor@agewisekingcounty.org by mid-month for the month that follows (e.g., by July 15 for the August calendar).