August Calendar

Request for Investment: Senior Nutrition Home Delivered Meal Program

The Aging & Disability Services (ADS) division of the City of Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking investment applications from agencies interested in providing home delivered meals to older adults in King County. Approximately $1,164,974 is available for this RFI and will be awarded for the period of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the RFI Information Session:  

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Beacon Hill Library
2821 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle

Completed proposals are due by on Monday, September 9, 2013 by 4:00 p.m.  

The application and guidelines are available on the HSD funding opportunities website. For more information, contact ADS planner Maria Langlais (206-684-0651 or maria.langlais@seattle.gov).

Alzheimer's Town Hall Meeting

Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Swedish Medical Center/Issaquah
751 NE Blakely Drive, Issaquah

Come to a town hall meeting to speak up for public policies that support the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families. For more information, visit the National Alzheimer's Plan and/or Voices for Better Health or read the article in this issue.

Public Hearing: Proposed 2014–2015 Area Plan on Aging Objectives

Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–12 noon
Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue

The Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council invites you to attend a public hearing regarding the draft revisions to the 2012–2015 Area Plan on Aging, for 2014 and 2015, and draft recommendations for the 2014 discretionary reductions. Bellevue City Hall is near the Bellevue Transit Center. For directions, click here. For more information, visit the Area Plan Update Process webpage or contact ADS planner Karen Winston at karen.winston@seattle.gov.

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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.

Tasting the World

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Horizon House - Sky Lounge
900 University Street, Seattle

Seattleites are fortunate to choose from a wide range of cuisines. Join Northwest Center for Creative Aging executive director Rebecca Crichton as she talks about "taste profiles" of different world cuisines. What elements make something Greek as opposed to Korean or Moroccan, or Danish instead of Filipino? We'll pool our knowledge about ingredients and the techniques used in different cuisines. For more information, call 206-382-3789, e-mail info@nwcreativeaging.org, or visit www.nwcreativeaging.org.

Alzheimer's Café — Columbia City

Thursdays, August 8, September 12 & October 10, 2013, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
4918 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

Persons with memory loss and their care partners are invited to join the new Alzheimer's Cafe in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood. Socialize in a supportive environment where there's no judgment or expectations—just companionship, great food, and fun! No cost, other than for items ordered from an easy-to-read, short menu of Tutta Bella's authentic Italian pizza and more. This is an ongoing event on the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Doug Harkness at Full Life Care (206-224-3757 or dough@fulllifecare.org)

ADS Advisory Council Forum: Health Care Insurance—The Times They Are A'Changin'!

Friday, August 9, 2013, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Center
600 E Smith Street, Kent

The Aging and Disability Services Advisory Council will hear Liz Mercer, Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), discuss how the Affordable Care Act might affect older adults in Washington state and how residents can access free, unbiased and confidential assistance with Medicare and health care choices. In addition, 33rd District State Senator Karen Keiser and State Representative Dave Upthegrove will discuss recent legislative action related to health care coverage and other priorities. Lunch is included; however, tickets are required. For more information, including an event flyer, visit the Advisory Council Advocacy webpage or contact Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Alzheimer's Town Hall Meeting

Monday, August 12, 2013, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Renton Senior Activity Center
211 Burnett Avenue North, Renton

Come to a town hall meeting to speak up for public policies that support the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families. For more information, visit the National Alzheimer's Plan and/or Voices for Better Health or read the article in this issue.

Conversations on Aging: "Make New Friends and Keep the Old ..."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Merrill Gardens at the University
5300 24th Avenue NE, Seattle

Join Northwest Center for Creative Aging executive director Rebecca Crichton for a conversation on aging. We all know how important friendship is to our lives. What have you learned about making friends as you get older? What kind of a friend are you? For more information, call 206-926-9738, e-mail info@nwcreativeaging.org, or visit www.nwcreativeaging.org.

Music & Memory

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Exeter House Retirement Community
720 Seneca Street, Seattle

Join flautist Maxxine Smith and Northwest Center for Creative Aging executive director Rebecca Crichton for an engaging session hearing favorite melodies spanning the decades and lively discussions of what happened during those times. For more information, call 206-622-1300, e-mail info@nwcreativeaging.org, or visit www.nwcreativeaging.org.

Conversations on Aging: "Gratitude—More than Counting Blessings"

Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Phinney Community Center
6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle

Join Northwest Center for Creative Aging facilitator Suzanna McCarthy for a conversation on aging. All the world's Spiritual Traditions emphasize gratitude as a central practice.
How does Gratitude manifest in your life? For more information, call 206-297-0875, e-mail info@nwcreativeaging.org, or visit www.nwcreativeaging.org or the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

A Conversation with FBI Special Agent Eric Petersen

Thursday, August 15, 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 come to a conversation with Special Agent Eric Petersen, Federal Bureau of Investigation. Learn about the workings of an agency charged with protecting and defending the U.S. against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, and upholding and enforcing the criminal laws of the U.S., and providing criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. Refreshments served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Kinship Camp

Register by Thursday, August 15, 2013
Saturday & Sunday, September 21–22, 2013

Kinship Camp for children age 5 to 18 years old and the grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and other family members who are raising them will be held September 21 and 22 but the registration deadline is August 15. Transportation available. To register ($25.00) or for more information, call 206-328-5637.

Ice Cream Social & Book Reading with Ronnie Sanlo

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
JFS Capitol Hill Campus
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Dr. Ronni Sanlo will read from her memoir The Purple Golf Cart: The Misadventures of a Lesbian Grandma and share stories of loss, love, and her Bat Mitzvah ring. Bring the whole family to Jewish Family Service's outdoor patio on Capitol Hill to enjoy unlimited servings of kosher ice cream as you listen to Dr. Sanlo. $7/person, $10/family (financial assistance available). RSVP by August 14 to get an Early Bird Special. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784, e-mail familylife@jfsseattle.org, or see the online flyer.

Northwest Universal Design Council Steering Committee

Monday, August 19, 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.

Middle-aged couple sitting on floor with architectural blueprints.

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.

Intimacy in Your Later Years

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Horizon House - Sky Lounge
900 University Street, Seattle

Join Mary Fry, Ph.D., RN and the Northwest Center for Creative Aging in a discussion exploring friendship and closeness, including friendships with both genders. How do we stay connected with others when life is changing, and why is that important? We all need to have people around who love and care for us, and affirm who we are and value what we think and feel. For more information, call  206-382-3789, e-mail info@nwcreativeaging.org, or visit www.nwcreativeaging.org.

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Make Change Debt Education Workshop

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Catholic Community Services
100 23rd Avenue South, Seattle

This free debt education workshop is open to the public. Topics to be covered include assessing your debt situation, dealing with debt collectors, responding to a collection lawsuit, and making the decision to file for bankruptcy. The debt education workshops will be held monthly through November. To register or get more information, call Volunteer Legal Services, King County Bar Association, at 206-267-7095.

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National Senior Citizens Day

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Nationwide

National Senior Citizens Day was established by U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1988, when he was 77. The purpose of the observance is to honor the contributions of the elderly in the U.S. Face it, seniors rock!

Alzheimer's Café - Bothell

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 (3:00–5:00 p.m.)
Village Eatery and Tea Company at Country Village
740 238th Street SE, Bothell

Alzheimer's Cafes provide a unique social approach for people suffering from memory loss and their loved ones, with no expectations, just a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment for people to get out in their community and socialize. This event is free, the only cost is the food you order. Doors are open to all. For more information, call the Northshore Health and Wellness Center at 425-487-2441.

High Point Healthy Families Celebration

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Highpoint Neighborhood House Center
6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle

The High Point Healthy Families Celebration is an annual event in West Seattle. Residents of all ages get access to important health tips and information, plus exhibits, food, and giveaways. For more information, contact Courtney Jacob at 206-461-8430 ext. 255 or courtneyj@nhwa.org.

Alzheimer's Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Providence Mount St. Vincent Chapel
4831 35th Avenue SW, West Seattle

Come to a town hall meeting to speak up for public policies that support the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families. For more information, visit the National Alzheimer's Plan and/or Voices for Better Health or read the article in this issue.

Middle-aged couple sitting on floor with architectural blueprints.

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.

Chinese Information and Service Center's 2013 Annual Senior Resource Fair

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue

All are welcome and Chinese elders are especially encouraged to attend the CISC's annual resource fair at North Bellevue Community College. Meet representatives from many organizations that specialize in assisting and providing resources for older adults. Take part in workshops, and see if you win one of the many give-aways throughout the day. For more information, contact Cathy Lee at 206-624-5633 x4123.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers—University District

Thursdays, September 5–October 12, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
University Presbyterian Church, Room 345
4540 15th Avenue NE, Seattle

Register in advance for this free six-week program designed to help family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, manage emotions, increase ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. Class size is limited, and it is important to attend all six classes. To register, call Karen G. at 425-438-0452 or Marsha C. at 206-522-0183.

Register Now: Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Beginning Friday, September 6, 2013, 1–3 p.m.
Mill Creek Senior Center
15720 Main Street, Mill Creek

Do you provide care for an spouse, adult child, or adult relative or friend with a chronic illness or disability? "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is a six-week educational series (September 6–October 11) designed to provide you, the caregiver, with tools needed to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Classes include interactive sessions, discussions, and brainstorming to help you take the tools you choose and put them into action in your life. Free. Taught by trained and certified class leaders. Space is limited so reservations are required. Contact Nikki Bagli (425-948-7183 or nikkib@seniorservices.org).

Register Now: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Beginning Monday, September 9, 2013, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center Health & Wellness Building, 10212 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell

Life out of control? Want to feel better? Need new tools to cope? Living Well is a six-week educational workshop (September 9–October 14) that helps you regain self-confidence and better manage your chronic condition. Learn new tools so you can live well. Class size is limited, so registration is required. For information and to register, contact Glen Felias-Christensen (425-286-1029 or glenf@seniorservices.org).

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.

Northwest Universal Design Council Steering Committee

Monday, September 16, 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.

Volunteer Now:  United Way's Day of Caring Resource Exchange

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  
Seattle Center

United Way of King County connects people experiencing homelessness with all kinds of resources. At the Resource Exchange, it's all in one place, on one day. Homeless guests receive a backpack full of resources and can get flu shots, dental checks, referrals for housing and counseling, connections to job training programs, library cards, and more. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for months in advance and on the day of the event. To learn how you can help, visit the Resource Exchange webpage or e-mail re@uwkc.org.

Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Ave., Seattle

The September roundtable discussion group and workshop for professionals in the field of aging will discuss Ageism. 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. Continuing education credits are available. For more information about the series, including the meeting time, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.  

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

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 regularly-scheduled coffee hour on the third Thursday of the month, downtown at the Central Building. For guest speakers, click here. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Protecting Yourself: Scams and Identity Theft

Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
The Central
500 30th Avenue South, Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens and The Central (formerly known as the Central Area Senior Center) invite you to this special Senior Coffee Hour to find out about the latest scams targeting seniors. Learn how you can protect yourself as AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center director Jean Mathisen answers questions and addresses concerns about a variety of types of fraud. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Chinese Information and Service Center 2013 Community Health Fair

September 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Chinese Asian Resource Center
1025 South King Street, Seattle

All are welcome and Chinese and Vietnamese elders are especially encouraged to attend the CISC's community health fair at the Chinese Asian Resource Center. Meet representatives from many organizations that specialize in assisting and providing resources for older adults. Take part in workshops, and see if you win one of the many give-aways throughout the day. For more information, contact Cathy Lee at 206-624-5633 x4123.

Register Now: Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Beginning Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 5–7 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center Health & Wellness Building
10212 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell

Do you provide care for a spouse, adult child, or adult relative or friend with a chronic illness or disability? Register now for "Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-week educational series (October 2–November 6) designed to provide you, the caregiver, with tools needed to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Classes include interactive sessions, discussions, and brainstorming to help you take the tools you choose and put them into action in your life. Free. Taught by trained and certified class leaders. Space is limited so reservations are required. Contact Janet Zielasko (425-286-1035 or janetz@seniorservices.org).

2013 Be Well Washington Saturday Fair

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
CenturyLink Field
800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

Be Well Washington offers a full week of free healthy and fun activities for all ages, followed by a health fair at CenturyLink Field. Features include blood glucose, chemical toxicity, cholesterol, and spinal stress testing; blood pressure and body mass index screening; cancer, diabetes, fitness, immunizations, Multiple Sclerosis, nutrition, obesity, oral health, stress reduction, and vision information; fitness, flexibility, strength assessments; gait analyses; headache assessments; massage therapy; posture analysis; and free drawings and samples—even chocolate! For more information, visit Be Well Washington's Saturday Fair webpage.

Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Ave., Seattle

The September roundtable discussion group and workshop for professionals in the field of aging will discuss Driving Cessation. 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. Continuing education credits are available. For more information about the series, including the meeting time, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.  

Annual Statewide Gathering of AAAs & State Council on Aging

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

Washington state Area Agency on Aging advisory council members and staff should save the date for this joint W4A/State Council on Aging conference. Pre-registration required. For more information, call the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging at 360-485-9761, e-mail info@agingwashington.org, or visit www.agingwashington.org.

2013 Senior Lobby Legislative Reception

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

Come to the Senior Lobby reception to meet members of Congress and the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives. RSVP by Monday, September 30, by completing the 2013 Fall Conference registration. For cost and other information, call Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207, e-mail info@waseniorlobby.org or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.

Washington State Senior Citizens' Foundation 2013 Fall Conference

Friday October 18, 2013, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

This year's senior lobby conference will focus on the rollout of Washington State health care reform, changes in Medicare and Medicaid, budget and revenue impact on seniors, consumer fraud, and elder abuse. The agenda will include several well-known speakers and moderated forums. $50 individuals / $110 professionals. Pre-registration required. For more information, call Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207, e-mail info@waseniorlobby.org or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.

To submit calendar items of interest to older adults and/or adults with disabilities throughout Seattle-King County, e-mail the date, time, place (with street address), description, and webpage (if any) to editor@agewisekingcounty.org by the middle of the preceding month.