September Calendar

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 Wednesday, 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).

National Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Do something grand on Grandparents Day! For ideas, read Celebrate Grandparents on September 8 … and Every Day! in this issue, or visit the Grandparents Day webpage.

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).

Seattle Stand-Down: Veteran-Led, Community-Driven

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Central Community College
1718 Broadway, Seattle

Stand-Down is a one-day event that supports at-risk and homeless veterans by providing resources and services such as employment resources, housing services, legal advice, medical and dental assistance, food, and other social and human services. Free services and referrals Include medical and dental care; counseling; employment, financial, housing, legal, and VA assistance; haircuts; manicures; clothing; and food. General services will be available in the Mitchell Activity Center. Women-specific services will be available in the Broadway Performance Hall. For more information, visit the Seattle Stand Down webpage.

Transit Instruction and Field Trips

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (class)
Tuesdays, September 17 & 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m. (field trips—location TBA)
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Learn about navigating the bus system and more in this program for riders who qualify for the Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP). Must attend the class session and at least one field trip. Trip departure location to be announced. Free. To register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org or www.facebook.com/Sunnysider.

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.

AARP Driving Course

Thursday & Friday, September 12 & 13, 2013, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and more in this popular course led by AARP instructor Vic Taggart. Also learn how to accommodate changes to vision, hearing and reaction time. You may be eligible for an insurance discount after completing this course. $12 AARP, $14 non-AARP members. To register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org or www.facebook.com/Sunnysider.

Mobilizing for Public Transit and Transportation

Friday, September 13, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center
10212 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Northshore Senior Center invite you to attend a special transportation forum featuring perspectives on transportation and mobility issues in Seattle-King County offered by elected officials, transportation providers, and transit advocates. A low-cost lunch is available. For lunch reservations (recommended), call 425-286-1076. For more information, visit the ADS Advisory Council advocacy webpage or contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

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 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.

LinkedIn Workshop

Monday & Tuesday, September 16 & 17, 2013, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Get started with LinkedIn, a social networking site for working professionals and job seekers. Learn about setting up your profile, looking for jobs, and more. Sign up for your free LinkedIn account before class and bring a digital copy of your resume and photo. $15 WCSC members, $20 public. To register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org or www.facebook.com/Sunnysider.

Enlivening Design for Aging

Monday, September 16, 2013, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
The Hub Seattle
220 Second Avenue South, Seattle

Join the conversation when the Seattle Design Festival examines "the wicked questions facing designers as they seek to enliven the experience of aging."  Discover the bold ways in which "design is shaping elderhood and liberating people from monochromatic lives." Sound interesting? Learn who is scheduled to speak, and more, on the event website. Advance tickets ($6.17 with service fees) are available through Brown Paper Tickets.  

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.

Over the Rainbow: Washington State LGBTQ Aging & Long-term Care Summit

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
SEIU Healthcare 775NW
215 Columbia Street, Seattle

By 2030, more than one in five residents in Washington state will be over 65. Among them will be a wave of LGBTQ Baby Boomers who will face unique challenges. Register to attend this summit to hear nationally known and regional experts who understand the needs of this diverse community. The program will include a keynote address by Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, director of the Institute for Multigenerational Health at the UW School of Social Work, who is conducting the first national study of health disparities among LGBTQ people. Breakout sessions include Understanding Retirement and Government Benefits for LGBTQ Seniors, Best Practices for LGBTQ Seniors, and Painting the Rainbow: Population Specific Needs Within the LGBTQ Community. Box lunch and snacks included. Free, but pre-registration is required (click here). For more information, contact Jackson.Holtz@seiu775.org.

Alzheimer's Cafe at Green Lake

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Peet's Coffee and Tea
6850 East Green Lake Way North, Seattle

The Alzheimer's Café at Green Lake is held on the third Tuesday of every month. Its goal is to get those with memory loss and their care partner out of their house or retirement apartment and into the community where they can interact with others who are similar to themselves. Participants come to a cafe, order food and beverages, and engage with others in a low pressure and non-judgmental environment. The only cost is the price of a cup of coffee! For a map, click here. For more information, contact Katie Neuman (206-517-2035 or kneuman@hearthstone.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 the topic of Ageism. Prior to each monthly Round Table, 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

Senior Coffee Hour with Randy Engstrom, Arts and Cultural Affairs

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 join them for coffee and meet Randy Engstrom, director of the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, which helps drive creativity and provide opportunities for Seattle residents to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Prevent Falls One Step at a Time

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Join us for a light buffet lunch and get helpful tips from the UW Fall Prevention Team! See their short presentation, get screened for your fall risk, and learn about selecting shoes and "fall-proofing" your home. Free. To register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org or www.facebook.com/Sunnysider.

Navigating Your Journey with Alzheimer's

Monday, September 23, 2013, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Receiving a new Alzheimer's diagnosis brings up many questions for individuals and their families. Where should I turn? What happens next? What help do we need? This Alzheimer's Association presentation answers these questions and more and provides resources to help people take charge of their journey with Alzheimer's. Free. To register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org or www.facebook.com/Sunnysider.

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).

Assistive Technology and Low Vision Open House

Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Department of Services for the Blind
3411 South Alaska Street, Seattle

Ever wondered what kind of technology is available for a person who is blind or has low vision? Find out at this open house! Try out a wide range of tools, devices and technology. Department of Services for the Blind staff will answer your questions so you can get the most out of your experience. Representatives from the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program and Washington Access Fund will provide information about their services. Refreshments will be served. Free onsite parking is available. For more information or to RSVP, contact Nancy Eckert (206-906-5512 or nancy.eckert@dsb.wa.gov).

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, 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.

Transforming Latino Health: Community Engagement and the Affordable Care Act

Monday, October 21, 2013, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center
17620 International Boulevard, Seattle

The annual Latino Health Forum is dedicated to the exchange of innovative ideas, best practices and the advancement of health for the Latino community. This year's event features Teresa Mosqueda, public policy committee chair of the Health Insurance Exchange Board and legislative and policy director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. The forum attracts Pacific NW health care experts and activists serving Latinos, who participate in open dialogue and forums on current topics affecting the health of Latinos; meet and engage one-on-one with practitioners, researchers and community activists currently impacting the field of public health; and gain valuable resources and skills. Registration $100 per person prior to September 30; $125 per person starting October 1. For more information, e-mail Viviana Espindola (vivianaespindola@seamarchc.org) or visit www.seamar.org/latinohealthforum.

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.