October Calendar

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).

Positive Images of Aging Film Series

First Fridays (Oct. 4, Nov. 1 & Dec. 6), 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

The Greenwood Senior Center has four films lined up for their Positive Images of Aging Film Series: My Sister's Keeper (Oct. 4), March of the Penguins (Nov. 1), and The Trip to Bountiful (Dec. 6). Enjoy entertainment, discussion, camaraderie, and snacks. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

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).

Marketing Universal Design to the Masses: A Presentation & Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4070
700 5th Avenue (between Columbia & Cherry Streets), Seattle

Come to the Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013 (9:30–11:30 a.m.) to hear Lynette Evans and Monika Weiss of AFriendlyHouse.com discuss lessons learned in promoting incorporation of Universal Design concepts for single-family homes—both new construction and remodels. Local Universal Design advocates will respond, and there will be opportunity for full group discussion and networking. The NWUDC promotes incorporation of Universal Design principles, products, and processes in the built environment so that all people can "live actively by design," regardless of age or ability. For more information, visit www.EnvironmentsforAll.org or e-mail info@environmentsforall.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.

Long-Distance Caregivers Support Group

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association
North Tower, 100 W. Harrison Street, N-200, Seattle

A Long-Distance Caregiver Group will be held on the second Saturday of each month, beginning Saturday, October 12. The group is free and open to unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss. For more information, contact Linda at 206-529-3875 (toll-free 800-848-7097) or linda.whiteside@alz.org.

Financial Planning Day

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
500 23rd Avenue, Seattle

Come to Financial Planning Day to get one-on-one advice from credit, debt, and housing counselors and benefits specialists. Topics you discuss may include budgeting, credit and debt, investing, retirement, taxes, homeownership, foreclosure, insurance, public benefits, education savings, microenterprise, estate planning, and more. For more information, click here or call 1-877-861-7826.

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.

Senior Coffee Hour: Seattle Waterfront & State Route 99 Tunnel

Thursday, October 17, 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 engineer Dave Sowers, Washington State Department of Transportation, who will talk about the Seattle waterfront and SR 99 tunnel project. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

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. Conference topics will include Washington State Health Care Implementation in 2014, Mental Health Services, Vulnerable Adults, Elder Abuse, Consumer Fraud and U.S. Immigration Policy Impact on Seniors, and Caring Across Generations. For cost and other information, call Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207, e-mail info@waseniorlobby.org or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Thursdays, October 17–November 21, 2013, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Unpaid family, friend and neighbor caregivers are invited to attend a free six-week class designed to help you care for yourself while you care 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. To register, contact the Greenwood Senior Center at 206-297-0875.

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.

10th Annual Conference on Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 8:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
Criminal Justice Training Center
19010 1st Avenue South, Burien

"Improving Our Response to Neglect and Self-Neglect" is the theme of Washington state's 10th annual elder abuse conference. Featured presenters include Mark Lachs, M.D., M.P.H., Cornell University; Diana Homeier, M.D., University of Southern California; Kathleen H. Wilber, Ph.D., University of Southern California; and Andrew Penn, J.D., U.S. Department of Justice. Breakout sessions include Impact of Frailty and Dementia on Potential for Elder Abuse and Neglect, Neglect and Pressure Ulcers, Assessing Capacity in Neglect and Self-Neglect, Medicolegal Investigation of Deaths in Elders, Elder Abuse Forensic Centers, Neglect or Self-Neglect (a panel discussion), and Adult Family Home Neglect Criminal Prosecution Case Study. The conference registration fee is $90 per person. For more information, call 206-296-9010. To register, click here.

Hoarding: When Collecting Goes Bad

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Seatac City Hall (2nd floor)
4800 S. 188th Street, Suite 220

Senior care, real estate, and social services professionals are invited to attend a hoarding seminar led by Karen Kent, LMHC, GMHS, retired head of King County's Geriatric Regional Assessment Team. Learn the traits common to hoarders, identify the causes of behavior and offer practical approaches to intervention. Sponsored by Senior Home Sale Services (SASH). Register at www.sashservices.com or call 206-501-4375 or 1-888-400-SASH.

Positive Endings

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2801 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Come to a free community forum with guest speaker Dori Gillam, manager of the Aging Your Way program at Senior Services. The forum is open to all. For more information, contact Minister Shirley Perry-Poston or Rev. Dr. Robert L. Manaway, Sr. (425-917-3158 or seniorcaresom@gmail.com).

Hopelink Transportation for Seniors

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2801 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Come to a free community forum to learn about medical appointment transportation services provided by Hopelink. The forum is open to all. For more information, contact Minister Shirley Perry-Poston or Rev. Dr. Robert L. Manaway, Sr. (425-917-3158 or seniorcaresom@gmail.com).

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2801 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Come to a free community forum to learn about changes in Medicare Annual Enrollment for 2014. The enrollment period is October 15–December 7. The SHIBA program, authorized and overseen by the Washington State Attorney General's Office, is your local source for accurate, unbiased health care insurance information. The forum is open to all. For more information, contact Minister Shirley Perry-Poston or Rev. Dr. Robert L. Manaway, Sr. (425-917-3158 or seniorcaresom@gmail.com).

Senior Coffee Hour with Seattle Public Librarian Marcellus Turner

Thursday, November 21, 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 find out what's happening at Seattle Public Library, with Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

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