November Calendar

November is National Family Caregiver Month!

In honor of National Family Caregiver Month, Northshore Senior Center (Bothell and Mill Creek) is offering the following FREE programs:

  • Forgetfulness or Memory Loss? (Monday, Nov. 4)
  • Caregiver Grief: Dealing with Ongoing Loss (Monday, Nov. 4)
  • Early Stage Memory Loss Seminar (Tuesday, Nov. 5)
  • Adult Children of Aging Parents Support Group (1st Wednesday, Nov. 6)
  • Long Term Care Ombudsman (Thursday, Nov. 7)
  • Bridging The Gap - Helping your family members communicate with their healthcare providers (and vice versa) (Tuesday, Nov. 12)
  • Pause & Bring Ease & Harmony into Your Day (Wednesday, Nov. 13)
  • Estate Planning 101 (Thursday, Nov. 14)
  • Understanding the Value and Benefits of Self Compassion (Monday, Nov. 18)
  • Simple at Home Exercises for Caregivers (Wednesday, Nov. 20)
  • The Virtual Dementia Tour: Your Window Into Their World (Thursday, Nov. 21)

For more information about these programs, click on the Caring for the Caregiver heart! For information about the King County Caregiver Support program, visit www.kccaregiver.org.


Positive Images of Aging Film Series

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

The Greenwood Senior Center has some great films lined up for their Positive Images of Aging Film series: 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.

EngAGE Day of Learning & Fall Resource Fair

Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Avenue NE, Seattle

Plan for your next best years at this year's EngAGE Day of Learning! Learn about services for older adults at the resource fair, listen to an inspiring keynote speaker—Northwest Center for Creative Aging executive director Rebecca Crichton—and participate in workshops on Aging with Choice, Getting Your Ducks in a Row, The Importance of Art, Fraud Protection, and more. $10 per person includes a box lunch. For more information, call 206-386-9106.

General Election Day

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

King County votes entirely by mail. Voting by mail is easy and convenient. For tips on how to be an informed voter and help elections run smoothly, visit the King County Elections website, watch their "Tips on Voting in King County" video, or read Voting: My How the Times Are A-changin' (AgeWise King County, August 2012).

Hopelink Transportation for Seniors

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

Come to a free community forum to learn about medical appointment transportation services provided by Hopelink, presented by Sheila Sloan-Evans. 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).

Be Well Workshop: Talking About Trauma & Health

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends or make new friends at the Kent Senior Activity Center's Be Well workshop series, which focuses on Healthy Survival Skills for Life's Traumas in November. Each session is educational, fun, and interactive. On November 6, the workshop explores various types of trauma and how trauma affects health and well-being. For more information, see the fall brochure or call 253-856-5150.

Ingredients for Longevity and a Healthy Life

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 NE 4th Street, Bellevue

Katherine Figel, registered dietitian at Pacific Medical Centers, will discuss the changes our bodies experience as we age. Discover ways to plan and prepare healthy and appetizing meals that support an active lifestyle. For directions, call 425-603-9677. RSVP to Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206-461-3240 or endlessopps@jfssseattle.org).

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council 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).

Health Care Insurance: The Times They Are A'changin'!

Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
The Central
500 30th Avenue South, Seattle

How do you pick a health plan? Come to this luncheon presentation to hear health insurance advisor Liz Mercer's update on the Affordable Care Act, what it means for you, and how you can get free, unbiased help understanding Medicare and other health care insurance options from SHIBA (Statewise Health Insurance Benefits Advisors). Lunch costs $3.00 per person (age 60+) or $6.00 per person (under age 60). Reservations are encouraged. Call the Central Area Senior Center at 206-726-4926.

Memory Loss Basics Class

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Bellevue First Congregational Church
752 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue

Is dementia a normal part of aging? What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? This class will answer these questions and cover the basics, including risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer's, treatments, and resources. The benefits of early detection will be discussed. Note: This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss. For more information, call the Alzheimer's Association Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Auburn Veterans Day Parade

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 11:00 a.m.
Auburn

Auburn's Veterans Day parade and observance is one of America's biggest, with veterans units, military vehicles, drill teams, 25 marching bands, floats, antique cars, a military fly-over, and a full day of activities. The one-mile parade route travels west along Main Street to A Street NW. Free. For more information, click here or contact Auburn Parks Arts and Recreation special events coordinator Kristy Pachciarz (253-931-3043 or kpachciarz@auburnwa.gov).

An American flag and a bouquet of flowers are left by visitors at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Maya Lin. Washington, DC, USA

Veterans Day Holiday

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day, a national holiday that honors people who have served in armed service, was first proclaimed by U.W. President Woodrow Wilson for November 11, 1919. The U.S. holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world.

Protecting the Vulnerable: "Tales from JFS"

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
1441 16th Avenue, Seattle

Jewish Family Service clinical director Jane Relin will share some of her experiences regarding vulnerable seniors who are most at risk for financial exploitation and teach us how to prevent this. She will also offer suggestions about how to help a person when they refuse your assistance. For directions, call 206-323-8486. RSVP to Ellen Hendin or Wendy Warman (206-461-3240 or endlessopps@jfssseattle.org).

Parkinson's Disease Support Group (Greenwood)

Tuesdays, November 12 & December 10, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

A Parkinson's Partners Group that provides education, resources and coping skills to family members and caregivers is held the second Tuesday of each month at Greenwood Senior Center. For more information, contact Carin Mack (206-230-0166 or socialwkr@earthlink.net) or visit the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association at www.waparkinsons.org or call 425-243-2732.

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)

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

Come to a free community forum to learn about changes in Medicare Annual Enrollment for 2014. The enrollment period ends 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).

Be Well Workshop: Surviving Physical Losses

Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends or make new friends at the Kent Senior Activity Center's Be Well workshop series, which focuses on Healthy Survival Skills for Life's Traumas in November. Each session is educational, fun, and interactive. On November 13, the workshop looks at changes in eyesight, hair, physical endurance, and more. Learn to meet the physical changes of aging with grace and good humor. For more information, see the fall brochure or call 253-856-5150.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer Workshop

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Swedish Cancer Institute's Arnold Pavilion, A-Floor West, Conference Rooms A&B
1221 Madison Street, Seattle

The American Lung Association and Cancer Support Community invite you to attend a free workshop on lung cancer treatment and survivorship. This workshop has two parts: the first, led by Dr. Jed Gorden, Director of Interventional Pulmonology at Swedish Cancer Institute, will cover the basics of a lung cancer diagnosis, current treatment, and potential side effects. Sandi Johnson, LICSW, Oncology Social Work Supervisor at Swedish Cancer Institute, will then discuss survivorship and living a full life before, during and after treatment. This workshop will provide support to those newly diagnosed with lung cancer, patients in treatment, and survivors seeking to provide and receive additional support. Loved ones are welcome and encouraged to attend. Light dinner will be provided.

For more information, contact Allison Moroni (206-512-3294 or amoroni@lungmtpacific.org). To register, click here.

Dollars & Sense: Financial Alternatives in Retirement

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
JFS Capitol Hill Campus
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

In today's economic climate, it can be difficult to feel excited about retiring. Even with Medicare and Social Security at your disposal, you might find yourself in survival mode. Mental health counselor and financial analyst Sandy Voit will offer a variety of tools to help you stretch your dollar further. $13 in advance, $18 at the door. Space is limited. Advance registration encouraged. Contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org).

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World Dance Party 9

Friday, November 15, 2013, 6:03–9:27 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 Martin Luther King Jr Way South, Seattle

Come to World Dance Party 9 to learn eight new dances. Free. Mark your calendar and tell your friends! To learn about the relationship between World Dance Party and Aging Your Way, read Changing the World—One Dance Party at a Time (AgeWise King County, May 2012). For more information, visit www.worlddancepartyseattle.org or e-mail worlddanceparty@gmail.com.

Affordable Care Act Highlights

Wednesday, November 17, 2013, 1:00–2:00 p.m.    
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Randle Montgomery Fellowship Hall
2801 South Jackson Street, Seattle

How will the Affordable Care Act affect your health insurance? What do you do if you don't have health insurance? Come to this community forum for answers, presented by health ministry lead coordinator Sanithia Parker. Free and open to all. For more information, contact Minister Shirley Perry-Poston (425-917-3158 or seniorcaresom@gmail.com).

NWUDC Steering Committee Meeting

Monday, November 18, 2013, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 5135
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) steering committee meets on the third Monday of each month. Please confirm date and time before attending by contacting ADS planner Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov). For more information about the NWUDC and its quarterly program meetings, visit the NWUDC's Environments for All website.

Free Memory Screenings

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Park Place Assisted Living
6900 37th Avenue South, Seattle

As part of National Memory Screening Day, Providence ElderPlace and Park Place Assisted Living will offer free, confidential memory screenings. Qualified healthcare professionals will administer memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health, and caregiving. For more information, read the related article in this issue.

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Make Change! Debt Education Workshop

Tuesday, November 19, 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. To register or get more information, call Volunteer Legal Services, King County Bar Association, at 206-267-7095.

Be Well Workshop: Collective Grief (Secondary Trauma)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends or make new friends at the Kent Senior Activity Center's Be Well workshop series, which focuses on Healthy Survival Skills for Life's Traumas in November. Each session is educational, fun, and interactive. On November 20, learn positive strategies to understand and cope with secondary trauma (e.g., plane crashes, hurricanes). For more information, see the fall brochure or call 253-856-5150.

Round Table Discussion: Life Space and Mobility Decline

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Ave, Seattle

The Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging will discuss Life Space and Mobility Decline at their November meeting. 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, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

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.

36th Annual Festival of Trees

Saturday, November 23–Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Fairmont Olympic Hotel (lobby and driveway)
411 University Street, Seattle

View 21 designer trees in the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during this annual charity event. See the trees at any time during the display, and read the inspiring stories of Seattle Children's patients. Free viewing. For more information, visit www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group (First Hill)

Monday, November 25, 2013, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Horizon House
900 University Street, Seattle

A First Hill Parkinson's Disease Support Group starts up on November 25. There is minimal paid parking in the Horizon House parking garage. For more information, contact Carin Mack (206-230-0166 or socialwkr@earthlink.net).

Be Well Workshop: Managing Stress

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends or make new friends at the Kent Senior Activity Center's Be Well workshop series, which focuses on Healthy Survival Skills for Life's Traumas in November. Each session is educational, fun, and interactive. On November 27, learn how to manage stress, maximize the healthful, and minimize the hurtful. For more information, see the fall brochure or call 253-856-5150.

Macy's Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Friday, November 29, 2013
Downtown Seattle

Macy's Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting begins with a morning parade of marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa. It ends with lighting a Christmas tree and star, followed by fireworks. Free. For more information, click here.

Magic in the Market

Friday November 29, 2013
Pike Place Market
1st & Pike, Downtown Seattle

Magic in the Pike Place Market includes a tree lighting, carolers, craft making, and Santa. For more information, visit www.pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/magic-in-the-market.

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

Friday, November 29–Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Downtown Bellevue
On the sidewalks between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square & Bellevue Place

It's designed to attract shoppers but you'll enjoy the free 20-minute show of lights, music, snow, and enthusiastic young drummers in uniform nightly along Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way). For more information, visit www.bellevuecollection.com/SnowflakeLane.

Garden d'Lights

Saturday, November 30, 2013–January 4, 2014, 5:00–10:00 p.m.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue

Bellevue Botanical Garden comes alive in lights during the holidays, with more than 500,000 lights transforming the property into a blossoming winter wonderland. No limited mobility parking (click here for drop-off details). Advance tickets are available online. FREE nights are posted online: December 2, 3, 4, 5 and December 9, 10, 11, 12. For more information, visit www.gardendlights.org.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Thursdays, December 5, 2013–January 16, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

This free workshop for caregivers, their loved ones and anyone with a chronic health condition will help participants set goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve their health and find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue. To reserve a space, call Melissa at 206-748-9481 or register at www.nwpf.org.

2014 Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The annual Open Enrollment Period during which Medicare beneficiaries may compare and change their Medicare part D plans and Medicare Advantage Plans ends December 7. New coverage starts January 1, 2014. During Open Enrollment, you can change how you receive your health coverage and add, change, or drop drug coverage. Don't wait until it's too late—or even until the deadline. For assistance, call SHIBA—the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors—at 206-448-5720.

Phinney Neighborhood Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m.
Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle

This year's event will feature 115 artists and crafts vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale and lunch items. General admission is $4, plus a food bank donation. The Winter Festival supports Phinney Neighborhood Association's hot meal programs, before and after school childcare, the Greenwood Senior Center, a tool library, and an art gallery as well as community projects for neighbors in need. For more information, visit www.phinneycenter.org/winterfestival.

Celebrate One Wallingford!

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle

Gather with neighbors and friends for music, food, fun and more at this friendly, easy holiday party for all ages. Enjoy music making, cookie decorating, sweet and savory finger foods, crafts for kids, and more. A "giving tree" supports the Wallingford Community Senior Center and elders in the community. Free and open to all! Volunteers wanted—call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org to learn how you can help. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org.

Bellevue Celebration Lane

Thursday, December 26–Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Bellevue
On the sidewalks between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square & Bellevue Place

Join the celebratory salute to the New Year with a 20-minute display of brilliant lights, music, and bubbles falling from the sky. For more information, visit www.bellevuecollection.com/SnowflakeLane/Tickets.php.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

New classes start in January and March (click on the flyer for dates)
EADS Bellevue Center, 12831 NE 21st Place, Bellevue

Get your life back by attending this nationally-acclaimed free caregiver training. Register online at www.eads-cares.org. For more information, contact Amber Schneider (425-250-7046 or aschneider@eads-cares.org).

AARP Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Fauntleroy Church UCC
9140 California Ave SW, West Seattle

You've worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras. But life's still calling. 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. Come to this community forum—designed by and for women who want to build a successful life strategy for the future. This is an educational forum, not a sales presentation. All participants will receive valuable educational tools and resources. Doors open at 8:30 for check-in. Lunch is provided. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. To register for the February 8 event, click here.

AARP Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Peoples Institutional Baptist Church
159 24th Avenue, Seattle

You've worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras. But life's still calling. 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. Come to this community forum—designed by and for women who want to build a successful life strategy for the future. This is an educational forum, not a sales presentation. All participants will receive valuable educational tools and resources. Doors open at 5:30 for check-in. Dinner is provided. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. To register for the March 11 event, click here.

AARP Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North, Seattle

You've worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras. But life's still calling. 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. Come to this community forum—designed by and for women who want to build a successful life strategy for the future. This is an educational forum, not a sales presentation. All participants will receive valuable educational tools and resources. Doors open at 5:30 for check-in. Dinner is provided. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. To register for the March 26 event, click here.

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.