December Calendar

36th Annual Festival of Trees

Through 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.

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

Through 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. (Photo by Bryan Hughes, Flickr Creative Commons.)

Garden d'Lights

Through 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.

Seattle Center Winter Fest

Through January 5, 2014
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street, Seattle

Enjoy the winter wonderland that envelopes Seattle Center each December—sparkling lights, activities, and entertainment—all free or affordable. Connect to the sights, sounds and spirit of the season, including the timeless Winter Train & Village. Most activities run through December 31. The Winterfest Ice Rink is extended through January 5, 2014. For more information, visit www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest. (Photo by K. Yasuhara, Flickr Creative Commons.)

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.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series

Friday, December 6, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

The Greenwood Senior Center's Positive Images of Aging film series shows The Trip to Bountiful in December. Enjoy entertainment, discussion, camaraderie, and snacks. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

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.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group (Greenwood)

Tuesdays, 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.

Understanding Changes in Aging Parents

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:30–9:00 p.m.               
JFS Capitol Hill Campus
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Jane Relin, LICSW, will discuss how to help aging parents make informed decisions about their future. The class will focus on recognizing the difference between normal aging and illness, as well as the resources available. Topics include memory loss, depression, substance abuse, home safety, finances, and care options. Space is limited. Advance registration encouraged. $13 in advance, $18 at the door. Financial assistance available; please ask if interested. To register in advance, contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org).

Holiday Lights Tour & Celebrate One Wallingford!

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 4:30–8:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle

See Candy Cane Lane and north Seattle's lights from the Center's comfortable van (4:30–7:00 p.m., cost $6 WCSC/GSC members/$9 public). Afterwards (5:30–8:00 p.m.), 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, and more. A "giving tree" supports the Wallingford Community Senior Center and elders in the community. The celebration is free and open to all ages! 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.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, December 13, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave. (between Columbia & Cherry), 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).

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.

Dementia-Friendly Recreation

January–March 2014
Seattle Parks and Recreation (see flyer)

Seattle Parks and Recreation supports "Momentia," the movement to welcome, engage and empower those living with dementia in our community. Winter activities include Minds in Motion—a weekly fitness class designed for people living with Early Stage Memory Loss; Arts in the Park Watercolor Painting—an opportunity for park exploration, socializing, and creative expression; Remember the Hungry—a monthly opportunity for those living with Early Stage Memory Loss to give back to the community and build meaningful relationships; snowshoeing; a zoo walk; and more. The department is a member of the Alzheimer's Services Coalition, building a dementia-friendly Seattle. For information on classes and activities for individuals with dementia, click on the image. For more information, contact recreation specialist Mari Becker (206-684-4664 or mari.becker@seattle.gov).

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).

Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Special Training for City of Seattle Employees

Tuesdays, January 7–February 11, 2014, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower (room numbers to be announced after registration)

Register now for Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a series of six workshops offered during a long lunch hour in the Seattle Municipal Tower, for City of Seattle and other downtown employees. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based educational series that provides unpaid family caregivers with the skills and confidence needed to better care for themselves while caring for others. Caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions. The workshop series is free. Space is limited. Online pre-registration and full attendance is required. Register on Employee Self Service (ESS) by December 31. Hosted by the Seattle Human Services Department/Aging and Disability Services. For more information now, contact Carlos Pulido (206-615-0802 or Carlos.Pulido@seattle.gov).

here:now Gallery Tours for Individuals Living with Dementia

Tuesdays, January 7, February 4, March 4 & April 1, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
The Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Sign up now for this FREE program designed for individuals with young-onset or early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. Each month specially trained museum educators and gallery guides lead discussion-based tours highlighting works of art in the galleries. Tours include activities in the galleries. here:now was developed by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association's Western and Central Washington Chapter and Elderwise® and is made possible by support from the Frye Foundation, Humanities Washington, and Frye Art Museum members and donors. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 206-432-8211.

Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

The Round Table Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging meets monthly for interactive and meaningful dialogue about current research and clinical practice. It provides opportunities to interact with community professionals who may be working with similar clinical issues, each from a unique perspective. In advance of each gathering, participants are asked to read a piece of research literature about a clinical issue in aging that provides the framework for the group discussion. The January topic is "Dementia: Lies & Deception—Is It Acceptable?" Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information about the series or to register, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

Essential Tremor: Diagnosis Process and Treatment Options

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Bellevue Hilton
300 Lake Washington Blvd. SE, Bellevue

What's shaking? If you or someone you care about shakes a lot, it could be Essential Tremor (ET) or some other movement disorder. ET is a progressive neurological condition that can cause the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk of the body to shake and can cause significant disability. It is often confused with Parkinson's Disease or Dystonia. Many people with ET never seek medical care, though most would benefit from treatment. Guest speakers Dr. Ryder Gwinn and Dr. Sindhu Srivatsal will explain causes, diagnosis, research and treatment options. Presented by the International Essential Tremor Foundation in partnership with Swedish Neuroscience Institute, the event is free; however, parking in the Bellevue Hilton lot is $5. Registration is required—call 888-387-3667 or visit www.essentialtremor.org/seminars.

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.

Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

The Round Table Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging meets monthly for interactive and meaningful dialogue about current research and clinical practice. It provides opportunities to interact with community professionals who may be working with similar clinical issues, each from a unique perspective. In advance of each gathering, participants are asked to read a piece of research literature about a clinical issue in aging that provides the framework for the group discussion. The February topic is "Depression: Depletion or Developmental Change." Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information about the series or to register, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tours for Individuals Living with Dementia

Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26; April 2, 9, 2014; 2:30–4:30 p.m.
The Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

The six-session class offers art-making experiences and discussion-based gallery tours with a short social time concluding each session. here:now was developed by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association's Western and Central Washington Chapter and Elderwise® and is made possible by support from the Frye Foundation, Humanities Washington, and Frye Art Museum members and donors. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 206-432-8211.

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.

Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

The Round Table Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging meets monthly for interactive and meaningful dialogue about current research and clinical practice. It provides opportunities to interact with community professionals who may be working with similar clinical issues, each from a unique perspective. In advance of each gathering, participants are asked to read a piece of research literature about a clinical issue in aging that provides the framework for the group discussion. The March topic is "Geriatric Syndromes: The Frailty Identity Crisis." Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information about the series or to register, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

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.

Older Americans Month

May 2014

Every year since 1963, May has been a month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. This winter and spring, think about ways that you can celebration older members of your community—they are productive, active, and influential members of society, sharing essential talents, wisdom, and life experience with their families, friends, and neighbors. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/olderamericansmonth.

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.