February Calendar

Facing the Future Together

The Arc of King County is offering a free one-day workshop in February for anyone who assists a relative or other loved one with developmentally disabilities. For more information, contact Cathy at clacefield@arcofkingcounty.org or 206-829-7047.

here:now Gallery Tours for Individuals Living with Dementia

Tuesdays, February 4, March 4 & April 1, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 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.

Community Forums for Seniors

Wednesdays, February 5–19, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
2801 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church offers free community forums for seniors, presented by the church's Senior Care Support and Outreach Ministry. Topics include Feb. 5—Elder Law (documents needed for health care/end-of-life directives and more); Feb. 12—Free home repairs for seniors, disabled and veterans; and Feb. 19—The Five Wishes (Advance Planning Document preparation). For more information, contact Minister Shirley Perry-Poston(425-927-3158 or seniorcaresom1@gmail.com).    

TED Talks with Carin Mack

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–12 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

TED (Technology Entertainment Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to sharing ideas worth spreading. TED offers more than 900 talks online. Come to the Greenwood Senior Center to view a talk and then participate in an in-depth discussion led by Carin Mack. Free. For more information, call Greenwood Senior Center at 206-297-0875.

LGBTQ Friends and Neighbors Reception

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
South East Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

This is a free, friendly, low-key event for Southeast Seattle residents who are gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, especially those who are seniors. Snacks, beverages, resources and live music are provided. For more information, contact the South East Seattle Senior Center at 206-722-0317 or visit www.sessc.org.

Good Grief: Jewish Traditions & Practical Preparations for End-of-Life

Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom
6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle

Bereavement in Judaism is a combination of minhag (custom) and mitzvah (commandment) derived from the Torah and rabbinic texts. The details of observance and practice vary, but are significant to those at their end of days, mourners and others in the Jewish community. Topics include Documents, Laws & Finances (February 6), Comforting the Dying & Bereaved (February 13), Burials, Funerals & Other Practical Concerns (February 20), and Jewish Mourning Rituals (February 27). $12 per session, $36 for the series. Financial assistance is available. Advance registration required (click here). For more information, click on the flyer or contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.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.

Free Financial Resource Fair

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Pearl Warren Building
606 12th Avenue South, Seattle

This free event will feature sign-ups for the following: Affordable Health Care, Food Stamps, SSI, IRS tax preparation, a bank account, credit report review, low-income energy assistance, and student aid. Workshops and booths will feature immunizations, senior services, legal services, Bank On Washington, LIHEAP, and budgeting on SNAP. Free food, raffles, and children's activities are included. For more information, call 206-220-6213.

Finances 50+

Mondays, February 10 and February 24, 2014, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Renton WorkSource
500 SW 7th Street, Suite 100, Renton

Do you feel overwhelmed by not having enough money or simply hope to save more toward a comfortable retirement? The AARP Foundation invites you to learn new skills to take control of your finances by managing your debt, repairing and rebuilding your credit, increasing your savings, and learning smart money habits. Two free interactive sessions will give you tools for achieving goals future financial security. Free course materials and refreshments. For reservations or program questions, contact AARP at 800-646-2283 or visit www.aarp.org/wa.

Go with the Flow: Reducing Frustration and Increasing Joy in Caregiving

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Dementia expert Teepa Snow will be featured at a workshop for family caregivers and professionals. Caregivers will learn how to minimize difficult conversations and resistive behaviors; create positive responses from the people they care for; recognize "burn out" and restore the caregiving relationship; and bring joy into caregiving. RSVP required by Tuesday, February 4. Complimentary respite will be available at the Northshore Health and Wellness Center on a first-come, first-serve basis, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Nikki (425-948-7183 or nikkib@seniorservices.org).

Tea and Tunes Concert

Wednesday, February 11, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Northgate Community Center Multipurpose Room
10510 5th Ave. NE, Seattle

Come to Lifelong Recreation Northeast's winter concert. Mary Cower (piano) and Mary McKay (soprano) will entertain with gospel, spirituals, golden oldies, Broadway, and folk songs! For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors.

A Day Of Learning for Caregivers

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

The Greenwood Senior Center and Careforce are proud to be offering a day of learning for caregivers with Teepa Snow, an advocate for those living with dementia. Teepa has made it her mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to live with such challenges. As one of America's leading educators on dementia, Teepa has developed a care philosophy that reflects her education, medical research, first-hand caregiving experiences, and work experience. Schedule: What Happens to Memory? What is Lost…What is Kept? (10:00 a.m.); lunch on your own (or bring your own); How Life-Long Personality Traits and Preferences Affect Behavior and Needs (1:00 p.m.). Free, but RSVP at 206-297-0875. For this and other resources for dementia caregivers, visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc/social.html.

Washington State Alzheimer's Advocacy Day 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Washington State Capitol, Olympia

Take action and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families. Learn about the legislative process, meet face-to-face with elected officials, tell your personal story and bring awareness to the importance of policy priorities so legislators can make decisions that will affect caregivers and families. To register, e-mail advocacy@alzwa.org or call 206-529-3867. For more information, visit www.alzwa.org/cms/waadvocacy.

Washington State Senior Lobby Day 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
State Capitol Campus, Olympia

Stay tuned for more information about the 2014 Senior Lobby Day in Olympia, which starts with an informative off-campus gathering followed by scheduled appointments with state legislators. For more information, visit www.waseniorlobby.org. Register to attend by contacting Karen Bowen, Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby, at 360-754-0207 or info@waseniorlobby.org.

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.

Finances 50+

Thursdays, February 20, February 27 & March 6, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
AARP Washington State Office
9750 3rd Avenue NE, Suite 450, Seattle

Do you feel overwhelmed by not having enough money or simply hope to save more toward a comfortable retirement? The AARP Foundation invites you to learn new skills to take control of your finances by managing your debt, repairing and rebuilding your credit, increasing your savings, and learning smart money habits. Three free interactive sessions will give you tools for achieving goals future financial security. Free course materials and refreshments. For reservations or program questions, contact AARP at 800-646-2283 or visit www.aarp.org/wa.

Finances 50+

Fridays, February 21, February 28 & March 7, 2014, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, PACCAR Conference Room #6
1000 4th Avenue, Seattle

Do you feel overwhelmed by not having enough money or simply hope to save more toward a comfortable retirement? The AARP Foundation invites you to learn new skills to take control of your finances by managing your debt, repairing and rebuilding your credit, increasing your savings, and learning smart money habits. Three free interactive sessions will give you tools for achieving goals future financial security. Free course materials and refreshments. For reservations or program questions, contact AARP at 800-646-2283 or visit www.aarp.org/wa.

Transportation for People with Disabilities

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lake City Library
12501 28th Avenue NE, Seattle

The Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities invites you to a forum for individuals with disabilities to discuss transportation challenges in Seattle, including access, discrimination, and other concerns. Recommendations will go to the Seattle Mayor and City Council. Free—everyone is welcome! ASL will be provided. Click on the flyer for more information. Contact Ronald Ramp (ronald.ramp@seattle.gov or 206-684-0390) for more information or ADA accommodations.

Wallingford "Happy Hour"

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
(Lower level of the Good Shepherd Center)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Join the Wallingford Community Senior Center on fourth Tuesdays for "happy hour"—a monthly special event, speaker, or practice to help you find happiness. In February, learn about "Laughing Yoga!" Suggested donation: $3 members/$5 general public. Advance registration is appreciated. For more information, call 206-461-7825 or visit www.wallingfordseniors.org.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers—Carnation

Tuesdays, February 25–April 1, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Sno-Valley Senior Center
4610 Stephens Avenue, Carnation

Do you provide care for a spouse, parent or adult child? Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week class that encourages and equips caregivers to take care of themselves in order to provide even better care for a loved one. Learn and share ideas with others who are on a similar caregiving journey. Learn how to reduce stress; access valuable resources; communicate effectively with family, doctors, and home help; reduce guilt, anger and depression; make tough decisions; and resolve problems. Free, but registration is required due to limited class size. Pre-register by calling Michelle at Evergreen Care Network (425-899-3217) or Karen at Sno-Valley Senior Center (425-333-4152).

Rampathon 2014 for Low-Income Homeowners

Friday, February 28, 2014
Application Deadline

Volunteers from the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties will gather together in May to build free access ramps for low-income homeowners, veterans, seniors and children in need in both counties. The deadline for applications is February 28. A neighbor or relative may also apply for an eligible person. For more information, call 425-451-7920 or visit www.mba-ks.com.

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.

Navigation: Pathways to Help and Hope—Early Stage Memory Loss Forum

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Venue announced when you register

The Alzheimer's Association 3rd Annual Early Stage Memory Loss Forum is specifically designed for and limited to people who have mild memory loss due to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias. This event is not open to professionals. Enjoy a day of education, inspiration, and resource sharing for those living with mild memory loss. For more information, visit www.alzwa.org/cms/esmlforum or contact Debbie Williams (dwilliams@alz.org or 206-529-3887).

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

New classes start March 11, 2014
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

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.

Snohomish County Alzheimer's Family Caregiver Conference

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Unity in Lynnwood
16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway, Lynnwood

This conference is designed to provide tools and encouragement for family caregivers caring for loved ones with dementia. Three workshop topics are offered, specific to family caregivers. Visit http://www.alzwa.org/cms/scfcc/docs/scfcc-brochure.pdf for details. Register by March 14. For more information, call 206-529-3893 or e-mail SnoFamCaregiverConf@alzwa.org.

Wallingford "Happy Hour"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
(Lower level of the Good Shepherd Center)
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle

Join the Wallingford Community Senior Center on fourth Tuesdays for "happy hour"—a monthly special event, speaker, or practice to help you find happiness. In February, learn about “Stress-less Guided Meditation” Suggested donation: $3 members/$5 general public. Advance registration is appreciated. For more information, call 206-461-7825 or visit www.wallingfordseniors.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.

Universal Design: Applications in Education

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4080
700 5th Avenue (between Columbia & Cherry Streets), Seattle

This is education but it's not just about kids! Universal Design supports ease of living for individuals at any age and ability. The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to a presentation by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington School of Education, who founded and directs the UW's DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) and Access Technology Centers. She'll talk about the application of Universal Design to technology, learning activities, physical spaces, and student services in educational settings. For more information, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit www.environmentsforall.org

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.

Save the Date! Discovery 2014: Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Friday, May 16, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle

Save the date for the Alzheimer's Association 29th annual conference, which will be filled with evidence-based education designed for professionals. A total of 5 CE and CEU credits may be awarded for attendance at four 85-minute sessions. Family caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.alzwa.org/cms/DiscoveryConf, e-mail DiscoveryConf@alzwa.org, or call 206-529-3894.

Save the Date: Challenges in Caregiving—Giving Care, Taking Care

Monday, June 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

If you care for an elder family member, friend, or community member, or an adult with disabilities, this conference is for you. Keynote speaker Elaine K. Sanchez—author, speaker and co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com—brings her personal experiences and passion for helping others manage the emotional stress of caregiving. Learn how to manage incontinence, reduce family conflict, improve communication, reduce stress, plan legal and financial affairs, care for people with developmental disabilities or with dementia, and find hope and humor in caregiving. Early registration fee (through May 14) is $30 for family and volunteer caregivers and $50 for agency-based community caregivers. No registration at the door. For more information, click here or call 360-725–2544 (toll-free 800-422-3263) to leave a voice message.

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.