March Calendar

Medicare 101

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
JFS Capitol Hill Campus
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Whether you are already on Medicare or about to become eligible, some aspects of it may seem confusing. Come to this workshop for an overview of the different parts of Medicare (Parts A, B, C, D and supplements), what they cover, and how they work. There will be a discussion of the different ways you can receive your benefits, including the pros, cons and approximate costs. $13 in advance, $18 at the door. For more information, click here. To register, contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org).

King County Department of Assessments Presentation

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center Social Hall
4655 S. Holly St, Seattle

Did you know that State law provides two tax benefit programs for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities—property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals? Residents on fixed incomes are encouraged to learn whether they can take advantage these programs. Come hear Phillip Sit, King County Department of Assessments, talk about property valuations, taxes and property tax relief for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Free. Register to attend by calling the Southeast Seattle Senior Center at 206-722-0317. 

here:now Gallery Tours for Individuals Living with Dementia

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

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.

Protecting Yourself from Financial Exploitation

Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Enjoy four educational, fun, and interactive sessions on Protecting Yourself from Financial Exploitation at the Kent Senior Activity Center's Be Well workshops in March. Topics include Identity Theft (March 5); Mail, Internet and Telephone Scams (March 12); Door-to-Door Sales & Solicitors (March 19); and Family & Charitable Giving (March 26). For details, see page 12 of the Center’s winter brochure, visit www.Kent50plus.com or call 253-856-5150.

The Artist's Way Series

Wednesdays, March 5 & March 26, 2014, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Lower Level, Seattle

Explore and expand your creativity, using Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way principles and framework. The Puget Sound Artist's Way Group was founded by Victoria Dzenis, a Certified Professional Coach and an artist in her own right. Discover and recover your creative self! Start whenever you like—one session or many. New participants are always welcome but be sure to register in advance (206-461-7825 or register@wallingfordseniors.org). Per session fees: $13 Wallingford and Greenwood Senior Center members/$15 non-members. (Other workshops in this series are scheduled April 16, May 7, May 28, June 18, July 9, July 30, August 20, September 10 and October 1.)

Scam-Jam: Learn To Spot The Cons Before They Spot You!    

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)
The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle

Con-artists are targeting you and the people you care about. Learn about today's leading scams and hear tips learned straight from the con-artists themselves about who they target and why. Attendees will leave with free materials and tips straight from the experts—plus, breakfast is provided free and, following the event, attendees can enjoy free admission to the Museum of Flight. This event is free but space is limited so pre-registration is required. Register online or call (toll-free) 1-877-926-8300.

Later Life Decisions: Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Lower Level, Seattle

Decisions about important issues can be difficult at any age, and it's great to get help when you need it. Good advice can help prevent family conflict and ensure your wishes are carried out by having the right legal documents. Attorney Janet Smith, NW Elder Law Group, will outline how to get us started. The workshop is free, but advance registration appreciated. For more information or to register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org.

Film Series: Positive Images of Aging

Friday, March 7, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Cinematic entertainment, discussions and snacks—what's not to like? The March film is Quartet, a movie set in a home for retired musicians, that examines their relationships, disrupted by the arrival of an old friend. The film series program is facilitated by Ruth McCormick. Admission is free. Positive Images of Aging films are shown on the first Friday of every month. For film details or other information, call the Greenwood Senior Center at 206-297-0875.

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

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way N., Seattle

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. Note: 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).

Better With Age - Living a Full Life Together in Northeast Seattle

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Full Life Care North Seattle Adult Day Health Center
6555 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle

This exciting neighborhood event features innovative programs that support people as they age in their home and community, including activities, caregiver support, dementia care, volunteer opportunities, and programs for individuals with disabilities. You'll get an overview of the programs offered by Full Life Care, North East Seattle Together (NEST), Northwest Center for Creative Aging, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Arrive by 2:15 to receive your "passport" to become eligible for raffle prizes. Enjly an afternoon of fun, refreshments, and community building! For directions or other information, contact the North Seattle Adult Day Health Center (206-528-5300 or kristino@fulllifecare.org).

Seniors Training Seniors Computer Classes

March 10 & March 12 (Computer Basics), 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
March 17 & March 19 (Beyond Basics), 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Lower Level, Seattle

Seniors Training Seniors, a program of the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens, offers computer classes at venues throughout Seattle. At Wallingford Community Senior Center, you can take Computer Basics and Beyond Basics classes that will take you from an introduction to the world of computers to the knowledge and skills you need to use your computer effectively on a daily basis. Click on the flyer for details of each class level. Class fee: $10 Wallingford members and $15 general public. For more information or to register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org.

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).

Don't Get Scammed: Consumer Law for Seniors

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Lower Level, Seattle

Protect your money from the latest pitfalls and scams  with information from the Northwest Consumer Law Center. Discuss reverse mortgages, bankruptcy, new scams, and more! The workshop is free, but advance registration appreciated. For more information or to register, call 206-461-7825 or e-mail register@wallingfordseniors.org.

Greenwood Alzheimer's Café

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Ampersand Café
424 North 85th Street, Seattle

Alzheimer's Cafes are a popular activity for persons with memory loss and their care partners. No judgment or expectations—just companionship, great food, and fun! No cost, except for items ordered from the menu. For more information about the Greenwood event, contact Lindsey Ismailova at Full Life Care (lindseyi@fulllifecare.org or 206-224-3764). Note: See the Momentia event (next door) at 5:30 p.m. the same day. For information about Alzheimer's Cafes in Rainier Valley and Renton, click here or contact Doug Harkness at Full Life Care (206-224-3757 or dough@fulllifecare.org).

Momentia: The New Dementia Story

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Kendall Center, Taproot Theatre
208 North 85th Street, Seattle

Hear "the new dementia story" as told by persons living with memory loss and demonstrated by innovative programs transforming our community. Interactive presentations include: "Faces of Memory Loss" project; Taproot Theatre dementia- friendly improv; and the Frye Art Museum here:now arts engagement program. Moderated by Marigrace Becker, MSW. $10 suggested donation to Washington Pioneer Network includes appetizers. Drinks available to purchase. RSVP to Lindsey Ismailova (lindseyi@fulllifecare.org or 206-224-3764). Note: See the Greenwood Alzheimer's Café event (next door) at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

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.

Conversations on Aging at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle

This intriguing monthly conversation series is supported by a trained facilitator from the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. Conversations on Aging are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Free but reservations are requested. For more information or to register, call 206-297-0875.

Hunger Action Week

Monday, March 17–Saturday, March 22, 2014

Washington is the 15th hungriest state in the country. Hunger Action Week focuses attention on hunger's harmful impact on our community and the ways we can solve hunger together. Challenge yourself (and your family) to live on $6.30 per day when you take the Food Stamp Challenge! Learn more on the United Way of King County Hunger Action Week webpage.

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I Am Caregiver—Hear Me Roar: Harnessing Your Inner Talents

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Mill Creek Senior Center
15720 Main Street, Suite 210, Mill Creek

When was the last time you felt powerful? Caregiving often tosses us into a world of unfamiliar territory that can leave us feeling unrecognizable and defeated. This workshop will help caregivers locate the strengths and talents they've always carried or came upon as a result of caring for a loved one. Through reflective writing exercises and group sharing, caregivers will rediscover their personal power sources and the ways they can bring a boost to caregiving and life. Free. Pre-registration is required—contact facilitator Nikki Bagli, MSW (425-948-7183 or nikki@seniorservices.org).

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.

Emergency Messaging to Vulnerable Populations

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Southcenter DoubleTree Suites
16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle

Emergency managers, public information officers, and representatives from community and faith organizations throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties are invited to attend a workshop to learn how to get timely, accurate and potentially life-saving information during a disaster, regardless of where people live, what languages they speak, and what abilities or disabilities they may have. Learn more about emergency notification and warning to vulnerable populations, including the development and dissemination of key messages and the use of diverse networks to deliver time-sensitive, life-safety information. This event is free and lunch will be provided, but space is limited and registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.

Song Circle for People with Memory Loss

Thursdays, March 20–April 24, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St, Seattle

Song Circle provides an opportunity for people with Early Stage Memory Loss to sing or listen to familiar standards, songs from musicals, rounds, hymns, and songs from childhood. Song sheets will be provided. Bring your voice and sing from your heart. For cost and to register, call the Greenwood Senior Center at 206-297-0875.

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 www.alzwa.org/cms/scfcc for details. Register by March 14. For more information, call 206-529-3893 or e-mail SnoFamCaregiverConf@alzwa.org.

African American Caregiver Forum: Caring for Loved Ones with Memory Loss

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The Central
500 30th Avenue South, Seattle

Come to the African American Caregiver Forum to learn from experts about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias: what we know about them, what can be done to treat them; legal concerns and resources for caregivers; tips on keeping the brain and body healthy; self-care for the caregiver; and more. The forum is free to attend and includes a continental breakfast and boxed lunch, but pre-registration is required. To attend, RSVP to Sydney Lewis (206-764-2984 or sydney.lewis@va.gov). Respite care available—contact Full Life Care at 206-528-5315 for more information.

Financial Resource Day

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave S., Seattle

The 4th Annual Financial Resource Day (formerly known as Financial Fitness Day) will provide you with one-on-one assistance on a wide range of financial issues, including tax preparation, credit counseling (and free credit reports), housing counseling, applying for public benefits, help with student loan applications, shredding documents, etc. New resources this year include job readiness (e.g., resume-writing and job hunting skills); citizenship application and fee waiver assistance; and help with applying for veterans benefits. For more information, click here or e-mail Lydia Assefa-Dawson at lydiaad@kcha.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.

Arts in the Park for People with Memory Loss

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Seattle Japanese Garden
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E., Seattle  

Arts in the Park is a watercolor painting exploration program for people living with early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners, led by an Elderwise facilitator, presented in partnership by Elderwise and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Due to limited space, pre-registration is required and a small fee is collected. All materials will be provided. For cost and to register, contact Seattle Parks and Recreation Specialist Cheryl Brown at 206-386-9106.

Diabetes Expo 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place, Seattle

If you or a loved one has diabetes or is concerned about pre-diabetes, learn how to live healthy, be active, and change the future of diabetes for you and your family. Register to attend this free expo, which includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, research and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy. For more information or to register, visit www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/diabetes-expos/seattle.

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.

Plan Now! 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, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place, 6th Floor, 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: South King County Care Transitions Conference

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wesley Homes, The Terrace
816 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Health care professionals, human services providers, caregivers, and community leaders are invited to a one-day conference focused on improving patient transitions among hospital and community care settings in order to eliminate unnecessary hospitalizations. Individuals and organizations interested in improving care transitions, particularly in but not limited to south and southwest Seattle and South King County, are invited to attend. Registration is not open yet, but prospective participants are encouraged to complete an interest survey to indicate which presentation or workshop titles appeal to them. The day will be structured around those interests. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/CTconference.

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.