Older Americans Month Calendar

May is Older Americans Month!

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 month is one of 12 opportunities to celebrate the older members of our 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.


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Now through Thursday, May 15, 2014

Now through May 15, 2014, low-income seniors can apply to receive $40 checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County. For more eligibility information and applications, visit the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program webpage.

Register Now: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Thursdays, May 1–June 5, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

This free six-week evidence-based course is for family caregivers of older adults with long-term conditions. The curriculum provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. The Caregiver Handbook will be available for purchase. The class is limited to 13 participants and registration is required. To register, call 206-297-0875.

Inspire Positive Aging Award: Nomination Deadline

Friday, May 2, 2014
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Senior Services' annual Inspire Positive Aging award is given to an elder resident of Seattle-King County who exemplifies positive aging through community involvement, healthy living, creativity, and aging with grace. The best nominations describe how the older person has inspired others to age with enthusiasm. The award will be presented at the Senior Services annual meeting on Saturday, May 31. One winner will be chosen to receive two domestic round-trip plane tickets to a destination of his/her choice, plus a one-year membership to a senior center. The nominator will receive a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. For entry rules and the nomination form, visit www.inspire-award.org or call Wendy at 206-727-6205.

Intensive Workshop: Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatric Care

Fridays, May 2, 9 & 16, 2014, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services, Lillian Rice Center
2208 Second Avenue, Seattle

What is the meaning of quality of life? Come to this intensive workshop for professionals in the field of aging to find out. Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information or to register, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.org or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - Capitol Hill

Fridays, May 2–June 6, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free six-week class offered by Jewish Family Service and Senior Services. The class focuses on how caregivers can take better care of themselves so they can better care for their loved one. Topics include stress management, navigating emotions, communication skills, dealing with difficult decisions, and setting boundaries. Class space is limited so registration is required. To register, contact John at 206-727-6231 or johnd@seniorservices.org.

Continuing Education for Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers

Fridays, May 2 & June 6, 2014
Aegis Madison
2200 E Madison St, Seattle

Longtime geriatric social worker Karen Kent is offering three classes for mental health counselors and social workers. Topics include Navigating Systems for Elders: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security & Community Resources (May 2) and Grief in the Aging Population (June 6). For more information, including time and cost, contact Karen Kent, Creative Geriatric Services, at 206-992-8028 or karentkent@gmail.com.

American Lung Association Respiratory Rally

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th Street, Seattle

The Respiratory Rally is a free educational event for lung disease patients and families hosted by the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific (see the article in the April 2014 issue of Agewise King County). To reduce barriers in attending, the event is free and includes lunch and valet parking. Oxygen is available. As space is limited, registration is appreciated—visit www.respiratoryrally.com and click on the Seattle option. Walk-in registration will be available as space permits. Participants can leave early. Those arriving late should pre-register to save a spot. For more information, contact Allison Moroni (amoroni@alaw.org or 206-512-3294).

Central District Timebank

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Library
2300 East Yesler Way, Seattle

If you live in or near the Central District, learn about the CD Timebank, where you give what you can and get what you need—particularly good for talented older adults who may not be able to do everything on their own. Timebanking is free and easy—you give time by doing something for one member, earn credit, and then use that time credit to get a service from another member. For more information, visit www.cdtimebank.org.

Bellevue Celebrates Older Americans Month

Monday, May 5, 2014
Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers (1E-126)
450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue

The Bellevue City Council will issue a proclamation for Older Americans Month at their regular meeting on Monday, May 5. The Bellevue Network on Aging will accept the proclamation and talk about what is going on in Bellevue for the month. For more information, contact Alex O’Reilly at AOReilly@bellevuewa.gov.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Mondays, May 5–June 16, 2014 (no class on May 26), 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Peter Kirk Community Center
352 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland

Do you—as a spouse, adult child, relative or friend as a spouse, adult child, relative or friend—provide care for an adult loved one with a chronic illness or disability? Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week educational series designed to provide you, the caregiver, with tools needed to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Classes consist of interactive sessions, discussions and brainstorming to help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action in your life. Classes are free and taught by trained and certified class leaders. Space is limited—reservations required. To register, contact the Peter Kirk Community Center at 425-587-3360. Sponsored by Northshore Senior Center. Visit www.northshoreseniorcenter.org for more information.

Hoarding Seminar

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
SeviceMaster
1600 132nd Avenue NE, Bellevue

Come to a free hoarding seminar with Matt Paxton, the extreme cleaning expert featured on A&E's hit show Hoarders. Talk about hoarding and special communication techniques for both families and hoarders. Paxton will share some of his favorite hoarding stories. Free lunch and a Q&A session follow the seminar.  Each attendee will receive a free copy of Paxton's book, The Secret Lives of Hoarders. For more information, visit www.cluttercleaner.com.

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Healthy Aging Partnership Film Festival

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 5:30–9:00 p.m.
Naked City Brewery Screening Room
8564 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the Healthy Aging Partnership is sponsoring a festival featuring short films that celebrate aging. See the article in this issue. A reception is planned from 5:30–7:00 p.m., featuring appetizers and a no-host bar. Screenings and awards occur from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Reservations are required; e-mail HAP-events@4elders.org to save your seat!

Mental Health and Community Resources Fair

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland

Come to the 7th annual Mental Health and Community Resources Fair! For more information, e-mail neera.mehta@lwtech.edu or call 425-739-8300.

Getting Around While Growing Older

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
UW School of Social Work, Room 305
4101 15th Avenue NE, Seattle

What is it like to move around without a car? What programs and resources are available for people who no longer drive? What role can planners, engineers, analysts, and social workers play to make King County accessible for its older residents? Join us for an interdisciplinary panel discussion of the intersection of transportation and aging. All students, professionals, and King County residents are welcome! For more information, contact hbinder@uw.edu.

Life Reimagined Checkup

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Portage Bay Cafe Ballard
2821 NW Market Street, Seattle

Woulda, coulda, shoulda? It's time for will, can, did! We all think about "What's Next" but often wonder where to start and how to make it real. That's why AARP brought together the top thinkers to help create Life Reimagined, an innovative new program that helps each of us identify and achieve our goals, no matter where we are in life. Sometimes the process of doing something different can be daunting. And maybe you need a little encouragement to take that next step. With Life Reimagined you'll get a personalized approach that helps you navigate the next phase of your life. And you’ll be inspired by people just like you who've imagined their lives in extraordinary ways. Doors open at 6:00 for check in and networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or visit www.aarp.org/wa. For more information, visit www.LifeReimagined.org.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, May 9, 2014, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
International Community Health Services
720 8th Avenue South, Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services meets on the second Friday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council or contact Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Life Reimagined Checkup

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle

Woulda, coulda, shoulda? It's time for will, can, did! We all think about "What's Next" but often wonder where to start and how to make it real. That's why AARP brought together the top thinkers to help create Life Reimagined, an innovative new program that helps each of us identify and achieve our goals, no matter where we are in life. Sometimes the process of doing something different can be daunting. And maybe you need a little encouragement to take that next step. With Life Reimagined you'll get a personalized approach that helps you navigate the next phase of your life. And you’ll be inspired by people just like you who've imagined their lives in extraordinary ways. Doors open at 6:00 for check in and networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or visit www.aarp.org/wa. For more information, visit www.LifeReimagined.org.

Focus on Falls: Falls Prevention in Community Dwelling Older Adults

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
UW Tower Auditorium
4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle

Join the UW Alumni Association and the UW School of Nursing for the 2014 De Tornyay Center Healthy Aging Spring Lecture, featuring Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS. Read "Falls: Not an Inevitable Consequence of Aging" in this issue. Click here to read Dr. Phelan's bio. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Thursdays, May 15, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Senior Coffee Hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn about City programs and services and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. Refreshments are served. For speakers and other information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

The Dementia Friendly Community: Applying a Philosophy of Inclusion for Persons with Dementia

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle – Great Hall
1119 8th Ave., Seattle

The Alzheimer's Association invites you to join Cameron Camp, PhD to discuss inclusion of individuals with dementia in the life of your community. Examples of dementia-friendly communities internationally will be presented, along with a discussion of how making communities dementia-friendly actually enhances quality of life for all members of a community. Ways to translate this model into long-term care also will be presented. Admission $5 at the door. For more information, click here or call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Hotline at 1-800-272-3900 (TDD 1-866-403-3073) or e-mail info@alz.org.

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.

Insight: A Low Vision Expo

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood

The 2014 Low Vision Expo will include a presentation by Dr. Orli Weisser-Pike, occupational therapist and low-vision therapist, break-out discussion sessions, and an Assistive Technology Lab with trainers demonstrating the features of a wide variety of devices that help in everyday life. Entry to Insight: A Low Vision Expo is by suggested donation of $20 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit www.sightconnection.org or call 206-525-5556.

12th Annual Latina Health Fair / Feria de Salud para Latinas

Saturday, May 17, 2014
South Park Community Center
8319 8th Avenue South, Seattle

Come to the 12th annual Latina Health Fair, hosted by Sea Mar Community Health Centers, for free health screenings, health education, and other resources. The event is free and no appointment is required. For more information, e-mail Ismenia at latinahealthfair@seamarchc.org.

Renton Senior Health Fair

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Renton Housing Authority
2900 NE 10th Street, Renton

Residents of Renton and nearby communities can take advantage of free health screenings offered by local healthcare providers at the annual Older Americans Month health fair coordinated by Renton Housing Authority. Open to the public. For more information, e-mail Susan Dailey, MSW, Resident Services Coordinator, at sgd@rentonhousing.org or visit www.rentonhousing.org/events.html.

Older Americans Month in Washington State

Monday, May 19, 2014, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
State Legislative Building, Columbia Room
State Capitol Campus, Olympia

Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington Senior Citizens' Lobby will celebrate Older Americans Month with signing of a proclamation. For more information, contact Karen Bowen (360-754-0207 or info@waseniorlobby.org) or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.

Life Reimagined Checkup

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
The Central
500 30th Avenue South, Seattle

Woulda, coulda, shoulda? It's time for will, can, did! We all think about "What's Next" but often wonder where to start and how to make it real. That's why AARP brought together the top thinkers to help create Life Reimagined, an innovative new program that helps each of us identify and achieve our goals, no matter where we are in life. Sometimes the process of doing something different can be daunting. And maybe you need a little encouragement to take that next step. With Life Reimagined you'll get a personalized approach that helps you navigate the next phase of your life. And you’ll be inspired by people just like you who've imagined their lives in extraordinary ways. Doors open at 6:00 for check in and networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or visit www.aarp.org/wa. For more information, visit www.LifeReimagined.org.

Celebrating Lives in Pictures and Prose: An Exhibition of the Portraits and Stories of Council House Residents

Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Council House Dining Room
1501 17th Avenue, Seattle

In honor of Older American Month 2014, drop in to enjoy the exhibition, dessert, and live music with Council House residents, staff and community supports. For more information, call Amanda Daniels 206-323-0344 x204.

Lavender Ever After: Film Screening and Conversation on LGBTQ Aging

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
UW School of Social Work
4101 15th Ave NE, Room 305, Seattle

Join the UW School of Social Work and Jewish Family Service for a screening of Gen Silent (2011), a critically-acclaimed documentary about the lives of six LGBTQ seniors. Charles P. Hoy-Ellis, LICSW will facilitate a conversation and share insights from the Caring and Aging with Pride research project. Kosher refreshments will be served. Supported by Social Work Q and Gerontology Social Work student groups. This is a FREE program, but advance registration is required at gensilent.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784.

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. Read Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily 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.

Care Transitions: What Does It Really Look Like?

Thursday, June 5, 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. (Note: The date changed from May 20 to June 5.)

Leading Age Conference: Re-Defining Age

Monday, June 9–Thursday, June 12, 2014
Red Lion Hotel
Pasco, Washington

Leading Age Washington, the state trade association serving nonprofit and mission-driven organizations dedicated to providing quality housing and skilled long-term services, is holding their 63rd annual meeting and conference in June. For more information, call 253-964-8870 or visit the conference webpage.

Life Reimagined Checkup

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mercer Island Community Center
8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island

Woulda, coulda, shoulda? It's time for will, can, did! We all think about "What's Next" but often wonder where to start and how to make it real. That's why AARP brought together the top thinkers to help create Life Reimagined, an innovative new program that helps each of us identify and achieve our goals, no matter where we are in life. Sometimes the process of doing something different can be daunting. And maybe you need a little encouragement to take that next step. With Life Reimagined you'll get a personalized approach that helps you navigate the next phase of your life. And you’ll be inspired by people just like you who've imagined their lives in extraordinary ways. Doors open at 6:00 for check in and networking. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or visit www.aarp.org/wa. For more information, visit www.LifeReimagined.org.

Register Now: Aging Your Way Conference—"Moving from I to We"

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Brockey Center, South Seattle College
1600 16th Avenue SW, Seattle

Interested in trying out new approaches to aging in community and being connected in community? Register now to attend the Aging Your Way 2014 Community Connections Conference, facilitated by Jim Diers. Get inspired and motivated to build interdependent networks and partnerships—for yourself and for others. See the story in this newsletter. $25 per person (includes lunch). For more information, call 206-268-6737, e-mail dorig@seniorservices.org or visit www.seniorservices.org/agingyourway.

Plan Ahead: National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The theme for year's Falls Prevention Awareness Day is Strong Today, Falls-Free® Tomorrow. For history, tools and activities, visit the NCOA's Center for Healthy Aging falls prevention webpage.