Aging Your Way: Ideas, Action, and Get-Crazy-Connected!

Magnus Moseray gets down at World Dance Party!

How would you like to join 299 other local folks to help build cohesive, interdependent communities that support healthy aging in King County? Yes? Then register for the Aging Your Way Community Connections Conference:  Moving from I to We on Thursday, June 26, 2014 (8:30–4:00 p.m.) at South Seattle College (6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle).

You may be wondering, "Why should I attend another conference with boring keynote speeches and top-down lectures? I'll spend most of my time playing solitaire!" Oh, no, you won't—this is a fun and interactive day!

Here's a peek at the agenda:

  • Personal Stories—The Talk Story Segment: Hear fascinating stories from local elders, immigrants, and other community members who are connected to supportive networks, and also hear from those who experience gaps.

    Chris talks with several elders about his ideas for a community that supports all ages.

  • Projects that Work—The Showcase Segment: Learn interactively about local projects that have begun to "crack the code" by working with people's gifts and talents to build reciprocity and resilience, and going beyond merely filling needs with services.
  • 25/10—The Ideas and Action Segment: We'll come up with 25 ideas and then use electronic polling to get to 10 good ones. Then you'll meet with the idea-group you care most about to begin working on it right at the conference. After the conference, Aging Your Way will help the Top Ten groups grow as they make their ideas reality.

    Aging Your Way participants Bill and Anna offer their ideas on housing and transportation amenities in an aging-friendly community.

  • World Dance Party—The Get-Crazy-Connected Segment: To really get connected, we are including a World Dance Party where you will learn a new dance every 15 minutes.  Connect with the person next to you, whoever that may be.  

The folks who are attending the Aging Your Way Community Connections Conference are active community members; nonprofit, business, and government leaders; folks in informal networks and groups; foundation representatives; researchers; and others who are interested in new projects that support reciprocity and resiliency. Throughout the day, facilitator Jim Diers will help people engage and provide opportunities to get involved.  

Register today! There's a small registration fee ($25), which buys you continental breakfast, lunch, engagement, and a dance party.

To learn more, read Aging Your Way Conference Will Build Community Connections in the April issue of AgeWise King County.

Contributor Dori Gillam manages Aging Your Way for Senior Services, a community-based nonprofit that serves older King County residents. For more information, visit www.seniorservices.org/agingyourway, 'Like' Aging Your Way on Facebook, or e-mail Dori at dorig@seniorservices.org.