August Calendar

Supporting Caregivers of Older Adults

Friday, August 1, 2014
Location to be announced

Longtime geriatric social worker Karen Kent offers classes for mental health counselors and social workers. For class time, place, and cost, contact Karen Kent, Creative Geriatric Services, at 206-992-8028 or karentkent@gmail.com.

Be Well: Gluten

Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends (or meet new ones) at the Kent Senior Center's Be Well workshops—educational, fun, and interactive sessions where you can learn to "be all that you can be." On August 6, learn about hidden health hazards in everyday food, including gluten—useful to some people, harmful to others. For more information, call 253-856-5150 or visit www.kent50plus.com.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, August 8, 2014, 11:45 a.m.–2 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council 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 (206-684-0652).

Shoreline Town Hall Meeting on Property Assessments

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Shoreline City Hall   
17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara from the Department of Assessment and representatives from the King County Board of Equalization will host a town hall meeting to discuss property valuations, taxes, senior and disabled exemptions and will also present information on the appeal process. Property values in West Shoreline for 2014 increased 15.6%, West Central Shoreline increased 16.2%, East Shoreline increased 16.2%, and Lake Forest Park/West Kenmore increased 20.5%. Property taxes fund state and county services, including roads, transit, schools, libraries, and hospitals.

For more information, see Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?, visit the King County Assessor's website at www.kingcounty.gov/assessor or contact Phillip Sit (206-263-2261 or phillip.sit@kingcounty.gov).

Senior Coffee Hour: Senior Information & Assistance

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Mission Tabernacle Baptist Church
2801 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Join the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens (MOSC) and Mission Tabernacle Baptist Church when they hear Alain Rhone, the MOSC Senior Information & Assistance Advocate, talk about local programs and resources for adults age 60+. People of all ages are welcome to attend, and particularly Seattle residents age 50+ and anyone who cares for an older adult. Senior Coffee Hours provide an opportunity to learn more about City programs and services, and officials an opportunity to hear from their older constituents. Coffee and refreshments are served. For more information, call 206-329-9794 or 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Be Well: Sugar

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends (or meet new ones) at the Kent Senior Center's Be Well workshops—educational, fun, and interactive sessions where you can learn to "be all that you can be." On August 13, learn about hidden health hazards in everyday food, including sugar, which can contribute to disease. For more information, call 253-856-5150 or visit www.kent50plus.com.

Mercer Island Town Hall Meeting on Property Assessments

Thursday, August 14, 2014, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Mercer Island Community and Event Center, Mercer Room
8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara from the Department of Assessments and Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett invite residents to learn more about their property assessments and values, senior and disabled exemptions, online services and the appeals process. The King County Assessor's Office annually values over 700,000 parcels and physically inspects 1/6th of the County. Mercer Island is a physical inspection area for 2014 and residential appraisers are currently updating property characteristics and information on Mercer Island. A representative from the King County Board of Equalization will present information on property valuation appeals. King County property owners have 60 days from the postmark date on their valuation notice to file an appeal.

For more information, see Are You Eligible for Property Tax Relief?, visit the King County Assessor's website at www.kingcounty.gov/assessor or contact Phillip Sit (206-263-2261 or phillip.sit@kingcounty.gov).

NW Universal Design Council Steering Committee Meeting

Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Aging and Disability Services
Seattle Municipal Tower, 51st floor, 700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) Steering Committee plans quarterly meetings and educational and advocacy activities for the full NWUDC. Universal Design considers all aspects of the built environment—homes, mobility routes, landscapes, commercial developments, products and life space, including equipment and architecture—with the goal of making them accessible to every person, regardless of age or ability. For more information, visit www.environmentsforall.org. For more information, contacting ADS planner Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov).

Be Well: Allergic Reactions

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join friends (or meet new ones) at the Kent Senior Center's Be Well workshops—educational, fun, and interactive sessions where you can learn to "be all that you can be." On August 20, learn about hidden health hazards in everyday food, including the symptoms, causes, and cures of food allergies. For more information, call 253-856-5150 or visit www.kent50plus.com.

Senior Coffee Hour: A Conversation with Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Join the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens when they welcome Tom Watson, who manages the EcoConsumer public education program for King County Solid Waste Division. As part of this effort, Tom writes a column for The Seattle Times and appears on local TV including regular EcoConsumer segments on the KOMO4 TV news. He is also a frequent radio guest, including weekly appearances on KOMO Newsradio (AM 1000 and FM 97.7). Bring your questions about waste reduction and clean consumer activities. Refreshments served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Gifting the World as We Age

Thursday, August 21–Sunday, August 24, 2014
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue, Seattle

Registration is now open for Gifting the World as We Age, a Sage-ing International conference at Seattle University. Highlights include an opening presentation ("What Do You Leave in the Earth for the Future to Find? A Dialogue of Gifting Stories")  by Wendy Lustbader and Christina Baldwin; a presentation on "Tapping into Spirit to Inform Our Giving," by the Three Interfaith Amigos; and "Using The Wisdom of the Sage to Offer Our Gifts" with sage, minstrel and philosopher Bob Atchley and friends. Parallel two-hour workshops are offered. For conference registration costs and workshop schedules, click here or call the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry at 206-296-5330.

Personality Disorders and Aging

Friday, September 5, 2014
Location to be announced

Longtime geriatric social worker Karen Kent offers classes for mental health counselors and social workers. For class time, place and cost, contact Karen Kent, Creative Geriatric Services, at 206-992-8028 or karentkent@gmail.com.

The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's Disease

Friday, September 12, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Vashon Presbyterian Church
17708 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon Island

Join the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and the Vashon Senior Center in viewing an Emmy award-winning documentary about the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's disease. The PBS documentary, The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic, based on a book by David Shenk, weaves together the history and biology of the disease, the intense real-world experiences of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers, and the race to find a cure. In addition to viewing the film, George Dicks, a Certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and lead Mental Health Practitioner at Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, will give an overview of the types and causes of memory loss and dementia. There will be time for questions and answers after the film. For reservations, call the Vashon Senior Center at 206-463-2010. For more information about the Advisory Council, contact Advisory Council coordinator Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-463-5173).

Community Mobility & Universal Design

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Seattle Public Library—Central Branch, Meeting Room #1
1000 4th Avenue, in downtown Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council and King County Mobility Coalition invite you to attend "Community Mobility & Universal Design," a Seattle Design Festival conference event that will explore Universal Design principles that can enhance community mobility, promoting systems and products that are aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. From transportation services to Complete Streets, the mobility needs of the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and children and youth can be met in a way that is appealing to all residents and visitors, and equitable, flexible, and intuitive for all. For more information, visit www.environmentsforall.org/SDF14.

Early Stage Dementia Counseling: The Power of Transformation

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

This professional forum features Robyn Yale, LCSW, who will discuss her new framework for individual counseling of people with a diagnosis of dementia. NASW-approved continuing education program (3 CEUs). For more information, contact Barbara Green, MSW (206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.net).

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.

ADS Advisory Council Legislative Forum

Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:45 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue

Save the date for Legislative Forum, moderated by Dennis Mahar, director of the Thurston, Lewis, Mason Area Agency on Aging. Dessert and coffee will be served. For more information, contact Advisory Council coordinator Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

Building Elder Friendly Futures Locally and Globally

Wednesday, October 8–Thursday, October 9, 2014
HUB, University of Washington
Seattle

Registration is open for the annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference, which brings together researchers, practitioners, administrators, policymakers and educators to  discuss the  opportunities and challenges to building elder-friendly futures. Registration fees apply. To visit the conference webpage, click here.