September Calendar

Chinese Information and Service Center Senior Resource Fair

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue

For more information about the Chinese Information and Service Center's annual Senior Resource Fair, call 206-624-5633 or visit www.cisc-seattle.org.

Grandparents Day: Do Something Grand!

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Everywhere!

Generations United is encouraging organizations and individuals to "do something grand" to celebrate grandparents on September 7. Find an idea in the Grandparents Day Action Guide or participate in the Caring Across Generations campaign called Throwback Summer by sharing a story that honors grandparents or other elders in your life. For more information, visit www.grandparentsday.org.

Addressing Addiction & Substance Abuse with our Aging Loved Ones

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Áegis Living
2200 East Madison Street, Seattle

JFS Addiction Counselor and Educator Laura Kramer, LMHC, CDPT, will discuss how we can recognize, understand and respond to substance use issues. The workshop will draw on the latest in brain science, psychology and physiology. Topics include prevalence, risk factors, warning signs, care and treatment options, communication with loved ones, and local resources. This workshop is free; however, space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784) or Joan Rettmann (206-325-1600).

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. Along with the screening of 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 206-463-5173. For more information about the Advisory Council, contact Advisory Council coordinator Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-0652).

Healthy Aging Fair

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00–6:00 p.m.
Bothell Country Village
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell

Honor the seniors who have built the Bothell community! Enjoy a senior showcase, live entertainment, games, giveaways, a farmers market, a mammogram bus, and more. Free parking. Enter your photo or art that displays your active lifestyle, a family event, travel scene, sports activity or hobby. Showcase your entry at the Northshore Senior Center (click here for more information). For more information, contact Patricia Gustafson, Northshore Senior Center (patriciag@seniorservices.org or 425-286-1072).

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.

Hearing Loop Launch: Katherine Bouton: Losing Hearing, Finding Life

Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:30–8:45 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle, Great Hall
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle

In acknowledgement of the hearing loss community and Town Hall's commitment to accessibility, this evening will be the official launch of the building's new hearing loop system, which will enhance the hearing loss community's experiences at events. Roughly 20 percent of people in the U.S. have some form of hearing loss. Katherine Bouton, author of Shouting Won't Help (2013) is one of those people. In 2009, Bouton suffered from sudden severe hearing loss after years of gradual decline (which she kept secret from others) and was forced to leave her job of 22 years at The New York Times. During her return appearance to Town Hall, Bouton will share her journey of hearing loss, her experiences, and explain how the loss helped her find a new life. After her presentation, Bouton will appear in conversation with veteran broadcaster Mike James in an onstage interview. Please note: This is a fully hearing-accessible event. Town Hall and the Hearing Loss Association of Washington will provide extra assistive-listening devices, an ASL interpreter, a T-coil loop, and Real-Time Captioning (CART). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For tickets ($5 per person), visit www.townhallseattle.org. To organize a group or bus tour to attend, e-mail loopseattle@gmail.com.

Community Coffee Hour: A Conversation on Transportation

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Four Freedoms House
747 N 135th St., Seattle

Join the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens for a conversation on transportation with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's senior policy advisor, Andrew Glass Hastings, and King County Executive Dow Constantine's transportation advisory, Chris Arkills. Coffee and refreshments are served. Coffee Hours are held the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Central building and at various locations in Seattle neighborhoods. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Assistive Technology Road Show

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7 p.m.
Renton Worksource
500 SW 7th Street, Suite 100, Renton

Assistive technology is revolutionizing the workplace for people with disabilities. Want to learn more? Come to the Assistive Technology Road Show—a free workshop where you can learn how technology is opening a world of possibilities for job seekers with disabilities. Featured speakers Bill Youngman (DVR), Hillary Rossi (AtWork!) and Raymona Baldwin (Alliance of People with disAbilities) will discuss benefits for individuals with disabilities that can support your success. RSVP by September 15 to ATNightRenton@atworkwa.org. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request for persons with disabilities. For more information, call the Alliance of People with disAbilities at 206-545-7055 (toll-free 1-866-545-7055 | relay 711) or visit www.disabilitypride.org.

Normal Aging: The Paradox of Well-being

Round Table Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Social workers, nurses, mental health providers, and home care, senior center, and residential care staff, come to this monthly discussion group about clinical practice, facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. Participate in in-depth conversations with professionals from a variety of community settings about older adults and life transitions. This month's theme is Normal Aging. Upcoming topics are Family Relationships: Remarriage (October 16), Health & Illness: Living with Long-Term Pain (November 20), Social Engagement: Adult Friendships (January 15), Home Care: A Worker's Perspective (April 16), Family Caregiving: Relocating To Be Near Family (March 19), Substance Abuse: Treatment Approaches (February 19), and Community: Innovative Senior Center Models (May 21). This program has been approved for continuing education credits by the NASW Washington State Chapter and WSNA. The fee to attend an individual round table event is $27 per session. A discount is available if you plan to attend all eight sessions. For more information, contact Barbara Green, MSW (206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.net) or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

Senior Coffee Hour with Monica Martinez Simmons

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle
 

Join the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens in welcoming Seattle City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons at their September 18 coffee hour. Ms. Simmons serves as the Administrative Head of the Legislative Department, managing Legislative Operations, Seattle Municipal Archives, and the City Records Management Program. Refreshments will be served. The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens hosts coffee hours on the third Thursday of every month (except December). For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

AARP Seattle Life Reimagined: George Takei

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30–9:00 p.m.
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle

Speaker George Takei is best known as the actor who portrayed Mr. Sulu on the original television and film series, Star Trek. He is also an author, social justice activist, social media megapower, the subject of a documentary (To Be Takei), star of Broadway-bound musical (Allegiance), and host of Takei's Take, a YouTube series produced by AARP that explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture. Come as early as 5:30 p.m. to get a "selfie" photo with George. The documentary, To Be Takei, shows at 7:00 p.m. George will answer questions following the movie. Important: To register, click here, but please note that a ticket does NOT guarantee admission. Seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. The screening will be overbooked to ensure capacity. No one will be admitted without a ticket (non-transferable and not redeemable for cash). No one will be admitted after the screening begins. Parking is available for $5.00 in the Seattle Central College Garage at the corner of Harvard Ave. and Pine St., just behind the Performance Hall. For more information, e-mail waaarp@aarp.org.

Meaningful Activities

Friday, September 19, 2014, 9:30–12:00 p.m.
Muckleshoot Elder Complex
17800 SE 392nd Street, Auburn

Alzheimer's Association Western & Central Washington and Muckleshoot Elders In-Home Support Services invite you to learn how to engage persons with dementia and create meaningful, personalized activities out of everyday tasks and interactions. Space is limited, so preregistration is required. To register, call 253-876-2888. Note: This presentation is not appropriate for the person with memory loss. For more information, call the confidential 24/7 Alzheimer's Association Help Line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.

The Age Wave: A Candidates Forum on Washington's Aging Readiness

Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:45–3:00 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila

Hear perspectives of state legislative candidates from the 11th District (South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila & part of Kent), 33rd District (Kent/SeaTac/Des Moines/Normandy Park), 37th District (Seattle/Madrona/Rainier Valley/NW Renton), and 47th District (South Central King County/Auburn/Covington). This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/agewave. Coordinated by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. Sponsors include AARP, City of Seattle, King County, United Way, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby. For more information, contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

Walk for Balance

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Green Lake
Seattle

In the spirit of Balance Awareness Week (September 15–21, 2014) and Falls Prevention Day (September 23, 2014), the Seattle Dizzy Group is hosting their fourth annual Walk for Balance and balance awareness event. This year's theme is "Walk a Mile in Dizzy Shoes." Learn about vestibular/balance disorders and show support for people living with chronic dizziness and imbalance by walking around Green Lake. This free event is fun and both family- and dog-friendly. Wear blue for balance, and prepare to walk rain or shine. Come for coffee and tea and information about balance at 11:30 a.m. A one-mile walk begins at 12 noon. For more information, e-mail info@SeattleDizzyGroup.org or visit www.seattledizzygroup.org/walk-for-balance.

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Regency—Newcastle
7454 Newcastle Golf Club Road, Newcastle

Do you remember the old saying, "A woman's work is never done?" We would have to agree with it. 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. Bankers Life and Casualty Company and AARP Washington invite you to discover how you can better prepare for your future. This is a community forum designed by and for women who want to get the most out of life for a safe, healthy and secure tomorrow. Free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, click here. To register, call 425-453-1508 or e-mail marketing@regencynewcastle.com.

National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Did you know that one in three older adults falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of injuries for people 65+. The good news is that most falls can be prevented. That's why Washington joined 48 states across the country to declare Sept. 23, 2014 Falls Prevention Awareness Day. This year's theme is Safe Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow. See the article in this month's AgeWise King County and visit the falls prevention webpage on Aging King County.

Improving the Health & Well-Being of Latinas: Tools for Public Health & Social Service Providers

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Avenue North, Seattle

The 2014 Latina Health Symposia will provide public health and social service professionals as well as lay health workers, community health workers, outreach workers and community health educators with information and tools to use in working with Hispanic/Latina women around health issues, including an overview of standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services, updates on health insurance access through the Washington Healthplan Finder, information on the human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer, and resources for promoting heart attack awareness and heart healthy behaviors. Thanks to HHS Office on Women's Health and Office on Minority Health (Region X), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Hope Heart Institute, Molina Healthcare and the Governor's Interagency Council on Health Disparities, there is no charge to attend; however, registration is required on or before September 5. To register online, click here. For more information, contact Renée Bouvion or Jesús Reyna.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For the Caregiver—Middle Stages (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Bellevue YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this three-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. See Parts 2 and 3 on October 2 and October 9, below. Note: This presentation is not appropriate for the person with memory loss. RSVP at 425-688-5259. For more information, call the confidential 24/7 Alzheimer’s Association Help Line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.

AARP Seattle Life Reimagined: Food & Music for Thought—The Six Essentials for Brain Health, with Roger Anunsen

Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Peoples Institutional Baptist Church
159 24th Avenue, Seattle

Join brain health educator Roger Anunsen for an evening that will feed your senses. Learn the evidence-based essentials of successful brain aging. Come and discover how to keep all your senses enlivened! Roger Anunsen is a founder and co-principal in MINDRAMP Consulting, which provides brain health and wellness events, programs and educational courses. Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, click here. For more information, e-mail waaarp@aarp.org.

South King County Family Health & Safety Fair

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Grace Community Church
1320 Auburn Way South, Auburn

Come to the 10th Annual South King County Family Health and Safety Fair for free health screenings, presentations and information in Spanish and English. More than 50 community organizations will participate, and fun family activities are included. For more information, call 253-883-5660 or visit www.latinoferia.com.

Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going: An Exploration of Money, Power, Health and History in the LGBTQ Community

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Seattle University Student Center
1000 East James Street, Seattle

LGBTQ Allyship—a local social and economic justice organization that provides education, community organizing, coalition building, research, and advocacy around LGBTQ homeless youth, health care, and economic justice—is holding a conference that has been planned by LGBTQ young adults and elders. Topics will range "from dating to the trans-movement, from discrimination to advocacy, from spirituality to mainstream LGBTQ politics, from LGBTQ philanthropy to health issues, building a space for a shared LGBTQ history and experience that crosses the lines of age." The conference is free to attend; however, donations of $5–$20 would help offset costs. To register, click here. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail info@allyship.org or visit www.lgbtqallyship.org.

The Age Wave: A Candidates Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness

Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:45–3:00 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Ave. NE, Bellevue

Hear perspectives of state legislative candidates from the 1st District (North Kirkland/Bothell/parts of Snohomish), 41st District (Mercer Island/parts of Bellevue, Sammamish, Newcastle & Renton), 45th District (Woodinville/Duvall/Kirkland/Redmond/Sammamish) and 48th District (Bellevue/Kirkland/Medina/Redmond). This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register at 425-452-7681 or www.surveymonkey.com/s/agewave. Coordinated by the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services. Sponsors include AARP, Bellevue Network on Aging, City of Seattle, King County, Kirkland Senior Council, United Way, Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby. For more information, contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Auburn Senior Center
808 Ninth Street SE, Auburn

Do you remember the old saying, "A woman's work is never done?" We would have to agree with it. 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. Bankers Life and Casualty Company and AARP Washington invite you to discover how you can better prepare for your future. This is a community forum designed by and for women who want to get the most out of life for a safe, healthy and secure tomorrow. Free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, click here. To register, call 253-931-3016 or e-mail rkirwin@auburnwa.gov.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers—Middle-Stage (Part 2 of 3)

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Bellevue YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this three-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. See Part 1 on September 25, above, and Part 3 on October 9, below. Note: This presentation is not appropriate for the person with memory loss. RSVP at 425-688-5259. For more information, call the confidential 24/7 Alzheimer's Association Help Line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Auburn Senior Center
808 Ninth Street SE, Auburn

Do you remember the old saying, "A woman's work is never done?" We would have to agree with it. 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. Bankers Life and Casualty Company and AARP Washington invite you to discover how you can better prepare for your future. This is a community forum designed by and for women who want to get the most out of life for a safe, healthy and secure tomorrow. Free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, click here. To register, call 253-931-3016 or e-mail rkirwin@auburnwa.gov.

Building Elder-Friendly Futures Locally and Globally

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

Register now 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.

NW Universal Design Council: Home Modifications for Successful Aging in Place

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

The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to hear three perspectives on home safety that supports successful aging in place. Gerry Cherney, OTR/L, owner of IndeBoom LLC, will discuss how occupational therapy fits into a design plan, and describe the home needs assessment, modifications and follow-through necessary for independent and safe living at home. Aging and Disability Services planner Karen Winston will focus on community falls prevention education, with special focus on her agency's work with Russian and Ukrainian residents. Graham Smith of Beverly's Daughter will showcase consumer products that can help make life easier for folks with mobility issues due to age, illness or accident and make life easier for family members who care for aging parents or other loved ones. This event is free and open to the general public. For more information, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit www.environmentsforall.org.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers—Middle-Stage (Part 3 of 3)

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Bellevue YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this three-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. See Parts 1 and 2 on September 25 and October 2, above. Note: This presentation is not appropriate for the person with memory loss. RSVP at 425-688-5259. For more information, call the confidential 24/7 Alzheimer's Association Help Line at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.

Medicare Annual Open Enrollment

Wednesday, October 15–Sunday, December 7, 2014

The annual Open Enrollment period for Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) and Prescription Drug plans (Part D) 2015 starts October 15. The Medicare Part D plan offers prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries through private insurance companies. If you are applying for the first time, start early during Open Enrollment to give yourself plenty of time to make your decision on which plan to choose. Start by making a list of your medications, and then visit www.medicare.gov as well as the 2015 Medicare and You Handbook you should receive in the mail by mid-October. For assistance, call the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), a program of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. In King County, call 206-727-6221 or toll-free 1-800-562-6900.

2014 Washington Senior Lobby Legislative Reception

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Hotel Murano, 2nd Floor
1320 Broadway, Tacoma

Join the Washington State Senior Citizens' Foundation, members of the Washington State Legislature, and members of Congress from Washington's 6th and 10th Districts at this annual reception. Free, but registration is required by Monday October 13. To register, click here.

2014 Washington State Senior Lobby Fall Conference

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway, Tacoma

Governor Jay Inslee, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, and a number of other elected officials have been invited to speak at this year's Senior Lobby conference. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk with senior advocates, legislators, policymakers, civic leaders, and service providers about senior issues. This year's conference will focus on transportation, long term care, Medicare and other health care coverage, and lifestyle changes in an aging society. Note: If you are unable to attend, the conference will be televised on TVW for three weeks following the event. Registration (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials): $60 per person (advocates, seniors and volunteers) or $150 per person (agency, service professionals and organization representatives). Registrations and payment are due on or before Monday, September 29. For more information, click here or contact Karen Bowen, Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby, at 360-754-0207 or info@waseniorlobby.org.

Save the Date:  Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle

The 18th annual King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum, presented by the King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division, will include King County's legislative priorities in mental health and substance abuse for 2015; key outcomes and innovations in the delivery of behavioral health services in King County; personal stories of individuals recovering from mental illness and/or substance use; a parent perspective from former KIRO-TV reporter and host Penny LeGate; and the perspectives and priorities of many legislators representing our region, along with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Everyone is welcome at this free event (no RSVPs and no tickets required). For more information, click here.