November Calendar

The Holiday Season is Drawing Near

Do you have a favorite holiday or winter memory, activity or event—either at home or in the community—that you would like to share? We're compiling a list of activities and events for the December issue of AgeWise King County. To be considered, send your thoughts (or event information) to ADS planner Irene Stewart at irene.stewart@seattle.gov by Tuesday, November 18.


The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Monday, November 3, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 203
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Is dementia a normal part of aging? What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? This class will answer these questions and cover the basics, including risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer's, treatments, resources, and benefits of early detection. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association Western and Central Washington State Chapters and supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Jody Dearborn at 425-286-1047 or jodyd@seniorservices.org.     

Note: The heart graphic at right indicates caregiver support events in this month's calendar.

General Election Day—Remember to Vote!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 4 is General Election Day. Every vote counts! If you are registered to vote in King County, click here to learn what's on your ballot. Most King County voters vote by mail but there are additional options for voters with disabilities. To watch or listen to a video about accessible voting centers, which offer trained staff and equipment designed for a variety of disabilities, click here.

Preparing for Medical Emergencies

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Northshore Health & Wellness Center, Conference Room 2nd Floor
10212 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Stroke? Low blood sugar? Choking? Heart attacks? We'll help you deal with these potentially life threatening conditions. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about hands-only CPR and practice on Manikins. POLST forms and their purpose will also be discussed. Presented by Glen Felias-Christensen, RN, MPH. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Glen Felias-Christensen at 425-286-1029 or glenf@seniorservices.org.

Home Safety

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 203
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Thousands of accidents occur every year that could potentially have been avoided with some basic safety information. Are you planning on aging in place? Then this is the session for you!  You will be provided with information that will help you stay at home safely. Join the workshop to make sure that you are doing everything possible to be safe and to increase your awareness and discover some simple fixes. Presented by Patti Quaale, RN-BC. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Patti Quaale at 206-268-6740 or 425-948-7170 or pattiq@seniorservices.org.

Two Sessions to Happiness

Fridays, November 7 & November 14, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 203
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Would you like to welcome each day with a joyful smile? In this two-part workshop, you will learn some simple ways to lift your happiness meter. Facilitator: Gloria Campbell. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Janet Zielasko at 425-286-1035 or janetz@seniorservices.org.

Positive Images of Aging: Robot and Frank

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

On the first Friday of each month, the Greenwood Senior Center offers a free screening of a film with positive images of aging. Discussion follows. In November, the movie is Robot and Frank. For more information, call 206-297-0875, e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org, or visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc.

World Dance Party 11

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
Ethiopian Community in Seattle (ECS)
8323 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle

Come to a potluck and dance party. Bring your whole family and crew, plus a dish to share. Everything is FREE. World Dance Party grew out of an Aging Your Way gathering. It's designed to get neighbors to interact and to celebrate culture and diversity. Everyone from all backgrounds and ages is welcome. Several multicultural dances are taught by volunteer instructors in 20-minute mini-lessons, then everyone dances. That's it. There's no other agenda. No fundraising. No lectures. Just food and dancing and community. For more information, e-mail worlddanceparty@gmail.com or visit www.worlddancepartyseattle.org.

Simple at Home Exercises for Caregivers

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Mill Creek Senior Center
15720 Main St., Mill Creek

How do you exercise when you are not able to get out and go to the gym or a class? Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health and improve your outlook. Join us for this class and get the basics for change in your life. Facilitator: Patti Quaale, RN-BC. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Patti Quaale at 206-268-6740 or 425-948-7170 or pattiq@seniorservices.org.

Understanding the Value and Benefits of Self Compassion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 202
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Self-compassion is not being selfish, it is learning and practicing ways to take care of yourself, which then sustains kindness and compassion for others. Research has shown that individuals who have more self-compassion are happier, more optimistic, less anxious and less depressed. In this session, you will learn new tools and strategies for promoting self-compassion. Facilitators: Janet Zielasko and Jody Dearborn. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Janet Zielasko at 425.286.1035 or janetz@seniorservices.org.

Adult Children Caregivers of Aging Parents Evening Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 202
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

As your parents age, are you challenged by changing family roles and balancing your life with parent care needs? Learn, share and gain resources from others who are experienced in this transition. Facilitator: Jody Dearborn, LMHCA, GMHS. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Jody Dearborn at 425-286-1047 or jodyd@seniorservices.org.

Caregiver Grief: Dealing with Ongoing Loss

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 203
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Discussion will focus on the grieving process as it relates to the loss of health, independence, control and plans for the future. Understand the multiple emotional, physical, and social and behavioral responses that occur. Suggestions for coping, support and self-care will be shared. Presenter: Mary Hejnal, LICSW, Bereavement Specialist and Georgia Rigler, MSW, Grief Counselor, Evergreen Health Medical Center. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Janet Zielasko at 425-286-1035 or janetz@seniorservices.org.

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.

Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 203
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

This class will provide practical information on topics such as making financial plans that fit your needs, important financial documents and what they mean, strategies for making a long term plan of care, how to find financial assistance, government programs that can help pay for care, and tax deductions and credits. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association Western and Central Washington State Chapters with support from the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Jody Dearborn at 425-286-1047 or jodyd@seniorservices.org.

Caregiving in an Emergency: Prepare to Care During Crisis

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 203
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

An emergency can strike anyone, any time. Learn what steps to take to prepare your household for an emergency. Topics will include evacuation plans, healthcare planning, communication skills, utilizing personal caregiving supports, and organizing important documents and supplies. Special tips for older adults and caring for family members with dementia. Presented by The American Red Cross Serving King, Kitsap and North Mason Counties with support from the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Jody Dearborn at 425-286-1047 or jodyd@seniorservices.org.

Family Connection vs. Family Strife in the Caregiving Experience

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Northshore Health & Wellness Center, Conference Room 2nd Floor
10212 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Learn how to create family plan for care and communicate to help everyone stay on the same page; learn tips to navigate disagreements and how to encourage family members to maintain their relationship with your care receiver(s). Presented by: Jody Dearborn, LMHCA, GMHS; Joanne Blum, LMHCA. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Jody Dearborn at 425-286-1047 or jodyd@seniorservices.org.

VA Health Care Benefits

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 202
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

VA representative will provide an overview of VA benefits and programs available for Caregivers of Veterans of all eras. Topics covered will include Aid and Attendance, navigating the VA system, and education and support opportunities available to caregivers. Presenter: Barbara Reuter, LCSW, Respite/ADH Coordinator, VA Puget Sound HCS. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Janet Zielasko, MS, LSW at 425-286-1035 or jantz@seniorservices.org.

Senior Coffee Hour: Universal Design Principles

Thursday, November 20, 2014
10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

Come to the November coffee hour to learn how Universal Design principles like equity, flexibility, simplicity and ease of use can make a difference in whether we age comfortably in our homes and communities. Realtor and Certified Senior Real Estate Specialist Tom Minty is a long-time proponent of Universal Design, a set of principles that—when applied to housing and other elements of the built environment—provides access for all ages and all abilities, all the time. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Where Did I Put Those Keys? Discussion on Memory

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 104
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Learn how forgetfulness can be a part of the normal aging process and what you can do to reduce its frequency. Discussion will include reversible causes of memory loss, activities for enhancing memory, and tips for maintaining your mental health. Presented by Glen Felias-Christensen, RN, MPH. This program is supported by the Family Caregiver Support Program administered by Aging and Disability Services and the Evergreen EnhanceWellness Levy funding. Free; however, pre-registration is required—contact Glen Felias-Christensen at 425-286-1029 or glenf@seniorservices.org.

Positive Images of Aging: The Visitor

Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

On the first Friday of each month, the Greenwood Senior Center offers a free screening of a film with positive images of aging. Discussion follows. In December, the movie is The Visitor. For more information, call 206-297-0875, e-mail gsc@phinneycenter.org, or visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc.

Neighbor Appreciation Day 2015

February 14, 2015

It's not too early to think about how you might acknowledge your good neighbors on Neighbor Appreciation Day, an annual event founded in 1995. It’s a wonderful excuse to do something special for the people who look out for you or lend you a hand now and then. Need some ideas of ways to celebrate? The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods can help (click here). It doesn't matter if you don’t live in Seattle—neighbor appreciation is universally a good thing to do!