December Calendar

Medicare Open Enrollment

Now through December 7, 2014
39 locations around King County

The Medicare Open Enrollment Period—during which you can make changes in your Medicare coverage—ends on December 7, 2014. See Questions about Medicare's Annual Open Enrollment? SHIBA Can Help! in the July 2014 issue of AgeWise King County. You can get help understanding your options via the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA). SHIBA counselors can provide free, unbiased information about Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans. Through December 7, help is available at 39 locations around King County: Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Burien, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle, and Shoreline. For information about the location nearest you and to schedule an appointment, call 206-727-6221.

Be Well Workshops: Self-Care in Winter

Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Join Kent residents for educational, fun, and interactive sessions on self-care in winter: Avoiding Winter Bugs (December 3)—tips on staying healthy through the cold and flu season; Staying on Your Feet (December 10)—tips on avoiding falls and minimizing their consequences; Practicing Peacefulness (December 17)—instruction on quieting your body and calming your mind; Enjoying Christmas and Holiday Celebrations (December 24)—a healthy dose of joy and laughter, good for your physical and emotional health; and Happy New Year! (December 31)—looking forward to health and wellness in 2015. For more information, call 253-856-5150 or visit www.kent50plus.com.

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.

Understanding Changes in Our Aging Loved Ones

Thursday, December 11, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
JFS Capitol Hill Campus, Seattle
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Licensed geriatric mental health counselor Karen Kent will discuss the difference between normal aging and issues of concern, as well as strategies for intervention. Topics include depression, memory loss, failure to thrive and care options. Space is limited so advance registration encouraged. $15/person in advance; $20 at the door. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org).

Second Thursday OUT

Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon Street, Seattle

The Senior Center of West Seattle invites the LGBTQ community, friends and neighbors to Second Thursday OUT at the Center—a no-host happy hour followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant and a play at Arts West or other planned activities. For details, call Center at 206-932-4044, e-mail info.SCWS@seniorservices.org, or visit www.sc-ws.org.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, December 12, 2014, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS) 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).

Rainbow Bingo: Mistletoe Madness

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
South East Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater and prepare to have a blast at the SESSC's Mistletoe Madness bingo game. $22 per person ($20 in advance). Reservations encouraged. For more information, contact Kate or Alex at 206-722-0317 or visit www.sessc.org.

The Irish Tenors Holiday Concert (benefit for local senior centers)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
3rd Avenue & University Street, Seattle

Enjoy the boisterous charm of The Irish Tenors in their Christmas Gala performance with full orchestra at Benaroya Hall. Ranked as Ireland's premier ambassadors of song, The Irish Tenors entertain audiences worldwide with a quality of performance which is unrivalled, incomparable and, most importantly in their eyes, worthy of the rich cultural heritage of the country of Ireland, and the exquisite musical treasury created by Irish people everywhere, throughout history. Tickets are $42–$152. Concert proceeds benefit the Ballard NW Senior Center, Senior Center of West Seattle, and other local centers. For tickets, click here or call 206-215-4747 or toll-free 1-866-833-4747.

Memory Lane Café

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Pecado Bueno
4523 California Avenue SW, Seattle

Persons with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia and their care partners are invited to enjoy Memory Lane Cafe on the third Wednesday of each month. No expectations, just have a good time. No cost other than the food and drink you order. For more information, call Holly at 206-932-4044 ext. 2, e-mail info.SCWS@seniorservices.org, or visit www.sc-ws.org.

Roundtable Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging

Thursdays, January 29, February 26 & March 26, 2015, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Association
100 West Harrison Street, Seattle

In Winter 2015, Barbara Green, MSW is facilitating three discussions on dementia: Staging Alzheimer's Disease—Assessing Dependence (January 29), Caregiving—Co-Partnering (February 26), and Late Stage—Doll Therapy (March 26). Participants will be asked to read a journal article that will form the basis for discussion and generate learning objectives.  Each session has been chosen to highlight the early middle and late stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Register for one session or all three. For more information, click on the image at right, contact Barbara (206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.net) or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.  

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!