January Calendar

2015 Funding Opportunities

Aging and Disability Services will hold information sessions on two funding opportunities in 2015—Community Living Connections-Aging and Disability Resource Networks and Family Caregiver Support. Notices of funding opportunities will be released in January, along with meeting details; however, dates are now set:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila (map)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Bellevue Regional Library
1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue (map)

For more information about either funding opportunity, e-mail ADS planner Angela Miyamoto at angela.miyamoto@seattle.gov or visit the HSD Funding Opportunities webpage.


The Beauty of Universal Design: Designing and Building for People of All Abilities

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower 4080 (40th floor)
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council's first 2015 quarterly meeting will feature a presentation by Molly Erin McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS, co-owner of A Kitchen That Works. Ms. McCabe, an award-winning kitchen and bath designer and general contractor, will discuss livability, visitability, and why it's important to create environments that are usable by all people, without adaptation or specialization. This event is free and open to the public. A full-color flyer is available at www.environmentsforall.org/docs/2015NWUDC_Jan8.pdf. For more information, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit www.environmentsforall.org.

Community Living Connection Networking Meeting

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Renton Community Center
1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy, Renton

Aging and Disability Services invites south King County case managers and other community service providers to participate in a networking meeting focused on issues facing older adults and people with disabilities and challenges in serving these populations. Strategize how to create a network that supports community living for older adults and people with disabilities in south King County. Bring information and brochures about your agency to share with other providers. See the related article in this issue. RSVP Milica.Veselinovic@seattle.gov by January 12.

Senior Coffee Hour with Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building
810 3rd Avenue, Suite 350, Seattle

Come to the January coffee hour to meet Kathleen O'Toole , who was named Chief of Police by Mayor Ed Murray last spring and confirmed by the Seattle City Council in June 2014. Chief O'Toole is a career police officer and lawyer who has earned an international reputation for her principled leadership and reform strategies. Come learn about her top priorities: 1) restoring public trust, 2) restoring SPD pride and professionalism, 3) addressing crime and quality of life issues, and 4) promoting best business practices. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens at 206-684-0500 or seniors@seattle.gov.

NEST Wellness Party

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church
8208 18th Avenue NE, Seattle

On the 4th Thursday of every month, view a half-hour installment of PBS's new health series, Feel Grand, with North East Seattle Together (NEST) and in-home care experts Right at Home. These interactive monthly meetings will focus on the topics of wellness and aging, with equal parts viewing party, exercise, and conversation. Episodes will be followed by discussion and low impact exercise and stretches. Open to the public. A $10 donation from non-NEST members is appreciated. To get more information or sign up, call 206-525-6378 or e-mail info@nestseattle.org.

January NESTcafé: Read this book!

Monday, January 26, 2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Magnuson Park Brig
6344 NE 74th Street, Room 406, Seattle

Looking to curl up with a good book or two this winter? Join David Glenn of Random House Publishing and Third Place Books for January's NESTcafé and build your 2015 reading list. David will present his "top picks lists" for best paperback reads, best books of 2014, and titles to look forward to in 2015. Third Place Books will provide a selection of titles from David's lists for purchase at just $10 a book, regardless of original cover price. Join North East Seattle Together (NEST) for coffee, tea, and some great reads. Free and open to the public.

Family Relationships: Conflict & Cooperation in Caring for Our Aging Loved Ones

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
JFS Capitol Hill Campus
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Sometimes it takes a village to care for a frail or ailing older person. Bring your whole family and learn how to keep sibling and other relationships strong throughout the process. Space is limited. $20 at the door, $15 in advance. $30 for families of two or more. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov (206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org).

Sound Steps Information Session (North Seattle)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Set a new fitness goal this year! Train for FREE with Sound Steps—a walk training program tailored for people age 50-plus. All fitness levels and all ages are welcome. Sound Steps can help you meet a 5K, 10K or even a half-marathon walk goal. Saturday morning training walks take place in north Seattle from February through June. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/seniors/soundsteps.htm. RSVP for the info session at 206-684-4664 or e-mail mari.becker@seattle.gov.

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.

Sound Steps Information Session (South Seattle)

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle

Set a new fitness goal this year! Train for FREE with Sound Steps—a walk training program tailored for people age 50-plus. All fitness levels and all ages are welcome. Sound Steps can help you meet a 5K, 10K or even a half-marathon walk goal. Saturday morning training walks take place in south Seattle from February through June. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/seniors/soundsteps.htm. RSVP for the info session at 206-684-4664 or e-mail mari.becker@seattle.gov.

South King County Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class

Tuesdays, February 3–March 10, 2015, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Kent Senior Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Senior Services and Jewish Family Service offer this free six-week evidenced-based class for unpaid family caregivers in South King County. Topics include stress management, communication skills, dealing with difficult decisions, navigating emotions, and honoring you. The goal is to help set healthy boundaries as well as recognize and communicate your needs as a caregiver. This class does not provide instruction for providing hands-on personal care; instead, it is about taking care of yourself so you can, in turn, provide better care. Sign up soon! Space is limited. Participants are required to attend the full six weeks. To register, call Sally Friedman (206-727-6260 or sallyf@seniorservices.org).

Community Coffee Hour with South Precinct Captain Dave Proudfoot

Monday, February 9, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Come to the February community coffee hour to meet Dave Proudfoot, captain of the Seattle Police Department's South Precinct (southeast Seattle). Captain Proudfoot is a 25-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department who has served at every rank within the South Precinct. Come to the Southeast Seattle Senior Center to hear how SPD is working to restore trust, pride and professionalism, while continuing to address crime and quality of life. The senior center is served by Metro Route #7. For transportation options, contact Metro at 206-553-3000 or visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov. For more information, contact the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens at 206-684-0500 or seniors@seattle.gov.

Neighbor Appreciation Day 2015

February 14, 2015 (all day)
Your neighborhood!

Now is the time 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!

Meet Me at the Movies

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Frye Art Museum Auditorium
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Meet Me at the Movies is a unique film experience for people with Alzheimer's and related dementia and their care partners. Short clips from classic films are shown, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence guided by a moderator. Presented with the Alzheimer's Association's Western and Central Washington Chapter and the University of Washington School of Nursing. For more information or to register online, visit www.fryemuseum.org/program/meet_at_movies.

Alzheimer's Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Olympia, Washington

The Alzheimer's Association invites you to learn about the legislative process, meet face-to-face with your elected officials, and speak up for the needs and rights of people with Alzheimer's and their families. Tell your personal story to those who make decisions affecting caregivers and families. To register, e-mail mbarrett@alz.org or call 206-529-3886. For more information, visit www.alzwa.org/cms/waadvocacy.

Washington State Senior Lobby Day in Olympia

Thursday, February 26, 2015
United Churches
110 11th Avenue SE, Olympia

The Washington State Senior Lobby's annual Lobby Day in Olympia begins at a nearby church (map it) and continues with meetings with your state legislators. For more information, call the Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby at 360-754-0207, e-mail info@waseniorlobby.org, or visit www.waseniorlobby.org. For tips on effective advocacy, visit the Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services Advocacy Committee Tools webpage.

Area Plan on Aging Forums

Several public forums are planned that will help inform development of specific sections of the 2016–2019 Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County as well as plans in neighboring counties. Mark your calendars now. See the article about the Area Plan survey in this issue. More information will be available in the February issue of AgeWise King County, and online at www.agingkingcounty.org/update_process.htm.

Health and Well-Being

Friday, March 6, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace Senior Center (Snohomish Co.)
23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace

Behavioral Health & Memory Care

Friday, April 3, 2015, 9:00–11:30 a.m.
Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue

Community Design & Healthy Aging

Late March (date TBD), morning session
South King County/Pierce County