February Calendar

Washington Pioneer Network Conversation Café

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Kline Galland Activities Center
7500 Seward Park Avenue South

Donna Phillips, a graduate student in Aging Services Management at the University of Southern California and a member of the Washington Pioneer Network, recently travelled to Hogeway Dementia Village in Weesp, The Netherlands. Hogewey is a self-contained dementia village, complete with a market, café and theater, where residents have freedom to walk as they please. As a result, they are on fewer medications, eat better, and live longer. With photos and stories, Donna will share her experiences and insights on how this culture change was accomplished. $15 suggested donation (includes food and wine). Two DSHS-approved CEUs are available at session end for long-term care workers. RSVP to Lindsey Ismailova (lindseyi@fulllifecare.org or 206-224-3764). For more information, visit www.wapioneer.wordpress.com.

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 evidence-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).

Temple Beth Am Sunday Forum: Support for Caregivers

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Temple Beth Am
2632 NE 80th Street, Seattle

The Torah teaches us to honor our parents and the ketubah specifies our responsibilities to our spouse, but neither tells us exactly how to respond when a parent or partner falls ill and we become caregivers. One of life's most challenging jobs—caregiving—can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. What are our responsibilities to our loved ones and ourselves? What resources exist in our community to help us navigate this difficult task? Join Assistant Director of JFS Aging in Place Adam Halpern to explore the Judaic view on caregiving and learn about local resources for family caregivers. Free. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov (lorlov@jfsseattle.org or 206-861-8784) or visit www.jfsseattle.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.

Caregiver Support Information Sessions

Mondays, February 9 & March 9, 2015, 11:00–11:30 a.m.
South East Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Caregiver support advocate Toni Crutchfield and SESSC social worker Jaime Clark will present information for unpaid caregivers on each of the dates listed above. If you are helping a friend or family member and need some assistance, plan to attend to get information about resources that can make your life less stressful and help you provide the best care possible. Caregiver support services focus on the caregiver—you! For more information, call Toni (206-727-6210) or Jaime (206-722-0317).

Neighbor Appreciation Day 2015

February 14, 2015 (all day)
Your neighborhood!

Neighbor Appreciation Day is an annual event founded in 1995. It's a special day to acknowledge the neighbors who look out for you or lend you a hand now and then, as well as a time to reach out and meet new neighbors. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website offers lots of ideas. Note: It doesn't matter if you aren't in Seattle—celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day wherever you live!

Share the Love at the South East Seattle Senior Center

Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
South East Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

The South East Seattle Senior Center is sharing the love on Valentine's Day and Neighbor Appreciation Day with a free open house. Enjoy snacks, tours, yoga and craft demonstrations, information about local resources, and raffle, and more. For more information or to RSVP, call 206-722-0317 or visit www.sessc.org.

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.

King County Mobility Coalition Winter Meeting

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
King County Housing Authority Offices
600 Andover Park West, Tukwila

The King County Mobility Coalition comprises individuals and organizations that focus on special needs transportation services in King County and develops strategies, tools, and projects to improve mobility for people with limited transportation options due to age, income, disability, limited English proficiency, or other limiting factor. For more information, call mobility manager Jon Morrison Winters at 425-943-6769 or e-mail mobility@hope-link.org.

Our Elders, Our Selves: Visiting the Past, Planning Our Future

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Avenue (between Cherry & James Streets), Seattle

Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County, invites you to attend the premiere screening of Our Elders, Our Selves, a 45-minute documentary about the evolution of aging services in Seattle-King County. See the related story in this issue. The public is welcome to attend; however, RSVPs are appreciated: aginginfo@seattle.gov. For accessibility information, visit www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/services-and-programs/accessibility-and-requests-for-accommodations. To request an additional accommodation, call 206-684-0662 or e-mail aginginfo@seattle.gov.

The Age of Love: It's Never Too Late to Date

Friday, February 20, 2015, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

The Greenwood Senior Center invites you to a special screening of The Age of Love, a movie about the adventures of 30 Rochester, NY residents who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds. The film takes viewers where no documentary has gone before—directly into the lives of older singles who still yearn to be seen and understood, who still desire another's touch, who seek a new chance at love. Following the movie, stay for schmoozing and treats. Cost: $7 members, $10 non-members. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc.

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.

Roundtable Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging

Thursdays, 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 the following discussions on dementia: 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.

Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Thursdays, March 5–April 9, 2015, 1–3 p.m.
Northshore Health & Wellness Building, 2nd floor conference room
10212 East. Riverside Drive, Bothell

Do you—as a spouse, adult child, relative or friend as a spouse, adult child, relative or friend—provide care for an adult loved one with a chronic illness or disability? "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is a six week educational series designed to provide you, the caregiver, with tools needed to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Classes consist of interactive sessions, discussions, and brainstorming to help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action in your life. Classes are free and taught by trained and certified class leaders. Space is limited so reservations are required. To register, contact Janet Zielasko (425-286-1035 or janetz@seniorservices.org).

Focus on the Future Forum: Health & Well-Being

Friday, March 6, 2015, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Mountlake Terrace Senior Center
23000 Lakeview Drive, Mountlake Terrace

Every four years, each Area Agency on Aging across the U.S. develops a four-year plan to chart their course in creating an elder-friendly community. King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are collaborating on three public forums that will help inform development of specific sections of their 2016–2019 Area Plans on Aging. You are invited to attend this forum in south Snohomish County to let planners know what you think about health and well-being of older adults in your community. If you require an accommodation in order to participate, or you need more information, call 425-388-6433.

Focus on the Future Forum: Community Design & Healthy Aging

Monday, March 30, 2015, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Mountain View Community Center
3607 122nd Avenue East, Edgewood

Every four years, each Area Agency on Aging across the U.S. develops a four-year plan to chart their course in creating an elder-friendly community. King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are collaborating on three public forums that will help inform development of specific sections of their 2016–2019 Area Plans on Aging. You are invited to attend this forum in north Pierce County to let planners know what you think about livability and healthy aging in your community. If you require an accommodation in order to participate, or you need more information, call 253-798-7376.

Focus on the Future Forum: Behavioral Health & Memory Care

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

Every four years, each Area Agency on Aging across the U.S. develops a four-year plan to chart their course in creating an elder-friendly community. King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are collaborating on three public forums that will help inform development of specific sections of their 2016–2019 Area Plans on Aging. You are invited to attend this forum in east King County to let planners know what you think about behavioral health and memory care services in your community. If you require an accommodation in order to participate, or you need more information, call 425-452-2824 or 206-684-0706.

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care

Monday, June 1, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila

Family caregivers, home care workers, adult day services staff, adult family home and assisted living staff, and social service and mental health professionals who work with family caregivers can hear nationally-known author Wendy Lustbader speak at the 2015 caregiver conference sponsored by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Full Life Care, and others. Caregivers can choose from 16 workshops and visit over 40 exhibitors with resource information about products and services. The early registration fee (by May 13) is $30 for individual caregivers is $30 and $50 for agency-based caregivers. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits. Registration forms will be available in April. To request a brochure and registration materials, call 360-725-2544 (toll-free 800-422-3263) or visit the conference webpage (click here).