March Calendar

How Can We Become a More Elder-Friendly Community?

Aging & Disability Services (ADS)—the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County—wants to know how you think we can become a more elder-friendly community. Every four years, ADS develops a plan that charts the course the agency will take in creating an elder-friendly community. ADS looks at demographics and other trends, and major service goals and objectives. Public input is important, and ADS has created a survey—available on Survey Monkey and also in print—that will help shape the plan for 2016–2019. Take the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/X5JY736. Learn more in this recent AgeWise King County article. Questions? Contact ADS planner Karen Winston (karen.winston@seattle.gov or 206-684-0706).


Intergenerational LGBTQ Gathering

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Avenue, Seattle

The LGBTQ Allyship, which provides visibility, advocacy, community building and education for LGBTQ individuals in our community, invites you to attend a program featuring LGBTQ speakers who live with chronic pain. The event is wheelchair accessible and the meeting room is near the entrance. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, e-mail info@allyship.org or visit www.LGBTQAllyship.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 the 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.

Brain Health Fair

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Avenue NE, Redmond

Experience the Redmond Senior Center Brain Health Fair, with mini-classes, food samples from the Center's nutrition program, and drawings for gift baskets. Invite a friend to join you and come have an informative day. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; keynote speaker at 10 a.m. Free. For more information about Redmond Senior Center, click here.

Info Session: Senior Services Programs

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

The South East Seattle Senior Center (SESSC) invites you to attend a short information session about programs and services offered by Senior Services, including Senior Information and Assistance, Family Caregiver Support Program, Project Enhance, Senior Rights Assistance, SHIBA, Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Community Dining, Story Tell, and Minor Home Repair, presented by SESSC social worker Jaime Clark and caregiver advocate Toni Crutchfield. Free. Your chance at a door prize and snack included. For more information, contact Toni at 206-727-6210 or Jaime at 206-722-0317, or visit www.sessc.org.

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

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Foster Library
4060 South 144th Street, Tukwila

Is dementia a normal part of aging? What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? This one-hour class will answer these questions and cover the basics, including risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer's, treatments, resources, and the benefits of early detection. This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss. To register, call 206-242-1640.

Aging in Place in Your Community

Friday, March 13, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Greater Maple Valley Community Center
22010 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Maple Valley Community Center invite you to attend a special forum on livable communities. Sign-in begins at 11:00 a.m. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., enjoy a low-cost lunch and speaker Jeannette Franks, PhD. Franks is a gerontologist and author of To Move or To Stay Put: A Guide for Your Last Decades, a book that helps older adults and families make better decisions about aging and living options. She has taught ethics, grief and loss, and geriatrics and gerontology courses at the University of Washington, and she served for nine years on the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council in Kitsap County. For lunch reservations or directions, call 425-432-1272.

Black Cats & Leprechauns: Rainbow Bingo at SESSC

Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

If you've ever played rainbow bingo, you know what the fuss is about. If not, you're in for a new treat! Miss Sylvia O'Stayformore will welcome you to an evening of pandemonium, including games, prizes (some cash!), tasty beverages, and entertainment. This month, dress as a black cat or as a leprechaun and enter the costume contest. The cost for admission, dinner, 12 bingo games is $22 per person at the door or $20 in advance (beverages sold separately). Best to buy early, as this event frequently sells out. Unclaimed seats are resold at 7 p.m. Wheelchair accessible, all adults welcome! For tickets or more information, call 206-722-0317, e-mail kateh@seniorservices.org, or visit www.sessc.org.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 12:30–2:00 p.m.
Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Avenue NE, Redmond

Is dementia a normal part of aging? What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? This one-hour class will answer these questions and cover the basics, including risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer's, treatments, resources, and the benefits of early detection. This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss. To register, call 425-556-2388.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to join a conversation with Marta Idowu from the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, which works to advance civil rights and end barriers to equity, enforcing laws against illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting within Seattle city limits. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Dr. Ira Byock: Transforming Care Through The End of Life

March 19, 2015, 7:15 p.m.  
Town Hall Seattle
Eighth & Seneca, Seattle

Ira Byock, MD, a palliative care specialist and director of the Providence Institute for Human Caring, will discuss how we can transform the way our society cares for the seriously ill to allow patients to maintain their dignity, comfort and quality of life up until their final moments. Dr. Byock will also explain why ultimately, altering our current healthcare system, accepting the inevitability of mortality and opening the dialogue about death will lead to more fulfilling, healthier lives. General admission $5 ($6.17 with service fee). For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1240134.

10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien

What is the difference between typical age-related memory changes and Alzheimer's disease? How do I know if I need to be concerned about myself or a loved one? What steps should I take if I think there might be a problem? This class will discuss the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, why early detection is important, how Alzheimer's is diagnosed, risk factors for Alzheimer's and related dementias, and the role of genetics in Alzheimer's disease. This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss. To register, call 206-243-3490.

World Dance Party #12

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6:06–9:29 p.m.
Rainier Beach High School Gym
8815 South Seward Park Avenue, Seattle

Show up. Get down! Everyone is welcome at world dance parties, so invite your family and friends. Wear comfortable shoes, meet neighbors, share a potluck dish, and learn eight new dances (no partner necessary). World Dance Party is associated with Aging Your Way at Senior Services. Fun for all ages and absolutely FREE. No need to RSVP. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/worlddanceparty.

Roundtable Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association
100 West Harrison Street, Seattle

Barbara Green, MSW is facilitating a discussion on dementia, "Late Stage—Doll Therapy," on March 26. Participants will be asked to read a journal article that will form the basis for discussion and generate learning objectives. For more information, click on the image at right, contact Barbara (206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.net) or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

Dementia Care: Five Take-Away Activities

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Bellevue YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue

This session provides caregivers with the tools to create easy, practical and inexpensive activities for the person with dementia. It focuses on five areas: activity stations, music, reminiscence, food, and the activity bag. To register, call 425-688-5806.

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.

State Alzheimer's Planning Group Community Meeting

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
North Seattle College, College Center Building (CC 1161)
9600 College Way North, Seattle

Washington state's Alzheimer's Disease Working Group is hosting a community meeting to hear what Seattle-King County residents feel is needed and what could be improved to better help people with dementia and their family caregivers. For more information, visit the Alzheimer's Disease Working Group webpage. To request special needs accommodations, contact Colette Rush (360-725-2640 or RushC@dshs.wa.gov). Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 14 days prior to the session date.

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.

Jeannette Franks: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4050-4060
700 Fifth Avenue (5th & Columbia), Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to hear UW gerontologist Jeannette Franks, PhD, discuss how and where to live in your last decades. Franks is a passionate lecturer and writer about successful aging, ethics, grief and loss, retirement options, and end-of-life issues. Her most recent book, To Move or To Stay Put: A Guide for Your Last Decades, helps older adults and families make good decisions about aging and living. An advocate for accessibility for all people, she addresses barrier-free living in your home and community—whether you grow old in your current home or move to a new home. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit www.environmentsforall.org.

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

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
North Bend Library
115 East 4th Street, North Bend

Is dementia a normal part of aging? What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? This one-hour class will answer these questions and cover the basics, including risk factors, diagnosis, stages of Alzheimer's, treatments, resources, and the benefits of early detection. This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss.

Dr. Anne Lipton: Dementia and the 7 Common Senses of Caregiving

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Seattle Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle

What is dementia? How can I best care for someone who has it? How can I help the primary caregiver? Come to this Discovery 2015: Alzheimer's Regional Conference pre-conference event to learn how to minimize everyday problems and maximize effective strategies and solutions. Anne Lipton, MD, PhD, will present Dementia and the 7 common Senses of Caregiving: respect, teamwork, routine, preparation, flexibility, positive engagement and safety. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, click here. For more information about the April 16 conference, see below. 

Discovery 2015: Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place, 6th Floor, Seattle

The 30th annual Alzheimer's Regional Conference offers a full day of evidence-based professional education. Continuing education credits are available. Family caregivers are also welcome to attend. Hear keynote speaker Anne Lipton MD, PhD, author of The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers. Attend your choice of 16 innovative, evidence-based workshops, plus exhibits, bookstore, and networking opportunities. For more information, visit www.alzwa.org/cms/DiscoveryConf or contact the Alzheimer's Association (DiscoveryConf@alzwa.org or 206-363-5500 ext. 8170).

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to join a conversation with Courtney Gregoire, co-president of the Seattle Port Commission. The Port brings international trade, transportation and travel to the Pacific Northwest, supports industries as diverse as tourism and commercial fishing, and partners with other agencies to improve freight traffic in our region. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

State Alzheimer's Planning Group Community Webinar

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Your home or office computer

Washington state’s Alzheimer’s Disease Working Group is hosting a webinar to hear what residents feel is needed and what could be improved to better help people with dementia and their family caregivers. For more information, visit the Alzheimer's Disease Working Group webpage. To register for the webinar, e-mail ADWG@dshs.wa.gov by April 20, 2015.

Communicating with Persons with Dementia

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Bellevue YMCA
14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue

Improving communication with persons with dementia can lead to a decrease in dementia-related behaviors and distress and to improved quality of life for both care recipient and care partner. This class will help participants learn to understand and enter the world of the person with dementia and implement techniques for improving communication. It will also provide a brief overview of dementia basics. This presentation is not appropriate for the person with memory loss. To register, call 425-688-5806.

10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Valley View Library
17850 Military Road South, Seatac

What is the difference between typical age-related memory changes and Alzheimer's disease? How do I know if I need to be concerned about myself or a loved one? What steps should I take if I think there might be a problem? This class will discuss the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, why early detection is important, how Alzheimer's is diagnosed, risk factors for Alzheimer's and related dementias, and the role of genetics in Alzheimer's disease. This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss. To register, call 206-242-6044.

10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Kenmore Library
6531 NE 181st Street, Kenmore

What is the difference between typical age-related memory changes and Alzheimer's disease? How do I know if I need to be concerned about myself or a loved one? What steps should I take if I think there might be a problem? This class will discuss the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, why early detection is important, how Alzheimer's is diagnosed, risk factors for Alzheimer's and related dementias, and the role of genetics in Alzheimer's disease. This presentation is appropriate for the person with mild memory loss but not for the person with moderate or advanced memory loss. To register, call 425-486-8747.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.   
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to join a conversation with David Keyes, Seattle Department of Information Technology. As manager of the Community Technology Program, David promotes digital inclusion and public computing programs across Seattle and throughout the region. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

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 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.

Plan Now to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Every year, we celebrate Older Americans Month in May. This year's celebration coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, and the national theme for May 2015 is "Get Into The Act." Join the celebration by planning an activity, special recognition, or event in May. If you send us details prior to April 15, we'll be sure to include your event on the Older Americans Month calendar. E-mail event information anytime to irene.stewart@seattle.gov.