August Calendar

Taking Care: How to be an Effective Healthcare Advocate

Sundays, August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
JFS Capitol Hill Campus
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Do you want to become more aware of available healthcare options? Do you want to feel empowered to advocate for yourself in the healthcare system? Join us for this series of workshops to learn about components of the healthcare system; complementary systems of care; following the money in the healthcare system; empowerment techniques, tools, and resources; and healthcare advocacy from multiple perspectives. Come to one or all of the sessions! Co-sponsored by Wider Horizons with support from Full Life Care, Iora Primary Care, and Qualis Health. To register online, click here. For more information, contact Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784.

United Way Five-Year Plan

Monday, August 3, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Bellevue Library
1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue

The United Way of King County Board of Directors recently approved a new five-year strategic plan that narrows the organization's focus—creating a community where everyone has a home, students graduate, and families are financially stable. Come to this meeting to learn more. Questions can be directed to Susan Wood (swood@uwkc.org or 206-461-6916). To RSVP, click here.

Public Hearing

Public Hearing: Draft Area Plan on Aging, 2016–2019

Monday, August 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4096 (40th floor)
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services (ADS) invites you to comment on the draft 2016–2019 Area Plan on Aging and draft recommendations for the 2016 discretionary budget allocations. In addition to this public hearing, you may comment by e-mail or telephone. See the related article in this issue. For more information and a copy of the draft plan, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/update_process.htm.

Vote

Primary Election Day

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In King County, ballots are mailed to voters 20 days prior to each election in which they are eligible to vote. Learn what is on your ballot by visiting the King County Elections website (click here). New voters can register online, by mail, or in person (click here).

Night Out Against Crime

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Your neighborhood

"Night Out" is an annual community-building event celebrated in cities across the nation. Night Out promotes neighborhood camaraderie which helps make our neighborhoods safer for people of all ages. For more information, read Live in the Yellow and Don't Hesitate to Call 911 (August 2014). Following is a sampling of local Night Out information available online: Auburn | Bellevue | Federal Way | Mercer Island | Redmond | Seattle.   

The Beatles Sing-along

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Hey Jude! The Beatles are undeniably fun to sing along to. Take it out of the car and Come Together at the Greenwood Senior Center for summer fun. All voices welcome! Free. For more information, click here. Don't Let Me Down!

Medicare & Social Security: Celebrating Decades of Success!

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Westlake Plaza
400 Pine Street, Seattle

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Join Social Security Works Washington, PSARA, and others in saying, "Everyone deserves a secure and dignified retirement!" For more information, contact president Robby Stern at president@psara.org or visit www.psara.org.

Go4Life

September is Go4Life Month

September 1–30, 2015

We invite you to join us in celebrating Go4Life Month, in collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging. Go4Life Month is an opportunity to focus attention on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults. The overarching goal of Go4Life Month is to entice, encourage, and enable older adults to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives. The theme of the Month is Be Active Every Day! For ideas on how to get started, click here.

Elder Friendly Futures Conference

Thursday, September 17 & Friday, September 18
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood

The University of Washington's School of Nursing, deTornyay Center for Healthy Aging, and School of Social Work invite you to participate in the two-day Elder Friendly Futures conference and focus on the opportunities and challenges of care and collaboration with older adults. The conference offers a number of excellent opportunities for researchers, practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and educators to showcase their mission and network with a key audience of government and non‐profit organizations, academics, and community members. Highlights include keynotes, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, films on aging, and networking around current issues. For more information, visit www.elderfriendlyfutures.org.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 23—the first day of fall—is slated as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Plan now to educate older adults about how they can stay safe. This year's theme is "Take a Stand to Prevent Falls." Learn more on Aging and Disability Services' falls prevention webpage.

The Village Movement: Aging's New Frontier

Monday, October 5–Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Avenue, Seattle

The 7th annual national Village to Village Network conference takes place in October in Seattle. The network helps communities create membership-driven, grass-roots organizations run by volunteers (or volunteers and some paid staff) who coordinate access to affordable services, including transportation, health and wellness programs, home repairs, social and educational activities, and trips, and offer vetted and discounted providers. For more information, visit the Village to Village Network website.

Latino Health Forum

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center
17620 International Blvd, Seattle

Save the date for the 10th annual Latino Health Forum. For details, visit www.seamar.org/latinohealthforum.

Washington Senior Lobby Conference

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway, Tacoma

Save the date for the annual Washington State Senior Lobby conference. For more information, contact Karen Bowen (info@waseniorlobby.org or 360-754-0207) or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.