September Calendar

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.

housing forum

Housing Challenges in Later Life

Friday, September 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Southeast Seattle Senior Center invite you to attend a special forum on housing challenges faced by older adults. If you are concerned about rent increases, condo conversions, your rights as a tenant and/or how to keep up with repairs, come to the forum for information on advocacy and resources. Speakers include Joy Scott from Solid Ground and Jennifer LaBrecque from Seattle Office of Housing. For lunch reservations and/or directions, call 206-722-0317.

rainbow bingo

Tiki Luau Rainbow Bingo

Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

The Southeast Seattle Senior Center invites adults to an evening of games and pandemonium, with entertainment by Miss Sylvia O'Stayformore. Wear your best Tiki outfit and enter the costume contest. Beverages from Georgetown Brewing and snacks are available separately. Tickets get you in the door, dinner from Tutta Bella, and 12 bingo games—$25 advance purchase, $28 day of event—this event often sells out early. For tickets or more information, visit www.sessc.org or call 206-722-0317.

rolling workshops

Rolling Walkshops: Pioneer Square & ID (two identical events)

Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10:30–11:45 a.m. or 12:30–1:45 p.m.
King Street Station (outdoor plaza)
303 South Jackson Street, Seattle

Participate in a "rolling walkshop" of two neighborhoods that can be difficult to traverse, especially for those with mobility challenges. Participants will gain a better understanding of the inequities of our built environment for people with disabilities. You can experience first-hand the challenges to get around as a person who is deaf, blind, or someone who has physical limitations. This unique walkshop showcases how application of Universal Design principles can enhance mobility for all. Tours have a limited capacity of 20. Reservations are required. Part of the 2015 Seattle Design Festival, visit these links for more information and to reserve your spot: 10:30 a.m. | 12:30 p.m. Coordinated by Feet First and co-sponsored by Aging and Disability Services, Northwest Universal Design Council, King County Mobility Coalition, Lighthouse for the Blind, and a host of additional community partners.

National Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day

Saturday, September 13, 2015

For ideas of ways you can celebrate Grandparents Day—no matter your age or whether you have a grandparent or grandchildren—visit Generations United's GrandparentsDay.org website. See also the article about the Foster Grandparents Program in this issue.  

Elder Friendly Futures Conference

Thursday & Friday, September 17–18
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 http://depts.washington.edu/eff.

UW Fall Prevention Event

Friday, September 18, 2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle

It's national Fall Prevention Awareness Month. Learn how medications and vision changes can impact your risk of falling, get screened to determine your risk of falling, get tips on how to reduce that risk by exercising and making your home safer, and receive handouts to take home. Presented by the University of Washington Department of Physical Therapy. Free. Advance registration appreciated. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

the conversation

Having the Conversation

Monday, September 21, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle

Even though it might be difficult, advance planning is very important. Learn about The Five Wishes planning tool, which assists individuals and their families in mapping out their wishes, and how to talk with doctors, spouses, and children about your end-of-life decisions. Planning for your future is a practical and emotional process. Participants in this workshop will leave with the tools to manage. Led by Stephanie Mehl, Providence Hospice of Seattle. Brought to you by Wallingford Community Senior Center. Free. Advance registration appreciated. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

power of appreciation

The Power of Appreciation

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Learn how expressions of appreciation—both given and received—can reduce stress and improve physical and mental health. Talk about the key ingredients for giving authentic messages of appreciation and the different ways people like to receive appreciation. With Margy Bresslour, M. Ed., CEO of Moving Messages. Suggested donation: $3 members/$5 public. Advance registration appreciated. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

falls prevention day

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.

tablet basics

Tablet Basics Technology Class

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Get an introduction to tablets using the iPads loaned by Seattle Public Library. Explore topics chosen by the class, such as social media, tools for travel, and free library resources for tablets. Presented in collaboration with Seattle Public Library. Free. Advance registration required. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

hope conference

2015 HOPE Conference

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue

The HOPE Conference offers information on medications, treatments, diet, mindfulness and movement for Parkinson's patients and their families. For more information, visit https://nwpf.org/participate/events/2015-hope-conference.

2nd Annual NEST Resource Fair

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th Street, Seattle

The NEST (North East Seattle Together) resource fair is a fun, informative opportunity to meet preferred vendors face-to-face. Learn more about professionals in the areas of health, finance, home maintenance, daily living, wellness, and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail info@nestseattle.org.

Speaking of Dying Film Screening

Monday, September 28, 2015, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Ravenna Methodist Church Sanctuary
5751 33rd Avenue NE, Seattle

Fear of dying is most often fear of the unknown. Trudy James' film "Speaking of Dying" changes this pattern by shining a bright light on death. In so doing, it offers us a pathway to a better ending. Join NEST (North East Seattle Together) for a screening of this powerful film. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail info@nestseattle.org.

village conference

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.

NW Universal Design

NW Universal Design Council: U.S. Access Board presentation by Karen Braitmayer, FAIA

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Avenue, Seattle

The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency that provides leadership in accessible design under the ADA and other laws. On October 7, U.S. Access Board member Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA will discuss what this work means for you. This presentation is free and open to the public, coordinated by the Northwest Universal Design Council and co-sponsored by the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, Seattle City Clerk, Seattle City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Services Department, and Aging and Disability Services. For more information, click on the flyer at right, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit www.environmentsforall.org.

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.

Understanding Domestic Violence against Elders and Adults with Disabilities

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Criminal Justice Training Center
19010 First Avenue South, Burien

Save the date for Washington State's 12th annual elder abuse conference. Conference registration fee is $90/person. Registration opens in early September. For the tentative agenda and more information, click here.

General Election Day

Tuesday, November 3, 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. New voters can register online, by mail, or in person (click here).

Save the date: Eastside Legislative Forum

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room
123 5th Ave, Kirkland

The Bellevue Network on Aging and Kirkland Senior Council are planning a legislative forum. For more information, e-mail Diana Thompson at artemis_21@comcast.net.