October Calendar

Boomers and older Seattle residents are flocking to Lifelong Recreation classes for book clubs, dog walks, field trips (some overnight), line dancing, pickleball, Tai Chi, visual and performing arts, walking programs, yoga, and much more. A number of classes are designed specifically for people with Alzheimer's or dementia. Fall registration is currently underway. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors.


Age Wave Candidates' Forum - 30th Legislative District

Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Federal Way Regional Library, Meeting Room 1
34200 1st Way South, Federal Way

30th Legislative District (Federal Way/South King County) and Aging Network advocates are invited to attend this forum sponsored by the SW King County League of Women Voters and Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby. Hear the candidates' perspectives on Washington's Aging Readiness. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. A color flyer is available online. If you need an accommodation in order to participate, contact Cathy Knight by 9/30 at 360-485-9761 or cathyknight@comcast.net.

Staying Connected (4-week seminar)

Mondays, October 5–26, 2015
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Register right away to attend this four-week small group seminar for people with early stage memory loss and their care partners. Learn how to cope with daily memory challenges, how mood can affect memory, strategies for maintaining quality of life, how to make realistic plans and prepare for the future, and more. Care partners can be a spouse or partner, adult child, other relative, or friend. This program runs Mondays, October 5–October 26. Pre-registration is required! Call 206-529-3868 for more information or to register.

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, grassroots 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.

Your Passport to the World of Volunteering!

Tuesday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel (near Southcenter)
15920 West Valley Highway, Seattle

Join the RSVP—the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program—and Premera Blue Cross for a fun event with a purpose. Think of it as your passport to the world of volunteering. Complimentary lunch and voluntary mixer for those 55 years and older. Come meet nonprofit representatives from central and south King County, learn about volunteer opportunities, mingle with others, enter for door prizes, and more! Free to attend, but please call to reserve your place: 206-576-6538.

Retirement Income Strategies: What is best for you?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st Street, Seattle
 
What's your retirement plan? NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) invites you to hear financial advisers Kevin Peterson and Laurie Adams of Eagle Strategies LLC talk about financial building blocks that create a long and healthy retirement. Free and open to the public. For more information about NEST, call 206-525-6378, e-mail info@nestseattle.org, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

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.

LGBTQ 50+ Second Thursday OUT!

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon Street, Seattle

The LGBTQ community, friends, neighbors, and family are invited to attend game night and eat pizza. Come to the center and see a vibrant community in action. No membership or sign up is required. Call 206-932-4044 for details.

Magnuson Park Historical Walk

Friday, October 9, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Magnuson Brig, Lobby
6344 NE 74th Street, Seattle

Look back at the history of Magnuson Park, rich in military history and interesting local lore. Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation program uses vans to travel to several historical sites in the park. You will learn much about this wonderful asset of Seattle's parks system. Donation $10 (to Magnuson Historical Society on day of trip). Registration required—call 206-386-9106. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors/Fall2015.pdf (page 26). (See also October 15, 2015.)

Northgate Mall Walking Group

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Food Court (south entrance near parking garage)
Northgate Mall, Seattle

This Sound Steps walking group is designed for people with mobility challenges and those beginning a walking program for the first time. All abilities welcome! Nobody will walk alone and distance and pace is whatever you set. Look for the volunteer walk leader at a table near the doors. E-mail sound.steps@seattle.gov if you plan to attend.

Mt. Rainier Fall Colors Tour

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Register to get pick-up times at
Rainier, Garfield and ID Community Centers

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program for one of the most scenic drives for fall colors and enjoy time walking along the trails at Paradise. $50 per person includes charter bus transportation. Lunch at Paradise on your own. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors/Fall2015.pdf (page 20). Register online at www.seattle.gov/parks or call Robin at Lifelong Recreation at 206-233-7255 (leave a message). 

Latino Health Forum

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

Now in its tenth year, the Latino Health Forum attracts health care experts and activists serving Latinos in the Pacific Northwest to participate in open dialogue and forums on current topics affecting the health of Latinos on regional, national, and international levels. Register on Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, visit www.seamar.org/latinohealthforum.

Affordable Senior Housing—Crisis or Opportunity?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Full Life Care
800 Jefferson Street, Seattle

This Washington Pioneer Network Conversation Café will revisit the 2009 report "A Quiet Crisis" that described how King County's senior population will more than double by 2025; explore the enormity of the challenge and how to leverage it as an opportunity for change to strengthen our communities; and discuss how supportive services can be integrated to empower aging in community. Panelists include representatives from Cedar River Group, ARCH program, Office of Housing, Leading Age, and SHA. Appetizers and wine served. $15 suggested donation. RSVP to Lindsey Ismailova, Washington Pioneer Network, at 206-224-3764 or lindseyi@fulllifecare.org.

Doorstep Crime: Are Crime Prevention Strategies Harmful?

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services, Lillian Rice Center
2208 Second Avenue, Suite 100, Seattle

Professionals in the field of aging are invited to join this roundtable discussion about crime prevention. For more information or to register, call Barbara Green, MSW at 206-799-7108 or bgreenmsw@earthlink.net.

Disability Employment Awareness Month & White Cane Safety Day

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Washington Department of Services for the Blind
3411 South Alaska Street, Seattle

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month and White Cane Safety Day, the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) is showcasing the tools, techniques, and technologies that help people with visual impairments enjoy independence at home, in the community, and in the workplace. Try vision stimulators—experience eye conditions first hand—as well as mobility cane usage, Braille cooking, computer technology, and home management. For more information, visit www.dsb.wa.gov/events/October.shtml.

Magnuson Park Historical Walk

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Magnuson Brig, Lobby
6344 NE 74th Street, Seattle

Look back at the history of Magnuson Park, rich in military history and interesting local lore. Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation program uses vans to travel to several historical sites in the park. You will learn much about this wonderful asset of Seattle's parks system. Donation $10 (to Magnuson Historical Society on day of trip). Registration required—call 206-386-9106. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors/Fall2015.pdf (page 26). (See also October 9, 2015.)

Alzheimer's Association Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish, Arrupe Room
732 18th Avenue East, Seattle

Community members are invited to learn about the draft Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's, which calls for crucial supports such as meeting the needs of caregivers, reducing stigma associated with dementia, raising awareness, increasing availability and affordability of long-term services, and increasing the quality and availability of paid aides. For more information, see the related article in this issue or click here.

NESTcafé: If I'm not a writer, why should I write about my life?

Monday, October 19, 2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Magnuson Park Brig, Room 406
6344 NE 74th Street, Seattle

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) invites you to join writer and teacher Joanne Horne at a collaborative memoir-writing and storytelling event. Share stories and talk about how personal reflection leads to community connection. Coffee and tea provided. Free and open to the public. For more information about NEST, call 206-525-6378, e-mail info@nestseattle.org, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

The Aging Process

Tuesdays, October 20–November 10, 2015, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Magnuson Park Brig
6344 NE 74th Street, Seattle

Take the surprise out of aging and learn simple techniques for maintaining your best health, no matter where you are on the journey. This is not a class about illness—it's a class about healthy aging, taught by Rita Howard, a master teacher who is not a doctor or nurse but who has been engaged in studying and manifesting good health right into her elder years. $40 per person. For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors/Fall2015.pdf (page 27). Register online at www.seattle.gov/parks or call Lifelong Recreation at 206-386-9106.

Free Dental, Vision & Medical Care Clinic

Thursday–Sunday, October 22–25, 2015
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall & KeyArena
301 Mercer Street, Seattle

Come to Seattle Center for free dental, vision, and medical services provided by licensed healthcare professionals. No advance registration—first come, first served—and you do not need ID or proof of citizenship. Admission tickets are distributed at 5 a.m.—one ticket per person. Parking is free in the Mercer Street Garage. Come dressed for a long day, and bring food and any daily medications you take. Interpreters are available. For more information, call 206-684-7200, e-mail SKCClinic@seattlecenter.org, or visit www.seattlecenter.org/patients.

Alzheimer's Association Town Hall Meeting

Friday, October 23, 2015, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

Community members are invited to learn about the draft Washington State Plan to Address Alzheimer's, which calls for crucial supports such as meeting the needs of caregivers, reducing stigma associated with dementia, raising awareness, increasing availability and affordability of long-term services, and increasing the quality and availability of paid aides. For more information, see the related article in this issue or click here.

Life Reimagined Checkup

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Belltown Community Center
415 Bell Street, Seattle

What is Life Reimagined? It's a new way of thinking about what's next in your life. Backed by decades of research, Life Reimagined introduces a powerful step-by-step approach to help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real. Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation program invites you to a free two-hour experience to help you get inspired about your possibilities. Gain insight into where you are in life and where you want to go. Discover new methods and practical tools to help you plan your next move. Connect with a Life Reimagined Guide and people in your community who can support you along the way. Free and open to all. Register for this event by calling at 206-684-4240.

Caregiving: Preparing for Care

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st Street, Seattle

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) invites you to hear Judy Kimmerer of Adult Care Resources and Steve Meyer, CEO of Fedelta Care Solutions, discuss the healthcare system and how to navigate it when looking to hire a caregiver. You'll also learn how to prepare to welcome a caregiver into your home. Free and open to the public. For more information about NEST, call (206)-525-6378, e-mail info@nestseattle.org, or visit www.nestseattle.org.

Washington Senior Lobby Conference

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway, Tacoma

More than 450 people are expected to attend the Washington State Senior Lobby conference this year, including legislators, policy makers, civic leaders, public employees, senior activists, and service providers. They will focus on topics such as long-term care, fraud and other forms of abuse, transportation, guardianship, Medicare, and the budget. There will also be a report on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The conference will be covered by TVW. For registration fees and other information, contact Karen Bowen (info@waseniorlobby.org or 360-754-0207) or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.

Kubota Gardens Trip

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Kubota Gardens
Seattle

Take a guided tour of the fall colors at Kubota Gardens, located in a stunning 20-acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. The spectacular garden setting includes hills and valleys, interlaced with streams, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, rock out-croppings, a rich array of plant material, and a new terrace overlook. $12 per person (does not include lunch). For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/Seniors/Fall2015.pdf (page 22). Register online at www.seattle.gov/parks or call Mary at Lifelong Recreation at 206-935-2162.

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).

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, November 13, 2015, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council meets on the second Friday of most months. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council or contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652).

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.