February Calendar

Sound Steps Training Walks Begin!

Saturday, February 4, 2012, 9 a.m.
Multiple locations

Join other adults age 50+ for an inaugural spring training group walk at one of three locations: Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW), Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave NE), or Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave S). Walks are approximately one mile, and all levels of ability are welcome. Through June 2012, weekly walks gradually increase distance to prepare for 5K, 10K or Half-Marathon Walks. Free. For more information, contact Mari Becker (206-684-4664 or sound.steps@seattle.gov).

Small Business Planning Webinar Series

Tuesdays, February 7 – March 20, 2012, 12:001:30 p.m.

Are you an entrepreneur with a disability who needs a business loan for your small business? Need help writing your business plan? Register now for the Washington Access Fund's free, accessible web-based small business planning series, which runs weekly for seven weeks. Space is limited, sign up in advance by e-mailing kathy@washingtonaccessfund.org or calling 206-328-5116.

Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older

Sunday, February 12, 2012, 1:303:00 p.m.
The Summit at First Hill
1200 University St., Seattle

Whether you're moving towards mid-life or are fully into elderhood, come hear local author Wendy Lustbader talk about how growing older can be a joyful adventure, with challenges and losses shaping our perspective and helping us become the best possible version of ourselves. Wendy also explores the increasing importance of personal relationships and spirituality for many, including her own exploration of her Jewish faith and tradition. Discussion followed by catered kosher reception. Advance registration required as space is limited—contact Marjorie Schnyder at 206-861-3146 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

Learn practical suggestions to ease the challenges of communicating, coping and caregiving when dementia has joined your family. Learn important caregiving tips and care planning. Gain insight into understanding behaviors and coping strategies. Presented by SeaTac Parks & Recreation and Comfort Keepers of South King County. Free. For more information, call 206-973-4680 or visit City of SeaTac Senior Programs.

2012 Senior Lobby Day

Thursday, February 23, 2012, 8 a.m.3 p.m.
United Churches
110 11th Ave. SE, Olympia

Join senior advocates from across Washington State as they visit state legislators to talk about the state's Senior Citizens Services Act and other critical issues of important to older adults and people with disabilities. For more information, visit the Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby website at www.waseniorlobby.org, call 360-754-0207 or e-mail info@waseniorlobby.org.

World Dance Party!

Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:0310:17 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 MLK Jr. Way S, Seattle

Yet another World Dance Party, organized by older adults for the enjoyment of all ages! This free event features mini-lessons in line dancing, hip hop, Chicago-style stepping, Native American friendship dance, Zumba, West African dance, and Tinikling (from the Philippines), followed by freestyle dancing. Bring a dish to share and bring your dancing shoes. Photos from this summer's World Dance Party are available online. For more information, contact Sabrina at Senior Services at sabrinaj@seniorservices.org.

West Seattle Senior Center Health Fair

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 10 a.m.1 p.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St., Seattle

Get your blood pressure reading, test for glucose, have your hearing checked, and learn about eyeglasses, home health care, physical therapy, rehab, medical supplies, RN services, counseling, retirement facilities, group homes, assisted living, and more. Free samples, giveaways, and lunch. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 206-932-4077 or visit www.sc-ws.org.

Sound Steps St. Patty's Day 5K Walk

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10 a.m.12 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle

Register today for Sound Steps' St. Patty's Day 5K Walk. Tailored especially for people age 50+, all ages are welcome to participate. Includes T-shirt, snacks, live Irish music, and prizes for the best St. Patty's Day costume! $10 suggested donation. To register, contact Mari Becker (206-684-4664 or sound.steps@seattle.gov) in advance. Limited day-of-walk registration (10:00–10:30 a.m. only).

Save the Date: Health Decisions during the Last Decade of Life

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

Take an active role in your healthcare decisions in the last decade of life by using tools and education on what decisions you face, working with medical providers and making this journey yours. Presented by Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care and Comfort Keepers of South King County. Free. For more information, call 206-973-4680 or visit City of SeaTac Senior Programs.

Save the Date: Financial Fitness Day

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 10 a.m.2 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle

Get your finances in shape at Financial Fitness Day! Review your credit report, get help preparing your taxes, get personal documents shredded, and attend workshops, which include Financial Goal Setting, Making the Most of a Reduced Income, Avoiding ID Theft and Financial Fraud, Understanding the Foreclosure Process, Vehicle Ownership Program, How to Deal with Debt Collectors, Bank On It: Checking and Savings Accounts, Paying for College. A list of items you should bring is posted on the Financial Fitness Day website.

Save the Date: 27th Annual Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Friday, April 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
Downtown Seattle

Online registration is now open for "Discovery," the 2012 Alzheimer's Regional Conference, which will bring together the best of national, regional and local professionals in Alzheimer's care and research. This one-day conference features 18 interactive workshops for activity professionals, case/care managers, counselors, dementia care providers, family caregivers, guardians, healthcare professionals, long-term care administrators, and social workers. CEUs available. For more information, call 800-848-7097 ext. 506, e-mail alzwacon2012@alz.org, or visit the Conference website.