April Calendar

Inspire Positive Aging Nomination Deadline

Now through Monday, April 9, 2012

Nominate an elder whose life exemplifies positive aging: community involvement, relationships, healthy living, endurance, and balance. For more information, visit www.inspire-award.org, or contact Donna Bellinger at 206-727-6267.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, March 9, 2012, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave. (between Cherry & Columbia Streets), Seattle

The Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council meets on the second Friday of each month. Agendas are available on the Aging King County website within a week of the meeting. For more information, visit the Advisory Council Web site or contact Gigi Meinig at 206-684-0652.

Effective Care Transitions: South King County Community Meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

Aging and Disability Services invites South King County community leaders, policymakers, hospital and home health care administrators, discharge planners, nurses, physicians, social service providers, and health care consumers to discuss issues related to health care, effective care transitions, and reduction of unnecessary hospital readmissions. Pre-registration by April 10 is required. For more information, see the online invitation

Senior Coffee Hour with Long Term Care Ombudsman Patricia Hunter

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 810 3rd Ave., Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Coffee Hours bring community elders closer to local officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn more about City of Seattle and other programs and services and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. The April coffee hour features Patricia Hunter, Washington State Long Term Care Ombudsman, an advocate for people in long term care facilities. Refreshments are served. Coffee Hour speakers and dates subject to change. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov or visit the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens website

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. For more information, call 800-848-7097 ext. 506, e-mail alzwacon2012@alz.org, or visit the Conference website.

Launch of Let's Loop Seattle

Friday, April 20, 2012, 5:15-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Lindeman Pavilion, Volney Richmond Auditorium
1201 Terry Ave., Seattle

Join the Let's Loop Seattle kick-off showcasing public accommodation for hearing loss. This fully hearing accessible evening (Hearing Loop and CART—Communication Access Realtime Translation) will feature keynote speaker David Myers, PhD, leader of the Loop America Movement. Free and open to the public. Reception at 5:15; main event at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited; registration is required. RSVP by April 16 to loopseattle@gmail.com. For more information, contact Cheri Perazzoli, Director of Advocacy, Hearing Loss Association of Washington, at 425-785-4904 or cheripz@gmail.com.

American Diabetes Association Expo

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

Learn how to live healthy, be active and change the future of diabetes. This free expo includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors and leading experts talking about diabetes management and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications. For more information, call 1-888-DIABETES, ext. 7211 or visit www.diabetes.org/exposeattle.

Wellness Conference: Stand Up, Be Heard, Speak Your Mind

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Ave. SE, Bellevue

As part of Parkinson's Awareness Month, the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation is presenting a special wellness conference. Three top Parkinson's specialists will address issues related to movement, speech and cognition, and steps that individuals and caregivers can take to support and extend the benefits of proper medication management and clinical care. Cost $15 per person includes a healthy box lunch. Registration is required. For more information, visit Northwest Parkinson's Foundation or call 1-877-980-7500.

Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans Discussion Group

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Green Lake Library
7364 E Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle

As part of its new outreach initiative, the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans will hold a discussion group for seniors and "near-seniors" on issues determined by participants. For more information, visit www.psara.org, e-mail Susan at sjlevy.01@gmail.com, or call 206-448-9646.

Plan Now: May is Older Americans Month

May 2012

Nationwide, May is Older Americans Month. This year's theme—Never Too Old to Play!—says it all. Now's the time for you or your organization to plan an event or special acknowledgement that will encourage older people to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities. For more information, visit the AoA's 2012 Older Americans Month website.

Save the Date: Kidney Health Fest for African American Families

Saturday, June 2, 2012, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Van Asselt Elementary (formerly the African American Academy),
8311 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle

Northwest Kidney Centers invites you to "Celebrating 10 Years Toward Kidney Wellness: Mind, Body and Soul," the 10th annual Kidney Health Fest for African American Families. This free event features free health screenings, private consultations with volunteer doctors, healthy food made by local celebrity chefs, and an educational program emceed by former King County executive and former HUD deputy secretary Ron Sims. The day includes music and other entertainment, exhibits, and a chance to win prizes. For more information, visit www.nwkidney.org/fest.

Save the Date: 19th Annual Challenges in Caregiving Conference

Monday, June 4, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

Attend "Giving Care, Taking Care," a one-day conference for family caregivers of adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities; adult children concerned about aging parents; aging parents caring for adult children with disabilities; in-home caregivers; adult day care, adult family home, and assisted living facilities staff; and geriatric mental health service providers. For more information, contact Lynne Korte, Aging and Disabilities Services Administration, at 360-725-2545 or kortelm@dshs.wa.gov.

Save the Date: Fair Housing Accessibility Training

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Ave., Seattle

This all-day event promotes compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. Sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, King County Office of Civil Rights, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the event is free. For more information, contact Michael Chin at 206-684-8063 or see the event flyer.

Save the Date: Insight: A Low Vision Expo

Saturday June 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn about resources for people with low vision—keynote presentations, breakout sessions, a vendor fair, and an all-day assistive technology learning lab with hands-on demonstrations of modern technology and accessible computer devices included.  For more information, visit the SightConnection (formerly called Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted) website, or contact Michael Craig at 206-525-5556 or mcraig@SightConnection.org.