June Calendar

Northwest Senior Games

Now through July 2013
Locations vary

For a good dose of healthy fun, take part in the Northwest Senior Games—as a spectator or participant. The competition is open to men and women age 50+ who do not gain livelihood from competing in the sport entered. June and July events include badminton, ballroom dance, bocce, line dance, pickleball, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, and walking. For more information, visit www.northwestseniorgames.org.

Alzheimer's Association 2013 Early Stage Memory Loss Forum

Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Seattle (location TBA)

Register now for Navigation: Pathways to Help and Hope, a forum specifically designed for and limited to people who have mild memory loss due to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease, and other related dementias. Pre-registration is required (not available on the day of the forum). The location of the forum will be provided with registration. For more information, call Anita at 206-363-5500, ext. 507 (or 1-800-848-7-97, ext. 507), or visit the event webpage.

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care

Monday, June 3, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

See Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving. To request a full brochure and registration materials, call toll-free 1-800-422-3263 (360-725-2544) or e-mail caregivingconference@dshs.wa.gov.

Film Series: Positive Images of Aging

Friday, June 7, 2013, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Join friends at the Greenwood Senior Center and watch "The Visitor," a film that focuses on a lonely middle-aged man whose life changes when faces identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication issues in New York City following 9/11. This free "1st Fridays" film series—facilitated by Ruth McCormick—includes movie, discussion, and snacks. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Insight: A Low Vision Expo 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St. SW, Lynnwood

Impressionist Claude Monet's story of low vision rehabilitation will be featured at SightConnection’s fourth annual Insight: A Low Vision Expo. Keynote speaker Dr. Imran A. Khan will explore what we can learn today from Monet's altered reality and functional adaptation. The expo will also feature an all-day assistive technology learning lab with devices designed to overcome low vision impairments when accomplishing tasks of everyday living as well as informative topic break-out discussions, Q&A with eye doctors, and a vendor fair. Entry fee includes a box lunch: $20 by May 31 or $25 at the door. To register, call toll-free 800-458-4888, e-mail events@sightconnection.org, or visit www.sightconnection.org.

Conversations on Aging Series at the Phinney Center

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle

Join friends at the Phinney Center for a monthly conversation (2nd Wednesdays) about aging, offered in partnership with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. The June 12 topic is "Living Our Legacy—How do you want to be remembered?" Led by a trained facilitator from the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. For more information, visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

King County Women's Advisory Board Forum: Unincorporated Areas

Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Chinook Bldg, 1st floor, Rooms # 121/123
401 5th Ave., Seattle

This meeting of the King County Women's Advisory Board forum features Living in Unincorporated Areas of King County: Issues women face in finding and obtaining services and assistance for themselves and family members. A discussion panel will include Mayor Ava Frisinger of Issaquah, Merril Cousin of the King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ava Apple from the Vashon/Maury Senior Center, and Alan Painter, manager of King County's Unincorporated Community Service Area Program. For more info, contact Linda Wells (linda.c.wells@kingcounty.gov or 206-263-9069).

Aging in Community: A Conversation with Mayor Mike McGinn & Jesse Eller

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center (lower level of the Good Shepherd Center)
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle

Join a conversation about aging in community with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Aging and Disability Services director Jesse Eller. Learn, listen, and share your perspectives and stories. The event begins with a light lunch, followed by discussion. Free. RSVP for lunch at register@wallingfordseniors.org or 206-461-7825. Co-Hosted by the Wallingford Community Senior Center and Phinney Neighborhood Association.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, June 14, 2013, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
800 5th Ave., Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services meets on the second Friday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information, contact Gigi Meinig (gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652).

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Friday, June 15

The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse has named June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as a reminder that elder abuse exists and that it takes commitment and collaboration by many people and organizations to create effective interventions. To learn more about identifying and reporting abuse of a vulnerable adult or child in Washington state, visit www.dshs.wa.gov/endharm.shtml.

Northwest Universal Design Council Steering Committee

Monday, June 17, 2013, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 5135
800 5th Ave., Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council (NWUDC) steering committee generally meets on the third Monday of each month. New members are welcome. Please confirm date and time before attending by contacting ADS planner Irene Stewart (irene.stewart@seattle.gov). For information about the NWUDC and its quarterly program meetings, visit www.environmentsforall.org.

A Day of Learning at Seattle University

Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 8:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Seattle University

The Northwest Center for Creative Aging presents four dynamic classes at A Day of Learning at Seattle University. Participants choose one class, providing two-hours of instruction, and join professors for lunch in cafeteria at noon. Class options are "Social Media: What it's All About," "From the Page to the Stage," "Health Care Ethics," and "Imagining the Livable City." For class descriptions, click here. Cost for class and lunch is $35 by check or credit card. Register with Northwest Center for Creative Aging at info@nwcca.org or call 206-382-3789.

June Coffee Hour with Bernie Matsuno, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

The Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites you to their June coffee hour with Bernie Matsuno, director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Coffee Hours are held the third Thursday of every month downtown at the Central Building, and at various locations in Seattle neighborhoods. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Northwest Senior Games Dance Day

Friday, June 21, 2013, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Redmond Senior Center, Multipurpose Room
8703 160th Avenue NE, Redmond

Come to Dance Day, a non-competitive recreational dance event featuring line dance (10:00 a.m.–12 noon) and ballroom dance (1:00–3:30 p.m.). All dancing takes place on the Redmond Senior Center's suspended hardwood floor. A free light buffet lunch will be available to all dancers. The registration fee for either dance is $6 in advance or $8 at the door; for both dances, $10 in advance or $14 at the door. Call 425-556-2314 to register over the phone with a credit or debit card, or to request a paper registration form. Advance registration strongly encouraged as this event sells out. Maximum participants 100.

Kidney Health Fest for African American Families

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 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 the 11th annual Kidney Health Fest for African American Families. This free event will feature free health screenings, healthy food made by local celebrity chefs, and an educational program emceed by Chris Bennett of KRIZ/KZIZ Radio and The Seattle Medium. The day also includes entertainment, music, exhibits and a chance to win prizes. The location is on the Metro #106 bus line. For more information, visit www.nwkidney.org/fest. (See "Kidney Health Fest Focuses on Disease Prevention" to learn more.)

Lake Union Loop 10K or Half Marathon

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 7:00 a.m.
Gasworks Park
2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle

The Lake Union Loop—an annual 10K or half-marathon non-competitive walk for people age 50 and better—is a great way to stretch your legs, meet people, and enjoy a world-class skyline view of Seattle and activity on Lake Union. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m.; the walk at 7:30 a.m. Your distance depends on whether you circle the lake once or twice. Prizes, music and refreshment are all part of the fun. $25 suggested entrance fee covers live music, snacks, and event T- shirt (while supplies last). For more information, contact Mari Becker (206-684-4664 or sound.steps@seattle.gov) or visit the Sound Steps website and blog or Northwest Senior Games Half Marathon webpage.

Northwest Universal Design Council

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4080
700 Fifth Avenue (5th & Columbia), Seattle

Come to the third-quarter meeting of the Northwest Universal Design Council to hear U.S. Access Board chair Karen Braitmayer discuss the work of the independent Federal agency, which is devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities and a leading source of information on accessible design. Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, other architects, and homebuilders and owners on accessibility under various laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and on compliance with state codes in housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. For more information about the Northwest Universal Design Council, visit www.environmentsforall.org.

July Coffee Hour with ADS Director Jesse Eller

Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st floor conference room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Join the conversation with Aging and Disability Services director Jesse Eller at the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' July coffee hour. Monthly coffee hours are one way the office brings community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn more about City programs and services, and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. Refreshments served. Upcoming dates are August 16 and September 20, both Thursdays. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Peoples Institutional Baptist Church
159 24th Ave., Seattle

Finding the time to focus on your future is particularly important for women, who generally have more years to cover in retirement with fewer resources. Join AARP Washington and Aging & Disability Services for a community forum designed by and for women who want to build a successful life strategy for the future. This is a free educational forum and information fair, not a sales presentation. Participants will receive valuable planning tools and resources. Lunch is provided. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, click here.

Register Now: Working Together for Elder Friendly Futures

Wednesday & Thursday, September 11 & 12, 2013

What does the future hold for older adults? How can we work together to create a future in which all older people can thrive? This UW Gerontology conference offers an in-depth opportunity for researchers, practitioners, administrators, policy-makers and educators to come together and discuss the opportunities and challenges to building elder-friendly futures. Topics include Community Innovations to Support Aging in Place, Transitions across Care Settings to Promote Well-being, State of the Science:  Maintaining and Enhancing Wellness, and Unpackaging the Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for your Practice, Research or Teaching? For more information, click here.

More to Explore 50+

King County Library System's More to Explore 50+ program offers a broad range of enticing workshops and seminars for people age 50+. Following are a few examples of events you may wish to attend. For descriptions and more information, visit www.kcls.org/50plus.

Beyond Ancestry.com: Searching for your Ancestors Online

Saturday, June 1, 2:00 p.m., Renton Highlands Library
Saturday, June 8, 2:00 p.m., Lake Forest Park Library
Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m., Bothell Library

Walking in Balance and Foot Care as We Age

Saturday, June 1, 2:00 p.m., Kenmore Library
Saturday, July 6, 12 noon, Federal Way Library

DNA and Genealogy

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m., Bothell Library

Volunteer with Peace Corps at Any Age

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 p.m., Vashon Maury Senior Center

Brain Health

Saturday, June 8, 11:00 a.m., Kent Library

Reducing Stress Through Meditation

Saturday, June 8, 11:00 a.m., Newcastle Library
Saturday, June 22, 2:00 p.m., Skyway Library

Senior Transitions: Know your Options

Saturday, June 8, 1:00 p.m., Richmond Beach Library

Discover Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogy

Sunday, June 9, 2 p.m., Mercer Island Library
Saturday, June 22, 2 p.m., Auburn Library

Life's Simple 7

Monday, June 10, 7:00 p.m., Richmond Beach Library

Hot Flashes and Related Symptom Management

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Lake Hills Library

Women's Natural Guide to Avoiding Cancer

Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 p.m., Sammamish Library

Social Security Administration SSA 101 Understanding the Benefits

Friday, June 14, 1:00 p.m., Lake Hills Library

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m., Renton Library

Medicare Made Clear

Saturday, June 22, 11:00 a.m., Issaquah Library
Saturday, July 27, 11:00 a.m., Issaquah Library

Long Term Care

Saturday, June 29, 11:00 a.m., Issaquah Library

Senior Housing and In-Home Care Options

Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m., Lake Hills Library

Stop Being Forgetful: Remember Grocery Lists, Names, Dates and Where You Left Your Glasses!

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 p.m., Kingsgate Library

Saturday, July 20, 2:00 p.m., Valley View Library

Saturday, July 27, 1:00 p.m., Federal Way Library