April Calendar

here:now Gallery Tours for Individuals Living with Dementia

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
The Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Sign up now for this FREE program designed for individuals with young-onset or early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. Each month specially trained museum educators and gallery guides lead discussion-based tours highlighting works of art in the galleries. Tours include activities in the galleries. here:now was developed by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association's Western and Central Washington Chapter and Elderwise® and is made possible by support from the Frye Foundation, Humanities Washington, and Frye Art Museum members and donors. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 206-432-8211.

Film Premiere: Senior Money Project

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 2:30–5:00 p.m.
Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle

CENTS (Consumer Education and Training Services) invites you to attend a film premiere and celebration for the Senior Money Project, a community project designed to help seniors avoid scams, fraud, and bad deals. The premiere will feature introductory remarks by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Karen A. Overstreet. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and hors d'oeuvres in the lounge, and receive a free copy of the DVD. RSVP to Denice Campbell at campbelld@lanepowell.com. For more information about CENTS, visit www.centsprogram.org.

here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tours for Individuals Living with Dementia

Wednesdays, April 2 & 9, 2014; 2:30–4:30 p.m.
The Frye Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

The six-session class offers art-making experiences and discussion-based gallery tours with a short social time concluding each session. here:now was developed by the Frye Art Museum in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association's Western and Central Washington Chapter and Elderwise® and is made possible by support from the Frye Foundation, Humanities Washington, and Frye Art Museum members and donors. Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for more information, call 206-432-8211.

Central District Timebank

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Library
2300 East Yesler Way, Seattle

If you live in or near the Central District, learn about the CD Timebank, where you give what you can and get what you need—particularly good for talented older adults who may not be able to do everything on their own. Timebanking is free and easy—you give time by doing something for one member, earn credit, and then use that time credit to get a service from another member. For more information, visit www.cdtimebank.org.

Continuing Education for Mental Health Counselors and Social Workers

Fridays, April 4, May 2 & June 6, 2014
Aegis Madison
2200 E Madison St., Seattle

Longtime geriatric social worker Karen Kent is offering three classes for mental health counselors and social workers. Upcoming topics include Addictive Behavior in the Older Population (April 4), Navigating Systems for Elders: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security & Community Resources (May 2), and Grief in the Aging Population (June 6). For more information, including time and cost, contact Karen Kent, Creative Geriatric Services, at 206-992-8028 or karentkent@gmail.com.

Diabetes Expo 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place, Seattle

If you or a loved one has diabetes or is concerned about pre-diabetes, learn how to live healthy, be active, and change the future of diabetes for you and your family. Register to attend this free expo, which includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product and service exhibitors, as well as leading experts talking about diabetes management, research and prevention. Get the latest information on preventing and managing diabetes and its deadly complications to help keep you and your family healthy. For more information or to register, visit www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/diabetes-expos/seattle.

Family Day: Food for Good

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Ave. N, Seattle

What food brings your family together? Join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center for a FREE Family Day called Food for Good. All ages are invited to discover how to grow, prepare, and enjoy healthy foods from around the world through fun activities, music and storytelling. Community organizations will demonstrate how food gets from the farm to the table locally and globally. Learn how to make a difference through fun and exciting volunteer programs. For more information, click here.

Alzheimer's Cafe Silent Movie Evening

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Central Cinema
1411 21st Avenue, Seattle

Elderwise and the Central Cinema are hosting an Alzheimer's Cafe silent movie evening for people with dementia and their caregivers. The only cost is for food and refreshment orders. For more information, contact Tamara at 206-774-6606, or tamara@elderwise.org.

West Seattle Community Resource Fair

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
West Seattle Senior Center
4217 SW Oregon Street, Seattle

Plan now to attend this community resource fair—a free "one stop shop" for information about local activities, services and businesses. With a reservation, a free lunch will be provided and free gifts and discounts offered. For more information or to register, call 206-932-4044 ext1.

This Chair Rocks: How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Kane Hall Room 110
University of Washington, Seattle

Join the University of Washington Gerontology Social Work Group for a discussion on aging and ageism with Ashton Applewhite and Wendy Lustbader. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event is free of charge and open to the community. For reservations, click here. For more information, contact Greg Ross at 206-221-7735.

Universal Design: Applications in Education & Seattle 2035: Imagining Seattle's Future

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4080
700 5th Avenue (between Columbia & Cherry Streets), Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to attend its spring quarter meeting to hear two exciting presentations—one on Universal Design applications in the world of education and one on Seattle 2035, the process now underway for updating Seattle's Comprehensive Plan. Universal Design supports ease of living for individuals at any age and ability. Whether it's a learning environment, learning process, or land use and community planning, Universal Design principles can make a difference. Featured speakers are UW College of Education professor Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., who founded and directs the UW's DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) and Access Technology Centers, and Seattle 2035 project manager Patrice Carroll from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. For more information, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit www.environmentsforall.org.

Round Table Discussion for Professionals in Aging

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

The Round Table Discussion Group for Professionals in the Field of Aging meets monthly for interactive and meaningful dialogue about current research and clinical practice. It provides opportunities to interact with community professionals who may be working with similar clinical issues, each from a unique perspective. In advance of each gathering, participants are asked to read a piece of research literature about a clinical issue in aging that provides the framework for the group discussion. The April topic is "Aging in Place: The Village Model." Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information about the series or to register, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

Senior Coffee Hour with Mark Putnam

Thursdays, April 17, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Senior Coffee Hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn about City programs and services and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. The April 17 coffee hour features Mark Putnam, director of the Committee to End Homelessness. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Movie Screening: "Burkholder"

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 3:00–5:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Film writer/director Taylor Guterson delighted audiences two years ago with Old Goats, a low-key comedy about three "old codgers" who refused to give up on life. The movie broke stereotypes and meant a lot to a lot of people. In his new movie, an older man named Teddy has rented a basement suite from Barry (Britt Crosley, an Old Goats alumnus) for two decades. Barry has become irritated by the older man's erratic behavior, so he turns to an under-employed couples counselor for help! What happens is a positive and life-affirming story. You can see Burkholder at the Greenwood Senior Center before it is shown at the Seattle International Film Festival, as a benefit to support the center's programs and services. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes the screening and a reception with the filmmaker. For tickets, call 206-297-0875 or click here.

Frontotemporal Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Alzheimer’s Association
100 West Harrison Street, North Tower, Suite 200, Seattle

Caring for someone with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)? Need support and information? Alzheimer's Association FTD caregiver support groups provide a place for FTD caregivers to learn and gain support from others caring for a person with FTD. Support groups also serve as an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. This free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with FTD is held the third Saturday of each month. For more information, contact facilitator Karin Miller at 206-915-6682.

Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Would you like a list of 28 ways to help the environment? Click on the graphic and take the EcoConsumer Earth Day Climate Challenge. You don't have to wait until April 22!

Special Election

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Voters countywide will consider a transportation improvements funding proposal in a special election on April 22. Voters in the Lake Washington school district will consider a bond measure. More information is available on the King County Elections webpage. For information about voter registration status, voting by mail, and accessible voting, read Voting: My How the Times Are A-changin'.

Life & Death Planning for Seniors, their Families & Caregivers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Council House
1501 17th Avenue, Seattle

Join attorney Anne Counts, Legal Voice Senior Legal Wellness Program, to learn how to document your intentions for your health care, property, and ways you will be honored after you die. Topics include advance directives, power of attorney, and an after-death checklist for those left behind—tools that can help you make key decisions in advance, give you more control and peace of mind, and help your loved ones makes decisions. A handbook on legal rights and resources for seniors will be available for purchase ($10 print, $5 CD). The public is welcome to attend. For the event flyer, click here.

Parkinson's Cafe: A New Way to Connect

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Essential Baking Company
1604 North 34th Street, Seattle

The Northwest Parkinson's Foundation will host a Parkinson's Cafe for individuals with Parkinson's and their caregivers or family members on April 23 and the fourth Wednesday of every month following. Parkinson's Café will feature conversation as well as music by Dave Ellis. Free. For more information, contact Melissa at 206-748-9481 or melissa@nwpf.org.

World Dance Party 10

Friday, April 25, 2014, 6:00–9:30 p.m.
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Avenue South, Seattle

World Dance Party is a fun party designed to get neighbors to interact and to celebrate culture and diversity. Everyone from all backgrounds and ages is welcome. Food and beverages are potluck. Several multicultural dances are taught by volunteer instructors in 20-minute lessons; then, everyone dances. Free for everyone—bring your friends and neighbors and a dish to share. For more information, e-mail dorig@seniorservices.org or visit www.worlddancepartyseattle.org.

Plan Now! Older Americans Month

May 2014

Every year since 1963, May has been a month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions to our communities. This winter and spring, think about ways that you can celebration older members of your community—they are productive, active, and influential members of society, sharing essential talents, wisdom, and life experience with their families, friends, and neighbors. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/olderamericansmonth.

Register Now: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Thursdays, May 1–June 5, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

This free six-week evidence-based course is for family caregivers of older adults with long-term conditions. The curriculum provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. The Caregiver Handbook will be available for purchase. The class is limited to 13 participants and registration is required. To register, call 206-297-0875.

Inspire Positive Aging Award: Nomination Deadline

Friday, May 2, 2014
Senior Services
2208 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Senior Services' annual Inspire Positive Aging award is given to an elder resident of Seattle-King County who exemplifies positive aging through community involvement, healthy living, creativity, and aging with grace. The best nominations describe how the older person has inspired others to age with enthusiasm. The award will be presented at the Senior Services annual meeting on Saturday, May 31. One winner will be chosen to receive two domestic round-trip plane tickets to a destination of his/her choice, plus a one-year membership to a senior center. The nominator will receive a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble. For entry rules and the nomination form, visit www.inspire-award.org or call Wendy at 206-727-6205.

Intensive Workshop: Ethical Dilemmas in Geriatric Care

Fridays, May 2, 9 & 16, 2014, 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Senior Services, Lillian Rice Center
2208 Second Avenue, Seattle

What is the meaning of quality of life? Come to this intensive workshop for professionals in the field of aging to find out. Facilitated by Barbara Green, MSW. For more information or to register, call 206-799-7108, e-mail bgreenmsw@earthlink.net or visit www.bgreenmsw.org.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers - Capitol Hill

Fridays, May 2–June 6, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free six-week class offered by Jewish Family Service and Senior Services. The class focuses on how caregivers can take better care of themselves so they can better care for their loved one. Topics include stress management, navigating emotions, communication skills, dealing with difficult decisions, and setting boundaries. Class space is limited so registration is required. To register, contact John at 206-727-6231 or johnd@seniorservices.org.

American Lung Association Respiratory Rally

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th Street, Seattle

The Respiratory Rally is a free educational event for lung disease patients and families hosted by the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific (see the article in this issue). To reduce barriers in attending, the event is free and includes lunch and valet parking. Oxygen is available. As space is limited, registration is appreciated—visit www.respiratoryrally.com and click on the Seattle option. Walk-in registration will be available as space permits. Participants can leave early. Those arriving late should pre-register to save a spot. For more information, contact Allison Moroni (amoroni@alaw.org or 206-512-3294).

Bellevue Celebrates Older Americans Month

Monday, May 5, 2014
Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers (1E-126)
450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue

The Bellevue City Council will issue a proclamation for Older Americans Month at their regular meeting on Monday, May 5. The Bellevue Network on Aging will accept the proclamation and talk about what is going on in Bellevue for the month. For more information, contact Alex O'Reilly at AOReilly@bellevuewa.gov.

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Healthy Aging Partnership Film Festival

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 5:30–9:00 p.m.
Naked City Brewery Screening Room
8564 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, the Healthy Aging Partnership is sponsoring a festival featuring short films that celebrate aging. See the article in this issue. A reception is planned from 5:30–7:00 p.m., featuring appetizers and a no-host bar. Screenings and awards occur from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Reservations are required; e-mail HAP-events@4elders.org to save your seat!

Mental Health and Community Resources Fair

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland

Come to the 7th annual Mental Health and Community Resources Fair! For more information, e-mail neera.mehta@lwtech.edu or call 425-739-8300.

Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens Coffee Hour

Thursdays, May 15, 2014, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Ave, Seattle

Senior Coffee Hours bring community elders closer to City officials, providing elders an opportunity to learn about City programs and services and officials an opportunity to hear from elders. Refreshments are served. For speakers and other information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

The Dementia Friendly Community: Applying a Philosophy of Inclusion for Persons with Dementia

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle - Great Hall
1119 8th Ave., Seattle

The Alzheimer's Association invites you to join Cameron Camp, PhD to discuss inclusion of individuals with dementia in the life of your community. Examples of dementia-friendly communities internationally will be presented, along with a discussion of how making communities dementia-friendly actually enhances quality of life for all members of a community. Ways to translate this model into long-term care also will be presented. Admission $5 at the door. For more information, click here or call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Hotline at 1-800-272-3900 (TDD 1-866-403-3073) or e-mail info@alz.org.

Save the Date! Discovery 2014: Alzheimer's Regional Conference

Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place, 6th Floor, Seattle

Save the date for the Alzheimer's Association 29th annual conference, which will be filled with evidence-based education designed for professionals. A total of 5 CE and CEU credits may be awarded for attendance at four 85-minute sessions. Family caregivers are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.alzwa.org/cms/DiscoveryConf, e-mail DiscoveryConf@alzwa.org or call 206-529-3894.

Renton Senior Health Fair

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Renton Housing Authority
2900 NE 10th Street, Renton

Residents of Renton and nearby communities can take advantage of free health screenings offered by local healthcare providers at the annual Older Americans Month health fair coordinated by Renton Housing Authority. Open to the public. For more information, e-mail Susan Dailey, MSW, Resident Services Coordinator, at sgd@rentonhousing.org or visit www.rentonhousing.org/events.html.

Save the Date: Challenges in Caregiving—Giving Care, Taking Care

Monday, June 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S, Tukwila

If you care for an elder family member, friend, or community member, or an adult with disabilities, this conference is for you. Read Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving in the February issue. Early registration fee (through May 14) is $30 for family and volunteer caregivers and $50 for agency-based community caregivers. No registration at the door. For more information, click here or call 360-725–2544 (toll-free 800-422-3263) to leave a voice message.

Save the Date! Care Transitions: What Does It Really Look Like?

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wesley Homes, The Terrace
816 South 216th Street, Des Moines

Health care professionals, human services providers, caregivers, and community leaders are invited to a one-day conference focused on improving patient transitions among hospital and community care settings in order to eliminate unnecessary hospitalizations. Individuals and organizations interested in improving care transitions, particularly in but not limited to south and southwest Seattle and south King County, are invited to attend. Registration is not open yet, but prospective participants are encouraged to complete an interest survey to indicate which presentation or workshop titles appeal to them. The day will be structured around those interests. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/CTconference. (Note: The date changed recently from May 20 to June 5.)

Register Now: Aging Your Way Conference—"Moving from I to We"

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Brockey Center, South Seattle College
1600 16th Avenue SW, Seattle

Interested in trying out new approaches to aging in community and being connected in community? Register now to attend the Aging Your Way 2014 Community Connections Conference, facilitated by Jim Diers. Get inspired and motivated to build interdependent networks and partnerships—for yourself and for others. See the story in this newsletter. $25 per person (includes lunch). For more information, call 206-268-6737, e-mail dorig@seniorservices.org or visit www.seniorservices.org/agingyourway.

Next month is Older Americans Month! If you know of events of special interest to older adults and/or adults with disabilities throughout Seattle-King County, e-mail the date, time, place (with street address), description, and webpage (if any) to Irene Stewart, Aging and Disability Services (irene.stewart@seattle.gov). Events received before May 1 may be published in AgeWise King County. All appropriate events will be added to the Older Americans Month calendar. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/olderamericansmonth.