June Calendar

Film Series: Positive Images of Aging

Friday, June 5, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

On the first Friday of each month, the Greenwood Senior Center offers an exciting and eclectic film series that highlights older adults in roles that transcend stereotypes. The June screening is Elsa and Fred. Free high-quality cinematic entertainment, thought-provoking discussions, and snacks—what's not to like? This film series program is facilitated by Ruth McCormick, a life-long film buff. For film details, call 206-297-0875.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) — Chinese

Saturdays, June 6–July 18, 2015 (not July 4), 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Kin On Health Care Center Conference Room
4416 South Brandon Street, Seattle

CDSMP is a series of six 2.5-hour workshops developed by Stanford University. Participants will learn information and skills to self-manage their chronic health conditions (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, weight issues, etc.) more effectively. Individuals with chronic health conditions and/or their family members or caregivers are invited to participate in the workshop. Refreshments provided. Kin On offers this course in Chinese and English. Free. Register to attend by contacting Michael at 206-652-2330 or mwoo@kinon.org.

Wider Horizons Open House

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 3–6 p.m.
Wider Horizons (CAYA Building)
119 23rd Avenue, Seattle

Go to the Wider Horizons open house to learn about "Central Seattle's Village for Life!" Overflow parking is available at Iora Primary Health Care, just east of 23rd Avenue, on Main Street. While this particular village is designed for people living in the 98101, 98102, 98104, 98112, 98122, and 98144 zip codes, much can be learned about "village models" that support aging in place. For more information, visit www.widerhorizonsvillage.org or contact executive director Denise Klein at 206-650-3586 or denise@widerhorizonsvillage.org)

Citizen CPR Training

Monday, June 8, 2015, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle

Studies have shown that prompt bystander CPR more than doubles a patient's chances of long-term survival. Learn the latest valuable information about life-saving CPR techniques at this FREE workshop. Though this is not a certification class, this training includes hands-on practice and discussion. Adult participants only. Taught by the Seattle Fire Department's Medic II Program. Brought to you by Wallingford Community Senior Center. Advance registration is required—call 206-461-7825 to reserve your seat. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org/citizen-cpr-training-at-lake-city-community-center.

Conversations on Aging

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 2:45–4:15 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

This intriguing monthly conversation series (held the second Wednesday of each month) is led by a trained facilitator from the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. The June topic is "The Artist Within." Free. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

Film Screening: Speaking of Dying

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle

Come to a free showing of the documentary film, Speaking of Dying, which features end-of-life challenges and resources as told through the words of local physicians, caregivers, family members, and patients. The film producers hope viewers will be empowered to do their own advance care directive planning work, including having conversations about choices with family members and their physicians. For more information, call 206-985-0400 or visit www.speakingofdying.com.

Saddle Up for Rainbow Bingo—Western Style!

Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Howdy, pardner! Hold on to your cowboy hat, 'cuz Rainbow Bingo is comin' to town—western style! Rainbow Bingo is a fun evening of games, guffaws, giggles, pandemonium, and prizes, with bingo caller Miss Sylvia O'Stayformore. Wear your best Western gear and enter the costume contest! Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 day of event (unless the event sells out). Your ticket gets you in the door, dinner, and 12 bingo games. Adults welcome. Tasty beverages from Columbia City Alehouse and snacks are available. For more information, visit www.sessc.org or call SESSC at 206-722-0317.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, June 12, 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 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings

Monday, June 15, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle

Keep on top of your risk for hypertension and diabetes with this FREE screening, compliments of the Wallingford Community Senior Center and Mariama Diaite, Health Resource Specialist at Neighborcare Health Lake City. Drop-ins welcome. First come, first served. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org/blood-pressure-glucose-screenings-at-lake-city-community-center.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an annual event (June 15) launched in 2006 to draw attention to elder abuse as a worldwide public health and human rights issue. Please take this opportunity to learn more. See the related article in this issue, or click here.

A Day of Learning at Seattle University

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 8:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Seattle University Pigott Building
901 12th Ave., Seattle

Northwest Center for Creative Aging and Horizon House present an on-campus experience for older adults, with a welcome and orientation, three hours of class, and a box lunch. Choose one of five classes designed for this day: Your Amazing Brain: A User's Guide; Indigenous American Voices in Literature, Story, and Poetry; The Human Story: Between Cruelty and Generosity; Forming the Chemical Elements and Life: We Are Stardust; and Higher Ground: Soulful Secrets of Negro Spirituals. Register online or by phone (206-382-3789 or www.nwcreativeaging.org) by June 4. Cost for class and lunch is $45/person.

ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration and Rally

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Westlake Park
401 Pine St, Seattle

This July, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All are invited to be part of this celebration to bring public attention to the ADA. Celebrate its achievements and rally for issues that will bring opportunity for true equity to all. On Facebook, click here. For more information, contact Brooke Searight (searibj@dshs.wa.gov or 360-725-3692).

Tai Chi Basics

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient exercise that calms the emotions, clears the mind, and rejuvenates the body. Join us for an introduction to the basic form of Tai Chi. No experience necessary. Wear clothes you can move in. Led by David Goodell, Lead Teacher at Seattle School of Tai Chi Chuan. Suggested donation: $3 WCSC members/$5 public. Advance registration is appreciated—call 206-461-7825. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org/happy-hour-tai-chi-basics.

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screenings

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Keep on top of your risk for hypertension and diabetes with this FREE screening, compliments of the Wallingford Community Senior Center and Neighborcare Health Wallingford. Drop-ins welcome. First come, first served. For more information, visit www.wallingfordseniors.org/blood-pressure-glucose-screenings-2.

World Dance Party

Friday, June 26, 2015, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center
10201 East Riverside Drive, Bothell

Come to the next World Dance Party to celebrate dance, culture, and community!  The program includes a potluck dinner and instruction for short and easy dances like the Cha-cha, Israeli Wedding Dance, Romanian Circle Dance, Electric Slide, and more. Fun for all ages, and FREE. For information and photos from previous events throughout King County, visit www.worlddancepartyseattle.org. For specific event information, contact Glen at 425-286-1029 or glenf@seniorservices.org.

Universal Design: Best Practices, Challenges & Compromises

Thursday, July 9, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4050–4060
700 Fifth Avenue (5th & Columbia), Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to hear Emory Baldwin, AIA, CAPS & Bruce Waltar, project manager, both from FabCab, Inc., which specializes in designing socially sustainable housing that responds to the changing needs of people over their lifetime. Baldwin and Waltar will present best practices as well as challenges they face in weaving Universal Design into their projects. The presentation will focus on lessons learned in designing and constructing a 1,325 sq. ft. home in Port Townsend to meet their client's long-term goals: housing for a lifetime and accommodation for grandchildren and visitors, including those with disabilities. Discuss how clients, contractors, and real world issues can impact Universal Design best practices. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.environmentsforall.org or e-mail info@environmentsforall.org.

PSARA Social Security and Medicare Rally

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Westlake Plaza
400 Pine Street, Seattle

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act and 50th birthday of Medicare with an event at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle. For more information, contact president Robby Stern at president@psara.org or visit www.psara.org.

The Village Movement: Aging's New Frontier

October 5–7, 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, grass-roots 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.