July Calendar

Total Joint Replacement – What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Learn how to prepare yourself and your home for a total hip or knee replacement surgery. Susan Chatlos-Susor, RN, CNOR will present information on preoperative preparation, the hospital stay, and aftercare. Advance registration appreciated. Free. For more information, call 206-461-7825.

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 and Bruce Waltar, project manager, both from FabCab, Inc., a company that 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.

Debunking the Myths of Mental Illness

Friday, July 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 9th Street SE, Auburn

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and Auburn Senior Activity Center invite you to attend a special forum on mental illness among older adults. Learn about behavioral health from George Dicks, Certified Geriatric Mental Health Specialist and Lead Mental Health Practitioner at Harborview Mental Health and Addiction Services, who will answer your questions about types and causes of mental illness, tips for handling difficult behaviors, and care for older adults with behavioral and addiction issues. Submit your questions in advance to Radine Lozier (rlozier@auburnwa.gov or 253-931-3016).

ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 4th Avenue, Seattle

Aging and Disability Services, Northwest Universal Design Council, Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, Northwest ADA Center, NAMI, and Seattle Public Library invite you to a panel discussion and free film screening. At 2:00 p.m., meet disability services partners from National Alliance on Mental Health and the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities. At 3:00 p.m., watch Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, a soul-searching examination into the nature of society's responsibility towards those afflicted with severe mental illness. The film is captioned for viewers with hearing loss. After the film, stay for Q&A with Ashley Fontaine, MSW, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health—Greater Seattle. Plenty of seating—bring a friend! For a color flyer, click here.

Asian & Pacific Islander Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Registration

Sunday, July 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Lake Hills Elementary School
14310 SE 12th Street, Bellevue

Bloodworks NW, Kin On Community Health Care, Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Chinese Baptist Church and National Association of Asian American Professionals—Seattle Chapter invite you to donate blood and register as a bone marrow donor. Patients are most likely to find a compatible donor within their own racial and ethnic background, so a diverse group of potential donors is needed. For information or to make an appointment (required for bone marrow registration), contact Jessica Wong at Kin On (206-556-2274 or jwong@kinon.org). Staff takes a break from 11:00 a.m.–12 noon and the last appointment is at 2:45 p.m.

Senior Housing and Care 101

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Tina Hall, a Certified Senior Advisor, will discuss housing and care options available for older adults—from the lightest end of the spectrum all the way up to skilled nursing homes. Free. Advance registration appreciated—call 206-461-7825.

ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 2015, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 4th Avenue, Seattle

Aging and Disability Services, Northwest Universal Design Council, Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, Northwest ADA Center, NAMI, and Seattle Public Library invite you to a panel discussion and free film screening. At 5:00 p.m., meet disability services partners from Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, Northwest ADA Center, Aging and Disability Services, and the Northwest Universal Design Council. At 6:00 p.m., watch FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, which takes a close look at the drive to be "better than human" and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. The film is captioned for viewers with hearing loss. After the film, stay for Q&A with Arielle Silverman, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Plenty of seating—bring a friend! For a color flyer, click here.

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. For more information, contact Brooke Searight (searibj@dshs.wa.gov or 360-725-3692) or visit the Northwest ADA Center’s 25th anniversary webpage.

AARP Fraud Prevention Seminar

Monday, July 27, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle

Prevent identity theft, telephone scams, and online fraud. AARP project coordinator Philip Jordan will discuss how con artists operate so you can spot a scam before you get roped in! Brought to you by Wallingford Community Senior Center. Free. Advance registration appreciated. Call 206-461-7825.

"Longevitology"—Taiwanese Style Reiki

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle

Jack Te will give an informative talk about a system of natural, hands-on healing from Japan, applied through gentle touch. Focusing on the seven chakras, energy is allowed to be revitalized and flow smoothly. Following the talk, there is an opportunity to receive hands-on healing, if desired. $3 WCSC members / $5 public suggested donation. Advance registration appreciated. Call 206-461-7825.

The Art of Alzheimer's: Call for Art Submissions

July 31, 2015 deadline

The Art of Alzheimer's has announced a major exhibition of artwork by people living with dementia that will open at Seattle's City Hall Lobby Gallery & Anne Focke Gallery on January 8, 2016 and remain on view to the public through February 26, 2016. The first exhibition of its kind in Seattle, it seeks to share surprising, delightful and inspiring art with the entire community, and open hearts and minds to the simple truth that people living with dementia are still here, living with dignity, creativity and joy. To submit artwork (two dimensional only) to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition, e-mail a photo of the artwork, along with the medium, dimensions, and your contact information, to project director Marilyn Raichle at info@theartofalzheimers.net (or mail to 7330 20th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115) by July 31. For more information, contact Marilyn (info@theartofalzheimers.net or 206-890-5963) or visit www.theartofalzheimers.net. [Read Changing the Way We Think about Alzheimer's—One Painting at a Time in the January 2015 issue of AgeWise King County.]

Primary Election Day

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In King County, ballots are mailed to voters 20 days prior to each election in which they are eligible to vote. Learn what is on your ballot by visiting the King County Elections website (click here). New voters can register online, by mail, or in person (click here).

Night Out Against Crime

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Your neighborhood

"Night Out" is an annual community-building event celebrated in cities across the nation. Night Out promotes neighborhood camaraderie which helps make our neighborhoods safer for people of all ages. For more information, read Live in the Yellow and Don't Hesitate to Call 911 (August 2014). Following is a sampling of local Night Out information available online: Auburn | Bellevue | Federal Way | Mercer Island | Redmond | Seattle.   

The Beatles Sing-along

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Hey Jude! The Beatles are undeniably fun to sing along to. Take it out of the car and Come Together at the Greenwood Senior Center for summer fun. All voices welcome! Free. For more information, click here. Don't Let Me Down!

Medicare & Social Security: Celebrating Decades of Success!

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Westlake Plaza
400 Pine Street, Seattle

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Join PSARA and others in saying, "Everyone deserves a secure and dignified retirement!" For more information, contact president Robby Stern at president@psara.org or visit www.psara.org.

Elder Friendly Futures Conference

Thursday, September 17 & Friday, September 18
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood

The University of Washington's School of Nursing, deTornyay Center for Healthy Aging, and School of Social Work invite you to participate in the two-day Elder Friendly Futures conference and focus on the opportunities and challenges of care and collaboration with older adults. The conference offers a number of excellent opportunities for researchers, practitioners, administrators, policymakers, and educators to showcase their mission and network with a key audience of government and nonprofit organizations, academics, and community members. Highlights include keynotes, panel presentations, roundtable discussions, films on aging, and networking around current issues. For more information, visit www.elderfriendlyfutures.org.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

September 23—the first day of fall—is slated as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Plan now to educate older adults about how they can stay safe. This year's theme is "Take a Stand to Prevent Falls." Learn more on Aging and Disability Services' falls prevention webpage.

The Village Movement: Aging's New Frontier

Monday, October 5–Wednesday, October 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, grassroots 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.

Latino Health Forum

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center
17620 International Blvd, Seattle

Save the date for the 10th annual Latino Health Forum. For details, visit www.seamar.org/latinohealthforum.

Washington Senior Lobby Conference

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway, Tacoma

Save the date for the annual Washington State Senior Lobby conference. For more information, contact Karen Bowen (info@waseniorlobby.org or 360-754-0207) or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.