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If you know of an event of interest to older adults across King County, please feel free to send the details (who-what-where-when-why-and-how) to the AgeWise King County editor (click here) by the middle of the month prior (e.g., August 18 for September). We’ll include those we feel are most appropriate. Please, no fundraising or high priced events.

votePrimary Election Day

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Throughout Washington State

This year, August 2 is the deadline for returning your primary election ballot. Registered voters receive their ballot in the mail several weeks in advance. If you know someone who needs to register to vote, get information here. If you need to change your address, click here. If you want to know options for returning your ballot, click here. If you have a disability and require staff support and/or specialized equipment, there are three accessible voting centers that can help.

Technology Support: For the LGBT Community Age 50+

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
2323 East Cherry Street, Seattle

Get support for your computers, phones, tablets and all things technology! Feel free to bring in your devices and any and all questions that you have about e-mail, video chatting, online searching, smartphones, digital books, and more. This class meets once per month over the summer. Meeting times are the second Tuesday of every month. Tell a friend! Note: We cannot fix broken devices but can teach you how to use working devices. For more information or to register, call Carol Baxter-Clubine at 206-684-4240.

listening sessionListening Session: Your Age-Friendly Future

Friday, August 12, 2016, 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
SHAG Interurban Building
14002 Linden Avenue North, Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, Snohomish County Council on Aging, and Seattle Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) invite you to discuss elements of an age-friendly future with elected officials from north Seattle and south Snohomish County, including Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5 North Seattle) and State Representative Cindy Ryu (32nd Legislative District). Light refreshments. Seating is limited to 50. RSVP to Gigi Meinig ( or 206-684-0652). For more information, visit

Background with Bag Suitcases World map Vacation Travel planning conceptNorthwest Universal Design Council: Accessible Travel & Tourism

Monday, August 15, 2016, 9:00–11:00 a.m.
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 4th Avenue, Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council and community partners invite you to a forum on accessible travel and tourism. Designed with the hospitality industry, cultural institutions, and businesses that enjoy tourist and business traveler support in mind, the event is open to all. Learn not only how to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations but how to provide professional service that will ensure a positive experience for travelers and visitors with disabilities as well as their family members and friends. Free. For more information, see the article in this issue, visit, or e-mail

Senior Coffee HourSenior Coffee Hour: Seattle Office of the Waterfront

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Big changes are coming to Seattle’s waterfront. Come to the August coffee hour to meet Dorinda Costa from the Office of the Waterfront, and hear a progress update on the multi-year program to plan, design, and ultimately build a new waterfront from Pioneer Square to Belltown, with new parks and paths, water access, viewpoints, and cultural spaces, as well as a transportation system that supports all modes of travel and provides connections we need. For more information, visit For questions or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or

Rainbow Bingo Disco Fever

Friday, September 9, 2016, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

This super-fun fundraiser welcomes all adults for a night of bingo, pandemonium, prizes, and cash prizes. Presented by Ms. Sylvia O’Stayformore at the SESSC. Cost: $25 in advance ($28 day of event), includes dinner and 12 bingo games. For more information, call 206-722-0317 or visit

September Senior Coffee Hour

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Save the date! For more information, visit For questions or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or

Elder Friendly FuturesElder Friendly Futures Conference

Thursday, September 15 & Friday, September 16, 2016
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW, Lynnwood

This two-day gerontology conference for health-care providers, community-based professionals, researchers, educators and students with a commitment to healthy aging will feature presentations by Dr. Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, The National Health, Aging, and Sexuality Study: Caring and Aging with Pride over Time; Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging; and Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Themes include shaping the science of health and wellness, visioning connections within age-friendly communities, addressing what it means to be older and underserved, the multiple dimensions of cognitive and mental health, and elder justice and security. For more information, visit

This Chair RocksSeattle Speaks with Ashton Applewhite about Age Equality

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center
201 Mercer Street, Seattle

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. This conversation with the author of This Chair Rocks includes local readers sharing favorite passages from the book and a lively Q&A about age bias, where it comes from, and what we can do about it. Three pricing options ($20–$45), with tickets available online (click here). For more information, contact Karen Bystrom at Sound Generations (

Kent FD CARES Wellness Fair

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Kent Senior Activity Center
600 East Smith Street, Kent

The annual Kent Fire Department CARES Wellness Fair will continue its annual tradition of offering free flu shots, free health screenings, free blood pressure monitoring, and $1 box lunches. For more information, contact Helena at 253-856-5164 or

Medical Update on Alzheimer’s Disease: Prevention to PalliationMedical Update on Alzheimer’s Disease: Prevention to Palliation

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Harborview Research and Training Center Auditorium
300 9th Avenue, Seattle

Join the Washington Pioneer Network and Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD at this “Conversation Café” for a discussion of the latest approach to preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Rhoads is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders. Former co-director of the Memory Wellness Clinic at the Virginia Mason Medical Center Neurosciences Institute, he is currently the primary neuropsychologist for the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, which is hosting this event. $15 per person includes beverages and appetizers. CEUs available. RSVP to Lindsey Ismailova at or 206-224-3764.

Rainbow Bingo: It’s Vegas, Baby!

Friday, September 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon Street, Seattle

Doors open at 6 p.m. for this fun fundraiser that’s a favorite with West Seattleites and others throughout the region. Presented by Ms. Sylvia O’Stayformore, you’ll have a rip-roaring good time! Cost: $12 for members, $18 for non-members, includes 12 bingo games. Food and drink is available for purchase. For more information, visit

Latino Health Forum

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Seattle Hilton Airport and Conference Center
17620 International Blvd, Seattle

The 11th annual Latino Health Forum is a one-day conference event that broadens the discussion about Latino health to include social justice, community partnerships, and strategies to advance healthcare and policy priorities that improve the health of Latinos. The conference attracts health care experts and activists serving Latinos from throughout the Pacific Northwest to exchange innovative ideas and best practices for the advancement of health for the Latino community. For registration and other information, visit

October Senior Coffee Hour

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Save the date! For more information, visit For questions or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or

WASeniorLobbyWashington Senior Lobby Conference

Thursday, October 27, 2016 (all day)
Hotel Murano
1320 Broadway, Tacoma

If you would like to advocate in Olympia on issues of interest to older adults, then plan to attend the annual statewide lobby conference. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207 or, or visit

Housing AgingHousing and Aging Forum

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location to be decided

We know the need for safe and affordable senior housing is greater than ever. Save the date for this Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County forum focused on advancing affordable supportive senior housing in our region. The presentations on housing and health will help to inform an update of The Quiet Crisis (2009). For more information, visit the HDC website.

November Senior Coffee Hour

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
The Central Building, 1st Floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Save the date! For more information, visit For questions or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or

King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle
1119 8th Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle

Attend the 20th Annual King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum: A Community Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Abuse. From 6:00-7:00 p.m., take part in informal conversations with legislators and a reception. The program takes place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. At the forum, hear King County Executive Dow Constantine give remarks. King County will then present proposed behavioral health legislative priorities for 2017. Individuals in behavioral health recovery will share their compelling personal stories. Legislators and county councilmembers will share their perspectives and priorities. More information about the forum along with photos from last year’s event are available at