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Got Holiday Events?

If you know of a winter holiday event of particular interest to older adults across King County, please send the details (who-what-where-when-why-and-how) to the AgeWise King County editor (click here) by November 11. We’ll include those we feel are most appropriate, including those associated with Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and other festivals of light. Please, no fundraising or high priced events.


Wisdom cafeWisdom Café: Learning Across Generations

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Woodmont Library
26809 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines

It is easy to have judgments about the other generations, whether they are Boomers, Gen X or Millennials. What prevents or enables us to learn from each other and offer, listen and accept the wisdom of our elders and our children? Registration required. For more information, contact Melissa Mather at mrmather@kcls.org or 206-839-0121.

Agewave forumSouth King County Age Wave Candidates Forum

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Auburn Community Center & the REC Teen Center at Les Gove Park
910 9th Street SE, Auburn

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and other aging network advocates are hosting a series of candidate forums. At the Auburn forum, hear perspectives of state legislative candidates from the 5th District (Issaquah, Carnation, Snoqualmie, North Bend, Maple Valley), 30th District (Federal Way, SW King County), 31st District (Enumclaw, SE King County, NE Tacoma), 33rd District (Kent, SeaTac, Des Moines, Normandy Park), and 47th District (Auburn, Covington, South Central King County). RSVP for the South King County Forum at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/10-4-2016AuburnCandidateForum.

wendy lustbaderLife Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle

North East Seattle Together (NEST) invites you to hear nationally acclaimed speaker and author Wendy Lustbader debunk the myth that youth is the best time of life. She makes the case that, as we get older, we gain self-knowledge, confidence, and an increasing capacity to be true to ourselves. Wendy will show how hard-earned lessons make our later years the most fruitful. Her lively, interactive presentation is full of stories designed to awaken the heart and mind. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. To RSVP, e-mail info@nestseattle.org or call the NEST office at 206-525-6378. This event is free for NEST members and for others who bring a friend to introduce to NEST.

Wisdom cafeWisdom Café: Aging Creatively—Living Life with Intention and Discovery

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Covington Library)
Friday, October 7, 2016, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. (Burien Library)

Staying intentional and awake are choices we can make at any age. Being older often gives us time to explore and discover what matters most to us. We’ll discuss what we want to discover in the coming months. Registration required. To register online, for library addresses, or for more information about Wisdom Cafés offered at King County Libraries, click here.

Wisdom Café: If Only… Moving from Regret to Compassion

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Auburn Library
1102 Auburn Way South, Auburn

We can get bogged down with regrets and remorse for what we did or didn’t do in our lives. We will explore those feeling and share how we can move through them to a place of more compassion. Come to the Auburn Library and share your wisdom! Wisdom cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussion of universal topics such as gratitude, death, happiness, and what gives life meaning. Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation. Registration required. To register online, click here.

Understanding Invisible Disabilities

Friday, October 7, 2016, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South, Seattle

Challenge your thinking about invisible disabilities. This workshop provides knowledge and guidance on the impact of invisible disabilities in the workplace, includes information on the prevalence and cost of invisible disabilities, disability etiquette, and techniques to encourage individuals to disclosure their invisible disabilities. Participants will understand their own attitudes about invisible disabilities, and how to promote acceptance of invisible disabilities in their own workplace. For registration information and costs, click here.

arts and tech festArts & Technology Fest

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 12:00–8:00 p.m.
Redmond Library
15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond

Play, learn, explore, and discover! Why should kids have all the fun? Designed especially for adults in midlife and beyond—experiment with technology, learn a new art form, or rediscover an old one! Giveaways and prizes, too! Details are available for each day on the King County Library System website (click here). For more information, call 425-885-1861.

LGBTQ elder conferenceLGBTQ Elder Conference

Monday, October 10, 2016
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila

This year’s LGBTQ elder conference theme is “Listening. Respecting. Responding. LGBTQ Aging.” The October 10 conference is designed to raise awareness of the needs of the LGBTQ aging population and improve services and supports. Health and services disparities are documented for LGBTQ elders and amplified for elders of color, disability, social class, etc. and this conference is intended to address equity, diversity and inclusivity of the LGBTQ elder community. Caregivers, providers, service professionals, adult family home, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility, and home care agency providers are encouraged to attend this one-day conference. For more information and registration, visit www.fabulousaging.org.

Agewave forumEast King County Age Wave Candidates Forum

Monday, October 10, 2016, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services and other aging network advocates are hosting a series of candidate forums. At the Bellevue forum, hear perspectives of state legislative candidates from the 1st District (North Kirkland/Bothell/parts of Snohomish), 41st District (Mercer Island/parts of Bellevue, Sammamish, Newcastle & Renton), 45th District (Woodinville/Duvall/Kirkland/Redmond/Sammamish), and 48th District (Bellevue /Kirkland/Medina/Redmond). Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. RSVP: http://svy.mk/2be2EiL.

Wisdom cafeWisdom Café: Life Purpose—We’re Here for a Reason

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Issaquah Library
10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah

Reflecting on what we are meant to do can help us clarify goals for our present lives. Knowing our essential values and knowing what “turns us on” can be a path to self-discovery. Registration required. To register online and for more information about Wisdom Cafés offered by King County Libraries, click here.

Wisdom Café: Book Discussion of “Being Mortal” by Atal Guwande

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Woodmont Library
26809 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines

Join Martha VanDeMark, RN, Integrative Nurse Coach and Certified Heartwork Facilitator, for a discussion of some of the key points in Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, which asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end. Copies of the book are available for checkout at your public library. Registration required. For information about other Wisdom Cafés offered at King County Libraries, click here.

Wisdom Café: The Liberating Effect of Clearing Space—It’s Not (All) About the “Stuff”

Monday, October 17, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Woodinville Library)
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Mercer Island Library)
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Snoqualmie Library)

Most of us want to reduce the “stuff” we don’t want or need anymore, from the tangible to the intangible. What is mental house-keeping? We’ll share some of our best tips for unburdening ourselves. These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning. Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation. Connect with others, build community and enjoy our shared wisdom! Registration requested. To register online and for library addresses, click here.

Wisdom Café: Calming Down—What’s Stress Got to Do with It?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Sammamish Library
825 228th Avenue SE, Sammamish

We’ll discuss how we deal with stress, including discussing the value of “good” stress. How do stress and resilience relate to each other? We’ll share tips for managing stress and increasing resilience. Registration required. To register online and for more information about Wisdom Cafés offered by King County Libraries, click here.

Wisdom Café: What Scares Us

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Library
21844 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley

Many of us have fears of old age and find it hard to talk about. Bringing our fears out of the dark could change how we see them. Let’s shed some light on our fears together. Registration required. For more information, contact the Maple Valley Library at 425-432-4620.

Latino health forumLatino 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. See the article in our September 2016 issue. For registration and other information, visit www.seamar.org/latinohealthforum.

senior coffee hourOctober 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 www.seattle.gov/seniors. For questions or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or seniors@seattle.gov).

Wisdom cafeWisdom Café: The Artist Within

Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien

Come share your wisdom! These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning. Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation. Connect with others, build community and enjoy our shared wisdom! Registration required. To register online and for more information about Wisdom Cafés offered by King County Libraries, click here.

Wisdom Café: True to Ourselves or Set in Our Ways?

Saturday, October 22, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Covington Library
27100 164th Avenue SE, Covington

What do we love about our lives and how we live them? We’ll discuss what we can and cannot tolerate and how to deal with issues so we move forward in our relationships. Registration required. For more information, call the Covington Library at 253-630-8761.

Wisdom Café: The Surprises of Aging—Who Knew It Would Be Like This?

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Shoreline Library)
Monday, October 24, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m. (Redmond Library)

As one writer says, “Life gets better—not easier—but better.” Most of us don’t know what it will be like to be older. Research indicates we might be pleasantly surprised. What have you learned? Join us for a group discussion. Wisdom Cafés enable groups of older adults to engage in intentional dialogues led by trained facilitators. Participants engage with others, are motivated to try new things, and are inspired by sharing life experiences. Registration required. To register online, for library addresses, and for more information about Wisdom Cafés offered by King County Libraries, click here.

Sound AgingHomecare Aides & Workplace Challenges: Task Shifting, Stress & Meeting Client & Family Needs

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 8:00–11:30 a.m.
Full Life Care at Center Park
2600 South Walker St., Seattle

This roundtable discussion group is for professionals in the field of aging. Demand for efficient and quality care requires that home care providers think creatively about how to best serve families. This session will first consider delegating regulated tasks from healthcare professionals to homecare workers, known as task shifting, followed by a discussion about the complex dynamic relationship between home care worker, the elder, and their family. This discussion will include how aggressive behavior impacts the worker’s stress, burnout, general health status, depression, and sleep. Fee $55/person. CEUs are available. To register or for more information, e-mail Barbara Green at barbara@soundaging.org or visit www.soundaging.org.

WA senior lobbyWashington 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 info@waseniorlobby.org, or visit www.waseniorlobby.org.

Wisdom cafeWisdom Café: Overcoming Limitations—Changing How We See Them

Friday, October 28, 2016, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd Street, Burien

Come share your wisdom! These cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning. Come for one session or more in a facilitated small group conversation. Connect with others, build community and enjoy our shared wisdom! Locations and times listed below. Registration requested. To register online and for more information about Wisdom Cafés offered by King County Libraries, click here.

Wisdom Café: Family Diversity

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Woodmont Library
26809 Pacific Highway South, Des Moines

What do we envision when we hear “American family?” How is the definition of “family” changing and why? Whether nuclear, step, foster, extended, transnational, adoptive, or informal, American families are more diverse than ever. The structures of families are changing. Families, now more than ever, are influenced by other social and cultural shifts, such as the rise of single parent households, divorce, opting for cohabitation over marriage, and same-sex marriage. Each of these new definitions of family is rooted in broader economic and social changes that are underway in the U.S. and around the world. Sociologist Teresa Ciabattari leads a conversation that explores the complexity and history of modern American families. Explore how the economy and society influenced these changes, and new ways to interpret changes in make-up and definition of the American family. Registration required. For more information, contact Melissa Mather at 206-839-0121 or mrmather@kcls.org.

Auburn Vets Day51st Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance

Saturday, November 5, 2016, parade starts at 11:00 a.m.
Main Street, Auburn

Auburn’s annual Veterans Day Parade boasts over 200 units and nearly 6,000 parade participants, including 30+ high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans’ units, honor guards and more. Other activities include a breakfast, static display and exhibit showcase, curb competition, remembrance ceremony, marching band competition, and luncheon. For more information, click here.

VOTEGeneral Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Nationwide

Every four years, King County voters have a chance to weigh in on federal, state, and local races for public office. Registered voters receive their ballot in the mail several weeks in advance. Ballots must be returned to a ballot drop box or mailed (postmarked) by November 8. For more information about voter registration or voting, visit King County Elections. Note: If you have a disability and require staff support and/or specialized equipment, there are three accessible voting centers that can help.

The Heart of the Matter: Cognitive Capacity and Abuse of Elders and Adults with Disabilities

Wednesday, November 09, 2016, 8:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Criminal Justice Training Center
19010 1st Avenue South, Burien

Registration is now open for the annual elder abuse conference for the Puget Sound area. View the agenda and get registration information here. Fee is $90.

udc-logoThe Power of Inclusion: Universal Design in Landscape

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4050/4060
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council invites you to learn about ways in which landscape architecture and design can provide or improve accessibility. From “visitability” to accommodations for aging in place, landscapes that incorporate the principles of Universal Design can encourage full participation inside and outside homes and other places in the built environment. Speakers are architects Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Karen Braitmayer Accessible Design and Accessibility Consulting, and Debra Guenther, FASLA, LEED AP BD+C, Mithun. For more information, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org or visit the Northwest Universal Design Council website.

housingandagingforumHousing 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.

senior coffee hourNovember 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 www.seattle.gov/seniors. For questions or to request an accommodation, contact Rowena Rye (206-684-0500 or seniors@seattle.gov).

Seattle Stand DownThe Seattle Stand Down

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College
Gene Colin Education Hall – Bldg “C”
6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle

The Seattle Stand Down provides a place where veterans can have one-stop access to various community and Veterans Affairs (federal, state and county) social services, focusing primarily on those veterans and families who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Thursday. For more information, visit www.theseattlestanddown.org.

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 www.kingcounty.gov/legislativeforum.

Save the date: Inspire Positive Aging Awards

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Bellevue Hilton
300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue

Each year, Sound Generations hosts the Inspire Positive Aging Award program. Nominations will be accepted in the new year—mentors, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, or anyone you know whose life exemplifies positive aging through community involvement, relationships, healthy living, endurance, and balance. Nominees need to be 60+ years of age and King County residents. Prizes are awarded at the April 20 luncheon. For more information, e-mail info@soundgenerations.org.

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