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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., September 15 for October). We’ll include those we feel are most appropriate. Please, no fundraising or high priced events.

Moving with Greater Ease

Thursdays, September 8–October 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m.
University Heights Center, Room 108
5031 University Way NE, Seattle

Northeast Seattle Together (NEST) has announced a new movement group that will explore different ways to get yourself moving. Volunteer instructors offer weekly class sessions in line dancing, gentle movement, and more. The group’s first session is “Moving with Greater Ease,” led by NEST volunteer Gail Thompson. Learn gentle methods to increase comfort, flexibility, and balance. Wear warm, comfortable clothes and bring a mat or blanket. Open to all ability levels. This activity is free for NEST members; $3/session is the suggested donation for non-members. For more information, contact NEST at 206-525-6378 or or visit

rainbow-bingoRainbow 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

GreenwordsGrandparents Day at the Seattle Children’s Museum

Sunday, September 11, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Seattle Children’s Museum at Seattle Center Armory (lower level)
305 Harrison Street, Seattle

Plan a memorable Grandparents Day by visiting the Seattle Children’s Museum. Special Grandparents Day rates apply—grandparents and grandparent figures get in free with the purchase of at least one regular admission ticket for your grandchild ($9.25). To plan your visit, visit For more information about Grandparents Day, visit

senior-coffee-hour-logoSeptember 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

issaquah-expoActive for Life Expo: Living Well at 55 and Beyond

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Issaquah Community Center
301 Rainier Boulevard South, Issaquah

Baby boomers, seniors, friends, and family members, discover the keys to living well at 55 and beyond at Issaquah’s Active for Life Expo. This free event features health screenings, workshops, and other activities designed for our community members 55 and older. Learn about benefit opportunities. Discover recreation and fitness programs. Take advantage of free health screenings. Participate in educational seminars. Join artEAST for a community art project.
Learn more about aging in Issaquah and connect with resources at

momentiaCamp Momentia: Dementia Friendly Recreation

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Camp Long
5200 35th Avenue SW, Seattle

Enjoy a day of exploration, creativity, and community at historic Camp Long in West Seattle. Activities include nature tours, creative arts, BBQ, campfire, s’mores, sing-along, and more! Camp Momentia is designed for persons living with memory loss and their family and friends. Cost is $15 per person; one care partner per participant welcome for no additional charge. Transportation available from North and South Seattle. Space is limited. To register, contact Cayce Cheairs by Friday, September 2, at 206-615-0100 or

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

sound-agingRound Table Discussion: Senior Center Programming

Friday, September 23, 2016, 8:00–11:30 a.m.
Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St., Seattle

Sound Aging’s Round Table Discussions are for professionals in the field of aging. This half-day morning workshop is devoted to engaging active baby boomers and isolated elders at senior centers. It will explore two aspects of senior center programming: 1) the challenges in providing services for the active baby boomer population and their reluctance to participate in services that they may feel are stigmatized; and 2) the unique needs of isolated elders. Participants will be provided with two journal articles, which then become the stimulus for an interdisciplinary discussion. Cost is $55 per person. To register, contact Barbara Green at 206-799-7108 or

Medical UpdateMedical 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-bingoRainbow 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

lgbtq-agingLGBTQ 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

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. 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 (See article in this issue.)

senior-coffee-hour-logoOctober 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

Vote buttonGeneral Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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.

Housing and 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.

senior-coffee-hour-logoNovember 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

sound-agingRound Table Discussion: Mental Health

Friday, November 18, 2016, 8:00–11:30 a.m.
Northwest Hospital
1550 North 115th Street, Seattle

Sound Aging’s Round Table Discussions are for professionals in the field of aging. This half-day morning workshop is devoted to mental health. This workshop will be devoted to discussing the therapeutic value and function of reminiscence in later life and the “shadow” stories, or the untold stories, that inflect one’s narrative. How each individual relates his or her story may be a key to late-life depression and despite a variety of behavioral therapeutic treatments for depression, some individuals persist with major depressive symptoms. Treatment resistant depression is the topic during the second half of the morning. Participants will be provided with two journal articles, which then become the stimulus for an interdisciplinary discussion. Cost is $55 per person. To register, contact Barbara Green at 206-799-7108 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