Seniors Digest
Seattle-King County Edition
  June 1, 2011 

Save the Date for These Upcoming Events

Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care

Caregiver conference flyerMonday, June 6, 2011
Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila

Are you caring for an elder or an adult with disabilities? Learn practical caregiving skills and strategies at this free full-day training conference, offering a choice of helpful workshops based on your needs as a caregiver. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, see the online flyer or call 1-800-422-3263 (or 360-725-2544) to request a brochure and registration form.

Free Screening: "Gen Silent"
Gen Silent flyerMonday, June 6, 2011, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center Multi-Purpose Room
10201 E. Riverside Dr., Bothell

"Gen Silent" is the new LGBT documentary from award winning documentary filmmaker Stu Maddox. "Gen Silent" reveals how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders, who fought the first battles for equality, now fear discrimination so much that they are hiding their lives again. This free 63-minute screening will be followed by a panel discussion. 

Aging Your Way: LGBT Gathering

Aging Your Way flyerTuesday, June 7, 2011, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
The Central, 500 30th Ave S, Seattle

LGBT residents, join a special gathering to develop a vision of a community that would support you as you age. Brainstorm concrete projects to support that vision. You'll even have the opportunity to join an action team of empowered participants who will use their skills, knowledge and passion to make the vision a reality. Food and beverages provided. RSVP online, or call 206-727-6206, e-mail, or visit the Aging Your Way website for more information.

New Thinking for Healthy Aging... a Series of Learning Conversations

Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Lower Level of the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle

Wallingford Senior Center event flyerPart III: "Navigating the Health Care System: How Things Work, What to Expect, Who's Who, Making the Journey Easier." With panelists Cyrus Appell, MD, Palliative Care & Hospice Physician; Carol Charles, MSW, Project Manager, Safe Transitions, University of Washington; Joanne Rodd, MSW, Medical Social Worker at Virginia Mason MC; facilitated by Kathleen Cromp, Executive Director of Wallingford Community Senior Center. Event is free; light refreshments provided. Please RSVP, or for more information, contact or 206-461-7825. (Special note: The Wallingford Farmer's Market occurs on Wednesdays from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. in Meridian Park, just behind the Good Shepherd Center. Come early to get your farmer's market shopping in before the discussion!)

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, June 10, 2011, 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4050
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council meets monthly on second Fridays. Meetings are open to the public, and agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information, contact Gigi Meinig at 206-684-0652 or email

Senior Coffee Hour with Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

Coffee Hour with Jorge Carrasco flyerThursday, June 16, 2011, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens
810 3rd Ave (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites older adults to attend a coffee hour with Jorge Carrasco, superintendent of Seattle City Light. Learn about the utility's financial position and factors that affect electric utility rates. For more information, see the online flyer, call 206-684-0500, or e-mail

Age 55+ Employment Resource Center Job Search Workshop

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Central Building
810 3rd Ave. (between Columbia & Marion Streets), Seattle

The Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens invites mature jobseekers to learn about its Age 55+ Employment Resource Center job coaching and job lists, Seniors Training Seniors computer classes, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), and other programs and services. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail or visit the website.

Mayor's Council on African American Elders

Friday, June 17, 2011, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 5190
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders meets monthly on third Fridays. For more information, contact Karen Winston at 206-684-0706,, or visit the MCAAE website.

Be Well Washington Week Health Fair

Be Well Washington flyerSaturday, June 18, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Qwest Field Plaza, Seattle

Governor Chris Gregoire has designated June 13-18 as Be Well Washington Week! A free health fair caps the week, featuring free health screenings and informative lectures by health care experts. Learn about the benefits of health, wellness and an active lifestyle and enjoy health-focused exhibits, fun and healthy activities, and healthy cooking demonstrations and tastings. For more information, visit the Health Fair website.

Travel Ambassador Training

Friday, June 24, 2011, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Hopelink Shoreline
15809 Westminster Way N, Shoreline

This training session provides the knowledge and skills necessary for agency staff to become certified as a Community Travel Ambassador in King County. Trainings consist of a minimum of three hours of classroom instruction, focused on a specific population—people with disabilities, older adults, or low-income individuals. It provides a broad knowledge of available local transportation services that help ensure quality of life for people with disabilities. Space is limited, so RSVP by contacting Alina Aaron at 425-943-6769 or A schedule of future trainings and more information are available online.

LBTQ Rainbow Health Fair

Saturday, June 25, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Gilda's Club, 1400 Broadway, Seattle

The YWCA Women's Health Outreach and Gilda's Club Seattle invite you to attend the 13th annual LBTQ Rainbow Health Fair. First organized by the Seattle Lesbian Cancer Project in 1998, and occurring annually since then, the Rainbow Health Fair provides services, education, and information to Puget Sound's LBTQ community. Enjoy complimentary health services like acupuncture, massage, and energy healing. Several community health organizations will share healthy living information, from early detection of breast cancer to overall health. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call 206-436-8666, e-mail, or visit the LBTQ Health-YWCA Women’s Health Outreach website.

Pride Parade

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 11:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

The 37th annual Pride Parade kicks off at 4th Avenue & Union Street, and proceeds north down 4th Avenue to Denny Way. Rain or shine. For more information, visit the Seattle Pride website.

Building Your Best Life: The New Health Care Law and You

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline

Join AARP to learn more about how the new health care law benefits you, strengthening Social Security now and for future generations, and the secrets of staying sharp. Get an update on what's new at AARP, as well as free information and resources. Register online by June 28.

2011 Regional OLOC Gathering

Thursday, July 28–Sunday, July 31, 2011
La Quinta Inn & Suites
1425 E 27th St., Tacoma

Puget Sound OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) invites participation in a three-day 2011 Regional OLOC Gathering, featuring award-winning author and lesbian historian, Lillian Federman, speaking on the conference theme: Community, Visibility and Action. Other highlights are group and panel discussions, workshops, local entertainment, a banquet and a dance. For more information, visit the OLOC website or registration page, or e-mail

Save the Date: Hearing Loss Horizons Conference

Hearing Loss Horizons ConferenceSaturday, August 13, 2011, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Carlson Theatre, Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue

The Hearing Loss Association of Washington invites you to attend the Hearing Loss Horizons state conference. Presentations will include unique legal issues faced by people with hearing loss. Conference cost is $40 per first person, includes lunch; each additional family member $20, including lunch. Registration required prior to August 6. For more information, call 253-833-9147, e-mail or visit the HLA-WA website.

Save the Date: African American Caregivers Forum

Caregivers Forum flyerSaturday, October 22, 2011
Doubletree Guest Suites-Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila

Mark your calendar for Living Our Legacy: Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Our Loved Ones, the 6th annual African American Caregivers Forum, in October. Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. Contact Rowena Rye at 206-529-3886 or for more information.

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