September 25 is National Voter Registration Day!
An annual day of on-the-ground and digital efforts led by government, nonprofits and businesses

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. 

On Tuesday, September 25, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise. Click here for details about voting in your state.

September Presentation at Horizon House

Stories for Getting Back to Sleep
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House

900 University St., Seattle

Ever have trouble falling back to sleep in the middle of the night? Find yourself stuck in stories that make you anxious? Educational psychologist Diane Gillespie will talk about her new book, Stories for Getting Back to Sleep, a collection of scenarios that replace those anxiety-producing ones with others that relax and calm the mind.

Part of the new movement to increase natural sleep, Diane’s book offers a strategy that draws on her knowledge of narrative psychology. She will discuss how she came to write the book, prepare to put the audience to sleep by reading one of her stories, and show how to use them effectively.

Diane is donating all proceeds from the book to the nonprofit Tostan, whose mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation. Books will be available for sale and signing after the reading.


Second Thursday Monthly Brown Bag Lunch
Hot Topics for Seniors (and Senior Wannabes!)
October 11, noon  1 PM: The Power of Deep Listening

Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7634 E Green Lake Drive N

We may think we listen well to others, but do we? Being a good listener means we really hear and understand what others are saying. How do you know when you have been heard and when you are listening well? Facilitated by NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton.

Presented by Puget Sound Activists for Retirement Action (PSARA) and NWCCA in partnership with the Green Lake branch of the Seattle Public Library.


In the Larger Community

Weaving Our Strengths: Narratives of Hope
Saturday, Sept. 29, 8 AM – 3:15 PM, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church

3605 84th Avenue SE, Mercer Island

The Church Council of Greater Seattle’s annual day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building to strengthen local churches’ efforts for the common good. The day includes worship, two sessions of workshops, and an afternoon session moving from conversation to action. For more information, call (206) 204-3855 or email Ann Erickson. 


Conscious Living & Dying: Health Advocacy at End of Life?
Washington State Health Advocacy Association Annual Meeting
Friday, October 5, 9 AM  3 PM, Center for Urban Horticulture

3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle

Health Advocacy is the practice of helping patients understand and assert their health preferences. However, many of us don’t know what our choices are. WASHAA presents speakers and experts in the fields of health advocacy, hospice and the new state health directive on dementia.  


End of Life Washington Annual Meeting 
Saturday, October 6, 1  4 PM, Japanese Baptist Church

160 Broadway, Seattle

Learn about End of Life Washington’s work at this free event as they celebrate thirty years of the Hemlock Society of Washington, twenty-five years of Compassion in Dying — the organization that set the course for EOLWA’s present-day advocacy — and ten years of the Death with Dignity Act in Washington State. Meet some of the “pioneers” who helped push the movement forward.


Caregiver Education and Support
Federal Way Senior Center, Issaquah Library, Shoreline Library, Renton Library, Peter Kirk Senior Center

This October, with a generous grant from the KCLS Foundation, the King County Library System is providing classes for caregiver education and support. Held at five locations around the county, these classes are intended for people who are caring for family members or others – especially but not limited to older adults – on either a paid or unpaid basis.

Because caregiving can be so draining, the focus is on classes highlighting ways caregivers can take care of themselves on their caregiving path. If your loved one requires care so you can attend, contact Community Living Connections at 206-962-8467 or for an assessment to help you arrange for respite care, breakout discussion groups, and exhibitions. Detailed schedule of locations, speakers and programs here.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Elder Care
Mondays, Sept. 10  Oct. 15, 1  2:30, Greenwood Senior Center
3525 N 85th Street, Seattle 

Six-week evidence-based course for family caregivers with William Bengston and Daria Sawochka. The curriculum provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. Class limit of 15 participants.
Registration required: 206-727-6231 or


On Our Own: New Senior Support Group for People Living Alone
Facilitated by NWCCA ED Rebecca Crichton
2nd Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 PM: Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Join a new group of older adults who live alone to explore and share the challenges and surprises of solo living. We will learn together and redefine what it means to be on our own!
RSVP for this free group to 206-297-0875. 


Sound Generations Golden Gala: Unmasking the Future of Aging
Saturday, Oct. 13, 5 PM, Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street

Unmask the future of aging with a masquerade ball and celebrate 50-plus years of community impact. All proceeds make a direct impact on the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities, supporting them as they age and helping them lead their best lives possible in a caring and compassionate community. Details and registration information here.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Leader Training
Monday – Tuesday, October 29 – 30, Hosted by Sound Generations

Caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. This highly effective, evidence-based, self-care education program for family caregivers, builds the skills caregivers need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. To register, please complete the Class Leader Application and send to Space is limited.


It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again
Thursday, Sept. 20, then Fridays, Sept. 28 – Dec. 14, 10 AM – noon
Windows Art Gallery, 4131 Woodland Park Ave N, Seattle

An Artist’s Way Program using Julia Cameron’s latest book on creativity geared for older adults including those at midlife and retirees. Instructor Kate Gavigan will lead students through the 12 chapters and share powerful Artist’s Way tools that can assist them in enhancing their creativity and their lives.

Registration information is here.


Living with Memory Loss: In Our Own Words 
16-minute film now available for free

Out of the desire to be advocates, members of The Gathering Place program at Greenwood Senior Center, who are living with memory loss, chose to create this short documentary.  Memory loss currently carries immense stigma, fear and shame, so they wanted to share some more holistic narratives about their experiences. It is powerful to hear the voices and wisdom of people living with memory loss and we hope that their fiercely open-hearted, humorous and hopeful messages have a positive impact.