December Presentation at Horizon House:
Insights into a Critic’s Favorites

Pop Goes the Holiday Music! 
with Freelance Arts Critic Misha Berson
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House

900 University Street, Seattle

In this lighthearted talk, we’ll sample holiday bonbons from some of the best singers of all time (Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, etc.), as well as misfires and oddities by famous artists and bands.

Misha Berson was the theater critic for the Seattle Times for 25 years and continues to write for the Times and other local and national publications. Author of several books, including Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination, she currently teaches at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UW and other programs in Seattle.


Planning Ahead

Letting Go: Writing Our Way to Lighter, Clearer and Freer
with NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton
1 – 2:30 PM on 3rd Wednesdays starting on January 16
Location near University Village

Sliding fee of $15-25 per session

Bringing her more than 35 years of professional writing and facilitating to the table, Rebecca Crichton is excited to be entering the New Year with this new group.  

Through discussion and writing, we will inquire about the “stuff” in our lives. Whether it is the things we own, the relationships we’ve had, or the personal stories we carry, this topic yields rewards  not the least of which is a sense of spaciousness and understanding.

Registration is necessary since space is limited to 8 at each session.


Perspectives on Memory: Creative Aging Conference
Friday, February 1, 8:15 AM – 6 PM, Frye Art Museum Auditorium

704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

A one-day conference designed for social and healthcare professionals, artists, educators, and lifelong learners. Through the wide lenses of creativity and aging, this conference will explore the topic of memory from multidisciplinary perspectives including psychology, sociology, neurology, technology, as well as the visual, literary, and performing arts.  

A limited number of scholarships are available at a reduced rate. Please contact Mary Jane Knecht, Manager, Creative Aging Programs, for an application. Registration is now open and always fills quickly..


In the Larger Community

Chanukah Basket Making and Delivery
Jewish Family Service Capitol Hill Campus
Sunday, December 2, 10 AM  11:30 PM & 1 – 2:30 PM
1601 16th Avenue, Seattle

Volunteer to fill holiday baskets with food and deliver them to vulnerable community members in need. There are two shifts, and pre-registration is required. RSVP to or (206) 861-3155.


Volunteer at the PNA Hot Meal Program
Monday, December 3, 1  4 PM or 4:30  7 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

The PNA Hot Meal Program serves 150-200 meals three times weekly. Volunteers help with preparation, cooking, serving and clean-up. More details and sign-up information here.


Housing and Care Options
Tuesday, December 4, 2  3:30 PM, Friends Fellowship Hall
7737 25th Avenue NE, Seattle

Join Kelley Smith of CarePartners Senior Living to explore your housing and care options to find the solution that’s best for you or your loved one. Learn about the differences between assisted living and independent living, adult family homes, skilled nursing, and home care. Find out what one can expect from memory care. No registration required for this free event, presented by NEST, North East Seattle Together


Senior Money Project Presentation
Wednesday, December 5, 1  2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Consumer Education and Training Services (CENTS) has developed a program designed to stop scams and scammers. Learn the most common fraud tactics, how to safely handle “robo” calls, prevent identity theft, and what to do if you are victimized. Register for this free event at 206-297-0875.


On Our Own: Senior Support Group for People Living Alone
Facilitated by NWCCA ED Rebecca Crichton
Wednesdays, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, 7  8 PM
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. 


Marc Freedman with Eric Liu: How to Live Forever
Presented by Town Hall Seattle & Phinney Neighborhood Association
Monday, December 10, 7:30 PM, Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

With so many people living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive? How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short? founder and CEO Marc Freedman answers these questions and more with a poignant and unique perspective contained in his book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. He meets onstage with Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. 

Join Freedman and Liu for a deeply personal discussion about finding fulfillment and happiness in our longer lives by connecting with the next generation and forging a legacy of love that lives beyond us. Click here for more information and a link for ordering $5 tickets.


Frontotemporal Dementia Resource & Education Day
Tuesday, December 11, 10:30 AM  3 PM, Verdant Community Wellness Center  

4710 196th Street SW, Lynnwood

Join the UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center for a relaxed half day of connection, learning and resource-sharing. This free event includes overview of FTD, research updates, community resources, living with FTD panel, arts and creativity showcase, and lunch. 

For more information, contact Mari Becker at the UW MBWC: or 206-744-2017. Space is limited; register by December 7.


Alzheimer’s Café at the Frye
Monthly on Second Tuesdays: Dec. 11, Frye Art Museum, 
704 Terry Ave, Seattle
Pre-café Gallery Discussion 2 PM, Alzheimer’s Café, 2:30  4 PM

A unique opportunity for people living with dementia, their care partners, family, and friends to enjoy companionship, good food, music, and fun in a relaxed environment. No registration is required and there is no cost, except for food and drink ordered from the menu.

Immediately before the Alzheimer’s Café, visit a favorite painting or explore a new work of art in a gallery discussion tour led by a museum educator or gallery guide. For more information, contact Mary Jane Knecht, Manager, Creative Aging Programs, 206-432-8265 or


PARO Robot Therapy Presentation
Wednesday, December 12, 1  2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center

525 N 85th Street, Seattle

PARO is a therapeutic robot developed by the Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Although he looks like a cute harp seal, he is a complex piece of technology that has been shown to provide improvement in patients’ psychological, physical and social well-being. 

Lynn Miyauchi, Cultural Affairs and Public Outreach for the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle, will present on PARO’s history and science, and provide a hands-on demonstration of his many features.

RSVP for this free presentation by calling 206-297-0875.


Wallingford Community Senior Center Holiday Party
Thursday, December 13, 4:30  7 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Suite 140, Seattle (lower level Good Shepherd Center)

Celebrate the season with hot cocoa, cider, cookies, and live music. Do a holiday craft too! 

Pre-registration for this free event appreciated. Call (206) 461-7825 or email


Antique Appraisal Event
Wednesday, December 19, 11:30 AM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Have you always wondered how much that vase, watch or dish is worth? This is your chance to find out! Brown Tag Estate Sales will be joining us, so bring your items in and then enjoy the show after lunch.  Please bring a maximum of 3 items. Call 206-297-0875 to RSVP.

  • 11:30 AM – Item drop-off 
  • 1 PM – The Show!
  • $3 for 1 item, $5 for 2 to 3 items
  • All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Senior Center.


King County Library System Wisdom Cafés: Resilience
Tuesday, December 18, 2 PM, Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline

What is it?  Do you have it? How does it relate to health and happiness? NWCCA Board President Dori Gillam will facilitate this discussion about how to be more resilient as we age. No registration is required for this free event. 


Kitchen Table Talks
November topic: Transportation
Tuesday, December 18, 1  2 PM
3525 N 85th Street, Seattle 

As part of the regional Age-Friendly Discussion Groups initiated this spring by AARP Washington, King County Library System, and Aging and Disability Services, Age Friendly Seattle launched a series of eight call-in/log-on discussion groups.

Join the conversation about age-friendly communities. Anyone can participate; no prior experience required. You can call in or log on from the comfort of your kitchen table, sofa, or desk! Details on how to participate here.


Phinney Neighborhood Association Christmas Meal 
12  3 PM, Tuesday, December 25, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Share in the joy of Christmas Day with friends, family and community at the PNA’s Annual Christmas Meal. Doors open at noon with a light reception, meal is served at 1 PM. The meal includes turkey, ham and all the trimmings.

All are welcome! Free, though donations gladly accepted. RSVP to 206-297-0875 by December 14.