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.
August Presentation at Horizon House
Still Brightness: Elder Artists from Michelangelo to Agnes Martin
Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House
900 University St., Seattle
From Chardin to Goya, from O’Keeffe to de Kooning, art historian Rebecca Albiani shares stories of great artists who worked with undiminished creativity and wonder well into their elder years.
We all know stories of famous artists whose careers are tragically cut short in their youth. But what of those artists fortunate enough to live well into — and beyond — their prime, who battled loss, ill health, or dementia, and continued to produce great art, including such works as radiant as Monet’s l’Orangerie water lilies, or Hokusai’s Great Wave?
Rebecca Albiani has been an arts lecturer at the Frye Art Museum since 1997. She was a Graduate Lecturing Fellow at Washington’s National Gallery and a Fulbright Scholar in Venice. She received an MA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Second Thursday Monthly Brown Bag Lunch
Hot Topics for Seniors (and Senior Wannabes!) is back!
September 13, noon – 1 PM: Election Initiatives
Green Lake Branch Seattle Public Library, 7634 E Green Lake Drive N
Get up to speed on the initiatives that might be on our November ballots. The more you know, the more interesting will be your conversations with friends and family as the election approaches. Facilitated by Michael Righi, former head of the economics department at Bellevue College.
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
Aging and Disability Services, a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, is planning for an upcoming funding process for their network of information, referral, assistance and other supports for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers in Seattle and King County. Organizations that serve older adults, people with disabilities, or family caregivers are invited to attend this community conversation on “collaborative funding.”
- Tuesday, August 28, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave SE
For accommodation requests, please email Angela Miyamoto at least two weeks before the meeting.
Explore, create, and connect at this day camp experience for people living with memory loss and family and friends at historic Camp Long in West Seattle. Enjoy nature, art-making, storytelling, s’mores, singing around the campfire, and more!
Registration is required (one-day registration only) $20, includes lunch and optional transportation. One care partner per participant is welcome free of charge. Space is limited. Contact Cayce Cheairs by Wednesday, August 29: (206) 615-0100, or email@example.com.
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.
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.
Early bird registration ends September 4. For more information, call (206) 204-3855 or email Ann Erickson.
In this session you will learn what Adult Family Homes are, when to consider them, how to evaluate them and how they are certified. There will be ample time for discussion and questions. The goal of presenter Debra Everson, RN, MN, a nurse since 1987, is to work in partnership with families to identify and maintain stable, caring and sustainable placements for their loved ones.
Register for this free event at 206-297-0875.
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.
Free Support Groups
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St, Seattle
- Living Alone Support Group, Wednesdays, 11 AM – noon
- September 5 and 19
- Spouse Caregiver Support Group, Tuesdays, 10:30 AM – noon
- Parkinson’s Spouses Group, Tuesday, 1 – 2:30 PM
- September 18
New participants, please contact group facilitator, Carin Mack, MSW at 206-297-0875 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to attending.
You can watch Rebecca Crichton on the King County Library System training video called “Learn to Facilitate Wisdom Cafes and Community Conversations.” The tools Rebecca shares can help you deepen your conversations with colleagues, friends or family.