October Presentation at Horizon House

Ursula and Our Conversations: The Nazi Era
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House

900 University Street, Seattle

Chaitania Hein, performance artist, therapist and teacher, engaged her German mother-in-law in many conversations about Ursula’s life growing up in Nazi Germany, where, at age 15, she became a member of Hitler Youth in 1933. The results of the discussions are an original screenplay and a recent stage adaptation.

The story traverses the rocky landscape of Ursula’s early certainty in the illusory Nazi propaganda machine. At war’s end in 1945, having learned what her country had done, she realized her existence had been based on lies. For the rest of her life, she experienced a paralyzing fear and deep shame.

Chaitania Hein holds a master’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in propaganda and brainwashing and its effect on society and individuals, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Depth Psychology and Art as a Way to Heal. She was on the Dance faculty of Cornish College of the Arts, and is Academic Dean and faculty member at WuHsing Tao School, where she teaches psychology.


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

Movie Making Events
Monday & Tuesday, October 8, 9, 15 & 16, 1:30  3:30 PM
Nickerson Street Saloon, 318 Nickerson Street, Seattle

Brainstorm, create and perform an original movie in these one-of-a-kind interactive group events. All participants will receive a link to the final movie episode on YouTube. And you’ll get lunch too! 

  • October 8: Brainstorming & Screenwriting
  • October 9: Character Creation, Acting & Filming
  • October 15: Acting with the Green Screen
  • October 16: Rough cut Screening and Sound Effects

Register for as many events as you like. If you want to experience the entire moviemaking process, sign up for all four. You can also register for the first event, see if you like it, and make additional reservations at that time.


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 services. Detailed schedule of locations, speakers and programs here.


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: 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.


Kitchen Table Talks
October topic: Civic Participation & Employment
Tuesday, October 16, 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.


King County Library System Wisdom Cafés

Life Purpose: We’re Here for a Reason
Tuesday, October 16, 2 PM, Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline
Reflecting on what we are meant to do can help us clarify goals for our present lives. Knowing our essential values and knowing what “turns us on” can be a path to self-discovery. Facilitated by Dori Gillam.

Rise and Shine
Wednesday, October 17, 2 PM, Maple Valley Library
21844 SE 248th Street
Looking forward to each day relates to living fully. What gets you up every morning? What would get you up with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose? We’ll discuss how to infuse our days with the elements that rouse us. Facilitated by Nancy Walton-House.

Make New Friends and Keep the Old. . .
Sunday, November 18, 2 PM, Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th Street
We all know how important friendship is to our lives. What have you learned about making friends as you get older? What kind of a friend are you? Facilitated by Rebecca Crichton.

Rise and Shine
Tuesday, November 20, 2 PM, Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline
Looking forward to each day relates to living fully. What gets you up every morning? What would get you up with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose? We’ll discuss how to infuse our days with the elements that rouse us. Facilitated by Rebecca Crichton.

No registration is required for these free events. 


Rent Smart
Thursday, Oct. 25, 10 AM – noon, South Bellevue Community Center
Community Room, 14509 SE Newport Way 

The City of Bellevue is sponsoring Rent Smart, a fair housing workshop presented by Solid Ground. This workshop is free and open to both providers and tenants, but the emphasis will be on training for housing providers. RSVP to Teri Ekstrom at


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.


Building the Beloved Community: Racism & Beyond 
Saturday, November 10, 8:45 AM  3 PM, St. Joseph Parish

732 18th Avenue E, Seattle

Many people of faith are concerned about racism in America today. Where do we start? What can we do? What is “white privilege” and its role in society today? How can we respond to the systemic nature of racism in our politics, economy, public education and criminal justice system? Join Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center and learn what you can do. Suggested donation is $25 (includes lunch). Register by November 2.


Legacy of Love: African American Caregiver Forum
Saturday, November 10, 9 AM  3 PM, Southcenter Doubletree Hotel
16500 Southcenter Parkway

This annual event is planned for caregivers, including those whose loved ones are experiencing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, and community providers (5 CEUs offered). Expert speakers, a host of resource exhibitors, and free lunch! Regular and vegetarian options will be provided. Register for this free event 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.