September Program at Horizon House
900 University Street, Seattle

The Little-known Kanaka Connection
Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall

Join historian and writer Junius Rochester to learn about the role played by the Hawaiian, known as “Kanakas” in the Western Fur Trade. In the 1770s and early 1800s, the trade resulted in geographic exploration, jobs, international investment and the rise of great personal wealth. The “Kanakas,” came aboard ships, settled in West Coast communities, inter-married with mostly indigenous Native groups, and often maintained their homeland traditions in the midst of this frenzied activity.

Junius Rochester of Seattle is an award-winning historian and author of 10 books, numerous published essays and many radio programs for National Public Radio.

Letting Go and Moving Forward
A Writing Group for Women with Rebecca Crichton

Third Wed. of the month, 1 – 3 PM, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20. Location near Green Lake

We reconvene in September to continue our exploration of what it means to let go and move forward. From the things we own to the stories we keep telling, or the relationships that keep us trapped, we can start to look at what hinders us from having the lives we want. Honesty, humor and wisdom continue to be among the gifts shared by past participants. The group is open to new members. No writing experience is necessary to benefit from this opportunity.

Since space is limited to 6, registration is required to hold a space, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Rebecca to register or for more information. Sliding fee of $10 – $15 per session.

In the Larger Community

UW Do More, Feel Better Program for Depression

The University of Washington is recruiting individuals ages 60 and older who are experiencing depressive symptoms.

This 9-week program is based on research showing that increasing participation in pleasurable and rewarding activities can lead to improvement in depression symptoms. Sessions will take place at local Seattle senior centers:

If you are eligible to participate, you will receive $90 over the course of the program. Participation is limited. For more information, e-mail Mariah Corey, Graduate Research Assistant.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Autumn Lecture Series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) invites adults over the age of 50 to come together to share intellectual interests and make new friends through a range of exciting programs. Learn for the joy of learning, without tests, grades or papers.

These one hour lectures are free to OLLI-UW members (membership is $35 a year) and feature experts on a wide range of subjects. You are invited to bring a lunch (or snack) and a guest. For a full Autumn schedule of courses, click here.

Sid’s Story: A Father-Daughter Journey
Author Talk with Karen Vogel
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Karen Vogel weaves together her father Sid Vogel’s memoir with her experiences as his caregiver in his last decade to create a moving and funny view of aging from the perspective of two generations. RSVP to 206-297-0875 for this free event.


Mix & Match Art Series: Collage & Assemblage
with local artist Cynthia Yachtman
Thursday, Sept. 5, 1 – 3:30 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Collage and assemblage are both fun ways of exploring how different materials might be put together creatively, incorporating images into a brand new visual form. Learn these striking art forms with the help of a local artist! (Feathers, photographs, greeting cards, stamps, textured fabrics, old sheet music, fancy papers, magazines, and small found objects like stones, shells, buttons, or puzzle pieces to share are all greatly appreciated.) $10 members; $15 public. Advance registration required.

Financial Consultations: Bring Your Questions!
Friday, Sept. 6, 2 – 4 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Sign up for a private, no cost/obligation, 30-minute consultation with Elizabeth Gray, Investment Advisor Representative and Independent Insurance Agent. If you have concerns about outliving your money, paying for long-term care, and/or leaving something for your loved ones, this is your chance to get free professional advice. Bring your questions for Elizabeth! Advance registration required for this free program.

Baby Boomer Bootcamp
Sunday, Sept. 8, 1 – 5 PM, Hosted at Issaquah Senior Center
75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah

OPENING KEYNOTE by Dr. Jeannette Franks, Gerontologist and Author, 7 Actions You Can Take to Avoid a Nursing Home

CLOSING KEYNOTE by Kelli Young, Senior Financial Planner Miller Advisors, 8000 Days of Retirement 

Thinking about retiring soon? Have you recently left the workforce? Join us for the 3rd of four complimentary Baby Boomer Bootcamps hosted by the Issaquah Senior Center this year, in partnership with King County Library System and Era Living! You will learn about various topics from experts who will share their knowledge and wisdom, and offer best practices and guidelines to help you make the most of your next chapter. 

Refreshments will be served courtesy of University House Issaquah. Please RSVP at (425) 392-2381 by September 6. Space is limited.

Retirement Planning 101
With Elizabeth Gray and Noemi Chaparro of Securian Advisors Northwest
Monday, Sept. 9, 1 – 2 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Retiring soon? Already there? How will you make your money last? Will you have enough to enjoy your golden years? What about the kids and grandkids—do you want to provide for them? These are some of the questions we’ll talk about in this fun and informative seminar. Whether you have a lot or not so much, learn some tips and strategies for giving yourself more peace of mind about your finances.

Free. Advance registration appreciated.

Dementia-Friendly Ceramics
Mondays, Sept. 9 – 30, 10 – 11 AM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Enjoy the endless possibilities of creating with clay. This ceramics class will focus on the basic techniques for hand building with clay, with emphasis on the process of sculpting and free expression. $5 per class. Free for caregivers.

Please RSVP to 206-297-0875.


Gentle Zumba
Mondays, Sept. 9 – 30, 11 AM – Noon, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Led by instructor Penny Fuller, Gentle Zumba is a memory loss-inclusive dance party that is designed for low-impact fun! Come in comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water, and be prepared to have fun.

$3 per class. Drop-ins and adults of all ages welcome.


here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour
Wednesdays, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 2 – 4 PM, Frye Galleries and Art Studio
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

This six-session class offers conversation-based gallery tours and studio art-making experiences for adults with dementia and their care partners. Art making in the Frye Studio encourages experimentation with various media including watercolor paint, clay, and collage. A short social time concludes each class.  

Call 206-622-9250 for more information.

Dispute Resolution Center of King County Talk
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

This presentation will provide an overview of the conflict resolution and mediation services offered through the Dispute Resolution Center of King County. The emphasis will be on our Veterans and Seniors Program that offers conflict resolution tools, trainings and mediations for seniors and veterans facing housing conflicts. The goal of the program is to create housing stability and prevent inappropriate housing loss. For more information, visit

RSVP for this free event to 206-297-0875.


5th Annual Connect & Care Conference
A Holistic Approach to Caring with Compassion
Thursday & Friday, Sept. 12 & 13, North Seattle College
9600 College Way N, Seattle

A conference for professionals, family members and companions to develop and share ideas to improve the approach and contribution to comprehensive care for aging adults. CEUs are approved for Caregivers, Social Workers, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators and Guardians. Presented by With a Little Help, Home Care with a Heart

Registration deadline Sept 7. Register here.


Fiber Art Show & Edmonds Exploration Outing
Monday, Sept. 16, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guid’s 2019 Fiber Art Show, at ArtWorks! in Edmonds, features fiber and mixed media art made by their members—our neighbors! After the exhibit, stroll the streets of Edmonds to have lunch and shop. Bring money for lunch, or bring your lunch with you. Art Show is free to the public.

$8 members; $10 public. Advance registration required. Van departs promptly at 10:30 AM.


Money Smart for Older Adults
Monday, Sept. 16, 1 – 2 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Join Paul Robinson, Manager of the Fremont Branch of HomeStreet Bank, to learn how to prevent financial exploitation, guard against identity theft, plan for unexpected loss of the ability to manage your finances, prepare financially for disasters, and find other helpful resources on managing money and reporting financial exploitation.

Free. Advance registration required.


Celebrate Urban Birds
Thursday, Sept. 19, 10 – 11 AM, Meet at Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Participate in scientific research while learning about local and migrant birds! Celebrate Urban Birds is a citizen science project developed and launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, focused on better understanding the value of green spaces for birds while connecting people of all backgrounds with the natural world.

Meet at WCSC, then we’ll head out to Meridian Park to do our research. Facilitated by Victoria Dzenis, WCSC Program Manager. Free. Advance registration appreciated: 206-461-7825. 


Tips to Sell Your Home
Friday, Sept. 20, 1:30 – 3 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Are you considering selling your home? Gain valuable insights! Topics include: understanding today’s Seattle market, preparing your home to receive top dollar, and tips on downsizing. With Jamie Flaxman, local Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bain. If someone associated with WCSC sells a home, Jamie and Coldwell Banker Bain will donate 10% of their commission to WCSC!

Free. Advance registration appreciated: 206-461-7825.


Know the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid
Monday, Sept. 23, 1 – 2 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Medicare and Medicaid are two health insurance programs run by the government. Despite their similar names, they differ in some key respects. Your usage of one, both, or neither of these programs could have a big impact on your retirement budget, so it pays to know how each works. With Heather Eacker of Eldercare Navigators. 

Free. Advance registration appreciated: 206-461-7825.


Difficult Transitions: Moving a Spouse with Dementia
Thursday, Sept. 26, 10:30 AM – Noon, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

A panel discussion with two people who have transitioned their spouses with dementia into different living situations. Also featuring Case Manager Beth Eagen.

RSVP for this free event to 206-297-0875.


Smart Driver Course
Thursday & Friday, Sept. 26 & 27, 1 – 5 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Earn a discount on your auto insurance! This driver refresher course covers the current rules of the road and defensive driving techniques and methods to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. You must attend both classes to receive a certificate entitling you to a discount or discount extension on your auto insurance. With Joel Ferguson, AARP Driver Safety Instructor.

$15 AARP members; $20 non-AARP. Advance registration required: 206-461-7825.


Greening Death: A Speaking of Dying Event
Saturday, Sept. 28, 3 – 6 PM, Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle

Curious about Green Burial? Home Vigils? Funeral Alternatives? Wanting the best possible send off for yourself or your loved ones?  Lucinda Herring, author of Reimaging Death: Stories and Practical Wisdom for Home Funerals and Green Burials, will read passages from her book, as well as share information and best practices for more personal and sustainable death choices. Joining her will be women who contributed poetry and stories to Lucinda’s book, including Laurie RiepeDonna James, and Judith Adams, who will read from their contributions to the book and share personal experiences of caring for their loved ones after death.

Seating is limited, so visit Brown Paper Tickets here to reserve your space.



Financial Forum
Monday, Sept. 30, 1 – 2 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

This workshop is focused on discussing your financial concerns and questions in a casual, round table format. Come with your questions regarding income distribution planning, probate, charitable gifting, taxes, long-term care insurance, inflation, Social Security… and be prepared to leave with valuable takeaways just for you. With Kristen Lomax of SOFA, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase financial literacy in the community.

Free. Advance registration appreciated: 206-461-7825.


Monthly Programs

First Fridays Film: The Last Suit
Friday, Sept. 6, 1 – 3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

A Polish-born Holocaust survivor travels from Buenos Aires to Lodz to fulfill a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier in this feel-good drama. Great movies curated by long-time film buff, Ruth McCormick.

No registration required for this free event.


Here:Now Gallery Tour
Art Engagement for Adults Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners
2 – 3:30 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 3  and Wednesday, Sept. 25
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Each month, specially trained museum educators and gallery guides lead discussion-based tours highlighting works of art in the Frye galleries. Conversation creates an exchange of ideas without relying on short-term memory or recall of art historical information. Tours also include in-gallery activities. 

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, email or call 206-432-8265. 


Alzheimer’s Café at the Stage Door
1 – 2:30 PM on Second Mondays: Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 
208 N 85th Street, Seattle. Paid parking available in the lot behind the Taproot Theater 

The Alzheimer’s Café provides an opportunity to socialize in a safe environment No judgment, no expectations—just support, good food & fun! (Participants buy their own food.) 

Questions? Email or call Carin Mack, MSW: 206-297-0875.


Re-Ignite the Mind with Improv & Play
2:30 – 3:30 PM on Second Mondays: Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Taproot Theater (following Alzheimer’s Café at The Stage Door)
212 N 85th Street, Seattle. Paid parking available in the lot behind the Taproot Theater 

Join your favorite Taproot Improv actors for stimulating theater fun that activates the brain and the funny bone! Perfect for people with ESML as it is about creative engagement in the present. 

Questions? Email Pam Nolte.


Alzheimer’s Café at the Frye
Monthly on Second Tuesdays: Sept. 10, Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

  • Pre-café Gallery Discussion: 2 PM
  • Alzheimer’s Cafe 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


Classic Movies with Scarecrow Video: Being There
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 3:30 – 6 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Through a series of happy chances, a simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. Made in 1979, and starring Peter Sellers, this is a strangely apt movie for our times.


Wisdom Cafés
Come share your wisdom! Wisdom Cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning.  

  • What Are Your Truths About Aging?
    Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2 – 3:30 PM, Richmond Beach Library
    19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline
    We live in an ageist culture. Messages about what it means to be older can be depressingly negative or unrealistically optimistic. How have we pushed back to own our personal definitions of what it means be older? Facilitated by NWCCA Board President Dori Gillam.
  • Being Grateful Today
    Monday, Sept. 16, 10:30 AM – Noon, Shoreline Library
    345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline
    What are you most grateful for? What brings joy to your daily life? Consider people, experiences, talents, and wisdom. Is there anything you are grateful for now that seemed a missed opportunity at the time? Facilitated by NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton.

  • Letting Go!
    Friday, Sept. 20, 1 – 2:30 PM, Issaquah Senior Center
    75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah
    How do you cope with letting go of things? What are the different aspect of letting go of things? Call the Senior Center for registration and location questions, 425-392-2381.
  • If Only. . . Moving from Regret to Compassion
    Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Federal Way Library
    34200 1st Way S, Federal Way
    We can get bogged down with regrets and remorse for what we did or didn’t do in our lives. We will explore those feelings and share how we can move through them to a place of more compassion. Facilitated by Dori Gillam.
  • Rise and Shine
    Thursday, Sept. 26, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Downtown Bellevue Main Club
    209 110th Ave NE (in the Boys & Girls Club on the west side of Downtown Park)
    Looking forward to each day relates to living fully. What gets you up every day? What would get you up with enthusiasm and a sense or purpose? We’ll discuss how to infuse our days with the elements that rouse us. Facilitated by Rebecca Crichton.
  • Staying Connected: Strategy for a Full Life
    Friday, Sept. 27, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Redmond Library
    15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond
    As we age, our relationships and responsibilities change. How do we stay connected with our children, our communities and the environment? What does it mean to stay connected with our minds, our bodies and our spiritual lives? We all have wisdom we can share about this important topic. Registration is preferred, but not required. Call (425) 885-1861.

No registration is required for these free events, except as noted.