January 20th, 2015 by Doree
The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation and electronic filing through April 15 at several sites around the city, including the Greenwood Library and Greenwood Senior Center. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior citizen in order to use the service. Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (no business returns). Check the Seattle Public Library website for required documents, and other locations where tax help is available.
Free, walk-in assistance at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., begins Feb. 3 and is available from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Drop-ins are welcome at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Tax help by appointment at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins Feb. 5 and is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.
2014 tax returns reflect changes as the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And for those who did not have medical insurance coverage the entire year, or had purchased insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Exchange, there will be some new tax forms to deal with when filing their 2014 tax returns. AARP-Tax-Aide will have tax counselors who are trained to help tackle your ACA tax return questions.
Whether you are a working or retired individual, AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle your tax returns. In addition to earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses, and various education, child and earned income credits.
Tags: AARP, Broadview Library, Greenwood Library, greenwood senior center, Seattle Public Library, taxes
November 11th, 2014 by Doree
The Ballard Beer Company will donate $1 from every pint purchased on Wednesday to the Greenwood Senior Center. It’s part of their Pints for a Purpose program. Ballard Beer Company is at 2050 NW Market St. On Wednesday it’s open from 4-11 p.m.
The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC), a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), offers programs and services that provide an opportunity for thousands of seniors each year to enhance physical fitness, mental stimulation and emotional well-being and supports active seniors in their efforts to preserve traditions, embrace change and maintain independence. In 2013, the Greenwood Senior Center served over 2,300 seniors, ages 55 – 95, more than 17,000 times, offering daily hot meals, social work services, classes, lectures, visits by health, financial, tax or legal professionals, and numerous club, craft, musical, arts, social and recreational events.
Tags: Ballard Beer Company, greenwood senior center, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
August 11th, 2014 by Doree
The ninth annual Gumshoe 5K Walk, a fundraising scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood that ended on Sunday, raised a record $5,620.95 to be split between three neighborhood nonprofits: Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Senior Center and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.
A Gumshoer uses a magnifying glass to decipher a clue. Photo courtesy of the Gumshoe.
Check out the Gumshoe website for a full list of all prize winners.
Tags: fundraising, Greenwood Elementary School PTA, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center, Gumshoe 5K Walk
June 26th, 2014 by Doree
The Phinney Neighborhood Association needs volunteers to help prepare, cook, serve and clean up dinner for its Hot Meal Program from 3-7 p.m. on Mondays at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
Volunteers must be at least 10 years old (children ages 10 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult). The Hot Meal Program serves 150-200 free meals three times a week at two sites. For more information or to sign up, contact LeAnne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-783-2244.
Tags: greenwood senior center, Hot Meal Program, Phinney Neighborhood Association, volunteer
March 11th, 2014 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center continues its groundbreaking efforts for those living with memory loss with a special presentation tonight (Tuesday) at Taproot Theatre’s new Kendall Center, 208 N. 85th St.
“Momentia! The New Dementia Story” is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and moderated by Marigrace Becker, MSW, from the Greenwood Senior Center.
Hear ‘the new dementia story’ as told by persons living with memory loss and demonstrated by innovative programs transforming our community!
Interactive presentations include: “Faces of Memory Loss” project; Taproot Theatre dementia- friendly improv; Frye Art Museum here:now arts engagement program.
Want to experience even more? Stop by the Greenwood Alzheimer’s Café beforehand, 3:30-5 p.m., at Ampersand Café, 424 N 85th St.
$10 Suggested Donation to WPN (Washington Pioneer Network Conversation Cafe) includes appetizers. Drinks available to purchase. RSVP to Lindsey Ismailova at email@example.com, 206-224-3764.
Tags: Alzheimer's, dementia, greenwood senior center, memory loss
February 17th, 2014 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is holding a two-part series called Successful Home Sharing. Each meeting is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 25. This free series will cover legal and technical aspects of sharing your home with someone, including costs, lease agreements, rules on noise, smoking, drinking, sex, and other considerations.
RSVP at 206-297-0875.
Tags: greenwood senior center
January 31st, 2014 by Doree
The AARP Foundation is providing free tax help and electronic filing at several locations, including one in our neighborhood and another three nearby. You don’t have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the free service.
AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle most common tax returns for employed or retired individuals, which include earned and retirement income, investment income (Schedule D), and various education, child and earned income credits.
AARP Tax-Aide sites are not able to prepare returns with rental income or depreciation, but do prepare Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses. Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all AARP Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.
Foreign students who need help with their 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843 can visit sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library for assistance.
For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).
- Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning tomorrow (Feb. 1). Walk-ins only, no appointments. Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Walk-ins only. Mondays, 3:30-7 p.m. (closed Feb. 17) and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0403.
- The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins its free help on Feb. 11. Thursdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0875.
Tags: AARP, Ballard Senior Center, Broadview Library, Greenwood Library, greenwood senior center, IRS, taxes
December 4th, 2013 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting its first costume jewelry sale today (Wednesday) until 3 p.m. at 525 N. 85th St.
The GSC Talk Time English Practice Group has been collecting costume jewelry for months, from vintage to modern. All proceeds benefit the GSC.
Tags: greenwood senior center, jewelry
November 26th, 2013 by Doree
By Shelby Ehlert, University of Washington News Lab
Most of us can remember a time in our childhood when we visited the local zoo, giddy with excitement to explore the exotic sights, sounds and smells. For one group of people, it’s memory itself that brings them to the Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge every Monday.
Since its inception in early 2011, the Memory Loss Walk has drawn individuals diagnosed with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers to partake in a morning zoo walk followed by coffee and conversation.
The program is sponsored by several organizations that partnered “because they wanted to offer individuals with mild memory loss the opportunity to join a supportive program that emphasizes socialization as well as the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,” according to Liz Rhine of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The groups involved are the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western and Central Washington State Chapter, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Program, the Phinney Neighborhood Association and Greenwood Senior Center, Rhine said in an email.
It was a chilly but sunny autumn morning when we met in the Woodland Park Zoo parking lot before heading out for the Northern Trail tour of the zoo.
As soon as the walk began I quickly forgot the environment we were in and became so enthralled in the conversation that it was easy to miss the many animals we passed, as these were clearly not the focus of the walkers.
This was much more than a community activity for individuals with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers – this was a family. They are united by a common experience unique to their group.
“ I think what I benefit most from is the time we spend together,” said Roger Stocker, a participant of the walk since early 2011. “It’s nice to see the stuff we see going around the zoo and I wouldn’t discredit that at all, but I think the big part of it is…the existence and presence of these people. What makes it different from other people is that we have something that we share.”
Memory Loss Walk participants take in the zoo’s bear exhibit.
As Rhine noted, the walk “offers participants an opportunity to hold conversations in a safe and stimulating environment around others who can relate and offer support.”
“You can talk about Alzheimer’s in this group,” said Ruth Mulligan, who has been participating in the walk for a year. “That’s one big difference (compared with other social settings.”
Charlie Reidy, a participant who is affected by Alzheimer’s, said there is a stigma around the disease: People are afraid of it. Because of this, the Alzheimer’s Association provides programs to bridge the gap between individuals with Alzheimer’s and the public. Reidy attends another program that helps people with early-stage memory loss learn to improvise when communicating because the struggle to recall specific words is one of the first symptoms of memory loss.
Reidy said that people react very uncomfortably if they’re talking to someone with memory loss who stops cold in the middle of a sentence. They don’t know how to respond. However, the discomfort can be avoided or at least mitigated if the individual with memory loss can learn to keep talking — even out of context — rather than dwell on the word they’re attempting to recall, Reidy said.
It’s small programs like this that the Alzheimer’s Association, along with its partners, work to provide for individuals with early-stage memory loss that are truly making a difference.
“What we’ve kind of taken as a reminder is that it is what it is,” Stocker said. “What we’ve decided is the only way we can really deal with this is take it one day at a time and live life at the moment.”
“And to the fullest,” added Myriam Marquez, another participant in the walk and an active Alzheimer’s advocate.
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services and ways to get involved, please contact the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit them online at www.alzwa.org.
Shelby Ehlert is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.
Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association of Washington, greenwood senior center, memory loss, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, woodland park zoo