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.
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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.
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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
November 5th, 2013 by Doree
Once again the folks at the Greenwood Senior Center are baking up Thanksgiving pies for sale. Choose from pumpkin, pecan, or Dutch apple cider for $12. Call 206-297-0875 to reserve yours by Nov. 20. Pick up is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 25-27 at the senior center at 525 N. 85th St.
Tags: greenwood senior center, holidays, pies
October 17th, 2013 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center presents “Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems” reading and book signing from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday at 525 N. 85th St. In the book, poet and author Esther Alshul Helfgott chronicles her last years caring for her husband as his Alzheimer’s disease progressed. Books will be available for sale.
Please RSVP at 206-297-0875.
Tags: Alzheimer's, greenwood senior center, memory loss
October 10th, 2013 by Doree
Mayor Mike McGinn will visit the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 12-1:30 p.m. Monday to answer questions about his first term in office and his plans for a second term if he wins in November. According to the GSC, challenger Sen. Ed Murray had originally planned to attend but subsequently decided not to.
Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Guests may bring their own sack lunch.
Tags: Ed Murray, greenwood senior center, Mayor Mike McGinn, politics
September 12th, 2013 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center is one of nine senior centers to receive additional from the City of Seattle next year. The money is intended to make up for federal and state cuts to senior programs. Greenwood will receive an extra $20,000.
The city currently provides a total of $614,141 per year to the senior centers, including Ballard and Wallingford.
Senior centers are community drop-in centers providing activities that focus on meeting the social, health, educational, and recreational needs of older adults. Senior centers offer a range of services and resources including health screening, health promotion activities, social work services, social activities, and meals. Each of these centers creates programming around the unique needs of its neighborhood and target population.
In 2012, the nine senior centers served more than 14,000 Seattle residents with very limited resources.
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September 10th, 2013 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting its annual fundraising breakfast, “The Power of Community,” from 7-8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 525 N. 85th St.
Keynote speaker is Denise Klein, CEO of Senior Services, who will discuss “The Future of Aging and Aging Support.”
The breakfast is free to attend but there will be an opportunity to donate to support senior programs in our neighborhood. You can RSVP here, or make an online donation if you can’t attend.
Tags: fundraising, greenwood senior center
August 23rd, 2013 by Doree
The Northwest District Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
On the agenda:
- Updates on Neighborhood Matching Fund projects, community special event grants, Waste Management’s grants to neighborhood projects, and Neighborhood Street Fund proposals
- Debate on City of Seattle Proposed Charter Amendment #19, on a proposal to create districts to elect seven of the nine City Council members: Yes – Faye Garneau, “Districts Now”; No – Marjorie Rhodes, “Choices Not Districts”
- Green Lake Way traffic safety improvements, Brian Dougherty, Seattle Department of Transportation
Tags: greenwood senior center, Northwest District Council, Seattle City Council, seattle department of transportation
August 13th, 2013 by Doree
The annual Gumshoe scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood raised a total $5,100, which will be divided equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank.
Gumshoe Guy Mike Veitenhans says a record 205 completed entry forms were turned in this year.
Drawing winners are:
- Jenna Smith – $250 Fred Meyer gift card
- Kyle Halmrast – $150 Fred Meyer gift card
- David Austin – $100 Fred Meyer gift card
- Janet Sawyer – $75 gift card to the Phinney Market Pub & Eatery and a day at the Woodland Park Zoo with a special behind the scenes tour for two adults and two kids
- Angela Galbadini – $75 gift card to The Olive and Grape and tickets for two to Taproot Theatre
- Celina Darnell — $225 in gift cards to nine PhinneyWood restaurants for the Eatsy Street Game
- Leslie Basel — $135 in gift cards to nine PhinneyWood shops for the GumShop Game
Tags: Greenwood Elementary School PTA, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center, gumshoe
August 12th, 2013 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center will celebrate the second anniversary of its popular Alzheimer’s Cafe, a monthly meeting for those with memory loss and their caregivers to socialize in a safe, nonjudgmental place.
The celebration is at Ampersand Pantry & Cafe, 424 N. 85th St., from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13.
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