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Volunteers needed for Phinney Center’s Hot Meal Program

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 leannec@phinneycenter.org or 206-783-2244.

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‘Momentia! The New Dementia Story’ tonight at Taproot, presented by Greenwood Senior Center

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 lindseyi@fulllifecare.org, 206-224-3764.

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Successful Home Sharing series at Greenwood Senior Center

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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Free tax help at Greenwood & Ballard senior centers, Broadview & Ballard libraries

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.

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Greenwood Senior Center costume jewelry sale today until 3 p.m.

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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Memory loss brings them together, but the memories keep them coming back

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.”

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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.

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Homemade pies for the holidays from Greenwood Senior Center

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.

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‘Dear Alzheimer’s’ author reading and book signing Friday afternoon

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.

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Mayoral town hall meeting at Greenwood Senior Center on Monday

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.

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Greenwood Senior Center one of 9 to receive extra city funds

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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Greenwood Senior Center hosts ‘Power of Community’ fundraising breakfast

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.

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Northwest District Council meets Wednesday to discuss neighborhood projects, city council districts, traffic improvements

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

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