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
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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June 26th, 2013 by Doree
Thousands of car lovers will pack Greenwood Avenue on Saturday for the 21st annual Greenwood Car Show. Classic, antique and modern cars from every decade will be parked along a 1-1/2-mile long stretch from North 67th to North 90th streets. (That also means the road will be closed to other cars from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., but east-west traffic can still use North 80th and 85th streets. Also, Metro Route 5 will be rerouted. Click here for alternate route information.)
Cars will start rumbling into place at 6 a.m., and the show opens to the public at 8 a.m. Live music starts at 10 a.m. Awards in various categories will be presented at 3 p.m.; the show officially ends at 4 p.m. But it will take a few more hours for all the cars to drive away.
Sponsored by the Greenwood Knights car club, the Car Show is free to attend. Car registration fees will benefit local charities.
The Greenwood Senior Center will host a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at 525 N. 85th St. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family.
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts its 4th Annual Beer Can Derby in the street. The entry fee is five non-perishable food items for the Greenwood Food Bank. Naked City will give brewery prizes to the contestant or spectator who donates the most food.
The stylists from Frederick’s Beauty Salon will once again glam up in retro style to go out and collect donations and sell calendars with photos of cars from last year’s Car Show to raise money for the National MS Society.
Photo courtesy of Frederick’s Beauty Salon.
Calendars are sold year-round at Frederick’s Salon, 8524 Greenwood Ave. N.
And Volunteers of America will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Greenwood Food Bank. Donation barrels will be in the following locations:
- Car Show check-in area — 71st & Greenwood Avenue North
- Ken’s Market — 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Prost — 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Greenwood Knights Car Show booth — 77th & Greenwood Avenue North
- Car Show Main Stage — 79th & Greenwood Avenue North
- Bleacher’s Pub — 8818 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Chocolati — 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Green Bean — 8533 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Walgreens — 8701 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Safeway — 8704 Greenwood Ave. N.
- Greenwood Fred Meyer
- Fist Full of Metal Tattoo — 125 NW 85th St. (85th & Palatine)
Tags: Frederick's Beauty Salon, Greenwood Car Show, greenwood senior center, Naked City Brewery
June 10th, 2013 by Doree
The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., continues to expand its services for those dealing with memory loss, including a new four-week series and a documentary screening.
“Re-ignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play” runs from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesdays, from June 12 – July 3. Cost is $10 for PNA Members, $15 for non-members for the series. There is no charge for care partners. Call 206-297-0875 to register.
This four week class uses improvisation and theatre games to tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss (ESML) and their care partners. Improv participants engage fully in the present, making improvisation a perfect theatre class for students living with memory loss. There is no memory requirement, just a delight of participating in a creative experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment. The class, taught by theatre professionals from Taproot Theatre, promises an hour where participants find success as they learn new things, interact socially and live creatively in the moment.
Care partners are encouraged to attend, but it’s not mandatory, as this class can add a wonderful new dimension to daily life. This program is subsidized by the Washington Health Foundation.
The newly-released documentary “The Penelope Project” will be screened at the GSC at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, as a benefit for creative programming for people living with dementia. The event starts at 4 p.m. with a “happy half-hour,” followed by the one-hour movie at 4:30 p.m. and a discussion with experts in our community on creative engagement in aging services.
Cost is $10; all proceeds will benefit the Greenwood Senior Center and Elderwise. Make a reservation online, or call 206-297-0875.
What is the Penelope Project? Using the story of Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey, a team of staff, residents, artists, and students engaged an entire long term care community in Wisconsin in creativity and learning. Everyone was welcome. Discussion groups, movement exercises, visual art, stories, and music all emerged from this multi-year project that culminated in the performance of FINDING PENELOPE, a professionally-produced play staged inside the care facility. Over 400 people attended the performances. Here is a link to a small clip from the film.
There is work being done in the greater Seattle community to bring a bold, optimistic, innovative and creative approach and vision to programs for people living with dementia and other chronic diseases in and out of long term care facilities. This documentary will highlight this exceptional experiment and be an inspiration for more opportunity and collaborations.
The Greenwood Senior Center is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association and in the last three years has created and added creative programming for people living with dementia. Elderwise is a daily program that recognizes and nurtures the value and wholeness of older adults, regardless of their cognitive or physical ability, and using art techniques meets their need to experience life deeply in the present.
Tags: greenwood senior center, memory loss