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Entries from July 2014

How a Walk at the Zoo can help People With Early Stage Memory Loss

July 31st, 2014 by master

Aug. 4, The Woodland Park Zoo and the Alzheimer’s Association have a great program aimed to help seniors suffering from Memory Loss.

For some, aging comes with a high price to pay; the loss of memory. It’s sometimes a slow transition and can be hard on not only the person loosing their memory, but also their close friends and family members.

Recently, I was in California helping to care for my own aging parent suffering from an illness and cognitive disfunction. It made me realize how important it is to reach out to the seniors in my life and make sure they are getting the proper care and support.Here are a few local programs that are available for just that reason:

MEMORY LOSS ZOO WALK

Starting on August 4th, for 10 consecutive weeks, the Woodland Park Zoo with sponsorship from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Greenwood Senior Center and Seattle Parks and Rec. is offering a program for seniors. The program takes place 9:30 – 11:00 am on Mondays and provides a chance for physical activity, cognitive stimulation, and social connection. The program is open to a set number of participants living with Early Stage Memory Loss and care partners. Registration is required.

OUT & ABOUT WALK

Invigorate body, brain, and spirit with 3-4 mile brisk walks in various parks and neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Varied terrain includes sidewalks and gravel paths, mostly level but expect some gentle to moderate hills. Each walk concludes with a social gathering in a nearby cafe. To determine if this is the right group for you or someone you care for, and to be added to the email list for current location information, contact Mari Becker, mari.becker@seattle.gov, (206) 684-4664. 2nd & 4th Fridays at 10:00 am. No charge.

WALLINGFORD COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER

From Delicious Meals and fitness classes to Senior Education Programs and Community Events, the WCSC has a ton of great opportunities for seniors.

4649 Sunnyside Ave N Suite 140 Seattle WA 98103 206-461-7825

In Addition

There are many resources on line to help support caregivers and seniors. It’s important to check in with your loved ones as they age and make sure they are getting the care that they need, i.e., getting exercise, eating healthy and understand their rights. Here are list of helpful links:

Senior Rights Assistance

Five wishes: Aging with Dignity

Senior Services

Seattle Senior Centers

If you know someone in need of help will dementia or Alzheimer’s, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

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Be The Change You Want To See: Crime Prevention Meeting July 24th

July 14th, 2014 by master

It’s Easy to Be  a Good Neighbor!

A Fremont / Wallingford Safety Meeting will be held on Thursday July 24th at 9am at History House (790 N. 34th St.)

There are many ways to be a good neighbor and help keep our neighborhood safe, clean and friendly. Some ideas include keeping front yards maintained, adding censored lighting to alleyways, getting to know your neighbors and local business owners and starting or being a part of  a Neighborhood Watch program.

If you are a concerned citizen,  there is a free and open public forum to discuss crime prevention in Fremont and Wallingford.

Guests include: Elizabeth Scott, City of Seattle Police, Crime Prevention Officer; Linda Clifton, FAWN & Fremont Neighborhood Council Board; John Nordstrand, Resilient Fremont and Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.

For more information contact:

Neighborhood Coordinator, Karen Ko,
karen.ko@seattle.gov phone 206.233.3732

For even more information check out some of these very helpful phone numbers and links:

The Find it, Fix it App for reporting issues
Report Graffiti – 206.684.7587
Abandoned Vehicles – 206.684.8763
Report Streetlights – 206.684.7056
City General Info – 206.684 – CITY (2489)
Seattle City Light – David Wernli 206.496.4532
City Calendarwww.Seattle.gov/parkingmap

Neighborhood Coordinator, Karen Ko,
karen.ko@seattle.gov phone 206 .233.3732

To report a crime, contact North Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator or SPD Sgt. Dianne Newsom.

Elizabeth Scott
North Precinct Community Coordinator
206/684-7711
iselizabeth.scott@seattle.gov.

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