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525 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

206.297.0875
gsc@phinneycenter.org

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Support Groups

 

Social worker Carin Mack provides individual counseling at GSC on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. To make an appointment, email socialwkr@comcast.net or call 206.230.0166. Carin also facilitates the following free support groups. Donations to the GSC for Carin's services are appreciated.

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Adult Daughters Caring for their Mothers
Address mother-daughter relationship issues which are unique to this caregiving role. This group is open to all women who are involved in providing support for their mothers in their homes, in facilities or long distance. Facilitated by Carin Mack, MSW, and Jane B.G. Tornatore, Ph. D. Meets at the GSC the 1st Wednesday of each month. Sep 1, Oct 5, Nov 2; 4-5:30pm.

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers at the Greenwood Senior Center
Support and resources for family caregivers of those living with dementia. Please note that this program has moved from its previous location, to our building. Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month. Sep 21, Oct 19, Nov 16. 1:30-3pm.

 

Parkinson’s Caregivers
Provides education, resources and coping skills to family members and caregivers of those living with Parkinson’s disease. Meets at GSC the 3rd Tuesday of each month, starting 2016. Sep 20, Oct 18, Nov 15. 1-2:30pm.

 

Early Stage Memory Loss
For those diagnosed with mild memory loss issues. Support group meets 1st Tuesday of each month to discuss coping, communication and other areas of concern. Screening with Carin required before participation. Call 206.230.0166 for details. First Tuesday of the month. Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1; 10:30am-noon.

 

ESML Caregiver Support Group: Spouses
Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with early stage memory loss. Meets at GSC on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of each month. New participants must contact Carin for schedule details. Sep 20 or 27, Oct 18 or 25, Nov 15 or 22.

 

Living Alone
After the age of 65, many older adults are living alone. New challenges and issues can arise that we may be uncertain how to handle. Come to share experiences and thoughts. Meets at GSC. Sep 7 & 21, Oct 5 & 19, Nov 2 & 16. 11am-noon.

 

Senior Parents Of Adult Children With Mental Illness
Explores resources, education and coping skills related to mental illness, alcohol and addiction problems. Meets at Crown Hill United Methodist Church, 8500 14th Ave NW.

Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8; 10am-noon.

  

Special Offerings

 

All programs are held at the GSC, 525 N 85th St, unless otherwise noted. For details, call the GSC at 206.297.0875.

 

Hoarding Support Group
3rd Tuesdays, Ongoing, 6-7pm or 7-8pm. $10 suggested donation.
Support for loved ones affected by hoarders provided from 6-7pm, followed by a support group for those who are struggling to overcome their own hoarding behaviors from 7-8pm. All are welcome to attend regardless of payment. RSVP is suggested but not required by phone at 253-642-6108 or visit http://thehoardingproject.org/.

Spouse Loss Drop-In Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Sep 6 & 20, Oct 4 & 18, Nov 1 & 15, Dec 6 & 20. Ongoing, 3-4:30pm. Free.
Few events in life are as difficult as the death of a spouse or long-term partner. Our drop-in group is for people 55 and older who have lost a spouse or long-term partner in the past year. We’ll create a safe place where you can honor the love you shared with your spouse and talk about whatever difficulties you’re experiencing as a result of your loss. Our goal is to help you move through the process of grieving with gentle awareness and self-compassion. Please email patti@oneowlcounseling.com or call 206.226.7943 to register.

 

Memory Loss Programs

 

All programs are held at the GSC, 525 N 85th St, unless otherwise noted. For details, call the GSC at 206.297.0875.

 

The Gathering Place
Tuesdays or Thursdays, 1-4pm. $35/session – some scholarships available.
The Gathering Place is an early stage memory loss program for people living with Alzheimer’s, Mild Cognitive Impairment or other kinds of diagnosed memory disorders that impact their daily living. This program fosters a strong sense of community while providing cognitive stimulation, exercise, cultural enrichment and discussion. The Gathering Place runs on a quarter system but new members can be added throughout the year. There is no drop-in availability. Pre-screening is required. Call Carin Mack, MSW with any questions or to make an appointment.


The Alzheimer’s Café At Stage Door Café

Stage Door Café, 208 N 85th St. (Next to Taproot Theatre)
2nd Mondays, Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 , 3:30-5pm. Free + your café order.
This Café provides an opportunity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners to get out and socialize in a safe environment. Parking is available in the Taproot Theatre lot. Call Carin to learn more. Thank you to Aegis of Madison for their support of this event.

 

ESML Zoo Walk
Mondays, 9:30-11:15am, Wednesdays 10-11:30am. Free. Woodland Park Zoo
Gentle to moderately paced one-mile walk, followed by a social gathering in the zoo café. Flat, paved surfaces. For those living with Early Stage Memory Loss; care partners welcome. Pre-registration is required by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 206.529.3868. A partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and Seattle Parks and Recreation.


All Present: A Song Circle
Thursdays, Oct 13-Dec 15. 10:30am – 12pm. $40 PNA members/ $60 Public
A chorus for people with memory loss, and community members who love to sing. Song sheets will be provided. Register at 206.297.0875.

Friendship in the Face of Dementia: the Difficulties and the Surprising Joys
Wed, Oct 5. 1-2:30pm. Free.
When a friend exhibits changes due to dementia, what is that experience like for people? What factors make it difficult, or make it easier, to keep up friendships after the onset of dementia? How do changing relationships with friends affect people with dementia and their families? Janelle Taylor, a cultural anthropologist on faculty at the University of Washington, has been exploring these questions through interviews with friends of individuals living with dementia. In this presentation, Dr. Taylor will speak to you about some of the insights, perspectives, and helpful suggestions that these people have shared with her.

 

Dementia Friendly Field Trip: Seattle Aquarium
Monday, Nov 7. 10am-2pm. $10, plus cost of your lunch. Meet at GSC.
Explore and learn about the rich diversity of life in Puget Sound at the region’s premier resource for hands-on marine experiences and conservation education. This field trip will include small group tours and hands-on learning opportunities. Followed by lunch together at the Aquarium Café. Van transportation from Greenwood Senior Center and Rainier CC. Space limited, register by 10/31. Contact Cayce Cheairs at Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 615-0100, cayce.cheairs@seattle.gov to register.