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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. Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3; 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. Jun 15, Jul 13*, Aug 10*; 1:30-3pm. *Note date change.

 

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. Jun 14*, Jul 19, No August meeting; 1-2:30pm. *Note date change.

 

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. Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2; 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. Jun 28*, Jul 19*, Aug 30*. Summer hours: 10am-noon. *Note date and time change.

 

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. Jun 1 & 15 Jul 6, Aug 3. 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.

Jun 14, Jul 12, Aug 9; 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.
Gretchen Glass, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist from the Community Psychiatric Clinic, is the facilitator for this Hoarding Support Group. 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 253.444.8469.

 

Fraying at the Edges: NY Times Article Discussion
Thursdays June 9 & 16, 10:30 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
On Sunday, May 1 the NYT provided a ground breaking journalistic offering of a women’s experience with memory Loss.  This full section piece follows a 69 year old retired nurse as she and her family witness and absorb the changes in her brain and her life. Join Mari Becker from the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center and social worker Carin Mack as we use the article to explore and highlight issues and opportunities. This discussion will be appropriate for those living with early stage memory loss and their families and friends. Please read through the article before the first meeting. RSVP at 206.297.0875.

 

Grief Support Group: Spousal Loss
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, Jun 8. Ongoing, 3-4:30pm. Free.
Our drop-in group is for people 55 and older who have lost a spouse or long-term partner in the past year. Our experienced facilitators are licensed therapists who will provide information about common grief reactions and ideas for self-care. As a group we’ll create a safe place where you can honor the love and joy you shared with your spouse and talk about whatever difficulties you’re experiencing as a result of your loss. Please email patti@oneowlcounseling.com or call 206.226.7943 if you are interested in attending the group.


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
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*, Jun 13, Jul 11, Aug 8, 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. *Note day change.

 

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 for People with Early Stage Memory Loss
Thursdays, Jul 7-Aug 25. 10:30am – 12pm. $40 PNA members/ $60 Public
All you need to remember is that singing comes from the heart. Bring your voice and join others who like to sing. We’ll sing familiar standards, songs from musicals, rounds hymns, songs from childhood. Song sheets will be provided. You just take a deep breath. Register at 206.297.0875.