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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 or call 206.230.0166. Carin also facilitates the following free support groups. Donations to the GSC for Carin's services are appreciated.


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. Mar. 5, April 2, May 7, Jun 4; 4-5:30pm.


Alzheimer's Caregivers
Support and resources for family caregivers of those living with dementia. Meets at University Congregational Church: 4515 16th Ave NE. Meets Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr 3 & 17, May 7 & 21, Jun 4 & 18; 1:30-3pm. A partnership with:


Parkinson's Partners
Provides education, resources and coping skills to family members and caregivers of those living with Parkinson's disease. Meets at GSC the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10; 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. Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3; 10:30am-noon. A partnership with:


ESML Caregiver Support Group: Adult Children
Monthly group for any adult child who is a caregiver of someone with early stage memory loss. No respite available. Meets at GSC on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Apr 15, May 20, Jun 18; 9:15-10:30am. A partnership with:


ESML Caregiver Support Group: Spouses
Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with early stage memory loss. Respite available. Meets at GSC on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Apr 15, May 20, Jun 18; 10:30am-noon. A partnership with:


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. Apr 2 & 16, May 7 & 21, Jun 4 & 18; 11am-noon.


Loving Someone Who Has Dementia
This support group is open to family members caring for a loved one with dementia. Prerequisite: must read the book by Pauline Boss to attend group. Call Carin to learn the chapter being discussed. Meets at GSC. Apr 7, May 5, June 2, 1:30-2:30 pm.* *NOTE: Time change.


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. Mar. 11 (special talk: Siblings), Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10; 10am-noon.


Women's Friendship Group: Ourselves Growing Older
In this group with Carin Mack and Ruth McCormick, we will explore our aging in an open and personal way. This ongoing discussion group is for women only, Mar 26; 1-2:30 pm.


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.


Writing The Caregiver's Story
Thursdays, Apr 3-24, 10 am-12 pm. $30 PNA Members/ $45 Public.
Keeping a written account of your caregiving experience can help you remember the ups, as well as the downs, of caregiving. It can help you focus, refine your thoughts, counter isolation and loneliness, while also helping you to develop creative writing skills. The instructor will help you record your caregiving story via in-class writing exercises and discussion. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Instructor Esther Altshul Helfgott is a nonfiction writer and poet. Her work on caregiving appears in "Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease," Journal of Poetry Therapy, FragLit & elsewhere. She is the author of the blog "Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View" (2008-2012) and the book "Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary & Poems." This program is sponsored by the Washington Health Foundation. Register at 206.297.0875.

Powerful Tools For Caregivers
Thursdays, May 1-Jun 5, 9:30 am-12 pm. Free.
This six-week evidence-based course is for family caregivers. The curriculum provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. Registration required. Class limit of 13 participants. The Caregiver Helpbook will be available for purchase. Register at 206.297.0875


Hoarding Support Group
3rd Thursdays, 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.


Weight Loss Support Group
2nd Wednesdays, Mar 12*, May 14, Jun 11, Ongoing, 2:30-4pm. Free.
Join Christine Davidson, registered dietician from Neighborcare Health, for this monthly group supporting participants in losing weight and keeping it off. Topics include meal planning, healthy snack ideas, tips to boost metabolism and how to build exercise into your routine. Call 206.548.2940 if you have questions about this group. *No April meeting.


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, Ongoing, 1-4pm. $35/session.
An early stage memory loss program (ESML) that includes exercise, movement, discussion, creative expression and social connection. This is a warm and inviting place for those living with ESML and provides some respite care for caregivers. There is no drop-in availability, and pre-screening with Carin Mack is required. Contact Carin at 206.230.0166.

The Alzheimer's Café At Ampersand Pantry & Café
Ampersand Pantry & Café, 424 N 85th St
2nd Tuesdays, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, 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 at the Greenwood Senior Center. Call Carin at 206.230.0166 to learn more. Thank you to Aegis of Madison for their support of this event.


Special Alzheimer's Café Dinner At Tutta Bella in Wallingford
Tutta Bella, 4411 Stone Way N.
Tuesday, Feb 18 and Jun 10. No cost beyond food ordered.
A special evening Café event for people with Alzheimer's and their care partners. Come expecting a festive dinner in a safe, supported environment. Call Carin at 206.230.0166 to learn more. Thank you to Aegis of Madison for their support of this event.


ESML Zoo Walk
Mondays, 9:30-11:15am. Free. Woodland Park Zoo.
Gentle to moderately paced one-mile walk with a zoo docent, 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, Mar 20 – Apr 24, 10:30 am-12 pm. $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. Songs sheets will be provided. You just take a deep breath. Register at 206.297.0875.


ESML Talent Show / Open Mike!
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE
Saturday, Apr 26, 2-4 pm. $2 suggested donation
Celebrate our talents as a community of people living with memory loss, and enjoy the debut of the Greenwood Senior Center memory loss chorus! Come to watch, or sign up to perform a song, poem, dance or more, as an individual or group (amateurs welcome). Invite your family and friends. Artwork can also be displayed. We provide coffee; bring a treat to share. Space is limited, register by 4/19 by calling Mari Becker, 206-684-4664,