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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. Dec 7, Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1; 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. Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15. 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. Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21. 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. Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7; 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. Dec 20*, Jan 17 or 24, Feb 21 or 28, Mar 21 or 28, 10:30am-12pm. *Note schedule change: both groups meet, starting at 10am.

 

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. Dec 7 & 21, Jan 4 & 18, Feb 1 & 15, Mar 1 & 15. 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. Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14; 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, Dec 6 & 20, 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, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 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 in the Taproot Theatre lot. Call Carin to learn more. Thank you to Aegis of Madison for their support of this event.

 

ESML Programs Benefit Concert
Saturday, Dec 17, 2-4 pm. $10 suggested donation. Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall.
The OK Chorale and the GSC’s own All Present: A Song Circle (an ESML-friendly community choir) will be singing a collection of holiday and winter favorites, guaranteed to put you in a festive mood! All proceeds will benefit our early stage memory loss programs. Feel free to bring cookies to share with others, and bring your appetite!

 

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, Jan 26-Mar 9. 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.

Living With Alzheimers: The Reddington Project
Thursdays, Jan 12 & 19. 10:30am – 12pm. Free.
In the small town of Twisp, courageous resident Don Reddington wrote a powerful ongoing series about his life with Alzheimer's for the Methow Valley News. Eight of these articles were published together in one magazine-style publication. We have 15 copies of this collection to lend, and it can also be read online (or purchased in hardcopy for $5 shipping and handling) at methowvalleynews.com. We would like to offer an opportunity to discuss these articles as a community. Please read them and join Erika Merz, Gathering Place Facilitator and Carin Mack, Memory Loss Program Director as we share highlights from one man's journey and explore the insights they can offer us.

 

Yoga for Mood, Mind and Memory
Fri, Jan 13-Mar 3. 11am-12pm. Series: $40 PNA Members/$60 Non-Members. Care partners attend free.
Join instructor Carrie Smith, MSW for an hour of yoga and meditation specifically tailored for the needs of those with memory loss. Recent studies have shown that the practice of yoga in concert with meditation, can be connected to improvement in brain activity, mood, anxiety and coping skills. Chair or floor options available. Please wear comfortable clothing. Register at 206.297.0875.