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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 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2; 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 Sep 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16; 1:30-3pm.

 

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. Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8; 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. Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 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. Respite available. Meets at GSC on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of each month. New participants must contact Carin for schedule details. Sep 15 or 22, Oct 20 or 27, Nov 17 or 24. 10:30am-noon.

 

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 2 & 16, Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2; 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 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 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.
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.

 

 

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.


Camp Momentia
Camp Long in West Seattle, Van transportation provided from north and south Seattle
Saturday, Sep 19. 10am-3pm. $15 per person, including lunch (one care partner welcome free of charge).
Enjoy a day of exploration, creativity and community! Guided nature tours, art-making, BBQ, s’mores, sing-along, and more. Family and friends welcome. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, contact Cayce Cheairs by Friday, Sep 11: 206.615.0100. A partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.


The Alzheimer’s Café At Stage Door Café
2nd Tuesdays, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, 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 for People with Early Stage Memory Loss
Thursdays, Oct 15-Dec 3. 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. Songs sheets will be provided. You just take a deep breath. Register at 206.297.0875.


Sheltering the Self and Others: Exploring the Caregiver Experience Through Writing
Tuesdays, Oct 6-27. 1-3pm. $25 PNA Members/$40 Public
This series will examine how language can provide an outlet for self-expression and create an emotional shelter for memory loss caregivers. The class will use poems, essays and other writings to facilitate discussion and become a starting point for in-class writing exercises. Instructor Esther Altshul Helfgott is a nonfiction writer and poet. She is the author of the blog “Witnessing Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s View,” and the books "Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems” and “Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s.” www.estherhelfgott.com. Register at 206.297.0875.


Meeting Future Needs Community Forum
Monday, Nov 2. 1:30-4pm. Phinney Center, Blue Bldg.
Help us envision a new community memory loss program in the northend.    A collaboration between Elderwise and the Greenwood Senior Center.
Open to persons with memory loss and care partners.  For further information: caycec@phinneycenter.org, or call  206-297-0875.

 

Songwriting Works at the Greenwood Senior Center
Tuesdays, Nov 17 & 24. 1-3pm. $20 PNA Members/$35 Public
Join us for a creative 2-session workshop with Songwriting Works. Learn fun, musical ways to increase brain power and joy. Sing together and write a song together with professional musicians through an inclusive, empowering and fail-safe process, where everyone’s voice counts. After workshop, there will be a celebration of the music created. No experience necessary. Intended for those living with memory loss and care partners. For more information on Songwriting Works: www.songwritingworks.org. Register at 206.297.0875.