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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. Apr 1, May 6, Jun 17; 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 Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, Jun 17; 1:30-3pm. A partnership with:
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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 14, May 12, Jun 19; 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 7, May 5, Jun 2; 10:30am-noon. A partnership with:
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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 23, May 19, Jun 16; 10:30am-noon. A partnership with:
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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. Mar 18, Apr 1 & 15, May 6 & 20, Jun 3 & 17; 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. Apr 14, May 12, Jun 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.on.
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, ongoing, 1-4pm. $35/session.
AThe 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.


ESML Book Discussion Group
Greenwood Library 8016 Greenwood Ave N
1st Mondays, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1,10:30 am-12 pm. Free.
Join us for this special monthly group designed for individuals with early stage memory loss. Each session, we will read and discuss in the group a variety of pieces; short stories, essays and poems. No need to read anything ahead of time. Come enjoy the written word and the views of others. Call or email Carin with questions: 206.297.0875, socialwkr@comcast.net.

 

Special Alzheimer's Café Dinner At Tutta Bella in Wallingford
Tutta Bella, 4411 Stone Way N.
Tuesday, May 5. 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, 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.

 

The Alzheimer’s Café At Stage Door Café
Stage Door Café 208 N 85th St. Parking available in lot behind Taproot Theater.
2nd Tuesdays, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9, 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.

 

 

ESML Improv Class: Re-Ignite The Mind With Improvisation & Play
Mondays, 2-3 pm, Apr 20 – May 11. $10/PNA Members & $15/Non-Members for series, No charge for caregivers.

This four week class uses improvisation and theatre games to tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss (ESML) and their care partners.  Improv participants engage fully in the present, making improvisation a perfect theatre class for students with ESML.  There is no memory requirement, just the delight of participating in a creative experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment.  The class, taught by theatre professionals from Taproot Theatre, promises an hour where participants find success as they learn new things, interact socially and live creatively in the moment. *Highly recommended for both care partners and those experiencing ESML to attend as class exercises can add a wonderful new dimension to daily life.

 

 

All Present: A Song Circle For People With Early Stage Memory Loss
Thursdays, Apr 9 - May 28. 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.