Greenwood Senior Center : Support Groups and Counseling

Are you caring for a parent at home? Looking for support for a loved one living with dementia or Parkinson’s? Managing early stage memory loss, or caring for someone who is? Our support groups and individual counseling are available to you at low or no cost.

Individual Counseling

Carin Mack, MSW provides free individual counseling at the Greenwood Senior Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, email Carin directly at [email protected] or call her at 206.230.0166.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Free. 

Support Groups

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 GSC the 1st Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30 pm.

Advanced Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group

Support and resources for family caregivers of those living with advanced dementia, either at home or in a facility.
Meets at GSC 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1:30-3:00 pm

Parkinson’s Spouses

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, 1-2:30 pm.

Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML)

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.
Meets at GSC 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:30 am-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 Tuesday of each month. 10 am-12 pm.

Mid-Stage Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group: Spouses

Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with mid-stage memory loss.
Meets at GSC on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 10:30 am-12:30 pm.

Living Alone Support Group

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, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. 11 am-noon.

Diabetes Support Group

Review and discuss topics around diabetes self-management (with a focus on Type 2 diabetes), and get your questions answered about nutrition and lifestyle factors that can affect health outcomes. Led by Christy Goff, MS RDN, Pacific Medical Center.
Meets at GSC,  2nd Fridays, 11 am-12 pm. Free. RSVP: 206.297.0875

Senior Parents 0f Adult Children With Mental Illness

Explore resources, education and coping skills related to mental illness, alcohol and addiction problems.
Meets at Crown Hill United Methodist Church, 8500 14th Ave NW. Second Tuesdays, 10 am-noon.

Special Partnerships

Hoarding Support Group

Support for loved ones affected by hoarders provided from 6-7 pm, followed by a support group for those who are struggling to overcome their own hoarding behaviors from 7-8 pm. All are welcome to attend regardless ability to pay. RSVP is suggested, but not required by phone at 253-642-6108 or visit thehoardingproject.org.
Meets at GSC 3rd Tuesdays, ongoing, 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm. $10 suggested donation.

Diabetes Support Group

Christy Goff, MS RDN, Pacific Medical Center, reviews and discusses topics around diabetes self-management (with a focus on Type 2 diabetes), and answers questions about nutrition and lifestyle factors that can affect health outcomes. RSVP: 206.297.0875. Meets at GSC 2nd Fridays, ongoing after Oct 12, 11am-12pm.

Grief and Loss Group

This six-week group is for those who have recently experienced the death of their partner or spouse. This group is intended to find ways not to “get over” your grief, but to integrate it into your life – to live with grief and to continue with compassion, community and resiliency. Carrie Pope is a clinical social worker with a private practice in Fremont. Register at 206.297.0875. Meets at GSC Thursdays, Oct 4-Nov 15 (No group Nov 1), 10-11:30am.

On Our Own: A Support Group for People Living Alone

Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director of the Northwest Center for Creative Aging, leads this new group of older adults who live alone. Join us to explore and share the challenges and surprises of solo living. We will learn together and redefine what it means to be on our own! RSVP: 206.297.0875. Meets at GSC 2nd Wednesdays, Ongoing, 7-8pm.

Long Distance Caregiving

This monthly support group will provide the opportunity to learn about resources and to discuss the challenges of long distance caregiving. Participants will share difficult feelings and concerns and talk through ways of coping with them. Self-care, setting boundaries and sharing the care with other family members will be discussed. Facilitated by Lisa Bakke, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist, the Family Caregiver Support Coordinator at Jewish Family Service. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle and heartily enjoys teaching and facilitating support groups of various kinds. Her own journey loving and losing her mom to Alzheimer’s informs and guides the works she does with family caregivers throughout King County. Meets at GSC 3rd Mondays, Ongoing, 7-8:30pm.