About the PNA’s Support Groups
Are you caring for a parent at home? Looking for support for a loved one living with dementia? 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.
We offer individual counseling options both via Phone and Online.
Kristen Oshyn, MSW
Lisa Bakke, M.A., GMHS
Lisa Bakke, M.A., GMHS provides free short term supportive counseling. To make an appointment, email Lisa directly at gro.r1707222720etnec1707222720yenni1707222720hp@ba1707222720sil1707222720 or call her at 425.416.0641.
Living with Memory Loss Support Groups
*New* Living Independently with Memory Loss
2nd Wednesdays, 10:30 am-12 pm. GSC & Online. Free.
If you have diagnosed memory loss and are managing life alone, join us for a facilitated conversation of shared concerns and resources. RSVP to Kristen Oshyn: gro.r1707222720etnec1707222720yenni1707222720hp@on1707222720etsir1707222720k1707222720.
Early-Stage Memory Loss
1st & 3rd Monday of the month, 10:30 am-12 pm.
For those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early-stage memory loss (ESML). Support group meets each month to discuss coping, communication, and other areas of concern. Screening with Kristen required before participation. Call 206.297.0875 for details.
Caregiving Support Groups
Senior Parents of Adult Children with Mental Illness
2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:15 am-12 pm.
Explores resources, education and coping skills related to mental illness, alcohol and addiction problems. Contact Lisa for details: gro.r1707222720etnec1707222720yenni1707222720hp@ba1707222720sil1707222720.
Advanced Dementia Spousal Caregiver Support Group
3rd Wednesday of the month, 1-3 pm.
Support and resources for spousal caregivers of those with advanced dementia, either at home or in a facility.
ESML Caregiver Support Group: Spouses
3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:30 am-12 pm.
Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with early-stage memory loss. New participants must contact Kristen before attending: 206.297.0875.
Mid-Stage Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group: Spouses
4th Tuesday of the month, 10:30 am-12 pm.
Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with mid stage memory loss. New participants must contact Kristen before attending: 206.297.0875.
Adult Daughters Caring for their Mothers
1st Wednesday of the month, 3-4:30 pm.
Address mother-daughter relationship issues which are unique to this caregiving role. This group is open to all women who are in-volved in providing support for their mothers in their homes, in facilities or long distance. Contact Lisa for details:
Health & Wellness Support Groups
Spousal Loss Group
Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15 pm. Free.
Have you lost a spouse? Widowed Information and Consultation Services can help. The mission of the Widowed Information and Consultation Services is to provide a supportive environment and practical assistance to widows and widowers during their adjustment to the loss of a spouse by death and into their lives as a single person. For more information, call Robin Thomas: 206.234.4647.
Social Connection Groups
Backup Plan for Solo Aging Group
A growing portion of the 50+ population is composed of “solos.” These are individuals who cannot or choose not to rely on family to help them navigate life events and make health decisions. The group helps solos plan for and manage health and well-being decisions and events—both large and small—during the second half of life. Participants work with each other to create a personal ‘backup plan’ to make sure they have help and support when they need it. The Backup Plan concept was designed by Linda Camp, an independent consultant and researcher.
To obtain details regarding the group starting on September 27, 2023 or to be added to a waitlist for future groups, please contact Teresa Tam at gro.retnecyennihp@taseret or 206.531.0061.
Forest Therapy Guided Walks
Forest Therapy is immersion into nature that invites you to connect with the environment through all five senses. Benefits include a reduction in stress levels and blood pressure and an increase in calm and connection. $5-25 suggested donation per person. Stay tuned for upcoming dates.
Tech Support Group
Technology can help maintain and enhance social connections with peers, family, friends, and caregivers. But what if technology scares or frustrates you? The new GSC Tech Support Group is here to help! The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2:30 pm in person at the GSC unless otherwise specified.
The first hour will cover a tech topic, followed by a half hour to get additional support from your peers and facilitators. If more assistance on the topic is needed, participants can make a follow-up 1×1 tech mentoring appointment.
Please RSVP for each session separately by contacting the GSC at 206-297-0875.
Interested in meeting others in your community and making new friends? Speed Friending is a fun and fast paced way to meet new people in a way that dissolves awkward social barriers. To be added to a waitlist for future events, email Teresa Tam at gro.retnecyennihp@taseret.