Events

Age Friendly Seattle Virtual Events

Age Friendly Seattle supports Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and his subsequent phased-in reopening plan, which has reduced the intensity of the COVID-19 outbreak. All Age Friendly Seattle events will occur virtually (live or recorded, but all online) until it is safe for older people and anyone with a compromised immune system to attend events in person.

Following is information about current special events, the Close to Home series, and our monthly Civic Coffee Hours. For information about past events, scroll down to Previous Events. 

Looking forward to the new year

In 2021, Close to Home shows will take place on the first Thursday of each month. Civic Coffee Hours will continue to be held on the third Thursday of each month (except December). And we welcome The Seattle Public Library as a co-sponsor of both programs in the new year.

Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech and Resilience

Age Friendly Seattle Close to Home"Close to Home: Stories of Health, Tech and Resilience" is a new series of online events presented by Age Friendly Seattle, featuring information and resources for older people, caregivers, and their families. In 2020, this series is scheduled on Thursday mornings on the first, second, and fourth Thursdays of each month (see Virtual Civic Coffee Hours, below). Presenters include government, nonprofit, and community representatives.

Streamed and recorded live via Microsoft Teams (log-in not required), videos are archived on Aging King County's YouTube channel (see the playlist or visit individual recordings linked below after events are completed). Live and recorded captioning is provided in English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

Close to Home presentations are typically 45 minutes in length, starting at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Visit our Virtual Events page for the current week's livestream link.

Next!

  • Close to Home: Sorting Fact From Fiction: Finding Truth in an Infodemic—12/3: Featuring Doug Shadel from AARP Washington and Jevin West from the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public. Learn how to spot misinformation and scams, where to go for the facts behind the claims, and what you can do to better navigate today's information overload. Facebook | YouTube video-recording (pending)

Coming up!

  • Close to Home—12/10: Featuring Jenna Holzberg and Teresa Cheung from the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), who will discuss their new Community Resource Helpline and also Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is looking to recruit 30–40 new participants for virtual job training with nonprofit organizations.

Note: There are no Age Friendly Live events during Thanksgiving week and the last two weeks of December. 

For information about Close to Home presentations, including participation instructions (online or on the phone), e-mail Lenny Orlov (Lenny.Orlov@seattle.gov) at least 24 hours in advance. Detailed instructions are also provided on Age Friendly Seattle's Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Virtual Civic Coffee Hours

Age Friendly Seattle steaming coffee cup logoAge Friendly Seattle's popular Civic Coffee Hours are held on the third Thursday of each month (except December). These events bring bring community elders closer to local government officials to explore topics of interest. Our guests learn about issues, programs, and services, and officials hear from the community. Presentations often include cutting edge information. A broad range of issues have been discussed over the years (see Previous Events, below). Virtual Civic Coffee Hours are one hour in length, starting at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Thank you to The Seattle Public Library for co-sponsoring Age Friendly Seattle Civic Coffee Hours!

Coming up!

  • Civic Coffee Hour featuring SPU director Mami Hara—11/19: Join us inwelcoming Mami Hara, General Manager of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which keeps our region clean, green, and healthy by delivering drinking water, drainage, wastewater, garbage, and recycling services. Mami will discuss the utility assistance programs available through SPU, the moratoria on fees,collection enforcement and service shut-offs, and other issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few minutes before the 10:30 event begins, visit bit.ly/AgeFriendlyLive and click on the blue button to join. No pre-registration or log-on is required. Facebook | YouTube video (pending)

AgeWise TV on the Seattle Channel

AgeWise TV programming on the Seattle Channel

AgeWise TV is a new series of programs designed for older people featured on the Seattle Channel (Channel 21 on Comcast). AgeWise TV first aired on June 25, 2020. AgeWise TV was the brainchild of Pike Market Senior Center staff and developed through community collaboration. Each one-hour program features lifelong learning and physical activities to help older viewers stay connected and stay healthy during the COVID quarantine. For the Seattle Channel viewing schedule, click here. To watch AgeWise episodes that have already been shown, visit the AgeWise TV homepage.

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Age Friendly Coalition for Seattle and King County

This countywide community-based Age Friendly Coalition (formerly "task force") supports implementation of Age Friendly Seattle and is available to assist suburban cities and communities in launching age-friendly initiatives. The coalition and its steering committee meet on alternate months, third Fridays. Four additional committees meet on their own schedules—Active Transportation & Outdoor Spaces; Housing; Outreach, Advocacy & Communications; and Social & Civic Participation.

Please join us! For more information, click here.

The Age Friendly Coalition and its committees are supported by the Age Friendly Seattle team. Questions? E-mail agefriendly@seattle.gov.

Previous Events

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For Lifelong Recreation events, see their current catalog.

For additional events, you can also visit the Citywide Event Calendar and individual department calendars.