Know the Difference Between Medicare & Medicaid

Monday — September 23, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Medicare and Medicaid are two health insurance programs run by the government. Despite their similar names, they differ in some key respects. Your usage of one, both, or neither of these programs could have a big impact on your retirement budget, so it pays to know how each works. With Heather Eacker of Eldercare Navigators.

Free. Advance registration appreciated.

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AARP Smart Driver Course

Thursday — September 26 & 27, 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This driver refresher course covers the current rules of the road and defensive driving techniques, and methods to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. Receive a certificate entitling you to a discount or discount extension on your auto insurance! You must attend both classes to receive your certificate.
With Joel Ferguson, AARP Driver Safety Instructor.

Bring your AARP membership number. $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to AARP. Advance registration required.

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“I’m so scared. I’ve never been homeless before”

Seniors are becoming homeless every day, and caseloads are rising for local social service providers who oftentimes must then begin difficult conversations. Michael, for example, was a working professional his whole life, but now at the age of 80 rent became more than his monthly income, eventually depleting his savings. Michael had always felt the safety and warmth of a roof over his head, and had the ability to pay bills on time. Not being able to pay rent meant losing shelter for himself and his belongings, and trying to sleep in “filthy” shelter spaces shared with people with severe mental health and substance issues. There are few or no transitional spaces for older adults who may have difficulty getting up from the low cots, sleeping in noisy unpredictable spaces, or showering within a 20-minute allotment. 

Seniors are often on fixed incomes, are no longer able to be employed, and once evicted often face 3-6 year wait lists for low-income or “affordable” housing. Due to rising rents, even the “affordable” options end with evictions. Adding to the complexity of this issue is the critical role that community and access to services plays in healthy outcomes for older adults. Further, once an eviction is on record, one’s chances of being eligible to rent are significantly diminished.

This is an issue that will face many as they age and incomes fail to keep up with the skyrocketing cost of living. We are sold the idea that if we work hard we’ll have enough when we are no longer working or able to work. 

Life unfolds in ways we do not anticipate.

Where is this headed???? We are going to explore more experiences of social service workers and the clients they help. AND we might even get crazy and talk about solutions.

Stay Tuned!

Disco Rainbow Bingo!

Saturday — November 16, 2019 11:00am to 2:00pm

To celebrate 40 years of serving seniors, we’re throwing it back to 1979! Boogie to the beat at our disco-themed Rainbow Bingo Brunch, hostessed by Sylvia O’Stayformore and friends! Wear your best 70s finery, and have a fabulous time enjoying food, booze, and playing bingo with us!

Your ticket gets you admission and the use of a dauber. Bring cash for bingo cards at $5 for ten games. We also have food and drink, raffle tickets, fun games, and more! Doors open at 11 am. You must be at least 21 to attend.

Thank you to our sponsors, Verity Credit Union and CarePartners Senior Living/With a Little Help: Homecare Associates. Thank you to our drink sponsors, Lagunitas and Pepsi, too!

Advance registration required. Tickets available online here!

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Tips To Sell Your Home

Friday — September 20, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Are you considering selling your home? Gain valuable insights! Topics include: understanding today’s Seattle market, preparing your home to receive top dollar, and tips on downsizing. With Jamie Flaxman, local Realtor with Coldwell Banker Bain. If someone associated with WCSC sells a home, Jamie and Coldwell Banker Bain will donate 10% of their commission to WCSC!.

Free. Advance registration appreciated.

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Celebrate Urban Birds

Thursday — September 19, 10:00am to 11:00am

Participate in scientific research while learning about local and migrant birds! Celebrate Urban Birds is a citizen science project developed and launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, focused on better understanding the value of green spaces for birds while connecting people of all backgrounds with the natural world.
Meet at WCSC, then we’ll head out to Meridian Park to do our research.
Facilitated by Victoria Dzenis, WCSC Program Manager.

Free. Advance registration appreciated.

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Movies with Scarecrow Video: Being There (1979)

Wednesday — September 18, 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Scarecrow Video, a local nonprofit film organization, brings a monthly film series to WCSC! Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by one of their resident film experts. Popcorn and drinks provided!

Through a series of happy chances, a simpleminded, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

$2 members, $4 public. Advance registration appreciated.

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PNNAG Fiber Art Show & Edmonds Exploration Outing

Detail of “Mother Of Us All” By Jennie Turner Of PNNAG

Monday — September 16, 2019 10:30am to 1:30pm

Ride the WCSC Van to the Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild’s 2019 Fiber Art Show at ArtWorks in Edmonds! Our neighbors at the Good Shepherd Center, PNNAG’s 2019 Fiber Art Show features fiber and mixed media art made by their members. After the exhibit, stroll the streets of Edmonds to have lunch and shop. Bring money for lunch, or bring your lunch with you. Art Show is free to the public. Van departs promptly at 10:30 AM.

$8 members / $10 public. Advance registration required.

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Money Smart For Older Adults

Monday — September 16, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Paul Robinson, Manager of the Fremont Branch of HomeStreet Bank, to learn how to prevent financial exploitation, guard against identity theft, plan for unexpected loss of the ability to manage your finances, prepare financially for disasters, and find other helpful resources on managing money and reporting financial exploitation.

Free. Advance registration required.

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