Elderwise Moves to Trinity!

Elderwise began programming this year at Trinity Parish, where we are also moving our administrative office. We are so grateful to Trinity's Rector, The Rev. Jeffrey Shilling Gill, for his warm welcome of Elderwise into this community, which is both progressive and deeply rooted. Trinity offers Art for Everyone and supports people of all ages and abilities, which makes us feel right at home.

We also extend heartfelt gratitude to our neighbors at Skyline for the delicious and nourishing food they provide as our catering partner.  We have long offered outreach classes at Skyline and we are very pleased with our expanding partnership.

Elderwise Expands to North Seattle!

Elderwise recently opened a second location for our day program at Olympic View Community Church in North Seattle.

Like our original program in First Hill, Elderwise at Olympic View meets on weekdays from 10am-2pm.  For now, the program is open only on Mondays and Wednesdays, but we plan to expand our hours of availability as more participants join us.  

We are excited to serve people from more geographic areas now that we can offer two location options.  Both new spaces are filled with the sights, sounds, and sensations of Elderwise:  painting and poetry; soup and song; love and laughter!

If you'd like to find out more and reserve a space or schedule a free visit, please contact our Clinical Supervisor at (206) 327-5156 or email info@elderwise.org.

March 24: 'The Other Place' Premiere

Elderwise is pleased to co-sponsor this upcoming play! Seattle Public Theater presents The Other Place by Sharr White and directed by Kelly Kitchens.

Juliana Smithton is a successful neuroscientist on the brink of a breakthrough in her field, but the rest of her life is unraveling. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped and her health is in danger. But in this highly acclaimed, haunting new play, things are not always what they seem. The Other Place follows Juliana as she unravels a personal, 10-year-old mystery, sifting through muddled facts, half-truths and hazy memories that lead her back to a Cape Cod cottage where an epiphany waits for her. Called “a cagey, emotionally resonant drama packed with plot twists” by the New York Times, The Other Place was nominated for a Tony Award, an Obie Award and two Outer Circle Critics Awards including Outstanding New Play.

Tickets are on sale now at: http://www.seattlepublictheater.org/buy-tickets/

The play opens on March 24th, at the historic Green Lake Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Drive N, Seattle WA 98103. Box office is 206-524-1300.

Elderwise on KOMO Radio

Click below to hear this sweet radio interview with Elderwise artist and participant featured in the exhibit at City Hall. http://komonews.com/news/local/a-unique-art-exhibit-where-the-artists-dont-remember-creating-some-of-the-pieces

February 24: Free Improv Workshop with Taproot Theater

Re-ignite the mind with improvisation and play! Wednesday, February 24th from 12 – 12:45 p.m.

Join Taproot Theatre for an interactive demonstration of how improv theater can tap into our creative abilities. Especially for persons living with early stage memory loss, family, friends, and anyone who would like to learn more. This event is FREE and no RSVP is required – just show up! Meet in the lobby at Seattle City Hall Lobby Gallery & Room L28 (600 4th Ave, Second Floor).

Presented by The Art of Alzheimer's.


February 17: The Art of Alzheimer's Panel Discussion, "Art, Creativity, and Dementia"

From 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, join the Art of Alzheimer's and for a dynamic panel presentation exploring Art, Creativity and Dementia including Cara Lauer as a panelist . Consider how living with dementia can unleash our creative spark, learn about ways that the creative arts can improve our well-being, and discover local options for dementia-friendly arts engagement. Free and open to the public. Seattle City Hall Bertha Landes Room, 600 4th Ave, First Floor. For more information, please visit www.theartofalzheimers.net/.

Panelists include: Marigrace Becker, Program Manager of Community Education & Impact, UW Medicine Memory & Brain Wellness Center

Lee Burnside, Clinical Assistant Professor, Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Harborview Medical Center

Cara Lauer, Executive Director, Elderwise

Alice & Paul Padilla, Momentia Ambassadors

Moderator: Wendy Lustbader, MSW, Author of "Life Gets Better - The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older"

Elderwise on King 5 News

In honor of The Artist Within exhibition at Seattle City Hall, reporter Chris Daniels came to Elderwise to see where much of the art on exhibit was created. Check out this link to see us featured on the news!  

Elderwise Annual Fund: We Need Your Support

We are closing the books on the year 2015! We depend on your generosity to maintain and propel high-quality programming within our community.  Please consider making a donation to our annual fund which will help spread Elderwise and strengthen and expand our current offerings. You can click here to make a secure contribution online, or mail a check to:

900 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Thank you for allowing us to move toward our vision of creating space where older adults can age well and continue to grow. We appreciate your gift!



November 12: Welcome Reception for Cara Lauer, Elderwise Executive Director

Let's raise a glass and toast to the future! 
We are thrilled to host a reception introducing our new Executive Director, Cara Lauer, and celebrating our community as we move toward becoming a dementia-friendly city.

Cara Lauer

Thursday, November 12th 5 to 7 p.m. Horizon House Sky Lounge 900 University Street Seattle, WA  98101

Guest Speaker: Sara McVey, the new CEO of Horizon House

Please RSVP to info@elderwise.org

November 9: Momentia Celebration at The Royal Room

Save the date: Momentia Celebration at The Royal Room will be on Monday, November 9 from 5-6:30 pm. Join us for a special “Alzheimer’s Cafe” style event at this popular music venue in Columbia City. Enjoy happy hour food and drink, music, dancing and more! No cost other than your food/drink order. This event is brought to you by the Southeast Seattle Dementia-Friendly Community Group and Elderwise is looking forward to celebrating community engagement! More details to follow, please stay tuned.

November 4: "A Place to Pause" Series Begins

Elderwise, Spiritual Care, and Northwest Center for Creative Aging have created a “Place to Pause” during the many activities that keep us busy in the coming season. The “Place to Pause” offers a space to savor the more peaceful rhythms of the seasons, with images and soft music that support quieting the mind and deepening the breath. Guided meditations will be offered during some of the sessions. A “Place to Pause” Wednesday afternoons 4:00 – 5:00 PM November 4 through December 18

Horizon House Chapel

Linda Purdy x 3102; Cara Lauer x6606; Rebecca Crichton x3789

Please direct any questions to info@elderwise.org.

October 13: Arts in the Park Watercolor Series Begins

Arts in the Park Watercolor Painting at the Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum is returning this fall! We hope you can join us on Tuesdays, October 13th, 20th & 27th from 10 am - noon in the park (1075 Lake Washington Blvd E) to engage with watercolor, nature and each other! Japanese Gardens in autumn. Image source here.

A skilled Elderwise facilitator will invite participants living with early to mid-stage dementia, and care partners in attendance, to discover the creative expression possible when one is fully present in the moment. Participants must be able to remain engaged for a 2-hour session that includes a garden walk and painting, and follow simple cues such as those needed to manipulate a paintbrush. No artistic experience necessary; all materials provided. Series of three classes.

Space is limited, so please register with Cayce at cayce.cheairs@seattle.gov by October 9th.