Join us June 8th at 1:00pm at the Bitter Lake Community Center for a North Seattle Senior HUB meet and Greet. This is in partnership with United Indians of All Tribes and the Wallingford Community Senior Center.
Lake City Seniors will have a table so please be sure to stop by and say hello! Hope to see you there.
Please give a warm Lake City welcome to the newest member of our team! Jennifer is taking on the role of Digital Equity Coordinator and is available to help with all your technology based needs. She will be available to do one-on-ones with participants and have designated drop in time that you can call or come to the Lamb of God church with your questions, concerns, and whatever else you might need.
She is also helping to run our technology program with Cyber Seniors. If you are interested in learning more about this program, how to get a device or anything else, please call 206-268-6738 and leave a message.
Jennifer is new to the team but, has worked with older adults for the past seven years in different capacities. Her background is in Music Therapy with a focus on older adults. For the past year, she has worked at a residential community in Seattle managing their activity programs and helping residents troubleshoot technology. She is excited to bring technological help to participants at Lake City Seniors
The UW is seeking to understanding how to adapt an evidence-based intervention for Latino caregivers of family or close friends with dementia.Magda Ehlers/Pexels
With Latinos 1.5 times more likely to have dementia than non-Latino whites, among other health disparities, researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to better understand Latino family caregivers and adapt the training available to those caregivers.
To do that, the UW Department of Health Services is seeking to interview Latino caregivers for a study to increase the cultural relevance of STAR-C training — a non-pharmacological intervention endorsed by the Administration on Aging that trains caregivers to manage the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.Download fliers in Spanish and English explaining the study and how to get involved here.
“Our study will improve our understanding of how to adapt an evidence-based intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia. The culturally-adapted intervention is expected to reflect the values and preferences of Latino families,” said Magaly Ramirez, the study’s principal investigator and an assistant professor of health services in the UW School of Public Health.
“Culturally adapted interventions improve reach, engagement, effectiveness and sustainability. In the long term, the goal of our research is to help eliminate health inequities among Latino families impacted by dementia,” Ramirez said.
Improved training will focus on helping family caregivers manage some of the challenging behaviors experienced by people with dementia, such as crying, arguing, refusing to accept help and waking family members up at night.
The UW researchers would like to spread the word that they are looking for study participants.
This study would be a good fit for caregivers who:
Identify as Hispanic/Latino
Take care of a family member or close friend diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia or
Have a family member or close friend who is experiencing behavior issues
Study participants will complete a 10-minute survey and a one-hour interview by phone or Zoom and will receive $45 as a thank you for participating.
To learn more about the study or to volunteer, contact research coordinator Miriana Duran at email@example.com or 206-221-6206.
This research is being supported by a grant from the nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association.
This was taken from https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/10/22/uw-seeks-latinos-caring-for-relatives-friends-with-dementia-to-develop-better-training-program/.
On Friday, November 27th we lost a precious soul and dear participant to our program. Benito was a regular participant of Lake City Seniors for years and was an instrumental figure in the Latinx group. He participated in various classes such as Bingo and Momentia events, volunteered his time to drive other participants to the Center, and was always giving out hugs and love to friends. He will be greatly missed by all and we were lucky to have him in our lives. Included are words from our staff.
Benito, thank you for having been here with us, sharing yourself with us. You left memories and laughter in our hearts. You will always be present and we will never forget a phrase that is so very yours, ” The sun is within you”. Rest in peace!!! -Martha
Benito was the type of person who consistently reminded me of why I do the work that I do. His effervescent personality and big heart brought joy into my life, and into the lives of others. Benito will be greatly missed by all of those who knew him, but will live on through our memories of him. He brought the feeling of community to our center and our lives. Rest in power, our dear friend. –Vedrana
We lost one of the good ones. I remember the day he first walked into our senior center. He was angry and upset about something and he sought some relief. He always said he was lucky to find our program, but I often wonder if we were lucky he found us. He was both complex and simple, which is why he was so compassionate. He could talk with anyone and always offered a smile or support. After talking with Benito, I always had a smile on my face. He was open about his early struggles with addiction and how he overcame them to find peace and happiness. This difficult journey served him well in his later years as he provided so boundless empathy, wisdom and support to others who were suffering. Rest in power Benito. – Akira
Benito’s hugs could make the most stressful days lighter and his smile was infectious. I always looked forward to seeing him, having a chat and listening to his wisdom; he had so much of it to share. He will be remembered for his kindness, laughter, and the light he carried inside of him. Thank you for showing it to us. –Emily
Benito always had something to give: Christmas chocolate, tamales, a box of zucchinis from the trunk of his car, a hug. He had a radiant personality that was sorely needed in an all too cloudy world. He’ll be deeply missed by anyone and everyone who had the chance to know him. –Darcy
Benito, you brightened up our lives with you light, you playfulness, and always, you kindness. I learned so much about generosity of spirit from you. Thank you for all the time and energy you shared with us. You are deeply missed. –Claudine