A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


PNA to simulcast Boston broadcast celebrating 15 years of the Village Movement

September 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Village Movement, which allows people to “age in place” through community help, is celebrating 15 years with a special conversation by Dr. Atul Gawande, author of the 2014 book “Being Mortal.”

The live event from Boston will be simulcast from 1:30-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Brick Building, in Community Hall.

The PNA runs the PNA Village, where members can receive help with errands, house and yard work, social engagement, and more.

The Sept. 25 public forum will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’s “Here & Now.” Dr. Gawande’s keynote speech is titled “Being Mortal’s Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older.” The live event begins at 2 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) and will be simulcast from Boston to more than 150 of the 350-plus villages open and in development across the country.

Phinney Books will be at the event selling copies of “Being Mortal,” which is now in paperback.

Anyone is welcome to join the viewing party and following conversation around aging in our community. Bring a snack or dessert to share if you can. You can RSVP at 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org.

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Norse Home celebrating 60th anniversary with open house Saturday

June 12th, 2017 by Doree

The Norse Home, at 5311 Phinney Ave. N., is celebrating its 60th anniversary this Saturday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. with music, cake, an art show, history presentation, photo booth and special ceremony.

The festivities at the retirement and assisted living home begin at 2 p.m. with traditional Norwegian tunes by Seattle band Skandia Kapell. The Norwegian Ladies Chorus performs at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Norwegian Male Chorus at 3:15 p.m.

At 5 p.m., guests can pay $25 for a salmon barbecue dinner. Call 206-781-7400 to purchase dinner tickets. For questions, call or email Jeremy@norsehome.org, or send a Facebook message.

The following day the Norse Home will host a Father’s Day brunch with Swedish pancakes and traditional breakfast items from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.

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PNA Village info session in Ballard on May 10

May 3rd, 2017 by Doree

The PNA Village is hosting another informational session in Ballard, where the program recently expanded to. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Sunset Hill Clubhouse, 3003 NW 66th St. (If you need a ride to the meeting, email info@sunsethillcommunity.org.)

PNA Village provides services to help older neighbors stay in their homes and communities. It now serves Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake.

The meeting will have a short presentation and question and answer session. Learn how to become a member or volunteer.

For more information, see the PNA Village webpage or call 206-789-1217.

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PNA Village hosts simulcast of ‘Celebrating 15 Years of the Village Movement with Dr. Atul Gawande’ Feb. 13

February 6th, 2017 by Doree

On Feb. 13, the Phinney Center will simulcast the 15th annual celebration of the founding of Beacon Hill Village in Boston, which inspired an “aging in place” movement, which now boasts more than 350 villages around the country, including the PNA Village.

The simulcast is from 1:30-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Renowned surgeon and public health researcher Dr. Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker.

His conversation, entitled “Being Mortal’s Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older,” will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here & Now, and feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters in everyone’s lives.

All are welcome to join the PNA Village for a viewing party and subsequent conversation facilitated by Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good.

The Village Movement is a burgeoning, world-wide movement that champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they are created by and for older adults, empowering their members to make wise, safe, and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

Please bring a snack or dessert to share and RSVP at 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org.

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PNA Village holding volunteer recruitment event on Oct. 15

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, which helps people stay in their homes as they age, is hosting a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Volunteers help Village members with household tasks, shopping, gardening, walking their dogs or driving them to appointments. Volunteers of all ages can choose tasks and a schedule that suits their needs.

At the Oct. 15 event, potential volunteers can hear from current Village volunteers and staff about what it’s like to help people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the types of volunteer jobs available. There will be time for questions and discussion. The PNA Village fall potluck follows at 5 p.m., and potential volunteers are invited to stay for that.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP for the Oct.15 event, email Village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217.

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Village needs volunteer drivers to transport Village members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

The PNA Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and helps neighbors remain active and engaged while staying in their homes and neighborhoods as they age.

Contact Amanda at 206-789-1217 or amandaw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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Stay-at-home strategy workshops

November 28th, 2011 by Doree

Microhouse architecture and design firm and two partners are offering workshops for seniors on how to “age in place,” as the popular catchphrase goes. The first workshop is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building, room 32. The topic is Backyard Cottage for Seniors. Admission is free.

Seeking stay-at-home alternatives? Backyard cottages can provide creative housing options for seniors and their families. Join Microhouse, Ncompass Cottage Company, and Husky Senior Care to learn more about aging-in-place strategies including the design construction and use of backyard cottages. Bring your ideas and questions. After the presentation we will have plenty of time to discuss your project.

For more information or to RSVP, call 206-428-8599, or email info@microhousenw.com.

Their next workshop will be at the PNA Home Design Fair from 12:30-1 p.m. on Jan. 29 (admission to the fair is $6 for PNA members, $10 general); and the third, titled Stay-at-Home Strategies, is from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the PNA ($20 PNA members, $25 general).

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PNA Village information session coming up on Thursday

November 13th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting another information session on its newest program, “PNA Village,” a so-called “aging in place” program. The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.

A new alternative to stay in your home longer.

Come and find out more about the PNA Village and how this new level of PNA membership can help you remain in your home and neighborhood while staying active and engaged in your community.


Send us an email at village@phinneycenter.org or call Joanna at 206-297-0875.

You can also learn more at our website.

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Aging & Disability Services asks community input for new plan

March 23rd, 2011 by Doree

King County’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS) wants community input for its new Area Plan on Aging, which will guide its work from 2012-2015.

ADS is a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, and works with King County and United Way to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities, connect them with resources, and provide support to caregivers.

ADS wants residents of any age to complete an online questionnaire.

We especially encourage people who are age 60 or older, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers to respond.

Responses from this questionnaire will inform development of strategies to promote quality of life, independence and choice for older people and adults with disabilities, which will be carried out over the next four years.

Everybody is aging, so everybody should care.

For more information about the Area Plan on Aging, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at 206-684-0706.

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