Safe and Sound in the Hospital

Did you know that medical errors in the hospital are the third leading cause of death in our country?¹ A successful hospital experience includes knowing what actions patients and their families should take.

Please join us for:

Safe & Sound in the Hospital: A Short Course on Patient Safety
Tuesday, July 25
10 am – noon
Greenwood Senior Center

RSVP to village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

Participants will learn about some of the opportunities and challenges that hospitals face and what patients and their families can do to help. Bring a notebook to write down specific tips and tools that you can use when you or a loved one is in the hospital.

This content was compiled by and presented with permission of CampaignZERO, a non-profit organization dedicated to zeroing out preventable medical errors. (For more information visit campaignzero.org. )

¹ Journal of Patient Safety, Sept 2013 – Vol 9 – Issue 3 p 122-128.

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Village Game Group this Thursday

Do you have fond memories of playing board games with your family when you were a child, or as a parent? Or maybe you played word tile games with friends from school, or know folks who love playing games with number tiles or dominoes?

If any or all of the above apply to you, now is the time to check out the new PNA Village Game Group! No intense competition expected—just a fun time playing games together. We may have some of your old favorite games as well as ones that are new to you. You’re also welcome to bring your own favorite game!

Please join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 1:15 – 2:45 PM in the meeting room of the Broadview Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

SPL Broadview Branch
12755 Greenwood Ave N.

There is a parking lot available at the library. The location is also served by Metro bus routes 5, 345, 355.

(Event is not sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.)

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Your Village at the Phinney Farmers Market

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We’ll have an informational table at the Phinney Farmers Market tomorrow (Phinney Center Parking lot – 6532 Phinney Ave N), so please drop by to say hello!

Also, if you would like to help out with our table we have 2 shifts available: 3:30 – 5:30 PM and 5:30 – 7:30 PM. (If you can’t commit to a whole shift, no problem…we’d love to have you there just part of the time.) This is an awesome chance to talk to people who might not know about our wonderful village.

We will be there on the 3rd Friday of every month, so if you’re not available tomorrow but would like to help on another day, please let Rebecca know: call 206.789.1217 or email  rebeccaf@phinneycenter.org.

Hope to see you this Friday!

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A Mother’s Day Vigil

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Ninth Annual Mother’s Day Vigil at the Northwest Detention Center

By Teresa Burciaga & Dick Gillett

Dick and Teresa’s original article was published in the newsletter of Seattle’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the PNA. Please feel free to comment and join the conversation.  

On Saturday, May 13, more than 100 people gathered in Tacoma’s shabby industrial area, alongside the barbed wire-topped chain link fence surrounding a starkly nondescript prison: the Northwest Detention Center. After the crowd had laid down a mound of Mother’s Day bouquets near the fence, a Latino group played music and we prayed and chanted, hoping the prisoners inside would hear us and take heart. “No, No, No Basta Rezar,” the group sang, and we responded (No, it is not enough to pray).

We were gathered at the behest of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice, and the Washington Community Action Network. This was the 9th Annual Mother’s Day Vigil at the prison. The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma is owned by the GEO Group, one of the largest security firms in the world—the same corporation that runs Guantanamo Bay.  It is the nation’s second largest for-profit prison operator, with a capacity for more than 1500 persons at the Tacoma facility.

“They are mothers and fathers who have lived alongside us. They are our neighbors.”

Emboldened by new policies under the current administration, the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency has stepped up raids. These sweeps include men and women who have no criminal record— mothers and fathers who have held jobs for over 20 years; who have American-born children—that are being detained and deported. Civil rights don’t extend to these immigrants being held at the Northwest Detention Center. They can be held there indefinitely.

“They are mothers and fathers who have lived alongside us,” stated Teresa Burciaga. “They are our neighbors. Their children go to school alongside ours. They hold jobs, sometimes as many as three to make a living—and pay Social Security and Medicare tax. They shop at our supermarkets and stores and pay sales tax. They are good, law-abiding people. Now their lives are in jeopardy.”

There were testimonies at the Vigil. One young mother spoke of her hope for a better life for herself and her family. Another mother, a United Methodist lay woman, told us she was there to remember and pray for her son, two years after he was deported to Mexico. Many immigrants come to this country to escape chronic poverty, criminal violence and government corruption. The prayerful community gathered at the Vigil stood in solidarity for love, justice and compassion. As their signs proclaimed, “Love has no borders, ” and “No one is free when other people are oppressed.”

We have an opportunity now to stand up for them and create more sanctuary cities and states. And we’ve recently learned that St. Mark’s Cathedral is proceeding to become a sanctuary church. Meanwhile, we in the faith communities might work to eventually close down this private prison, the Northwest Detention Center.

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Author (Rev. Canon) Dick Gillett is a Member of PNA Village, a retired Episcopal priest, and a regular contributor to our PNA Village Connections blog. His many previous articles include, “Martín’s Journey to the White House”“”Generation Nice’ at Herkimer Coffee”, and “Johnny Cash & Global Warming.”

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Celebrating 15 Years of the Village Movement with Dr. Atul Gawande

PNA Village is proud to announce that renowned surgeon, public health researcher and writer Dr. Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at the 15th Celebration of the founding of Beacon Hill Village and the subsequent Village Movement they inspired on Monday, February 13, 2017.

20696006His 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. The live event will begin at 2pm PST and be simulcast from Boston to more than 150 of the 350-plus villages open and in development across the country, including the PNA Village.

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.

WHEN:  Monday, February 13, 2017; 1:30 – 4:00 PM
WHERE:  Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building, Community Hall
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (parking and elevator)

Phinney Books1 will be at the event with copies of Being Mortal for purchase. Cash or credit cards accepted.

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

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What YOU Can Do For Our Newsletter

PNA Village Connections newslettersAre you interested in writing, editing, desktop publishing, or even seeing your writing featured on our blog? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

You can help your PNA Village Connections newsletter in any of the following ways:

  • Join us! The newsletter committee meets just four times per year for a planning session. You choose what you’d like to write and/or what tasks you can do. (You’ll need access to a reliable computer and the Internet, as this is the committee’s primary mode of communication.)
  • Suggest ideas or information you’d like to see covered in our newsletter and/or blog.
  • Write! We’re always looking for new topics to cover.
  • Take photos! Take photos of Village events and activities.
  • Help us mail the newsletter. We always can use help folding and preparing the newsletter for mailing.
  • Provide technical help. Two of our prime needs right now are for a person comfortable doing page layout for the printed version of the newsletter (using InDesign, Publisher or Word) as well as a person comfortable preparing the newsletter for email distribution using Vertical Response.

If any of these things sound interesting to you, please contact the Village office at 206-789-1217.

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When Did We See You a Stranger?

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By Dick Gillett

Angelina (not her real name) has been cleaning our house in Green Lake regularly for almost ten years. Last Tuesday morning—November 15—when I greeted her at the door, she responded with her accustomed cheerful smile and greeting. Although she easily speaks English, we spoke in Spanish, a language I grew up with in my native El Paso.

I asked immediately how she was adjusting to the election results. She put on a brave face, but then teared up. “ We have done a lot of crying,” she admitted. Angelina and her husband are from Mexico, and are undocumented. Their daughters, aged 14 and 11, were born here and thus are U.S. citizens. Her husband is disabled and cannot work.
She said that as the election results became clear, she began to feel ill, and went to bed. Her children started crying and became terrified, but Angelina reassured them: “No nos van a matar,” she said. “They won’t kill us.” Such is the level of fright in our community, especially among children, as a result of the 2016 election vitriol.

“No nos van a matar,” she said. “They won’t kill us.”

Angelina spoke of a neighbor’s anguish after the election. This neighbor’s work ran later than usual that day. Her school-age son, accustomed to letting himself in the house after school, started fearing his Mom had been picked up. Terrified, he went to a neighbor’s house. The neighbors, American citizens, took him in. His mother arrived to find her son gone, and likewise panicked. Finally she located him at the neighbor’s house.

Angelina is an independent contractor whose work must support her whole family.
“I keep good work records, and I am proud to pay taxes,” she told my wife Anne in English. She worked early on to learn English, and her children go to an all-English school, although she speaks Spanish to them at home. It’s clear that a week after the election, Angelina remains deeply shaken.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” responds Jesus lovingly to the righteous who had seemed to doubt their own faith (Matthew 25:36). In these last days, we in the churches have been given the mission of giving thanks for, and welcoming, all the Angelinas and those like her and her family—immigrants, Muslims, people of color, native Americans, LGBTQ people—who make up the human family.

Can we take it on?

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Author (Rev. Canon) Dick Gillett is a Member of PNA Village, a retired Episcopal priest, and a regular contributor to our PNA Village Connections blog. His many previous articles include, “Martín’s Journey to the White House”“”Generation Nice’ at Herkimer Coffee”, and “Johnny Cash & Global Warming.”

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Fall Village Potluck on November 5

Aspens | ©2016 HouseofHank.mePlease join us for our rescheduled Village potluck!


Fall Village Potluck
Saturday, November 5
4 – 6 PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street


This will be a fun and casual event for members and volunteers with lots of fun and socializing…please consider bringing a friend that you might like to introduce to your wonderful Village. And as ever, bring your family, kids, and grand kids!

Please bring dishes to share* according to the first letter of your last name:
A – F: Main Dish
G – O:  Dessert
P – Z:  Side or Salad

*Please bring serving utensils for your dishes.

If you would prefer, you may donate money that will be used to purchase food.  A $10 donation is suggested.

Please contact the Village office and let us know if you plan to attend. We really hope to see you there!  As always, if you wake up on the morning of the potluck and decide you want to join us, please do just come!

PNA Village office: 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org

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Volunteer Recruitment Event: October 15 at GSC

By Marguerite Langlois

A friendly phone call to see how you’re doing. A reliable driver happy to take you to the doctor, or for groceries, or to a movie. A smiling helper arriving at your door to work with you on a few tasks where you need an extra hand. Someone specifically trained to provide support for you at doctor visits. And many more volunteers doing all kinds of things –our Village volunteers are, as we often say, the heart of our Village program.

Can you help us recruit more volunteers as our Village continues to grow? On Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Greenwood Senior Center, we are having a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30– 4:45 for people who are interested in volunteering and want to know more. People who may be interested in volunteering will get a chance to hear our volunteers and our volunteer program coordinators talk about what it’s like to provide support that helps people age in their own homes and communities, and the many types of volunteering available. There will be time for questions and discussion. If people want to, they can fill out preliminary paperwork and sign up for training. Those who attend are also invited, as our guests, to our Village fall potluck at 5:00.

So “tell all your friends and relations” – anyone you think might be interested in volunteering with the Village. (You too, if you’re interested!) Invite them to the information session to hear all about it, and to the potluck as our guests, to meet more members and volunteers. Give them the Village email address: village@phinneycenter.org and our phone number, 206-789-1217, to find out more and to register for the event. Tell them this is their chance to help change the face of aging in our community, one member, one volunteer, one connection at a time.

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Saturday October 15
3:30-4:45 pm: PNA Village volunteer recruitment event
5-7 pm: fall potluck
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th Street

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Better Together

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Better Together: Power of Community Breakfast

Thursday, October 6
7:30-8:30 am (doors open at 7:15)
Greenwood Senior Center

Highlighting programs and services that support resilience and social connections for older adults in the community

Featuring keynote by Nancy Hooyman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington, School of Social Work
There is no cost to attend, however a minimum donation of $50 is suggested.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 28.

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(You may also call 206.783.2244 to RSVP)

Can’t attend? You can still donate to the event and support our senior programs!

DONATE NOW

 Thank you to our sponsors:

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