YMCA Healthy Aging Community Cafés bring together those who are 55+ to build health in spirit, mind, and body so that we thrive with greater purpose, connection, and well-being. 

Each café is an hour-long Zoom call starting with a large group time of welcome. The next 15 minutes is spent with an expert talking about the designated subject for the day, followed by a 20-minute reflective dialogue in small groups about the subject. Everyone is invited to listen and contribute as they feel comfortable. The large group gathers back the last 5 minutes for a note of encouragement.


All YMCA Healthy Aging Community Cafés are hosted on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom and would like some assistance getting started, please note that on your registration form.




August 9th -  September 20

August 16: Reducing Home Food Waste

Tilth Alliance and Seattle Public Utilities present this fun, fact-filled, and engaging class by
speaker Cynthia Andrews to learn about food waste, why food waste matters, and how you can
save money by saving food. Cynthia will share lots of fun tips – there will be something for
everybody and a drawing to win a practical food-saving item such as Pyrex bowls or Chico bags.

Register for August 16th YMCA Healthy Aging Community Café

August 23: Learning Every Day for Healthy Aging

What is "Lifelong Learning" and what are the benefits to healthy aging?  Let's re-imagine the aging process and consider learning as a bulwark against isolation in later years. Come explore with the Academy for Lifelong Learning, a pressure-free community of learners, which brings together people of different kinds of life experiences.


August 23:  1:00-2:00pm

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August 30: Telos Program: Learning and Teaching

We know that learning new things keeps our brains vibrant and alive!  Explore the Telos Program at Bellevue College which is designed for seniors. Find out if you have what it takes to teach in a continuing education program--you learn the most by teaching! Our guide is Lisa Corcoran, Director of Continuing Education, Bellevue College.

August 30:  1:00-2:00pm

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Sept 6th: Chess Class - "Think like a Master"

Come learn general chess strategy from National Chess Master, Alex King from Gambitos. If you have never played or feel like a master yourself, you will enjoy this amazing interactive online platform of learning and connection around chess. You will not want to miss this!


September 6:  1:00-2:00pm

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Sept 13: Living Within Your Means

Even if you have saved for your retirement, you need to learn how to juggle that savings pool and expense levels throughout your retirement years so you do not outlive your assets. Learn some strategies to help you keep to your budget and have better conversations about money with a spouse or partner.


September 13:  1:00-2:00pm

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Sept 20: Money Smart

The experts will try to stump you in this quiz-format café on penny pinching. Take the opportunity to see if your spending strategies and thrift mindset match those of experts in the field of consumer savings.


September 20:  1:00-2:00pm

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