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Soiree 2014

You’re Invited: Our 31st Annual Gala Dinner & Auction

Join us for the 31st Annual Soirée, a black-tie Gala Dinner and Auction, on Saturday, November 1, at the Museum of Flight. The silent auction and reception begin at 6 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by a performance by Sensible Shoes, the Seattle Women’s Chorus pop and vocal jazz ensemble, dinner, and live auction.

The evening’s emcee is KIRO 7 anchor and reporter Monique Ming Laven, who is also a volunteer driver for Senior Services’ transportation program. Auctioneer for the evening is Stephen Kilbreath. RSVP now.

Aging Your Way Projects

Northwest Asian Weekly - In The News

Northwest Asian Weekly Highlights Recipient

of 2014 Inspiring Aging Award

 McCoy Khammany Sengsi was featured in the June 14-20 issue of the newspaper. Read the story. 

Enhance Instructor Award

Central Area Senior Center Instructor Recognized

Project Enhance named Ernestine Robinson the 2014 EnhanceFitness Washington State Instructor of the Year at their Washington State Workshop on June 19. Ernestine teaches the highly acclaimed evidence-based program at the Central Area Senior Center in Seattle, WA.

Ernestine was one of the original group members in the study that eventually became EnhanceFitness over 20 years ago. She then transitioned from being a participant in the class to instructing it for the last 19 years. She continually updates her training and brings new moves to the class. Her dedication to her students, her positive attitude and cheerful disposition were cited in the nomination submitted for the award.

 Her students also say she is a good role model and practices what she preaches. She exemplifies healthy living, counseling them to eat the right foods, drink lots of water and keep in shape. Ernestine regularly walks with her students and participates in walkathons. She also encourages students to participate in programs with Seattle Parks and Recreation and other organizations.

 From her students:
 “Ernestine is a fun instructor. Since I have been coming, my balance is better and I move better, often without my cane.”

“Ernestine is an outstanding Senior Fitness instructor. She’s very experienced, kind, patient, considerate and compassionate.”

Inspire Award 2014 - in the news

Senior Services Presents

2014 “Inspire Positive Aging Award”at 2014 Annual Meeting

Inspire Awards presentation

Senior Services CEO Paula Houston presented the 2014 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” to McCoy Khammany Sengsi  of West Seattle at the agency’s 2014 Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 31 at Northshore Senior Center in Bothell. The Annual Meeting program included a review of the agency in 2013 by Board Chair John Norden and the “State of the Agency” address by Paula Houston. Shannon M. Fuhrman of Regence BlueShield also presented Houston with a check for $100,000 to pilot the Senior Services Navigator Program which will provide community-based support for isolated older adults.


EnhanceWellness Part of Research

For Overlooked Subset of Disabled Elderly

EnhanceWellness Group Workout photo

Our EnhanceWellness program is participating in a new research study at the University of Washington. Ivan Molton, a University of Washington clinical psychologist and assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine,  recently received a five-year grant to promote healthy aging among people with long-term disabilities, specifically multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury and post-polio syndrome. Read the article.

In the News

City of Kirkland Features Meals on Wheels on "Currently Kirkland"

 Our Meals on Wheels Outreach Specialist, Dale Hoover, is featured
 in this episode of "Currently Kirkland," talking about the program.

King County Program Helps Seniors Find Answers: 

Federal Way Mirror

As people age, they find themselves confronted with a number of issues related to aging, many of which are complicated and involve complex legalities or other equally tricky pathways to navigate. Read more.

New Bill Allows Senior Centers to Apply for Liquor Licenses

Governor Jay Inslee signed SB5310 on March 27, 2014, which allows senior centers in the State of Washington to apply for an annual liquor license for activities at the Center. “We raise significant funds for senior center activities through our events,” said Karen Sisson, director of the Senior Center of West Seattle. “This is a wonderful opportunity to appeal to even wider audiences and invite additional community members to be part of our work.”

Left to right: Jeremy Mohn, Leg. Aide to Senator Nelson; Karen Sisson, Exec. Dir SCWS; Governor Jay Inslee; Colleen Barnes, Board member SCWS; Yoshi Kumara, Leg. Aide to Joe Fitzgibbon; Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, 36th District.

Walmart Partners with Senior Services to Ensure No Senior Experiences Hunger

As part of its Washington state giving program, the Walmart Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program in Washington so they can help to ensure no senior experiences hunger.  

As part of its Washington state giving program, the Walmart Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Senior Services Meals on Wheels program in Washington so they can help to ensure no senior experiences hunger.

"Walmart is thrilled to partner with Senior Services and their Meals on Wheels program, helping them to raise awareness of senior hunger," said Madeleine Havener, Vice President and Regional General Manager for Walmart in the Northwest. "We're proud to play a part in helping to keep older adults healthy and connected within their community."

Senior Services strives to ensure that no senior experiences hunger. They do this through their Meals on Wheels and Community Dining programs as well as referrals to other agencies and food banks. For many, meals are also an opportunity to socialize with other seniors at the senior center or with the delivery driver.

Meals on Wheels offers frozen home-delivered meals for older persons who are unable to leave their home to shop or prepare nutritious meals. The meals are prepared with the special dietary needs of seniors in mind and are adaptable to a variety of special diets. Complete nutritional information is available upon request.  Meals are packaged in trays that can be placed either in the microwave or in the conventional oven.


“We are extraordinarily grateful to Walmart for this generous gift,” said Paula Houston, Senior Services CEO. “Meals on Wheels makes it easy for home-bound persons age 60 or more to eat well and remain independent. This $100,000 will provide nearly 20,000 meals for vulnerable seniors in King County.”


Walmart made this announcement and presented the check for $100,000 to senior services during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Walmart Renton grand reopening of its newly expanded store on April 9, 2014. The grand re-opening celebration also included the presentation of grants to local community groups including: Centro Familiar, The Way Back Inn, The 21 Club, Renton River Days, The City of Renton 4th of July event and The First Tee of Greater Seattle.

Mayors March for Meals

Meals on Wheels started an exciting new collaboration with local city governments to raise awareness about senior hunger.

City officials Suzette Cooke, Mayor of the City of Kent, Skip Priest, Mayor of the City of Federal Way, Don Persson, Councilmember of the City of Renton, and Nancy Backus, Deputy Mayor of the City of Auburn, joined Meals on Wheels volunteers and helped them deliver nutritious meals to seniors in their local communities.

Renton City ConcilmemberKent Mayor

We “trained” the city officials how to follow the procedure for placing orders and delivering meals. They learned how to check menu requests and pull meal orders from the inventory, and had a chance to meet with our clients and find out in person what Meals on Wheels meant to those seniors who are too frail to leave their homes and prepare meals for themselves. Everyone was impressed by the depth of the process, and enjoyed the welcoming reception by our clients.

Auburn MayorFederal Way Mayor

Thank you, Mayor Cooke, Mayor Priest, Councilmember Persson, and Deputy Mayor Backus for supporting our seniors and helping Meals on Wheels carry out its important mission in the community!

Destigmatizing Dementia: "We're Still Here!"

Instead of hiding their disease, a group of people with early onstage Alzheimer’s disease celebrate life with it. Read the article.

An Aging Husband’s Burden Eased: Seattle Times 2013 Fund for the Needy

With his wife’s dementia, a man’s role is changing from husband to caregiver, but Senior Services helps him cope. Read the article.

Family Vitality Found at Diverse Southeast Seattle Senior Center: Seattle Times 2012 Fund for the Needy

Around Seattle and King County, Senior Services helps thousands of older adults stay healthy and find community through activities and classes at seven senior centers, as well as other services. Read the article.

Helping Those Who Need Food, Shelter is Round-The-Clock Work: Seattle Times 2012 Fund for the Needy

It's pitch black at 6:30 a.m., as Fai Mathews, dodging puddles on the sidewalk, slips her key into the door of a nondescript warehouse below the Spokane Street Viaduct, already rumbling with the morning commute. Over the next few hours, Mathews will list, pack and deliver 134 of the 374,000 frozen meals Senior Services will take to homebound seniors in King County this year. Read the article.

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Taking Care Of Mom & Dad, a KIRO 7 Family Connection Special, shows four families and how they're coping with aging parents.

For the Media

Important stories involving seniors arise almost every day in our community. Senior Services is an expert source that can answer questions and provide information for those in the media. If you are a member of the press and have any questions or need more information, please contact:

Karen L. Bystrom
Director, Marketing and Communications
(206) 727-6209
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