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Soiree update

31st Annual Senior Services Soirée Raises $340,000

“For the Love of Sylvia,” Video Highlight


Seattle, WA – Senior Services hosted the 31st Annual Soirée, a black-tie Gala Dinner and Auction, on Saturday, November 1, at the Museum of Flight, raising $340,000, a 12 percent increase over the 2013 event.


Proceeds from Soirée help fund Senior Services’ programs that support older adults throughout King County, including Information & Assistance, a one-stop phone line for resources; Meals on Wheels, Community Dining; Volunteer Transportation; Hyde Shuttles; EnhanceFitness and Enhance Wellness; Minor Home Repair; Caregiver Advocates; Senior Rights Assistance; Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA); and seven senior centers.


“Thank you to everyone who made this event a success, including our corporate sponsors, attendees and volunteers. We also want to thank our emcee KIRO 7 anchor and reporter Monique Ming Laven (who is also a Senior Services volunteer driver), and our auctioneer Stephen Kilbreath,” said Paula L. Houston, Senior Services CEO. “Each person made a difference in the lives of older adults and those who care about them throughout King County. From the frail, homebound elders to healthy, active Baby Boomers, our programs help older adults improve nutrition, increase social support and maintain their independence.  In short, we help those we serve maintain quality of life and make aging a positive experience. The funds raised at Soirée help us to do just that.”


The evening also included performances by the Mount Zion Wind Ensemble Group during the silent auction and Sensible Shoes, the Seattle Women’s Chorus Ensemble, during dinner.


The 2014 Platinum Sponsor for Soirée was Swedish Medical Center. Silver Sponsor was Group Health. Bronze Sponsors were AAA Washington, Regence BlueShield and Symetra.


National Family Caregiver month

National Family Caregivers Month at Northshore Senior Center

According to the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), 50 million Americans are recognized during National Family Caregivers Month in November. The estimated value of the "free" services provided by these family members caring for loved ones who are frail, chronically ill or disabled is conservatively estimated to be $306 billion annually.

Northshore Senior Center has scheduled a wide array of free events in support of National Family Caregivers Month. In addition to regular Caregivers Support Groups, several events and presentations throughout the month of November to help support, empower, and educate family caregivers. All are welcome to join in celebrating family caregivers by attending these events.

Topics include:
• The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
• Changes in the Aging Eye
• Preparing for Medical Emergencies '
• Home Safety
• Two Sessions to Happiness
• Simple at Home Exercises for Caregivers
• Understanding the Value and Benefits of Self Compassion
• Adult Children Caregivers of Aging Parents
• Caregiver Grief: Dealing with Ongoing Loss
• Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease
• Caregiving in an Emergency: Prepare to Care During Crisis
• Family Connection Vs. Family Strife in the Caregiving Experience
• VA Health Care Benefits
• Estate Planning 101
• Where Did I Put Those Keys? Discussion on Memory

Visit the Northshore Senior Center website for dates and times.

In celebration of National Family Caregiver Month, Northshore Senior Center also has collaborated with the King County Library System to develop book and media resource lists for caregivers.

Catalog Links:
DVDs and Databases

Northshore’s Social Services department can also provide information.

Other Resources:
Senior Services’ Caregivers Advocates 
Ballard NW Senior Center
Central Area Senior Center
Shoreline/Lake Forest Senior Center 
Sno-Valley Senior Center
Southeast Seattle Senior Center 
Senior Center of West Seattle
 More information about National Family Caregivers Month is available here

medicare open enrollment

Senior Services and Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
Offer Support to King County Residents During Medicare Open Enrollment

 Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts today, October 15 and runs through December 7. King County residents can obtain free counseling through the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), sponsored by Senior Services in the county. Through SHIBA, trained volunteers provide free, unbiased health insurance education, counseling, and assistance to all Washington residents. SHIBA is part of Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner's consumer protection services. Assistance is available in-person at a community site in King County neighborhoods, or over the phone at 206.727.6221 or (toll-free) 800.562.6900. A list of King County sites is available at http://bit.ly/SHIBAKingCounty.


Regence BlueShield and Senior Services Partner for New Program

Idabelle Fosse Named Community Resilience Navigator


Seattle, WA – Regence BlueShield has contributed $100,000 to develop the Community Resilience Navigator (CRN) Program, a community-based support program for older adults in King County. The program will build on Senior Services’ record of success in providing high-quality programs and services to individuals by strategically supporting under-resourced communities as they age.


“As a Community Partner Organization with Regence, we have an opportunity to create a new level of community connection for older adults and their families,” said Senior Services CEO Paula Houston. “Beginning by cultivating our network of community connections within the Southeast and Central District areas of Seattle, the Community Resilience Navigator will identify community assets in areas that are often defined in terms of need.”


“Regence is proud to partner with Senior Services in their mission to support senior citizens in King County” said Don Antonucci, President, Regence BlueShield. “The Community Resilience Navigator program will provide access to tools and resources allowing seniors in our community the ability to stay healthy and live their best lives.”


Idabelle Fosse has been hired as the Community Resilience Navigator and will work with key staff and programs at Senior Services and strategically identified connectors in communities across King County to develop the program. Ms. Fosse comes to Senior Services with a broad range of experience in social work, including many years of direct service work with high risk populations. She has worked in case management, homelessness, housing, mental health and HIV. Ms. Fosse received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, with a concentration in Community Outreach, Policy and Administration. She has also worked as a community organizer, and has experience in political and legislative advocacy work in health policy.


Senior Services Community Resilience Navigator Program


Senior Services offers a wide range of programs and services designed to promote the emotional, social and physical well-being of older adults. The Community Resilience Navigator (CRN) Program will build on Senior Services’ record of success in providing high-quality programs and services to individuals by strategically supporting under-resourced communities as they age. 


The Community Resilience Navigator will work with community leaders, both formal and informal, and residents in the Southeast and Central District areas of Seattle to build healthier communities, particularly for low-income seniors and seniors of color who need more support than currently available through the formal service system. By working with these individuals and groups, we will identify the strategies already in place to foster resilience in these communities.  Residents will be encouraged to help define and identify “communities” from their perspectives, and speak to the issues that are important for those communities to thrive.


Through the relationships developed and strengthened in the program, the Community Resilience Navigator Program will help residents build a network with others in self-identified communities. By identifying community members’ and neighborhoods’ assets, the program will bring members together to volunteer their skills, strengthen their relationships and foster a network of interdependent volunteers that can bolster the reach of existing Senior Services programming.  These volunteers will be trained and certified as Community Navigators, helping to design the tools that will be used to reach out to their communities. The volunteers will be equipped with the analytic and communications tools that will allow them to assist older adults directly and provide critical information to Senior Services Information and Advocacy staff to use when talking to isolated seniors and their support systems.

Training LGBTQ Elders

Senior Services Training:

Oct. 24 Improving Aging Services for LGBTQ Elders

 Senior Services is offering a one-day training session, Improving Aging Services for LGBTQ Elders, based on the curriculum set by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRC). The training is targeted toward social/community workers or others involved in social outreach and networking person who would like to improve their own engagement with the LGBTQ elder community. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to participate.

 Serving LGBTQ Elders

October 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
 Senior Services, Lillian Rice Building, 2208 Second Avenue, Seattle
Cost (including lunch): $25
To register, send an email to trainingreg@seniorservices.org, (include dietary exclusions with registration)
Questions: Marxa Marnia, M.E.S., Staff Training and Development Coordinator, 206.268.6705, marxam@seniorservices.org

 This eight-hour training will include education and implementation components relative to improving aging services for LGBTQ elders. Those in attendance will be guided through understanding some of the particular nuances around:
  • The culture, needs, and concerns of LGBTQ older adults  
  • Identifying health disparities between LGBTQ older adults and those who are not LGBTQ  
  • Implementing practices for helping LGBTQ older adults to feel more included in aging network organizations 
  • Reviewing and changing your policies, practices, procedures, and forms to be more inclusive 
  • Practice using role playing and dialogue to support inclusion and address bias

Mercury pharmacy donation

Our Newest Corporate Supporter: Mercury Pharmacy Services

Mercury Pharmacy Services has contributed $2,000 to Senior Services, the proceeds from their first annual Golf Tournament held on September 5 at the Nile Shrine Golf Center.  They look forward to to hosting more events like this in the future in support of Senior Services. Pictured (l to r): Brittany Blue, Senior Services Development Director;Edward Mason, Facility-Infrastructure Manager, Mercury Pharmacy Services; and George Twiss, Senior Services Vice President and Chief Development Officer. 


Northshore Senior Center

Celebrating National Senior Center Month

It’s a sunny September day when four dedicated members and volunteers for the Northshore Senior Center gather. Sharon and Mary, who have each participated for many years, both work at the front desk as volunteer receptionists as well as other projects. Brenda and Jay are newer to the center, having joined within the past six to nine months. But they all share the same enthusiasm for Northshore Senior Center.

One of the key themes that quickly emerges in the conversation is the social benefit of belonging to Northshore Senior Center and volunteering here. “I started volunteering in May,” says Jay. “I like the variety of things I can do. If I get tired of cutting grass and pruning, I can work in the kitchen, or work at the front desk, or do data entry.” Everyone agrees that staying active is important and that volunteering is a wonderful way to do that.

Sharon first came to Northshore to go on one of the many trips organized by the center. “Someone said, ‘if you join, it’s cheaper,’ so I went out to the front desk. While I was there, the volunteer coordinator asked if I’d like to volunteer. When I said yes, she asked if I’d like to be a receptionist. I had just finished a 26-year career and I’m a person who likes to be busy so I agreed. Fifteen years later I’m still at the front desk on Wednesdays!”

This leads to a conversation about how critical volunteers are to the operation of Northshore Senior Center. “It’s huge,” says Jay. He points out that Sharon was responsible for managing a large cadre of volunteers for Northshore’s very successful rummage sale a few weeks ago. The group is eager to praise her work for the event, which raised $28,000 for the center in two and a half days.  “I was a master scheduler, so it’s easy for me,” she says. It is clear that the variety of volunteer work assignments not only engages the volunteers, but also is at the heart of accomplishing all that the center strives to do for members.

While this group finds fulfillment in their volunteer work with Northshore, they also recognize the value of all of the services available for the wide variety of members. “We have a very specific relationship to the center,” says Jay. “It’s important to point out that many people participate in specific programs or classes and find exactly what they need.”

When asked what stands out about the programs at Northshore Senior Center, it’s a challenge to list them all. Brenda talks about the Transportation program, “It is so important. You can get to the center and take trips, even if you can’t drive.” The others chime in with praise for the fitness programs, caregiver support classes, the social work and registered nurse, the lifelong learning classes. Brenda adds, “It’s also as simple as having puzzles available; there is always someone working on a puzzle.”

Mary points out that it is also important that everyone is welcome at Northshore Senior Center and that cost does not have to be a barrier. “We have scholarships available; you can apply for them for memberships and classes.”

Founded in 1972, the Senior Center has grown from a small band of 50 older adults to a lively community of over 6,900 during the past 12 months. NSC has been affiliated with Senior Services of Seattle/King County since 1982. More than 500 dedicated volunteers in self-directed teams, with the support of staff, have designed and monitored every aspect of programming, bringing ever changing and vital programs and services to those over 55, and adults of all ages with disabilities.

Join us for one of these events soon!

Saturday, Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m.

Karaoke Bingo

Food! Beverages! Bingo! Karaoke! Fun! Everyone over 21 is welcome! Register online at northshoreseniorcenter.org or call (425) 487-2441.

Registration Cost is $10 for NSC member, and  $15 for non-member, plus $5 gambling fee required by State  to be paid in cash at the door)

Holiday Marketplace

Friday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Meander through the Marketplace booths, and find that perfect holiday gift!  Check out the quality artwork and crafts, find that unique holiday gift or specialty jewelry.  Baked goods, soups, hot breads, coffee and tea will also be for sale.



Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center

Celebrating National Senior Center Month


Lyvonna was in her early 50s when a friend invited her to join the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center Handcrafters Club. Eighteen years later, as a front desk volunteer, she greets members as they check in for a fitness class.  “If I wasn’t here, I’d be sitting at home. That’s just not healthy,” she says. “Volunteering is so important and I take this job seriously. We want everyone to feel welcome when they arrive.”


“This is a family, who looks out for one another” she says. “If you don’t show up for lunch, another friend will call to check on you. Recently, after one gentleman lost his wife, everyone stopped by his table at lunch to say hello and invite him to sit with them at lunch, even our newest members”


Jean and her husband are down to one car, which he uses to go to work very early, but that hasn’t stopped her from coming to Center. “I used to walk, since we are only about a mile away, but my knee won’t let me do that anymore.” So she uses the Hyde Shuttle. “It’s easy, they pick me up in the morning and then drop me at home later in the day.”


She enjoys the fact that there is always something happening at the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center. “And there is such variety. I took  the ‘Writing Your Story’ class. We share them with one another. They are so moving; they bring tears to your eyes.”


Volunteering is important is very important to her and she takes her job at the front desk seriously. “We are the face of the center.” She greets everyone with a warm smile and enjoys the opportunity to bring a smile to others’ faces.


Her grandchildren have also volunteered for the Center. “They loved it. One of them used to come and play billiards.”


The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center serves the North End communities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, offering a wide range of classes, activities and services of interest to adults 50 and over.


Located at the south end of Shoreline Center, there is plenty of easy, free parking available for those who drive or carpool. Metro bus routes 314 and 315 stop in front of the facility and it is served by Metro’s ACCESS bus and Senior Services’ Hyde Shuttle.


Daily hot lunches are a great way to meet new friends  and share conversation and a delicious meal. Volunteer opportunities are another way to connect. There is also a Thrift Store onsite, whether you’re interested in buying or donating items.


In addition to the daily meals and other programs, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center has several special events coming up, opportunities to experience the fun and camaraderie available every day.


October 4

Aloha Luau: Celebrating our 10th Year!

Doors open at 5:00pm to an island paradise in our dining room. Tickets available online.


October 10

Karaoke/Bingo Night!

Doors open at 6:00 PM, for ages 21 and up. Reservations online until Wednesday October 8; walk-ins welcome on a space available basis after that. 


Friday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1

Holiday Bazaar

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Get an early start on your holiday shopping!


Learn more on the Shoreline/Lake Forest Senior Center website


Support the Shoreline/Lake Forest Senior Center during National Senior Center Month with a donation today. 



Sno-Valley Senior Center

Celebrating National Senior Center Month


Walking into the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation a little before 8 a.m., a visitor is greeted by lively music for the early morning EnhanceFitness class. A peek into the next room finds a group of members moving to the beat.


Down the hall, the smell of fresh, made-from-scratch cornbread leads to a cozy lounge. Coffee, fruit and the delicious baked treat bring members together for breakfast and conversation.  As folks arrive, they are greeted with clear affection. Barb moves to ensure that that couch is available for the couple who just came in, as she knows they like to sit together. Ronnie helps make sure that everyone has something to eat and drink.


There are many jokes and much laughter. The conversation darts between politics, reports on family, recent trips and the numerous events around the center. Shining through is the deep caring these people have for one another. 


Ronnie and Barb knew each other from working at the local post office. Barb helped start the center years ago; Ronnie joined more recently, but they both equally love the bustle and camaraderie at Sno Valley Senior Center.  “Too many people think a senior center is a place where we just sit around,” says Ronnie.  Barb agrees, “This is a place to be active.”


Everyone also agrees that this center is a second family. Members watch out for one another and lend a hand when needed. Ronnie volunteers with Meals on Wheels, delivering food to homebound seniors and providing a vital social connection in addition to nutrition.


After more than an hour of friendship and good food, the Sno-Valley Senior Center members get ready for the rest of what sounds like very a very active day for each of them. And as we leave the room, another fitness class turns up the volume on some old time rock and roll and hits the floor.


The Sno-Valley Senior Center has been serving Snoqualmie Valley seniors and their families since 1975, inspiring, supporting and empowering seniors to lead healthy, enriched lives.


Sno-Valley Senior Center also hosts the Adult Day Program, which supports adults living with physical or mental challenges in maintaining the greatest degree of independence and well-being possible.


Come on out and see what’s up in Carnation:


Sept. 27, seatings at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Steak Dinner

Tickets available online: $15 in advance. $20 at the door (space available)  

Your choice of steak, chicken or salmon entrée, with salad bar and dessert.


Sept, 30, 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Safari

Meet at the Center and walk to the new Carnation Café for breakfast


October 18

11th Annual Valley of the Moon Auction

An entertaining evening with a silent and live Auction, games, prizes, savory Italian dishes, beer and wine. Tickets available online


Learn more on the Sno-Valley Senior Center website


Support the Sno-Valley Senior Center during National Senior Center Month with a donation today. 


Ballard NW Senior Center

Celebrating National Senior Center Month


Claire and her service dog are getting ready for her weekly memoir-writing class at Ballard NW Senior Center. Although she’s blind, she’s very active. Last year, she helped the class publish the book, The Way We Were: Ballard Seniors; the proceeds went to the center. A former English teacher, she says, “I don’t charge for the class. It’s my way of giving back.”


Kathryn has been part of the class for three years and a member at the Ballard NW Senior Center for more than 15. “I started coming to the Center while I was still working. Once I retired, you couldn’t keep me away,” she says. She also volunteers for the Center’s Nifty Thrifty Bookstore and coordinates neighborhood locations where she delivers books for sale on the honor system. “Oh! I have money to turn in!”


Other members of the class file in during the conversation and it is clear that, as in other Centers, it is the people who are the Center. They greet one another with great affection and humor. When one comments, “This place keeps us young and some of us are pretty old,” there is a chorus of “Speak for yourself!” around the room that is rounded out with laughter.


Jannie points out that the Ballard NW Center is for all ages. “We aren’t pretending we are young, but we’re not sitting around!”


The Ballard Northwest Senior Center is located about one block from the Hiram Chittenden “Ballard” Locks at 5429 32nd NW.


Come in and meet us. Eat a delicious nutritious lunch every day with friends new and old. Come to our delightful Wednesday night dinners, movies or bingo. You can enjoy parties, outings or your favorite interest club, from current events to hiking. You can play cards, do arts and crafts, and take language lessons. This is the place to stay or get fit, with EnhanceFitness, yoga and balance workshops. We have wellness programs and services, a social worker, legal and financial counselors and many other kinds of resources.


Here are some great opportunities to see what Ballard NW Senior Center is all about.


Art, Wine & Chocolate

Sep. 25, 5 – 8 pm

A wide variety of art, from acrylics to watercolors, jewelry to glasswork and woodworks by more than 20 artists will be on view and available for purchase. Treat yourself or start your holiday shopping early. Sample six varieties of red and white wines and purchase your favorite to take home. Chocolatiers will offer a great variety of chocolates and you will enjoy hot and cold hors d’ oeuvres and desserts as you listen to the Ann Merryfield Jazz Trio. Tickets available online: $20. 


Rainbow Bingo

October 3, 6 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy a fun night of food, beverages, and Bingo with the lovely Sylvia O’Stayformore. Tickets available online: $15 (includes admittance and 10 bingo game sheets. $20 at the door, if available. 


Irish Tenors Holiday Concert with Full Orchestra

Benaroya Hall, the Mark S. Taper Auditorium
December 16, 7:30pm

A memorable night of Irish and holiday music benefiting the Ballard NW Center and Senior Center of West Seattle. The voices are spectacular, the night is festive and this is the perfect holiday gift for yourself and/or family and friends.

Tickets: $42-$152

·         Buy online at BenaroyaHall.org 

·         By phone at 206.215.4747 or 1.866.833.4747 (toll free)

·         In person at The Benaroya Hall Ticket Office at the corner of 3rd Ave & Union St., open Mon-Fri, 10 a.m-6p.m.; Sat, 1-6 p.m.



Learn more on the Ballard NW Senior Center website


Support the Ballard NW Senior Center during National Senior Center Month with a donation today. 


Central Area Senior Center

Celebrating National Senior Center Month


On a sunny summer day at the Central Area Senior Center, lunch is just finishing up and a jewelry class is about to start. Some members are sitting outside on the patio, enjoying the view of Lake Washington and Mt. Rainier.


Gloria about to join the jewelry class, describes her typical week. “I’m here every day. Line dancing on Tuesday and Friday. Mondays, I knit, Tuesdays I also play bingo. Wednesdays, we quilt and Thursdays I bowl and make jewelry.” She adds, “There are so many things going on, you can’t help but find something to like.”


Her friend, Mr. Muskelly agrees with her. “You meet a lot of good people here. And you stay active; it’s more healthy than sitting around. It helps with your attitude and how you meet challenges in life.” He smiles as he adds, “And this is not a ‘rest home;’ a lot of our seniors dance the younger people under the table!”


Both of these active Center members want more people of all ages to understand how special the Central Area Senior Center is. Like many who participate in classes, social events, trips and more, they want to help dispel the myth that today’s senior center is a place to be lively and active.


“If you are retired, this is a place to enjoy life,” say’s Mr. Muskelly. “You don’t have to stay home and take care of the house or do all of the cooking now.” The Center is a place for lunch with friends and programs for every interest. Mr. Muskelly points out a recent partnership with a local carpentry school, helping member build new garden containers on the patio for a new gardening program.


When asked how to spread the word about the Center and bring in new members, Mr. Muskelly suggests, “We need to show them what’s in the pie – then get them to taste it!”


Central Area Senior Center, as a program of Senior Services, shares the mission and vision is to promote the emotional, social, and physical well- being of older adults through a network of community connections and services.  Our aim is to help create a just society where aging adults and those who care about them can live their best lives.  Activities include exercise programs, computer classes, guitar lessons, card clubs, dance classes, recreational trips, food, fun, laughter and much more.


CASC also serves as a neighborhood gathering place for non-profit, civic and PanHellenic organizations.   You can find a rich diversity of neighborhood groups and participants who access the center on a daily basis. On any given day reflected at the center is the rich diversity, of age, race, class, culture, gender and diversity of thought.


Café Central, CASC’s in house-kitchen, serves hot meals, cooked from scratch five days per week. On Soul Food Tuesdays members and guest delight in an assortment of traditional Soul Food Cuisine.  At monthly Birthday Lunches those celebrating birthdays eat free, select a gift of choice and can dance to 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s R & B, Jazz and Party Blues by Mr. Cliff Productions.


A performance at the Green Dolphin Lounge is a great way to “meet” the Central Area Senior Center. The Center hosts live music by local jazz artist the third Friday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is only $20 ($15 if you’re a Lifetime Member) which

which includes a Happy Hour Buffet Menu. Call (206) 726-4926 for reservations.


Coming up in the Green Dolphin Lounge 


Sep. 19

Funk E Fusion

Playing Charles Wright, Crusader, Sly, War, Hugh Masekela, Grover and mixing in some Santana, Chicago and Qunicy Jones.


Oct. 17


Including members of the musical Brown family of Seattle, these guys will bring you a touch of Blues, R & B, Funk and Church

Oct. 19
Celebrate and Renew Benefit Concert and Membership Drive 
Tickets available online.


Nov. 21

Debbie Cavitt

The deep gospel roots of this talented vocalist enrich the sound of her Jazz and Blues interpretation.


Dec. 19

Surround Sound Band

Three harmonizing ladies with a very good band new to the live band scene! They bring energy and passion you have to hear and see.


Learn more on the Central Area Senior Center website


Support the Central Area Senior Center during National Senior Center Month with a donation today. 




Southeast Seattle Senior Center

Celebrating National Senior Center Month


Everyone you talk to at Southeast Seattle Senior Center agrees there is something special about this place. They all agree that the warm welcome offered to anyone who comes in the door is why. “You find a variety of ages here,” says Kay. “It opens us up to new people.”


Kay is very enthusiastic about Southeast Seattle Senior Center. For the past 18 years she’s come three to four times a week. “The center is like home, we all know one another. We pay attention to one another.” She volunteers, decorating the social hall and helping with other activities. She uses the Hyde Shuttle and enjoys the fact that all of the drivers are friendly and know the passengers. She also takes EnhanceFitness classes. “I was in pain before I started. Now, no pain!”


“I lost a network of friends when I retired a few years ago,” says Lynetta. “I was just sitting at home.” Now she is at Southeast Seattle Senior Center four days a week, exercising and volunteering.  The oldest of 10 siblings, Lynetta is used to taking care of others. Now she’s taking care of her Center friends and shares rides with them. “My friendships, old and new, have been strengthened.”


Hector Palacios is a little younger than some of his friends at Southeast Seattle Senior Center, but he’s one of the family. He learned about the center through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation following a stroke. Since 2008, he has been volunteering to set and serve lunch in the Community Dining program. The social interaction brings him the greatest benefit. “Before, I used to be stuck at home and couldn’t do anything and that drove me crazy. I also use the Hyde Shuttle. It gets me to the Center and brings me back home.”


A resident of SE Seattle since 1942, Marie has been coming to Southeast Seattle Senior Center for more than 20 years. She’s here at least three days a week and enjoys the chair exercises and volunteering as a cashier for the Community Dining program. “It is the only place where I can go to help keep my mind sharp. I spend time with friends and meet new people.”


Southeast Seattle Senior Center, a non-profit senior center formerly known as Lee House, was founded in 1961. The senior center has been housed at our current location on Holly Street since 1986.


From the beginning, Lee House programs emphasized a multi-service approach to seniors living independently. This approach continues today, offering a good variety of programs and services to meet the needs of the community and hosting fun and meaningful events where the community can meet!


Today, Southeast Seattle Senior center serves more than 1,200 seniors annually. We offer a variety of programs and services at affordable cost to older adults of all ages. Volunteers are the heart of our center - if you are looking for a way to feel engaged and active, we have a place for you. Visit our senior center to experience the rich diversity of the Rainier Valley.



Sep. 17, 9:30 a.m.

Walk –n-Roll 2014

Seward Park

For walker who are 50+. Walk, music, snacks and prizes! Learn more


SESSC 3rd Annual Dinner & Auction

Raising the Spirit for Boomers and Beyond!

Nov. 8, 6-9 pm

Support the Center with a lively night out!

Tickets available online: $60.


Learn more on the Southeast Seattle Senior Center website.


Support the Southeast Seattle Senior Center during National Senior Center Month with a donation today. 


Senior Center of West Seattle

Celebrating National Senior Center Month


Jean discovered the Senior Center of West Seattle in 1987 when her tap dance group was looking for a rehearsal space. “Our tap teacher taught exercise classes here. They were so nice to us, we thought we should join,” she said. She proudly pulls out her original membership card from January 1987.


A few years later, she started volunteering. “A friend of mine asked me to help a bit with memberships. It was fun and it got me started. Fifteen years ago my husband passed away and I started doing a little more and a little more. It was like Topsy, it just grew. Now I manage all of the memberships. I love it. You have to keep your body and your brain busy.”


Jean can be found at the membership desk five days a week. Her system of 3 x 5 index cards is a marvel of organization and ensures that members are current on their dues. She laughs but doesn’t apologize for not wanting to computerize the system. She’s comfortable – and efficient – with the tools at hand. “I often take work home, too,” she says. “I need something to do.”


Jean is also the go-to tour guide for the Senior Center of West Seattle. As soon as someone comes in, she drops what she is doing and starts a conversation. “My first question is ‘do you live in West Seattle?’ (Most do, but we have members from many neighborhoods.)” She finds out how long they have lived in the area and what interests they have. She knows everything that happens at the center, so she’s able to describe the programs and activities that they are most likely to enjoy.


“You need to feel like you’re accomplishing something, she says. “And that you’re doing something that helps people.”


We enjoy more conversation about the Center, until two women come to the desk, a mother and daughter. They have recently moved to West Seattle. Jean graciously wraps up our chat and turns her warm attention to the newcomers, ready to welcome them and make them feel at home.


The Senior Center of West Seattle strives to promote independence and life enjoyment by providing access to medical/legal services, community housing resources, lifelong learning opportunities and social events to keep seniors engaged in our community.


The Senior Center of West Seattle is a multi-purpose facility in which older people may come together to fulfill many of their social, physical, and intellectual needs. It can help expand their interests, tap their potential, and develop their talents. The Center is also a bridge---a broad, two-way bridge--- linking the loose-knit senior community to the community at large. Membership is open to anyone 50 years of age and older for $25 per year. Members receive the bimonthly Seniors' West Side Press, a free birthday and holiday lunch, and reduced activity fees.


One of the most popular programs is Community Dining at the Junction Diner in the Senior Center of West Seattle. Like at many centers, hot lunches are available to those 60 and over for a suggested donation of only $3 (and $6 for those under 60.) But here in West Seattle, you’ll also find a Cordon Bleu-trained chef! You can find the lunch menu here (link) and even make reservations at 206-932-4044 ext. 1.


You’ll also want to check out the Stop ‘N Shop, Senior Center of West Seattle’s thrift store. Located downstairs on California, West Seattle’s retail hub, the store features kitchenware, tools, knickknacks, jewelry, linens, furniture, home decorations, clothing, accessories and more.


Come meet the members and staff of the Senior Center of West Seattle at one or more of these fun events.



Sep.11, & Oct. 9, 6 p.m.

Second Thursday OUT!

A no-host happy hour at the center for the LGBTQ community and their friends and neighbors to a no-host happy hour at the center.  We will then walk-to-dine at Talarico's.  No membership or sign up is required.


Sep. 11, 6 pm

Paella Dinner & Flamenco

Chef Jim Yragui and the Flamenca Luz dancers in an evening of fantastic food and entertainment. Tickets available online $20 members, $25, non-members. 


Sep. 19, 7 p.m.

Tupperware Party Fun-Raiser!

Join us for a fantastic fundraising party with the fabulous Sylvia O’Stayformore and legendary LaTrina Bidet! Games, drag queens, food, laughs, drinks and fun. Forty percent of all proceeds benefit the Senior Center.

Tickets available online; $20 in advance or  $25 at the door ($5 discount for members.) 


Sep.26, 7 p.m.

Las Vegas Rainbow Bingo

Tickets: $10 for SCWS members, $15 for non-members; add $5 when paying at the door. This event is close to selling out: call 206.932.4044 x 4.


Oct. 21, 7 pm

Paint Night & Wine

A local master artist guides you in painting your own interpretation of the evening’s selected artwork. Light snacks and no-host beer and wine to fuel your creativity. Tickets available online: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available.). Includes all of the art supplies you need. 


Learn more on the Senior Center of West Seattle website


Support the Senior Center of West Seattle during National Senior Center Month with a donation today. 

Food Assistance

Community Funders Contribute $44,500 for

Senior Services’ Food Assistance Programs


Senior Services CEO Paula Houston announced today that funding from two companies and four foundations will help the organization ensure no senior goes hungry in King County. “We are grateful to the Schuler Family Foundation, RealNetworks, Safeway, the Catherine Holmes Wilkins Foundation, and the Peg and Rick Young Foundation for supporting Meals on Wheels and to Kawabe Memorial Fund for supporting Community Dining. In addition to nutritious meals, both of these programs provide vital social connections for older adults.”


The total of $44,500 was received over the past three months:

  •  Schuler Family Foundation, $20,000
  •  RealNetworks, $10,000
  • Safeway, $5,000
  • Catherine Holmes Wilkins Foundation, $5,000
  •  Peg and Rick Young Foundation, $2,500
  • Kawabe Memorial Fund, $2,000 

Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program delivered nearly 390,000 meals to more than 2,100 homebound seniors throughout King County in 2013. The Community Dining program offers hot, cooked-from-scratch meals to older adults in more than two dozen locations around the county, including senior centers, community centers and affordable housing communities like Kawabe Memorial House. In 2013, 2,915 older adults enjoyed nearly 114,000 meals in the Community Dining program.

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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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