September: National Senior Center Month Proclamations Issued by King County, City of Seattle and City of Kenmore
Senior Services and their seven affiliated Senior Centers are celebrating National Senior Center Month in September 2014. National Senior Center Month, celebrated every September, is coordinated by the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers. This year’s theme is Senior Centers: Experts at Living Well.
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Ed Murray have each issued a proclamation officially naming September as National Senior Center Month in King County and the City of Seattle. On September 8, the Kenmore City Council will also issue a proclamation.
Senior centers are lively hubs of activity that connect older adults and their families to their communities. Members take classes to keep fit, share meals and socialize. With activities like Rainbow and Karaoke Bingo, community dinners, card games, billiards, exercise classes, arts and crafts, and birthday and holiday celebrations, there is something for everyone at today’s senior center.
Senior Services affiliate senior centers include:
· Ballard NW Senior Center, Seattle
· Central Area Senior Center, Seattle
· Northshore Senior Center, Bothell
· Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center, Shoreline
· Sno-Valley Senior Center, Carnation
· Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Seattle
· Senior Center of West Seattle, Seattle
“Senior centers are integral to the service network that provides older adults the support they need for healthy aging,” says Paula Houston, Senior Services CEO. “Centers are often the face of Senior Services in our communities. The staff members at each center understand the specific needs of the local community and tailor programs and services for that community.”
In addition to these centers affiliated with Senior Services, more than two dozen senior centers and community centers provide programming for older adults around King County. Information is available at http://bit.ly/KingCountySeniorCenters.
Senior Services delivers many programs in partnership with senior centers across King County. These include Meals on Wheels, Community Dining, Volunteer Transportation and Hyde Shuttles, health and wellness programs (EnhanceFitness, EnhanceWellness, and others that address fall prevention and balance, living with chronic conditions and reducing depression), and legal and financial assistance.
Senior centers also connect their members to Senior Services’ Senior Information & Assistance program, a “one-stop shopping” resource center available by phone at 206.448.3110 or (toll free) 1.888.435.3377, and online at www.seniorservices.org. Senior Information & Assistance helps older adults and those who care for them find critical resources.