In celebration of Wellness Month and National Senior Citizen’s Day, we curated a list of five events hosted by local senior centers and non-profits that are making our communities wonderful places to mature and THRIVE! Reservations required for all listed events.
Join Seattle Art Museum and 8 Limbs Yoga Centers for Yoga in the Park! Enjoy an hour long vinyasa yoga class led by instructors from 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. Bring your own mat, water, and any needed supplies.
Hosted by Seattle Public Library, celebrate Black joy and brilliance with local authors from African-American Writers’ Alliance, storytellers, youth, and elders. Listen to stories and explore fun writing prompts that can help you explore, create and share your own stories.
Join AARP Washington and the Seattle Storm for a special panel discussion on the importance of maintaining our mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Participants in this interactive session will leave with tips and tools on how we can help ourselves and our loved ones keep mentally fit and healthy.
Calling all treasure hunters! Ballard Senior Center invites you to safely socialize and shop at their mini outdoor rummage sale. Come find your favorite items from kitchen goods to unique antiques! Chef Lori will be serving up delicious pastries and treats for all who attend.
“Music is a great healer. Begin and end your day with music.” -Lailah Gifty Akita The Senior Center of West Seattle presents Joe Ross, local American Folk musician for a festive hour of entertainment and refreshments. Bring your friends or make new ones there!
12 tablespoons or 169 grams unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
¼ cup water, from 3/4 cup ice water
6 or 7 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced, approximately 5 cups
¼ cup or 30 grams all-purpose flour
Make the pie dough. Using your fingertips or the pulse function of a food processor, blend together the flour, butter and salt until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. There should be pebbles of butter throughout the mixture.
Add egg yolk and vinegar to 1/4 cup ice water, and stir to combine. Drizzle 4 tablespoons of this mixture over the dough, and gently stir or pulse to combine. Gather a golf-ball-size bit of dough, and squeeze to combine. If it does not hold together, add a little more of the liquid, and stir or pulse, then check again. Repeat as necessary.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and gather together into a rough ball. Divide the ball in half with a knife or a pastry scraper, then divide each portion in half again, and again, to create 8 portions. Using the heel of your hand, flatten each portion of dough once or twice to expand the pebbles of butter, then gather the dough together again in one ball. Divide this ball in half.
Flatten each ball into a 5- or 6-inch disc, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap the discs in plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425. Make the pie filling: Combine sliced peaches, lemon juice, sugar and flour in a large bowl, and gently mix to combine. Set aside.
Take the larger of the pastry discs out of the refrigerator, roll it out on a lightly floured surface and place in a 9-inch pie plate. Add the peaches. Sprinkle them with the ground nutmeg.
Roll out second disc of pastry. Place on top of filling. Wet edges of the bottom pastry disc with some cold water. Trim pastry, pinch bottom and top edges together and cut a few slits to allow steam to escape from the pie. Brush the egg white on the top, particularly around the edges, and sprinkle with a pinch of granulated sugar.
Bake the pie for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375. Cook until peaches bubble and pastry is golden, approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
¼ cup boiling water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.
Food security is among the top challenges that older adults and adults with disabilities face in King County, which is why it makes up an entire pillar of Sound Generations’ supportive programs. Our Community Dining and Meals on Wheels programs are designed to ensure the accessibility of nutritious meals to the aging adults in the community. Additionally, our meal programs go above and beyond to embrace, recognize, and reflect the vibrance of the diverse communities throughout the county.
We are excited to announce the steady return of our Community Dining programs to in-person services. The Greenwood and Rainier Beach sites are now open for serving meals at reduced capacity, with regular sanitary precautions like using hand sanitizer, single-use containers, and masks. Several other Community Dining sites are scheduled to reopen throughout the month of July. While each site phases back in, meal pickups and deliveries are still available to ensure that aging adults maintain access to regular nutritious meals in their communities. More information about the transition back to congregate dining can be found at https://soundgenerations.org/our-programs/food-security/community-dining/.
In honor of National Blueberry and Ice Cream month check out this great Blueberry Ice Cream Recipe that will be a tasty treat for creating some great intergenerational memories! If you don’t think you can wait for this tasty treat to freeze, check out the Blueberry Crumble flavored Halo Top Ice Cream, with only 360 calories per pint. This is sure to add joy to your summer days!
Blueberries are good source of antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C – all of which can lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, and are a great anti-inflammatory.
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons honey liqueur or framboise (optional)
Rinse the berries and pick out any squished or moldy ones. Place the blueberries in a small saucepan with the water and cook over low heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and then purée in a blender or food processor.
In a small bowl, mash the zest with 1 teaspoon sugar to release the essential oils in the zest. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the half-and-half with the remaining sugar, stirring until dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Stir in the blueberry purée, cream, sugared zest, juice, and vanilla. Transfer to a container, cover, and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours.
Freeze the ice cream mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When the ice cream is almost frozen, spoon in the liqueur, if desired, and churn until blended, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a container, cover, and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
June is National Great Outdoors Month! No matter you preferred mode of enjoying the great outdoors – hiking, biking, kayaking to name a few – nature is calling. Pursue the beauty and majesty of the big skies and open spaces the outdoors offers.
There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, near or far. If you want to stay close to home, pick a few local parks you’ve never been to before or set some time aside to explore your neighborhood! If you’re looking to be more adventurous, Washington State Parks offers plenty of free and discounted passes for Disabled and Older Adults. Click here for more info.
At Sound Generations, we pride ourselves on not just acknowledging the diversity of older community members, but also taking steps to ensure that we are supporting the unique challenges that come with being a part of marginalized communities. The month of June is recognized nationally as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the older adults who identify as LGBTQIA+ and acknowledge that the progress toward equality could not have been made possible without them.
Being out and visible as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community has always presented challenges for people on a personal, professional, and systemic scale. There is still much work to be done, but we cannot discredit how far we have come in embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, and more specifically, the older adults in that community who helped pave the way for generations after them.
What can you do to support LGBTQIA+ older adults in your community?
Learn about the problems and prejudices that older adults in the queer community face on a regular basis, like increased rates of mental illness, denial of access to essential health services, or social isolation from loss of friendships and relationships just because of their identity.
Be an ally. If you know an older adult in the LGBTQIA+ community, your open support of them has the ability to make a greater impact than you might realize on their general wellbeing. Everyone deserves to feel loved and supported.
Advocate for LGBTQIA+ older adults. Be a part of the continued movement toward justice and equality for these valued community members by getting involved in local, state, or even federal movements to push for policies that protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals.