Sign up TODAY and join us at the Lake City Community Center for our free Powerful Tools for Caregiverssix-week class series hosted by Lake City Seniors!
DATES: Mondays, March 4 – April 8, 2019 COST: Free. Class series presented by Sound Generations and graciously hosted by Lake City Seniors. REGISTER: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Bill Bengtson at 206.727.6260 or firstname.lastname@example.org LOCATION: Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. View the flyer.
We are inclusive and welcoming of the LGBTQ community! If you have questions about feeling safe in this space, please call us.
Every dollar you contribute allows seniors and adults with disabilities to age with grace and dignity. Your contribution, big or small, helps connect nearly 65,000 with the resources they need to thrive in King County.
In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it can be easy to lose sight of just how many seniors there are in our community. Many of them live on fixed incomes and in affordable housing. Due to their age, seniors often have high cost health care among other expenses. At North Helpline, we are committed to looking out for everyone in our community, and we feel that it is especially important to think of our seniors, who are too often overlooked.
There is a particularly high percentage of seniors living in Bitter Lake. According to 2018 data from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, 22.2% of the population in Bitter Lake is 65 or over. Compared to 7% in Aurora Licton Springs, 14% in Northgate, and 13% in Lake City. We see first hand how important the Bitter Lake food bank is to our neighbors who are aging.
One thing seniors should not have to worry about is going hungry. Unfortunately, senior hunger is all too real. Our executive director Kelly Brown never loses sight of this fact. As she builds coalitions with partnering agencies to best serve our neighbors in greater North Seattle, part of the conversation is on how to help people who are aging to advocate for themselves.
According to Kelly, “baby boomers are the fastest growing population in the food security world. We have been anticipating as best as we can an increased number of seniors living on fixed incomes needing to access food. As the baby boomer generation ages and plans for retirement, they discover it does not always go as anticipated, and living on a fixed income doesn’t keep up with the expense of the city.”
We spoke with Rachael (pictured above), a senior who lives in affordable housing close to the Bitter Lake food bank. Rachael said, “It shouldn’t have to be a choice between rent and food, or healthcare and food, or a place to live. I get frustrated, and I want people to know that if you can help us just a little bit, then we can help ourselves and we can help others.”
Rachael asked to share her story in order to raise awareness not just about senior hunger, but also to destigmatize perceptions about people who are experiencing homelessness. Rachael is a fighter, and she herself was homeless at one point. During the economic downturn, she lost most of her income and was evicted. Rachael lived in temporary housing until she found a permanent home. Due to her age, it was hard to find a new job. Rachael had complicated health problems, and her application for disability was approved on the first try. She never gave up despite the many challenges she faced.
Sadly, due the affordable housing crisis seniors like Rachael do not always know where their next meal is coming from. Many seniors are one crisis away from falling on hard times, and there is a cascading effect of losing housing, piling up seemingly insurmountable health care costs, and struggling to have enough food to eat.
In addition to North Helpline’s two food banks and the emergency services we offer, other organizations are looking out for seniors a well. For example, we caught up with Akira Ohiso who works at Sound Generations in Lake City. He works with older adults who are experiencing homelessness or are close to it. Together with Hunger Intervention Program, Sound Generations provides meals at Lake City Community Center including lunch and to-go meals.
Reinvent Your Retirement Plan at the Senior Matters Conference
Join Sound Generations at Senior Matters 2018!If you are aging or serving the aging population, Senior Matters is a conference you do not want to miss. Senior Matters explores the pitfalls of traditional estate planning, and provides easy-to-implement solutions. Professionals learn how to retool their services to offer more comprehensive retirement planning. Consumers gain tips on advocating for more holistic retirement planning for themselves.
The keynote speaker is Kerri Kasem, a multimedia personality, producer, and writer who has anchored music, talk, and entertainment programs for radio and television. Her father, America’s Top 40 DJ Casey Kasem, was unable to realize one of the most basic hopes many of us have in life—to be able to live out his life in his own home—despite having an $80+ million estate. Kerri will share what went wrong and how planning differently can help older adults avoid the same outcome.
The conference provides a rare opportunity for direct access and breakout brainstorming, and endless opportunities for beneficial interaction. Attendees can choose from 12 workshops and visit over 20 exhibitors with resource information about products and services that assist older adults in Washington state. Workshops will include:
Aging in Place
Am I Ready to Retire?
Elder Planning not Estate Planning
Unusual Retirement Planning Strategies
My Wife Has Been Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
Social Security Tricks
Medicare, Medicaid & VA
When Things Go Wrong
Dealing with Long Term Care Costs: Insurance & Reverse Mortgages
Friday, September 7 & Saturday, September 8, 2018 Lynnwood Convention Center 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Keynote Speaker: Mike Holmgren (Day1) and Kerri Kasem (Day 2) Tickets (includes parking & lunch): Day 1 – Professionals who work with seniors – $100 with coupon code SOUND100 Day 2 – General Public $25 for two attendees with coupon code SOUND25
Only three days left to secure your early bird ticket to our upcoming Golden Gala: Unmasking the Future of Aging Dinner & Auction.
Linda Evans, aging and women’s activist has just been confirmed as the Keynote. She is excited to help us raise funds to ensure we can increase food security, maintain wraparound programming to age in place, and reduce isolation. She will eloquently share her personal wisdom in this keynote. Using her own life experiences, Linda will share compelling stories to captivate your heart and mind bringing insight, hope, healing and inspiration in a culture that does not revere aging. She is most well known for her portrayal of Krystle Carrington on Dynasty. Most recently she has become a huge supporter of Meals on Wheels partnering with NFESH to end senior hunger.
Come out and have fun while helping us celebrate 50 plus years of providing comprehensive and accessible services so all people have the support they need on their aging journey in King County. Together we can unmask the future of aging by harnessing the power of community to ensure that none of our neighbors are hungry, neglected, or isolated—now and in the future!
We still have a limited number of VIP tables and seats left! This gives you access to a private cocktail party with our keynote speaker in the Mackenzie Suite prior to the silent auction. Don’t miss out – get your VIP tickets while they’re still available.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 Grand Hyatt Seattle 721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Featuring: Linda Evans Auctioneer: Stephen Kilbreath
Tickets: VIP $300 per person, General $200 per person, Early Bird*$150 per person VIP Mixer with Keynote 5 PM Silent Auction & Reception 6 PM Dinner & Live Auction 7:30 PM
More Info:soundgenerations.org/GoldenGala Cocktail attire & masquerade mask encouraged. *Early Bird special ends at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Sponsored by: Regence
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”—Dr. Suess
May is Older American’s Month across the nation. As this month comes to a close, we want to remind everyone that Sound Generations is here to meet older adults where they’re at in the aging process so they can (A)ctively (G)enerate (E)mpowerment in their overall health.
For over 50 years, thanks to your support, Sound Generations has been passionate about positive aging and remains committed to older adults. We serve the needs of older adults from the frail elder who requires support in daily living to the healthy, active older adult seeking volunteer and leadership opportunities. King County is home to an increasingly diverse aging population that will represent one quarter of all adults by 2025. Statistics further show, one in four 65 year olds will live past the age of 90. While we celebrate the increase in lifespan, maintaining health while aging comes with a price.
At Sound Generations, we recognize these individuals and groups are at higher risk of poor health. We provide a multitude of ways for older adults, adults with disabilities, and those that care about them to engage with us and utilize our services to lead their best lives possible. With resources, services, and human connections—those from all abilities, income levels, and cultures can lead full happy and healthy lives. Often times, inspiring their peers to do the same. Furthermore, their mental attitude about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle regimen improves.
Our programs are a continuum of integrated services encompassing food security, shelter, health and wellness, and community to support a healthy, safe, and engaged life for older adults and adults with disabilities. Our Pathways Information & Assistance Program is there to find community resources such as case management, housing, or utility assistance, and makes referrals to other community services. Our Transportation Program understands how physical limitations for older adults can make getting around various places or running errands nearly impossible. Our free transportation serves as a community connector providing shuttles to our Community Dining Meal Program and Community Partner Sites, rides to medical appointments with individual escorts, and neighborhood vans for errands such as grocery shopping, banking, or visiting friends.
For those more limited in their mobility and/or who choose to age in place our Meals On Wheels Program provides nutritious home-delivered meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities while our Minor Home Repair Program makes accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners in Seattle, Shoreline, and Bellevue that include minor plumbing, carpentry repairs, and installation of wheelchair ramps, grab bars and handrails. Lastly, our Health and Wellness Programs’ evidence based practices with older adults and adults with disabilities have shown, when you provide low-cost self-management programs, the quality of life for these individuals improves. Thus reducing hospital stays, re-hospitalization, need for long-term care, and malnutrition. So as you read, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Sound Generations, in partnership with you, will be there every step of the way. No matter the situation, we will serve, assist, and guide our clients on the aging journey.