These donors allow our organization to ensure older adults have access to essential basic services so that they can lead their best lives. They say it takes a village and we are deeply honored to those who were motivated to GiveBIG.
Envision a winding path…one that leads to a vista overlooking a mountain range. From this vista we can see far beyond to what feels unreachable, yet still inspiring. EnhanceWellness is like this path – a path that guides us to reach our “life vistas” – where we can envision what is possible for us.
From this vista, the most visible is often the mountain range. These mountains represent the many programs offered by Sound Generations: Meals on Wheels; EnhanceFitness; Matter of Balance; Senior Center activities and support groups; workshops to develop skills for managing chronic conditions; Hyde Shuttle transportation services and many more. We may know they exist, but we may not understand their value or know how to access them. EnhanceWellness creates a bridge that connects participants to these and other programs that provide a foundation for well-being.
Beyond the mountains shines the sun with its rays reaching towards the sky, representing the things we want to touch but are beyond our reach. Through their partnership with EnhanceWellness Counselors, participants find support and guidance to identify the health goals that are important to them, and the steps they can take to reach those goals. EnhanceWellness brings participants closer to the values that guide their actions and bring meaning to their lives. It empowers participants to make their own choices. On the path to reaching their goals, participants find Confidence, Well-being, Independence, Connection, Purpose and more.
Now a T-Trainer for the EnhanceWellness program, my initial exposure to this program took place in 1996 when I saw a job opening for a Geriatric EnhanceWellness Nurse at Northshore Senior Center. Fascinated by the job description, I applied for the position, was interviewed, but passed over due to my lack of geriatric nursing experience. I remember thinking what a great job it would be someday….
Twelve years later out of the blue, an employee of Sound Generations whom I knew sent me notice about an opening for the very same job at the very same senior center! This time, I got the job. Since then, serving as an EnhanceWellness Counselor has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. The changes I’ve witnessed in the participants whom I’ve had the privilege to work with have been transformative, not only for them but for me as well. The wisdom I’ve learned from these seniors is priceless. I also feel much gratitude for the opportunity to help the EnhanceWellness program grow in my role as its T-Trainer.
My vision of EnhanceWellness as a path that leads to a vista was inspired by my recent yoga/hiking retreat in Peru that culminated with a 2100 feet climb up Mt. Machu Picchu overlooking the famous ruins. It was a climb I had expected not to complete, considering my fear of heights and tendency for vertigo. But with the support of my fellow “yogis” and our Peruvian guide, hard work, and the lessons I have personally learned from serving as an EnhanceWellness Counselor, I managed to overcome my fears and complete that 4 hour, stair-climbing hike. From my “life vista” above Machu Picchu, I was reminded that what seems unreachable CAN be possible with support and a lot of little steps.
“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.
With your help we raised $33,561 for Sound Generations and our Community Partner Sites–all in just 24 hours! Thank you so much to those who donated and supported us.
We are so close, just under $6,500 away from our $40,000 goal!
To celebrate the final year of Seattle Foundation’s GIVEBIG and in honor of Older American’s Month, we are excited to announce that we are keeping up the great momentum from our #GIVEBIG4SENIORS campaign and expanding our donation drive for the entire month!
Help us set the pace for the best GIVEBIG year ever!
Donate at www.givebigseattle.org/soundgen and help Sound Generations make King County a stronger, more accessible, caring community for older adults and adults with disabilities.
You will have the ability to schedule an online donation starting TODAY April 26. To schedule a donation, all you need to do is create a simple account on givebigseattle.org.
You will receive a confirmation email upon submitting your form, but the donation will not be processed until May 9. You will receive a receipt confirmation once the gift has successfully processed on May 9.
Thank you for helping us create caring committed communities where older adults and adults with disabilities can thrive and lead their best lives possible.