It’s Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is “Aging Unbound.” Every May, Older Americans Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate diverse aging experiences and challenge the stereotypical narratives around what aging is “supposed” to look like. Sound Generations is proud to uphold our commitment to fostering communities that engage and support older adults in aging vibrantly in their own unique ways.
Partnering with other organizations and community centers that cater to the range of cultural groups and populations in King County is one way that Sound Generations upholds our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our food security services have been working in partnership with institutions like the Kawabe Memorial House to ensure that aging adults of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds have access to meals that meet their unique nutritional needs. The Kawabe Memorial House is a senior living facility and community center in the Central District, offering a suite of programs and services catered to local Koran and Japanese individuals. Community Dining chefs at Kawabe serve a menu of traditional cuisines for the center residents and visitors to enjoy.
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Gordon Sata has participated in the Community Dining program at Kawabe for several years and frequently enjoys many traditional Japanese dishes that he had growing up. Among his favorite dishes that the chefs prepare are saba, barazushi, and fried oysters. In speaking about these dishes, Gordon reminisces about times growing up when he would help his mother prepare these traditional meals.
“There is so much chopping of vegetables and things. They were really yummy to eat, but always a lot of work.”
The responses of participants like Gordon reflect the effort to connect with diverse aging communities through cultural cuisine. Creating opportunities to engage and foster familiar experiences that make people feel at home is just one small way to have a big impact on the lives of older adults. We are committed to embracing all ways of aging and aim to act in partnership with communities by providing accessible and inclusive services as they age.
When older adults are engaged and supported, the whole community benefits. That is why we are committed to reframing the narrative of aging, and you can help! Donate to any of our supportive programs or join us at our next event in June! The Inspire Positive Aging Awards luncheon is a time to recognize older adults who continue to make an impact in their communities across categories in Advocacy & Activism, Community Service, Defining Inspiration, Health & Wellness, Intergenerational Impact, and Lifelong Learning.
Community partnerships like the Kawabe Memorial House allow Sound Generations to expand and strengthen our network of support for older adults seeking opportunities to create positive human connections. When aging communities are supported, everyone benefits. You can help us continue to serve our mission of empowering older adults to age their way. Make a gift today and embrace aging unbound with us!
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