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Only 9 Days Left Until Our Luncheon celebration! Online registration is now closed, however you can still purchase tickets until noon on Wednesday, June 19 by calling 206.727.6267. There will be an opportunity to win a raffle prize of two domestic, round-trip airline tickets on Alaska Airlines!

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This event is sponsored by Microsoft, Premera, Azose Commercial Properties, Swedish, Aegis, Biella Foundation, and Alaska Airlines.

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Get your tickets to our annual Inspire Positive Aging Awards Luncheon at the Bellevue Hilton on June 26, 2019. Join us as we come together to celebrate and recognize outstanding individuals whose lives exemplify positive aging through community involvement, relationships, healthy living, endurance, creativity, and balance – all traits we ourselves hope to exhibit as we age. General admission is $75.

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Hilke Faber, 2018 IPAA Recipient for Advocacy + Activism:
“Thank you all for such a lovely luncheon and celebratory occasion!! I am humbly honored to share this moment with so many inspiring individuals. And really, feel all the nominees are deserving of this award! I so respect and value the critical services you provide to our community!! As the first Long Term Care Ombudsman I am glad to know that SOUND GENERATIONS is there to help improve the quality of life for those in need and help seniors lead their best lives in the least restrictive setting!! THANK YOU!!”

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Nominate an Older Adult in Your Community!

On behalf of Sound Generations, we are thrilled to once again invite you to nominate an older adult in your community for our annual Inspire Positive Aging Awards.

We greatly value your input as a leader in our community, and would love to learn about who inspires you.

Nominations are now open and will run through April 30, 2019. For information on how to nominate a deserving senior for this prestigious recognition:


All Award Recipients will be celebrated at the Inspire Positive Aging Awards Luncheon on June 26, 2019, and all nominees will be given complimentary attendance for themselves and a guest. You may visit our website,, for an overview of the awards, last years’ recipients and nominees, and additional information.

Thank you for encouraging your friends and family to nominate a senior who inspires them. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


“It never occurred to me that anyone would be celebrated for doing what I like to do. I usually avoid standing out among others. So I’m still glowing from all the kindness and attention I received. Receiving the award boosted my spirit and confidence. And reaffirmed my conviction that I’m headed in the right direction.”

-Dianne Hansen, 2018 IPAA Award Recipient

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Nominations Now Open: 2019 Inspire Positive Aging Awards

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Do you know an older adult (60 years or older) that resides in King County who inspires with their energy, creativity and resilience?


All nominees will be celebrated at the annual Inspire Positive Aging Awards (IPAA) Luncheon on June 26, 2019. More info

“Thank you all for such a lovely luncheon and celebratory occasion!! I am humbly honored to share this moment with so many inspiring individuals. And really, feel all the nominees are deserving of this award!” – 2018 award recipient

2018 IPAA Recipients: Hilke Faber (74), Jemanesh Demisse (72), Natalia Mendez (76), Merle Fister (97), Dianne Hansen (71), Ray Bradley (65).


Sound Generations Honors King County Elders at the 2018 Inspire Positive Aging Awards

On June 20, 2018, Sound Generations celebrated our 13th Annual Inspire Positive Aging Awards by recognizing 49 inspirational older adults from diverse communities throughout King County. This event brought together nearly 300 guests thanks to the generosity of our sponsors: Regence, Premera Blue Cross, Azose Commercial Properties, Swedish, Aegis Living, and the Biella Foundation.

Six Award Recipients were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions:

Advocacy + activism

Hilke Faber, 74, is a role model for all ages and a tireless advocate for older adults. As a retired registered nurse who served as Washington’s first nursing home ombudsman, she led statewide and national legislation reforms for nursing home regulations. Her advocacy efforts led to the establishment of Bill of Rights for nursing home residents in Washington, and she created resident councils in King County’s senior living communities to provide a channel of communication between residents and home administrators. Her passion for advocacy and service has helped those around her see nursing home residents in a new light – as autonomous, dignified people capable of advocating for themselves regardless of their age and health.

Community service

Jemanesh Demisse, 72, is dedicated to helping the underserved elders in King County’s East African community. She has been working with the East African Senior Meals Program at the Yesler Community Center for over eight years, preparing nutritious and culturally relevant meals for over 50 elders each Thursday and Saturday. She has demonstrated leadership by actively recruiting volunteers for the meals program and Rainer Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, and she is not afraid to go out of her way to assist a community member. She is the first to first to fundraise when someone is in need, the first to visit a community member in the hospital, and cheers on the younger generation at graduation ceremonies. Despite her recent health challenges her dedication to her community is unwavering. Her nominator said, “Jemanesh has a heart of gold… [She] taught me that one can be humble and give without the expectation of getting anything in return.”

Defining inspiration

Natalia Mendez, 76, inspires people who know her with her positivity and selflessness. Natalia emigrated from Pueblo, Mexico to Yakima when she was 34, where she raised four children on her own and was known in the community for bringing meals to less fortunate families. She continues to embody this spirit of kindness today, spending hours each week preparing delicious Mexican food to share with SeaMar’s Lake City Latino Senior Group. Even though she struggles with chronic pain after a car accident, she remains active physically and is always willing to try new activities like yoga and dancing. At an event celebrating the independence days of Latin American countries last year, Natalia sang a song from Mexico in front of the lunch crowd. Her nominator described her voice as “soulful, strong, and inspiring” – just like Natalia herself.

Health & wellness

Merle Fister, 97, exemplifies healthy aging through his determination to stay physically and mentally fit. He begins each day with calisthenics and a half mile walk, before joining other residents for a daily group exercise class. Recognizing that loneliness and isolation negatively impact people’s health, Merle always makes sure to greet new members of his retirement community to make them feel welcome and involved. He helps others with computer and cell phone problems and follows news reports to stay current on world events. Those who know Merle describe him as loving and optimistic, and they appreciate him for demonstrating the power of positive thinking, the importance of an active lifestyle, and the healing power of laughter and a joke, even if it’s a bad one.

Intergenerational impact

Dianne Hansen, 71, was honored for her ‘Intergenerational Impact’. Dianne is admired for her work as a volunteer tutor and piano teacher in her community. She generously devotes her time to tutoring young children at the Shoreline Public Library, and through the SWEL Timebank discovered her passion for teaching piano lessons. This inspired Dianne to offer free piano lessons to children whose families couldn’t afford private lessons. Dianne also purchased keyboards and music books that she’d loan to students so they could practice at home. She now devotes time to her 12 young piano students but still finds time to dedicate to other causes, including piano lessons for retiree and working mother students, general tutoring, teaching ESL classes, and sewing classes. Her patience, compassion and enthusiasm is infectious, and she is an inspiration to all who know her.

Lifelong learning

Ray Bradley, 65, an active member of Central Area Senior Center’s Food, Nutrition, Health and Wellness Workshop Series, brings encouragement and joy to everyone he meets. An intelligent and curious man, Ray loves learning and always participates and assists in any way he can. He asks questions for every presenter and topic, and he is always enthusiastic when he is asked to help with a demonstration in class. Ray keeps a positive attitude during classes, and his humor good cheer helps other participants to do the same. Outside the classes, Ray also teaches a computer classes to CASC members every Wednesday. His nominator said, “One need not ask for [Ray’s] help – if he sees a need, he is on it.  If he determines a better way exists to solve or resolve a concern, he offers his ideas immediately.”

If you didn’t get a chance to nominate someone you know, you’ll have another opportunity to submit a nomination next year. We hope to see you at the 2019 IPAA celebration!

Only Six Weeks Left! Nominate Someone Today!

Nomination for the 2018 Inspire Positive Aging Awards closes on April 30, 2018. We greatly value your input in our community and would love to learn about who inspires you.

Visit today to learn more about the awards and download a nomination form.

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Inspire Positive Aging Award – Now Open!

Inspire Positive Aging Awards LogoIs there an older adult who inspires you?

Nominate them for Sound Generations’ 13th Annual Inspire Positive Aging Award at The deadline for nominations is: April 30, 2018

Requirements: Nominees need only be 60 years of age or older and live in King County.

All nominees will be celebrated at the IPAA Luncheon on June 20, 2018 at the Bellevue Hilton.
Award recipients will receive an award plaque, $250 Visa Gift Card and a commemorative certificate.
Nominators of the award recipients will receive a $50 gift card.

The 2018 Award Categories are:Inspire Positive Aging Award Nominate someone you know.

  • Community Service
  • Advocacy + Activism
  • Health + Wellness
  • Intergenerational Impact
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Defining Inspiration

Celebrate the contributions that older adults make in our communities and nominate someone today!