Federal Way, Give Rides to Change Lives! Help a Senior Near You!

Program: Volunteer Transportation
Location: Federal Way
Duration: Ongoing
Group or Individual: Individual
Kid Friendly: Yes
Summary:  Change lives by giving rides! Drive seniors to and from their important medical appointments.

Contact: 206-748-7588 or dianas@soundgenerations.org. Click here to apply https://jobs-soundgenerations.secure.force.com/Volunteer/Vol_ApplicationDriver

Description: Help older adults get to their important and life-sustaining medical appointments. Using your own vehicle, you would drive seniors to their appointments, wait for them, and return them home, providing friendly companionship for the round trip. This flexible opportunity allows you to choose which days, times, frequency, and areas you wish to serve. You may also change your availability weekly. Our program staff will happily work to accommodate your schedule. Take a turn in the right direction, become a volunteer driver today!

Requirements: Volunteers must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and auto insurance, a reliable vehicle, no moving violations in the past two years, ability to pass a criminal background check, and some weekday availability.

Congratulations! Four Community Partner Sites Win Awards by Mayor Durkan

A special congratulations to our four amazing Community Partner Sites – Ballard NW Senior Center, Central Area Senior Center, Lake City Seniors, and the Senior Center of West Seattle on their award! We’d also like to extend our congrats to the twelve nonprofit Centers who were also recipients of Mayor Jenny A. Durkan’s award. Keep up the great work!

News Release From The Office of The Mayor:

Mayor Durkan Announces $1.7 Million in Senior Center Awards

Seattle (September 7) – At visits to Sound Generations Lake City/Northgate Senior Center and the International Drop-In Center on Beacon Hill, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced $1.7 million in awards for senior centers that contribute to the health, well-being, and independence of Seattle’s older adults.

“As our City grows less affordable, we must continue to invest in our most vulnerable residents, including our senior community. Our older neighbors are an asset to our community and a vital part of the fabric of our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Durkan. “Our senior centers provide opportunities for volunteerism, lifelong learning, transportation, and healthy meals. These investments will help our neighbors live longer and enhance their quality of life.”

Twelve nonprofit centers across Seattle will receive awards ranging from $67,000 to $180,000 in 2019, including:

·        Asian Counseling and Referral Service

·        Chinese Information and Service Center

·        International Drop-In Center

·        Greenwood Senior Center (operated by the Phinney Neighborhood Association)

·        Pike Market Senior Center

·        South Park Senior Center

·        Southeast Seattle Senior Center

·        Wallingford Community Senior Center

And four programs operated by Sound Generations:

·        Ballard Senior Center

·        Central Area Senior Center

·        Lake City/Northgate

·        Senior Center of West Seattle

“HSD has developed a results-driven investment model that helps ensure that the department’s work is making a real difference in the lives of vulnerable people, addressing community disparities, and investing in what works,” said Jason Johnson, Interim Director of the Human Services Department. “These centers provide high-quality, cost-effective programs. They reach out to older people who may be socially or culturally isolated and they build a real sense of community.”

The Seattle Human Services Department recommended the senior center awards from the City’s General Fund. Its Aging and Disability Services division reviewed center proposals and made final decisions based on recommendations from a community-based review committee, the geographic location of the center, and the opportunity to serve populations with higher health disparities and/or lower social and emotional support, particularly Hispanic/Latinx and Black/African American older adults.

Several studies show the connection between social engagement, quality of life, and longevity. AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect lists numerous risk factors for older adults, including diminishing social networks, fewer transportation options, changing roles, and living alone. Social and civic participation and community support are among the goals of the City of Seattle’s Age Friendly Seattle action plan.

For senior center locations, more information about local programs and services for older adults, or answers to questions about aging issues, call Community Living Connections toll-free at 844-348-5464.

Engage in Every Way – Older American’s Month

“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.

To learn more about our full program offerings visit the web: www.soundgenerations.org