Senior Centers for those who Age In Place

One of the benefits to moving to a retirement community is the opportunity for social interactions with other seniors. However, numerous studies have shown that most elderly people prefer to remain at home rather than move. The choice to ‘age in place’ is one we fully support at Capability Homecare, yet we also recognize the importance of social interactions and life enrichment.

Luckily, in the Seattle/ Eastside area we have a number of senior centers that provide these social needs- for those seniors who want to ‘age in place‘. It’s the best of both worlds- you get to stay in your home but also have the opportunity to get out, see friends, have a nice meal, play games, learn a craft, participate in outings and enjoy life!

Besides the social interaction, one advantage of senior centers is that they connect older adults to a variety of services. There are many services available to the senior population- yet educating them on all of their options is sometimes difficult. Senior centers can be that gathering place where information is available.

Some of the other benefits to a senior center include:

  • Information and assistance
  • Health, Fitness and wellness programs
  • Meal and nutrition programs
  • Transportation services
  • Public benefits counseling
  • Employment assistance
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Educational and arts programs
  • Intergenerational programs

The best news is that participating in a senior center can actually be good for you!

“Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being.”*

Check out the list below to find the senior center closest to you!  

Ballard Northwest Senior Activity Center

5429 – 32nd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-0403
(206) 297-0558 (FAX)
Burien Senior Program
14700 6TH Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 988-3700

Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 461-7816

Columbia Club
424 Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 448-5021

Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-0875

International Drop-In Center
409 Maynard Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 587-3735

Northwest Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 461-7811

Pike Market Senior Center
1931 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2773

Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center
6559 Ravenna Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-0718

Salvation Army Senior Center
9002 16th SW
Seattle, WA 98106-2354
(206) 763-8842

Senior Center Of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4044Shoreline Senior Center
18560 1st Ave. NE #1
Seattle, WA 98155
(206) 365-1536

South Park Senior Center
8201 10th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-3650

Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-0317

Tallmadge Hamilton House
5225 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 524-0473

Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 461-7825

King County outside of Seattle

Auburn Senior Center
808 9th St SE
Auburn WA 98002-4132
(253) 931-3016

Federal Way Senior Center
4016 S. 352nd
Auburn, WA 98001
(253) 838-3604

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Senior Center
39015 172nd Ave. SE
Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 939-3311

North Bellevue Community Center/City of Bellevue Aging Services
4063 148th Ave. NE (PO Box 90012)
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012
(425) 452-7681

Black Diamond Senior Center
31605 3rd Ave. (PO Box 220)
Black Diamond WA 98010
(360) 886-2418

Northshore Senior Center
10201 E. Riverside Dr.
Bothell, WA 98011
(425) 487-2441

Sno-Valley Senior Center
P.O. Box 96
Carnation, WA 98014
(425) 333-4152

Des Moines Senior Center
22030 Cliff Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 878-1642

Enumclaw Senior Center
1350 Cole St.
Enumclaw, WA 98022-2633
(360) 825-4741

Klahanee Senior Center
33901 9th Ave.
Mail To: 33530 1st Way S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 661-4151

Issaquah Valley Senior Center
105 2nd Ave. NE (PO Box 786)
Issaquah, WA 98027-0786
(425) 392-2381

Kent Senior Center
600 E. Smith St.
Kent, WA 98031-4628
(253) 859-3342

Kirkland Senior Center
352 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-1223

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation
2040 84th Av SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 236-3545

Mount Si Senior Center
411 S. Main St. (P.O. Box 806)
North Bend, WA 98045
(425) 888-3434

Pacific/Algona Senior Center
100 3rd Ave. SE
Pacific, WA 98047-1335
(253) 931-8289

Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052-3534
(425) 556-2314

Renton Senior Center
211 Burnett Avenue North
Renton, WA 98055-1626
(425) 430-6633

North Seatac Park
Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S.
Sea Tac, WA 98168
(206) 439-9273

Tukwila Senior Program
12424-42nd Ave. South
Tukwila, WA 98168-3133
(206) 768-2822

Vashon-Maury Senior Center
P.O. Box 848
Vashon Island, WA 98070
(206) 463-5173



What’s Your “Thing”?

I was out with a friend last night that I hadn’t seen for years.  She asked me if I was still sewing (a few years ago I used to sew matching mother and daughter skirts), and I replied that I had given that up- and that now my ‘thing’ is tennis. I chatted briefly about how much I love to play and how much fun it has been to have a new hobby.

I then asked her what her ‘thing’ is, and she looked at my blankly for a minute- and then replied, “I don’t have a thing… I need a thing!”

Her remark got me to thinking… don’t we all need a ‘thing’?

By ‘thing” I mean something that we do for the simple pleasure of doing it! Personally, I think life is so much richer and more enjoyable when you play a sport, or have a hobby, or have something special that excites you.

Through the years my I’ve had lots of ‘things’! My interests have included sewing, scrapbooking, running, book club, golfing, sudoku, yoga and now playing tennis. As I grow older my interests and hobbies have changed- but I’ve always found it important to nourish my soul.

Sadly, I noticed that often times the elderly give up on their ‘thing’, either because it’s too difficult to do, or they lack the energy, resources or initiative to do it. This can turn into a serious problem, because without a ‘thing’ people can often become withdrawn and even depressed.

Capability Homecare can help with that! It is our passion to bring joy and happiness to seniors, and we would love to assist you in doing your ‘thing’. Whether it’s gardening, playing cards, a trip to a museum… whatever your interest- we are there to assist, initiate or simply accompany you.

When I meet with clients for the first time I always go over our list of service offerings. I’ve tended to skip over the parts that describe life enrichment and focused more on the ADLs- because that is usually why people need us. But as I thought about my own ‘thing’ I realize how essential those life enrichment activities are. They shouldn’t be overlooked- they should be embraced, because- isn’t quality of life the most important ‘thing’ after all?

Bedtime Routine

I was reading one of my favorite blogs the other day- My Mother My Son– (from the founder of Aegis) about one’s evening routine and it started me thinking about my own routine.

Each night, I prepare dinner for my family.  We sit and eat together; afterwards I do the dishes, wipe off the counters and sweep the floor.

Later, we all settle on the couch to watch our favorite TV shows, while I usually fold laundry. At about 9:00, I’ll decide I’m tired and head upstairs to bed.

I carry the laundry basket of freshly folded clothes with me up the stairs so that I can put them away before I climb in bed. As I’m putting the laundry away I notice a light bulb is burned out in the hall lamp and I go back downstairs to find a replacement.

In the kitchen I remember that I need to set out the recycling for tomorrow, so I quickly gather all the items from under the sink, carry them out to the recycle container and then wheel it down to the curb.

Finally, I head back upstairs to get ready for bed. While climbing the stairs I notice some dirt that the dog must have tracked in.  Rather than let it get ground in to the carpet- I go retrieve the vacuum and clean up the mess.

I then head to my bathroom to change into my pj’s when I spot an overdue library book sitting by the edge of the bathtub. Not wanting to forget it- I bring it back downstairs to put in next to my purse- to be returned to the library the next day.

Eventually, I make it back upstairs to start getting ready for bed. I use the restroom, brush my teeth, wash my face, remove my contacts and crawl into bed- an hour later and totally exhausted.

I don’t think I’m alone in this crazy bedtime routine and it started me thinking.

Imagine if you were unable to cook your own dinner, let alone clean up after it.

Imagine if the process of doing laundry was too difficult to attempt, not to mention the idea of folding the clothes and carrying a heavy laundry basket.

Imagine if you couldn’t walk on your own, or climb stairs without assistance.

Imagine sweeping or vacuuming the floor is a task too difficult to even try.

Imagine maneuvering a heavy recycle bin to the curb each week.

Imagine due to limited mobility that taking your clothes off is difficult, not to mention putting new ones on.

Imagine not being able to use the restroom, bathe or brush your teeth on your own.

Imagine even the simple task of crawling into or out of bed being so difficult that you are unable to do it alone for fear of falling.

Such is the life of many seniors.

Us, able bodied, take for granted how blessed we are to be able to do the tasks that we do each day. We forget that there are people who might be ill or frail, or recovering from surgery, or simply too weak to do the Activities of Daily Living that we all take for granted.

That is exactly what Capability Homecare is for.

We are there to provide safe, trustworthy, compassionate caregivers who will aid in all of these simple tasks- things most of us don’t even think about, things that we take for granted each and every day.

If you or your loved one wants to Age in Place, but need some extra assistance consider calling Capability Homecare today. 425 679-5770

Puppy Love

I’ll admit it- I have never been a big dog person. I think it’s because I was bitten by a ferocious dog as a child, and that event left me pretty scarred.

For years I swore I’d never get a dog- even though my children begged for one. Even though my husband wanted one, even though all my friends had one. I had decided they were not for me!

However, something very strange has come over me. I have fallen in love- with a puppy! For most people, that might seem like no big deal- everyone falls in love with puppies, right? Well, not me. I’ve seen plenty of puppies- and never has one tugged at my heartstrings like this little sweetie!

Something inside me changed when I first saw this puppy, I couldn’t get her out of my mind. After careful deliberation, my husband and I decided to go for it- so now I’m happy to say I am the proud owner of the sweetest little dog ever. Her name is Sadie, and I am smitten. She is smart, cuddly, playful, compassionate- and a part of our family!

You’re probably wondering what in the world does this have to do with seniors? Not much- except that having this puppy has brought me so much joy- that it’s made me think about how a dog can bring joy and enrichment to a senior’s life as well.

I’m not suggesting going out and buying a puppy (they are too much work for a senior to have to train), but a sweet, good natured dog that can be a friend/companion to a senior might just be what they need.

I know lots of senior living communities have house pets, or allow residents to bring their own pets to live with them, and I think this is a great idea, it gives the seniors the opportunity to experience the joy a dog can bring.

I’ve also heard of therapy dogs– who assist with patients on hospice. According to Therapy Dogs International, “Therapy dogs help combat loneliness and they give people the chance to have something to look forward to. Exposure to our dogs allows the patient to feel needed and wanted at a time in their life when death is evident.”

What a wonderful idea!

For those of you who are local to the Seattle area, Providence Senior and Community services has their own therapy dog! If you’d like to learn more, please check out this website

Book Lust, Nancy Pearl

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE reading, and I love hearing about a good book! Well, guess what? This Saturday from 1:00-2:30 at the Sammamish branch of the King County library Nancy Pearl will be speaking and giving her book recommendations.

Nancy is the well known author of the book series, Book Lust. In fact, some refer to her as the ‘rock star’ among readers!

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to meet Nancy and hear what books she recommends. For more information, click here.

Capability Homecare is proud to be the area’s number one resource for senior events in our community. If you are in need of in home care for you or a loved one, please consider checking out our website, or calling for more information.

Capability Connections

Capability Homecare has decided to start a new feature on our blog titled Capability Connections– in order to help you get connected with resources in the community.

Today I want to share about a great class being offered through Evergreen Hospital for anyone who has MS or Parkinson’s or Post Stroke Recovery.

“Geared toward those with neurological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Post-Stroke Recovery this weekly, mat-oriented class, includes elements of Yoga, Tai Chi, dumbbell exercise, exercise bands and more. Participants will be supplied with all of the necessary equipment including the exercise mat. Exercises take place on the ground but are beneficial in all walks of life. Due to the nature of the class all participants must be able to get down to their mat and back to their feet again independently or at least with the assistance of their own caregiver. Registration is necessary in order to attend. Fee is $20 for four-week session.”

Additional class information: Four-week session. Class meets in the DeYoung Pavilion – 2nd Floor, Rainer Room.

Start Date: 11/14/2011 Monday

End Date: 12/05/2011 Monday

Start Time: 2:00pm

End Time: 3:00pm

Cost : $20.00

As always, Capability Homecare strives to provide the best in-home care for seniors in the greater Seattle area. For more information, please call us 425 679-5770 or visit our website.

Rachel’s Challenge

Have you ever heard of Rachel Scott? Until last week, I hadn’t.

Sadly, Rachel Scott was the very first person shot during the Columbine massacre in 1999. After her death, her parents found her journals and diaries and realized that she had made it her mission in life to spread kindness and compassion to everyone. They decided that they could turn her tragic death into something good- and decided to share her writings with the world.

For an assignment for high school, Rachel wrote about her code of ethics.  Her code included honesty, kindness, looking for the best in everyone and acting with compassion. She then went on to challenge her reader to start a chain reaction, she wrote ‘I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, they might just start a chain reaction.’ It reminds me of the Nestle Tollhouse cookie commercial- where one person makes cookies for a neighbor, then the neighbor decides to make cookies for another person, then that person makes cookies for her daughter in college… and so on. The small act of making cookies for 1 person started a chain reaction.

What on earth does this have to do with homecare? Nothing! My children’s school has accepted this challenge, and it got me to thinking about my own life. I’m always looking for ways to be the best possible person I can be- and so I am sharing with you this challenge in hopes that you will take it upon yourself to spread kindness- to do the right thing- to seek out people who are lonely and offer them friendship.

Here are a few of my plans for accepting this challenge:

1. When driving, I will make an effort to allow other drivers the right away. No road rage!

2. I will look for the best in people- when someone is grumpy with me- I’ll assume they are having a bad day and I’ll look for something positive to focus on.

3. If I see someone who looks lonely- or is feeling left out- I’ll make an effort to greet them by name and make sure they feel included.

4. I’ll listen to someone who is lonely and needs to talk.

What steps can you take to accept Rachel’s Challenge? Are there things you can change in your life?