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Social Services and Support Groups

Holly McNeill, MSW LICSW
932-4044 x 2

The Social Worker at the Senior Center of West Seattle works at the center 20 hours a week.  She provides education and training, information and resource referral, and counseling and consultation to older adults and their families.  If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulties – emotional, mental, physical, legal, or financial - she can connect you to helpful programs and services. She is also initiating an outreach program to more isolated and frail older adults in the West Seattle community.  Volunteers are being recruited to be matched with these identified older adults.   If you are interested in learning more about any of the above information you can call Holly McNeill at 206-932-4044 ext#2.

New!! Counselor Available to Meet with You.  Frances Parks, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has a special interest in working with seniors and is able to accept Medicare payment for services. She works with persons dealing with issues of life transitions, anxiety, depression, and loss and grief. She received her doctorate from the U. of Texas and recently completed the Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Washington. She has appointments available at the Senior Center on Wednesdays. If you have questions for her or would like to discuss an appointment, please contact her at: phone: 206-390-5855, email: fparksowl@gmail.com


1. POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS (six weeks) Offered Annually. Emphasizes how important it is for unpaid family caregivers to TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, as well as their loved one(s).  We explore the stressors in being a caregiver and how to successfully navigate this unpredictable journey.

2. LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS (runs six weeks) Offered Annually. Explores the social/emotional/functional impact on our lives caused by chronic conditions, eg diabetes, arthritis, digestive, neurological, cardiac,  respiratory or skeletal disorders, low vision, etc. We can’t cure the condition, but we can learn many effective tools for managing it, and breaking the following vicious cycle: disease process-pain-tension-shortness of breath, fatigue.

3. A MATTER OF BALANCE
  (runs eight weeks) Offered Annually. Addresses the fear of falling, reduces the risk of falls by encouraging activity and building confidence, teaches exercises that promote better balance, evaluates the safety of your home environment, among other things.


Support Group - Embracing Your Life
Dates: Mondays 
Time: 1pm-2pm

Cost: Suggested donation $5/meeting
Facilitated by Holly McNeill, LICSW

Info: Are you feeling overwhelmed by changes in your health, relationships, housing, mobility, or income? Looking for ways to make new connections, communicate, increase self-esteem, manage anxiety, cultivate acceptance? You are not alone. This is an ongoing group for exploring issues of change, loss and life transitions. Share stories, learn coping strategies, give and receive support. All sharing is confidential.


Hearing Loss Group

Dates: See below
Time: See below

We decided at our November meeting that we will cancel our monthly meetings for now.  We will consider resuming monthly or quarterly meetings in the future if there is interest.


Information and referral with basic needs assistance, housing or moving issues, psychosocial or medical concerns, grief support, issues of aging, etc.

Enhance Wellness - FREE

Individual sessions designed to support a healthy lifestyle.  Perhaps you need encouragement to increase physical activity, eat more healthily, socialize more, reduce stress? Starting with an initial evaluation, you then set a goal and create an action plan for attaining your goal.  In subsequent meetings,  we track your process, problem-solve difficulties, and you achieve desired change.


Low Vision Support Group (Monthly)
Dates: 2nd Wednesday in July - July 9
           3rd Wednesday in August - August 20
Time: 1pm - 2pm

Open to all people dealing with vision problems no matter how early or advanced. During our group, we share tips on getting by with vision loss, share resources and support one another. We often have outside speakers presenting to us and sharing various enhancing equipment.

Aging Well Discussion Group (Weekly)
(formerly Embracing Life as We Grow Older)
Dates: Mondays 1pm - 2pm
Cost: Suggested donation $5/meeting
Facilitated by Holly McNeill, LICSW

Info: Most of us can use a little help with this process of aging—as they say: “It’s not for sissies.” Come join us every Monday for a lively discussion of experiences and ideas that can make this aging stuff just a little easier and perhaps more interesting. Share stories, learn coping strategies, give and receive support. All sharing is confidential.

Transitions (Weekly)
Dates: Every Wednesday from 11am - 12 noon.
Drop in: Suggested donation $1

Newcomers always welcome.
Info: Whether transitions are chosen or thrust upon us, they often bring both opportunities and turmoil. A weekly group is held at the Senior Center to share what and how best to manage the changes we face. Friendly and supportive.

Food Bank at the Center
Date & Time: Every Tuesday, 10-10:30 am
Location: Alhadeff room- downstairs
Doors open: 9:55 am, Sharp!
Cost: Free and open to all

Reserve your place in line starting @ 8:30 am or drop in on a first come/ first served basis. Bring your own bags, none supplied. Non-perishable food donations always welcomed!


Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Footcare
Dates: Mondays starting at 9 am
Time: Call 206-932-4044 ext.1 for an appointment
Cost: $20/member, $22/non member.

Info: Have a professional pedicure by a nurse (toe nails
cleaned and trimmed). Bring a small towel.
By Appointment Only Cancellations must be made by
4pm Friday prior to appointment to avoid being charged.

$6 Haircuts at the Center
Provided by Washington Beauty School
Date: Thursdays from 11:00-2:30
Cost: $6 pay at the front desk
Reservations required 932-4044 x 1 or at the front desk.


Regain Your Balance with Erik LaSeur
Date & Time: Fridays 9-9:45 am
Cost: $7/member, $10/non-member

Info: Are you afraid of falling? Are you finding it more
difficult to get in and out of a chair? Explore easier ways to
move your body and regain your sense of balance. Sign up
at the front desk. Drop-ins welcome.

Enhance Fitness Exercise Classes
Date & Time: Mon. Wed. Fri. 8:30 am
Cost: Free to Group Health Medicare Advantage members
or $3 per class.

Info: Innovative and fun strength-training classes, using
wrist and ankle weights, aerobics, balance, and stretching.

NEW!! Yoga for the 50 + with Anita Thompson
Date & Time: Thursdays, 10-11 am
Cost: $7/members, $10/non-members

Info: More challenging than Gentle Yoga, but suitable
for beginners and those with yoga experience. Stretch,
strengthen and de-stress
all in one session. Bring
your own mat, if possible.
Drop-ins OK. If
this class is not for you,
the initial fee is refunded.
Register at
206-932-4044 x 1.


Gentle Yoga, Drop-in with Leo Dunbar
Date & Time: Mondays 9:30 to 10:30 am
Date & Time: Wednesdays 9:30 -10:30 am
Cost: $5/members, $10/non-members

Info: Chair and standing postures—(no floor-sitting)
Improve breathing, posture, flexibility, balance and peace
of mind. Postures can be adapted to your abilities or
limitations. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Register
with Leo at 206-364-5252


Chair Massage by Erik LaSeur
Date & Time: Fridays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
20 minute appointments.
Call to register or sign up at front desk.
Cost: $7/members, $10/non-member

Info: Enjoy a relaxing neck & back massage while seated.

Tai Chi with Steve Coates
Date & Time: Mondays 11:00-11:45 am
Cost: $10/drop-in, monthly fee of $32 /members,
$40/non-member for 4 week class.

See how this body movement session can enhance your life
Sign up with the front desk receptionist, 206-932-4044 x 1.


Tai Chi & Qigong with Viola Brumbaugh
Date & Time: Thursdays 1:00-2:00 pm
Cost: $40/members for 4 week class.
$45/non-member for 4 week class.
$12 drop in class. $25 off for 2nd household member.

Improve your balance and increase your energy, strength,
flexibility, and coordination. Join us for a blend of eastern
exercise for health benefits, longevity, and fun. Sign up
with the front desk receptionist, 206-932-4044 x 1.


Upper Body Movement with Megg Hagele
Date & Time: Thursdays 2:00-2:45pm
Cost: $5/members, $10/non-members

Info: Experience renewed strength, balance and coordination
while breathing correctly with gentle fun exercises for
the upper body. Call to register 206-932-4044 x 1.

Reiki Energy Days
Dates: 2nd Thursdays July 10 & August 14
Time: 9:30am - Noon (30 minute sessions)
Cost: $10/members, $20/non-members

Reiki is a Japanese technique for promoting healing
and relaxation and reducing stress. It works as a support
with other medical or therapeutic techniques promoting
recovery. Call for appointments 206-932-4044 x1.

Dental Hygiene with Jan Loder RDH
Date: Friday, August 22 (No July services.)
Time: Appointments starting at 9:00 am
Appointments: Call Jan Loder at 206-498-4023
Cost: Fee Based

Info: Healthy Pearls for Seniors is a low cost dental hygiene
program to promote healthy teeth and gums via cleanings
and oral cancer screenings done here at the Center.

Free Blood Pressure Readings
Date: 1st Wednesday of month, July 2 and August 6
Time: 12:00 to 12:30 pm

Cost: Free, NO appointment needed
Info: Compliments Leon Sullivan Health Center


AARP Defensive Driving Program 
Fridays, July 18 and 25, August 22 and 29
8:45 am- 1:00 pm, Nelson Room
Pre-register: Call (206) 932-4044 x 1
$15 AARP member/$20 AARP non-member

This popular AARP program has recently been updated and covers current changes in roads, automobiles, state laws and driving situations.  It is especially aimed for drivers 50 and over.  Topics include how driving can be affected by changes in medicine, vision, hearing, reaction time and how to compensate for aging and age related situations.  We feel that after completing this program you will improve at least one of your driving skills, if not several.  This is an 8-hour course completed over two, four hour sessions.  All classroom.  No driving is included and no formal tests are given. You must pre-register with the instructor.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate good towards a discount on your auto insurance.


Art and Language

Art and Language

Art & Languages

Drawing 101 - Leo Dunbar
Date: Wednesdays, 1:00- 2:00 pm
Cost: $10/drop in or monthly fee of
$25/members, $50/non-members

Info: Learn how to draw in this great
beginner class. Please sign up with
Leo at 206-364-5252.

NEW! Digital Bookmaking with Gail Ann
Date: Tuesdays, 10 - 11:30am, August 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: 4 week class is $20 members
$35 non-members plus cost of your finished product. ($30 and up paid directly
to service of your choice)
Pre-register: At front desk.

Info: You know you’ve been meaning to put together a photo book of all those digital images of holiday, vacation, and family. Here’s your chance to learn how! We’ll take you from signing up with an online service to creating your own beautiful finished product you can share with family and friends.
Week 1: Explore Shutterfly and MyPublisher
online and set up your personal
accounts. You’ll see sample finished products as well.
Week 2: Tips on selecting your images.
Week 3: Uploading your images and building your book.
Week 4: Building continued and ORDER your book!

Watercolor classes - Leo Dunbar
Date: Mondays from 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Cost Per Series: $25/month member,
$50/non-member
Drop In Class: $10/members,
$15/non-members

Info: No drawing skills? No problem.
The paintings are pre-drawn; but if
you want to draw your own, paper
will be provided. For a supply list and
to pay contact Leo at 206-364-5252
or leo-dunbar@hotmail.com

Acrylics Painting - Shar Cook
No July or August classes

West Seattle Writing Group
Taking summer off. Resuming in
September.


Book Reading Group
Date & Time: Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Join us for interesting and thoughtprovoking
reading and discussion of
“Nudge: Improving Decisions about
Health, Wealth and Happiness” by
Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein (revised
and expanded edition), 2009.
You don’t have to have the book to
participate and you can join us any time.
For more information contact Fred Matthews at
206.935.3038 or seafam2010@gmail.com

Conversational Spanish/Movies
Date & Time: Friday July 25, August 29, 10am
Nucor Room
Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Suzanne Duffy-Kane, retired World Language teacher,
facilitates an informal gathering of folks who speak
Spanish and adventurous newbies. In July and August
we will watch a Spanish film with subtitles. Drop-in’s
welcome.

Current Events
Tuesdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Participants discuss variety of current events of interest to
those attending.


Games and Recreation

Games and Recreation


Hardanger


Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 10:00 am - Noon

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Info: Hardanger is Norwegian

embroidery that dates further back

than the 1700s. Come check out this

traditional craft. Newcomers always

welcome!

West Seattle Quilters

Dates: First and third Tuesdays

Time: 7:00 pm at the Center

Cost: Retreats are $20 per full day

and $10 half day

Regular meetings include special

projects such as Block of the Month,

Mystery Quilts, or Group Charity

Projects. There is always Show & Tell

and members share advice on members'

projects. Mini-Retreats are held

quarterly at the Senior Center with

members bringing machines, projects,

irons, etc.

Cards, Games, Music, Stitching

Alki Duplicate Bridge Club

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm with a

short break for lunch between 12:00

and 12:30. Call Nick Tipton

206-484-3303 for space availability.

Bridge

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 am - Noon

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Cribbage

Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 12:30 pm

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

MahJong: (beginning)

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 1:00 pm

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Info: Stretch your brain - learn

MahJong: ancient Chinese ‘tiles’

game, not unlike Rummy.

Monday Pinochle

(No partner needed!)

Dates: Mondays

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $1.50/members, $3/non-members

Thursday Pinochle

(No partner needed!)

Dates: Thursdays

Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cost: $1.50/members, $3/non-members

Poker

Dates: Mondays

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Cost: Donation of $2 (divided with

the Center) and a grocery gift certificate

for the winner.

Info: Friendly rules, no money bets.

Want to Learn Some New Games?



**Interested in Canasta, Hand & Foot, UNO, Rook, Spades?  Contact Robert Henson at 206-604-7600 or cokedrinker2@att.net.

**Interested in playing five handed Pinochle?  Call Frankie at 206-935-3118.

**Interested in Scrabble?  Contact Jim at seattleukulelejim@icloud.com





Music and Dancing

Music & Dancing

Ukulele, Sing-Along


Open to all musicians and singers.

Dates: Mondays

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Cost: $1/members $2/non members

**Interested in Beginning Ukulele

lessons on Mondays? Or Karaoke

singalong? Contact Jim Kaanana at

seattleukulelejim@icloud.com

Band Jam and Dance

Dates: Mondays

Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm

All instruments invited. Group plays

familiar standards. Bring music if you

want the musicians to play a special

song. Listeners and dancers are

welcome to hear the group or “trip the

light fantastic” on the dance floor.

Singing Group

Dates: Thursdays

July 17 and August 14

Time: 6-7:30 pm

Do you love to sing? Are you a

caregiver of someone who loves to

sing or enjoys music? Join us for an

informal sing along at the Senior

Center of West Seattle.

We will have a musical accompanist

with us. Lyric sheets will be provided.

Our goal is to create a choir that is

ongoing and blossom into a fantastic

group! Questions or RSVP: Holly

McNeill, 206-932-4044 x 2

NW Accordion Society Social

Break for July and August - Enjoy

your summer.

Line Dancing Lessons with

Yvonne Martin

Dates: Thursdays (No Class July 3rd)

Time: 10:45 - 11:45 am

Cost: $3/members, $4/non-member

Info: Everyone is welcome, from

novice to advanced. You do not need

a partner. It's great exercise and fun!

At the Senior Center of

West Seattle we embrace the

belief that cultural, social and

other differences should be

respected and celebrated.



Computer Classes

Computer Classes

Compute user

Open Computer Lab
Our Computer Lab is open every
Monday from 9 am to 11 am. There is
no charge and we encourage people to
come in with any computer problems
that they may have.

Learn Creative Digital
Photography
Dates: Tuesdays July 15, 22 and 29
Thursdays July 17, 24 and 31
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: Each class: $20/members,
$40/non-members
Must Pre-register: at front desk.

Info: Bring your digital camera,
iPhone or smart phone. Learn how to
get your photos off of your camera for
prints, composites or a book.
Instructor: Joanne Murray.
Questions: 206-932-6064

Basic Computer Class with Burke Dykes
Dates: Tuesday & Thursdays July 22, 24, 29, 31 August 19, 21, 26, 28
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 am
Cost: For this series of 4 classes $5 members/$10 non-members

The basics of the Windows operating system, setting up an email account and finding information on the web are all covered. 



Technology Classes with Rolland
Dates: Tuesdays
Cost Per Class: $5/members, $10 non-members

Using Facebook
Date: Tuesday, July 8; 10:30 - 12:00pm
Info: You have seen the Geico
Insurance ad….and you know it
doesn’t “work like that.” Come on
down and see how it works and how
you really un-friend someone.

The New Windows 8
Date: Tuesday, July 15; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Info: Got a new computer, and it
doesn’t look like your old one?
Because now they come with Windows
8. Its different, and you need to
know how it can work for you.

Editing Pictures with Picasa
Date: Tuesday, August 12; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Info: Want to organize your pictures?
Edit them to make them look better?
Make a special gift with family
photos? This is the class you have
been hunting for.

Online Buying & Selling, the New Garage Sale
Date: Tuesday, August 19; 10:30 - 12:00pm
Info: Got something you really want
to get rid of? Looking for that next
Antiques Roadshow winner? You
need to learn the basics of buying and
selling on the internet with ebay &
craigslist and others.

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance from Attorneys with
Elder Law & Estate Planning Experience

Attorney: John Llewellyn
Dates: Thursdays, July 3 and July 17
Thursdays, August 7 and August 21
Time: Appointments start at 10:00 am
Appointments: 206-932-4044 ext. 1
Cost: FREE 20 Minute Consultations

Legal Consultations

Attorney: Nancy Sorensen
Dates: Wednesdays, July 16 and August 20
Time: Appointments starting at 2:00 pm
Appointments: 206-932-4044 ext. 1
Cost: FREE 20 Minute Consultations

Insurance / Medicare Help
Advisor: Gary Shinkoskey, SHIBA Representative
Dates: Thursdays, July 3 and August 7
Time: Appointments starting at 10:00 am
Appointments: 206-932-4044 ext. 1
Cost: FREE 1 Hour Consultations
Info: Medicare Insurance Advisor/Senior Rights

Community/Neighborhood Legal Clinic
Sponsored by King County Bar Association
Dates: Tuesdays, July 1, 8 and 22
Dates: Tuesdays, August 5, 12 and 26
Time: Appointments start at 7:00 pm
Appointments: 206-267-7070

Contact Info

Contact Us

4217 SW Oregon St.
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 932-4044
Fax: (206) 932-4077
info.SCWS@seniorservices.org

Hours of Operation:

8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Monday — Friday

Stop n' Shop Hours:

10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
7 days a week

Cafe Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


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The Senior Center of West Seattle is part of Senior Services
2208 Second Avenue, Suite 100, Seattle, WA, 98121-2055
Phone: (206) 448-5757 | Fax: (206) 448-5766 | info.SCWS@seniorservices.org  |

Lyle Evans, Interim Director: lylee@seniorservices.org