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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 32 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 has also initiated 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.

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:

Weekly Support Groups

Support Group - Aging Well

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.

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. We have speakers on various topics and focus often on community resources.

Low Vision Support Group (Monthly)
Dates: Wednesday in January 14
           Wednesday in February 11
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.

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!

Caregiver Support Group
Wednesday, January 28 3 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, February 25 3 - 4:30pm
Facilitated by: John Deagen (from Senior Services Caregiver Support Program)

Come share your challenges, frustrations, successes with other caregivers who “get it.” The experience exchange among caregivers will provide you with free peer support on a monthly basis and might just give you an energy boost to keep you at your best. If you are interested in this group and have questions, please call John at 206-727-6231 or Holly at 932-4044 ext. #2

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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 11:00-1 pm
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.

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

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

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

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.

Reiki Energy Days
Dates:  Thursday February 12 
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.

Zumba Gold
Tuesdays 5:15pm - 6:00pm $5 / $7 non-members
Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:00pm $5 / $7 non-members

This easy-to-follow program lets you move to the beat at your own speed in an invigorating, community-oriented dance and movement class that feels fresh and exhilarating! Classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults and people who prefer the lower impact style of dancing. The teacher adjusts based on class attendees. Come join the fun! Drop in and try it out!

Dental Hygiene with Jan Loder RDH
Date: Friday, January 23
Time: Appointments starting at 9:00 am
Appointments: Call Jan Loder at 206-498-4023
Cost: Fee Based

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, Feb 4
Time: 12:00 to 12:30 pm

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

AARP Driver Safety program
Fridays, January 23 & 30, February 20 & 27
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 com-pleting 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. No driving is included and no formal tests are given. 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

Watercolor classes - Leo Dunbar
Date: Mondays from 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Cost Per Series: $25/month member,

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

Acrylics Painting - Shar Cook
Wednesdays 12:30 - 2:30 pm (New day and time!)
$20 month / $40 non-member
Drop In Class: $10 /$20 non-mem
Materials are $15 payable to instructor.

Students will create their own original painting; subject matter decided by participants. Register at front desk - 206-932-4044.

West Seattle Writing Group
Jan 8, 22 9:30-10:30 am
Feb 12, 26 9:30-10:30 am
$1 members / $2 non-members

Write for your family or for yourself. Share stories in a comfortable environment
with fellow writers offering comments and encouragement. Facilitated by Betty McLain

Inquiring Minds Book Reading/Discussion Group
Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:00 pm
$1 members / $2 non-members

Start the new year by joining us for interesting and thought-provoking reading and discussion of “How We Got to Now – Six Innovations that Made the Modern World” by Steven Johnson. One review says: “Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes. It investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of modern life.” You don’t need the book to participate and you can join us any time. Contact Fred Matthews at or 206.935.3038 for more information.

Conversational Spanish/Movies
Fridays 1:00 pm
$1 members / $2 non-members
(No classes on January 23 or 30)

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.

South Seattle Community College Classes HERE at the Senior Center!
United States and World History 1815-1877 Expansion & Conflicts
Fridays, January 9 - March 13 10 am - 12:15pm
Facilitator: Jim Lockerbie
Cost: $64.00

As the United States grew in size, it became involved in conflicts with Native Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans before a civil war caused in part by a dispute over slavery in the territories that nearly severed the nation. This course will focus on the causes and results of these conflicts and will use motion pictures to help us better understand them. (Note: If necessary, Make up day is March 13.) Register with South Seattle Community College 206-934-5339

Games and Recreation

Games and Recreation

Dates: Fridays
time: 11 am - 2:30 pm
Cost: $6 buy in


Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 10:00 am - Noon

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

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

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. Retreats are $20 per full day and $10 half day

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 for Fun

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 am - Noon

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

NEW! Bridge 101
Tuesdays 2:30 to 4:00pm
$1 members / $2 non-members
4 Sessions - Please choose January or February.

Learn how to play bridge or brush up on your bridge skills.
Sign up at front desk or call 206-932-4044 x 1. Limited space.


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

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: $2/members, $4/non-members

Thursday Pinochle

(No partner needed!)

Dates: Thursdays

Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cost: $2/members, $4/non-members


Dates: Mondays

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Cost: Donation of $2 (divided with

the Center) and a grocery gift certificate

for the winner.

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

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

**Interested in Scrabble?  Contact Jim at

Music and Dancing

Music & Dancing

Ukulele, Sing-Along

Dates: Mondays

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Cost: $1/members $2/non members
Open to all musicians and singers.

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.


Wednesday, Jan 14 5-6:30 pm
Wednesday, Feb 11 5-6:30 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

Monday, January 12 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Suggested donation $5-$10
Jamie Marchler / Kory Tideman /
Toby Henson & Laurie Anders

Monday, February 9 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Suggested donation $5-$10
TBA / Open to all Performer’s

Community is invited to attend. Listen or bring your accordian and jam! 
For more info contact John Giuliani 425-255-2121 or Birgit Ages 206-368-9720

Line Dancing Lessons with

Yvonne Martin

Dates: Thursdays 

Time: 10:45 - 11:45 am

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

Everyone is welcome, from novice to advanced. You do not need a partner. It's great exercise and fun!

Computer Classes

Computer Classes

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.

Basic Computer Class with Vince Ferriols
Dates and time:
Tuesdays January 20, 27  9:30 - 11:30 am
Thursdays  January 22, 29 9:30 - 11:30 am

Tuesdays February 17, 24 9:30 - 11:30 am
Thursdays  January 19, 26 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
Cost Per Class: $10/members, $15 non-members
Labs after class in Cafe: Additional $10

Got it for Christmas, now what?
Tuesday, Jan 6; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Bring that new toy or device and we’ll show you the basics.

Internet Browsers
Tuesday, Jan 13; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Firefox, internet explorer, safari, chrome. What are they? How do I use it? How can I save sites and bookmark them?

Windows Basic
Tuesday, Jan 20; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Learn the basics of Windows 8.1. Find out why updates are important. Find out what is coming out next & when.

Printing and Projects
Tuesday, Jan 27; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Organize, basic edits, and moving files, via online services and/or home computers. Get info about programs such as Shutterfly, Smilebox, Photodex, and My Scrap Nook to name a few.

You’ve got what?!
Tuesday, Feb 3; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Calendar? Where? Address book? Birthday notifications? I can print it and put it in my binder? Find out what you’ve really got hidden on your computer!

Mac computer basics
Tuesday, Feb 10; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Learn the basic settings for your Mac. How to change the desktop & screen saver. Account setup.

Wireless explained
Tuesday, Feb 17; 10:30 - 12:00pm

What is Bluetooth? What is wifi? Why do I need to know this?

Office 365 Demo
Tuesday, Feb 24; 10:30 - 12:00pm

Explore the basics of what each block does in Office 365.

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance from Attorneys with
Elder Law & Estate Planning Experience

Attorney: John Llewellyn
Thursdays, January 15
Thursdays, February 5 & 19
Appointments start at 10:00 am
FREE 20 Minute Consultations. Call front desk to make
appointment: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Legal Consultations

Attorney: Nancy Sorensen
Tuesdays, January 20 and February 17
Appointments starting at 2:00 pm
FREE 20 Minute Consultations. Call front desk to make
appointment: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Insurance / Medicare Help
Advisor: Gary Shinkoskey, SHIBA Representative
Friday February 6
Gary will be scheduling all appointments for these dates
Medicare Insurance Advisor/Senior Rights
FREE 20 Minute Consultations. Call front desk for referral:
206-932-4044 ext. 1

Community/Neighborhood Legal Clinic
Sponsored by King County Bar Association
Tuesdays, January 6, 13 and 27
Tuesdays, February 3, 10 and 24
Appointments start at 7:00 pm
Please call to set up your appointment.206-267-7070

Contact Info

Contact Us

4217 SW Oregon St.
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 932-4044
Fax: (206) 932-4077

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. 


Senior Services


Senior Services

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 |  |

Lyle Evans, Interim Director: