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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 Wednes- days. If you have questions for her or would like to discuss an appointment, please contact her at: phone: 206-390-5855, email: 

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.

  (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
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 FREE
Dates: 2nd Wednesday of every month; March 12, April 9  
Time: 1-2 pm 

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. In March learn about free and low cost vision equipment/supplies from the Washington Access program. In April: “Vision Matters” with Dennis Foster 

Dates: Every Wednesday from 11am - 12 noon. 
Drop in. Newcomers always welcome. Suggested donation $1

Info: Facilitated discussion on various topics of interest, be it personal, societal, intellectual, philosophical or emotional. Friendly and supportive. We often have outside speakers present topics of interest.

Health and Wellness

Regain Your Balance with Erik LaSeur
Dates: Fridays
Times: 9AM-9:45pm
Cost: $7/member , $9/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

Dates: Mon., Wed. & Fri. (ongoing)
Times: 8:00-9:00am and 9:00-10:00 am (2 sessions)

Cost: Free to Group Health members or $30 for 5 weeks
Info: Innovative and fun strength-training classes, using wrist and ankle weights, aerobics, balance and stretching. 

Upper Body Instruction with Megg Hagele

Dates: Thursdays
Times: 2:00-2:45pm
Cost: $1 members, $2 non-members

Easy, gentle exercise - good for circulation, gaining strength in hands and arms and breathing correctly.

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

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

Tai Chi with Steve Coates

Dates: Mondays
Time: 11:00-11:45 am
Cost: $10/drop-in, monthly fee of $32 members, $40/non-member for 4 week class.

Drop in and see how this body movement session can enhance your life or sign up with the front desk receptionist, 206-932-4044 x. 1.  

Please note:  Steve has dropped his Thursday classes.

Gentle Yoga, Drop-in with Leo Dunbar
Date & Time: Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am 
Cost: $5 member, $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.

Easy Movement with Leo Dunbar
Date: Mondays
Time: 9:30am to 10:30am
Cost: $5 member/$10 non-member.  (First session is FREE!)

Gentle movement works all areas of the body gently, easing stiff muscle and joint pain. Some gentle yoga movement is included. Mostly sitting, and some standing.  Please sign up with Leo at 206-412-5125.

Chair Massage by Erik LaSeur
Dates: Fridays 10:00am-12:30pm
Time: 15 minute appointments, sign up at front desk
Cost: $7 member/$14 non-member

Enjoy a relaxing neck & body massage while seated.

Dental Hygiene with Jan Loder RDH
Date: Friday, March 14.  No April services.
Time: Starting with appointments at 9:00 am
Fee based.

Healthy Pearls for Seniors is a low cost dental hygiene program to promote healthy teeth and gums. Cleanings along with oral cancer screenings are done here at the center by appointment. Call Jan Loder direct at 206-448-4023.

Reiki Energy Days
Dates: 2nd Thursdays, April 10
Time: 9:30am - Noon (30 minute sessions)
Cost: Members $10, Non-members $20
Contact and pay instructor directly: Rhea Lutton (206) 324-7045 or  

Reiki is a Japanese technique for promoting healing and relaxation and reducing stress.  It works as a support with other medical and therapeutic techniques promoting recovery.  Register for appointments (206) 932-4044 x. 1

Free Blood Pressure Readings
Date: 1st Wednesdays of month- April 2
Free, NO appointment needed

Compliments of Leon Sullivan Health Center

AARP Defensive Driving Program - 

Dates: Fridays, March 21 and 28 
Time: 8:45 am - 1:00 pm (new start time!).  Nelson Room.
Cost: Price increase of $15 AARP members, $20 non-AARP members
Contact & pay instructor directly: Rhea Lutton (206) 324-7045 or

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 & Languages

Acrylics Painting with Shar Cook
Tuesdays, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Cost per series: 4 week series. $20/month for members, $40/non-members
Drop in class: $10/members, $20/non-members

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.

Book Reading Group
Dates: Tuesday
Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: suggested donation $1 mem/$2 non-member

Join us for interesting and thought-provoking reading and discussion of topics from the book we’re reading. You don’t have to have the book to participate and you can join us any time. To find out what we’re reading and discuss- ing, contact Fred Matthews at or 206.935.3038. 

Drawing 101 - Back by Popular Demand!
Date & Time: Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
Cost: $10/drop in or monthly fee of $25/member, $50/non-member.

Beginning drawing.  Perfect for people who want to learn how to draw.  Please sign up with Leo at 206-412-5125.

Writing for Fun & Family - 5 week session
Dates: Thursdays, March 13, 17
Dates: Thursdays, April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Cost: $25 per person member/$35 non-member for the series 
Facilitator: Betty McLain

Info: Give your family your most precious gift—the story of you, your parents, your grandparents. Each student will share about 300 words with fellow writers for comments and encouragement. Watch your stories come to life. 

Watercolor classes w/Leo Dunbar

Dates: Mondays

Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Cost Per Series: $25 month members/$50 non-members
Drop In Class: $10 mem./$15 non-member

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, call Leo at 206-412-5125 or email him at


Dates: Tuesdays 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 Senior 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.

Conversational Spanish with Suzanne Duffy-Kane

Dates: Fridays
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Cost: $1 members / $2 non-members

Suzanne Duffy-Kane, retired World Language teacher, facilitates an informal gathering of folk who speak Spanish and adventurous newbies who want to practice, improve and play with the Spanish language. Drop-ins welcome. 

Current Events
Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 pm
Cost: $1 members / $2 non-members
Participants discuss variety of current events of interest to those attending.

American Government Part VIII - SSCC
Date & Time: Friday 10:00 am - 12:15 pm; 10 sessions April 4 - June 6, 2014
Class Fee: $64.00 Class ID: 23647
Instructor: Jim Lockerbie
Location: West Seattle Senior Center

What role should government play in dealing with social problems like majority/minority relations, crime and drug abuse, medical care, housing, and education? Explore these issues via discussions and motion pictures.

Senior Adult Education courses are offered through the Continuing Education Department and designed specifically for older adults. All Senior Adult classes offered through the Continuing Education Department earn two credits.

New classes start January 2014. Register with South Seattle Community College.  206-934-5339. or

Games and Recreation


Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 12:30pm
Cost: $1 members, $2 non-members

BINGO for $$’s! Every Friday!
Time: 11:00 am
Cost: Buy-ins are only $6 plus additional games.


Dates: Mondays 
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost: donation of $2 (divided with the Center) and a grocery gift certificate for the winner.

Friendly rules and no money bets.  Cards, Games, Music, Dancing.

Alki Duplicate Bridge Club
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays (ongoing)
Time: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm with a short break for lunch between 12:00 and 12:30. Call Nick Tipton 206-484-3303 for space availability.

Monday Pinochle — no partner needed!
Dates: Mondays (ongoing)
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Cost: $1.50 members/$2.50 non-members

Thursday Pinochle — no partner needed!
Dates: Thursdays (ongoing)
Time: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Cost: $1.50 members/$2.50 non-members.

Dates: Wednesdays (ongoing)
Time: 9:00 a.m.— Noon
Cost: $1 members/$2 non-members

Senior Bowling League
Dates: Mondays (ongoing)
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th SW

You don't have to be a senior to join us!  You only pay when you bowl!

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. 

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 & Dancing

Ukulele, Sing-Along
Dates: Mondays (ongoing)
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Cost: $1 members/ $2 non-members
(open to all musicians and singers)

**Interested in Beginning Ukulele lessons on Mondays? Or Karaoke singalong? Contact Jim Kaanana at 

Line Dancing Lessons with Yvonne Martin

Dates: Thursdays (ongoing)
Time: 10:45 am—11:45 am
Cost: $2 members / $3 non-member

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

Band Jam and Dance
Dates: Mondays (ongoing)
Time: 2:30 - 4:30pm

All instruments invited.  Group plays old 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.

Northwest Accordion Society
Dates: 2nd Monday evening of each month. Monday, April 14 at SCWS
Time: 7:30 to 9:30pm
Donation: $5-$10 depends on program.  

Call John Giuliani 425-255-2121 or Birgit Ages 206-368-9720 for info.

Computer Classes

Compute userDigital Photography class with Joanne Murray

Dates: Monday, April 8 and
Thursdays, April 3 & 10

Time: 1:00-3:00pm - NEW TIME!

Cost: Each class: $20 members/$40 non-members
Pre-register and more information:
Joanne Murray 206-932-6064

Learn how to use your digital camera to take better pictures of family or travel photos.  Your digital camera can take good pictures, but when you know how to set the menu to the proper settings you will be able to take much better pictures. Joanne Murray, Cr. Photog., FP, digital photography instructor will help you learn what each menu can be set to, for the best results.

Joanne Murray has been teaching photography to professional and amateur photographers and educators for over 40 yrs. with very easy to understand terms so you will understand your camera better. Class size is limited so that you receive individual attention. Bring your camera, instruction book, fresh batteries and memory card to take pictures with each setting and to practice using your camera in the class.

Basic Computer Class with Burke Dykes
Dates: Tuesday & Thursdays, March 25, 27 and April 1, 3
Time: 9:30 - 11:30am
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.

Intro to Apache Open Office

Date: Friday, April 18, 9:30-11:30 am 

Cost: $5/members, $10 non-members 

Info: Apache Open Office is a free dowloadable office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presen- tations, graphics, databases and more. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. The workshop will be a presentation without any hands on experience. 

Intro to Open Source (free) Software 

Date: Friday, April 25, 9:30-11:30am 

Cost: $5/members, $10 non-members 

Info: Open-source software (OSS) is computer software available for your use at no cost. You will find word processors, graphic editors, drawing programs, audio editors, etc. We will also look at a growing group of “free for personal use” commercial programs. 

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

iPhoto Class
Date: March 25; 10:30 - 12:00pm Info: Layout, navigation, make an album.

Google Basics 1
Date: April 8; 10:30 - 12:00pm Info: Demos on Googles Calendar, Drive, Gmail

Apps/Applications for iPhone/ iPad, smartphones & tablets
Date: April 15; 10:30 - 12:00pm Info: Learn about apps in categories like Health, Shopping, Photo Editing

Cloud Computing
Date: April 29; 10:30 - 12:00pm Info: What is the cloud? Do I need it and why? 

Legal Assistance

Insurance/Medicare Help

NEW Dates: Thursdays, April 3
Time: starting at 10:00am
Appointments:  206-932-4044 x 1
Cost: FREE 1 hour consultations

Info: Medicare Insurance Advisor/Senior Rights with Gary Shinkoskey, Shiba Representative.

Legal Assistance from Attorneys with Elder Law & Estate Planning Experience
Attorney: John Llewellyn
Dates: Thursdays, March 20; April 3, 17
Time: Appointments start at 10:00 am
Appointments: 206-932-4044 ext. 1
Cost: FREE 20 Minute Consultations

Community/Neighborhood Legal Clinic
Sponsored by King County Bar Association
Dates: Tuesdays, March 25
Dates: Tuesdays, April 1, 8 and 22
Time: Appointments start at 7:00pm
Appointments: 206-267-7070
Cost: Free

Legal Consultations

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

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

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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 |  |
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