Health & Wellness

An Attitude of Gratitude

Wednesday,July 18 2018, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Gratitude is a loving insight into the everyday. It increases happiness, strengthens relationships, and likely gives health benefits. Gratitude can melt anger, defensiveness, and division. We will consider what gratitude is in mind/body/spirit, how to cultivate it, and explore a personal story through the lens of gratitude. With Lanie Riley, LICSW, LMP.

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$3 members, $6 public. Advanced registration appreciated.

Medicare Presentation with Jim Yragui

Mondays: Oct. 8, Nov. 12, & Dec. 10, 1 – 3 PM

Get all your Medicare questions answered! This presentation compares the costs and benefits of different Medicare coverage strategies, making it easy for you to choose the one that is right for you. With Jim Yragui of Seattle Medicare Plan Experts.

Free. Advance registration appreciated.

Call to Register: 206.461.7825 OR  Learn More


Foot Care Services

foot careMondays: Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, & Dec. 10 

9 am – 4:30 pm

Do your feet need a treat? Let Bonnie Ackles, RN, Certified Foot Care Specialist give them one!

Appointments include a health interview and physical assessment, treatment of toenails, calluses, and corns, and moisturizing massage. Kindly remove polish prior to appointment. 24-hour notice for cancellation is appreciated. No foot soaks done at this clinic, no towel is needed.

Learn More or Register by calling (206) 461-7825.

Members: $34 / Public: $37

Foot Care Services

foot care

1st and 2nd Mondays*, 9 am – 5 pm

*Except 9/4.  There will be foot care on 9/11 and 9/18.

We have a new foot care nurse! Introducing Bonnie Ackles, RN, Certified Foot Care Specialist.

All new clients will need a one-time, 1-hour initial session. This appointment includes a brief health interview, medication review, physical assessment of lower extremities & nails/toes and your nail care. Follow-up appointments for established clients are 45 minutes. A routine session includes nail, callus, and corn reduction and an inspection of feet/legs & footwear for changes or irregularity. A moisturizing massage to feet and legs concludes every session. Kindly remove polish prior to appointment. 24-hour notice for cancellation is appreciated. No foot soaks done at this clinic, no towel is needed.

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$39 Members (initial assessment), $34 follow-up appointments/ $42 public (initial assessment), $37 follow-up appointments.

Folk Dancing

folk dancing 3Thursdays, 7 – 9 pm

Learn folk dances from around the world at this casual, social dance class! A great way to have fun while staying active. No experience or partner necessary to join in this fun, lively activity! Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can move in.

Led by Judy Robare, longtime folk dancing teacher and activist for community dancing.

Learn more here.

$2 suggested donation. Drop-ins welcome.

Green Lake Loopers

green-lake-loopersEvery Friday (Except 11/24), Rain or Shine*! 1:30pm

Stay healthy, meet new friends, and enjoy one of North Seattle’s greatest walking destinations! Walk the 2.8 mile Green Lake loop at a moderate or gentle pace. The walking group will meet outside Green Lake Church at 6350 E Green Lake Way N (cross street is Meridian) and leave promptly at 1:30 pm.

*The walk will be cancelled for weather conditions that may make walking or driving dangerous: snow, sleet, sub-freezing temperatures, etc.

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Free. Advance registration appreciated.

WCSC meal program a critical senior resource

(Written by Kaitlin Zinsli)

Oftentimes, it can be small-scale community efforts that make all the difference in someone’s life. That is the case when it comes to Wallingford Community Senior Center’s meal program. The lunches are not just a convenient lunch stop for people in the older population but a collective effort to address real problems of hunger and isolation in the senior community. The uniquely designed program combats these issues by encouraging active and regular attendance of meals in a friendly, social setting.

The meal program offers lunch three days a week for a suggested donation of $4 (although no one has been turned away if they can’t afford this fee). In addition to providing food and social interaction, the meal program also naturally exposes participants to the wealth of other activities offered at the Center, including exercise classes, game and movie nights, and pancake breakfasts. It provides seniors a safe place to enjoy meals, be an active part of a community, see familiar faces, and make connections.

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Despite recent funding cuts, WCSC’s meal program is thriving. Volunteers and staff have seen a marked increase in attendance since revamping the program to account for decreased government funds.

The successful meal program has been around for several years and has recently gone through some difficult, but ultimately positive, changes. Earlier this year, the federal government cut its yearly funding for the program, leading to concerns that WCSC would have to start turning people away and potentially shut down the program completely. WCSC employees and volunteers refused to go down without a fight.

“We took the opportunity to grow and expand, instead of shrinking back and saying, ‘We can’t do this,’” said WCSC Program and Operations Manager Victoria Dzenis.

Instead of giving up, WCSC is moving to transform the meal program into a self-sustaining program. They altered meals by providing more options and were able to rely on volunteers, the community, and donors to keep the program not only afloat, but more successful than ever. Today there are more lunch attendees than before the funding cuts.

Ashley Larson, WCSC’s Communications and Operations Coordinator, says the changes the meal program has gone through have “definitely been positive, and people enjoy [coming] more.” Continue reading