A Year of Service: Our AmeriCorps member reflects on her year at WCSC

Danielle with Mary B, a WCSC front desk volunteer

Each day, seniors come to WCSC for exercise, lunch, games, assistance with MediCare enrollment, and much more. Some seniors rely on WCSC for a fresh, hot meal. Others come to WCSC for Enhance Fitness, an evidence-based fitness program that helps older adults stay active with cardio, stretching and strength exercises. As the Program and Outreach Specialist, I helped keep all of the programs running smoothly. Whether I was helping serve meals at lunch or signing people in for their foot care appointments, I met new people every day.

I have been amazed by the diversity of those who come to WCSC; our membership includes a World War II veteran, and many nurses, teachers, Peace Corps volunteers, and business owners. Many members have lived in Seattle since they were little. Several were born outside of the country, but have called Seattle home for many years. Still, there is one thing that many of the participants have in common: they approach aging with a sense of humor. In general, there is a very upbeat and happy atmosphere here at WCSC, and rather than worrying about the difficulties that come as we age, I heard more jokes and laughter. Overall, it is very evident that each and every participant is very grateful for WCSC. Here, they have a space to live and age comfortably.

-Danielle served as an AmeriCorps member at WCSC from September 2016-July 2017. The next AmeriCorps member, Eva will be starting in September.

Mah Jongg

Mah JonggTuesdays & Fridays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

New members welcome! Come to play or learn.

$2 Members, $4 public suggested donation.

 

Both Sides Now – Men and Women Sharing Points of View and Stories

1st Wednesdays, 1-2 pm 

Winter Dates: 1/3, 2/7, 3/7

This is an opportunity for seniors to meet and share in a relaxed atmosphere.

Led by Denise Malm, WCSC Social Worker, and Chandler Clifton, WCSC Volunteer.

Learn More or call to inquire about group openings.

Donations appreciated. This group is currently full. Please call to be added to the waitlist.

Medicare Presentation with Jim Yragui

Mondays, July 17, August 14 & September 25, 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.

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Free. Advance registration appreciated.

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.

Scrabble

scrabbleWednesdays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm

Drop in and join the game! New players welcome.

$2 members, $4 public suggested donation

Van Transportation to WCSC

Get a ride to join us for Community Lunch and Enhance Fitness class! Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

First time riders: (206) 461-7825

Speak to a WCSC staff person about your transportation request.

Return Riders: (206)856-8250

Leave a message with your name, address, phone number, the date you’d like a ride, and the activities you’d like a ride to/from. The van coordinator, Mark, will call you the morning of the ride with your estimated pickup time.

Who Can Ride: those 50+ and/or with limited mobility

Service Area: within Seattle City limits, generally north of the ship canal

Suggested Donation: $3 per round trip or pay what you can

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