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Meal Delivery & Community Dining Update

Community Dining Update: On Monday, August 2 we will be re-opening for in-person dining and we are so excited to see you! We know that meal delivery has been an important service during COVID and below you’ll find information about how we are trying to ease the transition from delivery / pick-up to in-person dining. If you have questions, please call 425-333-4152.

  • We ask that you continue to call in your orders ahead by at least a day, at 425-333-4152, to make the lunch preparation easier on our Chef and volunteers as well as limit the amount of waste created by not knowing how many meals to expect. If you do not reserve a meal ahead of time, we may run out of meals to serve.
  • Lunches to-go will be available to pre-order as well, but they cannot be picked-up until everyone in the dining hall has been served (around 12:45pm).
  • For the month of August, Hyde Shuttle can continue to deliver lunches to seniors who have difficulty leaving their homes.
    • HOWEVER, riders to and from the center will take priority and the meals will not be delivered until after lunch guests have been brought home, which may between 1:30pm-2pm or later.
    • If you need help being set-up with Meals on Wheels, we can help you with that, please call 425-333-4152.
    • If there is someone who can come pick-up your meals at 12:45pm we can get you set-up with that, please call 425-333-4152.

We want to see you! The Hyde Shuttle can also bring you in for Yoga classes, Brain Fitness, appointments and more. You can schedule a ride by calling 425-333-4009 and telling them “I would like a ride to the Sno-Valley Senior Center on Monday, August 16 to arrive by 10:30am for Yoga.” Rides can be scheduled up to 30 days in advance so get your rides scheduled early!

Masks are required on Hyde Shuttle busses due to the Transportation Security Administration mask mandate onboard busses, until September 13.

August 2021 Directors Letter

Directors Letter – August 2021

My heart nearly stopped when my sister called me to let me know that our mom was in the hospital in early March. She was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in January but we thought we had more time. I planned to go home to South Dakota in April to celebrate her 83rd birthday and Easter. We were both looking forward to it. But March 1, she fell and hit her head hard causing a bleed. The doctor thought she would go quickly so I was on a plane home within hours.

My mom, Dee Storjohann, was my friend. She was the kindest, most compassionate and generous person I know. I thought a lot about her unconditional love as I sat by her bed with my sisters over the week long vigil.

My mom had done lots of pre-planning. She assigned power of attorney to my sister who lives nearby. She also made a clear end of life plan so we knew exactly what to tell the doctors what not to do to extend her life.
Everything was planned. So the week after her death, as my sisters and I grieved and planned the funeral it was so much easier than it could have been. She took care of us to the end.

My mom was a very involved volunteer with her church, blood bank, and hospital gift shop. She also delivered Meals on Wheels every Wednesday until about a year ago. So, we were not surprised that she made a bequest in her will to Meals on Wheels. She wanted that legacy of care to continue. She wasn’t rich financially and it wasn’t a huge bequest (only a thousand dollars) but what a difference it made to a small senior center in supporting that program.  She was able to make gifts through her will AND take care of her three daughters.

I have been involved with the Sno-Valley Senior Center (SVSC) as an employee or volunteer since 2001. A long time ago, I made SVSC the beneficiary of a small life insurance policy I hold. So there are many things you can do to leave a legacy to be remembered by.

Now, we are going to make things easier to you. We are offering an Estate Planning Day on Tuesday, August 17th. We’ll start with a presentation from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Followed by individual 45 minute appointments from 10:45 – 4:30 pm with the option to spill over into the next day with appointments if needed. This is an opportunity for you to have a free consultation with Elder Law Attorney, Jerry Sprute. Call 425-333-4152 to line up your free appointment and be sure to attend the live presentation at the senior center or you can view it on zoom if you can’t make it in person.

By the way, if you choose to name SVSC in your will or life insurance, you have the option to let us know. We would like to sign you up for the Legacy Society. Let us know if, like my mom, you have a special program or area of focus you’d like us to be aware of.

My mom was a lovely person and I want to be just like her. So I’ll get my affairs in order this month too, because life is unexpected and I want to leave my fingerprints on the world!

Feel free to contact me at lisay@soundgenerations.org or at 425-333-4152, ext. 1 if you have questions or
comments.

Yours in gratitude,

Lisa Yeager, Director

July 2021 Directors Letter

Directors Letter – July 2021

I want to tell you the story of two amazing volunteers.  Both have long service at the Sno-Valley Senior Center and both are just amazing inspiring women who have had an impact on their community. Diane Amos was nominated for the 2021 Inspire Positive Aging and it was well deserved!

“Diane is the smiling face every member of the Sno-Valley Senior Center can count on when signing up for something new. She is well known in the community and serves as the cheerleader to not only spread the word about upcoming activities but to get people motivated and excited to be more involved. An active part of the pre-pandemic hiking group, she frequently offered to drive peers that did not have access to transportation to weekly events and is a cornerstone volunteer for Sno-Valley fundraisers and events.

Now, she spends her time as a pen pal, writing to students and fellow seniors alike to keep community connections going during this difficult time. Diane understands people’s needs and is always on the phone to catch up or check-in. Letters are a way for her to accommodate communication with those not technologically savvy. She’s a great storyteller and a great listener. Whether the audience is a small child or a peer, when you meet Diane, age is never considered. Everyone responds to her warmth and joy rather than age.”

Delores Ulrich was nominated for the 2017 Inspire Positive Aging award and continues to be a model of positive aging. “Delores has coordinated our famous July 4 Strawberry Shortcake for over 20 years. She bakes the shortcake from scratch and oversees a kitchen full of helpers and serves over 600 people in a few hours. (Until recently, she also cooked our July 3 spaghetti dinner as well.) She’ll be back again this year with her family to serve up the best shortcake you’ve ever had!

But that’s not all. She baked wonderful goodies every Monday pre-pandemic. She taught ceramics classes, bringing paints and firing them in her kiln and was a long time kitchen volunteer. Delores has many skills and is indefatigable. She is in her 80s but you would guess 60s from her energy and cheer. Not even a stroke several years ago stopped her. She is amazing.”

Many volunteers make the Sno-Valley Senior Center run smoothly.  These two women truly exemplify a new way to age well by giving back.  They join our 300 + other amazing volunteers.  We’ve missed everyone so much during the pandemic but now reception, thrift store and kitchen volunteers are returning.  So if you wish to make a powerful use of your time, let us know.  We also need minor home repair volunteers, volunteer drivers to take people to appointments, board members, and Meals on Wheels helpers.  If you have a game or hobby you love, come share it and start a new program.

By the way, we want to send our heartfelt sympathy to long time volunteer Patty Atkins, whose husband Gary passed away of a sudden heart attack recently.  They assisted with Steak Dinner for many years.

We re-open completely in August and really look forward to seeing you.  Please stop in!  If you have questions, concerns or even praise, feel free to contact me at Lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152.

Lisa

Be Proud!

Check out this great article from the most recent Sound Generations E-News, found HERE.

Be PROUD!

At Sound Generations, we pride ourselves on not just acknowledging the diversity of older community members, but also taking steps to ensure that we are supporting the unique challenges that come with being a part of marginalized communities. The month of June is recognized nationally as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the older adults who identify as LGBTQIA+ and acknowledge that the progress toward equality could not have been made possible without them.

Being out and visible as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community has always presented challenges for people on a personal, professional, and systemic scale. There is still much work to be done, but we cannot discredit how far we have come in embracing the LGBTQIA+ community, and more specifically, the older adults in that community who helped pave the way for generations after them.

What can you do to support LGBTQIA+ older adults in your community?

  • Learn about the problems and prejudices that older adults in the queer community face on a regular basis, like increased rates of mental illness, denial of access to essential health services, or social isolation from loss of friendships and relationships just because of their identity.
  • Be an ally. If you know an older adult in the LGBTQIA+ community, your open support of them has the ability to make a greater impact than you might realize on their general wellbeing. Everyone deserves to feel loved and supported.
  • Advocate for LGBTQIA+ older adults. Be a part of the continued movement toward justice and equality for these valued community members by getting involved in local, state, or even federal movements to push for policies that protect the rights of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

June 2021 Directors Letters

Directors Letter June 2021

Big News! There’s a sale this month on Membership dues! Buy 12 months and get two months free! But just for June! You can renew early if you like. Consider buying a friend a membership or buying a membership for someone who can’t afford one. Membership is only $60 for one person or $75 for the entire household.

There is also a discount on a Lifetime Membership. Pay once then never again. You get your name engraved on a plaque outside the Great Room and an invite to our annual donor dinner. What a great way to leave a mark on the Senior Center and leave a legacy. A lifetime membership for one person is currently $500, so in June you can get it for $450! A lifetime membership for a couple is just $750!

If you renew and purchase a new membership in June then you also get entered into a drawing. You could win a certificate for admission for four to Remlingers Fun Park (a great place to take the grandkids!), a wine class for up to 20 people with wine included! Or you might win a $50 gift card! The drawing will take place Friday, July 2nd.

Why become a member?  Enjoy these great benefits!

  • It’s a powerful way to show your support and your commitment that the programs we offer should continue and that what we do is valued by you.
  • Get access to over 40 programs and activities each week at a discounted price!
  • Enjoy a free lunch at our monthly birthday lunch in the month of your birthday.
  • Get voting privileges on the board slate and bylaws changes.
  • A subscription to the monthly newsletter filled with articles and activities delivered directly to your door! You’ll always know what is going on!
  • Have your emergency contact information on file so we can help in case of an emergency.
  • Have people who care about you and will contact and support you in trouble.
  • Access to a social worker to provide information and support and a friendly visitor.
  • Discounts to very low cost health programs (like Bastyr, Dental clinic, footcare, Anti-coagulation clinic) saving visits to the doctors office
  • Discounts to very low cost fitness programs (like Enhance Fitness, Yoga, Zumba)
  • Opportunity to serve on the board and assist the Center in implementing its strategic plan.
  • A NEW MEMBER BENEFIT: 50% off your purchase at Re-In-Carnation Thrift Store on the first Wednesday of each month!

Members are in the know about what is happening and are involved in their community.  You don’t have to be a member to participate in classes or activities but members get privileges like those listed above. If you want to become a member but can’t afford the fee, we have scholarships available.

And talking about being in the know, please join us for a zoom member meeting on June 22 at 1:00 pm to get an update on senior housing!  We are actively pursuing funding right now and moving forward!

Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4253334152?pwd=Y2ordDBaZWt0aTBwTnhZN1dTZUFCQT09  or call 1-253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 425 333 4152; Passcode: 1234. You can also register by going to www.snovalleysenior.org

I’m always happy to chat with you if you have questions, concerns or praise. You can pop up to my office or e-mail lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1

Lisa Yeager, Director