Senior Centers for those who Age In Place

One of the benefits to moving to a retirement community is the opportunity for social interactions with other seniors. However, numerous studies have shown that most elderly people prefer to remain at home rather than move. The choice to ‘age in place’ is one we fully support at Capability Homecare, yet we also recognize the importance of social interactions and life enrichment.

Luckily, in the Seattle/ Eastside area we have a number of senior centers that provide these social needs- for those seniors who want to ‘age in place‘. It’s the best of both worlds- you get to stay in your home but also have the opportunity to get out, see friends, have a nice meal, play games, learn a craft, participate in outings and enjoy life!

Besides the social interaction, one advantage of senior centers is that they connect older adults to a variety of services. There are many services available to the senior population- yet educating them on all of their options is sometimes difficult. Senior centers can be that gathering place where information is available.

Some of the other benefits to a senior center include:

  • Information and assistance
  • Health, Fitness and wellness programs
  • Meal and nutrition programs
  • Transportation services
  • Public benefits counseling
  • Employment assistance
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Educational and arts programs
  • Intergenerational programs

The best news is that participating in a senior center can actually be good for you!

“Research shows that older adults who participate in senior center programs can learn to manage and delay the onset of chronic disease and experience measurable improvements in their physical, social, spiritual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being.”*

Check out the list below to find the senior center closest to you!  

Ballard Northwest Senior Activity Center

5429 – 32nd Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-0403
(206) 297-0558 (FAX)
Burien Senior Program
14700 6TH Ave SW
Burien, WA 98166
(206) 988-3700

Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 461-7816

Columbia Club
424 Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 448-5021

Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 297-0875

International Drop-In Center
409 Maynard Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 587-3735

Northwest Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 461-7811

Pike Market Senior Center
1931 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-2773

Ravenna-Bryant Senior Center
6559 Ravenna Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-0718

Salvation Army Senior Center
9002 16th SW
Seattle, WA 98106-2354
(206) 763-8842

Senior Center Of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4044Shoreline Senior Center
18560 1st Ave. NE #1
Seattle, WA 98155
(206) 365-1536

South Park Senior Center
8201 10th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 767-3650

Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-0317

Tallmadge Hamilton House
5225 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 524-0473

Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 461-7825

King County outside of Seattle

Auburn Senior Center
808 9th St SE
Auburn WA 98002-4132
(253) 931-3016

Federal Way Senior Center
4016 S. 352nd
Auburn, WA 98001
(253) 838-3604

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Senior Center
39015 172nd Ave. SE
Auburn, WA 98002
(253) 939-3311

North Bellevue Community Center/City of Bellevue Aging Services
4063 148th Ave. NE (PO Box 90012)
Bellevue, WA 98009-9012
(425) 452-7681

Black Diamond Senior Center
31605 3rd Ave. (PO Box 220)
Black Diamond WA 98010
(360) 886-2418

Northshore Senior Center
10201 E. Riverside Dr.
Bothell, WA 98011
(425) 487-2441

Sno-Valley Senior Center
P.O. Box 96
Carnation, WA 98014
(425) 333-4152

Des Moines Senior Center
22030 Cliff Ave. S.
Des Moines, WA 98198
(206) 878-1642

Enumclaw Senior Center
1350 Cole St.
Enumclaw, WA 98022-2633
(360) 825-4741

Klahanee Senior Center
33901 9th Ave.
Mail To: 33530 1st Way S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
(253) 661-4151

Issaquah Valley Senior Center
105 2nd Ave. NE (PO Box 786)
Issaquah, WA 98027-0786
(425) 392-2381

Kent Senior Center
600 E. Smith St.
Kent, WA 98031-4628
(253) 859-3342

Kirkland Senior Center
352 Kirkland Avenue
Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-1223

Mercer Island Parks and Recreation
2040 84th Av SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 236-3545

Mount Si Senior Center
411 S. Main St. (P.O. Box 806)
North Bend, WA 98045
(425) 888-3434

Pacific/Algona Senior Center
100 3rd Ave. SE
Pacific, WA 98047-1335
(253) 931-8289

Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Ave. NE
Redmond, WA 98052-3534
(425) 556-2314

Renton Senior Center
211 Burnett Avenue North
Renton, WA 98055-1626
(425) 430-6633

North Seatac Park
Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S.
Sea Tac, WA 98168
(206) 439-9273

Tukwila Senior Program
12424-42nd Ave. South
Tukwila, WA 98168-3133
(206) 768-2822

Vashon-Maury Senior Center
P.O. Box 848
Vashon Island, WA 98070
(206) 463-5173




What’s Your “Thing”?

I was out with a friend last night that I hadn’t seen for years.  She asked me if I was still sewing (a few years ago I used to sew matching mother and daughter skirts), and I replied that I had given that up- and that now my ‘thing’ is tennis. I chatted briefly about how much I love to play and how much fun it has been to have a new hobby.

I then asked her what her ‘thing’ is, and she looked at my blankly for a minute- and then replied, “I don’t have a thing… I need a thing!”

Her remark got me to thinking… don’t we all need a ‘thing’?

By ‘thing” I mean something that we do for the simple pleasure of doing it! Personally, I think life is so much richer and more enjoyable when you play a sport, or have a hobby, or have something special that excites you.

Through the years my I’ve had lots of ‘things’! My interests have included sewing, scrapbooking, running, book club, golfing, sudoku, yoga and now playing tennis. As I grow older my interests and hobbies have changed- but I’ve always found it important to nourish my soul.

Sadly, I noticed that often times the elderly give up on their ‘thing’, either because it’s too difficult to do, or they lack the energy, resources or initiative to do it. This can turn into a serious problem, because without a ‘thing’ people can often become withdrawn and even depressed.

Capability Homecare can help with that! It is our passion to bring joy and happiness to seniors, and we would love to assist you in doing your ‘thing’. Whether it’s gardening, playing cards, a trip to a museum… whatever your interest- we are there to assist, initiate or simply accompany you.

When I meet with clients for the first time I always go over our list of service offerings. I’ve tended to skip over the parts that describe life enrichment and focused more on the ADLs- because that is usually why people need us. But as I thought about my own ‘thing’ I realize how essential those life enrichment activities are. They shouldn’t be overlooked- they should be embraced, because- isn’t quality of life the most important ‘thing’ after all?

Capability Connections, Veterans Day

My grandpa!

In keeping with our new theme of Capability Connections we wanted to share with you some of the great Veterans Events held locally.


Veterans Day Ceremony
Veterans Day programs for youth, adults and families at the Museum of Flight. Chamber music from the Bottom Line Duo, patriotic music from Boeing Employees Concert Band, ceremony featuring Museum officials, City of Tukwila Mayor Jim Haggerton, City of Tukwila Councilmembers, distinguished veterans, and the Civil Air Patrol Overlake Squadron color guard. Included with admission. $16, $14 seniors, $9 ages 5 to 17, free ages 4 and younger, U.S. veterans and current U.S. military personnel FREE today. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-764-5720. Friday, November 11, 2011, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Museum of Flight 9404 E. Marginal Way S. Seattle WA 98108. For more info visit

Veterans Free at NAAM
Admission is FREE today for military veterans, active service members and their families. Includes The Right to Dream performance by Living Voices (1 p.m.). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-518-6000. Friday, November 11, 2011, 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Northwest African American Museum 2300 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle WA 98144. For more info visit


Wall of Thanks Veteran’s Day Tribute

Honor the men and women who have courageously and with great personal sacrifice served in our armed forces. Design a “brick” to add to the “Wall of Thanks. Included with admission, FREE admission today for all veterans. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-258-1006. Friday, November 11, 2011, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Imagine Children’s Museum 1502 Wall St. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit


Veterans Day at Museum of Glass
In observance of Veterans Day, Museum of Glass is offering complimentary admission to veterans, active duty and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Friday, November 11. This offer is also extended to spouses and children of active duty military personnel. Valid ID is required. Age recommendation: All ages. Pre-register: No. Phone: 866-468-7386. Friday, November 11, 2011, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Museum of Glass 1801 Dock St. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit

Military Appreciation Day
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park honors active duty and retired military with free admission on Veterans Appreciation Day. To qualify for free admission on Nov. 11, visitors must bring their military or veteran identification. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 360-832-6117. Friday, November 11, 2011, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 11610 Trek Drive E. Eatonville WA 98328. For more info visit

Even if you aren’t able to attend any of these events, please take a moment to thank a veteran. My thank you is to my grandfather, Bob Watson who flew in WWII in the Irish Lassie! He is my hero!

If you have anyone who might need assistance with home care, activities of daily living or help recovering from surgery, please call us anytime 425 679-5770 or check out our website.




Happy Grandparents Day

Grandpa Bob at the Air Show, in front of a B-29

Yesterday was the anniversary of 9/11- but is was also another important day that should be recognized- Grandparents Day.

In 1978 President Jimmy Carter declared Grandparents Day a national holiday, and yet to this day 66% of grandparents don’t even celebrate it! What can we do to change that?

Perhaps as a family you could start a new tradition!  At Capability Homecare we are going to make this a priority.

If you are lucky enough to live near your grandparents, there are lots of things you could to make this day special. One clever idea would be to visit your local fire station- bring a treat, take a tour, visit with the firefighters- not only will you honor them on this historic day, but you can enjoy doing something out of the ordinary.

Another idea would be to look at pictures from the olden days.  Often the photos will create a conversation starter. Allow your grandparent to share stories and memories. You might even consider recording their voice- something that you can pass on to future generations.

My sister recently had a wonderful outing with our grandfather. She found a local air show that included the B-29. Since my grandfather had flown this plane during WWII, this was a very special way for him to show his grandchildren what had been a significant moment in his life.

Other ideas include going to a concert. A local shopping mall offers free concerts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These are often a great gathering place for seniors- and a nice opportunity to get out of the house and hear some live music.

No matter what day it is- by just taking a moment to recognize and send love to your grandparents will remind them what an important part of your life they are.  Being aware of this special day and doing something as simple as a sending a quick email or a card to your grandparents will make them feel appreciated and loved.  And in the end- isn’t that what life is all about?

Did you celebrate Grandparents Day? What did you to do make it special?