May Celebrates Older Americans

It's true! May is for Older Americans. This year marks the re-signing of the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. The OAA enables the creation and operation of programs we tend to take for granted like Medicare, Medicaid, and Meals on Wheels. This year’s theme is Make Your Mark.

Whether you’re looking for a ride, delivery services, or help with housing, King County has a variety of programs and services for older adults.

Here are some resources to help you find ways to Make Your Mark in community, by celebrating together, and encouraging others:

 

Community

 
Eldercare Locator, opens a new window: This is a service of the Administration on Aging which helps older adults and families find resources their communities. 
 
Sound Generations, opens a new window: Questions about insurance? Need help with access to services or even a ride? Sound Generations helos older adults in King County find the resources and help they need to live their best lives.
 
SeaMar, opens a new window: SeaMar isn’t just for shots and medicine. They offer counseling, dentistry, education, as well as long-term care and housing options. SeaMar has a variety of locations across King County so contact the location nearest you via their website.

Celebrate

 
King County Library System, opens a new window: The King County Library System is here to provide programming and materials. While our buildings are closed, check out our online materials and programs. You can always call us at (425) 462-9600 or (800) 462-9600 (in Washington State). Open daily from 12-5pm.
 
Silver Kite Community Arts, opens a new window: Want to try your hand at some art? Silver Kite Community Arts is a click away. Monday through Friday offers activities many of artistic forms. You only need to click the link and enter the password KCLS2020. And it’s free!
 
Time Slip, opens a new window: Looking for a chance to create or talk but not sure where to start? Time Slip focuses on creative and conversational activities for older adults and caregivers.
 

Encourage

 
Operation Warm: Operation Warm started out offering coats to children in Pennsylvania who were without winter clothes. Today they also help to connect people with national volunteer opportunities that can be done from home.
 
Local Community Senior Centers, opens a new window: Your local community senior center might be the place for you to contribute to those in need. We've included a list of community centers across King County. Follow the link and look for your town and the center closest to you.
 
Crisis Connection, opens a new window: Crisis and suicidality touches all communities. As an older adult, you might have those skills needed to help a person talk and get the help they need. Crisis Connection offers training for phone support and mentoring as well as other opportunities.