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 From

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 Membership


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 October,

November, December Class, Travel, Program and Event Schedule

 Senior

Services Programs & Services

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The value of belonging and connecting Much has been written about the physical, mental and emotional effects of loneliness. Studies have shown that isolation is debilitating for both young and old. Many of us, especially those who’ve been individualistic most of our lives, begin to understand in maturity that we are fundamentally relational beings. We need one another. “Going it alone” is no longer a friendly phrase. My friend Doug was dying of cancer. He’d fought the battle for 8 years and the end had come. I spoke with him two days before he lost consciousness and I asked him what, from his vantage point, he thought was the most important thing in life. He answered without hesitation. “Relationships. Because from where I sit, whatever is in second place is so far down the ladder I can’t even see it.” The opposite of loneliness is not busy-ness. It is belonging. Our primal need to feel connected to each other drives us to create family, friends, community, country and world societies. When we belong to a greater community that shares common interests, aspirations and motivations, our health and happiness increase.

Community Thrift Store Manager Tandi Roberts and SSIC Board President Walt Blackford serve Carol-Lee Hershman at a recent Pancake Breakfast at the South Whidbey Center. Hershman said she enjoys coming to the South Whidbey Center because she loves the camaraderie and the new friendships she’s making, not to mention the chance to dance at Fun Band Fridays. Research shows that when this is absent, endurance, self-control, wellbeing and even IQ test performance suffer. Stress levels skyrocket. One of the ways we weave the membrane between isolation and belonging is storytelling. We relate

to others through stories about common experiences, and when we invite other people into our stories, we are no longer alone in them. We get to see through another’s eyes, take in suggestions, gain perspective and

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Belonging and Connecting... from page 1 handle our stressors much better. this together and together we support and reflect each other’s humanity. Storytelling in our later years has the added advantage of allowing us Our youth-oriented culture still to reflect on our past, re-interpret bends its knee to the self-made, rugthe world, adjust self-esteem and acged individualist who bushwhacks knowledge that we belong to a human his way through the tangle. But family that is supremely beautiful once you’ve crossed the bridge from and profoundyouth into ly flawed. It age, the idea Community begets relationships, helps us find of bushes our place in and whackrelationships engender a feeling the order of ing through of belonging and belonging is things. tangles by yourself beIsolation is the mother of wellbeing. gins to lose the breeding its allure. It ground for all just feels so much better to stand in sorts of maladies. We see evidence of the open, with others, and know that it every night on the evening news as we belong. our fellow humans act out the “quiet desperation” that Thoreau spoke of. –Elizabeth Harris As the old model of possessive SSIC Outreach and individualism gives way to the presMarketing Director sures of the modern age, community asks to be born again. Elizabeth Harris joined the SSIC Community begets relationships, team in 2009 as relationships engender a feeling of beSouth Whidbey longing and belonging is the mother of Center Director. wellbeing. Through relationships we She is reposilearn compassion and empathy. We tioning within understand that everyone struggles in the agency as one way or another; that we’re all in the Outreach and Marketing Director. The new position will utilize her considerable years of experience in Keep Your Home Safe and Clean writing, website development and Gutters, Patios, Decks, Roofs, Walkways working with all forms of media. Consider pressure washing your decks and walkways

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A Resource You Can Rely On

From the Executive Director

Join us in celebrating 40 years of service to Island County seniors Have you noticed a new neighbor or two over the last year? Here at the South Whidbey Center, we continue to see newcomers to Island life coming in to check out who we are, seek information and learn about volunteering. Many of our newcomers have chosen to come here from afar; Arizona, Virginia, North Dakota, and a variety of other locations across the United States. Welcome! Whidbey Island is a magnet for those of us looking for a beautiful place to live. We enjoy a simpler life in a rural setting while we may take advantage of all that a large metropolitan area provides. In fact, Island County is #1 for longevity among

Washington counties. And, by 2015, 44% of the Island County population will be over 50. The population over 50 will be between 40-44% through 2040. We at Senior Services are excited about getting to know our new neighbors as Baby Boomers join the ranks of the recently retired. We urge you to get to know us. We are a resource for you and for your neighbors and friends! Our 40 years of service in Island County puts us in a unique position to know and understand the range of issues and needs that come to life as we age. We invite you to join us at our 40th Anniversary Open House on Friday,

November 1, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the South Whidbey Center. We are bit awestruck at what we’ve accomplished over those 40 years and look forward to another 40 years of service in Island County.

—Cheryn Weiser SSIC Executive Director

Your donations help us provide vital services This year’s goal is $200,000. You may be receiving an appeal letter in the mail soon. Please consider mailing in your donation or make a donation online at:

Senior Services of Island County (SSIC) serves upwards of 7,500 people annually and functions as the doorway to services that help them navigate the challenges of life’s second half. To carry out our work, each year we need to raise funds from the community.

Information & Assistance (equivalent to Geriatric Care Management)


Meals-on-Wheels & Congregate Meals $9.50/each

Adult Day Services (Time Together/ Caregiver Respite) $ 65/day

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Medical Transportation up to $80 /trip 3

New Shop Local Coupon Book coming soon The 2013/14 Shop Local coupon book is a major fundraiser for SSIC and it will be available Island-wide by mid-November. You’ll definitely want to stock up on these budget-boosters as a great way to save big bucks! This year you’ll find coupons from many more merchants, with offers that’ll not only make you smile but have you trading coupons with your friends! Take advantage of great bargains offered by restaurants, auto repair and hardware, jewelers, farmers, nurseries, grocery stores, professional and business services, veterinarians, B & B’s, and many more forward-thinking merchants. Just in time for the holidays, the Shop Local coupon book is a great gift and a more-than-generous stocking stuffer. All coupons are good for one full year making the

books appropriate for birthdays, anniversaries, party favors, thank you gifts and other occasions. Many thanks to Glenda Cantrell and Gwendy Hastings for doing the footwork, to our advertisers for offering great bargains, to our Spotlight Sponsors for helping to grease the wheels of production and to our sales outlets for making sure the book gets widely sold throughout Island County. What an awesome, collective effort to support Senior Services of Island County! –Elizabeth Harris, SSIC Outreach and Marketing Director

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Senior Services October/November/December Schedule

South Whidbey Center

October, November, December Events, Class, Program and Travel Schedule Welcome New South Whidbey Center Director Lynae Slinden

Senior Services of Island County (SSIC) welcomes Lynae Slinden as our new South Whidbey Center Director, replacing Elizabeth Harris who has transitioned into the newly-created position of Outreach and Marketing Director for SSIC. Slinden has lived on South Whidbey for 25 years, has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and served South Whidbey as an elected Port Commissioner. She owned Island Framery in Clinton, a frame shop and gallery, which she sold to enter the Peace Corps for two years as a community development volunteer in the Ukraine from 2010 through 2012. There she renovated a center for youth and elderly citizens of a small community, started an English Club at the library, and worked with the “Children of War,”

a group of men and women who lost one or both parents during World War II. Upon her return to Whidbey Island, she managed two farmers’ markets: The South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market and the Second Street Market, both in Langley. When asked why she wanted to work at SSIC, Slinden said, “As part of the Boomer generation, I believe we may become one of the most under-served populations entering the retirement system. Boomers’ needs are different than those of our parents. Working at SSIC will give me the opportunity to improve the level of services for my generation while still honoring and supporting the seniors of the ‘greatest generation’ and those in between.” –Geri Pilcher

October, November, December Calendar October– Diabetes Awareness Month

November – Native American Heritage Month

December – National Honey Month

October 11 – It’s My Party Day

November 9 – Chaos Never Dies Day

December 10 – Human Rights Day

October 17 – Wear Something Gaudy Day

November 11 – Veteran’s Day – Center Closed

December 21 – Winter Solstice

October 30 – National Candy Corn Day

November 28 & 29– Thanksgiving Day and Day After– Center Closed

December 25 – Christmas Day – Center Closed



r Save the date! SSIC’s 40th Anniversary Party

Friday, November 1, 1-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome! This “Thanks-for-giving” 40th Anniversary event will take place at the South Whidbey Center, 14594 SR 525, Langley to celebrate 40 years of community life and service. Come on in for refreshments, prizes and conviviality as we honor the rich history and wonderful people who’ve helped sustain and strengthen this organization over the years. See you there!

r AARP Driver Safety Class

Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Cost: $12 AARP members $14 nonAARP members. Register at South Whidbey Center. Payment made directly to class instructor. Need to sharpen your driving skills? This class is designed for all ages. It may even help you to reduce your auto insurance premium. Taught by Karen Bishop.

r Magical and


Mystical Sound Workshop

Tuesdays, October 15 and 22, 6:308 p.m. Cost $25/$35 In this two-part workshop, you’ll create sounds that have been used around the world for their transformative quality. First we’ll discuss the relationship between sounds, vibrations, and healing. Then you’ll have a chance to experience the effect of sounds on your mind and body through live music from the Australian didgeridoo, and Tibetan singing bowls and bells (tingsha). Finally, you’ll have a chance to play these instruments yourself. We’ll also explore healing through use of our voices, in the tradition of the monks and nuns of many spiritual traditions. Presented by Bob Effertz, whose interest in transformative sound started decades ago in India. It has led him on a path of exploring sound through a variety of instruments from around the world, as well as leading sacred chants from all spiritual traditions. He’s taught classes at the University of Washington’s Experimental College and around the Northwest for over 25 years.

r Legal Information

Fridays, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, December 13 & 27, 1-2:30 p.m. Free to the public. By appointment only, Attorney, Ken O’Mhuan will provide 20-minute sessions designed to respond to individual questions and concerns about specific legal matters – no charge/no commitment. You are strongly encouraged to define your goal in specific terms to maximize the benefit of your 20-minute session. For an appointment, call the South Whidbey Center at 360-3211600 to claim a date and time between 1 and 2:30 p.m. and briefly state the purpose of your visit. Purposes could include: • Administration of estates, wills and trusts • Contract and business matters • Health care directives and durable power of attorney • Probate and non-probate successions • Real estate and other properties • Small claims and other litigation matters.

Help SSIC celebrate 40 years of assisting seniors in Island County at our 40th Anniversary Party Friday, November 1 1-4 p.m. South Whidbey Center at Bayview All are welcome!


Senior Services October/November/December Schedule

Events, continued r Saving Energy,

r Community Energy

Saving Money


First Tuesday each month; October 1, November 5, December 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. South Whidbey Center Fireside Room. Free to the public. Meet with Brian McCleary, Puget Sound Energy’s Energy Advisor on Whidbey. McCleary has nine years experience advising customers about how to lower utility bills and learn about valuable rebates and incentives – from lighting and appliances, to finding a certified contractor for a home energy assessment, to helping you understand your bill and more. Brian will help you save energy and money every step of the way. Stop by and connect with Brian during his drop-in hours at South Whidbey Center.

Tuesday, October 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free to the public. Registration is necessary. Come and learn about an exciting opportunity on Whidbey Island to reduce energy use, save money, improve comfort, increase home value, and protect our environment. Find out how to qualify and initiate the Community Energy Challenge (CEC), an improvement program that provides owners of homes and small businesses with technical expertise and financial assistance to cut back energy use and save money. The CEC starts with a PSE Homeprint assessment, followed by a certified building analyst’s on-site assessment that includes five hours of diagnostic testing. The building analyst evaluates the current condition of your home, determines insulation levels, air leakage, heating and cooling system function, and other potential energy losses. Following the assessment, a Home Energy Advisor

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meets personally with each participant to explain the results and provide recommendations for improvement. The CEC will also connect you to financial incentives and rebates as well as qualified contractors to do the recommended retrofits. A home energy assessment of this kind typically costs $600; through the CEC you’ll save over $400! Learn how to begin in this 30-minute presentation.

r Birthday Parties

Wednesdays, October 30, November 27, December 18. Blood Pressure checks at 11:30 a.m. by Donna Selig, R.N. Suggested donation for lunch: $4 seniors 60+/$7 all others Join us for a nutritious lunch and delicious birthday cake provided by Maple Ridge Assisted Living Community of Freeland.

r Lunch & Theatre Performances

Tuesdays, October 29, November 26, December 31, 10:15-11:45 a.m. The Reader’s Theatre troupe loves to entertain through the use of story, voice, and props. Monthly performances are scheduled just before lunch on the last Tuesday of each month. Stay afterward for a delicious, inexpensive lunch.


Hello, South Whidbey! Meet Brian McCleary, your local energy-efficiency expert. From lighting and appliances, to knowing who to call if your furnance goes out, he’s here to help you save energy and money every step of the way, with info about our rebates and services. McCleary, PSE Energy Advisor: 360-331-3060 or { Brian PSE South Whidbey Customer Center, 1794 Main Street, Freeland




Navigating the Future r Managing Our Mortality: Considering the Practical Aspects of the End of Life

Tuesday, October 15, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10. Registration deadline is October 10. This is a fun, interactive and activity-filled workshop geared toward seniors, elders and their loved ones. We Americans are notorious for ignoring and denying death. Consequently, most of us will live our dying in a vacuum of useful information and meaningful human interaction. Few of us ask: Will my death be good? Wise? Will it matter? Since you aren’t living life with your head in the sand, why would you want to live your dying this way? The marginal status our culture assigns to the end of life, with all its fear, anxiety, isolation and anger is inevitably what each of us will inherit in our dying days if we sit back and do nothing. But that doesn’t have to

To sign up for classes and trips, call the South Whidbey Center at 360-321-1600.


happen. We can do something radically different. We can access information, explore feelings and learn from all those other mortals around us in order to confront our own mortality in a truly adventurous way. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the end of life in a life-affirming way. We’ll talk about why death makes us anxious and about designing a unique end-of-life plan for ourselves. We’ll discuss the end-of-life paperwork that will ensure our final wishes are acknowledged and followed, and do it in a way that keeps us totally involved and engaged. Bring your friends, partners, neighbors and caring family members. Facilitated by Richard Wagner, M.DIV, Ph.D. Wagner is psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle. He

is the founder and executive director, of PARADIGM Programs, Inc., a nonprofit organization with the mission of enhancing the end of life. He has been working with terminally ill, chronically ill, elder and dying people in hospital, hospice, and home settings for over 30 years. He produces long- and short-term seminars and workshops for healing and helping professionals, seniors and elders, men living with and through prostate cancer, and women and men affected by sex abuse and sexual trauma. Wagner is a published author who speaks and writes on a variety of policy issues including aging, death and dying, surviving chronic illness, religion, human sexuality, and moral development.

Senior Services October/November/December Schedule

Navigating the Future r Medicare 2014

Saturday, October 26, 9:30 a.m.Noon. Thursday, November 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Free to the public. In this seminar, volunteer State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) will review basic Medicare benefits for 2014, the changes in the plans offered and the rates. Medicare Medigap and Advantage plans will be discussed as well as the drug plans available. If you would like help with finding the best drug plan for you, bring a list of your drugs with you. SHIBA counselors will be available for brief questions following the meeting. Free, no pre-registration required.

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r Medicare Drop-In

Tuesday, November 24 and Tuesday, December 3, 1-4 p.m. Free to the public. These sessions are designed to help people familiar with Medicare review their insurance plan options and/or their drug plans. Assistance by a SHIBA counselor is provided on a first come, first served basis. If you would like help with finding the best drug plan for you, bring a list of your drugs with you.

Senior Services of Island County provides services and employment on a nondiscriminatory basis, and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. SSIC receives funds through the Older Americans Act and Senior Citizens Services Act.

Senior Services of Island County is expanding its programming into evening and weekends. We’re looking for independent contractor instructors to present classes and presentations on topics appropriate to our members’ broad range of interests. Those might include, but are not limited to: • Art • Technology • Computing • Poetry • Current Events • Physical Fitness

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Health and Wellness r Reflexology with Quin Serra

Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Cost $12/$22 Quin Serra, massage therapist and licensed reflexologist will again offer reflexology, a discipline in alternative medicine that concerns itself with the health-promoting benefits of massage of the feet. The practice is based on ancient Chinese Medicine, which uses reflex areas in the feet that correspond to each part of the body. These points, when stimulated with massage and gentle pressure, help foster wellbeing throughout the body and take positive action against diabetic neuropathy. Appointments are 30 minutes each. Call the South Whidbey Center at 360-321-1600 to make your appointment.

r Foot Clinic - NEW DAY!

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost $20 per person. The Health Room has been moved to the blue room near the front office. The Foot Clinic also has been moved to a new day. Theresa Murray, CNA


is now here every Tuesday. She schedules her appointments directly, so for your appointment, please call her at 360-341-3210.

Foot care is important Foot care is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing. Good care of your feet can keep you walking in comfort and keep your shoes fitting as they should. Foot care is for anyone who can no longer bend to reach their toes. Most people find the treatment completely enjoyable, quick, painless and relaxing. Seated in a comfortable reclining chair, your toenails are cleaned, trimmed and filed. If you’re bothered by callouses, bunions or corns that may be causing you discomfort, you can talk with the nurse about ways to treat them. Fees for this service is $20 per session. Most clients return every 6 to 10 weeks. Theresa Murray, CNA is at the South Whidbey Center every Tuesday and schedules her own appointments. Call early to schedule your appointment. 360-341-3210.

r Meditation for Everyone Please note new class time!

Mondays, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Cost: $20 per month. Payment is due at registration. Meditation is a proven scientific method that helps to improve mental and physical wellbeing. Local teacher Mel Watson will be teaching simple practical methods that can be applied in daily life to help reduce stress, anxiety and physical discomfort. Mel has lived and taught on Whidbey for more than three years. She is a Kadampa Buddhist Mediation teacher and practitioner. These classes are general classes and you do not have to be Buddhist to attend. Everyone can benefit from a meditation practice. Everyone is welcome.

Senior Services October/November/December Schedule

Keeping Fit and Active r Advanced Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 8:45-9:45 a.m. Cost $40/$50 month. If you have previous experience with Tai Chi, refine your practice with Dr. Karine Johnson-Werner.

r Beginning Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Cost $40/$50 month. This class is for anyone who wants to increase flexibility, balance and mental clarity. Especially good for people who are overweight or whose muscles and joints are stiff and restricting easy movement.

r Tai Chi in the Afternoon

Mondays, 3-4 p.m. Cost $40/$50 per month This class is for those who are new to Tai Chi and cannot make morning classes. Tai Chi is a great way to invigorate body, mind and spirit.

r Line Dancing

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost $20/$30month or $6/$8 per session. Registration and payment are due before the first class each month. Line Dancing builds concentration and stamina, as well as community and your sense of humor. Don’t be shy. Come in and shake your booty with this great workout for brain and body!

r Senior Striders

Thursdays, 9-11 a.m. Prepare to walk rain or shine and explore Whidbey Island trails with this dedicated walking group. All levels welcome, but please no pets. Meet at the South Whidbey Center.

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Classes and Interest Groups r Colored Pencil Boot Camp

Tuesdays, October 22-November 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost $80/$90 per person. Registration and payment due by October 15. Materials list available at registration. This series by Clinton artist John Ursillo is intended for those students who have an interest in learning about the rising medium of colored pencil from the ground up. It is intended for both the beginner as well the more experienced colored pencil artist. The class series consists of four 2-hour sessions involving instruction, practical exercises and projects that start with fundamentals and go into depth on advanced techniques for colored pencil application to traditional and alternative surfaces, use of watercolor pencils and non-toxic solvent-enhancement of wax colored pencils. Also included will be instruction on building the colored pencil project from conception to final presentation. Class size limited to 8 students. Fully illustrated class handouts and some materials provided by the instructor. Additional materials list available at registration or from


the instructor by email request at John Ursillo, an instructor with many years experience, is an accomplished colored pencil artist holding Signature status in the national Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA). His work can be previewed on his website (www.bearcubstudio. com) and is exhibited at Artworks Gallery at Greenbank Farm. His techniques have been published in the CPSA quarterly magazine.

r Art of Mini Memoir

Tuesdays, October 8, 22 & November 5, 19, 3-5 p.m. Cost $60/$70 due at time of registration. Registration deadline is October 5. This is a short course in memoir writing – a 4-week introduction to telling your own stories. With inclass writing prompts, you’ll describe moments in your life, characters you have known, worlds you have visited. The art of memoir is finding the stories you most want to tell and becoming immersed in getting them down. The class is led by Margaret Bendet, a professional writer and editor who has put together her own short memoirs as a lifelong hobby. Bring a notebook and pen or a laptop – you’ll be writing! Class size is limited so everyone can share.

r Matting Your Art

Tuesdays, November 12-December 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost $40/$50. Register by November 6. It’s expensive to have your pictures framed. Here’s a chance to learn the basics of cutting single and double mats, as well as how to frame your art and pictures so they look professionally done. You will come away with pictures ready to hang. Penny Clayton, who has been cutting mats for over 15 years, has saved money for friends and family while turning out professionally framed pictures. She is especially good with color and can help you pick the best mats for your art. Bring a picture or two no bigger than 8 x 10 inches to the first class. All mat supplies will be provided. This will be a four-part class: Week 1 – Learn to cut a single mat Week 2 – Learn to cut a double mat Week 3 – Learn how to frame the pictures you’ve matted. Bring a frame(s) that fits the picture(s) you matted in the first two classes. Week 4 – Specialty mats and specialty framing. To sign up for classes and trips, call the South Whidbey Center at 360-321-1600.

Senior Services October/November/December Schedule

Classes and Interest Groups, continued r Painting with Deon Matzen

For your ease and convenience, Deon now offers a punch card for painting classes at the South Whidbey Center. You may purchase a card good for 5 classes over a 60-day period. The card is nonrefundable and does expire. If you do not use all of the punches, you will not receive credit for the remaining punches on the card. The cost per card is $100 for SWC members and $110 for non-members, which is slightly higher than it would be if you purchase a month of classes at the South Whidbey Center. The advantage is that you may come to classes on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. To pay for the card, simply tell the receptionist when you register that you are paying for the card and be sure to obtain a receipt. Deon will issue the cards based on your presentation of the receipt. Bring the card to each class you attend and present it to Deon at the beginning of class so it can be punched.

r Wednesday Classes

October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1-4 p.m. Cost $88/$98 November 6, 13, 20, December 4 & 11, 1-4 p.m. Cost $88/$98

r Thursday Classes

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost $88/$98 November 7, 14, 21, December 5 & 12, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost $88/$98

r Friday Classes

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-4 p.m. Cost $70/$80 November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6 & 13, 1-4 p.m. $105/$115

Join award-winning artist Deon Matzen for this artistic learning experience. Choose your medium – oil, watercolor, acrylic – and learn to paint in your own style and at your own pace. All experience levels and all ages are welcome. Learn new skills or polish what you’ve been using. Enjoy individualized instruction for your own personal skill level. Join us for this fun, color-full class. Materials list available upon registration. Payment and registration due 5 days before beginning of each class.

r Hand Painted


Cobweb Scarves

Saturdays, November 2 and November 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost $50/60. Payment and registration are due by October 25. Learn to hand-paint wool roving and turn it into a beautiful wet-felted cobweb scarf. This two-part workshop is loads of fun and easy. No experience required. Cobweb scarves sell for $35-$70 on Etsy but you can make them for a fraction of that amount. In the first class, you’ll learn about how easy it is to hand-paint roving. You’ll pick your favorite colors and paint two ropes of roving to make two scarves. In the second class, you’ll lay out your dried and dyed roving, decorate it and wet-felt it into a cobweb scarves. You will need to bring: a one-quart bowl, an apron and your own flexible gloves (if you are sensitive to the latex gloves

provided). All other materials will be supplied by instructor Susan Miller. Limit 10 students per class, so register early!


Classes and Interest Groups, continued r Dynamics of World Change: A Short History of the World, Session 2 (Repeat) The European Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution and the Nation State

Thursdays, November 7-January 9, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost $50/$60 per person due at registration. Registration deadline is November 1. Join us for a repeat of Session 2 of this dynamic class. Each meeting includes a short segment of the History Channel’s “Mankind: The Story of All of Us,” followed by lively discussion and a film recommendation. If you’re at all interested in the grand story of how we got to be where we find ourselves today as a society and a species, this class, taught by Terry Clayton, is for you.

Here’s what the class will cover: Week 1 “The Middle Ages in Europe” – History Digest: “The Middle Ages.” Essays: “Institutions and Bureaucracies” and “A Very Short History of the World.” Film: “The Barbarian West.” Week 2 “The Byzantine Empire” – History Digest: “The Byzantine Empire & Eastern Europe.” Film: “The Byzantine Empire.” Essay: “Causation.” Week 3 “Islam” – History Digest: “Islam & The Islamic Empire.” Film: “Islam: Empire of Faith.” Essay: “Global Religion.” Week 4 “The Renaissance” – History Digest: “Renaissance Europe.” Essay: “Faith and Reason.” Film: “The Starry Messengers.” Week 5 “Pre-European World: Asia, Africa and the Americas” –

Games and Fun r Chess & Go

Mondays, 6-10 p.m. in the Evergreen Room Whidbey Island Chess and Go Club invites all skill levels. New players welcome! Contact Roy Billings at 360-341-3230.

r Mahjong

Mondays, 1-3 p.m. Call the South Whidbey Center at 360-321-1600 for more information. Play this fascinating, ancient Chinese game of skill, strategy, calculation and chance. Don’t know how to play? We’ll teach you.


New players are always welcome. All games groups meet at the South Whidbey Center.

r Mexican Train Dominos Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

r Bingo Night

Wednesday nights, 6:30 p.m. Potluck on last Wednesday, $6 buy-in

r South Whidbey Men’s Bridge

History Digest: “Asia, Africa and the Americas.” Film: “Central America – The Burden of Time.” Week 6 “Age of Western Exploration” – History Digest: “Europe and the World.” Essay: “Technology and the Age of Exploration.” Films: “Age of Exploration” and “Guns, Germs and Steel.” Week 7 “The Reformation, The Age of Enlightenment, and The Age of Absolute Monarchy” – History Digest: “Reformation.” Essay: “Communication.” Film: “The Majestic Clockwork.” Week 8 “Democracy and The Three Revolutions: The Industrial, the American and the French” – History Digest: “Gateway to the Modern World.” Essay: “Seven Stages of Revolution.” Film: “The Drive for Power.”

Thursdays, 8:45 a.m.-Noon With around 30 men on the current roster, this friendly bridge group is open to new people. We schedule to assure players one week in advance. If interested, please leave your name and phone number at the front desk and the play director will call you.

r Bridge

• Monday Party Bridge, 9 a.m.Noon. This group has some openings for new members. • Thursdays, South Whidbey Men’s Bridge, 8:45 a.m.-Noon • Thursday Twilight Bridge, 6:30 p.m.

Senior Services October/November/December Schedule

Classes and Interest Groups, continued r Reader’s Theatre

Mondays, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Join the Bayview Players Reader’s Theatre Group. Bring your enthusiasm and explore the world of drama. Learn how to use your voice, simple costumes and props, and have more fun than you can imagine. New participants are welcome to put their names on the waiting list by calling Terese at 360-730-1855.

r Crafting Connection

Thursdays, 10 a.m.-Noon, South Whidbey Center

r Crazy Quilters

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. South Whidbey Center

Travel and Adventures Take note that our trips are offered on a “First Pay, First Go” basis. Your place is not guaranteed until we receive payment, which is due at the time of signup. The first price listed for trips and classes is for SSIC members. Nonmembers pay the higher price. (e.g. $35/$45). Note: Bus drivers can now receive tips. Please: • Arrive for departure 15 minutes early.

• If the trip description indicates a Bayview Hall departure time, please park in the Bayview Community Hall lot (SR 525 side). • If you, or people you’re traveling with, have disabilities, please tell us at the time you register, so we can determine if the venue can accommodate your needs. • Refrain from wearing fragrances – some folks are sensitive. • Sign up early for ticketed trips.

Casino Trips r Quil Ceda Creek

Tuesday, October 8. Depart Bayview Hall 9 a.m. Return 4:30 p.m. Cost $35/$45. Signup deadline: October 4.

r Tulalip

Tuesday, November 12. Depart Bayview Hall 9 a.m. Return 4:30 p.m. Cost $35/$45. Signup deadline: November 5

r Angel of the Winds

Tuesday, December 10. Depart Bayview Hall 9 a.m. Return 4:30 p.m. Cost $35/$45. Signup deadline December 5.


New Computer Classes General information for new computer classes: r BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)!

Here’s an opportunity to take computer classes at the Center with your own laptop. Some classes will be suitable for both Windows (PC) and Mac laptops with wireless networking, except for “Getting to Know Your Windows Laptop.” These classes are not suitable for iPad and tablets, but watch for events coming in the future. Before you can attend the computer class, you must attend a laptop “Pre-Flight” to make sure you are “good-to-go” when you come to class. The Pre-Flight Check will make sure your laptop is ready for class (up-to-date Internet browser, anti-virus, etc.) and we’ll get you set up on the wireless network. In order for everyone to get the most out of the computer class time, everyone must register for and attend a PreFlight meeting to attend class. If you have already attended a “Pre-Flight” you are not required to attend another if you are using the same laptop. Except for the Pre-Flight, a minimum number of registered participants is necessary for each class to start.


r Required Laptop Pre-Flight Check (1 meeting)

Tuesday, October 15, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $15. Register by October 10. A quick check of your laptop and network to get ready for fall computer classes. This class is required to attend the current computer classes held at the SWC. Bring your laptop (make sure you have username and password to log into your laptop with “administrative” rights). Your laptop must be able to connect to the Internet through the wireless network. We won’t be able to fix any problems you are having, but we will double check that you can access the resources you need for the classes. Pre-flight instructor: Kate Schwarz

r Getting to Know Your Windows Laptop (4 weeks)

Tuesdays, October 15-November 5, 11 a.m.-Noon. Cost $75/$85 Register by October 10. You may have had your Windows laptop for a while, but it still has some tricks up its sleeve. Come in and learn more about tricks and tips for your Window Vista or Windows 7 laptop (we won’t cover Windows 8 just yet). You’ll take a Windows tour that includes some handy built-in applications, some Internet, and some email. While we can’t troubleshoot any specific trouble you might be having, we’ll give you some helpful hints about fixing some simple problems, and how to talk to your tech support.

You will need basic computer and basic Internet skills – and your laptop. Instructor: Kate Schwarz

r Intro to Word Processing (4 weeks, Windows or Mac)

Tuesdays, October 15-November 5, 1-2 p.m. Cost: $75/$85. Register by October 10. Yes, you have software on your computer to create, save and print documents, but do you feel kind of lost when you try to use it? This class will cover the features that all this software has in common. We will be using Internet-based programs to learn how to open, save, edit, print and share documents you will create in class. You don’t need a special version of office software but you will need basic computer and basic Internet skills, an email account, and your laptop. Instructor: Kate Schwarz

r Understanding Facebook (2 meetings)

Tuesdays, October 22, 29, 10-11 a.m. Cost: $50/$60. Register by October 10. Everywhere you go, people are talking about using Facebook – perhaps your own grandchildren have even encouraged you to hop aboard! Instructor Kate Schwarz will help you get up to speed on how to create, use, and maintain a Facebook page of your own, including understanding the complex Facebook privacy policies and settings so you’ll feel comfortable using this amazingly popular social media network. There will be homework.

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Be a part of the Adopt-A-Senior Program Are you looking to be a part of something meaningful this holiday season? Partner with the local Information and Assistance team of Senior Services of Island County to make a difference in our own Whidbey Island community. The AdoptA-Senior program will provide customized care packages based on the generous gift donations received from people like you. Senior Services of Island County’s Adopt-A-Senior Program is looking for individuals, families, community groups and local businesses that would like to assist isolated Whidbey Island seniors during the holidays. The Adopt-a-Senior program will serve seniors throughout Whidbey Island, culminating with the delivery of care packages before Christmas. The program will match seniors (adoptees) with sponsors who agree to provide for their needs at Christmas. Without the benefit of an adoption, many of our seniors would remain in need. Sponsors come in many shapes and sizes. They can be individuals, families, small business-

es or religious groups. We hope that sponsors will find the experience so fulfilling that they will participate in the program year after year.

Interested in sponsoring?

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Adopt-A-Senior program, registration packets with detailed information are available at the South Whidbey Center and Oak Harbor Senior Center for pick up. You may also request a registration packet by calling Chasity Smith of Senior Information and Assistance. Seniors will be matched with an interested sponsor who may be looking to help a single male, female or a senior couple. When an Adopt-ASenior match is made, a profile including a list of needs will be sent to the sponsor to fulfill. This profile may include suggestions like household items, clothing sizes, preferred pharmacy and information regarding utilities and heating sources. Donations are gladly accepted in support of this program. Donations may be used to fill unmet needs in care packages.

Senior Services of Island County serves seniors in need year round. While Christmas is a wonderful time to give to the less fortunate, we certainly welcome donations and support throughout the year. Please note “Adopt-A-Senior” on your check made payable to “Senior Services of Island County.”

Interested in applying?

The program is now accepting applications for assistance from seniors in need. If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, please contact Chasity Smith of Senior Information and Assistance for an application. Applicants should be low-income or experiencing hardship, age 50 and older. Our staff will then create a profile that honors the applicant’s privacy to be given to their sponsor. All applications must be received no later than November 15. Assistance will be limited to the number of sponsorships received. Chasity Smith Senior Information and Assistance South Whidbey Center 360-321-1600 ext. 27 Nadine Joy Senior Information and Assistance Oak Harbor Senior Center 360-675-0311

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Still helping after all these years... In November 2013, Senior Services will celebrate 40 years of service in Island County. The idea that eventually became Senior Services of Island County really took shape in 1969 when a group of community-minded South Whidbey volunteers focused their energies on operating a 24-hour crisis line called HELP. Volunteers included clergymen from three churches, a retired social work supervisor, several local businessmen, and others skilled in community organizations. In 1971, HELP expanded to include Central and North Whidbey. A special committee formed to study the needs of Whidbey Island’s older residents and they obtained the services of a graduate student/ intern from the UW School of Social Work who successfully wrote a federal grant to provide congregate and home-delivered meals to the elderly in Island County. That first grant in 1973 to provide nutritious meals for older residents paved the way for Senior Services of Island County to become an IRSrecognized non-profit. Recognizing that an aging population has unique needs, programs serving the elderly were separated from HELP in 1975 and a new agency called Extended Services of Island County (ESIC) began operations.

A special committee from Extended Services was formed to study the needs of Whidbey’s older population. The study phase lasted approximately three months, and the following needs emerged as the most urgent: • Relief for planning, buying, and preparing balanced meals to eat alone and the acute feeling of isolation this caused. • Transportation • Home health assistance • Relief in the cost of health care • Information and referral services Although the survey indicated that approximately 50 percent of the elderly surveyed had difficulty managing on limited incomes and 30 percent met the federal poverty guidelines, the problems were not restricted to low-income elderly. People from all over Island County told the committee what it was like to be old and alone on Whidbey. Today, Senior Services of Island County continues to respond in a

proactive way to the challenges facing a growing and changing senior population. From those humble beginnings in 1973, Senior Services of Island County carries on the tradition of giving help where it is needed most: offering information and assistance, promoting good nutrition and caring fellowship, providing low-income senior housing, offering adult day services and support for caregivers, and giving seniors opportunities to come together for learning and new experiences at vibrant Senior Centers in Oak Harbor, South Whidbey and on Camano Island. More and more seniors and retirees are moving to Island County to enjoy the gentle climate, friendly communities and laid-back island life. The challenges of meeting the needs of seniors, both new and “seasoned,” continue. Current SSIC Executive Director Cheryn Weiser understands the need continued on next page

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“We in these rural communities – government, social service agencies and the people – have to work together to stretch our resources and care for our own. We all need to pitch in.” –Cheryn Weiser, SSIC Executive Director for local helping agencies to work cooperatively and is steering SSIC toward more coordination of efforts and more visibility in the community at large. With the help of the dedicated SSIC staff and the SSIC Board of Directors, Weiser hopes to make SSIC a presence in every Island community and, keeping the increasing numbers of the senior population in mind, work toward SSIC sustainability, strengthening and diversifying funding so the work started in 1973 can carry on. “We in these rural communities – government, social service agencies and the people – have to work together to stretch our resources and care for our own,” Weiser said. “We all need to pitch in.” Weiser cited the groundwork that was done when the agency was in its infancy, and understands the challenges ahead. “A lot of adaptation has been done as we’ve experienced tremendous

growth. It’s a challenge to honor the past and the hard work done to start this agency and to make a successful transition to serving the younger seniors coming up,” said Weiser. “We need the younger seniors to invest now in their own future.” Thankfully, Senior Services of Island County is here to help us all as we transition into this interesting and challenging life phase. All community members are invited to help SSIC celebrate 40 years of service at our 40th Anniversary Open House on Friday, November 1, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the South Whidbey Center. –Betty Freeman Editor

Good advice

The late Jo Driftmier, who served as SSIC’s Executive Director from 1984 to 1993 and wrote the agency’s newsletter from 1997 to 1999, summed up her experiences working for SSIC in a 2009 interview: “It’s very contagious working for seniors,” Driftmier said. “You get so involved in their lives. I was never bored, never tired of my job. Seniors are so appreciative of what we do for them.” Her advice from that interview still rings true for those of us entering the second half of life: “You have to stay active and connected with people,” she said. “You can’t dwell on health issues and the things you can’t do. Get out and do things you’ve never done before. You may be surprised.”


Time Together Adult Day Program

Time Together is thriving and has space available Time Together Adult Day Services is a program of Senior Services of Island County located at South Whidbey Center. Time Together offers participants social, physical, and cognitive activities in a secure, small group setting led by a caring staff and volunteers. Those who come to Time Together are people who have lived rich, active and vital lives and now find themselves in a place of needing support. The staff and volunteers endeavor to learn about their lives, honor the accomplishments and contributions they have made in the world and in their families, get to know them and invite their stories. A stroke, Alzheimer’s, a brain injury, depression, frailty, isolation, and a myriad of other conditions might bring a person to Time Together, but the condition is not what defines them. Time Together is a community of people who enjoy and who care for and about one another. The program can accommodate up to 12 participants Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some Time Together clients are brought to the Center by caregivers or family, while others use Paratransit’s doorto-door service.

Time Together participants and staff enjoy music every day together, and especially on Friday mornings when the Fun Band plays for dancing in the Fireside Room at South Whidbey Center. Each day is different, yet there are elements that are the same. The same volunteers, staff and participants come on each of the five individual days. Some participants come one day a week, some come two or three, some all five. Whichever day or days they attend, they find themselves in a community of which they are an essential part. The focus is on what can be done, on one’s abilities, not what dementia or Alzheimer’s, stroke or advanced

Thank You! Time Together Adult Day Services had a very generous response to our request for a flat-screen TV for our senior participants. What an amazing community in which we live, with such an outpouring of support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. –The Staff of Time Together Adult Day Services: Hestia Laitala, Mel Watson, Carol Edgar and Skye Dunn 20

age has taken away. The Time Together program is a positive way to face and move beyond the losses that life hands each one of us. If you have someone in your life who could benefit from the the socialization that Time Together provides, contact Adult Day Services Director Hestia Laitala at South Whidbey Center in Bayview 360321-1600.

Volunteer Opportunity If you have time and energy to give as a volunteer, one day a week for four hours, call Hestia at 360-3211600 for details. 24-hour caregivers, whether spouses, adult children or other family members, need to have time for themselves. Not only will you as a volunteer provide loving attention to a community of great people, you will also be providing a necessary break for their caregivers.

Support and Resources

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“Caregiver Safety Nets” Second Annual Caregiver Conference on Thursday, November 14 Senior Services of Island County is excited to partner with others in the community for the second annual Caregiver’s Conference on Whidbey Island, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 14 at Family Bible Church, located at 2760 Heller Road in Oak Harbor. The keynote speaker at 9:30 a.m. will be Linda Gipson, Whidbey General Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer. Gipson is a dynamic speaker who draws insight from her own experience as a family caregiver. Other workshops, such as presentations on fall prevention and senior nutrition, will be offered throughout the day, as well as a

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group This free self-help group meets regularly to provide people with Multiple Sclerosis and their families an opportunity to share their experiences with those who can understand and identify with them. The group meets at 3 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (October 17 November 21, December 19) at the South Whidbey Center, 14594 SR 525, Langley. For more information, contact Susan Miller at 360-321-1600 Ext. 27.

chance to network and gain support from other caregivers. Local services that offer resources for caregivers will have booths at the conference. The cost for registration is $10, which includes a healthy box lunch. Some scholarships will be available. Flyers and brochures are available now at South Whidbey Center in Bayview and Oak Harbor Senior Center. Transportation will be available from the south end of the Island. To arrange transportation, call Wendy Sines

at 360-279-2555. The 2012 Conference was a great success, and we expect this year’s conference to be even better. The conference is made possible through collaboration between Senior Services of Island County, Home Place Special Care and Whidbey General Hospital. To register, call 360-321-1600 ext. 29 or email Hestia Laitala at Checks for registration should be made payable to SSIC– Caregiver Conference.

Caregiver Support Group

Meetings give caregivers a chance to relieve stress with others who understand their situation. For questions or additional information, contact Hestia Laitala at 360-321-1600.

The South Whidbey Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, for caregivers, family members and friends of those suffering from memory loss, meets the first Tuesday each month, from 10 a.m. to Noon at the South Whidbey Senior Center. The Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, provides confidential emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers of those suffering memory loss.

Renew your SSIC membership today! Don’t miss a day of great membership benefits such as a discount card for our Community Thrift Store, a free meal at one of our meal sites, or lower class fees for members. Renew your SSIC membership today.! See Pages 30 and 31 for details on membership levels.


Community Thrift Store News New fall and winter hours for the Community Thrift Store are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted daily until an hour before closing – 4 p.m. Community Thrift has started to advertise unusual items on Drewslist each week. Customers can also sign up for a weekly email blast promoting upcoming specials and events. Another option to learn about special promotions, sales and events is to friend us on Facebook (CommunityThrift-Store-for-Senior-Services-ofIsland-County). One such special event will be a Birthday Party celebrating 10 years in our location on Woodard Avenue in Freeland. On Saturday, October 12, we’ll unveil some new discount promotions and offer customers cupcakes to celebrate our birthday. Holiday merchandise and decorations will be hitting the shelves after Halloween. Community Thrift is a great place to find or create a Halloween costume. Volunteers are always needed at Community Thrift to process, sort, price and stock merchandise on the retail floor. Training will be provided. The store also needs people to research items on the Internet to determine market value and history.

To volunteer, contact Community Thrift Store Manager Tandi Roberts

Your donations help us help others Community Thrift Store proudly supports Senior Services of Island County. With the support of your donations and your patronage of our store on Woodard Avenue in Freeland, we can accomplish great things for our growing senior population in Island County. We are always seeking donations

Community Thrift Store Highway 525 and Woodard Ave. Open Monday-Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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at 360-331-5701.

in good working condition. When you have larger items to donate but are unable to get them here, we offer a pick-up service every Tuesday. Just call the store prior to Tuesday and sign up. We will contact you early Tuesday morning to give you a time frame of when we will be by on that day. Call 360-331-5701.

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Caregivers may find relief through Affordable Care Act When you’re caring for a family member or another loved one, it is too easy to put your own health on hold. Studies show that caregiving takes a negative physical toll on caregivers, and they often delay or forego their own routine medical care. Don’t lose heart. There is relief on the horizon. If you are a family caregiver, the health care law can benefit you and your dependents. By understanding what’s in the law, you can make better health care choices. If you are uninsured, there will soon be more options for you to get coverage through the “health insurance exchange.” The exchange will provide one-stop-shopping for health insurance so you can compare plans and prices before making a decision. The exchanges will begin offering health coverage in 2014. Health coverage is becoming more affordable. Did you know that you

no longer have to pay some out-ofpocket costs for preventive care? This includes services such as immunizations, mammograms and other screenings for certain cancers and diabetes. In addition, if you have limited income, beginning in 2014 you may be able to get tax credits to help pay for insurance purchased through a health insurance exchange. Good news: The days of insurance companies dropping you if/when you are sick are over. Your coverage is guaranteed as long as you pay your premiums. Insurance companies can no longer place lifetime or annual dollar limits on your health coverage. This ensures that your benefits won’t run out when you need them the most. Starting in January 2014, insurance companies can no longer reject you because you have a preexisting condition.

The health care law gives you access to more information about nursing home inspections, complaints against facilities and residents’ rights. This will help you make better decisions if you need to select a nursing home for your loved one. Care for yourself first, and you’ll care for others better. Caregivers lead busy lives, juggling a lot at one time, and may forget to take care of themselves. It’s important to nurture your own needs and take care of your own health so you have the strength, presence of mind and stamina to help those who depend on you. —Nicole Duritz Vice President, Health, AARP Education & Outreach Questions about finding a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act? Call 855-923-4633 or go to

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SSIC certified for President’s Volunteer Awards Senior Services of Island County has become an official certifying organization for the US President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA) program. So what does that mean for you, our wonderful volunteers? It means we have a way to thank and honor you, who by your demonstrated commitment and example inspire others to engage in volunteer service at SSIC.

Here’s How It Works Any individual, family, or group that meets the program’s criteria can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime. Basic criteria for recognition are as follows: • Recipients must be United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States. • Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period OR over the course of a lifetime. • Awards are issued for volunteer service only. • Court-ordered community service does not qualify for the award.

Eligibility The following are the eligibility requirements for each age group: Kids:

5-14; Young Adults: Individual 1525; Adults: Individual 26+

Service Awards You could receive a variety of awards: • The official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin • A personalized certificate of achievement • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States • A combination of two or more of the above Criteria for Bronze Award: Kids: 50-74 hours; Young Adults: 100-174 hours; Adults: 100-249 hours; Family & Groups: 200-499 hours Criteria for Silver Award: Kids: 75-99 hours; Young Adults: 175-249 hours; Adults: 250-499 hours; Family & Groups: 500-999 hours Criteria for Gold Award: Kids: 100 hours or more; Young Adults: 250 hours or more; Adults: 500 hours or more; Family & Groups: 1000 hours or more. Criteria for President’s Call-to-Service Award: All Ages: 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service (over a lifetime).

Tracking Your Hours There are a couple of ways to track your hours: • Online at

Volunteer Drivers Needed Help seniors and disabled adults get to necessary appointments, and receive reimbursement for mileage. Call Pat Weekley at 360-678-4886, ext.21. 24

dspROSlogin.cfm to create your online Record of Service. • Or notify Geri Pilcher, Resource Development Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator at 360-3211600 x22 or 360-678-3373 x22 or email with your hours weekly or monthly. Your online Record of Service is a private journal of your volunteer time and experiences. As a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, you receive one of the highest honors: Recognition by the President of the United States. With that honor comes responsibility to your community, the nonprofit sector, and the Office of the President of the United States. As a PVSA award recipient, it’s your duty to not only continue to a live a life of service and encourage others to follow in your footsteps, but also it’s your duty to extend your service-minded values outside of your volunteer work as honorable and respectable citizens. SSIC realizes that many of you have already met the criteria for many of these awards, but we can’t go back. We can only start now and hope to honor you at this highest level in the future. So far 2,547,247 volunteers have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. You can be one of them. So please contact Geri Pilcher by phone or email so we can get started tracking your time. SSIC thanks all of its volunteers for the selfless giving of their time, energy, and compassion to our programs. We so appreciate you all. Let us honor you with this most prestigious award from the President of the United States. –Geri Pilcher

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Mary Jo Koenemann (360) 321-5565 Representing SSIC, Judith Secor honored Larry Corradini and Jim Engstrom with Volunteer of the Year awards in 2012. Larry Corradini and Jim Engstrom have been volunteering at SSIC for several years. When asked why they volunteer, Jim and Larry said, “We like to keep busy.” And boy, they are! The dynamic duo volunteers in the Nutrition Program at the South Whidbey Center and at Brookhaven and assists at the pancake breakfasts too. Nutrition Program Director Debbie Metz said, “When I ask Jim and Larry to help out, they always say ‘Sure, we can do that!’” At our Community Thrift Store, Jim and Larry do whatever it takes. Thrift Store Manager, Tandi Roberts said, “They come in, ask what needs to be done, and do it. But whatever it is, they put in 110% effort.” During our 2012 annual Summerfest event, Jim and Larry purchased a wooden wishing well, assembled Serving Whidbey for 16 years

and stained it, and then donated it to our raffle. They helped set up and tear down tent canopies, cleaned, served meals, and more. Geri Pilcher, Resource Development Specialist, said of the duo, “Jim and Larry are the quintessential volunteers, with an emphasis on the ‘essential.’ We count on them, and they always come through for us.” In 2012, Jim and Larry were recognized at SSIC’s annual meeting as two of SSIC’s “Volunteers of the Year.” When asked about their awards, Jim revealed, “I almost started crying,” and Larry said, “I was surprised.” When not volunteering, these humble men are avid fishermen and enjoy putting a line in the water at Deer Lake and Possession Point. –Geri Pilcher


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Spinach Gorgonzola Ravioli Breakfast Quiche Chicken Pot Pie w/Crusty Topping Navy Bean Soup w/Smoked Ham Shepherd’s Pie

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Sesame Chicken & Brown Rice Tomato Bisque & Grilled Cheese French Dip & Oven Fries Chef’s Choice Hearty Jambalaya w/Shrimp

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Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Italian Calzone & Caesar Salad Thanksgiving Meal- Turkey & Fixings Chef’s Choice ‘Krab’ Cakes & Veggie Fried Rice

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South Whidbey Center (360) 321-1600

First United Methodist Church

Oak Harbor Senior Center (360) 279-4580

Cam Bey Apartments (360) 678-4886

Greenbank Evangelical Church


Bayview / SRS 525 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 11:45 a.m.

Coupeville / Mon.–Fri. at noon


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Greenbank • Weds., Fri. 11:30 a.m.

51 S. E. Jerome Street Mon., Wed., Fri. at 11:45 a.m.

Langley • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at noon and Thurs. at 5 p.m.

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Chicken Ratatouille Supreme Pizza & Caesar Salad Chile Relleno Bake Tuna Patty Melt Beef Stroganoff w/Mushrooms

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Cincinnati Chile & Cornmeal Muffins Butternut Squash Soup & 1/2 Sandwich Holiday Meal - Favorite Pot Roast Italian Sandwich w/Red Pepper Hot Turkey Sandwich

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Ensure Plus available at meal sites Ensure Plus® is a complete high calorie drink for people who need extra nutrition. It is a medical nutrition supplement intended for people who need to gain weight or for those who need to prevent weight loss and/or prevent loss of muscle mass. Each 8-ounce serving provides 355 calories and 13 grams of protein. This product is appropriate for low sodium and low cholesterol diets. If you have had an unintentional weight loss of more than 10 pounds in the last 6 months it is important to share this information with your doctor. Talk with your doctor or dietitian if you have any health concerns regarding this supplement. Ensure Plus® is available at these locations in Island County: South Whidbey Center, Cambey Apartments in Coupeville, Camano Community Center, Oak Harbor Senior Center To purchase Ensure Plus® from Senior Services you must meet the following criteria: • Age 60 or older. • Have approval from your primary care provider for this product. You can call your provider and have them fax us a copy of a prescription for Ensure to 360-321-9369. Many people don’t know that they can order Ensure from Senior Services (360-321-1600) and have it delivered to meal site locations. A donation of $30 per case (24 cans) is requested. We accept cash, checks, money orders, credit cards, and food stamps.


Senior Services of Island County

We thank Whidbey Island Bank for their sponsorship of this page.

Programs & Services... Nutrition

Lunch Sites: South Whidbey Center, Camano Senior Center, Brookhaven in Langley, Greenbank Evangelical Church, Cam Bey Apartments and First United Methodist Church in Coupeville, and Oak Harbor Senior Center. Suggested donation: $4 seniors 60+/$7 others. Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers deliver hot and frozen meals three times a week to Island County seniors. To learn about MOW service on Whidbey Island, call the South Whidbey Center at 360-321-1600 or 360-678-3373 and ask for Leslie Saelens, Meals on Wheels Assessor, or Debbie Metz, Nutrition Director. On Camano Island, call the Camano Community Center at 360-387-0222 and ask for Jerry Snodgrass.

Information and Assistance

We can help you find the right resources if you need help or have questions. By appointment or phone: South Whidbey Center 360-321-1600 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oak Harbor Senior Center 360-675-0311 Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Camano Island Center 360-387-6201 Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Medical Equipment Loan Closet Wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, commodes, shower chairs, and more are ready to loan. Disposable incontinence supplies available for free. Available during Center hours 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday


Social Security Assistance

For Social Security information, please contact the nearest SSIC Information and Assistance office (see I&A entry at left), or go online: For telephone help, call 1-800772-1213 to use automated services to get recorded information and conduct some business 24 hours a day. If you cannot handle your business through automated services, speak to a Social Security representative between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call the toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

Adult Day Services

Fun, therapeutic program for individuals with special care needs, while providing respite for caregivers. Time Together (South Whidbey) 360-321-1600 Weekdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Health SHIBA—Health Insurance Counseling Friendly and knowledgeable help through the health care insurance maze. South Whidbey Center 360-321-1600 Fridays by appointment. Oak Harbor Senior Center 360-675-0311 Wednesdays by appointment. Blood Pressure Checks Last Wednesday each month, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Foot Clinic

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost $20 per person. South Whidbey Center. Theresa Murray will be here every Tuesday. For an appointment, please call her directly at 360-341-3210. In Oak Harbor. call 360-279-4580 for an appointment.

Support Groups

South Whidbey Center (SWC)

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers First Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-Noon , SWC Parkinson’s Second Tuesday, 10 a.m.-Noon, SWC Multiple Sclerosis Third Thursday, 2-4 p.m. SWC

Oak Harbor

Alzheimer’s First Thursdays, 2:30–4:30 p.m. Call Wendy at 360-279-2555 Parkinson’s First Fridays, 1 p.m Call Carolyn at 360-279-1785


Volunteer Services Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 360-678-4886 Primarily provides medical transportation and some limited chores.

Free Notary Service

South Whidbey Center Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Job Bank

Looking for a housecleaner, yard worker, caregiver, hauler, or personal assistant? Call Information & Assistance for a list of names. If you’re a job seeker, ask us for an application.

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Senior Services of Island County Site Locations

South Whidbey Center (Main Office)

14594 SR 525 Langley, WA 98260 (360) 321-1600 (360) 678-3373

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Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 S.E. Jerome Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 279-4580 (Senior Center) (360) 675-0311 (I&A)

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★ Senior Activities ★ Nutrition Program / Meal Service ★ Meals on Wheels ★ Information & Assistance / Case Management ★ Second Wind Newsletter

Cam Bey Apartments 50 North Main St. Coupeville WA 98239 (360) 678-4886

❖ Additional Meal Sites

★ Senior Activities ★ Senior Guide Newsletter ★ Whidbey Central Kitchen / Meal Service ★ Meals On Wheels ★ Information & Assistance / Case Management ★ Adult Day Services (Time Together)

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Nutrition Program / Meals Meals on Wheels Home Delivery

Camano Senior Center 606 Arrowhead Rd Camano Island, WA 98282 (360) 387-6201 (I&A) (360) 387-0222 (Center)

Senior Information & Assistance (I&A) Volunteer Services Adult Day Services SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Cam Bey Apartments Community Thrift

★ Nutrition Program / Meal Service ★ Meals on Wheels ★ Information & Assistance / Case Management ★ Medicaid Transportation ★ Volunteer Services

★ Meal Service ★ Meals on Wheels ★ Information & Assistance / Case Management ★ Volunteer Services

Community Thrift 5518 Woodard Freeland, WA 98249 (360) 331-5701

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Many ways to be a member of SSIC

Membership is the lifeblood of Senior Services of Island County (SSIC). An SSIC membership is a choice to support services and connections that people need as they age. It is a vote for assistance, health, knowledge and fortification as we navigate the vicissitudes of life. And it is a voice for senior advocacy. We offer different levels of membership to choose from. Each one comes with benefits. Level 1 Membership is our basic membership. As a thank you for coming in at that level, SSIC offers discounts on classes, trips, presentations and after-hours room rentals at the South Whidbey Center. This level also earns you a one-time discount at Community Thrift in Freeland and one free meal at any of our congregate meal sites. To thank you for coming in at Level 2, you’ll get all the features of Level 1, plus a large SSIC tote bag. At Level 3, we thank you with all the benefits of Level 1, plus one free scheduled activity at the South Whidbey Center (value: $40-$60) per year. At Level 4, you’ll enjoy everything from Level 1, plus your choice of one free class or one trip (value: $60$80) per year.

Associate Memberships are new. If you’re not yet fifty years of age, or just want to be an advocate for aging with dignity and would like to support services offered to seniors, consider becoming a supporting member at any of the levels listed above. In this issue of The Guide, you’ll find a membership form on page 31. Simply remove, complete and mail in with your check. You can also join online at www. Click on the Membership button in the upper right hand corner on the home page and it will bring you to an online membership form. It will then take you to a payment page where you can pay with a credit card or Pay Pal account. We send out membership reminders when people’s memberships are about to expire. Everyone’s membership expires 365 days from the day they sign up, so you’ll get full value from a year-long membership no matter when you sign up. Thank you for joining SSIC and helping to support quality of life for seniors in Island County. —Elizabeth Harris South Whidbey Center Director

Snow Bird membership special If you live on Whidbey Island for a few months out of the year and are not yet a Shop Local member of Senior Services of Island County (SSIC), we have a special new member of$ fer for you. 12 Join SSIC at whatever level (see page 30) and you’ll become eligible for a free Shop Local coupon book. The Shop Local coupon book features Whidbey Island’s own businesses offering discounts and specials. Its purpose is two-fold: to encourage you to think locally when making your purchasing decisions and to raise funds that go to support the much-needed programs offered by SSIC to those in need. All you need to do is let us know that you’re a Snow Bird New Member at the time you pay for your membership and ask for your Shop Local coupon book. Contains thousand$ in savings on Whidbey Island!

2013-14 Coupon Book

Valid through October 31, 2014

Call 360-678-4886 for placement on the Cam Bey Senior Apartments waiting list. 50 North Main Street / Coupeville, WA 98239 Cam Bey Apartments is a HUD subsidized housing complex for low income and disabled seniors. All units are: One bedroom • Non smoking • Water & garbage paid • Keyed entry • Hot lunch served 5 days/ week • On bus route • Across from hospital • Convenient to downtown• Pet Approved (1 pet)

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Membership Application To register online and pay by credit card, go to: Your membership dollars provide programs and services to seniors in our community. Thank you! Check One r Level 1: r Level 2: r Level 3: r Level 4:

$ 25 indiv / $ 45 household (Class discounts, free meal, discount coupon for Community Thrift) $ 50 indiv / $ 90 household (All the above plus a free SSIC tote bag) $100 indiv / $180 household (All of Level 1, plus a free activity valued between $40 - $60) $150 indiv / $270 household (All of Level 1, plus a free activity valued between $60 - $80)

*Under age 50? Associate members may join at any of the levels listed above.

r New Membership or r Gift or r Renewal or r Associate (Check one) Complete all of the ďŹ elds below. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY and ensure information is accurate. Thank you. Primary (Individual) Member:

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Secondary (Household) Member First Name______________________________

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Please remit payment to: SSIC / 14594 SR 525 / Langley, WA 98260 Enclosed is my check in the amount of: $_______________ for a total of _____ memberships

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The Value of Belonging....... 1, 2 From the ED ...........................3 Shop Local Coupon Book .......4 Senior Center Day Trips, Travel, Classes ................. 5-16 Time Together ......................20

Look for the Shop Local Coupon Book at all SSIC venues and local businesses.

Support & Resources...............21 Meal Menus ............ ........26-27 Programs & Services..............28 SSIC Map................................ 29 Membership Info...............30-31

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