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FORMERLY THE GUIDE AND SECOND WIND Volume 1 • Issue 1 • MAY 2017

Welcome! ISLAND TIMES welcomes you!

Learn what’s happening each month for seniors, their families, caregivers, and friends! By Robin Bush, Island Senior Resources

Island Senior Resources, previously known as Senior Services of Island County, and the Oak Harbor Senior Center are collaborating with the Whidbey Weekley to bring you ISLAND TIMES, a monthly publication sharing information, activities, and resources for seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Whidbey Island. Each month you will find engaging stories, tasty menus for community meal sites, events, classes, informative “Lunch & Learn” presentations, trips, and many social gatherings you can be a part of. Instead of two publications, what was formerly Second Wind and The Guide, is now all in one place! Look for ISLAND TIMES in the Whidbey Weekly, the third Thursday of every month and learn what’s happening the following month! Copies of ISLAND TIMES will also be available at Oak Harbor Senior Center, Island Senior Resources (Bayview), the HUB in Coupeville, libraries, Senior Thrift, meal sites, in many businesses island-wide, and delivered by Meals on Wheels.

We are here for you, whether you are: a young elder, a “yelder,” not ready to retire, active, and surprised at yourself turning 60; or a middle elder, a “melder,” who acknowledges your status, relishes those senior discounts, and notices the change in your energy or needs; or an “elder,” learning to receive assistance, living with pride in your longevity and achievements, and anticipating what lies ahead. Whether we are the grown children, friends, or caregivers of those ahead of us on the path of aging, or leaning on others ourselves, we are one community desiring to live vibrant lives while transitioning through the later phases of life. Through ISLAND TIMES, Island Senior Resources, will cultivate community and bring us all together.

Together, Island Senior Resources and the Oak Harbor Senior Center welcome you!

What does “Welcome” mean? “To greet hospitably, and with courtesy or cordiality…to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of.”

To “Welcome” is a desire to create meaningful encounters with others, today, tomorrow, and in the years ahead.

Merriam Webster.

Join us! Each month, beginning with our next issue, Island Senior Resources joins the Oak Harbor Senior Center and the Whidbey Weekly by exploring “Cultivating Community” on Whidbey Island through articles on a multitude of positive ways to share our lives as seniors, or friends and family of seniors: • • • • • •

Being Outside Together Caring for Our Island Home Befriending One Another Getting Life Together for the Years Ahead Adopting a Senior Dreaming it Forward.

others can plan to make time to care for themselves. SHIBA (the State Health Benefits Advisors) will provide tips for dealing with Medicare and we’ll publish their schedule of classes.

Enjoy! We’ll feature ways to enjoy the company of others through music, dance, theater, Bingo, Bridge, Mahjong, walks in the woods, or sharing a meal and conversation. Coming soon will be local and regional trips full of adventure and exploration. Life’s better together. Menus, times, and locations of our meal sites will be published each month. Come gather with friends, eat well, and enjoy your favorite foods. “Imagine a world where people feel welcome and expected. A world where children, friends, strangers, guests, customers and colleagues dare to, and want to, meet each other for real. It is our belief that this is the basis for true and lasting success for us as people, for our businesses and for the places we live.” Jan Gunnarsson (Acclaimed international author of “Hostmanship”)

Volunteer! We’ll help you find ways to participate in cultivating community. Would you enjoy serving others through Meals on Wheels? or …taking those who cannot drive to their medical appointments? or …being on the team at Senior Thrift?

Learn! We’ll provide articles covering highlights of educational presentations, available resources, and interviews with experts on topics affecting the lives of seniors, their caregivers, families, and friends. Each issue will also include our Lunch & Learn schedule for free Bayview and Coupeville presentations on health and wellness, community opportunities, technology, finance, and legal issues. Our schedule for caregiver support groups and classes will be announced each month so those who care for

or …assisting those with cognitive issues? Paying it forward to help others not only keeps you active and involved, it assures Island Senior Resources will be here when you need to lean on us. Each month we will publish stories about people we help. Just imagine yourself helping or being helped just like them. Whatever you need and whatever you give, we welcome you. It’s time to turn to your neighbor and say “hello.” There are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet.

To the readers of Second Wind:

For several years, we have been privileged to partner with the Whidbey Weekly to provide information about local activities, events and resources offered by the Oak Harbor Senior Center through the Second Wind. Readers have looked forward to perusing the monthly issues for travel opportunities, classes, lunch menus and more.

Recently, we were provided the opportunity to create a new partnership. Beginning with this issue, the Oak Harbor Senior Center will join with Island Senior Resources (formerly Senior Services of Island County) to provide news and information from both of our organizations. A new publication with a new name … Island Times!

We now say a fond farewell to the Second Wind and look forward to working with our friends at the Whidbey Weekly to provide a newsletter that will benefit older adults from one end of the Island to the other. We think you’ll like it! Best Regards,

Mary Anderson

Senior Services Administrator City of Oak Harbor

ALL WHIDBEY ISLAND SENIOR CENTERS WILL BE CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY: MONDAY, MAY 29 Island Senior Resources 14594 SR 525 Langley, WA 98260

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From the Executive Director…

ISLAND SENIOR RESOURCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

By Cheryn Weiser, Executive Director, Island Senior Resources

I love Spring! As I listen to the frog chorus at night or take in the newest blooming plant in my yard, I thrill to the invitation to join Mother Nature in the annual celebration of increasing light, warmer days, glimpses of the sun and opportunities to enjoy our fabulous island. My nearly 12-year old golden retriever is less reluctant to go outdoors these days, too.

Wendy Gilbert: President Cynthia Trowbridge: Vice President Tom Sommer: Treasurer Open: Secretary Christina Baldwin Leo Baldwin Vickie Hagley Julie Joselyn Tia Reese Christine Schacker Bill Wells

And, I admit to feeling pulled a bit in opposite directions this Spring. I find myself observing a high state of vigilance about our country and our world. After 40+ years in human services, part of my vigilance relates to the future of human services and I’m especially concerned about what resources will be available for seniors. Daily, I’m combing the information and news online and on television carefully mining for potential impacts for seniors.

Executive Director: Cheryn Weiser

Recently, several Board Members and I held a conference call with the Executive Director of Northwest Regional Council, the Area Agency on Aging responsible for funneling federal and state government dollars into the four county Northwest Region of Washington State. That call gave us some hopeful insight into what is happening in Olympia with possible funding for Meals on Wheels. On the Federal front, other than the recent pull of the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, we are held in suspense about what may happen to Meals on Wheels and other funding for nutrition programs

OUR LOCATIONS Island Senior Resources (Bayview) 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260

Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome St, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Camano Center 606 Arrowhead Rd, Camano Island, WA 98282

along with funding for important programs like Information and Assistance, Medicare, and Social Security. Our vigilance will continue including increasing concern for seniors that are either homeless or near homeless due to the escalating cost of rental housing on the island. Island Senior Resources is the last private non-profit organization in Northwest Washington to bundle a group of services for seniors under one roof. In our neighboring counties (San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom) the services we deliver are provided by multiple organizations both private and public nonprofit. I strongly believe that Island Senior Resources provides a range of high quality resources to the communities that we serve (10,000 people in 2016). In the face of an increasing older population in Island County, the resources we provide will continue to be in greater and greater demand. And, the need of the communities we serve to support our services will increase.

As I look out my living room window at the forsythia blooming, the magnolia unfurling its blossoms and billowing clouds flowing across to the south, I am called to take a few deep breaths and consider whether I should head off to Double Bluff or Ebey’s Landing for a walk on the beach. Amid my vigilance, I trust that the sound of waves from Puget Sound, seeing sunset over the Olympics, or sunrise over the Cascades will calm my inner waters. I hope that you take advantage of our wonderful island world in turbulent times.

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More than a Helping Hand By Robin Bush with Celeste Fikejs, Case Management Director and Pat Weekly, Medical Transportation Director, Island Senior Resources

There are times when one helping hand is not enough. Sometimes it takes two, or three, or more, working together. That’s what helped Mrs. B. A social worker who had been helping Mrs. B over the past year saw that she was having increasing difficulties getting to her medical appointments and called Pat Weekley, Medical Transportation Director at Island Senior Resources. Pat lent a hand and arranged for volunteer drivers to take Mrs. B to the doctor.

One morning, when the driver arrived to pick up Mrs. B, she asked in her warm, -friendly voice, “Hello Mrs. B! How are you this morning?” Mrs. B hadn’t gotten ready to go; there was no sign of her having eaten breakfast. Several volunteers who regularly drove her had seen the same thing recently. The driver encouraged her to eat, then gently helped her into her coat and out to the car, but she knew Mrs. B needed more than just her help that morning. She reached out to Pat, expressed her concern that Mrs. B was having increasing challenges navigating independently enough to utilize the medical transportation services.

mon for someone to rise to the occasion and be on their best behavior when they know someone is coming to visit. They dress well, eat well, and clean up the house to be ready for company. Company is special. But sometimes capabilities change and these things stop happening. Often our drivers are aware of this before anyone else. The driver’s call to Pat triggered a series of responses to help Mrs. B. Pat talked to Celeste Fikejs, Island Senior Resources’ Case Management Director, and Island County Human Services contacted her as well. Celeste helped to coordinate care by applying for emergency long-term care, obtained caregivers for in-home services,

arranged for Meals on Wheels, nursing support, and food stamps…many hands helping Mrs. B. This is what Island Senior Resources does for members of our community every day. Through coordination with other agencies, and the dedication of our medical transportation drivers, case managers, and nutrition services, Island Senior Resources supports people in their goals for self-determination and independence, and helps to assure their safety and wellbeing. The contributions we receive from community members and businesses help to make this possible. It takes all hands collaborating. The volunteer driver stopped by for a visit with Mrs. B, who is now cared for daily in her home. Mrs. B smiled; she was very grateful for all those helping hands.

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Day Trips Recreation Without Borders will coordinate local and regional trips in association with Island Senior Resources. In addition, Island Senior Resources offers monthly casino trips. Recreation Without Borders specializes in trips, tours and adventures throughout the Northwest. Registration fees include transportation, supervision and admission fees but do not include food, beverages or other purchases unless specifically noted. Participants should bring money for food and other purchases and wear warm, weather appropriate, comfortable clothing, and sturdy walking shoes. For detailed information on all trips, visit www.senior-resources.org. Contact Island Senior Resources for information and to register 360-321-1600 or 360-678-3373. Pricing is available online or by phone.

PILCHUCK GLASS SCHOOL SPRING TOUR AND SKAGIT VALLEY GARDENS Wednesday, May 3 • 8 am - 4 pm Ages: Adult Depart/return: Mukilteo Ferry Terminal Island Senior Resource will arrange transportation from Bayview to the Clinton ferry dock if desired. Register by Tuesday, April 25

BLOEDEL RESERVE AND BEAUTIFUL BAINBRIDGE ISLAND Tuesday, May 23 • 8 am - 5:30 pm Ages: Adult Depart/return: Mukilteo Ferry Terminal Island Senior Resource will arrange transportation from Bayview to the Clinton ferry dock if desired. Min. 8 | Max. 10 Register by Wednesday, May 17

SKAGIT VALLEY CASINO Tuesday, May 9 • 9 am - 4:30 pm Ages: Adult Depart/return: Bayview Community Hall parking lot (5642 Bayview Rd. Langley, WA) Fee due at registration

Meals on Wheels Delivers…More By Robin Bush with Debbie Metz, Nutrition Program Director, Island Senior Resources

“I hadn’t eaten for two days before the Meals on Wheels food was delivered to me.” “My dad counts on these meals and waits for the delivery person each day!” These are just a few of the quotes from the latest survey conducted by Island Senior Resources. Meals on Wheels matters. All across America, Meals on Wheels serves the needs of hundreds of thousands of isolated, homebound, older Americans. In Island County, Island Senior Resources provided 33,613 meals in 2016 and over 170,000 in the past 5 years. As our senior population continues to increase rapidly, the need will continue to increase each year. Meals on Wheels began in 1954 when a small group of Philadelphia citizens banded together to support their senior neighbors and help them maintain their independence. Today, Meals on Wheels helps nearly 2.4 million seniors annually, across America. The number of seniors will double by 2050 as the “silver tsunami” arrives. One quarter of today’s 65-yearolds will live past age 90, turning daily chores such as shopping for food and cooking into challenges they cannot achieve alone. That’s where Meals on Wheels delivers a solution. “Researchers conducted economic analyses in 2013 and showed that if all states had increased the number of older Americans who had received Meals on Wheels by just 1 percent, the states would have saved Medicaid more than $109 million. Most of those savings would have come from reductions in the need for nursing home care.” – The Costs Can Be Debated, but Meals on Wheels Gets Results, New York Times March 17, 2017 Meals on Wheels is much more than food… it decreases loneliness, increases safety, provides food that seniors and adults with disabilities need, and improves quality of life. • 15.7 million seniors are isolated, and/or living alone • Nationwide, 83% say Meals on Wheels improves their health, 92% say it enables them to remain living at home,

and 87% say it makes them feel more safe and secure. (statistics from Meals on Wheels America). • Families members who live far from their loved-ones, rest confidently knowing Meals on Wheels personnel refer participants to case managers when they observe changing health or living conditions. “Mr. L., a 95-year old gentleman living alone, has been served by our Meals on Wheels program since 2008. On a recent delivery, the volunteer driver found Mr. L lying on the floor, unresponsive and called 911. His daughter called to thank us for being there just in time, and to have him restart his Meals on Wheels upon his return home. He loves these deliveries and waits on his porch until they arrive. He says the food and the volunteers are so good that he recommends them to everyone he sees, even to his son-in-law, who is a trained chef! Meals on Wheels does so much more than provide food. Having someone stopping by several times a week provides vital socialization and a safety net for individuals who are otherwise isolated.” – Debbie Metz, Nutrition Program Director

Meals on Wheels is much more than food… it saves money. • For every $1 spent on Meals on Wheels $50 is saved in Medicare expenses. • One person on receiving Meals on Wheels can be fed for a year for roughly the same cost as spending one day in a hospital or ten days in a nursing home. • Meals on Wheels enables homebound seniors to continue to live in their

homes and avoid costly institutional care, saving billions in tax dollars.

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P • 10.2 million seniors are threatened by g m hunger. w • 18.7 million seniors are living in or near D poverty.

• 61% of home delivered meals help pro- • vide a senior half or more of their total food for the day. • What makes Meals on Wheels through Island Senior Resources so valuable to our • community?

• Island Senior Resources’ volunteers • deliver 230 hot and frozen meals, three times a week, to seniors throughout Island County providing socialization • and safety checks.

• In contrast, King County Meals on • Wheels only delivers frozen meals once a week. T What YOU can do… i • Donate $5 at Senior Thrift or Island i Senior Resources (Bayview) and receive i an “I support Meals on Wheels” button. h Your $5 will pay for one meal for a m senior. W • Come to our Pancake Breakfasts. The c next one is Saturday, June 17, 9-11 a.m. o at Island Senior Resources (Bayview). a n • Volunteer to help. Contact Debbie Metz, Nutrition Program Director 360- s s 321-1600 or 360-678-3373. e • All contributions are greatly appreci- l ated. No gift is too small. If you are f interested in supporting Meals on i Wheels or our major donor campaign, b contact Cheryn Weiser, Executive Direc• tor, 360-321-1600.

SUPPORT MEALS ON WHEELS Donate $5 at Senior Thrift or Island Senior Resources (Bayview) and receive an “I support Meals on Wheels” button. Your $5 will pay for one meal for a senior.

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Better Balance…Better Choices By Robin Bush, Island Senior Resources with Wendy W. Gilbert, Island Senior Resources Board President and Physical Therapist (ret.)

Put a spring in your step! Simple, daily, gentle exercises and a few lifestyle adjustments can reduce your risk of falls and will help keep you on your feet! Did you know that: • Every year, 1 in 3 Americans aged 65+ experiences a fall? • 67% of people with memory impairments fall each year? • Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans? • Falls are costly, in dollars and quality of life, and they are the most common reason older adults are hospitalized? • Those who fall are 2-3 times more likely to fall again? • Most falls occur in the kitchen and bathroom? There are multiple factors that can increase the likelihood of falls including: foot problems, heart and circulatory issues, medication side effects, vision/ hearing issues, muscle weakness, and mental state. What about balance? It’s a significant contributor to falls and it’s the one most of us can do something about. I came across a simple test for balance in the newspaper the other day. All you do is see if you can stand on one foot for 60 seconds. How many of us can? Apparently not many, if we are 50 or older. The length of time we can do this decreases from 45 seconds in our 50’s to 12 seconds in our 80’s. That’s why we call it losing our balance. • Balance declines significantly with age and leading medical researchers have found its loss starts much earlier than we would assume • 1 in 10 people in their 50’s falls each year • Balance is much more than your inner ear vestibular system. Balance relies on strength, flexibility, mental function, and vision What can we do about improving our balance and thus reduce our risk of falls? Exercise!

Exercise! Don’t limit your activity because you are afraid of falling − quite the opposite. Be

afraid of falling if you don’t move. Exercise improves balance. Use it or lose it! Do these simple exercises as often as you can each day. If you need to, hold on to a secure object, or someone else, as you do each exercise. • Stand on one foot for as long as you can, then switch and stand on the other foot • Pretend you are on a balance beam and walk placing one foot directly in front of the other • Sit and stand without pushing up with your arms. Repeat. Use a firm chair such as a dining room chair • Try Tai Chi. Tai Chi’s slow movements build balance, strength and flexibility. Often there are Tai Chi classes offered at Island Senior Resources (Bayview), as well as at movement studios throughout the island. (Search “Tai Chi Whidbey island” on the internet for advertised classes)

Watch how you move!! You will have better balance and reduce your risk of falling if you are aware of how you move, sit, and walk: • Never bend over at the waist; instead, bend at the knees and hips • Lift, carry, push and pull correctly, carrying objects at the level of your belly button • Sit in good chairs with proper posture. Your hips should be in contact with the chairback • Stand up straight with your head level and in line with your hips, with your shoulders back

Fall proof your home! Outdoors • Fix damaged outdoor steps • Watch for moss and debris on your steps and walkways • Install railings and grab bars near all entryways (when you are distracted or searching for keys, it is easier to slip and fall) Reorganize your kitchen • Put items you use regularly in easy reach on lower shelves • Eliminate scatter rugs

Reduce clutter • Don’t leave anything on the floor that could cause you to trip or slip • Remove items you can bump into • Secure cords and oxygen tubing away from walking areas • Visually survey your surroundings for potential fall risks Fall-proof your stairs • Don’t put anything on stairs • Add a strip of contrasting tape to the front edge of stairs to make the edge more visible • Add a second handrail so there is one on each side of the stairs and hold both sides as you climb or descend • Use lights at the top, bottom, and the full length of the stairway. If you wear bifocals, be especially careful descending stairs Practice safe behaviors • Don’t change overhead lightbulbs yourself. Ask a friend or neighbor for help. Do not use a chair for a stepstool or ladder • Install a phone extension by your bedside, or carry a phone in your pocket, so you don’t have to get up in a hurry to answer the phone • Any time you change positions from lying down to standing, you can get dizzy. Allow time to adjust before you stand. Sit on the edge of the bed and pump your ankles up and down for 30 seconds to get the blood flowing before attempting to stand

WEB RESOURCES TO INFORM & INSPIRE… When you have a few quiet moments, visit www.senior-resources.org/ inspire. There, you will find web links to resources that will provide information and shine a light of inspiration that will help you navigate today and tomorrow. Each month we will add new resources, so keep checking back. This month you will find: • “the art of making people feel welcome” • an inspiring radio story of Ed Whitlock, “likely the most successful runner 80 and over in history” • The Gift-Wrap and the Jewel, a video of a poem written and read by Wanda B. Goines, an eloquent lady, age 92

• Don’t wear long, loose clothing or poorly fitted footwear. Be cautions when wearing slip-ons, heels, or shoes with no tread Lighting • Increase lighting around entryways and hallways, use motion sensor lights • Add nightlights along any path you walk at night or in any dimly lit area of your home • Have a bedside light and turn it on before you get out of bed Bathrooms • Add a non-slip rubber mat to the shower or tub • Install grab bars • Use a shower chair and hand-held shower head Remember, you can make a difference that will affect your health for years to come. Start now, and keep moving! Research for this article came from the National Council on Aging. Please see their website for additional information on topics regarding senior health and well-being (www.ncoa.org).

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OAK HARBOR SENIOR CENTER

51 SE Jerome Street, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-279-0367 (kitchen) or 360-279-4580 (Center) Meals served Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 am

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606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, WA 98282 360-387-0222 Meals served Mon, Wed, Fri, noon

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50 North Main Street, Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-4886 Ext 28 or 360-321-6661 ext 28 Meals served Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, 11:45 am

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Avoiding Cyber and Phone Fraud Chris Garden, Coupeville Marshal, will speak on how to avoid being a victim of these ever-prevalent scams.

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Beef Stroganoff w/Mushrooms

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9

Chipotle Corn Chowder

Wed

10

Chicken Fried Steak w/Gravy

Thurs

11

Chef’s Choice

Fri

12

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Mon

15

Beef Stew w/Vegetables

Tues

16

BLT Wrap

Wed

17

Chicken Alfredo Fettuccine

Thurs

18

Chef’s Choice

Fri

19

Shepherd Pie w/Vegetables

Mon

22

Ravioli w/Marinara Sauce

Tues

23

Breakfast Lunch

Wed

24

Creamy Chicken Enchilada Bake

Thurs

25

Chef’s Choice

Fri

26

Cobb Salad w/Turkey & More

Mon

29

Holiday – Meal Sites Closed

Tues

30

Best Rueben Sandwich

Wed

31

Fish Alyeska w/Cream Sauce

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OAK HARBOR SENIOR CENTER ACTIVITES 360-279-4580 MONDAY 9 Quilting 9:30 EnhanceFitness 9:30 Wii Bowling 11:30 LUNCH 12 Bunco 12:30 Ping Pong 1 Art with Dottie 2 EnhanceFitness 2 Beg. Clogging 3 Adv. Beg. Clogging 5 Tai Chi

TUESDAY 8:30 Yoga 9 Lapidary 11 Mexican Train 11 Reiki 11:30 Chess 12 Line Dance 12-4 SHIBA Counseling 1 Knitting Circle 1 MAC SIG (2nd. Tue.) 2 Vision Impaired Group (4th Tues) 6 Pinochle 7 Stamp Club (2nd & 4th Tuesdays)

WEDNESDAY 9 Lapidary 9:30 Enhance Fitness 11:30 LUNCH 12:30 Party Bridge 12:30 Ping Pong 2 EnhanceFitness 2 Caregiver Support (last Wednesday)

THURSDAY 8:30 Yoga 9:30 Enhance Fitness 10 Creative Writing 12:30 Cribbage 1 Intro to Story Telling 1 SVC History Class 1 Reiki Treatments 2 Caregiver Support (3rd Thursday) 7 Wire Wrap

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

9 Quilting 9:30 Tai Chi 11:30 LUNCH 12:30 Pinochle 1 Line Dance 2 EnhanceFitness 6:30 Old Time Fiddlers (first Friday) 7 Country Dance (2nd Friday)

Ping Pong Billiards Pinochle

ISLAND SENIOR RESOURCES (BAYVIEW) ACTIVITES 360-321-1600 or 360-678-3373 MONDAY 12:15 Reader’s Theater Rehearsal 1 Mahjong 3 Afternoon Tai Chi May 8 8:30 Distance Striders

TUESDAY

8:45 9 10 10:30 1 3:30 4:45

Advanced Tai Chi Foot Clinic Beginning Tai Chi Tune In, Tone Up Lunch & Learn Parkinson’s sing-a-long Yoga for 50+

May 2 10 Alzheimer’s Support Group 12:15 Reader’s Theater Performance

WEDNESDAY 9 Beginning Line Dancing 10 Mexican Dominoes 10 Line Dancing 10 Quilters 6:30 Bingo – A chance to win $500! May 31 11:30 Monthly Birthday Party and Blood Pressure check

THURSDAY 8:30 Men’s Bridge 9 Senior Striders 10 Crafting Connection 4:45 Yoga for 50+ 6 Twilight Bridge May 25 6:30 Getting Ready for Medicare

FRIDAY 9 –4:30 SHIBA (State Health Benefits Advisors) 10:45 Fun Band Dancing

SATURDAY

May 20 10 Caregiver Resource Fair

May 12 1 Legal Information

May 26 1 Legal Information

May 9 10 Parkinson’s Support Group

DATES AND TIMES OF ALL SCHEDULED EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. IT’S ALWAYS ADVISABLE TO CALL TO CONFIRM.

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Save the Date FATHER’S DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Saturday, June 17, from 9-11 am at Island Senior Resources (Bayview) 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260 Let us do the cooking! We’ll have pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, fresh fruit, coffee and tea, and fruit juice. (Gluten free pancakes and sausage available). Suggested donation $7/person except children under 5. We’ll have door prizes and a gift basket raffle. Baskets will include a Chocolate basket, Mariner’s basket, Big Breakfast Basket, and an Enjoy the Summer Basket! Raffle tickets are $2.00 each.

Join us for LUNCH & LEARN

Presenters will offer information on key topics affecting the lives of seniors, their caregivers, families and friends.

ISLAND SENIOR RESOURCES (BAYVIEW) • 1-2 PM Lunch (optional) will be served 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (suggested donation $5) followed by a free presentation. See our menu section for what is being served for lunch. Come eat, socialize, and learn! Date

Topic and Presenter

May 2

Staying Fit and Getting Out and About on the Island Mary Waters, Exercise Physiologist, WhidbeyHealth

May 9

WSU Extension - Island County - Past, Present, and Future Tim Lawrence, Associate Professor

May 16

Whidbey Island Connects People and Place Through Taste Kelsi Franzen, Whidbey Island Conservation District

May 23

Go Outside and Play with South Whidbey Parks! Carrie Monforte, South Whidbey Parks & Recreation

Tuesday, June 2 at 5 pm Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome Street, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Free Class presented by SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) Learn about Medicare benefits, options for additional insurance, and prescription drug plans.

May 30

A Look Inside County Government – What Does It Do? How Can It Help? Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson

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NOT YOUR GRANDMA’S BINGO

June 17, time TBD at Island Senior Resources (Bayview) 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260 Bingo like you have never seen it before! Come join us for an evening with Sylvia O’Stayformore, a celebrity drag queen calling Bingo with music and entertainment. Enjoy the show and what a show it will be!

GETTING READY FOR MEDICARE

Wednesday, June 21 at 1 pm Island Senior Resources (Bayview) 14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260 Learn about applying for Social Security benefits and what they include.

OAK HARBOR SENIOR CENTER • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

MEDICARE WORKSHOPS Will you be going on Medicare in the next 6 months and/or want to know more about Medicare? Attend a free seminar presented by SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisers) volunteers. Free. No pre-registration required.

Information will be provided about “basic” Medicare benefits as well as options for additional insurance(s). Medicare parts A and B will be discussed and also the differences between “Medigap” (supplemental) insurance and the various Advantage plans available on Whidbey Island. We will review benefits and rates. Information about prescription drug plans will be included. If you want help with your drug plan, bring a detailed list of your drugs.

Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome St, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 For more information, call: (360) 279-4580 Friday, May 5, 1 PM Tuesday, June 2, 5 PM Friday, July 7, 1 PM

Bring your lunch and join us for these free informative presentations.

Island Senior Resources (Bayview)

Date

Topic and Presenter

May 23

Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Eric Brooks, Deputy Director, Island County Emergency Services

14594 SR 525, Langley, WA 98260 For information call: 360-321-1600 ext 0

June 27 Common Eye Disorders in Older Adults: Diagnosis & Treatment Robert Johnson, M.D., Island Eye Care

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Thursday, May 25, 6:30 PM Counselors will be available to answer brief questions following the seminar. Note: SHIBA volunteers work under the guidance of the Insurance Commissioner’s Office.

Time Together North Opens By Mel Watson, Time Together Program Director, Island Senior Resources

Time Together, Island Senior Resources’ adult day program, provides respite to families and caregivers of adults who need 24-hour care, or for older adults who would benefit from the social interaction that adult day programs provide. “Time Together saved my life.” - Caregiver

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Time Together, located at Island Senior Resources in Bayview, has expanded! Now, Time Together North is open in Oak Harbor thanks to a collaboration with, and facilities provided by, the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Both Time Together programs serve individuals with dementia, stroke, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, Parkinson’s, MS, developmental disabilities, brain injury and many other chronic or debilitating conditions.

a space where each participant can experience fulfillment and support. Both locations offer a sliding scale fee structure to make the program affordable to everyone. For more information call Mel Watson, Time Together Program Director at 360-321-1623.

“I feel alive when I come here.” - Participant These are unique places filled with special people. Participants are deeply cared for and their lives are enriched in a group setting. Conversation, musical and art therapy, dance and exercise, cognitive therapy, poetry, horticultural therapy, and more, bring joy into each day. The staff at Time Together are highly trained on the Gems® brain change model and are dedicated to creating

TIME TOGETHER NEEDS YOU

Volunteers are needed to assist the Time Together program in both Bayview and Oak Harbor. Join us and make a difference! Call Mel Watson, Time Together Program Director, 360-321-1623.

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Meet the Oak Harbor Senior Center staff Barry Wenaas – Program Assistant Barry processes passport applications, coordinates schedules for the spaces at the Center and provides member support. Since starting at the Center last June Barry says she enjoys her position here because nothing is ever the same each day and she loves working with all the members and staff.

SHARE YOUR TALENTS: VOLUNTEER

If you have never been to the Center, Barry’s invitation to you is to come and check it out “We are an active and lively group with exciting things happening. It is never dull! We have great comradery and a lot of laughter.”

Travel Escort – If you like to explore your surrounding areas and have ideas for day or overnight trips that would be enjoyable for adults 50+ years of age, this is a perfect fit! Travel escorts work with the program coordinator to arrange daytrips and then act as a group leader for the excursion. The travel escort receives free admission for the trip. 

bwenaas@oakharbor.org

Mary Anderson – Administrator Before coming on board at the Senior Center, Mary worked as a community volunteer for a variety of community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Toddler Learning Center and the Community Health Advisory Board. She holds a graduate degree in public health, and has an extensive background in chronic disease management, health coaching, program development and program impact evaluation. Her work with older adults has spanned 37 years. Mary’s favorite part of her job is listening to the members’ stories about their lives. She has a great fondness for the Senior Center members and volunteers; and is committed to looking out for their best interests. “This building is filled with some of the most interesting, vital and dedicated people that I have ever met,” Mary says. “New faces are always welcome!” manderson@oakharbor.org

Liz Lange – Program Coordinator Liz has recently relocated to the Island with her husband and golden retriever from Juneau, Alaska and is excited to be a part of the team at the Center. She has a background in communication, program development and membership services. She enjoyed working as the enrichment coordinator in Grand Junction at an independent living retirement center and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the 50+ community in Oak Harbor.

Event Planning Committee- If you enjoy planning events and parties this is for you! Help develop and execute events at the senior center.  Walking/hiking Group Leader – If you are already out walking regularly and would enjoy inviting others to join you, please contact us about leading a walking or trail group.

As program coordinator Liz will be working to keep the current offerings of programs while building additional activities and services. “There is a great energy when you walk in the door here,” Liz said about the Center. “Everyone is welcoming of new faces and actively involved in the programs.” The Center’s programs are also supported by numerous volunteers and community members who lead activities, exercise classes, outings and more. Their contributions are appreciated! If you have a talent you would like to share by volunteering at the Center, or leading a program, please contact Liz Lange 360.279.4583 (llange@oakharbor.org)

If you have a talent you would like to share by volunteering or leading a program at the Center please contact Liz Lange 360.279.4583 (llange@oakharbor. org)

Oak Harbor Senior Center 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor, WA 98277

360-279-4580

Business Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Yearly Membership Dues: $40 Send comments and suggestions to: manderson@oakharbor.org

Annual membership with the Oak Harbor Senior Center is available for anyone 50+ years of age and is $40 a year. The dues benefit members and provide financial help to the Center. Membership includes discount prices on travel, classes and facility rentals. For more information, or to sign up for membership, come by the center at 51 SE Jerome Street in Oak Harbor.

THE SENIOR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED MEMORIAL DAY: MONDAY, MAY 29

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SPRING TRAVEL LOG Call the Travel Desk, 360-279-4587, for more information ful central fount, discover the many art galleries, cafes, wine bars, coffee shops, antique shops, and more. Enjoy the beachfront eateries or the many small cafes downtown. Lunch is on your own. Bring a friend!

WOODINVILLE WINE TOUR AND LUNCH

SILVER REEF CASINO Tuesday, May 16 Depart: 9 AM • Return: 5 PM Member: $27 Non-Member: $37 This casino always has a variety of places to eat and you will receive a discount at all of them! A very fun casino to visit.

Thursday, May 25 9 AM – 6 PM Member: $72 Non-Member: $8 Sign-Up Deadline: Wednesday, May 17 Visit 2 wineries & enjoy inspired comfort food for lunch! We will visit Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery where we will accompany their Master Gardener for a 45 minute Garden Tour walking through their beautiful historic gardens.

THREE NURSERIES AND LUNCH IN LACONNER Thursday, May 11 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Member: $20 Non-Member: $30 Spring is in the air – let’s enjoy the flowers! Our first stop will be at the Orchard’s Nursery in Stanwood. Purchase flowers or plants for your garden or patio pots. The nursery offers several workshops: The fairy garden class is around $30 and includes all materials - plants, pot, soil, and decor items (small statues of fairies, etc.) A Living Wreath workshop is also available. If you bring a pot, or purchase one at the nursery, the staff will help you pick out the plants for it. Lunch will be on your own in La Conner. Visit one of their great restaurants which include: Seeds, Calico Cupboard, La Conner Brewery or COA Mexican. The choice is yours. After lunch we will stop at Christenson’s Nursery for more plants or to enjoy the Old Schoolhouse and flowers. A stop at Azusa Nursery on the way back will complete our spring-time fling! NOTE: If you plan to take a class, please notify the trip escort one week in advance of the trip.

Afterwards we will enjoy a Private Tasting (4 wines). We have a reservation for lunch at The Hollywood Tavern. According to Food Network, “you can get one of the best Cheesesteak sandwiches this side of Philadelphia!” Other inspiring dishes include: quinoa salad, burgers, and fried pickles. Lunch is on your own. After lunch we will visit Columbia Winery for a one hour Private Tasting with an educator who will tell us about the wines. (5 wines) Join us for a relaxing, leisurely day!

Save the date! Three days and two nights to relax, visit the casino, and eat delectable food. Swim in the indoor pool or just take a beach walk. Our hotel and Casino now have no smoking rooms each with an ocean view and two queen beds. The trip includes hotel and transportation.

EXTENDED TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES SEATTLE CHOICE: PIKE PLACE MARKET-FRONT EXPANSION Tuesday, July 18 8 AM –5:30 PM Member: $30 Non-Member: $40 Sign-Up Deadline: Wednesday, July 12 The New Market-Front Expansion of Pike Place Market opened on June 29, 2017. Here is our opportunity to visit this new section. This project started in 2011 on the land near the waterfront of Pike Place Market. This piece of property was first developed in the 1920’s and, after a fire, was turned into a parking lot. Now it is the home of the $74 million expansion of the Market. It houses 30,000 square feet of open public space, including a plaza and viewing deck that captures the Olympics, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. Four new artisan vendors - Old Stove Brewing Co., Jarr & Co., Honest Biscuits and indi chocolate will produce, on-site, in 12,000 sq. ft. of production space. Old Stove Brewery will have a mobile canning line running. Come and join us for a new adventure in Seattle. Two drop off sites are available: Pike’s Market and Westlake Shopping Center.

HERITAGE OF AMERICA MAY 2018 Relive the birth of the United States during this 10 day trip from New York City to Washington D.C., with stays in Philadelphia, Charlottesville and Colonial Williamsburg. More information to come.

A DAY IN EDMONDS Thursday, June 22 8:30 AM –5:30 PM Member: $23 Non-Member: $33 Sign-Up Deadline: Friday, June 16 Let’s visit the walkable waterfront town of Edmonds! Accented by art, colorful hanging baskets and vintage street lamps, this pedestrian-friendly downtown is worth discovering. Stroll around the beauti-

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Looking for other ways to Get Moving? Try something new! The Oak Harbor Senior Center offers other fitness programs including Clogging, Tai Chi, Yoga, Line Dancing, Pickleball and Ping Pong.

ENHANCE FITNESS®: Evidence based fitness program for ages 50+

You can recognize an EnhanceFitness class by the relaxed atmosphere and the laughter in the room. A full hour of fun, EnhanceFitness focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility — everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age. EnhanceFitness classes do not require any special or expensive equipment. A certified instructor, who has completed the EnhanceFitness training, will safely lead the class through an hour of dynamic exercises at a pace that’s right for the participants. Participants’ progress can be followed with fitness checks completed at the time the individual joins EnhanceFitness, again at four months, and then as often as needed.

Feel good! Increase flexibility improve balance, breathing and digestion, reduce stress and manage weight. Expect to have fun as you create a healthier body and more peaceful outlook. Please dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 AM Instructor: Maria McGee $25 mo. – members $35 mo. – non-members

GET MOVING!

EnhanceFitness®, a low-cost, evidence-based group exercise program, helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives.

YOGA

TAI CHI LEARN THE JOYS OF LINE DANCING! You will get some great exercise while having lots of fun! Wear comfortable clothes and leather soled shoes (or shoes that are conducive to dancing.) Tuesdays: 12-2 PM, Fridays: 1-2 PM Instructors: Jean Owen/Stan Stanley $10/month Must be a member of OHSC

Tai chi is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques and its health benefits. As an exercise, it comprises gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls in older people. Mondays: 5 PM, Fridays: 9:30 AM Call Marvin Reed to register: 320-0967

Over 99% of participants say they would recommend EnhanceFitness to a friend. The class is proven to: Increase strength. People who regularly attend class grow stronger, improve their balance, and become more limber. Boost activity levels. Even the unfit quickly find themselves able to do the things they want to do, safely and independently. Elevate mood. Research shows that exercise can help prevent depression, and EnhanceFitness participants say they feel better physically and emotionally. Erica Champion is one of two certified instructors leading the Enhanced Fitness class at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Erica has been a personal trainer for 1.5 years and has been working in group fitness for a year. The program started at the Center in January and Erica has been with it from the beginning. Erica feels that the Enhanced Fitness program is rewarding, “it’s been a long time since I have had a job that I felt passionate about. I believe in this program and enjoy connecting with my clients, and it is fun!” She believes that the program is great for people over the age of 50 as it is a wellrounded class. It includes balance, weights and stretch in addition to aerobics. “It really covers everything,” says Erica, “weightlifting is often missed in exercises for older adults, and is important for overall health. This program includes it all.” EnhanceFitness Schedule: 9:30 AM - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Cost: $25 a month for members; $35 a month for non-members. No charge for participants with Group Health Medicare Advantage. n

Sign up for the class by visiting the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

PICKLEBALL CLOGGING: IT’S NOT ABOUT WOODEN SHOES! Clogging is a lively dance where no partners are needed. Beginners will learn basic steps and will dance to a variety of music; anything from modern to country western. Comfortable low heeled shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended.

Pickleball is a fun paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn. No experience is required to play. We have extra paddles for newcomers; and the experienced players are happy to introduce you to the game! Play is indoors: Oak Harbor Christian School Gym; 675 E Whidbey Ave.

Beginners are welcome to enjoy their first class at no charge!

Wednesdays: 4-6 PM Saturdays: 10-12 AM

Mondays Beginners: 2-3 PM Adv. Beginners: 3-4 PM Instructor: Cyndy Jensen $25 mo. – members $35 mo. – non-members

Pre-registration: $25 mo. or $60 quarter Drop-in Fee: $5

Sign up for classes by visiting the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

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Rent the Oak Harbor Senior Center Looking for a place to host an event or meeting? The Senior Center has great spaces available to rent for parties, gatherings, and meetings. Contact Barry Wenaas for more information, or stop by to see the available spaces.

• Meeting Room Two: Great space for classes up to 30 people, has sink and counter space.

Spaces available include the following:

• Multi-Purpose Hall: Open, high ceilings, stage and wood floors and a dining alcove connected to a food prep and serving space.

• Meeting Room One: Can accommodate up to 15 people around a single table, 55” TV for screen sharing.

• Reception Space: has wet bar and five small square tables with four chairs each.

May 2017

Community Partner Spotlight OAK HARBOR LIBRARY OFFERS DIGITAL LITERACY CLASS SERIES

Registration is required for all classes. Please call 360-675-5115.

COMPUTER BASICS

Monday, May 1, 2-3:30 PM Develop your digital literacy skills by learning how to use cursors, operate a mouse, and to use common keyboard commands. This class is intended for beginning computer users with little or no experience.

COMPUTER BASICS: FILES AND FOLDERS Monday, May 8, 2-3:30 PM

Develop your digital literacy skills by learning the basics of digital file management. Learn practical techniques to create a streamlined, user friendly file storage approach for all your digital assets. This class is intended for computer users comfortable with a keyboard and mouse.

ZINIO, FREEGAL, AND HOOPLA Monday, May 15, 2-3:30 PM

Learn how to access free movies, music, and magazines on your computer or mobile device. Find out how to stream movies, download music legally, and more! This class provides an overview of these exciting services and the information needed to start enjoying them on your own. Bring your library card and device for hands-on help after the overview.

OVERDRIVE

Monday, May 22, 2-3:30 PM

W.I.G.S. (WHIDBEY ISLAND GENEALOGICAL SEARCHERS) 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1pm. 2720 Heller Road, Fire Station #25 May 9 meeting: Mary Kathryn Kosy’s subject will be “Can You Help Me Find My Cousins? Using Autosomal DNA for Family History.” All are welcome to attend. Contact Ruth Hancock at 675-4086 for more information.

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Learn how to access Sno-Isle’s growing collection of digital books and audiobooks in OverDrive. Find out how to locate, borrow, and download books to your computer or mobile device. This class provides an overview of this popular service and the information needed to start enjoying it on your own. Bring your library card and device for hands-on help after the overview.

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