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Services may require appointment, fee, or donation. Call 253-856-5150 for more information.

  

Thriftbooks

 

Thriftbooks.com is the nation’s largest on line book seller and is based in Kirkland, WA. Their motto is “Spend Less. Read More.”  The Kent Senior Activity Center is now an affiliate of Thriftbooks.  If you order a book through a link you will find below, the Center gets 5% of the book price.  An easy way to donate towards the Senior Center lunch program.

 

 
 

 

Acupuncture 

 

Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, September only (will return Spring 2015) 

   

Acupuncture is an approach to health care that has been in continuous use in China for over 4,000 years.  Although its origins are ancient, modern research has shown it is often as effective as western medicine for many diseases and pain conditions, without the nuisance of risky and unpleasant side-effects.  Because acupuncture works by encouraging self-healing, the patients overall health is improved along with alleviation of specific symptoms.    For most conditions, acupuncture involves a series of 6-10 weekly treatments.  Because Medicare does not cover acupuncture, it is often difficult financially for seniors to enjoy its many benefits.  Here at Kent Senior Activity Center, we are offering acupuncture for less than half of the usual price to make acupuncture more accessible to seniors 65 and over. If you are 50 – 65 and your insurance does not cover acupuncture, you are also eligible for this service.  Dr. Marc Imlay has practiced acupuncture for over 22 years in the Kent area.    Call the front desk for an appointment – 253-856-5150.  If you have additional questions about acupuncture, please contact Dr. Imlay at 253-630-1910. 

$35.00/treatment (for those 65+ or those 50 -65 without acupuncture insurance coverage) 

Alzheimer Support Group 

1st Wednesday, 6:30 pm 

Blood Pressure 

Tuesdays, 10:30 am - Noon 

Take advantage of this service to monitor your blood pressure.  Weekly prize given to those with blood pressure closest to the posted blood pressure figures.  Special thanks to Jennifer and Lisa from Parkside Retirement for their monthly contribution.

haircuts 

Haircuts

Clients must wash their hair on the day of dry cut appointment. Stylist has the right to refuse service if hair is not shampooed.
With Judy, generally scheduled the 3rd Wednesday of the month
With Susan, the 2nd Monday of the month By appointment, $8.00. 253-856-5150

Health Clinic/Foot Care 

Tuesdays, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm by appointment  

Karen Poppleton, licensed nail technician, of Karen’s Foot Care will be providing our routine foot care services.  After completing an assessment of your feet, she will soak your feet, trim the nails, and file and pad corns/calluses.  Karen has added another foot care provider to make it easier for you to get an appointment on short notice and give you more flexibility with time options. Call 253-856-5159 to make an appointment. Cost:  $27.00 

Health Insurance Counseling

2nd Monday by appointment 

SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) is available by appointment for health insurance counseling on Medicare, Managed Care, Medicaid, and Long Term Care. Call 253-856-5150 to schedule an appointment.  Call the Help Line, 1-800-562-6900 for immediate assistance.

Healthy Smiles

1st Friday and 4th Thursday by appointment 

Licensed and registered dental hygienist Darcy Spencer-Wenger provides oral hygiene services for older adults.  Care includes teeth cleaning, fluoride application, denture cleaning, dry mouth/low saliva care, gum pocket measurements, oral hygiene instruction, and referrals to dentists. The $77.00 fee also includes a fluoride varnish.  Call 206-650-3272 to schedule an appointment.  Pick up a Dental Services Authorization at the front desk.

Legal Clinic 

Every Wednesday, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Call Wednesday between 9:00 am and noon, 206-267-7070 for appointment the following Wednesday.

Lions Breakfast

Sunday, November 16, 9:00 - 10:15 am

Join the Kent Lions as they serve you a delicious complimentary breakfast of pancakes, eggs, ham, fruit, juice and coffee.

 

Massage

Every Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00 am - Noon, by appointment, call 253-856-5150 

Claudia Walker offers massages from 10:00 am to noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Massage therapy can increase flexibility and range of motion, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and reduce stiffness and soreness in muscles. To schedule an appointment, please stop by or call the front desk. Her fee schedule is: 30 minutes - $27.00, 60 minutes - $37.00. (This time includes your preparation time.)

Meals on Wheels

Call 253-856-5158  

Nutrition

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm, nutritionally balanced meal, $6.00 for all ages for full meal, soup & deli sandwich or soup & salad, sandwich & salad. Tickets available at the front desk or at Deli & Cafe starting at 11:30 am.  Nellie's Deli on Wednesdays - deli sandwich, homemade soup, fresh tossed salad, dessert, coffee, tea, or milk - $5.00. 

Reflexology with Kay Morris Johnson, MR

Tuesdays, 8:15 - 8:5 pm 

Wednesdays, 12:30 - 4:30 pm by appointment  

Kay Morris-Johnson, Master Reflexologist applies a specific touch to the reflexes or mini maps on the feet.  This technique balances the autonomic nervous system to reduce stress, enhance circulation, and cleanses the body of toxins.  Reflexology is known as a complimentary alternative medicine; we do not treat for specific illness, diagnose or prescribe.

$37.00 for 45 minute sessions.

By Appointment, call 253-856-515.

Gift Cards are available for treating a friend or family member.

Senior Advisory Committee 

Meets 3rd Friday of the month, 10:00 am 

Members - Sharon Crain, Orval Dealy, Laura Guinn, Coreen Jones, Wilma Peterson, Cheryl Larson, Mark Whitaker, Sharon Peden, Loretta Pearson

Senior Legal Clinic 

2nd & 4th Fri., 1:00 - 3:00 pm, for appointment call 206-448-5720.

Veterans Services (brought to you by the Veteran’s and Human Services Levy)

If you have any questions or need help connecting with state, county or federal veterans benefits or services you can ask Joel Estey. He will be here the first Monday of each month 10:30 am -1:00 pm. You can see him at these times or you can call anytime with your specific questions. Joel has worked for the King County Veteran’s Program for over twenty four years. He was in the US Army from 1967-1969 with service in Vietnam in 1968.  He can be reached at 206-612-2816.

Wellness

 

Be Well Workshops 

Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

A variety of topics pertaining to both mental and physical health.   

Support Group 

Mondays, 10:00 – 11:00 am 

Drop in on Monday mornings for conversation and support.  Our counselors, Deborah Mulein and Gordon Baxter, bring years of experience and a deep understanding of the challenges common to all as we age.  All shared information is confidential.  If you are in need of encouragement or are looking for a safe place to share your challenges, join us. 

Individual Counseling 

By appointment– 2nd and 4th Mondays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

This counseling service provided by Valley Cities Counseling extends to individual, one-on-one, counseling sessions.  The sessions are strictly confidential and last approximately one hour.  An individual can see a counselor several times without charge.  A broad range of issues can be discussed in confidence during these sessions.  Call Cindy at the Senior Center to make an appointment 253-856-5162. 

Grief Support

Living through loss – a grief support group –  

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am  

For eight weeks we will explore the many issues of grief and loss. We will look at ways to move forward beyond grief. Grief and loss includes many things besides the loss of a loved one.  Learn ways to manage life’s adverse events – changes in home, health, career, divorce.

“He that conceals his grief finds no remedy.” Turkish Proverb. Don’t grieve alone. Come share your stories. Attend weekly or just drop in.

November 5 – December 24 

Session 1) Introduction to Group members and an overview of Grief 101.

Session 2) The 5 stages of Grief. This includes Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.

Session 3) If I start crying will I be able to stop. Learn more about the healing quality of shedding your tears.

Session 4) Our Senses. Explore how our senses are affected and may even trigger us in our grief. Learn the many positive ways our senses hold memories.

Session 5) Holidays, Anniversaries, and Birthdays. How to take care of ourselves and manage these events.

Session 6) Helping Others Who May be Grieving. Learn the 10 Best and Worst Things to say to someone in grief or loss.

Session 7) Cultural And Spiritual Perspectives in Grief and Loss. Gain insight from various Cultural and Spiritual traditions , as well as sharing your own valuable experiences.  

Session 8) Creating an Altar. Prepare for the Day of the Dead or create an altar any time. We will provide flowers, candles and an altar cloth. You bring photos, CD’s, and other memorabilia and together we will create an altar to our grief and loss. 

 

LGBT Multipurpose Support Group

2nd Tuesday,6:00 - 7:30,  4th Monday, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

We are here.  A social/support group for the 50+ South King County LGBT community.  Join experienced counselors in sharing challenges, solutions, stories, and laughter.  Resource information and referrals available.

Community Resources

Affordable Care Act Information - www.healthcare.gov, www.insurance.wa/gov/current-issues-reform/health-care-reform 

America's Debt Help Center - www.debt.org, www.debt.org/retirement, www.debt.org/real-estate/mortgage-modifications-settlements 

Up-to-date information on retirement and financial issues, including taxes, social security and insurance.

AARP - www.aarp.org 
A non-profit, non-partisan membership organization for people 50 and over

Brain Resources for Seniors, www.dana.org/seniors 

Catholic Community Service Center  253-854-0077

City of Kent Home Repair Program  253-856-5065

City of Kent Housing & Human Services  253-856-5070

Community Service Center - 253-520-3550
Food and clothing bank and local resources

Credit Card Insider - www.creditcardinsider.com 

Education on responsible use of credit

Kent Food Bank  253-520-3550

Kent Library - www.kcls.org/seniors253-859-3330 

Medicare Information - www.medicare.gov, 1-800-MEDICARE
The official government web site for people with Medicare 

Metro - 206-553-3000, ACCESS - 206-205-5000, metro.kingcounty.gov
Regional public transportation service 

National Council on Aging - www.ncoa.org
A national non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of older Americans 

Senior Housing Information (Senior Housing Assistance Group) - www.s-h-a-g.com
Provider of affordable, independent living for active seniors

Senior Information & Assistance - 1-800-972-9990
Promotes the well being of older adults and provides an information clearing house

Senior Services of Seattle/King County - www.seniorservices.org
The largest non-profit agency in King County serving older adults with quality programs and services

Services for Seniors in Washington State - www.aasa.dshs.wa.gov
Serving adults with chronic illnesses or conditions and people of all ages with disabilities

Social Security Administration, www.socialsecurity.gov, 1-800-772-1213

Taxpayer Advocate, www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov, 1-877-777-4778

Volunteer Medical Transportation - 206-448-5740

Transportation services to medical appointments