Letter from the Director: July 2022

Director’s Message July, 2022 – Nominate Shoreline-LFP Senior Center!

So far to date, we have strived to not impose financial donations on our membership and community, however, we are mid-year and at this time, are operating approximately $35,000 in the red, as of May. While we currently operate 61 programs/month, most weekly, we have lost revenue in specific areas, such as rentals. In 2019, we generated just   over $90,000 with rentals, which we have not recouped in 2022. We do rent for Celebration of Life services, meetings, trainings, etc. but will not return to the large wedding/birthday/baptism parties until Fall 2022. So how can you help us find alternative revenue sources? Here is a great one, through BECU Banking. Please read the instructions below and encourage family members, friends and organizations that bank with BECU, to apply on our behalf.  The deadline is quickly approaching, June 30th so please prioritize this information and spread the word. You will find at the bottom of the page, our stats for the work we did in 2020 and 2021, and where we are at currently with servicing our community. When completing the application, please use EIN #91-0823767.   Thank you for taking a moment to apply to BECU!

Theresa LaCroix

Nominate your favorite nonprofit

Friends and neighbors of Shoreline-LFP Senior Center if you are a member of BECU Banking.

BECU members and employees can nominate local nonprofits to receive a People Helping People Award of up to $50,000. Each winner will receive thousands of dollars in grant funds. We count on members to help us recognize and support the important work of local nonprofits, so please take a moment to fill out a nomination form. It is a fast and effortless way to do good—and feel good.

We are excited to hear about your favorite nonprofit. Submit your nomination now to: https://www.becu.org/members-matter/community-involvement/people-helping-people       There is a nominate button part way down the page.

The BECU People Helping People Awards are granted in the following amounts:

Member Volunteer of the Year Award: (1) $50,000
Selected by a panel of judges, the award is granted to a nonprofit organization on behalf of an outstanding member volunteer.

People’s Choice Award: (1) $40,000
Selected by popular vote from the community, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.

Employees’ Choice Award: (1) $30,000
Selected by popular vote from BECU employees, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.

Past PHPA Recipients’ Choice: (1) $30,000
Selected by popular vote from past PHPA recipient nonprofits, the award is granted to one nonprofit organization.

Community Benefit Award: (14) $15,000 or more
Selected by a panel of judges, the awards are granted to fourteen nonprofit finalists that have been nominated by members.     

 In addition to the above listed award amounts, all PHPA recipients will receive a glide path grant of $2,500 for the two years following their initial award (glide path funding does not apply to BCDP grant recipients).           
https://becu-phpa.versaic.com/

 

Letter from Director: June 2022

Spring has finally arrived, and we are so grateful for the sunshine.

During my 4 years in the Pacific Northwest, and in my role as Director of the Senior Center, I have engaged in reading on the effects the lack of sunshine has on our population. One of the most common changes we see in a small number of participants, is mood change. This may be that they become quiet and removed, express that they believe they may have depression in their lives, or it may be that the individual becomes focused on negative thoughts. Then as spring and summer arrive, these traits disappear. If you believe you have a mood change in fall and winter,  I encourage you to ask your doctor about SAD – Seasonal Affect Disorder. SADs is quite common, and individuals experience it without knowing that is the cause of their ’gloomy’ feelings. At the office, we use light therapy to assist us to get through the dull, grey days. If you enter my office and a bright light is shining from my bookcase, it is an LED Therapy Light, purchased from a local store, for $12.00. Light Therapy is also known as Phototherapy or Bright Light Therapy. I first    became aware of Light Therapy while traveling through Alaska, visiting remote locations where villages were isolated from the rest of the world, only accessed by boat. In each home I visited, family members had not only a Bright Light but LED Therapy bulbs in their lamps. Local schools (usually the only agency in town other than a cannery), had created therapy rooms equipped with an LED Therapy Light, and residents of all ages, could schedule an hour/week, to sit in the room, enjoying the bright light and peaceful surroundings. I would like to mention that I often see LED Therapy Lights at local Thrift Stores for $5-$6 dollars. Our Wellness Studio is equipped with an LED Therapy Light and you may schedule a time to visit for an hour to absorb light. Adding Vitamin D to your daily regime is a wise move as well. Speak with your medical professional for     further information.

SCAMS, SCAMS, SCAMS! Does a day go by that our cellphones, emails, or texts, do not have at least one scammer trying to tempt us into providing them personal information? You are not alone. We receive them weekly at the office. How they track us and gain access to our personal contact info, I do not know but they are becoming increasingly attuned to presenting themselves very professionally. See page 14 for information sent to us from Amazon.

Here’s a couple of clues:  Emails – check the return email address of the sender; if it is a series of numbers and alphabet letters, DO NOT RESPOND. If it is a popular celebrity name DO NOT   RESPOND; an example of one invoice (for plumbing work) that I received had an email return address Will Smith@gmail.com. He is a popular comedian/actor and so I knew immediately that it was a false invoice. We receive every week, phone calls or texts, stating that a grandson has been jailed and can be released if we pay his traffic fine immediately. The caller is very professional and states that they are with the WA State troopers or another local police department; the caller  then asks for banking info so that they can process payment for the fine. DO NOT provide banking info, nor your personal contact info, etc. This is still one of the biggest scams around. If your grandchildren are jailed, they will call you personally, not a ‘police officer.’  But most importantly, you should contact the child’s parents to verify if they are truly in trouble.

We are hearing of scams associated with vaccinations/boosters. You do not pay for vaccinations or boosters, so do not sign up with anyone over the phone and provide them your credit/debit card info as payment! We will begin offering cellphone classes in June and this will be one of the topics during the instructions. In July, we will offer iPad and laptop classes and will add this to   the subject list as well.

We encourage you to spend time outside walking, sitting in the sun, simply relaxing outdoors, to absorb sunshine and natural Vitamin D. Thank you for your support and see you at the center!

Theresa LaCroix

 

Letters from Director: May 2022

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with King County Health Department,
to host a free COMMUNITY WIDE VACCINATION/BOOSTER DAY, on May 6th, from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. You will not find a simpler process for accessing vaccinations and boosters.

Here are the details:
– No registration required, DROP-IN all day long
– Open to all, ages 5 years and up, depending on the type of vaccination you received
– 1st and 2nd boosters available for Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer
– 1st and 2nd Vaccinations available for Moderna, Johnston & Johnston and Pfizer
– Doors open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
– Interpreters available for Spanish, Korean, Tigrinya, Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Hindi,
and Bengali; additional languages will be available through direct phone services
– Anyone in King County, Edmonds and even Lynnwood can attend
* If you are homebound, please call Theresa at 206-365-1536, to schedule
a home visit.
* Seniors requiring a ride can schedule through the regular HYDE Shuttle
service 206-727-6262. Schedule early!
* This is a time when grandparents can assist by bringing grandchildren
for vaccinations.
* Citizenship documents NOT required; all welcome
* Please share this information with neighbors and friends. Accessing
booster shots is not simple for those with language challenges, lack of
computer access and/or skills, or lacking medical providers.

What a busy month, Donna has in store for all of you. Please be sure to mark your
calendars for Dr. Hibbs’ Annual Tuber Sale, our Memorial Day Luncheon, and a host of other
activities (see newsletter). We continue to practice safety mandates to include mask
wearing and proof of vaccination to enter the facility. This is based on our review of
county statistics on 4.17.22, in which there is a slight increase in the number of cases
reported in the county and Shoreline. With the wonderful volume of participants returning to
the center, the statements staff receives, is an overwhelming approval of maintaining our
safety mandates a little longer.

Be sure to check out the new, FREE classes and programs offered this month. I want to give
a shout-out to our new Cognitive Assessment program that will be in place, beginning May.
The testing is confidential, and only participants receive the results. The effects of social
isolation during these past 2 years, has influenced all of us. Plus, we recognize how difficult
it has been to seek medical appointments with General Practitioners and specialists alike.
There is a wide variety of reasons that one may have a decline in cognitive health. Be sure
to attend the workshop and if you feel the need, schedule a private appointment with our
expert. As we are speaking about experts, our Veterans’ Benefit Advisor, and our Social
Worker are busy helping folks. Just call the center to schedule your appointment.

Our board of directors has voted to re-adopt the original name of the senior center, simply
adding the word ACTIVITY, to read, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Activity Center. This is to
reflect how engaged we are through the aging process and to assist us in avoiding the
presumption that we are a long-term care facility. Our participants are active in a variety of
interests, enjoying the senior years to the fullest.

Take care, be safe and I will see you at the center!

Theresa LaCroix

Letters from the Director: April 2022

Dear Friends,

For those of you that have collaborated with me during these past few years, you are aware that I do not promote politics within the senior center as we are a welcoming community for all healthy thought processes and beliefs. With a heavy heart for our family and global friends abroad, we are all hurting at this time, as we view photos of lovely residential communities bombed and innocent lives taken. It is in these times that we must remember what truly matters in our lives — family, friends, faith, and health.

 

The staff of Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center would like to share how we choose to promote our mission at the center. We are a safe place for all – regardless of religion, race, culture, gender choice or national origin. In addition, w e w ant all to know , that during hours of operation, Monday–Thursday 8:30a.m.–4:00p.m. and Friday 8:30a.m.–1:00p.m., we are a safe zone for anyone fearing harm as they travel through our neighborhood. While our front door continues to remain locked, we are in full operations and will open our doors to anyone fearing for their safety.

 

Each year, the staff sets goals that we strive to accomplish over the year. While we’ve worked for the past 3 years in developing our diversity at the center, 2022 will be the year that provides us the opportunity to implement programs, classes, and services that we have been laying the groundwork for. We are so excited to share that our staff has the capacity to communicate in English, Bengali, French, Spanish, and Hindi, to better serve you. We are global citizens that believe the beauty and harmony of the center exists in the participants as they share their languages and cultures, actively engaged in our programming. We thank you for sharing ‘who you are’, opening our world to new understandings and working towards becoming a stronger and happier community.

 

Each month, we will be adding new classes and programs, moving us into a wonderful diverse center. Thank you for your support towards our goal of becoming a ‘senior center without walls’, as we could not achieve it without your energy and willingness to represent our communities more fully.

 

As you browse this month’s newsletter, remember to check out our new classes: English as a Second Language (ESL), Veterans’ Yoga Classes, Rainbow Bingo, Climate Support Yoga, Get Fit Stay Fit, Tuesday Afternoon at The Movies, and Financial Workshops.

 

We continue to grow, gradually returning to our pre-COVID participation numbers and love hearing laughter and conversations in the halls. Due to overwhelming demand, we are continuing our COVID safety mandates of mask wearing while in the center and providing the required Proof of Vaccination. Every 2 weeks, staff will review the county’s stats on hospitalizations by age, of COVID positive cases and gradually reduce our mandates.

Stay safe and see you at the Center!

 

Our true nationality is mankind.”

— H.G. Wells

 

Theresa LaCroix