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Letter from the Director: August 2022

Director’s Message August, 2022 

Hello everyone!

Summer has finally arrived, bringing an abundance of sunshine and summer events. We hope that you will take this opportunity to step out of your homes, and enjoy time with family, friends, and your    community. With that said, the staff held a Safety Meeting, to review the current state of the new    Coronavirus variants, what we are learning from participants at the Senior Center and our own          concerns.  Our staff’s unanimous decision was to continue with the following policies through the month of August.

We will review September policies as the month approaches.

  • The front door will remain with the doorbell in place
  • Proof of Vaccination will continue to be required
  • We are enforcing new Footcare guidelines, due to the exposure our beloved Echo is exposed to while servicing hundreds of guests each month
  • The week of your appointment, we will call you to remind you of your appointment, one day prior to your appointment; at that time, we will ask you if you have traveled in the last 5 days; if you have, your appointment will be moved to a later date. Why? Because there is a 5-day period after any travel, in which you remain a viable candidate for having been exposed; even if you have a negative test that day, the virus can be in your system and surface the following day
  • We will also ask if you have been exposed to anyone in the last 5 days; if you have, we will move your appointment to another date

We do understand that this is an inconvenience for a few but the safety of the ‘whole’ takes precedence over any individual’s preference. Should 1-2 staff members test positive, we will have to close the center until all staff have passed the quarantine period, and this is a risk we are not willing to take.      Thank you to the hundreds of participants that have supported and understood the greater cause; we applaud you.

Annual Membership Meeting: The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Activity Center Board of Directors will hold the Annual Membership meeting for all current members on August 17, 2022, at 12:30pm in the bridge room.

Removal of items from Senior Center:  we continue to see that equipment and articles are  being removed from the senior center, most importantly, fitness equipment. January 2022, we had      24 exercise bands, weights, balls, etc. in the Wellness Studio. Today, we have one stretch band.           If you borrowed them to exercise at home, even if you are following Toshiko’s class on Zoom, please return them. This creates a continued cost to the center, without funding to support the replacement    of this equipment. The equipment is for in-house class use only. We have not provided anyone         permission to remove our equipment and would like it all returned. Thank you.

We have been designated as an official YOUTH VACCINATION CLINIC with 3 dates scheduled:  July 22nd, August 29th, and October 14th. Please spread the word. These clinics require registration in advance through QR codes or online. We have posted flyers on the bulletin boards with the QR codes.

We wish each of you safe travel as you venture out this summer after 2 long years of isolation.

May you create great memories with family and friends and seek new adventures. 

Theresa    

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