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of Sound Generations

4655 South Holly Street
Seattle, WA 98118
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone:(206) 722-0317
Fax: (206) 722-2768



Holiday Closures 2017
5/29 – Memorial Day
7/3 - Closed
7/4 – Independence Day
9/4 – Labor Day
11/10 – Veteran’s Day
11/23 – Thanksgiving
11/24 – Day After Thanksgiving
12/22 – Closed
12/25 – Christmas Day
12/29 – Staff Vacation


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Charles Coen American Senior Benefit

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Full Tilt Ice Cream

Georgetown Brewing Company

McLendon Hardware



Queen Anne Gardents


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Latest News


Senior Center's Facing 10% Cuts After United Way Diverts Funding

by Ashley Archibald.  Real Change News. May 17, 2017

One Friday in May, the five-person staff at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (SESSC) prepared to get their cowboy on. The center, located at the busy intersection of Rainier Avenue South and South Holly Street, hosts a themed Rainbow Bingo every few months. May 12 was Western night. There’s a degree to which it seems to drive Lynda Greene, executive director of the center, a bit crazy: boxes stacked up with prizes, supplies and extra beverages filling every space of every office. But she loves the event. Read more at

Drag to the rescue

Drag to the Rescue!

 Thanks Seattle PI for covering our event! And thanks Drag to the Rescue for helping us raise money for programs for seniors! We had fun fun fun! read more

martial arts for seniors

Senior Safety Program

SEATTLE -- There’s a new karate class to help protect seniors who can be vulnerable and preyed upon by robbers.

Mark Bryant plans eight classes once a week at the Southeast Seattle Senior Center.

“You have to look at what seniors have already, they carry keys, they carry canes,” said Bryant, a 58-year-old who also teaches exercise classes at the center.

Bryant, who said he's practiced martial arts since he was 11 years old, believes there are tactics adults use that might not work for seniors.

Instead of grabbing keys between fingers, he teaches grabbing them with a combination of your thumb, index and middle fingers.

Instead of pulling away from an attacker’s grab, he taught 77-year-old Loretta McIver to use that momentum to her advantage.

McIver and several other seniors at the center acknowledged they felt unsafe in the South Seattle neighborhood, especially on Rainier Avenue South.

“One of my customers was attacked out here on the crosswalk and they grabbed her chain,” said Linda Lewis, who works at the center.

Bryant tries to keep it simple. He doesn't believe seniors should learn moves that require much timing or balance.

His second class in the series of eight meets this Friday.

Copyright 2016 KING

Bingo saves lives

How Bingo Saved This Seattle Man's Life

By RUBY DE LUNA • NOV 22, 2015

When Bernie Sadowski first came to the Ballard Senior Center in 2009, he didn’t care about life. His wife of 50 years had died.

 “It was like, OK, I’ll go to sleep when I feel sleepy no matter where I was,” he said. He didn’t care if he woke up, and he didn’t know what to do with himself.

Sadowski’s doctor told him he was going through depression and suggested that he get out and socialize. Sadowski’s daughter took him to the senior center.

“Frankly, this saved my life,” Sadowski said.

Sadowski credits the social worker at the senior center for helping him through those dark days. Most senior centers have a social worker on staff. But under the current budget, they can only work 20 hours a week.

Now Seattle could double its funding for social workers who work with older adults.

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has proposed adding $250,000 in the city’s budget for social workers at senior centers. It’s part of a budget package the council is expected to vote on Monday.

 “Growing old is a new journey for everyone,” Rasmussen said. “There are times when there are bumps along the road and we need someone there to help us.” Senior centers are more than just a place for older adults to socialize. They also provide support and referrals to those who are struggling with grief and other challenges relating to aging. Bernie Sadowski, left, with Seattle Councilmember Tom Rasmussen and social worker Jeanese Hime at the Ballard Senior Center. Seattle is poised to double funding for social workers at senior centers. They currently work 20 hours a week.

Jeanese Hime, the current social worker at the Ballard center, says it limits what she can do for the people she’s trying to help. “Some days I’ll see 15 people in one day,” Hime said. “To provide follow-up to each of these people is really challenging, working only two and a half days.” Hime says having the extra hours would allow her to do more follow-up work and to reach out to people who might be isolated. Last year, the Ballard Senior Center served about 4,000 older adults.

For Sadowski, his social worker was a guide back into the world. “He suggested some classes,” Sadowski said. “‘How about bingo?’ And I got playing on Wednesday nights for bingo and came for dinners and started meeting people. And geez, I found out, holy cow, there are a lot of folks in this place that got much bigger problems than me.” Bernie Sadowski at the Ballard Senior Center. He credits the senior center for giving him direction after the death of his wife of 50 years. Bernie Sadowski at the Ballard Senior Center. He credits the senior center for giving him direction after the death of his wife of 50 years. 


NeighborTies – Strengthening Elders in Our Community

Southeast Seattle Senior Center is looking for volunteers interested in being matched up with an older adult in their community. You would be able to choose what kinds of assistance you would like to offer the older adult and would have the full support of the social worker and the volunteer coordinator.

We are asking each volunteer to commit to a minimum of six months and visit the older adult every two weeks. Our goal is to support and connect the elder to their community and bring the generations together. For more information please email Nikki Bogden at or call (206) 268-6781.

Making a Difference in Retirement

Making a Difference in Retirement

Contributor Shirley Miles is shown on the left in the photo below, with Southeast Seattle Senior Center (SESSC) executive director Lynda Greene at her side. For more information about SESSC activities and events, visit

The last several years of my employment were challenging. I started my career 50 years ago, working with civil rights agencies. I longed for the fulfillment I experienced when doing work that made a difference in the lives of people. As I contemplated retirement, my priority was to do things that I would enjoy and make a difference in the lives of others.

During this time, my best friend Lynda Greene became the executive director of the Southeast Seattle Senior Center (SESSC). I attended several events at the center and discovered that it was full of active, happy people.

Lynda asked me to help with a major fundraising event, which launched my SESSC volunteer service, three years before I retired. I volunteered the day of events. My experiences at the center during this time made me realize I had talents that could benefit the center and in turn I began to feel better about my purpose in life.

Nonprofits cannot afford a number of support staff; however, skilled volunteers are a great asset. With only two full-time and three part-time staff, volunteers are important to successful SESSC operations. My skills include administrative, organizational, project management, budgeting, developing procedures, operations and teamwork. These are the talents and skills I can contribute to a successful event.

While providing my volunteer services at the center, I also receive many benefits. I always have a sense of pride following an event. There is also the added benefit of keeping my mind active. Problem solving is great for keeping your brain stimulated!  

I have made new friends, which is great for the soul. The center's positive environment gave a big boost to my self-esteem. I now have a more positive outlook on life and my "golden years."

I was concerned about getting old, but the seniors at the center are an inspiration to me. I am especially amazed at the seniors with physical challenges who are at the center every day, participating with a smiling face.

My health has also improved. I had a heart attack in 2008, basically due to job stress. During a recent visit to the cardiologist, I learned I've experienced significant health improvements.

I am blessed to be volunteering with seniors, as it provides me a way to continue to honor my mother. My favorite part of the day is when I take time to get a hug and chat with the elders.

Active Living

 Check out our story in the Seattle Times’ special Active Living Section.