For nearly 50 years, older adults in King County and those who care for them have relied on Sound Generations — previously Senior Services.
The senior population is growing rapidly in our region. The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (2011–2013) indicates that there are nearly 345,000 people age 60 and older in King County — 17 percent of our total population. Projections show that older adults will comprise 25 percent of King County’s residents by 2040.
Currently, one out of five are older adults of color. More than 9 percent of King County residents 65 and older live in poverty and poverty disproportionately affects seniors of color. Only 6 percent of white seniors live in poverty, while 21 percent of black seniors and 38 percent of Native American seniors do.
For nearly 50 years, older adults in King County and those who care for them have relied on Sound Generations — previously Senior Services — for compassionate guidance and comprehensive services. We connect older adults and adults with disabilities with resources that fit their needs, whether they are facing a crisis or simply striving to lead more active, fulfilling lives. We also provide them with meals, drive them to essential services, ease their loneliness and alleviate caregiver stress. We are committed to helping people thrive and feel included and respected.
Our Community Partner Sites — Ballard NW Senior Center, Central Area Senior Center, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center, Sno-Valley Senior Center, Southeast Seattle Senior Center and Senior Center of West Seattle — welcome all to share a meal, learn something new, take a fitness class tailored for older adults, and more.
Sound Generations also tackles larger societal challenges that affect those served. By educating staff and volunteers, along with others in the community, Sound Generations addresses institutional racism and other forms of inequity to remove barriers so that those of color, LGBTQ communities, immigrants and refugees, and people with disabilities feel respected and can seamlessly access critical services.
If you or an older adult in your life need support, contact Sound Generations at 206-448-3110 or visit www.soundgenerations.org