Honoring our Seniors

Update: I’m happy to report a very successful luncheon at the Everett Events Center for Senior Services of Snohomish County. In the photo to the left, me with Executive Director Phil Sullivan. Phil has done a terrific job for SSSC, putting together a well run operation, and a strong board of directors as they kick off a new Capital Campaign to fund the Center for Healthy Aging.

In the photo at the right, Development Director Janet Duncan talks with Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. Janet tells me the luncheon has raised (at first count), $115,000, and that’s $20,000 more than last year.

As emcee, I learned that just a few years ago, there were only 90,000 seniors in Snohomish County. In ten years, by 2020, that number more than doubles to 190,000. SSSC is no doubt a very important resource, and will continue to be for years to come. Again, congratulations!!

Old age. Hard to avoid it since the alternative isn’t all that great. But have you thought about what happens when you get older? Your health? Your finances? Where you’ll live? If you’re only in your 20’s or even your 30’s, you probably haven’t given it much thought. But as we move towards ‘middle age’ (gawd forbid), it’s likely a good idea to give those things some consideration.

Senior Services of Snohomish County. One of the groups I’ve been involved with for the past five years is Senior Services of Snohomish County. They are the most comprehensive agency around that helps people as they age, or if you need to find answers to questions about your parents, or grandparents, or other seniors in your life. Senior Services do it all. Housing. Meals. Transportation. And that’s just to name a few services.

Lunch on Wednesday. They are holding their 5th Annual Benefit Luncheon this Wednesday in Everett! Nearly 500 people will turn out to support Senior Services, but there is always room for more. A great program is planned, and we would love to see you. Please check out the link: http://www.sssc.org/Fundraising%20Luncheon.html.

Check out Monday’s Seattle Times editorial page, too! Dave Earling and Deborah Knutson wrote about Senior Services, and the ‘graying’ of our area. You’ll find the editorial at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2011869011_guest17earling.html. It’s not too late to start planning ahead!


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