Healthy Aging in the Pacific Northwest
For more than 60 years, Group Health Cooperative has empowered seniors to maximize their health, well-being, and quality of life. It’s all part of our mission as a nonprofit, and dedicated contributor to the local community. As part of this commitment to the community, we support seniors services program throughout the region, including Sound Generations (King County) and Senior Services of Snohomish County.
“We care passionately about empowering our older members. We aim to make a positive difference in seniors’ lives by helping them keep healthy through prevention, stay active through exercise, and remain connected by engaging with friends and neighbors,” says Rick Henshaw, director of sales at Group Health.
We encourage you to check out these senior-friendly events, programs, and services Group Health has help made possible:
1. Woodland Park Senior Zoo Walkers
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA
Spend time in a beautiful setting, enjoy learning about animals and the natural world, make friends, and get fit. It’s all part of the Senior Zoo Walkers program, which is available year-round to all adults aged 55 and older. Sponsored by Woodland Park Zoo, Group Health Cooperative, and Seattle Parks Department Lifelong Recreation, the group meets in the morning, twice a week, with warm-up exercises and a walk. Set your own distance and pace.
2. Group Health Walk & Talk Series
Dates and times vary. See event page for details.
Whether you’re just starting to walk or are training for your first walking event, the free Walk & Talk program is a chance to enjoy company and conversation while getting some exercise. It’s offered on a weekly basis at several Group Health Medical Centers in the Puget Sound area, and is open to both Group Health members and the public.
3. Living Well Program
Dates and times vary. See event page for details and registration info.
Group Health’s six-week Living Well workshops can help you learn how to manage your chronic conditions and improve your quality of life. Harry Manaka, a participant in the Living Well with Diabetes workshop, credits the support he got at the workshop with helping him start making healthier choices. “Everyone in the group is very encouraging,” he says.
Online programs are available, as well as in-person, group sessions, held at Group Health Medical Centers locations in Western Washington. The event is open to the Group Health members as well the general public. You’re encouraged to register with a friend, family member, or caregiver to give you extra support.
4. Sound Generation Senior Services
Group Health is proud to support Services offered by Sound Generations and Senior Services of Snohomish County, ranging from Meals on Wheels to Minor Home Repair, help older adults stay physically and socially active and remain in their own homes if they wish. Group Health’s 40+ year collaboration with Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) supports these programs, and new branded wrapping of the programs’ vans, compliments of Group Health, is helping the organization extend its new name and increase its visibility.
5. Senior Day at the Park
Wednesday, August 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale WA
At the annual Senior Day at the Park, many Whatcom County seniors socialized with old and new friends, enjoyed a barbecue lunch, listened to music, and learned about more than 30 local resources they can tap into. Group Health is one several sponsors.
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