Feel the Energy, Feel the Friendship at Local Senior Centers


Fun and friendship are key components of every senior center. These International Drop-In Center members are clearly entertained!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I asked local senior center directors to send a few. They tell part of the story, but as Wallingford's Kathleen Cromp put it, "It's hard to show the real energy in a photo." You've got to see it for yourself!

Aging and Disability Services provides an interactive map of senior centers throughout King County. You don't need an appointment—just stop in. If there's a specific activity you want to try or you don't have transportation, contact Senior Information & Assistance (888-4-ELDERS).

For fun, friendship, food and fitness, your senior center is the place to be! Scroll down to see the photos sent in by senior center directors.

Open the map and click on a red dot to read the senior center's name, address and website.



 There are a lot of things you can find at the Pike Market Senior Center: good meals, art classes, and help finding affordable housing. But, as director Mason Lowe puts it, "One of the best things you can find here is friendship!"

Diane Morgan gets encouragement from Emma Bishop as she gives the Wallingford Community Senior Center's computers a whirl! Computer classes are a feature at many senior centers.



Senior center members listen to music together. Sometimes they make it themselves. Here, a Ballard/NW Senior Center member plays steel guitar.

Senior centers typically cater to people age 50 and better, but all ages are welcome. Patty and Ron Hoot often bring several generations to events at the Wallingford Community Senior Center.



Seahawks fans at the Senior Center of West Seattle had a wonderful season!

The South Park Senior Center celebrates the Tet Vietnamese New Year.



Everybody loves a parade, especially one that shows community pride!

At the International Drop-In Center (IDIC), older adults enjoy dance!



Seattle's Central Area Senior Center is transformed into Green Dolphin Street Lounge on Friday evenings.

This isn't your grandmother's bingo game! Rainbow Bingo is a highlight at both the Southeast Seattle Senior Center and the Senior Center of West Seattle, while the Greenwood Senior Center offers karaoke bingo. These events are packed with adults of all ages, so make your reservations early!

Gardening at the senior center? You bet! At left, Pike Market Senior Center member Judie K. relaxes in the rooftop garden with a volunteer. At right, Greenwood Senior Center members volunteer in the garden.

You can expect fun and fitness at your local senior center. Shown above: (left) IDIC members dance and walk; (right) Ballard/Northwest Senior Center members play ping pong.

Community meals at senior centers offer fun, camaraderie and nutrition. Shown above: Greenwood Senior Center's volunteer appreciation tea and Italian dinner, Wallingford Community Senior Center's special event, and lunch at the Ballard Northwest Senior Center.   

Compiled by Irene Stewart, Aging and Disability Services, with input from Lanvin Andres (IDIC), Cecily Kaplan (Greenwood), Kathleen Cromp (Wallingford), Robyn Govan (South Park), Lynda Greene (SESSC), Mason Lowe (Pike Market), Karen Sisson (West Seattle), and Kristina Webberley (Ballard/NW).