About the Program

Senior Services for South Sound’s mission is to improve the lives of people as they age. Our Client Services programs help seniors remain independent and safe. We care. We connect. We create community.

  • Adult day program
  • Advocacy
  • Affordable housing options
  • Caregiver respite
  • Food distribution
  • Inclusion programs
  • Individual and family support
  • Information and referral
  • Needs-based financial support
  • Pet assistance fund
  • Personal home care
  • Support groups
  • Transportation

Current Brighter Days Online Offerings:

The Brighter Days Adult Day Program is offering live, virtual events on Zoom!

We offer a seated Morning Exercise hour at 11:00 am on Mondays and Wednesdays; Game Time on Tuesdays at 2:00 pm; Musical Happy Hour on Thursdays at 2:00 pm; and Afternoon Discussions time at 1:00 pm on Fridays.

Pre-recorded programs are also available on Vimeo so you can access our activities on your own schedule.

We welcome all interested seniors to participate in these programs. Just send an email to Program Manager Paul Taylor at ptaylor@SouthSoundSeniors.org. Paul will then send you the links and everything you need to join in the fun!

Activities:

Morning Exercise:
A half-hour session of basic movement stretches and muscle workout from a seated position. Emphasis is on body awareness, breathing deeply, and getting the parts of the body moving.
Monday and Wednesday 11:00 am

Game Time:
We start out with a little Pictionary, move on to several games of BINGO and end with some Hangman. From time to time we’ll throw in some new games. We can send you BINGO cards electronically or by mail or you can use one that you have at your home or printed from the internet.
Tuesday 2:00 pm

Musical Happy Hour:
We enjoy sharing music. We invite you to play an instrument for us, sing us your favorite song or just listen to the music provided. We are looking for more musicians and singers to join in the fun! Spread the word and let’s have some musical fun!
Thursday 2:00 pm

Afternoon Discussions:
Join us for some intellectual stimulation. Everyone will have a chance to talk to the group about a specific topic. Some days we may feature a presentation by one person, with questions and comments contributed by the other people present in the virtual meeting.
Friday 1:00 pm

Support Groups:

Olympia Parkinson’s Disease Online Support Group
Every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time)
For additional information, or to sign up, e-mail southsoundpd@gmail.com

Bereavement Support Group: Life After Loss
This free bereavement group is open to adults of all ages who have lost a loved one to death and are struggling with their grief. The group meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Fridays, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM. The group provides information, fellowship, and support for people on their journeys of loss. While the Senior Center is closed for public health reasons, this group is meeting online only, via video conference call. Anyone with a smartphone and a stable wireless connection or an internet-connected computer with a camera can join.

If you are interested in attending the online group, please email Jill Komura, the mental health counselor who facilitates the group, at EssentialSpiritCounseling@protonmail.com, or call 360.539.1230 for more information.

Recipients

Brighter Days Adult Day Program offers quality care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias or chronic illnesses, including respite for their caregivers.

Care Connection Program offers a registry of skilled and screened providers that can assist with many personal care needs.

Home Share Program (currently on hold) matches seniors in need of housing with individuals who can provide it.

Inclusion Program offers seniors and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities a variety of social, recreational and volunteer activities at our Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers.

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) provides assistance with Medicare, health insurance options and open enrollment support.

Transportation Program provides rides for medical appointments and other essential errands.

Resource Advocates help seniors aged 60 and older with resources and referral services.

Food Bank & Commodities Distribution addresses senior hunger insecurity. Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers offer monthly distribution from the Thurston County Food Bank.

Needs-Based Financial Support may help seniors with urgent needs, including pet care.

Services for Job Seekers

  • Counseling in Social Work
  • Knowledge of public assistance program: nutrition programs, Food Stamps, Food Bank
  • Community Resources: doctors, housing, transportation options, assist individuals and families with short and long-range planning for future care
  • Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA): Office of Insurance Commissioner certification

Other Services

  • Serving as gatekeepers, monitoring and advocating for the well-being and safety of community seniors who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.