Greetings from Senior Services for South Sound’s Activities team. If you have made it to this page on our website, you are undoubtedly curious about our virtual offerings. You have come to the right place. Please check out the links to our new, weekly Senior Virtual Café, Virtual Senior Academy, and the upcoming Aging Mastery Program.

Please visit this page often, as additional links to classes/interest groups will be added as we move forward. Also, be sure to check out the external links to some other opportunities, that, while not officially sponsored by Senior Services for South Sound, may strike a chord for you.

We miss seeing your faces, and look forward to the day we will see you back at our Centers. We still don’t know when that will be, but you can find the most recent status update on our home page. Thank you, stay safe, and happy learning!

Have a technology question? Call the National Tech Hotline hosted by Senior Planet: 920-666-1959
Open from 9am – 5pm EDT, Monday – Friday
Visit the Senior Planet website for more information.

Click here for a short Youtube tutorial on how to join a Zoom call.

NEW! Virtual Aging Mastery Program

Weekly Friday mornings from 10-11 am for seven weeks, starting January 15
(Class dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26)

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a virtual version of the Aging Mastery Program (AMP), in partnership with the National Council on Aging. AMP is a fun, innovative, and person-centered education program that empowers participants to embrace their gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for themselves and for others. The program encourages mastery—developing sustainable behaviors across many dimensions that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation. If you don’t have a computer, you can join the class via phone. The cost of this 7-week class is only $20/General Public, $10/Senior Services for South Sound Members.

Send an email to chris@SouthSoundSeniors.org or call 360.586.6181 ext. 114 for more information. If you cannot attend the Aging Mastery Program but would be interested in receiving an Aging Mastery Kit, which includes the Aging Mastery Playbook, exercise DVD’s, and other items to start your Aging Mastery journey, contact Chris Quimby, chris@SouthSoundSeniors.org or call 360.586.6181. The kits cost $5 each, which helps cover our postage.

Virtual Senior Academy – Winter Quarter registration is OPEN!

Welcome to Winter Quarter of our Virtual Senior Academy! This quarter, we are thrilled to offer 11 classes, taught by a fantastic group of new and returning instructors.

Registration for our Winter Quarter is now open! Click here to view and print our Winter Virtual Senior Academy Catalog, or browse through this quarter’s courses online, on our website. We can’t wait to see you online!

Virtual Speaker Series

Special talks from authors, travelers, legends, historians – all sorts of individuals who wish to impart their knowledge, wisdom and experience about a specific topic. The talks are free and open to the public. Click here to view this month’s speakers.
Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am on Zoom

Virtual Senior Cafe

Every Monday at 10 am join us and connect with other seniors in a virtual café. This is primarily a social visit, and from time to time may involve a special speaker or topic, trivia, or other activities; driven by interest of the participants. We will meet via Zoom, and the meeting link is  https://zoom.us/j/96070512794. If you can’t connect via computer, but wish to participate by pho

ne, you can call 1.253.215.8782, at the meeting start time.
Mondays, 10:00 -11:00 am

 

Hobnobbers Meet-Up

Come HOBNOB with us!  Every Wednesday and Thursday, we will be hosting a Hobnobber Meet-Up; a chance for you to come together with members of the community, in a casual online space to check-in, play trivia, hear about upcoming events, and maintain connection and kinship.
Microphones and video cameras are not required. If you would like to join the group and simply listen to the chatter of familiar voices, you can do that too. Everyone is welcome to join at their own comfort level.

Meet-Ups are free and open to all supporters of Senior Services. If you are interested, please email both Jill Rector (jill@SouthSoundSeniors.org) and Jay Wallerstedt (jay@SouthSoundSeniors.org). Once they receive your email, you will be added to the list, and sent the Google Meet link to join about 10 minutes before the meeting starts.

Wednesdays 5:30 pm and Thursdays 9:00 am, for about 30 min, give or take!
via Google Meet

 

Additional Resources:

Zumba Gold

For many years, Senior Services has held Zumba Gold, a popular dance fitness program, at the

VirgilClarkson Lacey Senior Center. It is an easy-to-follow, low impact dancing class to Latin music and other world rhythms. Before the pandemic, instructor Diana Yu taught these classes both standing and seated. Now, she is offering them virtually on Zoom and through zumba.dance! Classes are offered 5 days a week.

If you are interested, please contact Diana directly at zumbayu@gmail.com. Classes are free, and donations are accepted to benefit Senior Services of South Sound.

Monday: Zumba Gold 4 – 5 pm on zumba.dance
Tuesday: Zumba Gold 6 – 7 pm on Zoom
Wednesday: Seated Zumba Gold 4:15 – 5:15 pm on Zoom
Thursday: Zumba Gold 6 – 7 pm on Zoom

Saturday: Seated Zumba Gold 10 -11 am on Zoom

Chair Yoga with Sharon Hong Maurmann

Sharon Hong Maurmann, who has taught our Senior Center yoga classes since 2014, now teaches chair-based yoga classes on Zoom! Classes are offered on an optional donation basis, with a portion of class fees to benefit South Sound Senior Services and the Thurston County Food Bank. Classes are chair-based, with standing and mat options, as well as the option to stay seated for the entire class. If you are interested, please contact Sharon by email:  shmaurmann@gmail.com. She will email the Zoom links weekly, along with a poem to share with the class.

For those who do not have Zoom, Sharon has uploaded recordings of her classes on YouTube!

Mondays: 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 11:00 – 12:00 pm