I am so grateful for the amazing year 2022 was at South Park Senior Center, and am so excited for the robust plans we have for 2023!
The achievements this past year were many. SPSC successfully met the demands of Covid-19, safely reopening programming to our community, and keeping the Center safe with no COVID outbreaks—our Seniors were a big part of this success by being willing to maintain current vaccinations and wear masks much longer than required in other public spaces.
In addition, SPSC was a space of shared culture and learning in 2022 as we experienced dozens of different countries, learning about their cuisines, history, music, dance, and languages. Our Seniors enjoyed cultural festivities and celebrations, joined for field trips, including Seattle’s Pride Parade, enjoyed exercise, dancing, and Karaoke, and began two Book Clubs – one for English readers, and one for Spanish readers.
In 2023, SPSC will bring a heightened delivery of health and wellbeing for our Seniors. Through the work of our multilingual Social Services team, we will be connecting Seniors into medical resources, including physical, mental, dental, vision, and occupational therapy, reducing the barriers to access they are currently experiencing. A great example of making access easier is a new partnership SPSC has established with POCAAN, an organization providing mobile medical services; the POCAAN mobile clinic will be at our Center at least one time each month providing free medical resources and ensuring access is possible.
SPSC will continue to expand our exploration of different cuisines while incorporating fresh, homemade, and nutritious ingredients. We will provide more learning opportunities on nutrition and overall good health. SPSC will grow our opportunities for movement and physical activity, including the addition of dance classes. And more fun-filled field trips are planned keeping us all on the go!
I wish you all the best of health, and the greatest of happiness, in the New Year. At SPSC, we are dedicated to serving our Seniors while ensuring a year of inclusion, vibrancy, and wellbeing.