Thurston County is an affordable community with an abundance of recreational, leisure and volunteer options and assistive supports for senior citizens. It’s a place that respects, values and involves older people in all aspect of community life. Opportunities are everywhere for active people who enjoy the outdoors, sports, volunteering and sharing life with family. A full array of services and supports are available from public and nonprofit agencies that assist with care needs. Olympia, the capital city, is a regional medical hub with strong specialty and alternative care options.
Information and assistance specialists from the Area Agency on Aging maintain an up-to-date database of services and programs. They help provide referrals to programs, in-person assistance with applications and advocacy in securing needed services. Their Family Caregiver Support Program provides valuable assistance and services to families providing help to a loved one.
The Olympia Farmers Market is within walking distance of the Olympia Center, home to Senior Services for South Sound that provides activities, support services and volunteer activities for seniors in the area. Senior centers are active in Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater and Lacey as well. A wide range of quality housing and care facilities, including homes, apartments, assisted living, adult family homes, nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities, are available to meet the individual needs of all senior citizens.
The Senior Action Network brings businesses specializing in providing goods and services to the elderly together monthly to work to better understand and meet the needs of older consumers.
The region hosts the annual Washington State Senior Games that attract 2,000 athletes ages 50 and up for exciting competition in swimming, track and field, cycling, bowling, ballroom dancing, archery and other events. Thurston County is a great place for older people to call home.
Lewis Mason Thurston Area Agency on Aging
(360) 664-2168, www.lmtaaa.org
Senior Action Network
(360) 943-9698, www.senior-action.net
Senior Services for South Sound
(360) 586-6181, www.southsoundseniors.org
Washington State Senior Games