Ongoing Senior Programs on Mercer Island

We have been receiving many visits, here at Mercer Island Pulse, from people seeking information regarding Mercer Island senior activities and services. This post is the first of several detailing what’s available for the island’s senior residents. I hope you find the this post full of useful info!

The Mercer Island Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of on-going services to the island senior population. Below are details about each service with contact phone numbers, links and brief descriptions. Information about each service is also published in the Fall 2011 / Winter 2012 Recreation Guide put out by the city.

Senior Lunch at Covenant Shores (located the Covenant Shores Lodge)
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: noon to 1 pm
Cost: $7.00 + Tax
A full lunch is served each Tuesday and Thursday. You must call reserve a spot on the transportation shuttle, as there is no parking available at Covenant Shores. You can have door-to-door transportation service from your home, or the Community Center. You must call by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday or Thursday lunch to reserve your lunch spot AND transportation. To reserve a lunch spot, call the 24 hour Voice Message line at 206-275-7895, press #2 when prompted and then leave your message requesting lunch.To then reserve a transportation spot, call the 24 hour Voice Message line again at 206-275-7895, press #1 when prompted and then leave your message requesting transportation.

Foot Care Clinic
Days: 1st, 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
Times: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: $26 + tax for Mercer Island residents.
Location: Community Center, Board Room
This is a foot care clinic offered 3 times a month. An appointment must be made for this service and you will need to bring your own clean towel with you. To make an appointment, call the 24 hour Voice Message line at 206-275-7895, press #3 when prompted and then leave your message requesting an appointment. Make sure to leave your name and contact phone number in the message. The next Tuesday the foot care clinic is open, a volunteer will call to firm up the details of your appointment.

Reflexology
Days: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month
Times: 1st Wednesday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
        3rd Wednesday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cost: $28.00 + Tax for Mercer Island Residents
Location: Community Center, Health Room
Rexflexology is the practice of applying pressure to specific areas of the feet and ankles to help promote relaxation and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself through increased circulation. You must make an appointment at least 2 days in advance. To make an appointment, call the Mercer Island Senior Programs phone line at 206-275-7609. Each appointment is 30 minutes in length.

Smiles for Life Dental Hygiene Clinic
Days: 3rd Tuesday of the Month
Times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: sliding fee scale + tax
Location: Community Center, Health Room
Designed to provide affordable dental hygiene services to the island’s 60+ residents, Smiles for Life Dental Hygiene Clinic provides services once a month a sliding fee. If you would like to make an appointment, please stop by the Community Center for an information packet. You will be asked for your name and contact phone number, so a hygienist can call you back to answer questions and schedule your appointment.

In addition, the city offers door-to-door pickup for island seniors (age 65+) to most of the senior activies the Parks & Rec offers on Tuesdays and Thursday. On Wednesdays, the city offers transportation to Mercer Island seniors to run one island-based errand and take a trip to one island grocery store. Details about the city Adult Transportation services are below. It would be a good idea to call the city’s Senior Programs phone line, 206-275-7609, to make sure the event you are interested in is eligible for transportation.

Door-To-Door Pickup
This service is available to Mercer Island seniors who are participating in Parks & Recreation Department sponsored activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s typically a round trip service (your home to the event, and then back home again), which must be reserved by 4 pm the day before the Tuesday or Thursday pickup. To reserve a transportation spot, call the 24 hour Voice Message line at 206-275-7895, press #1 when prompted and then leave your message requesting transportation. If it is your first time reserving a transportation spot, someone from the city will contact you to reserve your pickup time. The cost of this service, per person, is $1.00 for a one-way trip and $2.00 for round trip transportation.

Grocery Shopping
Grocery shopping transporation is offered on Wednesdays. This transportation service offers riders a trip to the island grocery store of their choice, and a trip for one other island-based errand. It’s typically a round trip service (from home to the store(s), and then back home again), which must be reserved by 4 pm the day before the Wednesday pickup. To reserve a transportation spot, call the 24 hour Voice Message line at 206-275-7895, press #1 when prompted and then leave your message requesting transportation. If it is your first time reserving a transportation spot, someone from the city will contact you to reserve your pickup time. The cost of this service, per person, is $1.00 for a one-way trip and $2.00 for round trip transportation.

If you would like to share your opinion about this post, information about the services discussed or services I missed, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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