SPRING INTO ACTION: PARADE TO SUPPORT SENIOR CITIZENS ON MAY 16 (published 5/13/2020)
Celebrate our Valley’s older citizens, while staying safe yourself, in the first ever Spring into Action parade honoring senior citizens in Snoqualmie and North Bend this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to noon, a parade of fire, police, Snoqualmie Valley Transportation and senior care facilities vehicles will wind through our community, marking Older Americans Month and the start of Mt. Si Senior Center’s Week of Giving virtual fundraiser.
“We are parading for senior citizens for many reasons,” said Mt. Si Senior Center Executive Director Susan Kingsbury-Comeau.
Celebrating Older Americans Month is just the start of it. The parade is also to highlight the situation of many seniors, especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, doing their best to stay safe at home but feeling increasingly isolated, to raise awareness of the senior center and other community partners supporting our seniors, and just to bring some joy to the community.
Parade participants will be urged to follow the social distancing and safety best practices recommended by state health officials, including staying at least six feet apart. Parade goers are invited to watch from their cars, in one of the parking lots along the designated route, see below, and are urged to wear facemasks.
Besides ensuring their own safety, parade watchers will also be asked to cheer as the parade passes and generate some energy around supporting seniors in meaningful ways.
“We want to inspire people,” said Kingsbury-Comeau, “encourage them to share how they support the senior citizens in their lives, so that others are motivated to spring into action for seniors… We’d really love to see people plaster all over Facebook or Instagram their pictures or stories of the ways they are supporting seniors, and to use the hashtags #SpringIntoAction and #SupportOurSeniors and #mtsiseniorcenter or @mtsiseniorcenter.”
The parade is also part of Mt. Si Senior Center’s Week of Giving, an all-online fundraiser, May 15 to 21, that replaces the planned benefit auction this month. All week, the Center website and Facebook page will feature a series of posts from staff, board members, and guests, discussing the importance of the Center in the lives of seniors. The goal for the Week of Giving is $45,000, and donations have already exceeded $22,000. Learn more and donate at www.mtsiseniorcenter.org.
The parade will begin staging in Snoqualmie, on Bracken Avenue SE, between SE Center Street and SE Douglas Street, facing Douglas. At the start, the parade will proceed along Douglas, to SE Ridge Street, to Fairway and onto Snoqualmie Parkway/Railroad Avenue. In downtown Snoqualmie, the route will turn onto SE Newton Street, then onto Park Street, then onto Meadowbrook Way SE. From Meadowbrook, the parade heads into North Bend, turning onto Bendigo Boulevard, then onto W Park Street, Main Avenue SE, Stow Avenue S, E Park Street, North Bend Way, to Torguson Park. The parade turns around at the park back onto North Bend Way, following SE Orchard Drive to end at Si View Park.
Viewing points along the route will be at Cascade Elementary School and the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA, at Adventure Bowl in downtown Snoqualmie, at Ace Hardware and Mt. Si Senior Center, along Stow Avenue South, and at Torguson and Si View Parks.
Confirmed participants at time of publication include:
Snoqualmie Fire Department * Snoqualmie/North Bend Police Department * Eastside Fire and Rescue * Snoqualmie Valley Transportation * Mt. Si Senior Center * Aegis Living of Issaquah * Regency at North Bend * Humana * We Speak Medicare * Seattle Mountain Rescue * Frankie's Pizza * Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank * Valley Professional Cleaning Service
Best viewing: Take advantage of one of the fine parking lots along the parade route.
Parade Viewing: people viewing the parade are asked to
Stay healthy: In accordance with Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Health order this parade will promote the following best practices to ensure health and safety, including
We look forward to celebrating seniors with our community this Saturday!
SOME OTHER INTERESTING NEWS ABOUT AGING
The Growing Cost of Aging in America Part 1: An Aging Population and Rising Health Care Costs
Americans are living longer than ever. In 1900, 4.1 percent of the U.S. population was 65 and older. The Census Bureau projects that by 2050, nearly 20 percent of the population will be 65 and older External link . This unprecedented demographic shift is the result of several factors External link , including the aging baby-boom generation, a reduction in smoking External link and other lifestyle changes, and significant medical advances related to infectious and chronic diseases. But a growing aging population — especially among those older than 85, who are most likely to require expensive long-term care, suffer disability or require assistance with daily activities — comes with serious financial consequences.
Click HERE for the full article from Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.
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We are reaching more seniors. Many seniors already know about the resources and activities available to them at Mt. Si Senior Center. But there are many more seniors and aging adults who would benefit from and even thoroughly enjoy a visit to Mt. Si Senior Center.
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