Senior Support

Since its inception in 1984, our Senior Support Services program has provided aid to ageing Asian Indian seniors, ages 55 and older. For over 30 years, it has and ensured that seniors are involved, active, and connected within the community. Today, IACS promotes seniors' health and wellbeing by providing weekly social and physical activities including an inter-generational community lunch held at several local pop up community centers in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, Sammamish and Kent. We also provide seniors with mental health support, meditative art, field trips, celebrations, informational talks and more. IACS staff and navigators connect with our seniors and their families on a regular basis to provide information, connect with resources and address concerns.

INFORMATION, ASSISTANCE, AND REFERRAL SERVICES

Assistance Services & Resources

The IACS team are available to assess needs, offer personalized options, and refer clients to a wide range of services including:

  • In-Home Services & Support
  • Housing Resources
  • Legal Assistance
  • Medicare & Medicaid
  • Transportation Services (ADA compliant)
  • Food Services & Nutrition
  • Health & Wellness
  • Employment Resources
  • Counseling Services
  • Home Maintenance & ADA Modifications

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Health Insurance

IACS staff is available to connect and advise on health insurance for ageing adults and tourists. We partner with state health insurance agencies to bring you workshops, consultations and one on one guidance. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with end stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).
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Family Caregiver Support

IACS offers support services for non-paid caregivers who are taking care of their family members. Our caregiver advocates offer free, confidential, and personalized services to unpaid caregivers residing in King County who are caring for an adult 18 years old or older.
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Senior Legal Clinics

Seniors Legal Clinic empowers people to utilize their legal rights by providing expert advice free of charge. Topics we help with include Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate, and Guardianship. For more information, please email seniorcoord@iaww.org or call (253) 234 9989 (ext. 3).

Long-Term Planning

As an elder, one must recognize that one's active time is relatively limited. Unexpected illness or an accident may suddenly limit our mental and/or physical capacity, or life. As a result, we must plan and take actions in advance to make sure that our wishes and desires are carried out by the caretakers or survivors with ease and minimum stress. The information here is intended only as general information. An attorney, tax advisor, or financial planner should be consulted as appropriate to execute the documents.

Long Term Care
Downsizing
Emergency Support
Estate Planning
Final Rites & Organ Donor
After Death Tasks

Transportation Services

The two most reliable public transportation services are the Access bus and DART (Dial-A-Ride). These services offer both fixed and customized routes for passengers.
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Senior Support Group

IACS offers support services for non-paid caregivers who are taking care of their family members. Our Caregiver advocates offer free, confidential and personalized services to unpaid caregivers residing in King County who are caring for an adult 18 years old or older.

For more information, please contact: seniorcoord@iaww.org.
Or call (253) 234-9989 (ext. 3).

SELF-CARE & WELLNESS SERVICES

Wellness Services

In addition to weekly yoga, pranayama and strength training classes at our different pop up community centers, we also offer opportunities to enroll in an ‘Evidence Based Wellness Study on addressing Diabetes’ and othe chronic conditions.

Please contact us at wellness@iaww.org for our wellness program. For a complete schedule of our wellness program please check the calendar for senior services.

Mental Health & Wellness

We incorporate a culturally nuanced approach to our mental health services via holistic health, which addresses mental, physical, and social well-being.

Our team of multilingual, bicultural, skilled navigators meet with families and individuals seeking assistance and connect them to support groups. We also offer or our social chai & chat sessions or refer them for individualized support, both of which are offered by licensed mental health professionals from the South Asian community.

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Meditative Art

Majority of seniors can reap great benefits from engaging in art therapy. Studies have shown that seniors active in arts had better physical health, fewer visits to the doctor required less medication, and fell less frequently than those not involved in arts. IACS Art workshops are offered by our consortium of community artists who bring a mix of fun, nurturing and introspective experiences offering seniors an opportunity to be present for creativity and healing. See our calendar for more information on scheduling.

Chair Yoga

In an effort to promote mental and physical wellness within the senior community, members are led through a group chair yoga session, encouraging mindfulness and movement. See our calendar for more information on scheduling.

Bridge Club

Seniors can join in on the classic game and lean on fellow community members for fun partnership and entertainment. See our calendar for more information on scheduling.

EVENTS

Annual Health Fair

Since 1998 the Annual Health Fair has provided seniors with access to consultations and health screenings with well-known doctors in the community. Members can also join in on listening to expert panels on various important health topics.

We offer a series of health fairs each year focusing on health education, basic testing and flu shots, as well as personalized support for healthcare, insurance and crises charity care. Our health fairs occur three times a year, covering traditional health presentations, integrative medicine approach and mental health and wellness.

Community Lunch

Monday- Friday IACS Pop-Up centers offer weekly nutritious and locally sourced meals for the South Asian/Indian palate, while sponsoring culturally-rooted wellness programming. Programming includes Yoga, Pranayam, meditative art, cooking demos, health presentations, and workshops on healthcare coverage among others. Our community meals are all inter generational and open to all with an intent to provide a space to connect across and within cultures.

Volunteers are welcome to help IACS staff collect donations and serve food.

For more information, please contact:
Nanda Tewari
seniorcoord@iaww.org
(253) 234 9989 (ext. 3)

Biannual Music Program

Invited artists perform various style of contemporary and traditional cultural music for the community. See our calendar for information on the next program scheduling.

Day Field Trips/Senior Picnic and Walk

Members will enjoy outings to several local attractions including parks and trails in the western Washington area giving the community a chance to enjoy the outdoors together. See our calendar for more information on the next event.

HELPFUL LINKS FOR SENIORS

“There are times when we seniors feel like caged birds. IACS is a place to strengthen friendships, meet, learn and laugh together.”

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SENIOR Events CALENDAR

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