Resources for Mercer Island Seniors

16 Apr 2020

The City has organized a number of resources and services for homebound seniors.

Tech 101 Tutorial

Check out this video with tips and information on how to use technology to stay connected with family and friends while staying safe at home.

At-Home Workout Videos

Stay Home but Stay Active with free workouts from MI Athletic Club! Five 15-minute, equipment-free workouts. Stream any time here on Let’s Talk. Coming to Channel 21, Monday – Friday in the mornings and afternoons. Thank you to Ginny Pietila and MI Athletic Club for this resource! More online workouts for all levels available at www.miathleticclub.com.

Live Video Briefing Featuring YFS Geriatric Specialist, Betsy Zuber

Geriatric Specialist for Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, Betsy Zuber, joined City Manager Jessi Bon for the April 16 Live COVID-19 Situation Briefing. Betsy provided counseling and consultation to Mercer Island adults, older adults and their families for 20 years. During the Thursday briefing, she shared the latest resources for Mercer Island seniors.

Request Assistance from Emergency Volunteers

The City has mobilized Emergency Response volunteers to help provide assistance to vulnerable populations or others in need. City volunteers can provide assistance with a wide range of non-professional services such as maintaining safe access to your entryways (removing plant growth or debris) or running local on-Island errands when delivery services are not available from retailers. To request assistance, please call the Coronavirus Hotline at (206) 275-7626 or email coronavirus@mercergov.org.

Senior Hours at Mercerdale Park

To help provide access for seniors, starting tomorrow, the City will implement Senior Hours at Mercerdale Park. Monday-Friday between 7:00am-10:00am. CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We’re asking the community to respect these hours to better serve our senior population.

Disabled Parking at Mercerdale and Luther Burbank Parks

To help provide access for members of our community with accessibility challenges, starting tomorrow, the City will open disabled parking spaces at Mercerdale and Luther Burbank Parks. These spaces will be available during park open hours for patrons with government-issued handicap placards or license plates. Staff are reevaluating parks restrictions daily and working to find solutions that suit our senior and disabled neighbors.

Senior Services through YFS

YFS Specialists are still available for phone and email consultations Monday – Wednesday for senior residents and their families. Click here for more information.

Senior Shopping Hours

Click here for details about special shopping hours.

Connecting to Culture from the Comfort of Your Home

Bored? Missing the arts? Erin Vivion, Mercer Island resident and Chair of the Mercer Island Arts Council, compiled a list of suggestions to stay connected to the arts. Follow this link to connect to culture from your couch.

Forever Young, and Also Over 60

Washington State Department of Health published an article on information and tips for residents who are 60 or older to stay as healthy as possible. Click here for the article.

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