The vibrant state capital of Olympia sits on the southern tip of Puget Sound with panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains. As the cultural center of the Puget Sound region, Olympia assisted living seniors will find the city bustling with art and cultural activities and events.
The Senior Services for South Sound is the place to meet friends and keep active with classes, activities and clubs. Nutritious noon meals are available as are other services such as haircuts, acupuncture and tax preparation.
To experience the visual arts in Olympia, senior living residents may take the guided Public Art Walking Tour and the Waterfront Public Art Tour. Aspiring artists may take art classes with the Olympia Parks and Recreation program.
Fisherman at Olympia senior living communities will find Nisqually Valley Fly Fishing in nearby Lacey a great place to try out the new fly. A privately owned “catch and release” fishery, the creek is stocked with steelhead rainbow trout. Anglers may choose to cast from small docks or from the open areas around the creek.
There are many venues for the performing arts in Olympia. At the Capital Playhouse, Olympia assisted living seniors can enjoy a musical hit such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Beauty and the Beast and My Fair Lady. Music lovers enjoy the talented Olympia Symphony Orchestra. And the Washington Center for Performing Arts, in the heart of Olympia, produces performances by national and international artists in a variety of performance genres.
Film buffs will enjoy award-winning international and independent films presented by the Olympia Film Society during the annual Olympia Film Festival and at special events throughout the year.
Historic Olympia is chronicled in many of the museums of the area. The Washington State Capital Museum maintains exhibits on regional Native American history and Olympia’s tenure as Washington’s capital. Lush lawns and gardens filled with Northwest flora surround the Capital Museum and are lovely to tour as well.
The Bigelow House museum is the oldest residence in Olympia and one of the oldest standing structures in the Pacific Northwest. At this museum seniors will learn about life in early Olympia and the Washington Territory.
Olympia Medical Facilities
Providence St. Peter Hospital provides the community with comprehensive medical, surgical and behavioral health services. The emergency treatment rooms are designed to handle a full range of patient conditions such as trauma, cardiac and other potentially contagious conditions. Named one of the Top 100 hospitals in the nation for cardiology, orthopedics and stroke care, Providence St. Peter provides superb medical care for Olympia assisted living seniors.
Olympia senior living residents can easily travel around Olympia and the surrounding area on the Intercity Transit bus system at a reduced fare. Under the Dash program, the downtown area from the Farmers Market at the edge of downtown to the Capital Campus is a free-ride zone. All buses are accessible for seniors and those with disabilities. However, for individuals who are unable to use the regular bus service, the Dial-a-Lift program provides door-to-door shared van service for the same fare as a regular bus.
Written by senior housing writer Karen Tom.