SHAG's philosophy centers on offering lifestyle options that appeal to your individual taste and fosters a sense of community. Each community has unique social activities organized by residents and staff. The result is a lifestyle that can be as busy or as quiet as you like. There are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and be social. Or do something more solitary, like turning your family recipes into a best-selling cookbook!
The community is an important part of SHAG’s mission. The non-profit staff networks with organizations that offer complimentary services to SHAG. For example, the ElderCare Alliance by Providence has a mission to help seniors live independently for as long as possible. Other examples include the City of Seattle’s utility assistance program and the Enhanced Fitness Program that provides weekly exercise classes at many SHAG communities.
Big events happen at SHAG communities too. Northwest gardening guru Ciscoe Morris occasionally makes appearances to share his gardening expertise with our resident gardeners and AARP visits a number of communities to teach a safe driving class for seniors. All of these activities are planned with the convenience and social networking of SHAG residents in mind.
In SHAG’s 28 communities, activities vary greatly. However, at most communities you can expect to enjoy seasonal potlucks, picnics and BBQ's and participate in a variety of organized games. Many communities feature wonderful outdoor spaces, such as patios and courtyards—these places are a great place to visit with friends and neighbors.
Some of the larger, newer communities have expanded activities such as movie nights, bingo and gardening classes, and most have Enhanced Fitness Classes. They even have internet cafe's where residents enjoy free internet access!