Senior Program


Senior Program Contact

fax: 509-258-8883
PO Box 100
Wellpinit, WA. 99040 

News & Updates from the Spokane Tribe Senior Center

During the Summer months the Senior Program Staff will be conducting Needs Assessment's that will be compiled into one document that will be submitted with our Title VI application this Fall/Winter (2019). Your participation in the Needs Assessment is very important and your time to our request is greatly appreciated!

The 23rd Annual Elders Luncheon was Thursday May 2, 2019 at the Wellpinit High School gym. We received a loot of positive feedback from those who attended. Tribes represented were: Spokane, CDA, Colville, Yankton Sioux, Kalispel, Choctaw, Flathead, Sioux, Cree, Blackfeet, NookSack, Chippewa Cree, Yakama/Cree, Nez Perce & Sho-Ban. Thank You to the Senior Staff Jenny Smallwood, Jamie Pascal, Alyssa Ford, Vern Ford, and Wendy Samuels-Peone for all the hard work for a successful event. Also, Thank You to Nora Flett, Tawhnee Colvin, Sara Carle, Scott Peone, Cheryl Covington, Janice Moses, LaRee White, Fran Brown, West End & Ford Youth Center Staff, Prevention Staff, Tribal Maintenance, for your help the day of the Luncheon. Thank You to Pat Austin nd Charmaine for all the hours baking and cooking for the fundraisers to gather door prizes and raffle items. Thank You to the Wellpinit School and JROTC program for all your help with setting up tables and chairs and serving food and taking down the tables & chairs and loading them after this event. Also, the Wellpinit Middle School students who showed up to take tables and chairs down. Thank You Shireen Brigman and Lucas Bair for the dried roots and camas, always a nice treat for our guests. The kiddo's and teachers from the Immersion School sang some songs for us in Salish, excellent job. Thank You to the Head Start kids & Staff that made table decorations. The Veterans were recognized and all present received gifts from the Senior Program and the Cree family (who were vendors) also gave each Veteran an Eagle Feather plume. Various people got out of their chairs to drum and sing the Honor Song for the Veterans, it was such a beautiful gesture. The Bus Drivers and Oldest Traveling Tribal Members and our Own Ed Hughes and Frances Schultz also received gifts. The ladies from Empire Health who help serve the food are always helpful. Thank You to those who donated door prize and Raffle items, we did not get names but your generosity is greatly appreciated. Thank You to the Spokane Tribal Council for their generous donation to the Annual Elders Luncheon as well and to Chairwoman Carol Evans for the welcome and prayer over the meal. We had 7 different Vendors set up, the most so far. A fun filled day for all who joined us, until next year.

                                    Lifeline: A Phone and Internet Benefit

The Lifeline Program is a federal benefit that provides low-income, Tribal consumers with a monthly discount of up to $34.25 towards their phone or internet bill. Lifeline helps consumers across the United States stay connected to family, work, education, quality health care, and public safety services.

There are a few ways you may improve eligibility for this benefit. The first is through participation in a federal program. If you are in programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid you qualify for Lifeline. If you live on federally-recognized Tribal lands and take part on programs like the Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations you also qualify for Lifeline. You may also prove program eligibility through your income. If your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines you qualify for Lifeline. 

To apply for Lifeline, you will need a document that proves you are eligible for the benefit. You may also need an item that proves your identity such as an unexpired Driver's License or Tribal issued ID and an item that proves your address such as a utility bill. For more information on Lifeline eligibility, visit the program's website. This will also give you additional information on the application process and how a Lifeline phone or internet company can help you through the process. Search for companies that serve your area by typing in your zip code or city and state in the Companies Near Me tool on Lifeline's website.

                   For more information, contact Lifeline at (800) 234-9473 or visit   ~~

Senior Program Staff have been and will continue to work on a phone book listing local, county and state phone numbers that you may need. If you would like a copy of these numbers call the Senior Center and we will get a copy to you. 258-7129 or 1-800-789-9102. We have been receiving calls requesting a copy of this phone book that we have put together. This is an on-going project that requires monitoring and regular updating. We also received feedback asking to include some numbers from neighboring communities, so we did. This book is a living document that keeps growing and needing updated. 

Nora Flett is at the Senior Center every Tuesday & Wednesday from 11am-12pm for Elder friendly exercises. The small group is growing but there is always room for more. The Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) exercise classes are great. There is support and a lot of laughter during this time. You are encouraged to attend and be active with peers. Incentives (very nice incentives), for those who participate regularly.

Meals are served at 12pm Tuesday thru Friday at the Senior Center unless noted otherwise. The delivery drivers leave the Senior Center between 9:30am - 10:30am. If you are not going to be home, please call the Senior Center before 9am to have your meal cancelled for the day.

Thank You to everyone who calls in and/or tells the delivery driver in advance when you will not be home for your meal. This really does help with the morning prep work. Thank You again! One phone call or you letting your driver know you won't be home does make a difference in the morning prep work. Thank You!

Are you interested in becoming involved with the Elders in our community? If so, please stop by the Senior Center and inquire about becoming a part of the Elder Advisory Committee. This committee meets once a month, every 2nd Tuesday at 10am @ the Senior Center. Unless noted otherwise.

Tuesdays are scheduled craft days but feel free to come to the Senior Center daily to work on crafts. There are sewing machines available to use and tables have been set up to lay material on so that it can lay flat without having a rearrange or get up and down on the floor. This is for our Elders use and there are people who want to learn and have asked if there is anyone willing to teach them how to make a quilt or to just sew something. Update: A group of ladies have been using the craft room every Tuesdays to make various handmade items and have gifted the Senior Program a few items for events.



                         *ACTIVITY SCHEDULE*   

Wednesday 5/1/19 - No Lunch Today, Staff preparing for the 23rd Annual Elders Luncheon

Thursday 5/2/19 - 23rd Annual Elders Luncheon, please see flier for more information or call the Senior Center at 258-7129 or 1-800-789-9102, No Deliveries Today.

Monday 5/6/19 - Elders Shopping Day, leave the Senior Center at 9am

Tuesday 5/7/19 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm, Craft Day

Wednesday 5/8/19 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Sunday 5/12/19 - Mother's Day

Tuesday 5/14/19 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm, Craft Day

Wednesday 5/15/19 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Thursday 5/16/19 - BINGO after lunch

Saturday 5/18/19 - Armed Forces Day

Tuesday 5/21/19 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm, Craft Day

Wednesday 5/22/19 - Senior Program traveling to Yakama Elders Luncheon, No Lunches at the Senior Center today.

Monday 5/27/19 - Memorial Day ~ Senior Center Closed

Tuesday 5/28/19 - No Lunch Today, Staff grocery shopping, SAIL Exercise 11-am12pm, Craft Day

Wednesday 5/29/19 - SAIL Exercise 11am-12pm

Thursday 5/30/19 - BINGO after lunch


****We apologize if this information does not reach you before the listed dates of events. We send out notices in lunches and ask those who receive them them to pass the word on. We all know how word of mouth travels!                                                                                            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Adult Protective Services (APS) - Defintion

In the United States, Adult Protective Services (APS) are social services provided to abused, neglected, or exploited older adults and adults with significant disabilities. APS is typically administered by local or state health, aging, or regulatory departments and includes a multidisciplinary approach to helping older adults, and younger adults with disabilities, who are victims. Services range from the initial investigation of mistreatment, to health and supportive services legal interventions, up to and including the appointment of surrogate decision-makers such as legal guardians. While some states provide adult protective services to older adults only, as in Ohio where the PS law applies to those 60 and older, most serve adults with disabilities over the age of 18 who meet the state's definition of "vulnerable." Disabilities may be due to aging, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, mental illness or cognitive impairments. Forms of abuse include physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse as well as financial exploitation. "Neglect" can be perpetrated by any caregiver who has accepted the responsibility of assisting an older person or an adult with disabilities.  Most states include self-neglect in their definitions of those needing adult protective services. Self-neglect refers to a person who is unable to care for himself or herself due to physical or cognitive impairments.                                                                                                               In-Take Line: 1-800-459-0421 



                                         *PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE*

The Public Health Nurse stops by the Senior Center to check blood pressures and oxygen levels when she is available. She is usually here from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays if you would like to stop by and see her.

~~~~~Please note that if meals will not be delivered or served at the Senior Center, activities usually scheduled for that day will be canceled as well!!!~~~~~


*If you are not going to be home please call the Senior Center before 9:00 a.m. to have your meal canceled for the day.


Senior Program Menu

All Meals will be served with Milk
Menu subject to change.


Mon.4/29/19 Tues. 4/30/19 Wed. 5/1/19 Thurs. 5/2/19 Fri. 5/3/19
No Meals Today Breakfast Burrito, Hash Browns, Yogurt & Fruit No Lunch Today - Prepping for Elders Luncheon 23rd Annual Elders Luncheon Tomato Soup, Ham & Cheese Sandwich, & Fruit
Mon. 5/6/19 Tues. 5/7/19 Wed. 5/8/19 Thurs. 5/9/19 Fri. 5/10/19
No Meals Today Sausage Hash Brown Casserole, English Muffin & Fruit Taco Salad w/: Chili, Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Chips & Fruit Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy, Veggie, Fruit & Dessert Cabbage & Sausage Soup w/ Baby Red Potatoes, Sandwich, Crackers & Fruit
Mon. 5/13/19 Tues. 5/14/19 Wed. 5/15/19 Thurs. 5/16/19 Fri. 5/17/19
No Meals Today Biscuits & Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Brown Patty & Fruit Tuna Fish Noodle Casserole, Veggies & Fruit Au Gratin Potato Bake w/ Sausage, Veggie, Roll, Fruit & Dessert Turkey, Bacon, Club Wrap w/ Tomato & Cheese, Pork N Beans & Fruit
Mon. 5/20/19 Tues. 5/21/19 Wed. 5/22/19 Thurs. 5/23/19 Fri. 5/24/19
No Meals Today Pancakes w/ Strawberries, Bacon, Hash Browns, Hard Boiled Egg & Fruit Yakama Elders Luncheon - No Lunches Today Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Pasta Salad, Garlic Toast, Fruit & Dessert Hamburger Chili, Corn Bread Muffin, Raw Veggies, Crackers & Fruit
Mon. 5/27/19 Tues. 5/28/19 Wed. 5/29/19 Thurs. 5/30/19 Fri. 5/31/19
Senior Center Closed - Memorial Day No Lunch Today - Staff Grocery Shopping Cabbage, Noodles & Meat, Green Salad, Garlic Bread & Fruit Baked Chicken, Gravy over Rice, Veggie, Fruit & Dessert Egg Salad Sandwich, Macaroni Salad, Chips & Fruit