Many of you know Dr. Elaine Cress from her work with the Bellingham Senior Activity Center & Bellingham at Home. Elaine has been a driving force in both programs; with innovative ideas, leadership and a commitment to active aging.

Under her stewardship the Bellingham Senior Activity Center health & wellness programs have grown and changed to fit the needs of today’s older adults. In 2017 Elaine led the project to update and expand the strength training gym. The new gym made space for additional endurance and strength training equipment and increased the capacity for participants. Elaine updated the introduction to strength training class, trained volunteer gym docents and created a community of gym users.

Additionally, Elaine is responsible for bringing the EnhanceFitness program to our center. This evidence-based program has become one of the Center’s most popular exercise class options. Each September for the past 5 years Elaine has led the Fall Prevention Program. She has taught countless balance workshops and performed innumerable assessments. When the pandemic forced us all to stay home Elaine pivoted quickly to create a virtual strength training class that continues to have a strong following.

One of Elaine’s greatest gifts is her ability to form relationships and bring folks together. Elaine has been a connector between the medical community and the Whatcom Council on Aging. She has actively engaged many individuals from various community organizations to share their time and expertise with Center members by arranging presentations and workshops. She shares her passion for our Center and programs with those in the greater community.

Elaine has been a wonderful part of the Bellingham Senior Activity team and will be missed greatly. Please join us all in thanking Elaine for her service to seniors and wishing her all the best in her retirement.