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Caring Connections – Linda Kraus Lifestyle Changes Can Bring You Close to the Fountain of Youth – Mai Ling Slaughter Plan for Hope and a Future – Kellie Moeller Back to the Future – Jane Meyers-Bowen It Can Be Your Most Loving Act – Linda Woolsey The Gateway to Vibrant Living – Tracey Harvey Food for Thought The Generation Chasm – Sue Rowell Provide Peace of Mind, Not Tough Choices – Jill Boudreau Caring Faces Telling Barbara Walters How to Talk to Her Doctor – Andrew Schorr Directory
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Caring Connections Meaningful Intergenerational Activities by Linda Kraus, M.A. Opportunities for seniors and young children to share an experience are offered in many nursing homes and assisted living communities. Such interactions can also take place in community centers, religious facilities, schools, or even in your own home. Some intergenerational activities are wondrous, and others just merely well intended. Success depends on thoughtful planning and preparation. All participants, young and elderly, need to be well prepared for the event. Simply telling kids they are doing a “good deed,” or telling the adults they are going to experience a children’s concert, is not enough. Children may have little understanding of the needs and physical limitations of their audience or how elders might experience a performance. Audience members may not be able to hear or see what the children “on stage” are doing. In order to create a mutually enjoyable interaction, certain things must be done to prepare. It is simply not enough to just rearrange chairs and add a microphone. Participants should be made aware of the particular dynamics of being young or old. Prepare the kids by focusing on what they already know about seniors. Dispel myths, misconceptions and stereotypical information, so children can learn that elders are not a homogeneous group. Examine observations and assumptions. For example, a child may say, “Old people walk all bent over.” This is an opportunity to respond by asking,“Can you show me how they walk?” and “Why do you think they walk that way?” Some studies indicate children often notice physical characteristics first; if an elder uses a cane, for example, a young child may conclude that the older person is helpless or sad. Suggest strengths that elders possess.“An older person may not be able to walk standing up straight and tall, but can still sing, do chair exercises, play games, read stories, tell knock-knock jokes, paint, cook, help children, etc.” It helps to talk about changes that have taken place in the lives of elders. For example, if you explain that an elder had to move out of their long-time residence to a new place, this will elicit compassion and some identification with the elders, because the kids surely have experienced similar feelings of sadness and separation. Help seniors see the world through the lens of a five to eight year old. Young children can be quite outspoken and not necessarily politically correct, as in, “Why do you have those spots all over your face?” Having realistic expectations of the kids is important. How long can kids sit still and remain engaged? Each child has distinct and unique ways of representing the world through art. While doing a joint art project, the adults should not make models for the children to copy. Nor should they assume that, just because they are the older generation, their role is to “instruct” the children. 4
SHARING PHOTOS This is a good experience for five to eight year olds and elders who are cognitively intact and have mobility. Prior to the activity the kids and seniors gather photos. Photo sharing allows older adults an opportunity to reminisce, and provides youngsters an opportunity to (visually) see themselves as members of a family group. Kids and seniors pair up, to show photos to each other, and discuss them. The activity leader (children’s teacher or senior’s recreation planner) instructs each partner to ask the other: “Tell me about this photo.” This open-ended question is an important one, in that it is an invitation for those responding to answer in whatever way feels important. Partners then take turns until all of the photos have been examined. Action photos such as playing ball, dancing, or building a snowman are the most interesting to view and usually elicit good conversation. Before both groups meet, have the individuals share their personal thoughts about the photo(s). This is a little rehearsal for speaking aloud, and lets the leaders know which photos have the most meaning. As each elder/child team handles and talks about the content of their own photos, similarities and differences are noted. The activity leader will then comment on what he/she sees, asking questions that bridge the two worlds and elicit the sharing of common experiences. For instance: (to the elder) “Bobby is showing a photograph of playing at the beach with his folks. Can you talk about your experiences at the beach when you were Bobby’s age?” Similarly, a 1940’s wedding photo, and a photo of a birthday party for a five-year-old could initiate a conversation about special family events. The photos can then be arranged, mounted separately, personalized with decorations, and glued onto a mat board as a joint collage. It might just be, that a wall exhibit for everyone to enjoy emerges from this exercise. Consider the length of this activity. A short activity that feels successful to the participants is better than a marathon that slowly fizzles, and no longer engages people. A common mistake with intergenerational activities is that, after much preparation and planning on the part of the staff, the elders and children are left on their own. A little guidance can insure a rich and satisfying experience for everyone, one that promotes mutual understanding, respect and admiration; a “good deed” that leaves lasting positive memories. Prior to working with older adults, Linda Kraus taught young children for 25 years. She feels passionate about meaningful interaction between generations and also about preserving personal history while there is still time. She holds a Master’s Degree in psychology with a special focus in gerontology and lives in Seattle WA with Charles Kraus, her husband of 38 years. For more information visit, www.timebindingstories.com or call Linda at (206) 353-2552
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Lifestyle Changes Can Bring You Close To The Fountain of Youth by Mai Ling Slaughter
The fountain of youth proves continually elusive, despite a growing desire in America to look and feel younger. This is especially so as the baby boomers begin to enter their golden years. However, Dr. John Hibbs, a naturopathic medicine provider at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, says anti-aging remedies for health and longevity aren't as hard to attain as some people might think. Mainly, he says, lifestyle changes related to nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management/happiness, and satisfactions are key to a longer and healthier life. “Each of these play an important role in determining how the whole body works together,” explains Dr. Hibbs, a family practitioner who takes a special interest in environmental illness and detoxification. Food that will keep you young Although most people think of fish oil as the best source of healthy oils, Dr. Hibbs explains that raw nuts, seeds, avocados, and coconuts actually have higher concentrations of these nutrients. These are crucial to help encourage cell turnover throughout your body. “You're literally giving your body a better chance to repair aging and injured cells in the liver, brain, muscles, and everywhere – just by eating these fatty acids,” Dr. Hibbs says. In addition to benefiting your body internally, these fatty acids also have anti-aging properties for your body’s biggest membrane externally: your skin. “People who want beautiful skin as they age should eat more raw nuts, seeds, and avocados,” Dr. Hibbs suggests. He adds that, “vegetables also contain high concentrations of these fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants.” So, if we “stop eating processed foods, and get half of our diet from fruits and vegetables of multiple colors,” it would only benefit us. Along with your daily dose of these fatty acids, Dr. Hibbs recommends eating anti-inflammatory nutrients such as catechin, found in green tea and other plants, and curcumin, found in turmeric. It is believed that turmeric gives your brain and immune system a boost of youth. It is also known to ward off autoimmune diseases and brain degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and dementia. 6
“In addition to vitamins, the body also needs these nutrients to run its marvelous machinery,” Hibbs says. Behavior is part of the balancing act Creating a diet that will provide you with these crucial nutrients is just one part of the balancing act. Dr. Hibbs expresses that getting too little sleep each night can be equally as detrimental to your body as eating a poor diet, resulting in undernourishment. “Sleep deprivation is hard on the brain and other cell types,” Dr. Hibbs says. “These cells have a tendency to die earlier, which can lead to earlier dementia or osteoporosis as the body breaks down muscle and bone.” People who get enough rest and exercise frequently can avoid losing both muscle and bone mass, which can make their risk of getting osteoporosis much less. Think you’re too old to begin an exercise regimen? Think again, Dr. Hibbs says that we can start exercising at any age, and our bodies will respond with stronger muscle mass and thicker bones. “Even at 80 or 90 years old we can tell the body to grow bigger and stronger, if we start lifting weights or doing cardio,” Dr. Hibbs explains. Getting a full night’s rest and exercising regularly, will also have the benefit of regulating your mood. According to multiple studies, happiness is yet another key to living a healthy and long life. Dr. Hibbs says that, “People need to look at these health factors and determine where their biggest challenges are.” What’s your biggest challenge? If you’re on the search for your own personal fountain of youth, but aren’t sure where to start, Bastyr Center has naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, acupuncturists, and counseling providers who are ready to help you discover a healthier path. To learn which anti-aging remedies for health and longevity are right for you, make an appointment at Bastyr Center for Natural Health by calling 206-834-4100, or visit www.BastyrCenter.org.
Plan for Hope and a Future by Kellie Moeller
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future...” Jeremiah 29:11 These are rare and refreshing words in the midst of times of turmoil and uncertainty! As home values decrease, and government reimbursement decreases hover on the horizon, it is easy to fall into the mentality that: “The economy is bad.” “I can’t sell my house.” “We have lost money in our investments.”“I am afraid I may outlive my money.” and “It’s the depression all over again!” Even in the midst of trials, we can be confident that “all things work together for good.” However, an essential part of having a future, and a hope, is the actuality of making a plan. What can you do right now to move towards retirement and combat the mental downhill spiral? • Determine your current monthly income and expenses. • Estimate a budget for your retirement income: wisdom dictates that before a move into retirement, you should have enough to pay monthly expenses, as well as 2-3 years of reserves in cash or investments. • Have an emergency fund with 3-9 months expenses ready for those life surprises. • Speak with a Social Security professional to determine when to apply for benefits. The toll-free number is 800-772-1213 or TTY 800-325-0778.
• Have a great social support system of family or friends, who can be there for you to advocate if a situation arises. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:8-10
• Have legal documents prepared and in place: power of attorney, health directives, and a will. Make sure beneficiaries on retirement accounts are up to date.
• Choose to remain active and engaged: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17. Attend seminars, musical events, book clubs, or play cards. Do whatever it takes to allow others to keep you sharp.
• Review options for health care coverage. Only 20% of people over the age of 85 live in a nursing home, but approximately 25% of people will have a short stay as a result of surgery or recovery.
• Do all that you can do, ‘but don’t stress over what is out of your control.’ Remember: “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” Proverbs 16:9.
• Review your assets, budget, and cash flow every 6 months to a year to assure that your investment performance will outlive you.
CRISTA Senior Living offers more than 500 seniors a future and hope, on two gorgeous northwest communities: A peaceful 55-acre campus in Shoreline and our waterfront community in Silverdale. With a 60-year legacy in Senior Housing, a Christian commitment to excellence in care, Intergenerational activities, and a full spectrum of retirement living and care, you will have everything you need as you plan for your future, with hope. Visit us today or contact us for more information / www.cristaseniors.com / 206-546-7565
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Back To The Future by Jane Meyers-Bowen So, your adult children are considering moving back home? Although some might welcome this move, both parties do not always greet it with overwhelming excitement. Personal boundaries, privacy requirements, financial issues, and lifestyle preferences can all be sources of friction. However, when your parent who lives across the country moves back to the neighborhood to be close to family – it can prove to be one of the most joyful experiences for you, your family, and your parents, if well planned out. Let’s Get This Straight The same sources of friction that are present when adult children move in with their parents, can bring about similar issues between an adult child and one’s parents, when the shoe is on the other foot. If both parties are wise enough to address any problems early, with a frank discussion, they could avoid tarnishing a very wonderful journey. Where To From Here? Seniors often describe living with their adult children as lonely. Others have felt absorbed into their family’s life, while not really living their own. This can be justified if financial conditions require such a move. However, if the resources are available, it certainly seems to make more sense to move into a place where seniors are with others of their own era; somewhere they get to enjoy the history, music, values, and entertainment that they relate to. Retirement Communities have flourished, as they are attuned to the needs of seniors who are still very much engaged in life, and looking for a more vibrant and safer lifestyle. Our residents tell us their health indexes actually improve, after just a short time of moving into our community. First Things First One of the mistakes that adult children make is to expect that their aging parents can manage all the decision-making, organization, and management of a move, whether it be from across the street or across the country. In fact, the best way to execute a move may be very different than one would think. Although counter-intuitive, it’s better to first move your parents into where they are going to be living out the next chapter in their lives, then dispose of property and extra belongings through gifting, selling or donating.This strategy reduces the wear and tear on them, and the family as well. Mission Possible So, once the decision has been made to move, by family and mom and dad, it is time to do some “recon.” One of our recent new resident’s son and daughter-in-law, shifted into full gear at this point. They set out on a search with a list of retirement community options – close to their own home, which met their mother’s requirements. When they first walked through the front 10
door of our community, they loved what they heard and what they saw. However, their second time around was when they got their real impression. They went undercover, to make sure that what we said we were all about was for real. They kept saying this is such a happy place! Happy Residents! Happy Staff! Once they were convinced they had made the right decision, they discussed the idea with mom, showed her photos of the community and the residents, and got her approval. They then booked a flight for mom from southern California, a U-Haul to move her stuff, and the plan was set in motion. A Lot Of Moving Parts The biggest job of moving (other than moving the grand piano) is the sorting part...what am I taking with me, giving away, selling, and donating? If you are looking at a 40-60 year accumulation of stuff, this can be absolutely overwhelming. Some families tend to discard old furniture, thinking that it is cheaper or better to buy new things. The only problem with this, they forget that familiar things can provide a sense of comfort in new surroundings. A floor plan of the new apartment, and a measuring tape can save a lot of time and frustration. Many backs and tempers suffer from trying to fit 3000 square feet of stuff, into a 900 square ft apartment. Extra or over sized furniture and furnishings, can prove to be a fall risk. No Looking Back Many seniors that have been living alone and somewhat isolated approach the idea of moving into a community with a lot of anxiety. It may have been years since your senior has lived with a spouse or in a community living situation; be it college or the military. They may have lost some of their social confidence, which causes them to wonder if they will be accepted, if their clothes are presentable, or if they will find new friendships. Family support can be valuable the first couple of weeks, whether it be spending a few nights with them, sharing some meal times and activities, or just being in the common areas to mingle and visit while they gently move into the fold. On the other hand, it is important to remember that too much sheltering can send the wrong message, and interfere with their getting to know new people. Seeing your parents launch a new start, and develop a life and a community can be so fulfilling. The best gift a family can give their senior is a happy and fulfilled life. Jane Meyers-Bowen is the Marketing Director at Garden Court Retirement. For more information please visit www.gardencourtretirement.com, or call 425-438-9080
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It Can Be Your Most Loving Act by Linda Woolsey
What can you do when you know that your parent is isolated and not eating properly? When you know that their happiness and personal safety is at risk, because they insist on staying in their private home?
transportation, community style living is desirable. Contact Fairwinds Brighton Court or Brittany Park for a cost comparison worksheet. Maintaining a private residence eventually becomes a burden, not a blessing.
First of all, you are not alone. Over 50 million people are unpaid caregivers, usually female, and typically age 46 or older. Getting a parent to move to a retirement community can be your most loving act – for your parent and the entire family!
It is a good idea to arrange a meeting with your parent and a financial advisor to review and establish an achievable plan for their life expectancy. “Running out of money” is a common concern for seniors. A financial advisor can help you to answer these concerns: “I don’t want to be a burden to my kids,” and “I want to leave something for my kids and grand kids.”
Gentle persuasion will bring the desired results, so start that first conversation early. The typical parent needs multiple discussions before reaching the decision to move from their family home. Continue to seek openings to bring up the topic. Once the discussion is initiated, keep the conversation going. A parent often hides things from their adult child because they don’t want them to be concerned about their welfare. Show them you are their advocate, and that you are genuinely concerned about their well-being. Honor your parent’s self-determination while continuing to urge them into action. Make it a family decision, not a “parent problem.” It is vitally important to have all members of the family present a unified, consistent concern, with achievable solutions. One family member’s doubts can negate others’ efforts to move forward. Make it clear that everyone wants what is best for your parent. Anticipate your parent’s points of resistance and know how to respond. Utilize community experts, medical personnel, and other elder care resources to help you strategize. Take the time to tour some local retirement communities, and find one you feel would be the right match for your parent. You will be more confident and convincing when you believe the community life style will be healthier than your loved one living at home alone.
“I can’t possibly move from my house!” Elders are often overwhelmed by the task of moving. There are some great resources available to help you and your parent accomplish the move. Most seniors are surprisingly resilient once they have made their decision. Others have made the change, and your parent will too. Everyone can benefit from purging closets and garages of unnecessary items, and simplify one’s life. It is never in your parent’s best interest to allow their possessions to dictate the quality of their lives. “I want to stay in my house.” Statistics show that residents in independent living communities are 90% satisfied with their daily lives. Life satisfaction drops to 77% for those remaining in private homes. After two years of residency in a community, 10.3% feel their health has improved. Only 4.1% of seniors living at home reported better health. “I’ll move when I can’t drive anymore.” or, “I’m waiting to hear back about my medical tests.” Uncertainty breeds more uncertainty. Encourage your parent to take charge of their life while they have the mental and physical ability to do so. Waiting until a crisis forces your hand dramatically limits their lifestyle options. Studies show that community living adds years to the lives of seniors, and those years are happier, healthier, and more satisfying!
Here are some frequent excuses, usually rooted in fear of change: “I don’t want to give up my independence.” For those who have limited ability to drive, have health challenges that make it difficult to visit friends, attend family events, and go out for recreation, community style living just became a highly appealing option. “It’s too expensive.” Many people underestimate the expense of maintaining a private home. When you help your parent to see all the costs of home ownership like heat, electricity, sewer, trash, weekly housekeeping, home repairs, yard maintenance, home owners insurance, property taxes, and local 12
Encourage the reluctant parent to just “try it out” for a few days or a month; ask them to just “humor me” and give it a try. Once they have made the move to their new home, most seniors state “If I had known it would be this good, I would have done it sooner!” That statement alone should help you to persevere, to continue the act of love that ultimately results in your parent settling into a supportive community environment. For more information about retirement or assisted living please contact the Sales Advisors at: Fairwinds Brighton Court 425-775-4440 or Fairwinds Brittany Park 425-402-7100 or www.leisurecare.com
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the fountain of youth isn’t a fountain after all. It’s a road trip.
Martha, Bonnie, Grace, and Dolly (AKA: The Road Trip Girls), are like most Leisure Care residents–active and full of life. They’ve got places to go and things to see. And they’re free to do what they want because we provide the necessities. Things like housework, shuttle services, planned group activities, and true restaurant meals are all included in the monthly rent. And assisted living services are available if you need them. To find out more, visit www.leisurecare.com. Or call your nearest Leisure Care community to schedule a complimentary lunch and tour.
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The Gateway To Vibrant Living Change The Way You Age Checklist by Tracey Harvey Family faces are like magic mirrors. Looking at those we love gives us a sense of belonging, and a sense of the past, present, and future that lies ahead. No one has a crystal ball, or particularly wants to know of unhappy times that could be just around the bend. However, one thing we can probably agree on is that, maintaining “quality of life” is something we all strive to obtain. The phrase “quality of life” is associated with many products and services for aging adults. If you have an aging loved one, please take a moment to educate yourself. This will help you begin to identify the necessary resources, questions, and programs for that special person to continue living vibrantly. The US bureau of census projected that by the year 2020, eight states including Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Georgia, Alaska, and California will double their older populations. In the next 20 years alone, the bureau reported that America will see a 76% increase in its 65 and older population, as baby boomers reach their retirement years. There is no doubt that the industry is in a state of redefining “retirement.” Just as aging is an evolving process, this could be the reminder you needed to ensure you and your loved ones are committed to living a WHOLE LIFE TM. Change The Way You Age Checklist ✓ Establish medical relationships that promote wellness and energy boosting programs, in order to maintain functionality. ✓ Never miss preventative doctor appointments and exams; be prepared to share even the slightest change, feeling, or symptom you are experiencing. ✓ Give a journal to your loved one, to chronicle important moments in their lives as they age. ✓ Identify a minimum of three Independent Retirement Living communities to visit, and attend an event by the end of 2011. The mindset of “I am not old yet” continues to sabotage our seniors 60+ today. Retirement living provides important outlets to combat isolation and loneliness. Hint: Identify communities that have programs designed to tap into your loved ones passions, and provide an outlet for them to have purpose and meaning later in life. ✓ Consider setting bi-annual dates every year i.e. Mother’s, Father’s Day, or birthdays, to reconnect and get reacquainted with your family history; the goal being to identify special interests, likes, and dislikes of that loved one. ✓ Research mutual interests, and commit to things you and your loved one can learn together. Work with organizations that have a proven success record in providing the necessary tools for advancing achievements in your lives. Hint: Get Moving - Fewer than 25% of Americans engage in any regular physical fitness program. The most common obstacles to participation cited by older adults include: foot pain, time constraints, fear of making a medical 14
condition worse, fear of falling, shortness of breath, and fatigue. At GenCare we have teamed up with THORLO and the IPFH (Institute for Preventative Foot Health) to educate and assist the WA & AZ communities at large. ✓ Be proactive and locate 2-3 new advocates you can trust, to call upon to answer the variety of questions that you will have in the years to come. Don’t be like the majority of folks that wait until a tragedy or illness strikes, to locate new living arrangements for your loved one. Be proactive and build a relationship with the leadership teams that make senior living their passion, to help connect the dots for you. In closing, as you embark on your quest to identify those advocates in the market place, we share with you one shining example at GenCare Lifestyle, at The Lodge in Renton, WA. Tammi Reeser, Executive Director, has over two decades of specializing in human service settings. Reeser is unique in the sense that she has non-profit and corporate experience, which spans from brain rehabilitation, to working tirelessly in community service roles. She was most notably awarded 2010 Volunteer of the Year, at the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce. At GenCare Lifestyle, we are focused on active living through core initiatives that embrace WHOLE LIFE LIVING, and Reeser is one of the leading champions. Reeser’s brilliance shines through with her strong coaching skills, and ability to hire team members that share her passion for vitality in and out of a community’s walls. Her motto is, “to bring joy to those around her,” by singing and playing the piano with her residents. We are quite sure they would agree that she does just that. If you enjoyed this article and hearing about these magic moments share your thoughts with us http://wholelifeliving.wordpress.com/ Tracey Harvey is the Corporate Director of Vitality for GenCare Lifestyle, creating Whole Life Living TN – connections for seniors. To learn how you can join in GenCare Lifestyle’s STAY SHARPTN & Vitality Programming for 2011 contact 206.949.5885 or visit our website at www.gencarelifestyle.com.
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Food for Thought Eating well is important at any age, but it is especially important, as you get older. Healthy eating, benefits seniors in many ways: increased mental acuteness, higher energy levels, a more robust immune system, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. With all of this on the line, what stops us from making healthy choices? Newly single seniors may not know how to cook, or may not feel like cooking for one. People on limited budgets might have trouble affording a balanced, healthy diet. A lack of transportation can limit access to fresh foods and cause people to stock up on frozen, processed foods. Fast food restaurants can become an easy and inexpensive option for seniors, but they can be very high in calories, sodium, and fat. Malnutrition is a critical senior health issue. It is caused by eating too little food, too few nutrients, and by digestive problems related to aging. Malnutrition can cause fatigue, depression, a weak immune system, anemia, general weakness, digestive, lung, and heart problems, and skin concerns. Here are a few tips to help you take control of your eating habits: • Try to avoid skipping meals. Skipping meals can cause your metabolism to slow down, which leads you to feel sluggish and make poorer choices later in the day. • Make sure you get a healthy and varied breakfast. Some good choices include: breads and cereals, colorful fruit and protein to fill you with energy for the day. • Focus on whole fruits for fiber and vitamins, rather than juices, and aim for around 1½ to 2 servings each day. • Choose anti-oxidant rich veggies, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, carrots, squash and yams. Try for 2 to 2½ cups of vegetables every day. • Make sure you are getting enough calcium to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Seniors need 1,200 mg of calcium a day. They can achieve this through servings of milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli, tofu, almonds and kale. • Choose whole grains over processed white flour, for more nutrients and a higher fiber count. Seniors need 6-7 ounces of grains each day. One slice of bread would be equivalent to one ounce. • Seniors need about .5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight. Vary your sources with more fish, beans, peas, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese and seeds. • Drink plenty of water, no less than 8-10 glasses a day. Seniors are prone to dehydration because their bodies lose some of its ability to regulate fluid levels, and their sense of thirst is dulled. Try sipping water every hour with meals, to avoid urinary tract infections, constipation, and possibly confusion. 18
Eating with company can be as important as getting proper nutrition. A social atmosphere stimulates your mind, and helps you enjoy meals. When you enjoy mealtimes, you’re more likely to eat better. If you live alone, eating with company will take some strategizing, but the effort will pay off. Living in a retirement community is an easy way to have a built in social environment for dining. Creekside Retirement Community Promotes Healthy Eating Creekside Retirement Community, located in Burlington, Washington, offers dining services that include a variety of menu options for their residents. These services are provided for the sake of convenience, as well as social enjoyment. Creekside understands the importance of healthy meal options, with their goal being to provide them in a relaxing environment. Creekside offers flexible meal choices to meet the specific nutritional needs of each of their residents. There are a variety of choices for each meal, including: a main and alternate entrée choice; a salad bar and soup; and a fresh menu offering four or five additional items. In recent weeks, Creekside surveyed their residents to assist them in the development of a new menu. The feedback they received has given them the ability to understand the specific desires of the residents, to help improve their dining experience. This new menu has a wonderful feature, providing specific nutritional values for each meal. It includes total calories, fat content, protein values and carbohydrate totals. Based on the suggestion of the residents, the new menu will also offer additional “healthy options” for meals. These features will assist the residents in making more informed decisions. It will help them meet their dietary needs, and assist them in their overall health and wellness. You can find the complimentary meal for two, coupon, in the Creekside Retirement Community ad on the facing page. The first 20 people to bring in the coupon for a complimentary meal receive a free gift! Call the community to reserve a time and date for your visit at 360-755-5550.
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The Generation Chasm by Sue Rowell
I was in the dining room at South Pointe Senior Living the other day, listening to a conversation between one of our residents and one of our dietary aids. The resident, we’ll call him Mr. Smith, was asking ‘Carol’ if she was familiar with Nat King Cole’s music. She had no idea who Mr. Smith was speaking about. Nor was she familiar with Cole Porter, Glenn Miller, Natalie Cole, or even the Village People! (O.K., the Village People are my era, but you get the picture). This overheard conversation started me thinking about the generation gap, or chasm, that we’re dealing with today. We have young people (some not even 20 years old yet) working with and for people who are in their 80s and above. What does this ‘younger’ Generation Y person need to know in order to communicate with, and relate to, the ‘older’ generation? This older generation was taught to treat their elders with respect, i.e. call people Mr. and Mrs. Jones as opposed to using first names. The younger generation uses first names for everyone. This could potentially be seen as disrespectful by the older generation. So, do we request that the younger generation call people Mr. and Mrs., or do we request that the older generation deal with being called by their first name? Some popular singers from the older generation include Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, the Andrews Sisters, and Bing Crosby. Some of today’s popular singers include the Black Eyed Peas (our 2011 Super Bowl half time entertainers), Destiny’s Child, and the Pussy Cat Dolls. How does the smooth, melodic music of past generations relate to the dissonant, bass thumping music of today? (I’m not even going to touch the topic of rap music!) I can only imagine what will be playing on the overhead speakers when I’m in a retirement/assisted living community. I love it when my kids get excited about a ‘new’ song on the radio – until I tell them that it’s a re-make of a song that was popular when I was their age! Many of the residents who reside with us at South Pointe lived through the Great Depression and WWII. For them, television sets weren’t commercially sold
until the 1920s, and they certainly weren’t in color! 1919 was when national service for rotary phones began. Instructional movies on how to use rotary phones were shown in theaters. Boy, how times have changed. In contrast, Generation Y is growing up with technology in the form of BlackBerrys, laptops, cell phones, and more. They’re ‘plugged in’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This generation prefers to communicate with others via e-mail and text messages. They’ve most likely never even seen a rotary phone or a typewriter. They can’t imagine needing to get off of the couch, and walk to the TV (no black and white here) in order to change the channel. One way that we try to bridge this gap at South Pointe is to feature a resident and/or a staff member in our community newsletter each month. We call this segment our ’15 Minutes of Fame.’ Through these segments, we’ve learned what it was like to survive Pearl Harbor, work on a farm, live through the depression, save a child’s life, publish a book, and so much more! Another way to bring both generations closer to understanding and communicating with one another is to find a topic of conversation that relates to both age groups. An example could be the movie A Christmas Story, which was released in 1983 but is set in the 1940s. In this movie, all Ralphie (the main character) wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. This was one of the most popular Christmas gifts back in 1940. How’s that for a conversation starter? For more information please visit www.southpointe-al.com or call 425-513-5645.
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Provide Peace Of Mind, Not Tough Choices by Jill Boudreau
As I walked into the ICU room, I noticed a terminally ill patient who was receiving every life sustaining medical intervention available. Tubes and monitors were everywhere, small electrodes were taped to the patient’s chest, and an IV was in his arm providing fluids. The artificial light was less than unwelcoming. Three adult children and his spouse were standing around the patient with the unfortunate task of deciding just what to do. The impression I had of the loved ones was one of shock, overwhelming grief and bewilderment. My thoughts turned to my elderly grandfather, and his expressed wishes about what he would want at the end of his life. He has always been very clear that he wanted no invasive medical treatment when he faced his own death. He states clearly that his priority is to be in the small house he built for himself and his “sweetheart,” gazing out at their beloved garden, and hopefully lasting just a few minutes longer than his devoted wife of 74 years. As my attentions turned back to the family before me, I tenderly asked this question, “Did your dad ever express to you what he would want at the end of his life?” The answer was “No.” The family needed to know that one of the choices they had for their dad, who could no longer speak for himself, included the compassionate, dignified care that hospice can offer. When a patient is unable to communicate, medical professionals turn to family members for decisions. In Washington State, our laws define an order of persons who would be authorized to provide informed consent for treatment. (RCW 7.70.065) The law gives authority in the following order of priority: the appointed guardian (if any); an individual whom the patient has given a durable power of attorney for healthcare decisions, spouse or state registered domestic partner, adult children, parents of an adult patient, and adult siblings. Choices that might need to be made for a patient include: life-sustaining treatments such as CPR, artificial ventilation, feeding tubes, dialysis, etc. Other decisions that are frequently involved include placement in skilled nursing facilities, application for state and federal benefits, or hospice care. Loved ones 22
who are asked to make healthcare decisions, are often given this task without being clear as to what the patient would have wanted. This experience has been proven to cause depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and prolonged grief. There is a simple way to prepare your loved ones for difficult medical treatment choices. Complete a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare, TODAY! Providing direction for our loved ones is a responsible and compassionate act. You can obtain a living will (or advance directive) document from many websites for free! The Washington State Medical Association, Caring Connections, or Hospice of the Northwest are just a few. Simply follow the directions of the forms, paying attention to the witnessing requirements. Many of our area hospitals are offering free workshops to provide information about these crucial forms. I know that any decisions that my family will need to make for my grandfather will be in the context of his expressed wishes. We will have a frame of reference for any decisions made for him, based on keeping him in his own cozy home, in view of the garden, and close to grandma. In honoring his wishes, we honor his life and the contributions he has made to our family. While we will all mourn the passing of this heroic man, our grief will be comforted by the direction he has given us. Give your loved ones peace of mind, not tough choices!
Jill Boudreau serves as the Community Liaison for Hospice of the Northwest. She teaches Five Wishes living will workshops throughout Island, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties. To contact Jill, call 360-814-5550 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Resources for living will/advance directive forms: Washington State Medical Association – http://www.wsma.org/patient_resources.cfm Caring Connections – www.caringinfo.org Hospice of the Northwest – www.hospicenw.org/onlineresources.cfm
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Telling Barbara Walters How To Talk To Her Doctor by Andrew Schorr
Barbara Walters is the recognized queen of television journalism. Being a former television reporter myself, it is easy for me to be in awe of her. However, there was no time for me to be star struck when she recently interviewed me on her popular show The View. The interview focused on my new book, The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis. I had too much to say, and too little time to say it. As you may know, Barbara had heart valve surgery, and like many older Americans she often has health issues on the top-of-mind. Beyond knowing how to find reliable information on the Web, Barbara really wanted to know how to discuss that information you do find on the Internet with your doctor. So doesn’t the Internet get in the way of that trusting relationship? Doesn’t it just make trouble and cause conflict? Maybe, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You need to remember that I am a man who was diagnosed with leukemia, and believes my life was saved by finding other leukemia patients on the Internet, who guided me to a specialist in another city. I believe that in many cases there may be answers online that you might not hear about otherwise, and these answers might bring you better health. So, that begs the question, how do you discuss what you learn online with your local doctor, in a way that is productive and collaborative? That’s what Barbara wanted to know. Here’s what I had to say: • You have every right to ask questions of your doctor, and to do your own research. It is your body, and you are ultimately responsible. • You should approach your visit with your doctor just like you would approach a business meeting. Limit yourself to three key questions. Pose them as part of an agenda that you voice right at the start of the visit, or by calling the doctor’s office the day before. Do not blindside the doctor with complex research studies, and pages of print-outs from the Web. Treat your doctor with the respect he/she deserves as a devoted professional. Work with them to manage your time together wisely. • If you have more questions, schedule another visit. • If your doctor is not respectful to you or balks at your right to ask questions, find another doctor who will listen and treat you with respect. You have to take a moment to imagine how busy your doctor is these days. They want to help you, but understand how much pressure they are under, both trying to keep up with the latest medical research and to stay in business. I believe that reliable information on the Internet, discovered through your research, can allow you to help them do their job better – It is a win/win. However, achieving that takes clear, respectful communication all the way around. There’s much more in my book. I hope you will look for it – online, of course, at Amazon.com. For more information, please visit www.patientpower.info, or www.websavvypatient.com.
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DIRECTORY SNOHOMISH ARLINGTON Olympic Place Retirement & Assisted Living Community 20909 Olympic Place Arlington WA 98223 360-435-8440 EDMONDS Aegis of Edmonds Assisted Living/ Alzheimer’s Memory Care 21500 - 72nd Ave West Edmonds WA 98026 425-776-3600 Edmonds Landing Assisted Living 180 Second Ave South Edmonds WA 98020 425-744-1181 Rosewood Courte Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 728 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-2875 Sunrise of Edmonds Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 750 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-9700 EVERETT Bethany at Silver Crest Assisted Living/ Nursing Home Adjacent 2131 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-385-2335 Cascadian Place Retirement Retirement 3915 Colby Avenue Everett WA 98201 425-339-2225 Clare Bridge Silver Lake Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2015 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-337-6336 Emeritus at Silver Lake Assisted Living 12806 Bothell-Everett Highway Everett WA 98208 425-338-3227
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LA CONNER La Conner Retirement Inn Independent, Assisted Living 204 North First Street La Conner WA 98257 360-466-5700 MOUNT VERNON The Bridge Assisted Living/Hospice 301 S LaVenture Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-416-0400
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Highland Greens Senior Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 3100 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-848-8422
BELLINGHAM Alderwood Park Licensed Skilled Nursing 2726 Alderwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-2322
Highland Greens Cottages Senior Residences Village Court @ 3200 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438
Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Licensed Skilled Nursing/ Specialized Care 1200 Birchwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-9295
Salem Village II Senior Residences 2601-2617 N LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 Salem Village Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 2619 N. LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-428-5662 Life Care Center of Mount Vernon Assisted Living/ Skilled Nursing/ Rehab/Alzheimer’s 2120 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-4258 Logan Creek Retirement/Independent Living 2311 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-428-0222 Mountain Glen Retirement/Assisted Living 1810 East Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-7900 SEDRO-WOOLLEY Birchview - A Memory Care Community Assisted Living/ Enhanced Adult Residential Care 925 Dunlop Ave Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-1911
Cordata Health Care & Rehab Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 4680 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA 98226 360-398-1966 The Courtyard Dementia Care Community Assisted Living/Enhanced Specialized Care 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338 Fairhaven Estates Assisted Living 2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-647-1254 Highgate House Assisted Living/Specialized Care 151 & 155 East Kellogg Bellingham WA 98226 360-671-1459 Highland Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2400 Samish Way Bellingham WA 98226 360-734-4800 The Leopold Retirement & Assisted Living 1224 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-3500
Merrill Gardens at Cordata Retirement/Assisted Living/ Alzheimer’s 4415 Columbine Dr Bellingham WA 98226 360-312-3542 Mt. Baker Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2905 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-4181 Parkway Chateau Retirement/Independent Living 2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-671-6060 Rosewood Villa Retirement/Assisted Living 702 32nd Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-676-9193 Shuksan Health Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 1530 James Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-9161 Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 223 E Bakerview Road Bellingham WA 98226 360-756-2301 St. Francis Extended Health Care Licensed Skilled Nursing 3121 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-6760 Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447
ISLAND FREELAND Maple Ridge Assisted Living Community 1767 Alliance Avenue Freeland WA 98249 360-331-1303 OAK HARBOR Harbor Tower Village Retirement & Assisted Living 100 E Whidbey Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-675-2569
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Home Place Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 171 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-2555
BOTHELL Aegis of Bothell Assisted Living / Memory Care 10605 NE 185th Street Bothell WA 98011 425-487-3245
Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224
Chateau at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155
Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave. Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400
Life Care Center of Bothell Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing 707 228th Street SW Bothell WA 98021 425-481-8500
KING AUBURN Auburn Meadows Assisted Living/Memory Care 945 22nd Street NE Auburn WA 98002 253-333-0171 BELLEVUE Aegis of Bellevue Assisted Living / Memory Care 148 102nd Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004 425-453-8100 The Bellettini Luxury Apartment Homes in the Heart of Bellevue / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800 Brighton Gardens of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15241 NE 20th Street Bellevue WA 98007 425-401-0300 The Gardens at Town Square Independent, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 933 111th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-688-1900 Sunrise of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15928 NE 8th Street Bellevue WA 98008 425-401-5152 Wynwood Bellevue Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 1640 148th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98007 425-373-1161
North Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 907 201st Place SE Bothell WA 98012 425-483-8927 Riverside East Retirement & Assisted Living 10315 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-481-1976 Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living Community 10519 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-485-8900 BURIEN El Dorado West Retirement & Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975 COVINGTON Covington Place Retirement Apartments 26906 169th Place SE Covington WA 98042 888-548-6609 FEDERAL WAY Foundation House Independent Living Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823 ISSAQUAH Aegis of Issaquah Assisted Living / Memory Care / Hospice 780 NW Juniper Street Issaquah WA 98027 425-526-6037
University House - Issaquah Independent &Assisted Living 22975 SE Black Nugget Road Issaquah WA 98029 425-557-4200
Merrill Gardens at Island House Independent & Assisted Living 7810 SE 30th St Mercer Island WA 98040 206-204-5421
KENMORE Spring Estates - Kenmore Assisted Living / Memory Care 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200
Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565
KENT Aegis of Kent Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 10421 SE 248th Street Kent WA 98030 253-479-1768
REDMOND Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000
Farrington Court Retirement / Assisted Living 516 Kenosia Avenue Kent WA 98030 253-852-2737
Fairwinds – Redmond Retirement / Assisted Living 9988 Avondale Rd NE Redmond WA 98052 425-558-4700
KIRKLAND Aegis of Kirkland Assisted Living / Memory Care 13000 Totem Lake Boulevard Kirkland WA 98034 425-823-7272
Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 14431 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052 425-869-2273
Aegis at Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841
The Marymoor Retirement & Assisted Living 4585 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-556-9398
Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living 6505 Lakeview Drive NE Kirkland WA 98033 425-803-6911
RENTON The Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080
Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210
Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-243-2941
Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-285-7743
SEATTLE Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700
MERCER ISLAND Aljoya Mercer Island Continuing Care Retirement Community 2430 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-230-0150
Aljoya Thornton Place North Seattle Continuing Care Retirement Community 450 NE 100th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-306-7920
Ballard Landmark Retirement/Assisted Living 5433 Leary Ave NW Seattle WA 98107 206-782-4000 CRISTA Senior Living Independent / Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation / Memory Care 19303 Fremont Avenue North Shoreline WA 98133 1-877-639-3292 Faerland Terrace Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 1421 Minor Avenue Seattle WA 98101 206-624-7637 Ida Culver House, Broadview Independent, Assistsed Living, Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 12505 Greenwood Avenue N Seattle WA 98133 206-361-1989
Merrill Gardens University Village Independent & Assisted Living 5115 25th Ave NE Seattle WA 98105 206-452-3170 Mirabella Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-254-1447 Northgate Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent & Assisted Living 11030 5th Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-388-5061 Remington Place Retirement 3025 NE 137th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-367-0369
Ida Culver House, Ravenna Independent & Assisted Living 2315 NE 65th Street Seattle WA 98115 206-523-7315
the Stratford at Maple Leaf Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 9001 Lake City Way NE Seattle WA 98115 206-729-1200
The Lakeshore Independent & Assisted Living 11448 Rainier Avenue S Seattle WA 98178 206-772-1200
University House, Wallingford Independent & Assisted Living 4400 Stone Way N Seattle WA 98103 206-545-8400
Merrill Gardens at Northgate Independent and Assisted Living 11501 15th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-388-2989
SHORELINE Aegis of Shoreline and Callahan House Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 14900 & 15100 First Avenue NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-367-6700 and 206-417-9747
Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne Independent and Assisted Living 805 4th Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-438-9270 Merrill Gardens at West Seattle Independent 4611 35th Ave SW Seattle (West) WA 98126 206-701-6093 Merrill Gardens West Seattle Admiral Heights Independent and Assisted Living 2326 California Ave. S.W. Seattle (West) WA 98116 206-204-5400
WOODINVILLE Fairwinds – Brittany Park Retirement / Assisted Living 17143 - 133rd Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-402-7100 The Creekside A Merrill Gardens Community Independent Retirement Community 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-286-8974
Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929
KITSAP BREMERTON Bay Pointe Assisted Living 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904
PUYALLUP Clare Bridge Puyallup Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 8811 176th Street E Puyallup WA 98375 253-445-1300
Marine Courte Memory Care 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904
Merrill Gardens at Puyallup Independent and Assisted Living 123 4th Avenue NW Puyallup WA 98371 253-200-9783
PORT ORCHARD Park Vista Retirement & Assisted Living 2944 SE Lund Avenue Port Orchard WA 98366 360-871-2323 POULSBO Harbor House Alzheimer’s Care 19360 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo WA 98370 360-779-5533
CLALLAM PORT ANGELES Park View Villas Retirement & Assisted Living 1430 Park View Lane Port Angeles WA 98363 360-452-7222
Liberty Shores Assisted Living 19360 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo WA 98370 360-779-5533 SILVERDALE Crista Shores Independent, Assisted Living 1600 NW Crista Shores Lane Silverdale WA 98383 1-800-722-4135
PIERCE BONNEY LAKE Cedar Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living 9515 198th Avenue E Bonney Lake WA 98391 253-299-6461 GIG HARBOR Clare Bridge Shoreline View Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 9324 N Harborview Drive Gig Harbor WA 98332 253-858-7790 Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor Independent and Assisted Living 3213 45th Street Court N.W. Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-590-4972 Sound Vista Village Retirement & Assisted Living 6633 McDonald Avenue
TACOMA Merrill Gardens at Tacoma Independent & Assisted Living 7290 Rosemount Circle Tacoma WA 98465 253-617-0100
SEQUIM Dungeness Courte Alzheimer’s Care Community 651 Garry Oak Drive Sequim WA 98382 360-582-9309
OTHER Merrill Gardens The Manor at Canyon Lakes Independent & Assisted Living 2802 West 35th Avenue Kennewick WA 99337 509-492-2784 Merrill Gardens at Olympia Independent & Assisted Living 616 Lilly Road NE Olympia WA 98506 360-489-6686 Merrill Gardens at The Academy Independent & Assisted Living 1216 N Superior Street Spokane WA 99202 509-228-7680 Merrill Gardens at Orchards Village Independent & Assisted Living 1011 NE 118th Avenue Vancouver WA 98682 360-989-2175
SENIOR guidebook – bridging generations
Providing a reliable resource of information for seniors and their families, and supporting good decisions surrounding health and quality of...
Published on Jul 1, 2011
Providing a reliable resource of information for seniors and their families, and supporting good decisions surrounding health and quality of...