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What Does It Really Cost? Kelley Smith


Life’s Layers Charlene Wisdom Brown


So is it True that 80 is the New 60 – if 70 is the New 50? Jane Meyers-Bowen


Senior Humor – And Other Myths Mary Blakey


Preventing Senior Hospitalizations Leslie Neely

20 Hospice Care: Making A Difference

Wendy Rohrbacher


Shed Light on Prostate Cancer through Turkey Tail Mushroom Trial Jonathan Hiskes


Is Technology for the Birds? Sarah Bartlett

26 Make Downsizing a Family Affair this Holiday Season

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28 No One Gives Us The Book

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What’s Your Definition of Family? by David Haack

For most of us, when we are children, we have a clear-cut definition of family. They are our Parents, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and everything in between. However, as we age, our own definitions of family begin to shift. It is augmented to the way we live, love, and the geography we choose. This is where the simple definition of family, becomes more complex. Ask yourself this question, is there someone in your life other than immediate familial relations, who you might turn to first for comfort, advice, or to tell a great joke to? If you answered yes to this, then you probably have a few people in your life that could be considered family of choice. For some people, family of choice is all they have ever known. For instance, if you were orphaned, then every person you may consider family could possibly fall into this category. You may also be or know people who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered. They perhaps may prefer their family of choice to bloodline family members, due to being ostracized for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Our world is evolving at a rapid pace, and civil liberty is a core definition of who we are and how we see ourselves being, living and loving. Since starting my mission in Senior Care almost 30 years ago, one key element has always been my focus, who is this person entrusted to my care, and how can I make the most beneficial and meaningful impact on their quality of life? I have learned many things along the way that I feel have made me better equipped to provide compassionate care: First off, our lens needs to be in tune to the many colors of the prism. Growing up in an all-Caucasian community, often-added weight to the term, “I don’t see people’s color of skin, just the person.” I have since learned just how limiting that stance can be, as we must see color and diversity, and recognize the variations in how people view life events and surroundings. If we are Caucasian by birth we must remember, that life for us has more than likely been complimented with heightened privileges; more so than those of our friends and family of different color and race origins. 4

Second, we must learn to be adaptive to specific needs and challenges that those around us might face, whether it’s sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or religious choices. As we age, we begin to appreciate, with more clarity, these differences. We become less in tune with our own ideals, and more in tune to how others may perceive our actions and communication styles. So, when we hear a woman we care for discussing her Life Partner, we should never make an assumption that she is talking about a Husband. She could very well be talking about her wife. When we hear a gay man state that his dogs are equivalent to him, as our children are to us, then that is part of his family of choice. When looking for options in aging, keep one thought in mind...accept no barriers or roadblocks to your life choices. Do not live out your golden years with any element of fear of those who provide care, and most importantly remember – It is your life, and no one else’s! Celebrate it, and live it surrounded by the many colors of the spectrum that nature has provided! Don’t be afraid to alter your lens, laugh as much as possible, and cherish those you love the most, whether two legged or four! Quail Park of Lynnwood 4015 164th Street SW, Lynnwood WA 98087 425.640.8529 For more information or to set up a tour contact:

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Exercise May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s by Kelley Hamilton, CEO Bonaventure Senior Living

If you or a loved one are worried about developing Alzheimer’s, the variety of preventative therapies and memory care practices that are available may be overwhelming. It can seem as though there is constantly a new drug, or dietary routine that claims to prevent the disease. What if lowering your risk didn’t involve any supplements or pills, and was as easy as taking a walk? Two new studies have found that seniors who regularly engaged in exercise were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. According to the Ontario Brain Institute, seniors who were physically active were nearly 40 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The best part is that the activity doesn’t have to be intense. Gardening, brisk walks, and cleaning the house can all count towards the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week. The scientists who ran the study found that, one in seven cases of Alzheimer’s could be prevented with regular exercise. Light to moderate physical activity was also found to improve the overall quality of senior health, and decrease their risk for depression. The University of Maryland has also recently examined the benefits of physical activity. They learned that both people with mild cognitive problems and healthy brain functions experienced an improvement in memory performance and the efficiency of their brain cells with as little as a 10 percent increase in their fitness levels. To measure the success of exercise in improving brain health and memory, the researchers placed inactive adults between the ages of 60 to 88 on a 12-week exercise program that focused on regularly walking on a treadmill. They then asked participants to identify from a list of celebrity names such as Frank Sinatra, who would be well known to adults born in the 1930s or 40s. Brain scans were used to measure the amount of brain activity needed to correctly identify a name. The researchers found that exercising decreased the intensity of activity that the brain required, in order to correctly pick out the famous names. According to lead researcher Dr. J. Carson Smith at the University of Maryland, the study found that “after 12 weeks of being on a moderate exercise program, study participants improved their neural efficiency – basically they were using fewer neural resources to perform the same memory task. No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise.” No matter your age, it’s important to stay active. Find an activity you love, grab a friend, and enjoy all of the health benefits that come along with it. For more information visit:


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Life’s Layers... by Charlene Wisdom Brown

In my lifetime I have been a world traveler, a mom, and a wife. After my husband passed 21 years ago, perseverance led to happiness in living alone. I believe it’s that perseverance that prepared me for the next “layer” of my life. When you move anywhere, especially in my case, out of my wonderful Redmond home of 23 years, there’s a sense of trepidation. However, there’s also excitement in beginning a new chapter. I was certainly apprehensive to leave my familiar surroundings, people I knew, and routines I was comfortable with. Most of all, there was a fear of the unknown. Chateau Pacific offered me the opportunity to experience the next “layer”. Chateau has allowed me to re-engage, and to find comfort living in a community with so many available services. I’ll never have to relocate; which in turn greatly lifts my spirits! I don’t feel restricted in the least. My family is welcome to join me for meals and free to come and visit any time. As a matter of fact, the culinary staff made me feel at home from the moment I walked into the dining room. The hostess and waitresses knew my name almost immediately, and welcomed me with open arms. At dinner, I met a group of ladies that introduced me to many of the community activities. I even found a new love of gardening! Helping clean, trim, and water the plants and flowers fills part of my days; I have many activities to look forward to and can participate in all that I want. I started swimming, and have been working on my advanced strength and balance with my Personal Chateau Trainer, Chris Ann.


Best of all, I’m not rattling around alone in my house any longer, worrying about the inevitable expenses of homeownership. I’m also much closer to my grandchildren! Life forces you to move on to the next “layer.” You have to embrace it to grow, and growing nurtures your maturity. It may be difficult, but it is necessary. I’m grateful for the encouragement Chateau Pacific of Lynnwood has provided me. Photos by Deanna Rose Immucci with Deanna Rose Photography. To tour one of our Chateau Retirement Properties and enjoy a complimentary meal, please visit

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So is it true that 80 is the new 60 – if 70 is the new 50? by Jane Meyers-Bowen

Old age is being re-defined. There are many myths about aging that are being challenged in today’s world of seniors. One of my favorite seniors, who is 80, when asked how he is doing responds, “I am in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in.” Although aging, he strives to protect his body strength, to stay engaged with people, and learn something new every day. In the United States, attitudes about aging are changing dramatically. On February 11, 2009, CBS News Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin referenced, that large scale surveys of America’s seniors suggest they feel pretty good about themselves: Forty nine percent aged 65 to 69 said they were living the best years of their lives. Forty four percent in their 70’s, said the same thing. Senior health and quality of life are on the radar, now that the boomers are emerging into the age bracket of 65+. Dr. Robert Butler, president of the International Longevity Center, says that “medical advances have been crucial in helping Americans age better: drugs to combat old killers like high blood pressure and high cholesterol have made a huge difference.” However, he is cautious to add that 1.6 million Americans live a lonely, dependent life in nursing homes and are badly in need of care. With that being said, there are new models for how the golden years can be lived. Butler himself is a 78-year-old who puts in an 80-hour-work week, and works out with a physical trainer.

prevent depression, by teaching them how to cope with their illnesses. Director of the university’s Aging Institute says, “Our goal is to teach people ways to regulate their mood, protect themselves from downward emotional spirals, and counteract the learned helplessness at the core of depression.” Many situations can contribute to the feeling of being cut off, and lonely: Living alone due to the death of a spouse, the loss of friends, and the loss of hearing and/ or driving privileges. Over time seniors can lose their social confidence, which further contributes to additional feelings of isolation. If it hurts to move, then our first response as humans is to not move. With changes in a senior’s mobility and eyesight, they can start to get caught in a downward spiral that takes place over a couple of years. They may begin to only live in 3 rooms of their home. Not being mobile contributes to not making the effort to go to the store to buy groceries or prepare food, so people often end up eating poorly. Dining is a social experience, and eating alone offers little to establish an appetite. Inactive and under nourished seniors lose physical muscle mass, and strength. So what is the way out?

Another major barrier is that Medicare only pays for depression screening programs. It does not pay for psychological treatment for people who may be vulnerable, but don’t yet have a mental health diagnosis.

Exercise, good nutrition, and a rich social life with friends and family are often what doctors and researchers alike “prescribe” for seniors. • Start moving (with your doctor’s permission of course) a little each day, and a little more the next day. • Get your pain (physical and mental) under control. Talk to your physician about medication, physical therapy, or even trying meditation, and acupuncture. Don’t give up; there is always another solution. • It is important to eat well. Recognize that good nutrition will fuel your body, and your frame of mind, and even how well you sleep. • Reach out, get involved, feed your heart, and your spirit. Lastly, don’t forget that we are social beings. You will find fun, humor, and new hope.

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Depression has become a major threat to seniors’ well being. Seniors have the highest suicide rates among all groups. Major depression is an under-recognized, and under-treated mental health problem. A startling Chicago study suggested that, up to 20 percent of elderly suicide victims had visited their physicians within 24 hours of taking their lives. Up to 84% had visited their physician within a month of their suicide. There is now a push to prepare Primary Care Physicians to screen for depression.


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Senior Humor – And Other Myths by Mary Blakey

Contrary to popular belief, seniors are some of the funniest people I know. They have lived a life...some timidly and by the book and others boldly, moving from place to place with several different spouses. Whatever path they’ve chosen, you can be sure they have taken a huge bite out of everywhere they’ve been. There are also the seniors who some would think lived an “average” life: being married to one spouse, having one job, owning one house, raising three children and eight grandchildren, buying a new car every three or four years, and enjoying a two week vacation every summer. Although most seniors I’ve met have lived different lives, almost all have two things in common: their humor, and ability to look at life through the eyeglasses of age and wisdom. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t hear laughter, a chuckle, a giggle, or an outright guffaw. Either because two senior buddies are re-telling stories about a funny incident with a grandchild, or maybe even whispering a racy joke. There is always laughter everywhere. I feel that people, who aren’t around seniors very often, assume that they have lost their sense of humor. When they run into a senior at the grocery store they might assume that they either can’t hear, or are too “far gone” or slow to be friendly. In reality, most seniors are genuine, warm, and sharp. They would love to have a conversation over the asparagus, and maybe even tell a funny story about the last time they cooked meatloaf. The point I’m trying to make is, seniors should not be avoided. Rather, they should be embraced for their knowledge, wisdom, and humor. I realize that senior life isn’t always rainbows and lollipops, and can also be difficult. Dementia, Alzheimers, Shingles, Arthritis, and just general aches and pains can make getting through the day a real challenge. However, even most of the people I’ve met with memory issues, and other ailments, find that laughter helps brighten their days. Take Ira for example, (names have been changed to protect the innocent)...I know that each month when he pays rent at his retirement community, he writes a funny poem or note on the envelope to bring a smile to the 14

bookkeeper’s face. Then there is Seymour...he will walk up to the staff at his community with a stern look on his face, but once they smirk back at him he breaks into a glorious smile and gives them a “low five.” When Alice comes to breakfast each morning at her community, and is asked how she is doing, she most always says, “I’m vertical.” I think that most seniors have taken the old saying of, “Laughter is the best medicine,” to heart. Don’t get me wrong, I know a couple of real sourpusses and no matter what you do or say, they will not crack a smile. For whatever reason, they have decided that there is no bright side anywhere, and they are going to be unhappy. I would have to say however, that these seniors are definitely in the minority. When I was recently visiting a senior community, I ran into a gentleman who had suddenly and unexpectedly lost his wife a few days earlier. On that fateful day, they had eaten breakfast together, and by mid-morning she had passed away with a catastrophic stroke. There was nothing the paramedics could do. They had been married 62 years, and not surprisingly, he was devastated. She had been his first and only love, and called her his soul mate. As I spoke with him, he said how grateful he was that she had gone suddenly and hadn’t suffered. He felt blessed to have known her, and been married to her for all those years. Even though this was probably one of the hardest times of his long life, he was trying to look at anything that could be thought of as positive in his situation. After speaking with him, I decided that in my own life I would try and do that, as well. No matter what happens, I will look for the positive, and try to find the humor in all situations and predicaments. As I age, I’m hopeful that the lesson I learned that day will stick with me through thick and thin, through loneliness, aches and pains, and through loss and sadness. I hope to come out on the other side feeling positive, and able to laugh. I want to enjoy my friends and neighbors, and try to remember the punch line for that joke I heard in the doctor’s office a week ago. Mary Blakey is the Director of Marketing at Foundation House at Bothell. For more information, please call Mary at 425-402-9606

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At Foundation House at Bothell you’ll rediscover the YOU that you thought had been left behind. With no worries about cooking, cleaning and yard work, you’ll be free to do all the things you’d planned to do when you retired. That’s why we call it “Independent Living”. You’ll have so much independence that you can plan your day any way YOU like. You could even paint that masterpiece you’ve always wanted to do. Call us today to reserve your complimentary meal and personal tour. Mention that you saw our ad in the Senior Guidebook and receive $500 off your first month’s rent. Please call Mary Blakey or Mallory Fisher at 425.402.9606 or send an email to A not-for-profit retirement community benefiting education

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Preventing Senior Hospitalizations by Leslie Neely By practicing preventative health care, seniors can reduce the likelihood of an expensive and overwhelming stay in the hospital. The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee released a study showing that nearly 60 percent of Medicare patient ER visits, and 25 percent of their admissions as in-patients to hospitals are “potentially preventable.” These hospital admissions are not necessarily the fault of doctors who are too eager to admit patients, but generally a result of mismanaged chronic illnesses. Patients who seek regular outpatient treatment, and routinely take all of their medications for chronic illnesses like diabetes or congestive heart failure, are much less likely to be admitted. While receiving regular medical care before a hospital stay is important, it becomes even more essential after a hospitalization; this greatly helps to avoid readmission. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid reports that nearly one in five Medicare patients will be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. What is worse, almost a third of Medicare patients don’t seek or receive essential follow-up care after a hospital stay. Mismanagement of chronic illnesses, and failure to follow discharge instructions are central to high rates of avoidable senior hospitalizations. So, why are seniors not getting necessary treatments or following their discharge orders? Common Reasons Seniors Do Not Follow Discharge Instructions • Seniors don’t have easy access to transportation, and getting to a medical appointment can be difficult. • While in the hospital receiving their discharge instructions, many seniors are overwhelmed by the situation, a new diagnosis, or overly complicated medical terminology, and may not later understand or remember their discharge instructions. • Medications are confusing. Many seniors take several types at different times, and on different days. New medications, in addition to old medications, can create a confusing routine that seniors either do not understand, or simply have a difficult time following. • Many senior patients are alone when they go home. When patients need assistance or get confused about their medications, they 18

have no one convenient to call for simple assistance or a quick answer to a question. Minor confusion about a treatment plan can easily lead to mismanagement of an illness. Seniors are an at-risk group for hospital admissions, and not all hospital stays can be avoided. However, there are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce chances of being admitted. Steps to Reduce Hospital Readmissions • Using a “teach back.” When reviewing medical care instructions with seniors, it is much more effective to ask patients to explain their treatment in their own words; rather than asking if the patient understands. A study at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland showed that simply using this method, and reducing the reading level of instructions causes an 11 percent drop in readmission rates of cardiology patients over an 18-month period. • Create a discharge plan. Don’t just take medical instructions home; instead create a detailed and written plan on how you are planning to follow the discharge notes. Write down clear medical instructions, when you are going to schedule your follow-up appointments, and how you will be arranging transportation to those appointments. You should then post the plan prominently in your home. • Medication management. Create a written list of your medications, what they are for and exactly when they should be taken. This is not only for you, but also for your physician. Many patients do not know which medications they are taking, and there isn’t always clear communication between hospitals and family physicians. By providing a complete list to your primary physician during your follow-up appointment, you are also ensuring better care. • Consider temporary assistance. Some assisted living communities welcome short-term stays. During recovery from a hospital visit, a full-time staff member can help you deal with new responsibilities and your changing regimen. Most offer transportation to medical appointments, assistance with medication management, a medical staff member, an emergency call system, and provide meals.

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Hospice Care – Making A Difference by Wendy Rohrbacher A hospice nurse was recently asked, “How can you work in hospice – it must be so sad!” She answered, “I love providing highly-skilled, compassionate care, because I know I make a huge difference in the quality of a person’s life. Hospice isn’t about dying; rather it’s about living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. I love that I can use my training as a nurse to bring comfort and dignity to my patients, and seeing the relief on their faces and on the faces of those who care for them. I love being a part of a professional hospice team that works together to offer individualized, holistic care to families when it is critically needed. I love that I can offer practical solutions to patients and families, at one of life’s most challenging moments.” Hospice isn’t a place. It’s a type of care that focuses on as fully as possible, up until the end of life. Hospice brings comfort, love, and respect to the patients and families for which they care. Hospice is considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care, at the end of life. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to care that includes: expert medical care, pain-and-symptom management, and emotional and spiritual support. All care is especially tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Hospice of the Northwest offers the services and support that our community expects and deserves, when faced with a serious or lifelimiting illness. The goal of this type of care is to treat the person instead of the disease, and focus on the family caregivers, not just the individual. The quality of life is emphasized, not its duration. Hospice care provides expert pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. The nation’s hospices serve more than 1.5 million people every year – and their family caregivers, too. Many people only consider hospice care in the final days of life, but hospice is ideally suited to care for patients and family caregivers for the final months of life. Hospice of the Northwest provides individualized plans of care for each patient, carried out by a specially trained interdisciplinary care team. Hospice employees receive ongoing specific training, and are experts in their respective discipline. A Hospice of the Northwest plan of care includes: • Expert Pain and Symptom Management under the guidance of a registered nurse, the patient’s physician, and the Hospice Medical Director. • Family Services Coordination for referrals to available community, financial, and legal resources. This also includes support counseling, as desired, provided by trained Medical Social Workers. 20

• Skilled Personal Care such as baths, skin care, and nail care provided by Hospice Care Aides. • Spiritual Services by chaplains, trained to work with those experiencing grief and loss. • Support and Respite Care by specially trained volunteers. • Grief Support Services for the patient’s family throughout the terminal illness, and following the patient’s death. How to pay for Hospice? Most insurers cover hospice care: Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance policies. Hospice of the Northwest admits qualifying patients, regardless of their ability to pay. One of the other ways Hospice Services are funded is through the generous support of donors. The Hospice of the Northwest Foundation exists to provide support to Hospice of the Northwest, by inviting the community to help bridge the gap between what it costs to provide compassionate and dignified care, and what the agency is reimbursed for providing that care. Donations help fund critical needs, such as uncompensated care for patients not covered by insurance, and a patient emergency assistance fund. Donations also support important programs like complementary therapies, and bereavement services. Who can use Hospice? Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any serious or lifelimiting illness. Hospice combines the highest level of quality medical care, with the emotional and spiritual support for patients and family caregivers. Hospice can make a profound difference and help maximize the quality of life for all those for whom they care. To learn more, contact the Hospice of the Northwest at (360) 814-5550, or visit our website at . The Hospice of the Northwest serves patients and their families in Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish Counties.

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Bridge Park West Seattle | 206-938-6394

Capital Place Olympia | 360-357-9922

Fun, stress-free, and all-inclusive. The way retirement living should be.

Cascadian Place Everett | 425-339-2225

Evergreen Place Renton | 425-226-3312

Holiday Retirement communities make retirement living simple and enjoyable by taking care of life’s daily details, allowing residents to focus on what’s most important to them. From three chef-prepared meals served daily to live-in managers available 24/7, we provide everything seniors need to live healthy, safe and stress-free lives.

Fernwood at the Park Normandy Park | 206-242-1455

The Garden Club Bellevue | 425-643-7111

Parkway Chateau Bellingham | 360.671.6060

And with all of the many benefits included in one monthly fee, retirement living at a Holiday Retirement community is an incredible value. Call today to schedule your complimentary meal and personal tour! Welcome to Holiday. Welcome home.

Peninsula Gig Harbor | 253-858-4800

Point Defiance Village Tacoma | 253-759-8908

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Shed Light on Prostate Cancer through Turkey Tail Mushroom Trial by Jonathan Hiskes, Bastyr University It’s been brewed for thousands of years as a Chinese medicinal tea. Bastyr University researchers now hope to discover whether the turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor) can help cancer patients strengthen their immune systems.

“One of the things chemotherapy does is suppress the immune system, so our question is whether patients taking the extract can maintain healthier immune function,” says Masa Sasagawa, ND, a senior project manager at the Bastyr University Research Institute.

Turkey tail, named for its colorful stripes, is the humble fungus at the center of the $5.4 million study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mushroom grows widely in forests around the world, but its health potential has never been fully measured in scientific trials. Now, researchers are launching a first-of-its-kind clinical trial. They are investigating whether a turkey-tail extract is safe to use, for advanced prostate-cancer patients using chemotherapy. You can help by spreading the word about the study, a joint project of Bastyr University, the University of Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

To Participate

“Turkey tail has been used in Asia for thousands and thousands of years, and it turns out to be a really potent immune therapy,” says Leanna J. Standish, PhD, ND, LAC, FABNO, medical director of the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center. “We hope to bring a new medicine to cancer patients in the U.S.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the clinical trial for protein-bound polysaccharide K (PSK), a powdered turkey tail derivative produced in Japan. Patients will take oral doses of PSK, along with conventional chemotherapy. A similar trial for breast cancer patients is scheduled to begin later this year. The safety trial will advance Bastyr’s ongoing research into turkey tail products, with the ultimate goal of developing a cancer therapy without the debilitating side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

The Bastyr/UW turkey tail study seeks participants who meet the following criteria: • Men with metastatic and castration-resistant prostate cancer, who are suitable for docetaxel chemotherapy treatment. • Not allergic to mushroom products. • Willing to be randomly assigned to take PSK, (turkey tail) or a placebo. • Willing to take 3 to 12 grams a day of PSK, based on assignment. • Have access to transportation to and from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, 825 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle. PSK has a long-term safety record (over 30 years), and uncontrolled trials have indicated many positive results. The design of this study is a double blind placebo, controlled for PSK, which is the gold standard for evidencebased medicine. “Our hope is that chemotherapy, plus the turkey tail extract, can create a strong enough immune response to lead to significant tumor regression,” says lead investigator Cynthia A. Wenner, PhD, a Bastyr research associate professor. “That’s what happened in our previous mouse trial.” To participate or ask questions, please contact Dr. Masa Sasagawa at 425-602-3419 or You can also visit Bastyr. edu/Research for more information.

Promote Prostate Health

Approximately one in six U.S. males is diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute. Bastyr’s focus on preventive medicine can help men of any age promote prostate health. Here are four prevention strategies: Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is associated with increased risk for prostate cancer. Consider asking your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist who specializes in weight maintenance. In addition to assessing your diet for caloric and nutrient adequacy, nutritionists can help you set goals for making sustainable changes to eating and activities. Exercise regularly. A physically active lifestyle is protective against prostate cancer. For healthy adults 65 and younger, thirty minutes of exercise, five days per week is the current guideline from the American College of Sports Medicine. Remember, walking counts! Eat tomatoes, watermelon, and strawberries. The lycopene in these fruits has been shown to protect against prostate cancer. Lightly processed tomatoes, particularly those cooked with a healthy fat such as olive oil, contain more absorbable lycopene than any other food. Consider vitamin D supplements. Observational studies show that people with adequate levels of vitamin D have a decreased incidence of prostate cancer, and other forms of cancer. It is possible to get too much vitamin D, so have your doctor test your levels before taking supplements. 22

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minutes A typical first-time appointment at Bastyr Center lasts 90 minutes, so your care team may form a complete picture of your health.

See for Yourself: • 206.834.4100 Our holistic health services include:

Located at 3670 Stone Way N., Seattle

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Is Technology for the Birds? by Sarah Bartlett

Few things have changed as rapidly in the past several decades as technology. It seems to permeate every aspect of our lives. From Skype, GPS, online banking, and Angry Birds, we can’t blink an eye without finding ourselves face to face with a computer screen. Everyone can argue that there are both pros and cons to relying so heavily on technology, but it is undoubtedly a fixture in our society that is here to stay. Most people have grown used to constantly adapting to new smart phone apps and office programs, but many are confounded and even frustrated by the fast-paced atmosphere of technology. I think it is safe to say, that no group struggles more with technology than seniors. Those born in the 1940s and 1930s probably never even used technology beyond a typewriter and basic landline until they were nearing retirement age. Those born in the 1950s likely didn’t use a computer for the first time until they were in their thirties, or even later. Compared to the new generation of workers, who took typing classes in elementary school and began creating their own websites in their early teen years, seniors have historically been at a disadvantage when it comes to using technology. Some have responded by using as little technology as possible, and only getting help when absolutely essential. However, a surprising number of seniors are embracing newer technologies, suggesting that their reputation for techno-phobia is not entirely deserved. There are many seniors that are willing to learn, and embrace that which does not come easily to them. They are actually enjoying technology, and are even teaching their children how to use the newest websites and apps! They have embraced blogging as a way to connect and share their ideas with the world, and web chatting as a way to connect with faraway children. In some retirement homes you will find people playing Wii Tennis to get some healthy indoor exercise, and enjoy a little friendly competition. Safety alert systems have become popular for seniors living alone. One could argue that seniors have more appreciation for the power of technology, while younger generations accept it as a given facet of everyday life. Seniors have found unique ways to use technology for the better. Technology is also changing the entire aging industry, especially as baby boomers reach retirement age. Despite the media attention on young innovators like Mark Zuckerberg, many boomers are responsible for some 24

of the most valuable contributions to computer science. Bill Gates, of course, is the most famous of these boomers, and will turn 58 this year. His peers are beginning to look toward retirement, and communities have had to adapt to their lifestyles. Wi-Fi, televisions in every room, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment are now common perks in retirement communities. Websites and social media have become major marketing platforms, and will likely continue to be more and more popular. No industry is immune to the lure of technology, and indeed it has many benefits. Still, there are those who are frustrated by the changes the Internet, and portable entertainment devices have brought. People who were raised on bicycles, radios, and fishing poles can be heartbroken by watching their grandchildren invest themselves in Xbox consoles and endless streams of text messages. Every other day, it seems, there is an article on how technology is changing our culture for the worse, and some seniors are wondering in what kind of world their grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will grow up. Seniors have a unique point-of-view on technology, as they are the last who will remember what the world was like before it took hold. Their perspective and contributions to the technology movement deserve respect from the younger, tech-obsessed generations. The culture that writes seniors off as outdated by technology, might be amazed by how much can be learned from them. For information on the Warm Beach Senior Community, please contact Sheila Bartlett or Shelley Camacho at 360-652-4593 or visit

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A LIFE WORTH LIVING AT WARM BEACH SENIOR COMMUNITY People notice it right away – the friendliness, the welcoming smiles, the immediate feeling of being a part of something special. That’s why so many who are 62+ years of age are eager to join our community. This is your chance to experience the fulfilling lifestyle and peace of mind provided by the area’s only full service retirement community. At Warm Beach, you’ll experience: • Newly renovated apartments and homes • Restaurant dining with 25+ items from our made to order menu • Convenient transportation service • Indoor pool, exercise area and 22 miles of walking trails around campus • Social, recreational and spiritual activities • On-site assisted living and nursing care, if needed during lifetime New friendships, spiritual vitality, a fulfilling retirement lifestyle, plus the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest...these are just a few of the things you will experience at Warm Beach Senior Community. But don’t wait, these homes and apartments won’t last long.

20420 Marine Drive. Stanwood, WA 98292 360-652-4593 or (800) 652-6302

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Make Downsizing A Family Affair This Holiday Season by Pamela Williams We recently hosted a seminar that taught techniques for successful downsizing. We thought this would be expecially helpful with the holiday season approaching. Our speaker, Eric Rovner from Benevia, offered many fabulous tips worth sharing Eric holds a Master’s degree from Cornell University, and has worked in the retirement industry for more than 15 years. He co-founded Benevia in January 2006, and takes great pride in the transition assistance his team provides to clients and their families. Foundation House at Northgate is proud to partner with Benevia, a division of Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage, and we appreciate their service and advice. If you’ll have family in town this holiday season or the coming year, consider a few of the great ideas Eric shared at our seminar: • Use the “Sticker System” to identify what you would like to give to family and friends. Give a different colored sticker to each person, for them to place on each item they’d like (i.e. blue for one child, red from another, yellow for a friend, and green for the items you’ll be taking with you, etc.). These stickers can be purchased at any office supply store, and many drug stores. • Encourage recipients of your things to take them now! Don’t wait until next week, next month, or your moving date. If they live far away you can ask them to coordinate shipping, or plan a date for pick up and get it on the calendar. You will enjoy seeing these possessions in their homes, whether in person or in a photo, as much as they do. • The holidays are a great time to pull out all of those old photos. Share them with family and friends, and place those you’d like to keep on a CD or DVD, in a shadow box, or combine into one special album of memories (and discard or give away the others). If you would like more resources or assistance with planning and coordinating an upcoming transition, you can contact Benevia at (206) 257-4314. They serve anyone faced with a life transition, and can coordinate a wide variety of service providers that can support your successful downsizing efforts. Peggy recently moved to retirement living at Foundation House at Northgate, and had this to say about Benevia, “They were A-1! The fellas worked really hard, and the folks who packed and unpacked me made it a smooth process. Plus, Foundation House paid for my move so it didn’t cost me anything!” Bob, another resident added, “They were very thorough. I was really impressed.” You can impress your friends and family with these downsizing tips this holiday season! Make it fun, and revisit old memories while making way for a new chapter in your life. Pamela Williams is the Marketing Director at Foundation House at Northgate. You can reach her at (206) 361-2758 or 26

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No One Gives Us The Book by Marcia J. Byrd MS, MBA

Do you remember when you were 15 ½ years old, and the only thing you could think about was getting your driver’s license? The checklist included getting the driver’s manual, reading and studying the driver’s manual, taking Driver’s Education in school, passing all the written tests, driving in the simulator, driving with your parents, studying for the BIG test, and lastly, passing the driving test with the scary person from DMV. I am sure many of you can relate to all of the steps it took to finally have your independence to drive. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a step-by-step “manual” of exactly what you needed to do, to begin the process of considering senior living? I was drawn to senior living through my thesis project for my MBA, which was “Designing successful lifestyle/wellness programs for seniors.” My dad called me and said, “Honey, your mom and I are not getting any younger and we would like to have you closer to home.” At the time I lived in California, but I ultimately got my Administrator’s license and became an Executive Director of a senior living community in Bellevue. I started thinking about residents and family members, and wondered who gives us the manual on how to do all of this? Oh, and what is it that we are supposed to do? How do we take care of ourselves, and our parents? What is best for residents?

Remember when you had been driving for a period of time as a teenager, and you had become more confident, started making money, and you wanted to buy your own car? What did your parents say, “Let’s look around, do some research, check on the cost, price the insurance and, most importantly, safety first.” This was how they approached most tasks. With the technology today, we have instant answers at our fingertips, but how do we simplify the steps to our manual? With that being said, here are my manual basics:

important decisions today, so all of the steps of the “manual” would be in place for the future. 2. Research options online within your area: Condos, townhomes, cottages, assisted living, adult family homes, places within your price range. 3. Pick locations close to family. Location is the number one reason residents and families pick a certain assisted living community, adult family home, or skilled nursing home. 4. Tour 3-5 communities. Get a feel for the “fit,” and staffing ratios. Eat a meal there, talk to residents, get a copy of the activity calendar, and talk to the nurse; can they adequately take care of your needs? 5. Make an appointment with the executive director and/or the person in charge of where your parents might live. Discuss costs for living, health care, and any additional costs for services. Find out what happens if your parents can no longer stay there, what are the next steps. 6. Consider a senior care advisor. 7. Work with the family attorney on DPOA, financials, and healthcare. 8. Work with the family physician on the POLST form and when it would be appropriate for your parents to stop driving. 9. Discuss finding a realtor who understands seniors. 10. Talk to your parents about what they want to keep. Remember, they are downsizing and all of their “stuff” is really important to them. 11. Lastly and most important, buckle up, study the manual, and enjoy the ride, because it is going to be bumpy.

1. Start the conversation: I told my parents that as their daughter it was really important for me to make sure they were always taken care of, and were always safe. I asked if they would be willing to make some

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This led to a conversation with my siblings: “What are we going to do when Mom and Dad get to the point when they can no longer take care of themselves?” In unison they all said, “Marcia, you are in the industry, so it will be up to you.” Now, how was that fair to put it all on my plate? After all, they were OUR parents, not just mine. From that day forward, I knew I was going to need some help figuring out what the “manual” said about taking care of my parents.


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ARLINGTON Olympic Place Retirement & Assisted Living 20909 Olympic Place NE 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 / Independent Living 3915 Colby Avenue North Everett WA 98201 425-339-2225 Clare Bridge Silver Lake Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2015 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-337-6336 Everett Plaza Assisted Living 2204 12th Street Everett WA 98201 425-374-0170 Garden Court Retirement Community Independent and Assisted Living 520 - 112th Street SW Everett WA 98204 425-438-9080

Silverado Senior Living Everett Dementia Care Community 524 - 75th Street SE Everett WA 98203 425-348-8800 South Pointe Independent, Assisted Living 10330 4th Avenue West Everett WA 98204 425-513-5645 Washington Oakes Retirement and Assisted Living 1717 Rockefeller Ave Everett WA 98201 425-339-3300 GRANITE FALLS The Village Independent Living 302 North Alder Avenue Granite Falls WA 98252 360-691-1777 LAKE STEVENS Ashley Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 11117 - 20th Street NE Lake Stevens WA 98258 425-397-7500 LYNNWOOD Aegis of Lynnwood Assisted Living 18700 44th Avenue West Lynnwood WA 98037 425-712-9999 Chateau Pacific Indepedent / Assisted Living / Memory Care 3333 - 148th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98087 425-787-9693 Clare Bridge Lynnwood Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 18706 - 36th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-774-3300 Fairwinds – Brighton Court Retirement/Assisted Living 6520 - 196th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-775-4440 Quail Park of Lynnwood Independent & Assisted Living / Memory Care 4015 164th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98037 206-441-1770

Scriber Gardens Independent & Assisted Living / Wellness Services 6024 200th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-673-7111

Warm Beach Senior Community Independent & Assisted Living/ Skilled Nursing 20420 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292 360-652-7585

MARYSVILLE Grandview Village Retirement & Assisted Living 5800 - 64th Street NE Marysville WA 98270 360-653-2223

SKILLED NURSING CARE Bethany at Pacific - Everett 425-259-5508

The Cottages at Marysville Memory Care Community 1216 Grove Street Marysville WA 98270 360-322-7561

Delta Rehab Center - Snohomish 360-568-2168

MILL CREEK Mill Creek Gardens Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 13200 - 10th Dr SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-379-8276

Lynnwood Manor Health Center Lynnwood 425-776-5512

The Cottages at Mill Creek Memory Care Community 13200 10th Drive SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-341-4356 MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Mountlake Terrace Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent and Assisted Living 23303 - 58th Ave W Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 425-672-4673 MUKILTEO Harbour Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 10200 Harbour Place Mukilteo WA 98275 425-493-8555 STANWOOD Josephine Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 9901 - 272nd Place NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-2126 Stanwood Community & Senior Center Independent Living 7430 - 276th Street NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-7403

Bethany at Silver Lake - Everett 425-338-3000

Josephine Sunset Home - Stanwood 360-629-2126

Madeleine Villa Health Care Marysville 360-659-1259 HCR Manor Care - Lynnwood 425-775-9222 Marysville Care Center - Marysville 360-659-3926 Merry Haven Health Care Center Snohomish 360-568-3161 Regency Care Center at Arlington Arlington 360-403-8247 Regency Care Center of Monroe Monroe 360-794-4011

skagit county ANACORTES Cap Sante Court Retirement 1111 32nd Street Anacortes,WA 98221 360-293-8088

Chandler’s Square Retirement / Assisted Living 1300 “O” Avenue Anacortes WA 98221 360-293-1300 BURLINGTON Skagit Valley Senior Village Retirement / Assisted Living 400 Gilkey Road Burlington WA 98233 360-755-5550 29 29 senior guidebook – bridging generations

LA CONNER La Conner Retirement Inn Independent, Assisted Living 204 North First Street La Conner WA 98257 360-466-5700

Life Care Center of Skagit Valley Skilled Nursing 1462 West SR 20 Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-6867

MOUNT VERNON The Bridge Assisted Living/Respite 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 Highland Greens Cottages Senior Residences Village Court @ 3200 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 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 Country Meadow Village Retirement & Assisted Living 1501 Collins Rd Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-0404


bellingham Alderwood Park Licensed Skilled Nursing 2726 Alderwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-2322

Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Licensed Skilled Nursing / Specialized Care 1200 Birchwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-9295 Cordata Health Care & Rehab Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 4680 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA 98226 360-398-1966 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 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

Silverado Senior Living Bellingham Dementia Care Community 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338

bellevue Aegis of Bellevue Assisted Living / Memory Care 148 102nd Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004 425-453-8100

Spring Creek Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 223 E Bakerview Road Bellingham WA 98226 360-756-2301

The Bellettini Independent & Assisted Living / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800

St. Francis Extended Health Care Licensed Skilled Nursing 3121 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-6760

The Garden Club Retirement / Independent Living 13350 SE 26th Street Bellevue WA 98005 425-643-7111

Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447

The Gardens at Town Square Independent, Assisted Living, Dementia Care 933 111th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-688-1900

Island County

Sunrise of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15928 NE 8th Street Bellevue WA 98008 425-401-5152

freeland Maple Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living Community 1767 Alliance Avenue Freeland WA 98249 360-331-1303

Wynwood Bellevue Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 1640 148th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98007 425-373-1161

OAK HARBOR Harbor Tower Village Retirement & Assisted Living 100 E Whidbey Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-675-2569

bothell Aegis of Bothell Assisted Living / Memory Care 10605 NE 185th Street Bothell WA 98011 425-487-3245

Home Place Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 171 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-2555 Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224 Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400

King County

auburn Auburn Meadows Assisted Living & Special Care 945 22nd Street NE Auburn WA 98002 253-333-0171

Chateau Bothell Landing Independent / Assisted Living / Memory Care 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155 Foundation House at Bothell Retirement / Independent Living 17502 102nd Ave NE Bothell WA 98011 425-402-9606 Life Care Center of Bothell Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing 707 228th Street SW Bothell WA 98021 425-481-8500

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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

Riverside East Retirement & Assisted Living 10315 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-481-1976

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

Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living Community 10519 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-354-3914

Aegis at Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841

burien El Dorado West Retirement & Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975

Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living 6505 Lakeview Drive NE Kirkland WA 98033 425-803-6911

North Creek Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 1907 201st Place SE Bothell WA 98012 425-483-8927

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 kenmore Spring Estates - Kenmore Assisted Living / Memory Care 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200 kent Aegis of Kent Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 10421 SE 248th Street Kent WA 98030 253-479-1768

Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210 Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-285-7743 mercer island Aljoya Mercer Island Continuing Care Retirement Community 2430 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-230-0150 Merrill Gardens at Island House Independent & Assisted Living 7810 SE 30th St Mercer Island WA 98040 206-204-5421 Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565 normandy park Fernwood at the Park Retirement / Independent Living 17623 First Avenue S Normandy Park WA 98148 206-242-1455 redmond Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000

The Marymoor Retirement & Assisted Living 4585 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-556-9398 renton Chateau Valley Center Independent / Assisted / Memory 4450 Davis Avenue S Renton WA 98055 425-251-6677 Evergreen Place Retirement / Independent Living 1414 Monroe Avenue NE Renton WA 98056 425-226-3312 The Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080 Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-243-2941 seattle Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700 Aljoya Thornton Place - N. 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 Bridge Park Retirement/Independent Living 3204 SW Morgan Street Seattle WA 98126 206-938-6394

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 Foundation House at Northgate Independent & Assisted Living 11301 3rd Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-361-2758 Ida Culver House, Broadview Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Care 12505 Greenwood Avenue N Seattle WA 98133 206-361-1989 Ida Culver House, Ravenna Independent & Assisted Living 2315 NE 65th Street Seattle WA 98115 206-523-7315 The Lakeshore Independent & Assisted Living 11448 Rainier Avenue S Seattle WA 98178 206-772-1200 Mirabella Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-254-1441 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 the Stratford at Maple Leaf ­­Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 9001 Lake City Way NE Seattle WA 98115 206-729-1200 University House, Wallingford Independent & Assisted Living 4400 Stone Way N Seattle WA 98103 206-545-8400 31 31 senior guidebook – bridging generations

tacoma Charlton Place Assisted Living 9723 South Steel St Tacoma WA 98444 253-589-1834

caring faces

Merrill Gardens at Tacoma Independent & Assisted Living 7290 Rosemount Circle Tacoma WA 98465 253-617-0100 Point Defiance Village Retirement / Independent Living 6414 N Park Way Tacoma WA 98407 253-759-8908

Thurston County

Vineyard Park – Bothell Landing Stephen Greene, MA, Executive Director 425.485.8900 shoreline Aegis of Shoreline & Callahan House Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 14900 & 15100 First Avenue NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-367-6700 and 206-417-9747 Anderson House Independent / Assisted Living / Nursing & 2 Adult Family Homes 17201 15th Ave NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-364-9336 woodinville Fairwinds – Brittany Park Retirement / Assisted Living 17143 - 133rd Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-402-7100

Vineyard Park – Bothell Landing Nazha Benjdya, Director of Dietary Services 425.485.8900

Marine Courte Memory Care 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904

Sound Vista Village Retirement & Assisted Living 6633 McDonald Avenue Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929

port orchard Park Vista Retirement & Assisted Living Community 2944 SE Lund Avenure Port Orchard WA 98366 360-871-2323

lakewood Maple Creek Residential Care 10420 Gravelly Lake Drive SW Lakewood WA 98499 253-588-0227

silverdale Crista Shores Independent, Assisted Living 1600 NW Crista Shores Lane Silverdale WA 98383 1-800-722-4135

The Creekside A Merrill Gardens Community Independent Retirement Community 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-286-8974

Pierce County

kitsap County

gig harbor Peninsula Retirement / Independent Living 3445 50th Street Court NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-858-4800

bremerton Bay Pointe Assisted Living 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904


Lacey Bonaventure of Lacey Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 4528 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-455-8500

Bonney Lake Cedar Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living 9515 198th Avenue East Bonney Lake WA 98391 253-299-6461

Woodland Retirement & Assisted Living Community 4532 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-528-2253 olympia Capital Place Retirement / Independent Living 700 Black Lake Boulevard Olympia WA 98502 360-357-9922 Yelm Rosemont Retirement & Assisted Living Community 215 Killion Road NW Yelm WA 98597 360-458-1800

puyallup Meridian Hills Assisted Living 1813 South Meridian Street Puyallup WA 98371 253-841-4909

jefferson County

Silver Creek Retirement & Assisted Living Community 17607 91st Avenue East Puyallup WA 98375 253-875-8644 Willow Gardens Retirement / Independent Living­ 4502 6th Street SE Puyallup WA 98374 253-848-4430

port townsend Seaport Landing Retirement & Assisted Living Community 1201 Hancock Street Port Townsend WA 98368 360-379-9376

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THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE Keep active, stay connected. Regency Pacific communities place value on what our residents consider most important. Special events, fun activities, care-free living and a highly trained staff all contribute to a way of life that embraces the values you hold most dear. Peters Creek is a warm, homelike environment that offers personalized services with a supportive and compassionate staff. Our full service retirement and assisted living community is located minutes from downtown Redmond and Kirkland. To learn more, call us today.

Peters Creek • 425.869.2273 14431 Redmond Way • Redmond WA 98052

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