Senior Guidebook - April/May/June 2013

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Q2 / 2013 FEATURES 4 Eat Pray Laugh

Donna Vande Kieft


Internet Safety in the 21st Century Katy Schumann


I Found The Perfect Retirement Home!! Now What Do I Do? Kelley Smith


(Super) Food For Thought Pamela Williams


Improve Digestion and Enjoyment with Mindful Eating Debra Boutin, MS, RD

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Pets at Silverado

Resident’s Son Awards $100,000 Scholarship Fund to Ida Culver House Ravenna’s Staff in Appreciation for their Exceptional Care Lilly Gold.

20 Moving Forward: It’s the Right Thing to Do

Sue Ronnenkamp


Emergency Preparedness and Senior Safety Jane Meyers-Bowen


Getting Your Head Around the Risk of a Second Cancer Andrew Schorr

26 Tips on Eating in Europe

Rick Steves

28 Caring Faces 29 Directory


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Mirabella – Seattle

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Peters Creek – Redmond

Garden Court Retirement Community – Everett

JENNIFER KIERSKY BLAIR Chief Editor/Production Copyright 2013 Kiersky Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. Kiersky Publishing Senior Guidebook to Western Washington is published quarterly by Kiersky Publishing, Inc. The opinions, advice or statements expressed by contributing writers don’t reflect those of the editor, the publisher or of Kiersky Publishing Senior Guidebook to Western Washington. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher. It is your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, opinion, advice or other content contained herein. Furthermore, Kiersky Publishing, Inc. makes no representations and, to the fullest extent allowed by law, disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, including but not limited to, warranties of merchantability and fitness for particular purposes regarding the suitability of the information; the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the content, services or products advertised herein. The content published herein may include inaccuracies or typographical errors.


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ERA Living: Aljoya Mercer Island Aljoya Thornton Place – Northgate/Seattle Ida Culver House – Broadview/Seattle Ida Culver House – Ravenna/Seattle The Gardens at Town Square – Bellevue The Lakeshore – Seattle University House – Issaquah University House –Wallingford/Seattle

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Foundation House at Northgate/Seattle

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ERA Living: Aljoya Mercer Island Aljoya Thornton Place – Northgate/Seattle Ida Culver House – Broadview/Seattle Ida Culver House – Ravenna/Seattle The Gardens at Town Square – Bellevue The Lakeshore – Seattle University House – Issaquah University House –Wallingford/Seattle

Anderson House – Shoreline Madison House – Kirkland Care Partners: Everett Plaza – Everett Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing – Bothell The Cottages at Marysville The Cottages at Mill Creek Bastyr Center for Natural Health – Seattle Silverado Senior Living – Everett Island Hospital Sleep Wellness Center and Center for Aesthetic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery – Anacortes

21 Warm Beach Senior Community – Stanwood 23 The Pain Center of Bellevue 25 Holiday Retirement: Bridge Park – Seattle

Capital Place – Olympia, Cascadian Place – Everett Evergreen Place – Renton Fernwood at the Park – Normandy Park Parkway Chateau-Bellingham, Peninsula – Gig Harbor Point Defiance Village – Tacoma, The Garden Club – Bellevue Willow Gardens – Puyallup

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Eat Pray Laugh The Gathering of Wise Women by Donna Vande Kieft

Women tend to be relational beings, and have likely been gathering around cooking sites and tables since the beginning of time. There are a lot of common interests that draw women to share with one another. From my childhood on, I have seen the Church as a place for women to gather around common ground issues of faith, service, sharing, and friendship. During my childhood my mother belonged to two church circles, referred to as Ladies Aid back in the 50’s and 60’s. One group was called Semper Fidelis, Latin for “Always Faithful,” and the other group was called Ora et Labora, Latin for “Pray and Work.” Some of us (in my younger years I was one of the worst, mea culpa!) have made or heard jokes about the Church Ladies, brought to the forefront by Saturday Night Live. I am here to say today, God as my witness, it is the Church Ladies I want to have in my corner – in good times and in bad. In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) the women’s group is called Christian Women’s Fellowship (CWF). They actively support various causes, including support for local food banks, women’s and family shelters, hospice and homecare, the well-being of children, and almost any good cause you can think about. This includes being the backbone for the denomination, and each church within it. A couple of years ago, the Edmonds Christian Church leaders decided that they needed to close. They wanted to leave a legacy with their assets, rather than wait until it was all spent on building upkeep and other overhead for their small congregation. The women decided that they wanted to continue to meet. They also decided that they didn’t want to pay dues, keep minutes of their meetings, or do any studying to prepare. They simply wanted to meet to maintain their friendship, share the joys and concerns of their lives, and offer support to one another. They also wanted to eat good food, and laugh together at least once a month. So carrying on a wonderful church tradition, potluck, each one brings something tasty to the table. Alma is our designated joker, though anyone is allowed and encouraged to bring their favorite cartoon or joke to the table, along with their potluck offering. So, this fun-loving, faith-filled group of wise women meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month. Their meeting place is a classroom at the Richmond Beach United Church of Christ. At a recent gathering we celebrated Emily’s 97th birthday. We tallied the years of life experience of each of the ten women who were there, ranging from 54 to 97, and came up with a total of 731 years and an average age of 73. We call ourselves the Wisdom Women Circle. 4

One of the things we talked about that day was which season of life, or which age, was our favorite. A couple of responses included, “Every season is my favorite,” and “My favorite age is tomorrow...I’m too curious...I want to keep going.” We also frequently talk about gratitude, and what we are grateful for in the moment. “Farmers” and “indoor plumbing” were on the list of the woman who came with 97 years of life experience, for us to celebrate that day. A clipping from Alma’s joke file: A middle-aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital, where she had a near-death experience. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?” “No,” God replied, “You have another 40 years to live.” Upon recovery the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. She even bleached her hair blond again, figuring that, as she had so many years left, she may as well make the most of them. After her release from the hospital, she was crossing the street on her way home when she was hit and killed by an ambulance. When she arrived in front of God, she complained “I thought you said I had another 40 years! Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of the ambulance?” God replied: “I didn’t recognize you.” For these wise women, all of life is sacred and humor goes hand-inhand with the sadness they sometimes bring to the table. One woman continues her journey with her husband, who survived a stroke a number of years ago, and has caused significant limitations for him. She and her family continue to navigate the deep waters of getting the best care for him, as they watch their lifetime savings dwindle with the high cost of care. Several of the women are widows – some for several years already; some newly widowed and walking the journey of grief. Some of them know firsthand the sadness of losing a child to cancer, or walking the hard road of addiction with a grandchild. Life experience is both wonderful and painful. It all gets shared at that table. We laugh and cry together. We pray and eat together. Each of us walks away from the table deeply satisfied, nourished, and supported in body, mind and spirit. Once again, in the Spirit of Christian community, we have experienced Holy Communion.

Donna Vande Kieft, is the Chaplain at Providence Hospice of Snohomish County. For more information you can email her at

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 Anderson House provides care rooted in relationship  Family-owned and operated since 1963, Anderson House has provided a warm and friendly community to senior residents for 50 years. The retirement, assisted-living, nursing and rehabilitation center, along with two adult family homes, is located on one campus in Shoreline, with the day-to-day functioning of Anderson House now being directed by members in the third and fourth generations of the Anderson family.

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Internet Safety in the 21st Century by Katy Schumann

Marietta received an email from her bank, informing her there had been some suspicious activity in her banking account that appeared to be fraudulent. It noted some high dollar amount transactions to stores, she knew she did not authorize. In order to prevent future activity, there was a direct link to the bank to change her user name and password. She clicked on the link, and went through the official website to make the necessary modifications. Feeling she had safeguarded her account, she went to bed with a sense of security that her bank was looking after her and her money. A week later she was stunned, when several utility companies contacted her to say her payments were overdue. She was always diligent in paying her bills on time, so she found it very odd to receive these calls. When she went to her local branch the next day, she was told that her savings account had a zero balance and her checking account was down to five dollars. Marietta is a victim of Internet fraud, and she is not alone. With more businesses utilizing the internet, an increasing number of seniors are going online and learning how to navigate the web. It is not just seniors, but people of all ages that are becoming susceptible to this type of “phishing,” due to the official looking nature of these emails. So, how do you protect yourself? The answer is simple, become an aware consumer and question any electronic correspondence regarding your accounts. The most basic way to determine if you have a legitimate letter is to call your bank, and talk to a representative. It is also advisable to go directly to the website, (avoiding the link provided in the email) and contact a representative using their secure, internal message server. When surfing the Internet, avoid any pop-up browser windows that simulate virus-scanning software indicating a threat. Many of these scams fool their victims into downloading a fake anti-virus program at a considerable cost, or they infect an actual virus that opens the personal information stored on the computer, to scammers. Instead of letting this happen, utilize your own virus software to scan for a potential risk. Remember the old adage “if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.” Emails from people in foreign countries soliciting help, often promise a large compensation for assisting them to transfer funds through an American bank account. There are also emails that notify the recipient of winning a lottery, when there is no recollection of entering one. Both of these ploys target the recipient, so they will provide their account numbers in order to drain their bank accounts. Spend more time browsing the Internet, and getting accustomed to interacting on websites. Also, consider researching books and taking courses on how to safely navigate the Internet. Many local colleges offer discounted pricing for seniors who enroll in their classes. This will provide you with up-to-date information on current scams, and how to safeguard your personal information. In the end, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, proceed with caution when you spend time online. Only provide information to a known trusted source, and don’t be afraid to appear rude by asking for validation of whom you’re dealing with. It might take you a little more time to go through this process, but ultimately the time and headache you save by not having to recover from an internet fraud will be priceless. Katy Schumann is the Marketing Director at Madison House Retirement & Assisted Living in Kirkland. For more information, please call Katy at 425-821-8210 or visit 6

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I Found the Perfect Retirement Home! Now what do I do?

Behind Every Great Company Is A Great Group of People

by Kelley Smith

Our communities are filled with well-trained and big-hearted individuals who truly want to help your loved ones. Congratulations! After a long search you found the perfect place to call home. The deposit has been made, and a move in date is set. Now you go home, and get ready for the move, right? If you’re unsure of the next step, here is a list of things that might help make your transition smooth! Start investigating moving company options. Rather than relying on a quote over the phone, request an on-site estimate. Get the estimate in writing from each company, and make sure it has a USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) number on it. Put a moving binder together and keep everything in there, including your quotes. Begin using up things you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies. This should start about a month before your move. Go to your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form, or do it online at In case there are stragglers, it’s always wise to ask a close neighbor to look out for mail after you’ve moved. Check in with him or her two weeks after the move, and again two weeks after that. Arrange for medical records to be sent to any new health-care providers, or obtain copies of them yourself. Also, be sure to ask for referrals.

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(Super) Food for Thought by Pamela Williams

There’s an abundant amount of information out there about “super foods.” The words conjure up visions of Super Man. His weakness was Kryptonite, and yours may be cheeseburgers. Surely he ate nutrient-packed fare like salmon, nuts, and carrots to be the best super hero he could be and we can too. Everyone should consume super foods as part of a healthy diet, but they’re especially valuable for those with a risk of heart disease, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease. They contain essential nutrients that many seniors lack. Often when seniors live alone, they tend not to shop for super foods. They eat TV dinners or canned soups, and foods that are loaded with sodium. They just simply will not cook for themselves, or they are no longer capable. “After living at our retirement community and eating healthy, nutritious meals we see a difference in our residents overall well being,” said Sandy Morgan. Sandy is the Administrator at Foundation House at Northgate, since its opening in 1997. She also noted that healthy eating increases mental awareness, resistance to illness, higher energy levels, and faster recuperation times. When considering a retirement community, be sure to ask about the food and try it. Choice is a must, whether health related or simply an individual’s preference. Steve George, the chef at Foundation House at Northgate for 16 years explained, “I enjoy working with our residents and tailoring menus towards their individual needs. This puts our residents in total control of their diet. I remind them about smart eating rules, what’s fresh and local each week, so our residents know they have a partner in the kitchen.” Steve has even prepared dishes from his residents’ own recipes. A social atmosphere stimulates your mind, and helps you enjoy meals. When you enjoy mealtimes, you’re more likely to eat better. As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. Chef Steve added, “Nutrition at our community is all about fresh, colorful food, creativity in the kitchen, and eating with friends!” He 10

focuses on food safety, happiness, nutrition, and choice. Consider these super foods as part of a senior nutrition plan. Salmon and other fatty, cold water fish, such as tuna, sardines, and mackerel are low in calories and saturated fat, yet high in protein. These fish are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acid (DHA). There is strong evidence linking low levels of DHA to memory loss, and other symptoms of dementia. Go nuts! Evidence suggests that eating one ounce of nuts per day like almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, or hazelnuts may reduce the risk of heart disease. Although nuts are a higher-fat food, they are cholesterol-free. Walnuts contain omega-3 and vitamin E, and it has been suggested vitamin E may help protect people against Alzheimer’s disease. Carrots aren’t just for the Easter Bunny. Nothing beats a carrot as a powerful source of beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A). Studies have shown that people who consumed higher levels of vitamin A, and other anti-oxidants over several years, had decreased levels of Alzheimer’s disease. Another study links diets rich in four antioxidants – beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc – to lower odds of losing eyesight proficiency during old age. So, stock up on super foods! Have them delivered, or shop at your local farmer’s market and grocery store. If you’re considering a move to a retirement community, make sure they concentrate on quality, lowsodium dishes, antioxidant-rich, dark, leafy greens, (such as kale, spinach, and broccoli), as well as orange and yellow vegetables (like carrots, squash, and yams), fresh, local seafood, poultry, beef, and many different varieties of fresh fruits. Above all, make sure they genuinely care about your health and overall well being. Now that’s some food-for-thought. Pamela Williams is the Marketing Director at Foundation House at Northgate. You can reach her at (206) 361-2758 or

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Improve Digestion and Enjoyment With Mindful Eating by Debra Boutin, MS, RD

Stop. No, really. Stop everything.

Mindful eating is based upon the premise of “mindfulness,” that is at the foundation of many spiritual and yoga philosophies. Being aware and in the present moment brings a focus and balance that transforms the simple act of eating, into a nourishing and potentially spiritual experience.

Close your eyes and ask yourself this question, “What has my body done for me today?” Savor, for a moment, the list that comes forth. Reflect on all the ways your body has served you. Then ask yourself one more question, “What have I done for my body today?” Note how you have cared for and nourished it. Reflect on your answer without judgment. One of the easiest ways to improve energy, as we grow older, is through proper nutrition. In addition to what you eat, the way you eat can also support your own self-nourishment. This practice is called “mindful eating.” What is Mindful Eating? Mindful eating invites you to focus on the act of eating, and on the body’s physical and emotional responses to that act. This focus offers you a fuller awareness of the sensual power of food, creating a space for you to recognize hunger and satiety cues. Mindful eating is the opposite of how most of us eat today. So often, we eat whenever we can fit in a few moments, whatever is at our reach, (or at the next intersection) and however much is placed before us. This is mindless eating.

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Being distracted from the act of eating has been shown to limit our brain’s ability to recognize that we have eaten. Eating is a sensory experience: We see and smell our food, hear and feel its texture against our hands and teeth, and of course, taste it. Distracted by other activities, we can miss these stimuli that are signaling to our mind and body. As a result, we may overeat, and yet leave an eating experience in a state of craving. This can lead to a pattern of overeating. There is also little opportunity, or reward, in our culture for remaining mindful for a brief time after we eat. Our digestive system works most effectively if it is allowed focused time after we eat, to transform those foods into energy for our bodies’ cells. Racing directly from eating while engaged in mental or physical activity to yet more activity after we eat, diverts the full rush of energy desired for optimal digestion to other organs. This may contribute to the indigestion considered “normal” for so many, as well as for energy dips experienced later in the day. 12

Steps to Practice Mindful Eating Consider incorporating these steps toward mindful eating to achieve true nourishment: • Before and after eating, accept and release three large breaths into and from your abdomen. Allow your abdomen to expand and contract with each breath. Bathe your digestive organs in breath in preparation for its important work. • Reflect silently for a few seconds before you eat, on the source of your food. Thank those who have grown it, transported it, and prepared it for you. Thank the plant or the animal that offered its life for your meal. If it feels comfortable to you, bless the food, and acknowledge the energy it will bring to you. Practice focused attention on the food you are eating. Describe to yourself or another how the food tastes and feels to you. Finding words to describe flavors and textures connects the mind, and body around food. Acknowledge your body’s signals, and seek nourishment at regular intervals during your busy days to maintain a steady energy supply. Make a list of distractions, or external cues that personally influence your eating decisions. Identify if you sense these have undesired impacts on how you eat, and how these eating experiences make you feel. Make a second list of ways to manage these distractions and external cues, with meaningful activities that do not involve food. Identify your favorite foods. Why are they your favorites? Are there any emotions you feel when you eat these foods? Reflect on the relationship between these foods and the emotions. Be aware of these relationships as you eat. Define “nourishment” for yourself, and make food choices that support your personal definition.

Debra Boutin, MS, RD is Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University (, a nonprofit, private university offering degrees in science-based natural medicine. Debra’s mission is to support the development of extraordinary nutrition and exercise professionals. She believes in choosing whole foods and eating mindfully.

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PETS AT SILVERADO People who walk into a Silverado community for the first time may be surprised to find a myriad of community and resident-owned pets living within our home-like environment, however, families and guests soon find out that pets at Silverado are a purposeful part of our nurturing environment. Silverado’s pet engagement has always been a staple of our unique philosophy of care. At an early age, Silverado Co-Founder Loren Shook witnessed the transformational power of pet interaction firsthand. W Wo orking orkin at a family-run psychiatric care facilityy,, he met a woman who had been catatonic for years. After conversations with her family, the staffff learned of her lifelong love for horses. They brought out one of the facility’s gentle horses to greet her as she arrived. To the amazement of ever yone obser ving, the woman moved her arm and began petting the horse. As a result of the staffff ’s kindness, and her renewed interest in life, she was gradually able to regain the ability to walk and speak again. Over the years, our Silverado communities have seen literally hundreds of similar resident transformations—most recently with Audrey Hannah, a resident at our community in Everett, ett Wa Washington. ash Audrey has been an avid animal lover all her life, and continues to be to this day. However due to her progressive memor y loss she ultimately became unable to care for a pet of her own. Initiallyy, when Audrey moved into Silverado, she experienced frequent bouts of agitation and anxiety, sometimes lasting the duration of the day and into the night. To help Audrey’s agitation Silverado introduced her to one of the community’s new residents, a retired ser vice dog named Dolly. Dolly immediately began bonding with Audrey. In no time at all, Audrey was introducing Silverado guests to “Her Dog.” Now w,, it’s a familiar sight to see Audrey tossing the ball to Dolly in the backyard or sitting next to the fire with Dolly at her feet. As a result of this new found friendship, Audrey’s demeanor has had a significant improvement and has enhanced her quality of life. “I totally notice a difffference in my mom,” explains Audrey’s daughter. “Getting Dolly was the best thing ever. [Now], ever y time she calls, she gives me an update on Dolly. It has given us something positive to talk about.” Pet interactions allows individuals to enjoy life to the fullest potential by not just being cared for, but being cared about. 14 14

A very special memory care community that gives life to people Our vibrant, social atmosphere offers: • A multi-generational environment and community pets

• 24/7 on-site licensed nursing

• Social and sensory-based engagement programs

• Family support services available with our Master’s degree-level social worker

• Industry-leading staffing ratios of overall associates-per-resident

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• Restaurant-style meals

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Resident’s Son Awards $100,000 Scholarship Fund to Ida Culver House Ravenna’s Staff in Appreciation for their Exceptional Care by Lilly Gold

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Roscoe Seamans appreciated the wonderful staff at the Ida Culver House Ravenna retirement community, where he lived for four years, and was known for his kindness and friendliness. Mr. Seamans passed away on September 10, 2012, but his legacy lives on. On Friday, February 8th, Mike Seamans, son of Roscoe Seamans, announced the establishment of a $100,000 scholarship fund for staff members of Ida Culver House Ravenna. The fund was created as a way of honoring the staff for the exceptional care that they provided to his father. “The staff at Ida Culver House gave so much to my dad when he was here, and this is one way for me to give back to them for their warmth and dedication,” said Mike Seamans during the ceremony. “It was a great experience for my dad, and we are very thankful.” “Our mission is to respect and honor older adults by enhancing the quality of their lives,” said Eli Almo, Founder and CEO of Era Living. “So this very generous grant by Mike is very gratifying. We are so proud of each and every member of our staff, and we are thrilled to have them recognized in such a significant and thoughtful way.” 18

“I had the privilege of serving Mr. Seamans for years in the dining room. I loved his warm and gentle nature, and we are so very grateful to the family for granting the Scholarship Fund,” said Era Living staff member, Yami Remmers. “This means so much to all of us, not just the people the fund will directly impact.” The Ida Culver House Ravenna Staff Scholarship Fund will support nonsupervisory staff members in their pursuit of professional or educational development. The Seattle Foundation will manage the applications and fund. Staff members can submit their applications by March 1st, and an award ceremony will be held in May at Ida Culver House. Ida Culver House Ravenna offers a warm, vibrant lifestyle, an array of amenities, rich programming, and exceptional Independent Living and Assisted Living care. The community is one of Era Living’s eight premier retirement communities. Since 1987, Era Living has been dedicated to fostering a healthy and engaging environment of whole body wellness, culture, warmth, and social fulfillment – providing premier healthcare services and enriching activities at all of its communities. The Era Living communities are Aljoya Mercer Island, Aljoya Thornton Place, Ida Culver House Broadview, Ida Culver House Ravenna, The Gardens at Town Square, The Lakeshore, University House Issaquah, and University House Wallingford. For more information you can visit

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Moving Forward: It’s the Right Thing to Do by Sue Ronnenkamp

In case you’re still “sitting on the fence” about whether moving forward is the right thing to do, let me give you my perspective on this issue. Although I read over and over again about the value of “aging in place,” (remaining in the same home for as long as possible) I just don’t buy it. Just as we change throughout our lives, our lifestyle and housing needs also change. Do you remember the house you grew up in with your parents and siblings? What about your first apartment as a young adult, or your first home after getting married? What about the home you moved into after retirement, the one that felt so perfect at that time? Just as those living situations fit you and your lifestyle in the past, your current housing situation should be a good fit for where you are now in your life. Different spaces really do fit different phases. Moving forward for this phase should take you to a setting that’s smaller and more manageable, with less responsibility for maintenance and upkeep. You’re also wise to seek out housing options that afford you some available support and assistance, along with plentiful opportunities for engagement and interaction with others. Why? These factors will contribute to your health and well being, will help you retain your freedom and autonomy, and can provide security and peace of mind for you and your family. By making the right choice about your next home, you can also free up time and space to devote to your favorite people and activities. Then you can live each day to the fullest, and make the most of the coming years. Drop the rocks! What other factors may be holding people in place? Denial, fear, depression, grief, basic resistance to change, and emotional attachment may have roles in this as well. Yes, moving and letting go of a home that’s familiar can be difficult and stressful. However, hanging on too long often leads to a life of loneliness and isolation – things that are even more detrimental to positive health and successful aging. Benefits of Moving Forward • By being proactive with this move, you’ll stay in control of the decision making about when and where you move. You’ll also have more options to choose from, for both your current and future housing needs. • You can remove yourself from the responsibility of house and yard maintenance, along with other “been there, done that” things you’re ready to release from your life. • You can keep the key components that mean “home” to you. Decide what happens to the belongings you release, as you “lighten the load” for the next leg of your life journey. • You’ll free up space for the aspects of your life that you do want to continue, while also opening yourself to new opportunities, 20

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

friendships, and experiences. • You’ll protect yourself from a crisis move, and save your family the responsibility and burden of making decisions about your living situation and your belongings later.

• Restaurant dining with 25+ items from our made to order menu

The Gift that Keeps Giving I want to emphasize the last point – that actively choosing to let go and move forward can be a wonderful gift to your family. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that my parents decided when, where, and how to make their right-sizing move when they were in their late 70s. They gave my siblings and I a tremendous gift, by thinking through how they wanted to live out their later years. They also relieved us of the responsibility and burden of making important, but very tough decisions for them. Now that Mom and Dad are both in the late stage of their lives, I can also see how this is a gift that just keeps giving. Making that decision to move back in 1996 not only greatly enhanced the quality and richness of my parents’ lives, it also helped them to more easily adapt and adjust to the changes they’ve faced the past several years. Their right-sized home, located in a community with many good and available services, also better enabled us to support and provide my parents with any added help they’ve needed.

• Indoor pool, exercise area and 22 miles of walking trails around campus

• Convenient transportation service

• 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.

Excerpt of article used with permission by author. Sue Ronnenkamp is a retirement living and transition expert. Her education and consulting work focuses on planning ahead, embracing change, moving forward, and living every season of life to the fullest. For more information, visit Sue’s website at information about how Warm Beach Senior Community may be place to help you Move Forward, please contact Alisa Sands or Sheila Bartlett at 360-652-4593 or visit

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Emergency Preparedness and Senior Safety by Jane Meyers-Bowen

My husband had openheart surgery downtown, at Swedish Hospital, in 2001. Yes, he was wide open when the Nisqually Earthquake hit Seattle in 2001. We had just gotten the call from the operating room that they had put him on the heart/lung machine and all was going well. As a family we took a big breath, laid back, and relaxed in the family lounge. Ten minutes later, Swedish Hospital was rocking and rolling, lights were flickering, and we stood there immobilized and wondering, “what do we do?” Our youngest son had chosen to go to school that day, and then to come to the hospital. So, our first thought was to call him. When we tried to call his middle school to reassure him, we looked out the window and saw 300-400 people standing outside of the hospital, all with their cell phones up to their ears. Nonetheless we couldn’t get through. If we had been prepared, we would have arranged an out of state number for us to call and for him to call to leave messages to communicate status. Are you really ready for an emergency? Many times we think of an emergency in the most common way. For example, during the winter months we think of power outages. Yet, there are other threats from Earthquakes, to Terrorist and Chemical Threats. In some cases, evacuation is required, and in other cases lock down is the remedy. So, it is valuable to think through each situation and develop a strategy to manage each of the unique challenges you may face. People tend to over-estimate their ability to handle a situation. They forget they don’t have control over where, when, and how each emergency will happen. For example, they may not have time to gather their meds before they get out the door in a fire. They may also forget that cash machines may not work, or that phone circuits could become jammed. Even in the safest setting, it is important to be prepared. The best way to begin preparing is with a personal kit. Assemble a kit that has some of the basic things: A pair of shoes, a space blanket, a week’s supply of medications, a flashlight, a radio with batteries, a spare set of glasses, a whistle, some cash, protein bars, a water bottle, and an extra set of keys to the car and house. Include a copy of medical cards, a list of medications, a list of emergency phone numbers including: family, physicians, and emergency shelters and services. 22

What about the ongoing safety issues? There are ongoing threats that have become a part of life. Identity theft, mail order theft, and home invasions are just three examples. Many seniors feel safer living in their homes, but this can be a false sense of security. Seniors that live alone with the need for conversation can soon allow others to gain entry into their lives, (face to face, on the phone, and through the mail) and lose control of their ability to discriminate. We see and hear about the mail campaigns that target seniors. We see the stacks of get-rich-quick campaigns, and hear about the smooth talking caller that knows exactly how to approach seniors and disarm them. However, we are able to help them discern what may be happening isn’t in their best interests. Seniors and Cell Phones. One of the best devices invented for seniors is the cell phone. Many seniors resist changing their idea of what a telephone looks like. Those that have given in though, know that they are never alone. They can take it on a walk, into the backyard, on a drive to the store, and if they get into trouble they call for help. Like cell phones, Emergency Call Systems can signal others that they need help. Lifelines can give seniors the added confidence they need to stay involved, moving, and going. Physical Therapy is another confidence builder. Through Medicare, seniors with a doctor’s prescription can get physical therapy to improve their flexibility, strength, and balance. Falls are the greatest dangers seniors face. A little prevention can determine their quality of life Speaking of Driving! The question is always out there, when should I stop driving? The answer is more complex than you may think. It all comes down to ability vs. age. How able someone is to see, make decisions, and react, determines their worthiness of a renewed drivers license. We will be doing a driver refresher course for seniors at Garden Court. It will help seniors improve their driving skills, prevent accidents, and injury to themselves and others. Preparedness and Prevention can make all the difference! For more information, please call 425-438-9080 or visit

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Getting Your Head Around the Risk of a Second Cancer by Andrew Schorr

Sometime earlier in your life, you or a loved one may well have been diagnosed with cancer. Maybe it was a small skin cancer that was removed. Maybe it was a small breast lump long ago. What if, just when you think you had put it behind you, the word “cancer” rears its ugly head in your life again? Is all hope lost? I am writing to tell you, “No!” My story begins in 1996 at age 45. I was having recurrent nosebleeds, and a blood test result knocked me off my feet. I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common adult leukemia, but something I’d never heard of and didn’t understand. As detailed in my book, “The Web-Savvy Patient,” other patients in an online community helped me connect with a world-famous specialist. I was eventually in a clinical trial, and the new combination therapy worked! I have been in remission from CLL for almost 13 years. That’s the good news, the great news!

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Then, as sometimes happens in life, another shoe dropped. In the fall of 2011, my monitoring blood tests showed things slightly out of whack. Leukemia again? Not this time. I learned it was another, probably unrelated blood cancer, myelofibrosis (MF). This disease causes scarring in the bone marrow, lots of quality of life problems like fatigue, itching, weight loss, and difficulty eating. Frankly, I was scared. I had been cruising along as one of America’s 14 million or so cancer survivors, and then suddenly I had the chance of no longer being in that group.

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

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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.

For many cancer survivors these days, while we are all at a higher risk for a second cancer, (after all our immune system let us down the first time, right?) modern medicine has been finding ways to keep us – in many cases – in the survivors club. That’s what seems to be happening for me, and I want it to give you hope should this happen to you. It turns out that about the same time my blood counts were changing, a breakthrough new oral treatment was approved by the FDA for exactly my new disease. When I needed an effective medicine it was available for me, and fortunately private insurance (I am just under Medicare age) is covering the very high monthly cost. I need to tell you this medicine, like so many other new ones the FDA is approving at a rapid pace, is not a perfect solution. It is not a cure, but it does allow me to live a full life with no symptoms at this time. It remains to be seen whether it will extend my life.

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.

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And with all of the many benefits included in one monthly fee, retirement living at a Holiday Retirement community is an incredible value.

Thankfully, when one drug company cashes in with a breakthrough medicine, the other companies are usually right behind them with something they hope will be a little bit better. There’s promise of that for my disease, and that gives me hope. Whether it’s the one pill or another, you’ll have me with you for an extended time.

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The point is, don’t let the diagnosis of a second cancer plunge you into depression. Even with a recurrence of a first cancer you may have had, like breast cancer again many years later, there is real hope these days. I meet many, many people who have a first or second cancer, and it is being managed as a fairly chronic condition. They go on with their lives, and you can too!

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Tips on Eating in Europe by Rick Steves

Very often, Europeans think “vegetarian” means “no red meat” or “not much meat.” If you are a strict vegetarian, you’ll have to make things very clear. Write the appropriate phrase, keep it handy, and show it to each waiter before ordering your meal. For inexpensive Italian eateries, look for the term osteria, tavola calda, rosticceria, trattoria, pizzeria, or “selfservice.” Panini (sandwiches) – calda (toasted) if you ask – are cheap and widely available. A meal-sized pizza (sold everywhere for less than $10) and a cold beer is my idea of a good, fast, cheap Italian dinner. For a stand-up super bargain meal, look for a Pizza Rustica shop, which sells pizza by weight. Just point to the bestlooking pizza, and tell them how much you want (200 grams is a filling meal). They weigh it, and you pay for it. They heat it, and you eat it. University cafeterias. (often closed during summer holidays) offer a surefire way to meet educated, English-speaking young locals, with open and stimulating minds. They’re often eager to practice their politics and economics, as well as their English, on a foreign friend. This is especially handy as you travel beyond Europe. Consider the “tourist menu.” (Menu turistico in Italy, menu touristique in France), popular in restaurants throughout Europe’s tourist zones. This fixed-price meal offers confused visitors a no-stress, three-course meal for a painless price that usually includes service, bread and a drink. You normally get a choice of several options for each course. Locals rarely order this, but if the options intrigue you, the tourist menu can be a convenient way to sample some local flavors for a reasonable, predictable price. Eat hearty in Scandinavia. This is Europe’s most expensive corner. Fill up at the breakfast smorgasbord (usually included in your hotel cost). Keep your eyes peeled for daily lunch specials called dagens rett. If you order an entree, get extra vegetables (usually potatoes) by asking for seconds. The cheapest cafeterias often close at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Many pizzerias offer amazing all-you-can-eat deals, and tempting salad bars. Fresh produce, colorful markets, and efficient supermarkets abound. Picnic! At most European restaurants, the price of drinks can spoil your appetite. Ask for tap water in Britain, l’eau du robinet in France, Leitungswasser in Germany, acqua del rubinetto in Italy, and agua del grifo in Spain. In other countries, just do the international charade: hold an imaginary glass, turn on an imaginary tap, make the sound of running water, drink up, then smile. 26

In European groceries and open-air markets, most food is priced by the kilo. (About two pounds). Watch the scales while your food is being weighed. It’ll show grams, which are thousandths of a kilo. If dried apples are priced at 2 Euro per kilo, that’s almost $3 for 2.2 pounds, or about $1.35 per pound. If the scale says 400 grams, that means 40 percent of 2 Euros (or 80 Euro cents), which is about $1.15. In Italy, 100 gams (about a quarterpound) are called an etto. Be careful, as specialty items are sometimes priced per 100 grams. Look for “kilo,” “kg” (kilogram), or “100 grams” listed next to the price.Whether you understand the numbers or not, act as though you do. In European supermarkets, it’s a snap to buy produce. Try the easy push-button pricing system. Put a banana on the scale, push the button that shows a picture of a banana (or the banana bin number), and a sticky price tag prints out. Voila! Be wary if no prices are posted at an outdoor market. Market merchants in tourist centers routinely rip off tourists. Find places that print the prices. Assume any market with no printed prices has a double price standard: one for locals and a more expensive one for tourists. In Europe, morning markets offer mountains of delectable fresh fruit. If you want only one or two pieces, many merchants refuse to deal in small quantities. Roughly estimate the cost of what you want. Hold out the coins in one hand, the fruit in the other. Rarely will a vendor refuse your offer. Milk-drinkers in Europe can check the carton for the local words for whole or light, such as voll or lett. Cold milk is rare in most countries. Avoid the “long life” kind of milk; sold off the shelf, that needs no refrigeration. This milk will never go bad – or taste good. Rick Steves ( writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at rick@ricksteves. com, or write to him c/o P.O. Box 2009, Edmonds, WA 98020. Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe — since 1973 he’s spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Europe Through the Back Door headquarters in Edmonds where he produces 30 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hourlong national public radio show, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune.

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snohomish county 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

Quail Park of Lynnwood Kris Batiste Executive Director 425.640.8529

Quail Park of Lynnwood Pam Nagel Community Relations Director 425.640.8529

Madison House – Kirkland Katy Schumann Marketing Director 425.821.8210

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 Emeritus at Seabrook Independent and Assisted Living 11333 3rd Place W Everett WA 98204 425-347-0372 Emeritus at Silver Lake Assisted Living 12806 Bothell-Everett Highway Everett WA 98208 425-338-3227


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Everett Plaza Assisted Living 2204 12th Street Everett WA 98201 425-374-0170

Emeritus of Lynnwood Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 18625 - 60th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-771-7700

Garden Court Retirement Community Independent and Assisted Living 520 - 112th Street SW Everett WA 98204 425-438-9080

Fairwinds – Brighton Court Retirement/Assisted Living 6520 - 196th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-775-4440

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 Clare Bridge Lynnwood Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 18706 - 36th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-774-3300 Chateau Pacific Assisted Living / Memory Care 3333 - 148th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98037 425-787-9693

Living Care: 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 MARYSVILLE Grandview Village Retirement & Assisted Living 5800 - 64th Street NE Marysville WA 98270 360-653-2223 Merrill Gardens at Marysville Independent & Assisted Living 9802 - 48th Dr NE Marysville WA 98270 360-312-1968 The Cottages at Marysville Memory Care Community 1216 Grove Street Marysville WA 98270 360-322-7561 MILL CREEK Mill Creek Gardens Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 13200 - 10th Dr SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-379-8276 Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek Independent and Assisted Living 14905 Bothell Everett Hwy Mill Creek WA 98012 425-341-4057 The Cottages at Mill Creek Memory Care Community 13200 10th Drive SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-341-4356

MONROE Merrill Gardens at Monroe Independent and Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Memory Impaired 15465 - 179th Ave SE Monroe WA 98272 360-243-0036 MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Mountlake Terrace Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent and Assisted Living 23303 - 58th Ave W Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 425-954-3850 MUKILTEO Harbour Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 10200 Harbour Place Mukilteo WA 98275 425-493-8555 SNOHOMISH Emeritus at Snohomish Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 1124 Pine Ave Snohomish WA 98290 360-568-1900 STANWOOD Josephine Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 9901 - 272nd Place NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-2126 Merrill Gardens at Stanwood Independent & Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 7212 - 265th Street NW Stanwood WA 98292 425-312-1972 Stanwood Community & Senior Center Independent Living 7430 - 276th Street NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-7403 Warm Beach Senior Community Independent & Assisted Living/ Skilled Nursing 20420 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292 360-652-7585 SKILLED NURSING CARE Bethany at Pacific - Everett 425-259-5508 Bethany at Silver Lake - Everett 425-338-3000 29

Delta Rehab Center - Snohomish 360-568-2168 Josephine Sunset Home - Stanwood 360-629-2126 Lynnwood Manor Health Center Lynnwood 425-776-5512 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 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 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

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

Logan Creek Retirement / Independent Living 2311 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-428-0222

Highland Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2400 Samish Way Bellingham WA 98226 360-734-4800

Mountain Glen Retirement / Assisted Living 1810 East Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-7900

The Leopold Retirement & Assisted Living 1224 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-3500

SEDRO-WOOLLEY Birchview - A Memory Care Community Assisted Living / Enhanced Adult Residential Care 925 Dunlop Ave Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-1911

Merrill Gardens at Cordata Retirement / Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s 4415 Columbine Dr Bellingham WA 98226 360-312-3542

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

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

Parkway Chateau Retirement / Independent Living 2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-671-6060

Shuksan Health Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 1530 James Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-9161

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

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 Emeritus of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15241 NE 20th Street Bellevue WA 98007 425-401-0300

North Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 907 201st Place SE Bothell WA 98012 425-483-8927

Farrington Court Retirement / Assisted Living 516 Kenosia Avenue Kent WA 98030 253-852-2737

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

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

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

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

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

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

Covington Covington Place Retirement Apartments 26906 169th Place SE Covington WA 98042 888-548-6609

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

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

Home Place Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 171 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-2555

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

federal way Foundation House Independent Living / Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823

Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224

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

Island County

Mt. Baker Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2905 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-4181

Rosewood Villa Retirement/Assisted Living 702 32nd Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-676-9193

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

Emeritus at Fairhaven Assisted Living 2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-647-1254

Life Care Center of Mount Vernon Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehab / Alzheimer’s 2120 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-4258

Country Meadow Village Retirement & Assisted Living 1501 Collins Rd Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-0404

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

Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400

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

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Chateau at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living 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

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

Aegis at Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841 Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living 6505 Lakeview Drive NE Kirkland WA 98033 425-803-6911

redmond Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000 Fairwinds – Redmond Retirement / Assisted Living 9988 Avondale Rd NE Redmond WA 98052 425-558-4700 Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 14431 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052 425-869-2273 The Marymoor Retirement & Assisted Living 4585 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-556-9398

Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210

renton Evergreen Place Retirement / Independent Living 1414 Monroe Avenue NE Renton WA 98056 425-226-3312

Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-285-7743

The Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080

mercer island Aljoya Mercer Island Continuing Care Retirement Community 2430 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-230-0150

Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-243-2941

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

seattle Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700 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 Bridge Park Retirement/Independent Living 3204 SW Morgan Street Seattle WA 98126 206-938-6394 31

CRISTA Senior Living Independent / Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation / Memory Care 19303 Fremont Avenue North Shoreline WA 98133 1-877-639-3292

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

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

Faerland Terrace Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 1421 Minor Avenue Seattle WA 98101 206-624-7637

Merrill Gardens University Village Independent & Assisted Living 5115 25th Ave NE Seattle WA 98105 206-452-3170­

Foundation House at Northgate Independent & Assisted Living 11301 3rd Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-361-2758

Mirabella Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-254-1441

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

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

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 Merrill Gardens at Northgate Independent and Assisted Living 11501 15th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-388-2989 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 / Assisted Living 4611 35th Ave SW Seattle (West) WA 98126 206-701-6093

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 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

Merrill Gardens at Puyallup Independent and Assisted Living 123 4th Avenue NW Puyallup WA 98371 253-200-9783

kitsap County

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

Willow Gardens Retirement / Independent Living­ 4502 6th Street SE Puyallup WA 98374 253-848-4430

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

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

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

Pierce County

gig harbor Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor Independent and Assisted Living 3213 45th Street Court NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-590-4972 Peninsula Retirement / Independent Living 3445 50th Street Court NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-858-4800 Sound Vista Village Retirement & Assisted Living 6633 McDonald Avenue Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929

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

olympia Capital Place Retirement / Independent Living 700 Black Lake Boulevard Olympia WA 98502 360-357-9922

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Peters Creek • 425.869.2273 14431 Redmond Way • Redmond WA 98052

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