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Q1 / 2013 FEATURES 4 Make It Rich In 2013

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Life Completion Donna Vande Kieft

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Seniors For Sale...Not On Our Watch Kelley Smith

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The Quest For The Right Community... What To Really Look For Mary Blakey

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Sleep Wellness for Seniors Robert Reyna, M.D.

A Healthcare Gift Senior Women Can Give A Senior Man Andrew Schorr

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Sarah Bartlett

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This is the lifestyle change

Make It Rich In 2013 by Jane Meyers-Bowen

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New Year’s Resolutions typically place a lot of pressure on us as the year begins. They say that we typically “fall off the wagon” long before our resolution intentions are fulfilled. I think pushing oneself and challenging who we are, to make improvements, is great. What we learn, and where we want to go with our lives, makes for an interesting and fun ride. However, it may be easy to overlook those things that prove to be invaluable pieces of information. Many times I had wished I would have asked more questions of my parents when they were alive. My family was one that spent a lot of time together telling stories. My father was in every major invasion in Western theatre (except for one) during World War II. He lived his life with an attitude that if the German Army couldn’t hold him back – then what could? My mother and father, as a couple, worked hard and explored a lot of things in their lives, taking risks and enjoying the journey. I had the opportunity to lead a discussion group at the retirement community where I work, with the intention to assist the residents and help them learn more about each other. Seniors often don’t talk much about their lives, achievements, or major learning experiences. Things about their families, and situations presently taking place tend to occupy their conversation. It is enjoyable to listen to, but I’ve found that there is so much more that they can share. Many times, Grandma and Grandpa are shelved to the side, and become listeners, rather than sharing their stories which can be so transformational. We all talk a lot about the what, who, and where questions. Although the surface is a great start, the deeper story is presented when things come alive. Take the time to talk below the surface this year. You will be sure to find inspiration, courage, and joy in others experiences. Some of the many deeper questions that can be asked are: • What single event as a young adult, made you who you are today? • How did you know you were in love? • What did you learn about yourself from being a parent? • What makes a good leader? • What makes you so strong to keep striving, when you have to face obstacles? • What gives you hope today? • Of course there is always the Bucket List question – What is left to do? I led a co-learning project with a local high school, and a group of 15 seniors mostly in their 80’s. The students were asked to read 100 pages, 4

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look at 100 images, and talk to someone who lived through The Great Depression. There was a facilitated discussion on this period in history including: The stories of surviving the dust bowl; putting cardboard in their shoes to cover the holes; living a life with no TV or Internet; being immigrants to America; and learning about soup lines and Hooverville. It was an amazing experience to see such divergent groups learn together. The students then presented multimedia presentations to the seniors of the images, music, and things they had learned from the seniors’ stories. Both were in awe of each other, and both felt they had found a friend. The exchange left the young adults saying that this made history come alive. They agreed that it helped them gain a better understanding of themselves, and couldn’t wait till they could meet again. They were thirsty for more time and more conversation. The seniors, on the other hand, couldn’t stop talking about how special these students were. The seniors were so inspired and excited about the opportunity to contribute to these young adults lives, that they walked 3 inches taller.

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Life Completion Johanna Vande Kieft April 27, 1922 – November 29, 2011 by Chaplain Donna Vande Kieft

My mother completed her life right after Thanksgiving, 2011. It was a good life, and she was grateful for all that she had received and accomplished in her nearly 90 years on this earth. My two sisters and our families are her crowning legacy. We continue to harvest the goodness, blessing, and abundance of our parents’ lives. Our dad completed his life in October, 1998, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. It is likely not a coincidence that they both died in autumn, the season of harvest. In the prime of their lives they were hardworking farmers, and harvest time was the culmination of preparing, planting, nurturing, and tending the crops. Harvest meant gathering the bounty, resting from their labor, and allowing the land to lay fallow until spring. Harvest was a time to gather and release with Thanksgiving being the reward for all of it. The last few years of mom’s life were challenging, as she was bent over with osteoporosis and lived out her days in a nursing home in Iowa. Her philosophy had always been, “you just have to make the best of things.” She practiced what she preached as she watched our dad go away into the darkness of Alzheimer’s, and had to make the hard decision to place him in a dementia care unit three years before he died. A few years later, after two successful hip replacement surgeries, but with increasing weakness and inability to keep up her home and live independently, she had to make another hard decision to move into assisted living. She adjusted very well to that environment and loved the camaraderie, the activities, and living just down the hall from her only surviving sibling, Marie. They loved fixing puzzles, listening to music, and the great meals they shared each day in the lovely dining room. Continued weakness, decline, and the need for more assistance led to one final hard decision for mom. Actually, it was not her choice, but she reluctantly agreed that she needed more help and the nursing home was the next and hardest move for her. Prior to the move, she said, “I would really rather go to heaven to be with your dad.” She was also always the first to say, “God’s will be done.” She realized it wasn’t yet her time to go to heaven, so with grace and unfailing faith, she let us downsize her possessions one more time. We moved her from her comfortable apartment 6

in assisted living, to a small shared space in the nursing home. That was a heart-breaking day for me and my sisters. I am seldom ill, but I was physically sick that day and unable to help as much I normally would. Once again, our mother showed us the way, and accepted that she needed to make yet another hard move. She participated in every activity that was offered and “made the best of it.” She was well loved and cared for in her last home. It is not easy to give up one’s independence. Waiting was the hardest part for her. My mother was a “doer,” getting things done was important to her. Waiting was not her strong suit, but she learned to do so – to wait to go to the bathroom, to wait to be escorted to/from the dining room, to wait to die – she learned to be patient. Her parting words of wisdom for her family were, “Be strong and wait for the Lord.” My parents were always big proponents of insurance. They purchased long-term care insurance before anyone thought it was a good idea. We were skeptical when they first made that decision. They were still very independent, and healthy at the time. We wondered about the wisdom of paying the premiums, and if it would actually pay should they need it. As it turned out they were right, and it was worth it. Both used the benefits, and they did not have to pay out-of-pocket all of the unbelievably high dollar amounts of long-term care costs. My sisters and I look back now and see the wisdom and legacy that our parents left us, and we are most grateful. They taught us wonderful values in the way they lived, and in the way they died. Faith, family, and friends were most important. Working hard, planning, being prepared, and living frugally and simply was their motto in their productive years. Loss of productivity and independence was the hardest task in their later years, but they accepted the challenge with as much grace and dignity as possible. Thanks mom and dad for showing us the way. Well done!

Donna Vande Kieft is the Chaplain at Providence Hospice of Snohomish County. For more information you can email her at donna.vandekieft@providence.org.

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Seniors for Sale…Not on our Watch

Behind Every Great Company Is A Great Group of People

by Kelley Smith

We’ve all read the articles in the Seattle Times, and other publications, that make us cringe, cry, or get angry. It’s made some of us leery of leaving our beloved parents at any senior community, let alone entrusting their care to strangers. Maybe our concern is that people will tell us anything to get mom or dad to come live with them, and then what? Are our parents, and their needs just a way for someone else to make a living? We have enough to worry about when mom or dad get sick, fall, or become forgetful. We don’t need to also worry that they are being taken advantage of, or mistreated. That stress is usually 100 times worse than the worry we have over mom living alone. How do you know if a community is going to be the best place, honestly and ethically? You can ask to have their disclosure of services before you leave. You can stay for a meal, and sit with people who already live there. Do the people you meet at the community look for solutions to your problems? What do they say about the competition? These are just a few small suggestions to think about when searching for the best fit. At CarePartners, our philosophy is easy: Find a solution, and do the right thing. You won’t see big policy books, or manuals everywhere. There are no inside social workers to make sure we are doing what we say we will. All you will find are honest, real people that genuinely care about your family.

Our communities are filled with well-trained and big-hearted individuals who truly want to help your loved ones. The Cottages at Marysville & The Cottages at Mill Creek are intimate memory care communities. Vineyard Park & Everett Plaza provide personalized care in independent & assisted living communities. Stop by for a personal tour.

This is who we are, and as long as we’re around, seniors will be valued, respected and honored. You won’t find any seniors for sale on our watch. For more information you can email Kelley@carepartnersliving.com or call 425-931-2951. You may also visit this link for more information. http://seattletimes.com/html/seniorsforsale/2010939195_seniors31. html

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The Quest for the Right Community… What to Really Look for

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by Mary Blakey

I hear so often from seniors, and their children, that they don’t know what to look for when they begin their search to find the right retirement community. Location might be the most important thing for one individual, while food or the look of the lobby and apartments is more important to others. As the daughter of a senior, I have looked high and low for my mother’s next home. I have discovered that finding the right community usually has very little to do with the color of the walls or the fabric on the couch in the lobby. I’m not disregarding the importance of location, food, and amenities, when looking for a community. However, I have found that the single most important thing to look for, when you are searching for the right retirement community, are the people currently living in the community you are visiting. Granted, depending on the care needed, these priorities may change. If you or your parent has waited until “something happens,” and assistance with the activities of daily life are already needed, then the quality of care and perhaps the cost of that care could be the top priority. If you or your parent has progressing memory issues, then a community with an experienced memory care unit would be the top priority. However, if you or your parent is searching for a retirement community where one can live an independent and active life, one without the responsibilities of yard work, electric bills, and housekeeping, then observing the people who live in the community is the place to start. There is something to be said about the honesty of seniors. They have worked hard, raised families, some have fought in wars, and most have lost loved ones. They don’t feel the need to hide their feelings, so if they are unhappy or frustrated about something, they will say it and show it. If your idea of living in a community is active and independent living, then look and see if there is anyone dozing on a couch in the lobby, or in the lobby at all. In a true active living community, there is activity and conversation in the lobby, laughter in the Bistro, and residents walking around looking for a friend or the next card game. 10

How does the community feel when you walk in the door? Does it feel like a warehouse, or is it warm and inviting? How does it smell? How does the staff treat you? Are they relaxed and friendly, yet respectful? Most importantly, how do they treat the residents? Do they call them by name? Do the residents seem fond of the staff and vice versa? Do some of the residents come up to you and tell you how much they love the community? If this happens to you, then you have found a gem. When I was helping my mom find a community to move into, I usually knew right away if I wanted to see more the minute I stepped into the door. There were several communities where I walked in, and walked right back out again. They were either too sterile or too institutional, and the residents had vacant looks on their faces. There were others where I really liked the look of the lobby and building, but the residents didn’t look very happy. There was an immediate cold feeling, and the staff seemed detached from the residents. The residents just seemed to go from place to place without stopping to chat, laugh, or share a joke. Residents sitting side-by-side on the beautiful brocade couch never said a word to each other. Then, when I stopped in the marketing office to ask for a tour, I felt like I had landed in a used car lot, desperate to make up our minds for us, “pick an apartment, leave a deposit today.” We politely declined, and decided to keep looking. Finally, we found a community where the residents were awake and lively. You could see that the staff enjoyed interacting with the residents, and the feeling when we walked in was warm and inviting. It was at that point that it didn’t take a hard sell. We didn’t need someone to make up our minds for us...we knew this was the place for my mom to live out the rest of her days. As it turned out, the food was really good, and the apartment was perfect. 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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A Healthcare Gift Senior Women Can Give A Senior Man by Andrew Schorr

Men, please do not take offense at anything that I am writing here. However, the truth is, when it comes to our relationships with doctors and nurses we don’t typically speak up for ourselves. Even more than that, we don’t face up to health issues even in our own heads. We don’t talk to others easily about our health concerns. It’s easier to push to the side, as if it doesn’t exist. This is where a woman who cares about you can step in to help. Women DO talk about their health concerns. With our sisters setting an example in advocating for themselves with breast cancer (haven’t you seen pink everywhere?) – they can help men be sure to get the healthcare they need and deserve. They can help us face up to a concern we may be having and get treatment, sometimes urgently.

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Think about this: many men die from a heart attack because they ignore the symptoms. Some are severely disabled from a stroke, because a blockage in an artery is cutting off blood to the brain, and they wait too long to have it checked. Maybe you know someone like that who felt unwell, but didn’t speak up. I am betting if a woman close to him knew how he was feeling she’d be dialing 911, as she should.

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Having a woman help advocate for us is a real gift, in some non-emergency areas of healthcare these days. The first thing that tops my mind is prostate cancer. This is a disease most all senior men will die with, and unfortunately, some will die from. Today there are very active debates among urologists and oncologists on who needs treatment, what treatment, and when. Frankly, there are more questions than answers when facing this disease. In many situations, making the wrong choice can subject a man to needless serious side effects and a lower quality of life.

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A woman wearing her health-advocate hat can help a man do research, and connect with other men who’ve faced a similar problem. They can ask pointed questions of one doctor, and likely have the wisdom to get a second, third opinion; maybe even one or two more. She would be giving the man the gift of confidence, that he was more in control to make an informed decision, that could affect how well he lives and even how long.

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As a man gets older, in my opinion, it is not the manly thing to do to “grin and bear it.” Serious health concerns can come with aging, and today there are many available treatments to deal with them; that is, IF knowledgeable medical personnel know about them. Of course they won’t, unless the man speaks up. Unfortunately, too many just wish the problem would go away, while women know better and help bring us men back to reality.

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So ladies, give the men you care about the gift of urging them to speak up. If they are hesitant, do it for them. Frankly, it could be just the thing to help them be in your life for a lot longer.

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Sleep Wellness for Seniors by Robert Reyna, MD

In today’s 24/7, plugged-in, digital world, we spend a great deal of effort and resources trying to stay awake. However, over time, avoiding sleep can have a very negative effect on the quality of our sleep. When we examine all of the wrong foods we eat, the excess of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine we abuse, plus the physical and emotional baggage we carry around, it’s easy to understand why tens of millions of Americans experience some level of sleep deprivation. The lack of quality sleep on a regular basis can have serious health, and quality-of-life implications. In fact, chronic sleep loss is now being linked as a risk factor to a growing number of disorders including: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, stroke, and increased risk of developing dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The problem with getting a poor quality of sleep doesn’t end there. Inadequate sleep has been associated with injuries and mistakes in the workplace, vehicular accidents, memory/recall problems, and more. Without adequate sleep, your brain has a harder time absorbing and recalling new information. Research has shown that 75% of people report a lack of sleep, but only 10% tell their physicians. Importance of sleep for seniors For seniors, trying to get a good night’s sleep can be even more difficult. It has been shown that many seniors tend to fall asleep more slowly, and awaken more often during the night. A study of adults over 65 found that 36% of women, and 13% of men take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep. Older adults also wake up more often throughout the night than younger adults. An increase in night awakenings can lead to other problems, such as falls and injuries among seniors. This concern only increases when the person is on sedating medications. Sleeplessness at any age is not normal. Healthy seniors should have no, or very few, problems sleeping as they age. Types of sleep problems Here are some of the more common sleep disorders a sleep physician would look for if you have trouble falling asleep, sleeping through the night, waking up too early, difficulty waking up, or excessive sleepiness during the day. 18

Sleep Apnea – Those with sleep apnea can literally stop breathing in their sleep. Usually the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes, or narrows the airway, so breathing is repeatedly stopped and significantly restricted during sleep. This signals the brain to arouse the sleeper so that breathing will resume, resulting in fragmented and poorquality sleep. Symptoms include snoring or gasping for air during sleep, morning headaches, memory problems and others. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is another common sleep-related breathing disorder. OSA has serious quality-of-life and work-performance implications, and can also cause acute cardiovascular problems for those who suffer from the condition. Although sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, gastroesophageal-reflex disease, brain damage, erectile dysfunction, and obesity, it remains an under-diagnosed and undertreated condition. It is estimated that only 10% of patients with OSA are being treated. While the remaining 90% may know they have a problem, they choose not to pursue treatment. Insomnia – Poor quality sleep or insomnia is the sleep problem most frequently reported to physicians, and is exemplified by difficulty falling asleep, waking often, and/or waking early. Causes of insomnia are many: excess drinking of caffeine or alcohol, overactive bladder, jet lag, and certain medications, to name a few. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be a more effective therapy, than any of the currently available sleep medications. Restless-Legs Syndrome (RLS) – A disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs, RLS usually interferes with sleep onset. Those with this problem have an uncomfortable feeling in their legs, which worsens when at rest. The severity of RLS ranges from mild to intolerable, and affects nearly 10% of the population. Have you talked to your doctor about your sleep? If you feel you may have sleeping problems, let your healthcare provider know. A growing number of sleep clinics now provide diagnostic testing and treatment for common sleep problems. However, few can offer the state-of-the-art technology, staff experience, convenience, comfort, and amenities that patients find at the Sleep Wellness Center at Island Hospital.

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Your Choices Can Be Confusing by Sarah Bartlett

Once faced with the task of finding a senior living community, be it for you or a loved one, the various options and considerations can be overwhelming. Many people aren’t sure what their needs are, or how to get them met. The differences in retirement community living, assisted living, and nursing care can be confusing, and many people worry about the constant cost and emotional challenges of moving between facilities. Many people find that continuing care retirement communities, also known as CCRCs, simplify the process and provide peace-of-mind for people who are making huge transitions from independent living to community living. A continuing care retirement community consists primarily of independent retirement living homes and apartments. Additionally, they have a full-service assisted living center, and a full-service skilled nursing center on the same campus. Most people move into a CCRC while still living independently, without the need for continuous roundthe-clock care. As their needs change, they can move in to the assisted living center, and eventually into the skilled nursing center if the need arises. Therefore, people have often planned for emergency situations, and/or the various stages in the aging process before the emergency arises. This helps to provide peace of mind to older adults, and their families. Many couples enjoy the benefits of continuing care retirement communities. While one spouse may need the services of a nursing center or assisted living facility, the other can live on the same campus in a retirement facility. Stand-alone assisted living and nursing communities don’t offer this option. CCRCs can save older adults, and their families, money in the long run. They don’t have to pay separate entrance fees when moving from a retirement community, to an assisted living community, to a nursing community. They can also avoid moving costs and long waiting lists to gain admission to nursing, and assisted living centers. For example, other benefits of a CCRC includes: • Social interaction – a home-based support network and social programs for aging in place. • New lifestyle – freedom, choice and relaxation. • Activities and programs – preventative, holistic care. • Wellness programs – including on-site fitness equipment and programs. • Peace of mind – health and social well-being ensures that the concerns of the older adults, and their families are met. • Dining options – from snack bars to complete meals, provide wellness and health benefits. 20

• Transportation – available for physician visits, religious services, shopping, etc. • Low-maintenance lifestyle – sheds homeowner concerns about maintaining their own home. • Security – provides older adults and their families with peace-ofmind, that they are in a safe environment and not “home alone.” Northwest Washington is home to approximately 17 not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Communities. Warm Beach Senior Community is the only continuing care retirement community in Snohomish County, and features various neighborhoods including manufactured homes, cottages, apartments, and affordable housing, along with assisted living and skilled nursing. Warm Beach is a non-profit CCRC, which makes it an affordable option for many older adults. With a beautiful environment, an enriching community of people, and opportunities for community involvement, Warm Beach helps people at all stages of their retired lives. Seniors can enjoy their final years, and find peace and comfort in a warm and loving community.

For further information you can contact Alisa Sands or Sheila Bartlett at 360-6524593 or visit www.warmbeach.org.

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How to Keep Your Brain at Full Strength Through Exercise

A little physical activity goes a long way at maintaining the brain health of seniors. by Mai Ling Slaughter

Keeping your mind busy with brain games, such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles, has been touted for years as the best way to ward off Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases. However, recent research finds that regular exercise could be more beneficial in maintaining cognitive health. June Kloubec, PhD, a faculty member in Bastyr University’s Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science, says, “as little as 20 minutes of physical activity three times a week could be enough to help seniors maintain their brain health. It’s amazing how just adding small exercises can result in such immense changes,” Dr. Kloubec says. Seniors who are relatively sedentary can reap big benefits from low-impact exercises such as: • Weight lifting and resistance training • Tai chi • Yoga Dr. Kloubec adds that, “if you are immobile or unsteady on your feet, you can do these exercises while sitting and gradually increase the difficulty as you gain strength and stamina.” If you’re able-bodied, the next step is to add cardiovascular training to your workout. Dr. Kloubec says, “This appears to be even more likely to slow, or even prevent cognitive decline.” Examples include: • Walking • Swimming • Biking Exercise Improves Brain Function at Every Age Dr. Kloubec says, “It’s not only the elderly population whose cognition improves with a little physical activity. People in all age groups perform stronger, mentally, after exercising,” she says. “Plus, it’s a great stressreliever. It frees your mind for a while, and allows you to focus on your breathing and your body.” Dr. Kloubec echoes the guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine, which recommends 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times a week to maintain cardiovascular health. However, she says, “ideally people of all ages should aim for an hour each day.” Tips to Start Exercising If the idea of exercising for an hour a day – or even 20 minutes three times a week – makes you want to put the covers back over your head each morning, here are a few ways to help you get over the hump: • Find a workout buddy – If somebody is relying on you to join them at the gym, or for a walk every morning, you’re more likely to get out of bed to do it. Having a buddy to commiserate with helps too! • Eat balanced meals – Adding exercise to your daily regimen will likely boost your metabolism and your appetite, but make sure you’re adding the right foods to your diet. Before working out eat a snack that’s high in carbohydrates, adequate in protein, and moderate in fat 22

and fiber, such as a fruit and yogurt smoothie with granola. Within 15 to 60 minutes after working out eat a nutrient-rich snack, such as a whole-wheat pita sandwich with turkey and veggies, pretzels, and lowfat milk. • Have fun! – Think of ways to enjoy your daily workout. Maybe throwing a ball with your grandkids is a good place to start. You could organize competitions with your peers to see who gains the most muscle, or most quickly improves their speed. Dr. Kloubec says, “Many senior living communities have physical activity coordinators that can help set up a realistic exercise program for residents, and also help gauge their progress. Geriatric fitness is an expanding field. In a growing number of senior residential communities, people want and need strong physical education programs.” To learn more about getting started, the National Institute of Health offers tips on strength, balance, and flexibility exercises in its Senior Health section: http:// nihseniorhealth.gov.

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Be a Part of It by Pamela Williams

What’s “it” you ask? We’re referring to your life and its activities, hobbies, exercise, and just good old-fashioned fun. Any variety of these targets the social, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of our well-being and has many benefits. Having fun can delay aging, improves your mood, and helps fight age related illness. Being active can help prevent or even control some chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, and can actually affect how long we live. Hobbies make us feel good, and help maintain independence. When we participate in activities, we feel better about ourselves and have healthier relationships. Being active in a group can be motivating. It means having companionship, and a feeling of safety and security. “I think you gain the most when you exercise with other people. Exercise in and of itself is wonderful, but doing it with others has added benefits,” mused Mary Oakes. Mary has been the Activities Director for more than 12 years at Foundation House at Northgate, a retirement community offering both independent and assisted living. She added, “It’s like therapy every day. You get support from your peers, share your goals, and lots of laughs. The mind/body connection is very important. You’ll get better sleep, improved flexibility and balance, increased endurance, and a better quality of life.” It’s vital to engage and relate with others who share the same sentiments. Seniors like to talk about their past accomplishments to gain a sense of identity, and have a sense of fulfillment. When they’re actively involved with others they receive emotional and physical benefits. “Working with seniors for almost 40 years, it’s apparent that those who remain active and engaged are healthier in body, mind, and spirit,” said Sandy Morgan, Administrator at Foundation House at Northgate since its opening in 1997. “Also, it’s never too late. I’ve heard from families who tell me their mom or dad was a former loner or recluse. Once they moved to a retirement community and became involved, however, they saw a new side of them. Being with others pulls them out of their shells, and the social interaction has helped them immensely.” Those who are active boost their ability to think critically and analytically. Exercise, Tai Chi, card games, bingo, painting, singing and the like, can increase mental capacity. Jocelyn Washington, Personal Care Director at Foundation House at Northgate for 12 plus years, noted that seniors who are active remain mentally clearer and healthier. “Physically active residents seem to have less illness and depression. They’re sharper, and have less down time after surgery or set-backs.” Trying something new, different, or challenging can possibly prevent or delay dementia or Alzheimer’s. Change up your routine and reap the rewards of an active, engaged lifestyle. Doing it with others is a great way to start. The benefits of a well-rounded life experience are vast, so be a part of it. Pamela Williams is the Marketing Director at Foundation House at Northgate. You can reach her at (206) 361-2758 or pwilliams@FoundationHouseNG.com 24

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Kevin’s Christmas Eve Nightmare by Patrick Shepard

It was Kevin’s first visit to see his mother in 16 months. He showed up on Christmas Eve expecting his usual Christmas Eve experience. For 38 years his mother has prepared the most perfect olive tray, hot totties, and turned on “A Christmas Story.” Instead, Kevin walked in to quite a shock that Christmas Eve; his sweet mother was nowhere to be found. He searched their family house, and found his mother in the backyard watering the lawn.

Our communities are filled with well-trained and big-hearted individuals who truly want to help your loved ones.

Kevin works as a computer technician and has no medical background. He asked his mom why she was watering the lawn on Christmas Eve, and was astonished to hear his mother say she didn’t even remember that it was Christmas Eve. Kevin took his mother and went to their long time family neighbors, where they joined them for a lovely Christmas Eve dinner.

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You can imagine Kevin’s astonishment when he realized that his mother had been living with Dementia. Kevin later said that his phone calls to his mother had seemed a little different over the last 6 months, and he should of probably caught on sooner. Kevin admitted he had been in “denial,” and he now leads a family support group for those with loved ones who have Dementia.

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Have you had a similar experience this holiday season? The holidays are the busiest time of the year for Dementia Communities, as this is the time when families come home and notice a decline in their loved ones health. There are currently over 36 million people in the word living with Dementia. The total number of new cases of dementia each year, worldwide, is nearly 7.7 million. This implies that there is one new case every four seconds. The number of people with dementia is expected to nearly double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050. You would not imagine how many families are not even aware that their loved one has Dementia.

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As you spent the holidays with your loved ones this year, did you notice any of the following; • Was it hard for them to perform their normal “routine?” • Did all of the people overwhelm them? • Did they get easily agitated? • Did simple tasks seem extra hard? • Were they sad? • Did they ask you questions you knew they already had the answer to? • Was their house more cluttered than normal? • Did they have things in funny places? For example, pans in the microwave or napkins on the burner?

9723 South Steele Street / Tacoma WA 98444 www.charltonplaceliving.com

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253.588.0227 10420 Gravelly Lake Drive SW / Lakewood WA 98499 www.maplecreekresidentialcare.com

All of these are hints that your loved one may be demonstrating signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. A great way to figure this out is to attend their next physical appointment. If the symptoms are really bad, you may want to call the Physician yourself.

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There are many options to assist with care: in home care, dementia care communities, and more. The best way to start is to go and tour a community, and talk about your options.

A s s i s te d li v i ng

253.841.4909 1813 South Meridian Street / Puyallup WA 98371 www.meridianhillsassistedliving.com

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Charlton Place is conveniently close to shopping, restaurants and medical care. We offer the perfect combination of services and amenities that blend the care seniors need with the convenience they value and the independence they cherish. Residents and their families especially enjoy the tranquility and privacy of our large backyard that overlooks Charlton Lake.

Maple Creek is small enough that one is never more than 45 steps away from the dining room and lounges. With a 43 room capacity, Maple Creek’s smaller size affords a level of care and intimacy not always found in larger facilities. Conveniently located within walking distance to shopping, doctors, banks and more, our community reflects quiet scapes of Mt. Rainier and Ponce De Leone Creek.

Meridian Hills Assisted Living provides a unique combination of apartment living, personalized assistance, supportive services and compassionate healthcare in a professionally managed, carefully designed, senior living community. It’s the perfect alternative for seniors who can no longer live on their own at home, yet don’t need 24-hour, complex medical supervision.

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Come Home to our Family Our unique intergenerational, multifaceted campus offers spontaneous interaction between Residents, Children and Staff that is both Heartwarming and Joyful • Assisted Living Community • Post Hospital Rehabilitation • Inpatient & Outpatient Therapy Services • Long Term Care • Memory Care Residence • Care Team Ministry Stop by for a tour and see why we are ranked as “One of the Best Nursing Homes” in the Country by US News & World Report Josephine 9901 272nd Place NW Stanwood, WA 98292 360.629.2126 www.josephinenet.com Serving the Community since 1908

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ARLINGTON Olympic Place Retirement & Assisted Living Community 20909 Olympic Place Arlington WA 98223 360-435-8440 EDMONDS Aegis of Edmonds Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Memory Care 21500 - 72nd Ave West Edmonds WA 98026 425-776-3600 Edmonds Landing Assisted Living 180 Second Ave South Edmonds WA 98020 425-744-1181

Rosewood Courte Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Memory Impaired Only 728 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-2875 Sunrise of Edmonds Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 750 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-9700 EVERETT Bethany at Silver Crest Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 2131 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-385-2335 Cascadian Place Retirement / 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

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

Opening Early 2013 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

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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 Creekside Retirement Community 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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Chateau at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155

King County

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

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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

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

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

Peters Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 14431 Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052 425-869-2273

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

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 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

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 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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 www.regencypeterscreek.com

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