Senior Guidebook - April/May/June 2009

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INDEPENDENT & ASSISTED LIVING Garden Court Retirement Community provides you with the opportunity to enjoy a maintenance-free home designed specifically for you. Our staff takes care of all the work, including weekly housekeeping and linen service, giving you the time to enjoy doing the things you’ve always loved, or try something new. Garden Court has nearly every amenity you can imagine, including: l Spacious one and two bedroom floor plans l Washer/dryer l Fully equipped kitchens l Bistro with coffee and juice bar

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The warm and friendly faces that make up a retirement / assisted living community say a lot about the care and comfort you can expect to receive. It is the people that live and work within a retirement setting, that make it so special, and familiar, a place you'd want to call home.

Our management team combined, has over 175 years of experience in retirement living and healthcare related services. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the last twenty years of dedication in making Mountain Glen the premier retirement community in Skagit County.

I have made it my goal to find the very best people in our industry to run Mountain Glen in Mount Vernon, Washington. This will be very clear as soon as you walk though our doors. I take great pride in presenting the very best managers and department heads for you, the prospective clients and family members in the Northwest.

Come and visit our team at Mountain Glen. You will find that when it is time to make that transition from your home to ours, the choice is very clear. We will be waiting, and look forward to welcoming you into our home.

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The Transition from Physical Disability to Being Fit and Healthy – Barbara Mostafavinassab I Loved My Grandmother – Jeanne Ellerbeck, MSW Question and Answer – Bill Pettit, President, Merrill Gardens Acupuncture Pins Down Seasonal Allergy Relief – Christine Kaiser, Bastyr Center for Natural Health Ayurveda: An Introduction to the Science of Life – Shailinder Sodhi, BAMS, ND, RDMS American Cancer Society & Stevens Hospital Make Navigating Cancer Easier – Shauna McBride Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Getting a Proper Diagnosis – Jennifer Bergstrom Clowning Around – Blake Thomson Be Mine, Valentine! – Danielle McIntyre Separating Medical Facts from Fiction on the Internet – Andrew Schorr The Importance of Difficult Discussions – C. Dennis Brislawn, Jr. & Thomas Lofton Directory

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The Transition from Physical Disability to Being Fit and Healthy by Barbara Mostafavinassab My name is Barbara Mostafavinassab, and I will be 72 years old in March. I am the Active, Adult Coordinator, and SilverSneakers Exercise Instructor for the Dale Turner Family YMCA in Shoreline, Washington.I have not always been fit and healthy. In fact, up until ten years ago my life consisted of physical disability, enormous pain, and a crippling medical debt. That was, until alternative healing methods changed my life. In 1987,while training for a triathlon,I was in a bike accident. I suffered serious bone damage to my neck, left shoulder, arm and hand, and compressed several vertebra. After the accident, there were multiple surgeries, doctor appointments, physical therapy,shots and medications.For the next 12 years my ONLY identity became increasing limitations, and excruciating pain.The medical problems multiplied into osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, costochronditis, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome, TMJ, Asthma,hypo-thyroid,interstitial cystitis,irritable bowel,diverticulitis,shingles, calcium deposits on heart and arteries, and a benign lump on my left breast. As if that wasn’t enough, I needed a cane or walker for support, and I weighed 198 pounds. Unable to feel part of society, I became increasingly angry, depressed and isolated. It was my firm belief that if yesterday’s pain was bad and today’s is horrible, tomorrow will be unbearable. This agonizing, internal dialog of fear and pain were a formidable foe; I wanted to die.Well, you should always be careful for what you wish for, because I soon developed blood clots after a knee surgery.While I was in surgery to remove the clots, I flat lined. During the surgery, I was awake from the hips up and it felt strange to feel warm liquid run down my leg. At the same time, I saw my deceased sister-inlaw standing in front of me wearing a Hawaiian muumuu, and holding a fruity drink with one of those cute little umbrellas.The place we were standing in was peaceful beyond words.I had a strong desire to go with her.“Let’s go shopping,” I said.“No, you cannot come with me, you have things to do,” was her reply. “What the *&# can I possibly do? I am just a rotten pile of black pain, and serving no purpose. Pain and fear are my only realities. Please take me with you.”Again she implored,“You have things to do.”Next thing I knew,I was back in the operating room. Needless to say, I was livid (especially with God). I was now extremely deep in debt, due to medical costs, and I had lost most of my physicians.They had informed me that they would no longer see Medicaid patients. What I thought would be the end of me, the loss of my physicians, became an incredible blessing in disguise! I found a doctor that believed in both allopathic, and alternative healing methods. He planted seeds of healing, and still is the foundation behind my health and wellness. 4

My first grandchild,Scheherazade, was born, and I was needed to help care for her. This beautiful child taught me that caring for someone,or something outside of self, opens the spirit. One morning I had an epiphany: What I have been doing and thinking is not working.Sitting on the pity-pot I had created, only increased misery. Perhaps being pro-active could be the healing methods I needed.Deepak Chopra influenced me, “The mind and the body are like parallel universes. Anything that happens in the mental universe leaves its tracks in the physical one.” In other words,we are made up of what we think about most, what we eat, and what we do in our lives. I took my granddaughter to the Mukilteo YMCA for baby swimming lessons, which gave me the courage to swim too. I eventually put down my cane and used the treadmill, increasing my workouts by 3-5 minutes every day. Before long, I was walking without the use of a walker or cane. I was soon lifting weights, and taking SilverSneakers and AOA classes. Eventually, I would be teaching these same classes.I went back to school to better understand healthy practices, and a balanced lifestyle. I graduated as an Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner, and Pancha Karma Technician. All my ailments did not miraculously evaporate, and some of them will always be part of me, but their power is diminished. I am no longer a victim of pain. Suffering and restrictions are no longer the focal point of life;Joy is! I’ve learned that there are so many more important things to do and think about. To be healthy, one must change negative thoughts, emotions, and habits. In turn, their reality begins to change. Instead of looking at a disease with fear, try to embrace it and love it for being a part of who you are. Guardian angels come in many forms. Mine were an enlightened physician, a departed sister in law,and the birth of a grandchild,the YMCA,and many more. Can you recognize yours? I hope this has helped to enlighten you about the possibilities of alternative therapies.As a result of my experiences, I am a healthy and happy product that emerged from an incredibly unhealthy past. My passion is to reach out to those lost in the dark, helping them find a balanced life style, attitude, and purpose. Barbara For more information please visit

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I Loved My Grandmother by Jeanne Ellerbeck, MSW

My grandmother was a wonderful presence in my life. I loved her very much, and will always hold the memories we created together dear to my heart.One memory in particular stands out in my mind when I was in grade school. My grandmother lived in a small town in Wyoming, and one day we made sandwiches for a picnic lunch, packed up the car, and set out on an adventure.It was a road trip clear across the state of Wyoming, to my uncle’s home in Cheyenne, Wyoming. My grandmother was independent, and lived alone after becoming a widow. Soon after my grandfather passed away,she began working at a local sheep ranch.I would sometimes tag along to work with her, and she would let me use the adding machine and typewriter. For some of my early childhood I was fortunate enough to live near her, and I would often stop by her house on my way home from school for cookies, milk and piano lessons. The summer I spent living with her as a teenager, while working at a local café, was one I’ll never forget. Her love of gardening and walks helped me develop my green thumb, and desire to remain active. On one particular visit, my 4 young children and myself went to visit my grandmother,and walked to her local Senior Center for lunch.I was surprised to see her struggling with counting out the money to pay for our lunches.This was the same person who had been in charge of managing the accounts for a bustling ranch before she retired.As a family,we were in denial of her declining memory and health.I wanted my grandmother to be the woman who shoveled her own coal into her basement furnace. The grandmother, who played the organ, sang, and had community members come to her home, to notarize their paperwork. We wanted my grandmother to continue to be independent, but she soon started locking herself out of her home in the dead of winter. It helped to ease our minds a bit when a visiting nurse began stopping by my grandmother’s to periodically check in on her. However, she soon became sick, and we had no choice but to admit her to the hospital.Kindly professionals let our family know that decisions had to be made, and that my grandmother could not return home. She finished her life in a nursing home, which was attached to the hospital. She longed for her independence and old home, and was always trying to escape. If only I had the knowledge then that I have now, things might have been different for her. First, I would encourage families and seniors to start early in 6

making preparations for upcoming changes in their lives.I would then take the time to find out what options are available in my community.Can my loved one stay in their home with private paid help? My grandmother could have come to live with me if I had known about Adult Day Health.This allows seniors to go to the center for the day where they have classes, entertainment, exercise, lunch, and are monitored by an RN. Another option is Assisted Living, which we could have explored and specifically looked at one designed for those with memory loss. Maybe my grandmother would have been more comfortable in an Adult Family Home. This is a home in the community, which feels like home but provides professional care and safety. Nobody wants to grow old, but we all will. Decisions can and should be made while individuals are able to make their own choices. Do you want to look into long-term care insurance? Do you want to move into assisted living where you do not have to worry about your home or yard upkeep,continue to develop your hobbies,and be active with your friends? Discharge planners and social workers can provide information about hospitals and skilled nursing facilities,which can make planning these transitions go much more smoothly. Your loved one’s life can have a happily ever after ending,in a place that is suited for their personal needs.Denial isn’t going to solve any problems,and by facing the issues, good solutions can be found.

Jeanne Ellerbeck MSW is a social worker/discharge planner at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Washington. She enjoyed working at an Adult Day Health in her local community. For more information please contact Jeanne at

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Question and Answer by Bill Pettit, President, Merrill Gardens Merrill Gardens is a family owned company based in Seattle. Parent R.D. Merrill is a timber company with Northwest roots that go back over 100 years.The Merrill family started Merrill Gardens 16 years ago,and it’s now the largest senior housing company in Washington. Pettit joined Merrill Gardens after 18 years in banking. He was Executive Vice President and CFO of Seafirst Bank, and President of Pacific First Bank. As President of Merrill Gardens, he combines financial experience and a passion for seniors. Starting with one community in 1993, the company has grown to 54 communities in nine states. Under Pettit’s leadership, the Better Business Bureau named Merrill Gardens the Business of the Year. Additionally, The Family Business Institute honored Merrill Gardens as the Washington State, Family Business of the Year. Q. What do you believe is the future of senior housing? A. When we started, senior housing was an emerging industry and many seniors didn’t understand that we are not a nursing home. Merrill Gardens is a lifestyle company, and that’s our future. Our communities offer independence with private apartments, restaurant style meals with no set meal hours, and an extensive activities program. Residents say there is never enough time to participate in all the activities and programs. We also provide transportation, weekly housekeeping, and 24 hour staffing. We believe residents should maintain the same lifestyle they had at home, when they move to Merrill Gardens. In many cases, residents find they are more independent because they don’t rely on family for trips to the doctor, cleaning, home maintenance, or socialization. Q. How is senior housing evolving? A. We are responding to what residents want.We now offer concierge services, because residents find it valuable. Just like a hotel, we can assist with shopping, dog walking, party planning, and outings. The design of our communities provides for social opportunities, with wine bars, movie theaters,work out rooms,and intimate bistros.We also have buses and Town Cars to take residents on group outings. It used to be that seniors stayed in their homes for as long as possible. This led to social isolation, poor nutrition, stress over home upkeep, and the need to rely on family members.Today, seniors understand they can move to Merrill Gardens and live in a private apartment, dine in the restaurant style dining room, stay physically and mentally active, and enjoy their retirement. We also offer services to meet resident’s changing needs, such as bathing and dressing assistance, or medication management. Residents only pay for what they need, and the services are delivered in the privacy of their apartment. 8

Q. Contrary to our current economic situation, you say now is the time to move to senior housing? A. We are concerned about the economy and its impact on seniors. However, you might be surprised to learn that the troubled economy is actually creating a rare opportunity for seniors. Senior housing occupancies have declined. Therefore, those who move now can be selective, find the apartment that meets their needs, and choose the community at the monthly rate they want. We don’t anticipate that will be the case when the economy stabilizes. As occupancies return to normal, seniors will lose leverage. In the past, developers regularly opened new communities. With limited credit available, senior housing companies are no longer building. This is going to create a serious supply and demand imbalance. It takes years to build a new community,and it will take a long time for the industry to catch up to demand. The senior population is the fastest growing segment of our population There are 38 million seniors in this country now. That number will increase by 1.5 million seniors per year, over the next 20 years. Less than 10% of the senior population currently lives in senior housing. If there is a conservative 10% increase in the number of seniors who want to move, they will take up all existing supply.That will make it difficult for seniors to find what they want. During previous downturns we saw occupancy decline, followed by a quick increase as the economy improved. It’s going to be more severe this time because there are no new communities being built, and the senior population is growing. They will find exceptional communities, better apartments, better rates, and more choice with appealing floor plans.Those who wait may not have as many options. Q: What about seniors who are waiting for the housing market to improve? A: We know seniors are worried about the “lost value” in their home. They know what they thought their home was worth three years ago, and they want to see if it will be worth that again. A home is ultimately worth what someone is willing to pay for it. We think it’s clear the housing market in Washington was overvalued, and there is no indication that prices will return to the levels we saw during that boom period. Most seniors have owned their homes for a long time and have a large amount of equity. We generally find that seniors who sell their homes at current values, can comfortably move to a Merrill Gardens community and enjoy the lifestyle we offer.

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Ayurveda An Introduction to the Science of Life by Shailinder Sodhi

Acupuncture Pins Down Seasonal Allergy Relief by Christine Kaiser Antihistamines and allergy injections aren’t the only treatment options available to the more than 30 million Americans who experience seasonal allergies. In fact, a growing number of allergy sufferers in the United States are turning to the ancient therapy of acupuncture to bring them newfound relief from the sneezing, congestion, and watery eyes that plague them. According to a 2004 study published by Allergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be safe and effective treatment options for patients with seasonal allergies. Acupuncture was given once a week for six weeks, with a Chinese herbal medicine formula taken daily. At the conclusion of the study, patients noted improvements in allergy symptoms in the nose and eyes, higher energy levels, and improved emotional wellbeing. Seasonal allergies fall under the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis, which includes such symptoms as runny nose, sneezing, and watery/itchy eyes. Allergic rhinitis may be triggered by blooming plants, dust, animal dander, or other environmental sensitivities. Consumers spend millions of dollars each year on medications and allergy shots to treat allergic rhinitis, and these treatments can cause unwanted side effects, such as drowsiness. Acupuncture for allergic rhinitis focuses on supporting the immune system, as well as relieving symptoms of stuffy nose, headache, sneezing, and watery/itchy eyes. If you experience seasonal allergies, now is the time to find an acupuncturist and start working on preventing your spring allergy attack. If you want to give acupuncture a try, be sure to seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist (LAC). – Christine Kaiser, MS, LAc, Resident, Bastyr Center for Natural Health Please visit for more information


Ayurveda, developed in India over 4,000 years ago, is one of the oldest, documented health care systems. It is a life-science emphasizing health, by integrating herbs, diet, exercise, massage and life style. In Sanskrit, one of the ancient languages of India, the word Ayurveda literally means science of life: Ayur=life;Veda=science. Ayurvedic philosophy indicates that everything in the universe is made up of the 5 following elements:1) Ether represents all space;2) Air represents all that is gaseous; 3) Earth represents matter that is solid; 4) Water represents all liquids; 5) Fire represents any matter that can transform itself from a liquid or a solid, to gas, and back again. Relationships exist between these elements, as they pair together to help form the characteristics of all living things. These relationships exist within 3 forces,or energies, known as Doshas;which are basically a combination of 2 of the five elements listed above. The Vata dosha is made up of space and air.The Pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water. The Kapha dosha brings together water and earth. Together, the doshas orchestrate all of the activities that occur within us. In people, the Doshas are often referred to as the body type. In our bodies, Vata is the force behind movement. Hence, anything that moves, or helps create movement, is the responsibility of Vata. Pitta is responsible for transforming materials into their most basic form for absorption, so that the body may digest and metabolize food. Kapha is responsible for the fluids that act as the lubrication for movement, and as the glue that helps hold things together. Every individual needs all of the three Doshas to exist, since they each play a role in our body and mind. This unique combination of Doshas defines the person's unique body type (Prakruti or Constitution of individual). The combinations could be Vata/Pitta, Vata/Kapha, or Pitta/Kapha. Most people are a combination of 2. It is possible, but rare to have all three in equal proportions, or to be completely of 1 Dosha. This combination of our Dosha is determined at birth, and remains constant throughout ones lifetime. When in their natural state of balance, our Doshas provide the strength our bodies need, preventing conditions that may allow disease. When out of balance, the body's loss of homeostasis permits health conditions and diseases to develop. In Ayurveda, this imbalance in Doshas is known as Vikruti. When the natural proportion, or balance of our Doshas is disrupted, illness can occur. Our Doshas can go out of balance due to toxin accumulation,seasonal changes,stress,improper diet,environmental factors,or poor habits. Ayurvedic philosophy emphasizes moderation and customization according to one's Constitution, Prakruti and imbalance, Vikruti. We can be healthy by practicing moderation within the realms of our body type. Denial can be just as unhealthy as indulgence. Our predominant Doshas will determine the imbalances we are prone to.When the Vata predominance is imbalanced, we will experience conditions relating to parts that help move us around. Pitta imbalances will lead to disruptions of metabolic and digestive systems, and also lead to inflammatory diseases. Kapha imbalances lead to obesity, and related conditions, such as fluid retentions, pneumonia, etc. If you would like to follow a personalized program of balance laid out by an ayurvedic healer please contact Shailinder Sodhi BAMS, ND, RDMS 425-453-8022.

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Luxurious Living in an Affordable Community for the Independent Senior 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments Available • Maintenance-free Living • Brand New Building • New Appliances including Microwave, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Washer & Dryer • Downtown Shopping 10 Minutes Away • Social Room with Fireplace & Common Area Kitchen • Fun & Enjoyable Social Activities • Media Room • Exercise Room • Access Controlled Entry Billiard Room • Beauty Salon • Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi • Small Pets Welcome • Some Utilities Included •

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The American Cancer Society Teams Up with Edmonds Hospital to Make Navigating Cancer Easier by Shauna McBride Where can you find answers about cancer,even when the resources seem out of reach? The American Cancer Society and Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, recognize the need for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to have access to free and up-to-date information on cancer. The two organizations are providing that information, and support, through its local American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center. It is located on the second floor of the Stevens Oncology Center, on the east side of the Stevens Hospital campus. Since the centers formal launch in July of 2008, its well-trained, volunteer staff has worked closely with Stevens Hospital.The goal is to provide patients with free, comprehensive cancer information, patient assistance programs, emotional support, and if necessary referrals to other community resources offering day-to-day guidance and assistance. “Finding out you have cancer can be one of the scariest moments in life. Patients often don’t know what resources are available to them, or who to ask to find them.That’s where we come in,” said Carolyn, a Cancer Resource Center volunteer. One of the American Cancer Society programs offered within Stevens Hospital is Look Good...Feel Better.The Look Good...Feel Better program is a communitybased, free, national service that teaches people in active cancer treatment, techniques to deal with the appearance related side effects of treatment. Women receive a free makeover,including tips on skin care,nail care,and makeup. “The American Cancer Society provided me with the resources I needed to fight back against cancer,with courage and hope.I encourage every reader who may need it,to make use of these wonderful and very helpful services.They certainly improved my life,”said Karen, a patient at Stevens Hospital. In addition to Look Good...Feel Better, the volunteers in the Cancer Resource Center are available to help with lodging and transportation assistance,support groups for patients and their family members,help finding answers to financial and insurance questions, as well as referrals for prescription drug assistance. Another great resource for patients is access to wigs, hats, and scarves. “We want to make sure patients feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside,” said Jerri Wood, Snohomish County Quality of Life Relationship Manager. The partnership between the American Cancer Society and Stevens Hospital provides patients with the best of what both organizations have to offer. No matter what you need, or need to ask, help is only a phone call or click away. 12

Anyone seeking general information, or information on volunteering, is encouraged to call Medy Eballar, Manager Volunteer Services at Stevens Hospital 425-640-4341, or Jerri Wood, American Cancer Society Staff person at 425-322-1114, or toll free 1-800-ACS-2345. The Cancer Resource Center is located at 21605 76th Ave.W. Edmonds. The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information, you can visit their website anytime at, For more information you can contact or 206-674-4130

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Getting A Proper Diagnosis by Jennifer Bergstrom Bill had been acting strangely for a while,and Ruth was beginning to worry.He was having a hard time finding things,and kept accusing Ruth of moving them. As time passed, he would ask the same questions over and over again. He was struggling to remember the names of some of their oldest and dearest friends. When he was frustrated, his words eluded him, which further increased his frustration.He began to follow Ruth around, as he was afraid to be alone.More than once he started to cook something on the stove, and then forgot that it was on there.Ruth knew he was losing his memory, but she put off taking him to see the doctor. Maybe if she covered for him, or reminded him of things, he would improve.In her heart,she wasn’t sure how much longer she could watch over him and keep him safe. Ruth’s situation is not unique. It is repeated many times over in the lives of countless seniors. Not only is Ruth in her golden years, and experiencing the effects of aging herself, she has no experience whatsoever in dealing with the many issues and challenges that are coming her way. She is facing intense demands, with no idea how to manage the new change in their lives. That change being the onset of dementia. So what is dementia? Dementia is the deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment. This deterioration results from an organic disease, or a disorder of the brain. It is sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance, and changes in personality. There are numerous diseases or brain injuries that can cause dementia,and some people have more than one cause. As the executive director of a Seattle area memory care community,I see people like Bill and Ruth every day. Ruth is an excellent wife – loving, committed. She didn’t ask for this problem, but it has unexpectedly fallen into her hands. She loves her husband dearly, and really wants to do what is best for him. After all, their wedding vows said,“For better or for worse;” This is just the “worse.” So, she launches herself into the future, feeling her way along in the dark. She is anxious, frustrated, tired, and overwhelmed. Sadly, Ruth is really at a loss, and doesn’t know what to do. So, what do you do? Where do you go? How do you cope? Her first hurdle in doing the right thing for Bill is to face her fear and lack of knowledge.This is not the time to “wing it,” or let fear and denial get the best of her. Bill cannot help himself, and he needs an advocate that can bring some knowledge and direction into the situation. So, here are the first steps to be taken when this moment arrives: Assessment & Diagnosis The first step is to make sure she gets a good assessment of Bill’s condition. Taking him to his primary care physician is a good start, but he should also be 14

seen by a specialist to try to narrow down the diagnosis. A neurologist, a geriatric physician, or a geriatric psychiatrist is recommended.These specialists concentrate their practice on these types of disorders, and are likely to have a wider range of options for their patients.The brain is a complex organ and much of it remains a mystery to the medical world, even though science has made many breakthroughs in understanding issues of the brain. New medications and information are coming out all the time.It’s important to get connected to current information.An early diagnosis can make a remarkable difference in the treatment of memory loss, and may give Bill more time with better function. Evaluate Medication Picture Make sure Bill receives a thorough evaluation of all his medications, to see if there are any serious drug interactions that may be playing a role in the symptoms. Some Alzheimer’s type symptoms can be caused by too much medication, or a reaction to one or more medications over a period of time. Using a single pharmacy is always a good idea, so that a good pharmacist can monitor risks when multiple drugs are being consumed. Communicate With Medical Staff If the first recommendations for Bill aren’t improving the situation measurably, Ruth must make sure to stay in communication with Bill’s physicians and pharmacist to let them know. She will need to advocate for Bill, and follow up to see that he gets the help he needs. When Ruth connects with the appropriate medical personnel,handling medical bills and care will be easier and more comforting.This is not a time to go it alone – it is a time to connect with others.Ruth will now be on her way to facing the challenges ahead, with the appropriate support and confidence she needs.

Jennifer Bergstrom is the Marketing Director of Áegis of Edmonds. For more information contact Aegis of Edmonds at 425.776.3600 or

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Be Mine, Valentine! Love Revitalized after 71 Years of Marriage by Danielle McIntyre

Eva and Frances celebrated their first Valentine’s Day in 1934 at a local dance. More than seven decades later and many dances in between, they celebrated again in front of friends and family. On that same special day, they renewed their wedding vows as Mr. and Mrs.Wise. Both in their early 90’s now, Eva and Frances have been married nearly 72 years. Frances says that their secret is,“be patient with each other and things will work out.” Enduring the effects of the Great Depression may have had something to do with this important virtue that they’ve both held onto during this successful union. Francis also mentions,“things were good,not perfect,but good.”They’ll tell you they faced their share of adversity, and life was full of hard work. However, through it all, their love continued to thrive. The lasting love of Mr.and Mrs.Wise is a true inspiration to many.Finding a true Valentine’s Day love that lasts the tests of time results from holding on, compromising, and listening. Their 34 year-old, single grandson even states, “They give me hope.” Frances will tell you it is his wife’s “million dollar smile.” Eva relates with a more symbolic figure in history.As Mother Theresa once said, and Eva believes,“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” In this case, Eva feels she has had plenty of time to love without judgment, and looks forward to the years ahead. At their original ceremony, Frances vowed to listen more, and Eva to keep an open mind.Together, 71 years later, they made these same vows again.


In a time of shortlived marriages and a rising divorce rate, life-long love can often times be a wonder for so many. Fortunate for Mr. and Mrs. Frances Wise, their lasting devotion is nothing short of remarkable. Leading up to this Valentines Day ceremony, Eva gathered old photos and reminisced of their lives together. The Wise’s grew up in a small town in South Dakota, and played together as little children. Eva relived standing outside the courthouse immediately before their marriage, and the anticipation she felt. After they were married they had four children, and faced the challenges of losing one of them.Clearly,there were ups and downs,but the Wise’s love endured. Reliving these memories, made revitalizing their union just as important today as it was 71 years before. The same nerves soared through them the second time around, just as they had on their first. The ceremony was a beautiful example of their love for each other.They sat under an arbor,and again pledged themselves to each other. Afterwards, the champagne flowed, a toast was made, family smiled and cried, and the cake was cut. Eva said,“time sure flies when you are having fun!”Words of inspiration for us all to live by, and words the Wise couple certainly did. GenCare Lifestyle operates five communities in Washington,and one in Sun City Arizona.For more information on how GenCare Lifestyle communities celebrate Whole Life Living like the Wise Story, visit our website at Danielle McIntyre is the Director of Marketing for GenCare Lifestyle.

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Separating Medical Facts from Fiction on the Internet by Andrew Schorr Seniors have been flocking to their computers, as the Internet has become a regular past time for many of them. My 76-year-old mother-in-law just signed on to, an extremely popular “social networking” website, to make it easier to see videos of the grandchildren.Other people spend hours on email with friends and family across the country. The Internet allows for an easy and inexpensive connection with people we care about – people, for whatever reason, whom we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. As seniors get more familiar with the Internet,it’s only natural that they would start seeking answers to pressing questions. Not surprisingly, medical questions top the list. There are literally millions of websites out there just waiting to offer you answers. Most of them have inaccurate or incomplete information – information that is often pushed out with the goal of selling you on their product or service.A few are just plain criminal,and literally try to steal your money providing no value to you at all.However, by separating the wheat from the chaff,there are some websites that have tremendous value,if only you know how to be discriminating. Here’s a roadmap to help you and your loved ones get quality information: If you go to a search engine,avoid the “sponsored links.”That’s a bold statement because there are reputable organizations that advertise,so they are listed right at the top when you search on Google or have to be really savvy to know whether a “good guy”is providing the ad,or if you should proceed with caution. My advice is to look through the top links, just under the sponsored ones. On, under “health results,” you will find links to my group, Patient Power, Mayo Clinic, and Medline – all authoritative websites featured by Microsoft. These sites will help orient you to a health condition, and give you up-to-date information. The next step is to go to the website of a leading patient-advocacy group.So,for heart questions go to the American Heart Association, If you have concerns about cancer, visit The American Cancer Society, For diabetes questions, you’ll go to The American Diabetes Association, will find links there,to their local chapters, 22

and local phone numbers. Locally, they can advise you about local doctors who are well qualified to treat you for your health concerns. One other piece of advice: If you join an online support group, be VERY discriminating as you receive advice from others. First, everyone’s situation is different, and what worked for him or her may not work for you. Second, they may have a hidden agenda in pushing you in one direction or another. My general advice is,if you start seeing the same treatments,the same doctor’s names, echoed by multiple sources as you search, then they most likely might be right. However, if a doctor or treatment is just presented on one glossy website, do not be wooed in by their approach. There is so much more to talk about, and I am in the midst of writing a book on this subject.If you need medical guidance right now, it can be hard to resist the Internet when it’s right at your fingertips. If you decide to take this route to obtain the medical information you desire, just be sure to follow a few simple rules: search smart, rely on trusted resources, and feel confident when more than one site says the same thing. Wishing you and your family the best of health! Andrew For more information, please visit

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The Importance of Difficult Discussions by Dennis Brislawn & Thomas Lofton, Brislawn Lofton & The Private Client Law Group

Have you ever noticed that some discussions are easier to initiate than others? Interestingly enough, some of the most difficult discussions are with our own family members. No matter how difficult, there is one topic that every family needs to discuss – estate planning. Discussing your eventual death, and the ensuing financial plans with your loved ones can be emotionally challenging. However, it will offer immense rewards in maintaining family harmony,and ensure your wishes are carried out, as you desire. Keeping Family Harmony If you have adult children they should understand what they might inherit,and how and when it will be distributed.It is important for them to understand why one sibling may be treated differently than another.The discussion about who is to run things, and what will govern their decisions, must also be set forth in advance. A survey conducted by AARP and the Scudder Investment Program, found that 20 percent of Americans age 50 and over had experienced family fights over inheritance issues. Of those reporting no conflicts, 63 percent said they had known what to expect in advance, and 82 percent of them believed they were treated fairly. You also need to let your family know who will be making your personal, healthcare,and financial decisions,if you are unable to.Family members should understand your healthcare wishes,and you should discuss plans for long-term care; including how it will be paid. 24

Not surprisingly, there are other related issues that you should address as well. Of course, there are many financial and non-financial matters that must be resolved promptly, and correctly, when someone passes away. Therefore, it is pertinent that estate plans are prepared and shared with your family.Without proper planning and execution, hundreds of thousands of dollars can be lost to taxes. Avoiding the Treasure Hunt Help your family avoid the “treasure hunt,” through your personal effects, by making distributions in a written memorandum that is referenced in your will or trust.Make certain they know where you keep important financial and legal paperwork. They should also know whom the go-to person, or financial institution is when the time comes. It is also a good idea to make sure your legal documentation is up-to-date, given changes in the law and your personal circumstances.Too many well-laid plans fail when they are not correctly maintained.It is a good idea to have your plan reviewed every three years by an estate-planning professional. Many estate planners, including our firm, offer this service at no charge. Like most things in life, prior planning is the key to success. So, it goes without saying that when it comes to your estate, planning and open communication today, are essential for family harmony tomorrow. For more information, contact C. Dennis Brislawn, Jr. at Esquire BRISLAWN LOFTON, PLLC 3450 Carillon Point, and Kirkland,WA 98033. Call (425) 803-9500 or TOLL FREE (800) 466-6658. You can also email him at or visit their website at

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Welcome to Video, Radio and Print Seeing things differently means seeing different things. By bringing together “local” world-class experts in the fields of health (traditional and non-traditional), nutrition, and law (estate planning and senior legal issues), we’ve gone beyond the old idea of what to expect. We will bring you a new way of looking at living and having a better quality of life. We will explore natural and nutritional approaches, acupuncture, medical spas and other ways of treating the underlying cause of whatever is standing in the way of a healthy life. There will be stories from real people and links providing all sides of different issues, so you can make an informed decision that is the best path for you. You will even be able to view animated video presentations of medical procedures that you may be facing. The most fearful part of an operation is the uncertainty, and lack of understanding about the process. This will help you understand the steps and ease your anxiety. To complete the experience, you will be able to read the current edition of the Senior Guidebook Magazine. This will allow access to thoughtful articles, as well as a respected and reliable list of independent, assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia communities for your consideration.



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DIRECTORY SNOHOMISH ARLINGTON Olympic Place Retirement & Assisted Living Community 20909 Olympic Place Arlington WA 98223 360-435-8440 EDMONDS Aegis of Edmonds Assisted Living/ Alzheimer’s Memory Care 21500 - 72nd Ave West Edmonds WA 98026 425-776-3600 Edmonds Landing Assisted Living 180 Second Ave South Edmonds WA 98020 425-744-1181 Rosewood Courte Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 728 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-2875 Sunrise of Edmonds Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 750 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-9700 EVERETT Arbor Place at Silver Lake Assisted Living 12806 Bothell-Everett Highway Everett WA 98208 425-338-3227 Bethany at Silver Crest Assisted Living/ Nursing Home Adjacent 2131 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-385-2335 Cascadian Place Retirement Retirement 3915 Colby Avenue Everett WA 98201 425-339-2225 Clare Bridge Silver Lake Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2015 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-337-6336

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

Chateau Pacific Independent & Assisted Living 3333 - 148th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98037 425-787-9693

Seabrook Assisted Living and Retirement Residence Independent and Assisted Living 11333 3rd Place W Everett WA 98204 425-347-0372

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

Somerset Memory Care Community Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 524 - 75th Street SE Everett WA 98203 425-348-8800 Vintage at Everett Apartments at Affordable Prices 1001 East Marine View Drive Everett WA 98201 425-259-5659 Washington Oakes Retirement and Assisted Living 1717 Rockefeller Ave Everett WA 98201 425-339-3300 GRANITE FALLS GenCare Lifestyle: Granite Falls 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

GenCare Lifestyle: Lynnwood Independent & Assisted Living/Wellness Services 6024 200th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-673-7111 Sunrise of Lynnwood Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 18625 - 60th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-771-7700 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 360-659-1279 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 425-338-1580 MONROE Merrill Gardens at Monroe Independent and Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Memory Impaired 15465 - 179th Ave SE Monroe WA 98272 360-794-4284

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Mountlake Terrace Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent and Assisted Living 23303 - 58th Ave W Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 425-672-4673 MUKILTEO Harbour Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 10200 Harbour Place Mukilteo WA 98275 425-493-8555 SNOHOMISH Sunrise of Snohomish Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 1124 Pine Ave Snohomish WA 98290 360-568-1900 STANWOOD Josephine Sunset Home 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 360-629-3445 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 Aldercrest - Edmonds 425-775-1961 Bethany at Pacific - Everett 425-259-5508 Bethany at Silver Lake - Everett 425-338-3000 Delta Rehab Center - Snohomish 360-568-2168


Edmonds Rehab and Healthcare –Edmonds 425-778-0107 Everett Rehab and Care Center Everett 425-513-1600 Everett Trans. Care - Everett 425-258-7552 Forest View Trans. Health Center –Everett 425-258-4474 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 Parkway Nursing Center Snohomish 360-568-8566 Regency Care Center at Arlington - Arlington 360-403-8247 Regency Care Center of Monroe Monroe 360-794-4011 Sunrise View Convalescent Center - Everett 425-353-4040

SKAGIT ANACORTES Fidalgo Care Center & Rosario Assisted Living Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing/ Secured Dementia Care/Rehab 1105 27th Street Anacortes WA 98221 360-293-3174 Cap Sante Court Retirement 1111 32nd Street Anacortes,WA 98221 360-293-8088 Chandler’s Square Retirement/Assisted Living 1300 “O” Ave. Anacortes WA 98221 360-293-1300


MOUNT VERNON The Bridge Assisted Living/Hospice 301 S LaVenture Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-416-0400

Cordata Health Care & Rehab Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 4680 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA 98226 360-398-1966

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

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

Logan Creek Retirement/Independent Living 2311 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-428-0222 Mountain Glen Retirement/Assisted Living 1810 East Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-7900 Vintage at Mount Vernon Apartments at Affordable Prices 1000 Vintage Lane Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-848-8533 SEDRO-WOOLLEY Birchview - A Memory Care Community Assisted Living/ Enhanced Adult Residential Care 925 Dunlop Ave Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-1911 Country Meadow Village Retirement & Assisted Living 1501 Collins Rd Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-0404 Life Care Center of Skagit Valley Skilled Nursing 1462 West SR 20 Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-6867

WHATCOM BELLINGHAM Alderwood Park Licensed Skilled Nursing 2726 Alderwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-2322 Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Licensed Skilled Nursing/ Specialized Care 1200 Birchwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-9295

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

Highgate House Assisted Living/Specialized Care 151 & 155 East Kellogg Bellingham WA 98226 360-671-1459 Highland Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2400 Samish Way Bellingham WA 98226 360-734-4800

Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447 The Courtyard Dementia Care Community Assisted Living/Enhanced Specialized Care 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338


The Leopold Retirement & Assisted Living 1224 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-3500 Merrill Gardens at Cordata Retirement/Assisted Living/ Specialized Care 4415 Columbine Dr Bellingham WA 98226 360-715-8822 Mt. Baker Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2905 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-4181 Parkway Chateau Retirement/Independent Living 2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-671-6060

FREELAND Maple Ridge Assisted Living Community 1767 Alliance Avenue Freeland WA 98249 360-331-1303 OAK HARBOR Harbor Tower Village Retirement & Assisted Living 100 E Whidbey Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-675-2569 Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224 Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave., Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400


Rosewood Villa Retirement/Assisted Living 702 32nd Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-676-9193 Shuksan Health Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 1530 James Street Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-9161 Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 223 E Bakerview Road Bellingham WA 98226 360-756-2301

AUBURN Auburn Meadows Assisted Living/Memory Care 945 22nd Street NE Auburn WA 98002 253-333-0171 BELLEVUE The Bellettini Luxury Apartment Homes in the Heart of Bellevue / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800

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

Vintage at Burien Apartments at Affordable Prices 149 South 140th Street Burien WA 98168 206-988-5117

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

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

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

ENUMCLAW High Point Village Retirement & Assisted Living 1777 High Point Street Enumclaw WA 98022 360-825-7780

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

FEDERAL WAY Foundation House Independent Living Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823

Chateau at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155 Life Care Center of Bothell Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing 707 228th Street SW Bothell WA 98021 425-481-8500 North Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 907 201st Place SE Bothell WA 98012 425-483-8927 Riverside East Retirement & Assisted Living 10315 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-481-1976 Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living Community 10519 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-485-8900 BURIEN El Dorado West Retirement & Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975

KENMORE Spring Hill of Kenmore Assisted Living 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200 KENT Farrington Court Retirement / Assisted Living 516 Kenosia Avenue Kent WA 98030 253-852-2737 KIRKLAND Aegis of Kirkland Assisted Living / Memory Care 13000 Totem Lake Boulevard Kirkland WA 98034 425-823-7272 Aegis Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841 Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210 Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-828-2570

MERCER ISLAND Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565 REDMOND Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 West 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 RENTON GenCare Lifestyle: Renton Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080 SEATTLE Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700 CRISTWOOD Retirement Community Residential/Assisted Living Skilled Nursing/Onsite Home Health 19303 Fremont Avenue North Seattle (Shoreline) WA 98133 1-877-639-3292 / 206-546-7565 Merrill Gardens at Northgate Independent and Assisted Living 11501 15th Ave. NE Seattle WA 98125 206-362-7250 Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne Independent and Assisted Living 805 4th Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-284-0055 Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S. Renton WA 98057 425-235-6400

Merrill Gardens at West Seattle Independent 4611 35th Ave SW Seattle (West) WA 98126 206-932-5480 Merrill Gardens Admiral Heights Independent and Assisted Living 2326 California Ave. S.W. Seattle (West) WA 98116 206-938-3964 Merrill Gardens at the University Independent & Assisted Living 5115 25th Ave NE Seattle WA 98105 206-523-8400 Northgate Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent & Assisted Living 11030 5th Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-363-6740 GenCare Lifestyle: Seattle - Lake City Retirement 3025 NE 137th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-367-0369 Gencare Lifestyle: Seattle-Ballard Retirement/Assisted Living 5433 Leary Ave NW Seattle WA 98107 206-782-4000 the Stratford at Maple Leaf Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 9001 Lake City Way NE Seattle WA 98115 206-729-1200 SHORELINE Aegis of Shoreline and Callahan House Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 14900 & 15100 First Avenue NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-367-6700 and 206-417-9747 The Blakely at Echo Lake Village Affordable Senior Residential Community 1140 N. 192nd Street Shoreline WA 98133 206-363-1866 WOODINVILLE Fairwinds – Brittany Park Retirement / Assisted Living 17143 - 133rd Ave NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-402-7100


The Creekside A Merrill Gardens Community Independent Retirement Community 18200 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-483-7953

KITSAP BREMERTON Vintage at Bremerton Apartments at Affordable Prices 1717 Sheridan Road Bremerton WA 98310 360-479-8300 PORT ORCHARD Park Vista Retirement & Assisted Living 2944 SE Lund Avenue Port Orchard WA 98366 360-871-2323 SILVERDALE CRISTA Shores Retirement Community Residential, Assisted Living 1600 NW Crista Shores Lane Silverdale WA 98383 1-800-722-4135 / 360-613-3502

PIERCE BONNEY LAKE Cedar Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living 9515 198th Avenue E Bonney Lake WA 98391 253-299-6461 GIG HARBOR Clare Bridge Shoreline View Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 9324 N Harborview Drive Gig Harbor WA 98332 253-858-7790 Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor Independent and Assisted Living 3213 45th Street Court N.W. Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-858-5300 Sound Vista Village Retirement & Assisted Living 6633 McDonald Avenue Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929


MILTON Mill Ridge Village Retirement & Assisted Living 607 28th Avenue Milton WA 98354 253-925-9200 PUYALLUP Clare Bridge Puyallup Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 8811 176th Street E Puyallup WA 98375 253-445-1300 Merrill Gardens at Puyallup Independent and Assisted Living 123 4th Avenue NW Puyallup WA 98371 253-848-1234



KENNEWICK The Manor at Canyon Lakes A Merrill Gardens Community Independent and Assisted Living 2802 West 35th Ave. Kennewick WA 99337 509-586-5633 RICHLAND Riverton Retirement & Assisted Living 1800 Bellerive Drive Richland WA 99352 509.628.0221


Silver Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 17607 91st Avenue E Puyallup WA 98375 253-875-8644

LACEY Woodland Retirement & Assisted Living 4532 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-528-3253

TACOMA Life Manor Independent Senior Living 1601 S.Union Avenue Tacoma WA 98405 253-383-3363

OLYMPIA Clare Bridge Olympia Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 420 Yauger Way SW Olympia WA 98502 360-236-1400

Life Manor Assisted Living Community 1609 S.Union Avenue Tacoma WA 98405 253-779-3800

Merrill Gardens at Olympia Independent and Assisted Living 616 Lilly Road N.E. Olympia WA 98506 360-456-0601

Villas Union Park Independent Living 2010 S Union Avenue Tacoma WA 98405 253-752-6870

YELM Rosemont Retirement & Assisted Living 215 Killion Road NW Yelm WA 98597 360-458-1800

Wynwood Allenmore Personalized Assisted Living 3615 S 23rd Street Tacoma WA 98405 253-759-7770

GRAYS HARBOR HOQUIAM Channel Point Village Retirement & Assisted Living 907 K Street Hoquiam WA 98550 360-532-9000

PORT TOWNSEND Discovery View Retirement Apartments 1051 Hancock Street Port Townsend WA 360-385-9500 Seaport Landing Retirement & Assisted Living 1201 Hancock Street Port Townsend WA 98368 360-379-9376

CLARK VANCOUVER Bridgewood Retirement & Assisted Living 11700 NE Angelo Drive Vancouver WA 98684 360-254-4666 Vintage at Vancouver Apartments at Affordable Prices 9001 NE 54th Street Vancouver WA 98662 360-882-9300

COWLITZ LONGVIEW Monticello Park Retirement & Assisted Living 605 Broadway Longview WA 98632 360-575-1778

CHELAN WENATCHEE Columbia Heights Retirement & Assisted Living 1550 Cherry Street Wenatchee WA 98801 509-662-8646

CLALLAM PORT ANGELES Park View Villas Retirement & Assisted Living 1430 Park View Lane Port Angeles WA 98363 360-452-7222 SEQUIM Vintage at Sequim Apartments at Affordable Prices 1009 Brackett Road Sequim WA 98382 360-681-4018

GRANT MOSES LAKE Pioneer Village Affordable Independent Retirement Apartments 816 E. Sharon Avenue Moses Lake WA 98837 888-548-6609

SENIOR guidebook – bridging generations

Dear Reader, Is there anyone not feeling the crunch of our economy these days? We are all developing new ways to cut excess spending by adjusting our lifestyles to stretch budgets. We are learning what once a necessity was may currently be considered only a luxury. While we are learning what things we can and cannot live without, there are a few crucial priorities we understand will always remain important to our quality of life. Excellent healthcare and mental health care, for example, will always remain an important necessity, no matter the price tag. Somerset Memory Care Community is aware of today’s economy and the struggles it brings to all of us. At Somerset, your loved one can enjoy a better quality of life through the assistance of our staff. Every staff member possesses current training in dementia-wise interaction, in addition to several other training requirements. Somerset also proudly offers a professional Mental Health Social Worker to help better the lives of every resident. Did we mention we also accept Medicaid? Therefore, we are able to help with the process once you have reached the eligibility requirements. We are pros at the paperwork process!

If you are struggling with the demands of today’s economy and experiencing a state of extreme difficulty in meeting the needs of your loved one, call us. We understand. We are happy to answer your questions and assist you, whether the needs may be monetary questions, questions regarding our services, or mental health questions regarding your loved one and in coping with the different types of dementia. Somerset also offers Daycare and Respite care services. Perhaps it is just that you need a break from care giving at the current time. We would be happy to discuss the process of placing your loved on our Daycare/Respite care list. Invest in your future by resting in the assurance that when the time comes, you have afforded your loved one the quality of life in such a difficult time. Call us today with your needs and let us help, even if it is just for information. For doing so, not only will you receive assistance, but also future support regardless of your decision.

Sincerely, Sheila Moreno, Director of Social Services Jody Iverson, Director of Marketing


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