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The Positive Effects Of A Puppy’s Presence – Abbey Lyons-Ellison & Roxie Crawford Family Feud – Lennie Mees, MD Lifestyle Funding Options – Bill Pettit, President, Merrill Gardens Weave A Life With Purpose – Tracey Harvey Making The Most Of Life After Cancer – Andrew Schorr The Family That Sticks Together, Survives Alzheimer’s – Jennifer Bergstrom Do You Know Someone With Vision Loss? – Kate Fewel Making Good Health Decisions – Jennifer Blair Ayurveda And Hypertension – Virender Sodhi, MD, ND Project Lifesaver - IT WORKS! – George Ratayczak & Josselyn Winslow Directory
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The Positive Effects Of A Puppy’s Presence by Abbey Lyons-Ellison and Roxie Crawford It was last fall that I began working at Clare Bridge of Lynnwood, which began my journey into the world of Alzheimer’s, and gave me a new perspective on life. Without a doubt, working in a specialized Alzheimer’s and dementia care community brings a lot of new knowledge. Alzheimer’s is undeniably a very debilitating disease. It sets families and caregivers on an emotional and unpredictable roller-coaster ride, as they try to cope and care for their loved one at the same time. At Clare Bridge communities we have made a promise to our residents, to ensure daily moments of success in their lives. What this means to us is that no matter how the disease has affected them, we promise by the end of each day they will have had at least one moment where their lives have been enriched and full of meaning. At Clare Bridge of Lynnwood we have always upheld this promise through an active and healthy lifestyle. Recently, however, we have found a new, secret, therapeutic weapon: our community pet, Penny. This February, our Life Enrichment Coordinator, Jamie, became the new proud “mommy” of a 10-pound ball of endless energy. She rescued a little puppy that she named “Penny Lane”. Penny wasted no time working her way into the lives, and hearts, of every resident and associate at the community. We knew that Penny would be a sure source of entertainment for the residents, but also saw her quickly emerge into the role of unofficial pet therapy dog. While people with basic knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease are aware that the main symptom is memory loss, at Clare Bridge we understand how much more is involved with the disease. Dramatic changes happen in an Alzheimer’s patients brain functioning. This causes severe confusion, agitation, depression, and ultimately results in the loss of their ability to manage simple daily tasks on their own. This is where our miniature therapist became so crucial. Immediately, Penny needed no invitation to help herself to an empty lap of a resident, and shower them with an aggressive abundance of puppy kisses. Residents, who frequently experience anxiety, seem to forget all their worries when Jamie hands them Penny’s leash. They happily handle the task of taking her for a stroll within the security of our garden-filled courtyards. Speaking from a staff-morale perspective, I know our morning meetings wouldn’t be the same without having to talk over the sound of Penny relentlessly squeaking her favorite toy the whole time. This brings us to a moment I will never forget. Jamie and I decided to throw a birthday party for my 3-pound Pomeranian, Piper, who also frequents the community. It started jokingly, but come the day of the party our community center was filled with pink princess decorations, puppy party favors, birthday cakes (one for people, one for dogs), a handful of Piper’s best friends, and laughing residents. Penny of course attended and surrounded by all this puppy mayhem, I thought it would be a fun opportunity to engage our residents in some reminiscing. Two ladies were sitting right in the middle of all the dogs playing, so I decided to ask them to share a story with me about any pets they had in the past. 4
“Oh, I have a dog!” said Betty. I naively asked if the dog lives with her daughter, knowing that if it lived in the building I would certainly already know about it. “No, she lives with me,” she replied firmly. “She’s right there!” Betty exclaimed, pointing down at Penny. Sally, the resident sitting next to her spoke up and said, “Hey, that’s my dog too!” Both ladies shared a laugh, followed by fond words about how much they loved Penny. It was there in that moment that I felt how much these ladies identified with Penny, and how much they loved her and looked forward to her daily company. On those tough days where the disease takes its toll, Penny is there to soothe them, and provide the positive stimulation they need. On the good days, everyone will surely be outside in the sunshine laughing, while Penny tackles Piper in their version of tag. It is not uncommon to hear Jamie calling for Penny during resident mealtimes, because Penny has wandered off in hopes that she can charm a caregiver into slipping her some table scraps. This always gives the staff a good laugh. All these things make me think back to Penny’s first day at Clare Bridge, and how all of us could have never imagined what an important role she would fill at our community. Penny’s spunky little attitude has worked itself into therapy for all of us, and each day brings daily moments of success to the lives of everyone she has touched at Clare Bridge. For more information please visit www.brookdaleliving.com or contact Clare Bridge of Lynnwood at 425-774-3300 / Clare Bridge at Silver Lake 425-337-6336
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At every age life is measured in moments. And Brookdale Senior Living® communities are designed to help you or a loved one make the most of every one of them. We offer a wide range of senior lifestyles, care options and pricing structures to match your needs. And as a Brookdale resident, you will have flexibility to transfer between them as your needs change.
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Family Feud by Lennie Mees, MD Starring John Hurley, the Martinelli family, (with Sam, Mary, Sue, Jimmy, and Tom) and our returning champions, the Jones family (with Chris, Harry, Beth, Sally, and Roland). JH: OK friends, it’s time to play the final round of Family Feud. Martinellis, can you keep up with the Joneses? Ready? Sam, Chris, top five answers on the board – now the question. What are the top five stressors for older Americans? Buzz. JH: The Martinellis rang in first. Your answer, please. SM: Health, John. We don’t want to linger with an illness, and heaven forbid, we don’t want to be a burden to our children should we need long term care. Ring! JH: That’s number two. Jones family, can your find the number one answer? CJ: Finances, John. Will we have enough money to last for our entire retirement period? Ring! JH: That’s number three. Martinelli family, pass or play? SM: We’ll play, John. JH: Mary, what are senior stresses? MM: Loss of purpose, John. We want to feel needed, no matter how old we are. JH: That’s number four. Sue, can you find another stressor? SM: Loss of independence. We fear when we can’t drive. We fear distance from our families.
✓ Maintain your health, but not just by the old “eat better and be more active” axiom. Make a list of all the things you love to do – your list of a well-lived life. Do you like music, art, and theatre? How about writing a poem or keeping a journal? Actively pursue a well-lived life. ✓ Review your finances, and talk with your family about your current status and anticipated needs. If you are short, make it a family challenge, not an individual challenge. If you have too much money, and some folks do, find someone who could benefit from your generosity. ✓ As Bishop Burroughs, retired Episcopal priest quoted on his 100th birthday,“I love my life of serving people. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning. It keeps me alive and happy.” What’s your reason to get up in the morning? If you can’t answer that question now, don’t go to bed tonight without a definitive answer. ✓ Plan for your independence. Write a business plan for your life, your “life plan,” if you will. Preferably a plan that specifically addresses later-in-life care. A business person would never consider starting his or her business without a specific plan. What more important business is there for each of us than our own life? Take the time, make the effort, and write your plan. ✓ Family Feuds? We don’t have time enough left to suffer poor relationships with family members. Be the bigger dog! Forgive! Don’t let your anger fester. A wise person once said, “Holding onto anger is like drinking hemlock, and expecting the other person to die?” Be the lead dog of the team. Make the call and start a conversation. If you absolutely can’t muster a call, at least write a letter. JH: I want to thank the Martinelli and Jones family, Lennie, and the audience for joining us today. Until tomorrow then, when we will ask,“What are the top five answers to the question “what do seniors love?”
JH: Yes, that’s number five. Jimmy, it all comes down to you. What’s the number one answer? JM: I know. I know. It’s, it’s, it’s...darn, I can’t think of one. This is just too stressful for me. Buzz. JH: Jones family, you have a chance to steal the game and remain champions for another time. Harry, what is the number one stressor for senior Americans? HJ: We huddled, John, couldn’t agree. It was like we were having a family feud. JH: Yes, yes, that’s it! The number one answer is family feuds. Jones family, you are the reigning champions. Congratulations. Now, we have a surprise guest to talk a bit more about senior stress. Lennie Mees, a behavioral imagineer from Portland, Oregon will expand on our top five answers. LM: Thanks, John. Thank you very much. Let me give you a capsule summary of your top five. We will discuss the family feuding last, as I tend to shy away from confrontation. 6
Caring for the Caregiver: A Day of Self-Care for Care Providers This one-day seminar is an opportunity for you as a family or professional caregiver to renew your spirit, reinvigorate your work and learn coping techniques for your mind and body. Keynote Speaker: Lennie Mees, MD November 5, 2009 • 8:30 am to 3:30 pm First Baptist Church, 2717 “J” Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221 Registration Fee: $33/person includes continental breakfast and lunch Sponsored by the Skagit Hospice Foundation, Skagit Hospice Services, and Evans Funeral Chapel For more information, please contact Skagit Hospice 360-814-5702
What is Assisted Living? AN ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY
Assisted Living is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are unable to live alone yet do not require skilled nursing care. The Bridge at Mount Vernon offers a unique combination of residential housing, personalized services and health care while promoting the maximum independence and dignity of each of our residents by providing compassionate, professional care.
Benefits of Assisted Living at The Bridge at Mount Vernon: s Three well-balanced meals SERVED IN OUR COMMUNITY DINING ROOM
At The Bridge at Mount Vernon, it isn’t just about the quality of our Assisted Living services. It’s also about the quality of life that you want for yourself or your loved one.
s Medication monitoring TO ENSURE THEY ARE TAKEN AS PRESCRIBED
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s Daily activities DESIGNED TO HELP MAINTAIN A HEALTHY AND INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE
s Peace of mind KNOWING THAT RESIDENTS ARE TREATED WITH RESPECT DIGNITY AND COMPASSION BY A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL STAFF s Socialization THROUGH PLANNED EVENTS THAT ALLOW RESIDENTS TO ENJOY ONE ANOTHER S COMPANY
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Merrill Gardens Lifestyle Funding Options 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 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 with 55 communities in ten states. Pettit has been with the company since its inception. Financial Opportunities to make your move easier As our economy changes, we know that many seniors are focused on finding the best way to finance a move to a retirement community, like Merrill Gardens. In the past, people have relied on the sale of a home or traditional savings, but you should be aware that there are other great ways to make the move today. There are a number of financial options that you may not have considered, which provide flexibility and access to resources when you need them. Merrill Gardens retirement communities do not require a large upfront investment, or what is known as a “buy in” fee. Our community fee is the equivalent of your first month’s rent. Following this initial fee, you simply pay a monthly rent, which covers meals, housekeeping, transportation, and cable. We believe this model provides the flexibility you need, and does not tie up your funds. Below are some funding options you can consider, to help you make your move. Conventional You can use cash savings, CDs, IRAs, 401(k), investments, pension funds, and Social Security to form a pool of money. These options can also generate income in the form of interest, capital gains, or dividends. In turn, this money can be used to pay for your monthly rent at Merrill Gardens. Personal loans can also help fill a funding gap. Many of these investment options can also be used as a line of credit, as needed.
ElderLife Financial Merrill Gardens has partnered with ElderLife Financial Services to provide prospective residents and their families, a loan to bridge the gap in funding a move to Merrill Gardens. The loan program is unique, because it allows up to six family members, friends, and concerned persons to join together to support the cost of a loved one at Merrill Gardens. ElderLife Financial provides affordable, interest-only loans, paid directly to the community. Each month, the borrower decides what they would like to send. Although each borrower on the loan is individually responsible for repaying all amounts owed, co-borrowers often informally agree among themselves to share the monthly payments. By sharing, this makes it easier for a family to cover the costs of supporting a loved one. The loans have a flexible line of credit structure, and you only use what you need when you need it. ElderLife Financial can be especially useful for seniors who are waiting for their home to sell. It allows them the ability to move into Merrill Gardens right away, and access care as soon as it’s needed. Real Estate The sale of a home is a personal decision. You may also want to explore a home equity loan, or a reverse mortgage to generate funds for a move to Merrill Gardens. Home equity loans come in many different forms, but generally enable people to use the equity in their home as collateral. If you are not ready to sell your home, consider renting it out for awhile and using the rental income to cover your monthly costs. Insurance Long-term care insurance provides funds for situations not typically covered by health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. Assisted living at Merrill Gardens may be covered, and premiums are usually based on the age of the insured. Life settlements are another way seniors can raise funds to pay for senior living. This option typically includes selling a life insurance policy. These settlements can be done directly with an insurance company, or with a third party. Government Options Benefits provided to Veterans often provide an additional source of funding for long-term care, for those who qualify. For more information about any of these funding options, please visit our website at www.merrillgardens.com, or call a Merrill Gardens representative at 1-800-379-8831. Additional video topics by Bill Pettit can be found on www.seniorguidebook.com. *Each of these options should be carefully considered to make sure it is right for your individual situation. There are a number of legal requirements, and tax implications that should be reviewed.
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Bellingham* (360) 715-8822 The Creekside* (425) 483-7953
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Kirkland (425) 828-2570 Marysville (360) 659-1279 Mill Creek (425) 338-1580 Monroe* (360) 794-4284 Mountlake Terrace (425) 672-4673 Northgate (206) 362-7250 Northgate Plaza (206) 363-6740
At Merrill Gardens, our residents really know how to shake things up. They can enjoy life without worrying about cooking, cleaning, or planning. With Anytime Dining, weekly housekeeping and a jam-packed activity program they can unwind and relax. SM
Queen Anne (206) 284-0055
So put a little zest in your step, and call us today for a personal tour! Stanwood* (360) 629-3445
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Weave A Life With Purpose by Tracey Harvey
The International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) has long said that we should consider the way we age, and live to the fullest extent possible, within all areas of life. Living within the dimensions of life: physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, professional, and social, equate to living with purpose. Regardless of the generation you fall within; our goal is to age gracefully, with dignity, and independence. This can be summed up as the necessary ingredients to living life to its fullest. Weaving a life with purpose, regardless of social status or health conditions, can be achieved if you consider the following: Practice Your Work: Working as a community has become a creative way for local businesses to educate, and build community outreach programs that translate into business opportunities for the greater good. Volunteering within your community will inspire others around you. Dedicating a few extra hours a week to a cause that you feel passionately about, will help you stay active and mentally sharp. For those that have long been retired, but wish to still be engaged and stimulated, why not consider re-entering the job market. There are shining examples around Washington that still enjoy the benefits of retiring, with part-time positions. Wise employers see the benefits of hiring those that are 50 years and better. Companies that have a customer base that relies on consistency, and meaningful customer interaction, should look at seniors with certain skill sets as a diamond in the rough. Greening Up Your Life: With the increased interest and worldwide emphasis on sustainability and “green” practices, this is a global initiative that should not be overlooked. Everyone, regardless of age, can start simply. Consider purchasing an inexpensive grocery bag, which is sold at most locations, and is usually made of recycled products. They come in wonderful colors and designs, and have actually become a fashion accessory at local farmers markets. For those that love to garden, and enjoy the beauty and color of plants, ask your local gardening center about plants that are recommended for cleaning up indoor air. There are many varieties that you may find you already own. Lastly, think locally and from the ground-up. Look for retirement communities that have constructed a green building, or that have made major improvements to promote a more eco-friendly environment. 10
Challenge Your Senses: Given that advancing age is often associated with a number of physical and mental changes, health for the body and mind are now very popular topics in today’s news stories and magazines. Evident is the loss in strength, power, and skeletal muscle mass, along with an increase in fat mass. Staying active and open to attending programs, dedicated to improving senior mind-body harmony, is critical. If you enjoy social settings challenging your physical sense, this may be an ideal way to accomplish a new base of friends. Group programs that encourage the benefits of improved balance, flexibility, and overall feeling better, without a fear of falling, are good descriptor words to look for when considering attending new programs. Exercise Your Communication Skills: The process of how information is exchanged between individuals is a critical component to remaining engaged in life throughout the decades. It can greatly affect our relationships, and ability to stay connected with others. According to The IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL- July 2009 and Biray Alsac, MS, Baby Boomers (1946–1964), Generation X (1965–1981), and Millennials (1982–2000) are three very influential generations. An understanding of the foundation and preferences for each generation, would help bridge a lot of communication gaps. Our Aging residents born prior to 1946, sometimes called The Greatest Generation or The Survivors, have a lot of experience in the art of communicating and story telling. We should all take notice, listen, and learn from these valuable tales. Conversely, seniors today should view this time as an opportunity to learn about the younger generations. Some simple strategies might be to take advantage of programs offering assistance in learning computer skills, playing interactive games and puzzles, and even joining the social networking craze i.e. FACEBOOK. Picking up on this habit could help track grandchildren, children, and their friend’s social habits. However, the main benefit will be the ability to view photo albums galore of friends and family. Considering all that you have witnessed throughout the decades, now is not the time to slow down. Rather, embrace it as the time to begin weaving the decades of your life together, and re-invigorating all of your senses to live life with PURPOSE. Tracey Harvey is the Corporate Director of Vitality for GenCare Lifestyle Creating WHOLE LIFE Living ™ connections for seniors. For more information, you can call 206-467-2620, or visit www.gencarelifestyle.com
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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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Making The Most Of Life After Cancer by Andrew Schorr
Many people know that I am a 13-year leukemia survivor. Happily, the experimental therapy I received as part of a clinical trial worked, and I lead a full life and take no medicine. Certainly, many people who are stricken with any one of hundreds of types and subtypes of cancer are not so fortunate, but that number is growing. There are now 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and although many of us would like to forget that we ever had cancer, that would be foolish. As science shows, denial about a previous illness puts our future years at risk. “Cancer Survivorship” is a hot topic today at major cancer centers. Doctors are finding that survivors have special needs, and require regular checkups with experts. These specialists understand that the powerful anti-cancer therapies received can create other problems down the road, including heart problems, sleep problems, and second cancers. Unfortunately, many cancer patients are not made aware of the higher risks they face, and their primary care doctors all too often miss a key warning sign. What might be a run of the mill infection for their other patients, could be an alarming sign in a cancer survivor and require much more aggressive intervention. It’s in an effort to save the lives of cancer survivors, and preserve high quality of life, that leading centers are establishing formal cancer survivorship programs. It is here that cancer survivors can have regular checkups with specialists, in the late effects of cancer care, and receive the psychological support as well. Also, the doctor and the patient in these programs work together to create a “survivorship care plan,” that can be given to the harried primary care doc back home – a plan for what to look out for and how to respond. I am planning to get involved in one of these programs, and if you or a loved one is a cancer survivor – even from years ago – I urge you to look for one too. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has one, as well as the Lance Armstrong Foundation that supports several, along with other major centers. The message is now getting out that people survive cancer. It is not always, or even often, a death sentence anymore. Hollywood has finally started depicting that accurately, as in the new Adam Sandler movie, “Funny People.” That’s where Sandler’s character gets diagnosed with leukemia. Given only an 8 percent chance that an experimental therapy will work, he makes plans for his demise. However, in the end, the therapy does work and he is given a second chance at life. I feel like I was given a second chance, and perhaps if you are a cancer survivor you feel that way too. So now, we have to protect our good health and nip problems early. A cancer survivorship program can play a key role. I urge you to look into this, because it could help save your life...again. Wishing you the best of health! Andrew For more information, please visit www.patientpower.info
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The Family That Sticks Together Survives Alzheimer’s by Jennifer Bergstrom As they celebrated his birthday, John’s family felt a sense of dread. They knew his Alzheimer’s disease was advancing, but they really didn’t know what to do to get ready. It seemed like they were just standing in the path of a big wave of grief, and they didn’t know how to build a boat. John’s wife Judy, and his three adult children, had to make some decisions. The only problem was, that they had no idea where to begin. Most, if not all families that find they are in this situation, feel just like John’s family. Surely there are some things we should be doing...but what? Here are some tips that an Aegis Living executive director set up, that will help you pull it all together. First and foremost, decide as a family that you will work very hard at cooperation. This situation is difficult enough, and it’s likely that some will not get their way. It’s imperative that you make compromises, and commit wholly to cooperation. This one choice alone will help provide Mom enormous relief. The last thing she needs is conflict between her kids. Here’s a checklist of things that need to be addressed: ✓ Find the Power of Attorney, Living Will, and/or Advance Directives, Will, Long-term Care Insurance Policy, Life Insurance policy, etc. ✓ Make a list of all of Dad’s financial accounts. ✓ Keep a big 3-ring binder with all the information in one place. As the situation advances, the stress can make it tough to keep all the details together. With the binder, you always know where to look for items you need. ✓ If Dad’s a veteran, investigate Veteran’s benefits. Information on veteran’s benefits and assistance can be found at www.veteranaid.org, or www.va.gov. For some veterans this could mean up to $900 per month toward care costs. ✓ Make contact with the Alzheimer’s Association, and invite their Social Workers to come and meet with your family. They can help you make a plan and save you headaches and time. Information on your local chapter can be found at www.alz.org. ✓ Once you have a plan, write it down and make sure everyone is on the same page. Assign tasks to each family member so no one is bearing the weight of the work. One person can handle the finances, one health care, and one the legal issues. ✓ Make a care plan for Dad. Its likely Mom won’t tell you how hard it is to care for him. Set a schedule that everyone can agree on, to look in on them and help. Hire in-home care to give Mom chances to get away, and recover. ✓ Schedule regular family meetings to check in with each other, and discuss issues. Communication is the key in managing things, so no one feels overburdened. 14
✓ Talk about what the costs for care will be, once Dad is no longer able to stay home. The average memory care community will cost anywhere from $60,000 per year, to $100,000 and up. Many families sell their parents’ home to pay for care. It’s not ideal, but it’s a reality. ✓ Be open with extended family and friends about what is happening. Letthem help as much as possible. You’ll need the support. ✓ Use area resources: Alzheimer’s Association, Elder Law, Home Health Services, Day Programs, Real Estate Programs, Senior Financial Planner, Senior Housing, Geriatric Case Management, Organizers and Movers, Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient and Outpatient Programs, and Area support groups. ✓ Consider occasionally putting Dad in a Short Stay Program, where he is boarded at a memory care community for one week to one month at a time, or an Adult Day program. This will give Mom desperately needed rest, as well as give Dad a chance to “try out” a memory care community. Just keep in mind that the average adjustment period for most people that move into a memory care community is 3-4 weeks. Clearly there is a lot to do to manage the care and protection of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Nothing in our education prepares us for this. Get the help you and your family need as soon as possible, so you are armed and prepared to face what is coming. If you do, you will manage the difficulties with much more strength and success. Jennifer Bergstrom is the Marketing Director at Aegis of Edmonds. For more information please call 425.776.3600 or AegisofEdmonds.com. Áegis Living, headquartered in Redmond, Wash., is a nationally recognized leader in senior living, providing exceptional care and first-class amenities for its residents.
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Do You Know Someone With Vision Loss? by Kate Fewel
For those adapting to vision loss, an encouraging and understanding support system is a valuable resource; family and friends can make a difference in vision rehabilitation. Since each person’s experience of vision loss is different, open communication fosters mutual understanding. Some people have poor peripheral vision, while others may have limited central vision. One person might have trouble seeing at night, and another might have difficulty seeing colors or details. It is even possible for one’s vision to be affected by lighting conditions. For example, a person with advanced Macular Degeneration (which causes central vision loss) finds recognizing faces or reading challenging, but they can still move around easily using peripheral vision. By comparison, a person with peripheral vision loss may have difficulty becoming oriented in space, but has no trouble reading. The following are suggestions for friends, family, and caregivers, from people with vision loss. To avoid confusion and offer helpful assistance, it’s always best to ask the person how your support could be most effective. • When greeting me, say your name. Let me know when you enter or leave a room. • By looking directly at me and addressing me by name, I’ll know you are talking to me. Unless otherwise requested, there is no need to raise your voice or direct questions to my sighted companion. • Let me do as much as I can, even if it takes me longer. • If you think I need help, ask me if I want it. If we talk about it, I can tell you what I need or how we can do it together. • When providing directions, be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, “It’s over there,” try “the tape recorder is on your left.” • I may have an easier time reading text if it is printed in large, bold, black print. Eighteen point font, (.25" letters) or larger, is the easiest to read. • It is helpful for steps and curbs to be colored with contrasting colors; white or yellow is best. • Provide adequate lighting for tasks in stairways, and in hallways. • If I am walking with you, I will take your arm. I’ll keep a half step behind you to anticipate curbs, steps, and doorways. • With a few additional verbal and/or tactile directions/descriptions, I can participate in most activities. • Keep the environment predictable and consistent. If you rearrange common rooms, I need orientation to my new surroundings. • Dining is easier with contrasting food and dinnerware: mashed potatoes on a dark plate, beets on white, etc. I may appreciate a clockwise identification of food placement on my plate. • As I adjust to vision loss, I may experience a wide range of emotions including: worry, anger, frustration, and fear. I will let you know what you can do, whether it is just listening or offering help. 18
Please keep in mind that the above tips are only suggestions. Each person will want to be treated differently. The most important thing you can do for someone with vision loss is listen, and ask before assisting them. Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted Founded in 1965, CSBPS is the largest private not for profit vision rehabilitation agency in the State of Washington. Our mission is to enhance the ability of people with vision loss to lead independent, active lives. Each year we serve thousands of people in the Northwest through our low vision clinics via counseling, training in independent living, travel skills, and our adaptive aids store, SightConnection. For more information, or to make a contribution that supports independent living for people with vision loss, visit us at www.csbps.com or call 1-800-458-4888. Have you explored the world of adaptive vision aids? Visit SightConnection, our independent living store, and receive a 10% discount using coupon SG909; for a limited time only. Visit SightConnection at 9709 NE 3rd Ave #100/Seattle, WA 98115, or www.sightconnection.com. Call 1-800-458-4888.
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Making Good Health Decisions by Jennifer Blair At the beginning of the New Year, my middle daughter was preparing to travel overseas to India for several months. In preparation, she studied their culture, customs, and beliefs. Through her research she became extremely curious about Indian medicine, known as Ayurveda. She sought out an Ayurvedic physician in Western Washington, and learned of one who had come highly recommended among yogis and natural medicine believers in the area. She recruited me, her mother--, to come along for the journey. I half-heartedly obliged, but ultimately decided to take the plunge. My main motivation for going was to spend some uninterrupted time with my daughter before she set off on her travels, as well as to understand why this particular topic had grabbed her interest. After arriving to a very professional medical office, and spending an hour of uninterrupted quality time, the Dr. proceeded to draw my blood, take a urine sample, and discuss my health history. It took two weeks to get the results back, for which we made another trip to go over the results with the physician. It turns out that my tests revealed that I had moderately high blood pressure, with a couple of elevated markers. The doctor recommended that I see a cardiologist to be sure there were no other underlying issues. Heeding his advice, I set up an appointment the following week with a respected cardiologist, who immediately prescribed a blood pressure medication. He said that if I were too heavy, a smoker, didn’t eat healthy food, or exercise regularly; he would have recommended those adjustments first. That not being the case, however, the only choice was the traditional pill. I am not one to take antibiotics, or any prescribed medicine freely, but I decided to fill the prescription just to have it on hand. However, I still didn’t feel 100% comfortable with the idea of filling my body with any unnecessary, or unnatural substance. I asked the cardiologist how he felt about herbs. His response was,“I don’t know anything about them. I know they have been around for thousands of years, but that is the extent of my knowledge.” I was confused, to say the least, so I decided to do my own base line study. So, on the previous advice of the Ayurvedic doctor, I purchased a blood pressure machine. I used it every morning for the next ten days, taking no traditional pills or herbs. After the 10 days had passed, my blood pressure was consistently 15 points lower than when the Ayurvedic physician and the cardiologist first tested me. So, I began taking the prescribed herbs. Whether I am correct or not, I still partially attribute my initial high blood pressure to white coat anxiety. In any case, I continued on this path for another 10 days, and my blood pressure had dropped an additional 25 points. I took another blood test, and I made a follow-up appointment to see the Ayurvedic physician. He was delighted to see the drop in my blood pressure, and that my blood test revealed all of my levels to be normal. Therefore, we agreed that the herbs were meeting our goals. He explained that his final goals for me were, to be taking only a multivitamin, doing my breathing exercises, yoga poses, walking 30 minutes a day, and aerobic exercise; all without side effects and without taking a traditional pill the rest of my life. What a concept! 20
My objective in sharing my experience is to point out the difference between Western and Eastern medicine. Many western medicine doctors are quick to prescribe pills that might just cover-up an underlying problem. Of course, depending on the illness or disease, certain medications are absolutely necessary. However, in my case, my blood pressure was not so far off the charts that there was a huge cause for concern. In addition, I felt like the cardiologist was putting a band-aid on to cover up the cause, rather than finding out what caused it and how to heal it. On the flip side, eastern medicine doctors tend to want to put the pieces together as to why one is getting a recurrent yeast infection, or Eczema, for example. They want to know rather, if it’s a food they’re eating, a vitamin or mineral they’re not getting enough of in their diet, or environmental stress factors that could be the source of the problem. Not only have I benefited from the Ayurvedic doctor’s herbal prescriptions, breathing exercises, and food recommendations, but my entire family has as well. It is important to know that there are other options out there. You owe it to yourself and the temple that is your body, before settling on the most obvious or easiest solution to get the information needed to make the best decision for yourself. It might take a little more effort and time on your part, but it could possibly open up a whole new world of healing possibilities that you never imagined. The combination of traditional and non-traditional medicine may be worth considering, and finding a traditional doctor that will work along side of a non-traditional.
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Ayurveda And Hypertension by Dr. Virender Sodhi
The American Heart Association estimates that one in three American adults has high blood pressure. Most of us know that high blood pressure, or hypertension, is linked to heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. What we may not know, however, is that high blood pressure usually does not present symptoms. In other words, many otherwise healthy people have high blood pressure and do not know it. Hypertension has been called “The Silent Killer” because serious and even fatal conditions can develop before a patient is aware of the disorder. The causes of high blood pressure are poorly understood. However, certain hereditary and lifestyle factors have been proven to significantly increase the risk of developing the disease. These include: • Excess Weight – Increased body mass, means an increase in blood production to supply oxygen and nutrients to the increased amounts of body tissue. This increases the pressure on artery walls. • Activity Level – Inactivity makes the heart perform less efficiently. Exercise helps the heart do more work, with fewer heartbeats. • Tobacco Use – Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain chemicals that can damage arterial walls. • Sodium Intake – Excess sodium causes the body to retain fluid, which can lead to high blood pressure. • Potassium Intake – Insufficient potassium in the diet causes the cells to retain sodium, also contributing to high blood pressure. • Stress – Excess stress increases the risk of hypertension. • Alcohol Consumption – Excessive alcohol intake over a long period of time increases the risk of heart disease. • Age – The risk of high blood pressure increases as you get older. • Family History – High blood pressure often runs in families. Patients in the US who develop high blood pressure are almost always treated with medication. Although lifestyle and dietary changes may be discussed, they are not presented as central to the maintenance of the disease. Sadly, when patients do not make dietary and lifestyle changes, and follow a drug-based protocol, their condition usually only becomes more complicated. 22
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In my years of practicing Ayurvedic and naturopathic medicine, I have watched many patients go through the drill of treating their high blood pressure with medication. Doctors usually start by prescribing one pill, usually a diuretic, which loses its effectiveness after a few years. Then, a beta-blocker is usually added, which also eventually loses its effectiveness. Following that, an ACE-inhibitor, or calcium channel blocker must be used to keep the hypertension under control. It is not unusual for a patient to end up taking three or four different blood pressure medications at a time, which each have their own set of side effects. If prescribed a diuretic, this can cause potassium loss. A beta-blocker will cause erectile dysfunction in men. It can also make you a diabetic, because it not only blocks the beta cells of the arteries, but also those of the pancreas. For erectile dysfunction doctors usually prescribe Viagra, which usually comes with its own side effects, and ironically includes heart complications. To add to the conundrum, patients who take medication for high blood pressure often become more sedentary and are likely to gain weight. This, of course, only aggravates their condition. The Ayurvedic Approach Nutrition and lifestyle changes are hallmarks of Ayurveda, and when a patient is able to make serious changes, high blood pressure can often be controlled without medication. I have been able to help many patients reduce, or even eliminate their medications. According to the understanding in Ayurveda, hypertension is caused by an accumulation of toxins in blood and tissues, poor digestion, nervous system imbalance, and physical or mental stress. The Ayurvedic practitioner seeks to begin a process of detoxification using a combination protocol of dietary cleansing, herbal treatment, and yoga to restore balance within the body’s systems. In Ayurveda, hypertension is treated according to the patient’s metabolic constitution. Therefore, I recommend a diet low in sodium, cholesterol and triglycerides, which make the blood viscous, raising blood pressure. I also recommend yoga breathing exercises to relax the body, and stimulate the cardiovascular system. Simply breathe through left nostril, exhale through the right, and reverse the process. Doing this for fifteen minutes at a time can significantly reduce blood pressure. I often have my patients try this in my office, and their blood pressure drops considerably. Some in the established medical community have begun to recognize the value of nutrition in controlling hypertension. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded clinical studies to develop dietary guidelines for patients with high blood pressure. These guidelines are called the DASH diet, after the study’s title, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It recommends a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, high in dietary fiber, potassium, and magnesium, and moderately high in protein. Sodium intake should be restricted to 2,400 mg per day.
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Herbs for Hypertension The principle Ayurvedic herbs used to treat hypertension are Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), and Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). • Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina) Sarpagandha has been used to treat hypertension for centuries in India, and it was one of the first Ayurvedic herbs to be recognized by Western medicine. Pharmacological research identified the chemical reserpine as the source of the herb’s hypotensive activity. However, Reserpine was also found to leach catecholamines, which caused depression. Although, Sarpagandha does contain many other alkaloids, which have very potent blood pressure-lowering effects, without causing depression. I prefer to use whole herb extracts devoid of reserpine, which has shown remarkable blood pressure lowering effects. In my twenty-nine years of clinical practice, I have not seen even a single patient who developed depression with Sarpagandha. • Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) Arjuna is Ayurveda’s most powerful herb for the heart, and much research exists to document its cardiotonic effects. The herb’s action appears to be similar to beta-blocking drugs. I use it for ischemic heart disease when there is a lack of blood flow to the heart, as well as for angina, palpitations, irregular heartbeat, and problems with conductivity. • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestis) Gokshura is another useful herb for treating hypertension. It acts both as a diuretic and an ACE inhibitor. • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) Punarnava has a diuretic, as well as Ca2+ channel blocking properties. As a diuretic, Punarnava relieves fluid congestion and cardiac edema. It also eases labored breathing, caused by congestion in the chest. It is especially beneficial for allowing circulatory fluids to flow unimpeded. In Ayurvedic medicine, herbs and minerals are added to cut down the side effects of a medication. A combination of nutrition, exercise, yoga, and breathing exercise has proven to be very successful in treating hypertension.
Dr. Virender Sodhi treats patients from all over the world at the Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Bellevue, Washington. For more information you can contact Dr. Sodhi at 425-453-8022, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Project Lifesaver – IT WORKS! by George Ratayczak and Josselyn Winslow In the Alzheimer Society of Washington’s April newsletter entitled, IT WORKS! Whatcom County Deputy Sheriff George Ratayczak, Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator, enthusiastically described his first challenge in finding a person who had become lost. “On 09-11-2008, at approximately 18:32 hours, the Bellingham Police Department received a report of a 54-year old male with a recent head injury. He had wandered away from a residence in the 800 block of 12th Street in Bellingham. The subject lived in Everett, but was visiting relatives in Bellingham. The 54-year old subject was unable to take care of himself, and would not be able to find his way home. The family advised that they had looked for the subject for over 1-1/2 hours before contacting the Bellingham Police. The Bellingham Police responded to the area, and contacted the reporting family member. They also checked the area, but were unable to locate the missing subject. It was discovered that the missing subject was a Project Lifesaver Client out of Snohomish County. After contacting and getting information from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Coordinator, the Bellingham Police requested Whatcom County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to respond with its Project Lifesaver Team. The SAR Deputy was contacted at about 20:05 hours, (3 hours after the person went missing) and responded to the scene at 20:26 hours. He located the missing subject while responding to the area at 14th Street and S. State Street, at approximately 20:36 hours. The total search time was about 10 minutes with the Project Lifesaver equipment. The missing person was located approximately 1/2 mile (5 blocks) from the residence. The missing person was then transported to the residence on 12th Street, and returned to his family unharmed.” The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Alzheimer Society of Washington, to bring Project Lifesaver to the citizens of Whatcom County. The Project Lifesaver Program issues a radio-tracking bracelet to each of their clients. The bracelet has a unique radio signal, that trained Search and Rescue members can track with a special radio receiver. The Sheriff’s Department has the radio receiver equipment in some of their vehicles. Whatcom County currently has 12-people trained in the use of the tracking system (3 deputies and 9 volunteers). The Alzheimer Society has a group of trained volunteers (two-person Care Teams) who meet with the person who may become lost, and his/her responsible party. Care Team members check over the informational papers and put the Project Lifesaver bracelet, which has a non-removable wristband, on the client. Care Team members will then visit the client’s house at a pre-arranged time each month to cut off the bracelet, change the battery, and replace the bracelet on the client’s wrist. The program began accepting clients last summer, and currently has twelve who are enrolled. Some people who wore the bracelet have changed their living situation, and no longer need it. Others have moved from their own homes to care facilities, and still wear the bracelet. Although a variety of challenges have come up, they have quickly been www.seniorguidebook.com
resolved. When one family traveled to another state, we were able to find two counties adjacent to their daughter’s home that had Project Lifesaver. That reassured the family that they could get help if they needed, while they were away. Another woman did not want to wear the bracelet, so she cut it off and hid it. Deputy Ratayczak found it, and talked the woman into wearing it again. In another instance, one man’s bracelet just “disappeared” – probably down the toilet. These trial and error situations have only helped us to understand the necessity of this product, and how to serve our clients better. From Whatcom County’s standpoint, Project Lifesaver equipment can save time, money, and lives. The Project Lifesaver tracking technology was designed to benefit people who have been diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, or Down syndrome. People who have been diagnosed with these illnesses are at a higher risk of becoming lost. According to Deputy Ratayczak, searches for these subjects have used large amounts of manpower and could last many hours or even days. Nationally, the Project Lifesaver Program has claimed around 1,500 searches, with an average recovery time of less than 30 minutes. Further, it is estimated that 10% of the population over 65 years of age have Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. Of those, 59% will wander away from their homes or facilities at some point. Seventy percent of them are cared for at home by relatives, and are not in secure facilities. Statistically, the survival rate for missing persons in this category drops by 50%, if the person is not found in the first 24 hours. Families report that they feel safer, when they know the person who may become lost is protected by the Project Lifesaver electronic safety net. Several care facilities have purchased bracelets for their residents. They provide them when they are concerned that the person might leave the facility, and ultimately become lost. So, after a full year of working with the program we can again repeat: Project Lifesaver – Great News Everyone… IT WORKS! For more information about Project Lifesaver or Alzheimer’s contact the Alzheimer Society of Washington at 360-671-3316 or 1-800-493-3959. 25
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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 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
Scriber Gardens 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 Aegis of Bellevue Assisted Living / Memory Care 148 102nd Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004 425-296-1293 888-252-3447 (Opening Jan. 2010)
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The Bellettini Luxury Apartment Homes in the Heart of Bellevue / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800
BURIEN El Dorado West Retirement & Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975
Brighton Gardens of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15241 NE 20th Street Bellevue WA 98007 425-401-0300
COVINGTON Covington Place Retirement Apartments 26906 169th Place SE Covington WA 98042 888-548-6609
Sunrise of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15928 NE 8th Street Bellevue WA 98008 425-401-5152
ENUMCLAW High Point Village Retirement & Assisted Living 1777 High Point Street Enumclaw WA 98022 360-825-7780
Wynwood Bellevue Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 1640 148th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98007 425-373-1161
FEDERAL WAY Foundation House Independent Living Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823
BOTHELL Aegis of Bothell Assisted Living / Memory Care 10605 NE 185th Street Bothell WA 98011 425-487-3245 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
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
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 The Marymoor Retirement & Assisted Living 4585 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-556-9398 RENTON The Lodge 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
Aegis Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841
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
Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210
Merrill Gardens at Northgate Independent and Assisted Living 11501 15th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-362-7250
Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-828-2570
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 RemingtonPlace Retirement 3025 NE 137th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-367-0369 Ballard Landmark 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 Silver Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 17607 91st Avenue E Puyallup WA 98375 253-875-8644 TACOMA Life Manor Independent Senior Living 1601 S.Union Avenue Tacoma WA 98405 253-383-3363 Life Manor Assisted Living Community 1609 S.Union Avenue Tacoma WA 98405 253-779-3800 Villas Union Park Independent Living 2010 S Union Avenue Tacoma WA 98405 253-752-6870 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
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
THURSTON LACEY Woodland Retirement & Assisted Living 4532 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-528-3253 OLYMPIA Clare Bridge Olympia Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 420 Yauger Way SW Olympia WA 98502 360-236-1400 Merrill Gardens at Olympia Independent and Assisted Living 616 Lilly Road N.E. Olympia WA 98506 360-456-0601 YELM Rosemont Retirement & Assisted Living 215 Killion Road NW Yelm WA 98597 360-458-1800
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
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