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The Possible Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease Through Healthy Living by Jody Haines Alzheimer’s disease affects nearly 5.3 million Americans. Every seventy seconds, someone is stricken with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh-leading cause of death. These stats are pretty alarming. With such a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and the progression of the disease within our population, it is sometimes hard to pay attention to what is positively evolving in the dementia care market. However, new discoveries are suggesting that, taking a more preventative approach may better fight the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Please note: Memory loss is only one form of dementia, as is Alzheimer’s disease. The same risk factors that are correlated with heart disease and stroke, high cholesterol and blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and smoking, also attributes to the likelihood of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease. This is why the experts are weighing in to suggest that the prevention of Alzheimer’s, instead of treating the disease, is the best prognosis. Growing up, my parents always used to tell my brother and me to “eat your vegetables.” The older I get, the more accurate I have found this advice to be. When paired with an active lifestyle, the effects can be especially genuine. Currently, this is the same advice the medical doctors and researchers are offering to those who are looking to prevent, or delay, the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Being in the memory care market, I interact with quite a wide array of residents within our building. From those who are in the first stage of memory loss, to those who are nearing the last stages, memory loss is a tough fact of life. However, at Somerset Memory Care, we do more than acknowledge Alzheimer’s disease as a fact. Instead, we focus on improving the everyday lives of our residents through the gentle care and best friends approach. This is a care model based on understanding the clinical implications of cognitive impairment. It teaches you to become sensitive to the client’s ecology, relationships, and living context, by giving the respect, reassurance, and the fulfillment that everyone deserves. In this care model, we begin by simply validating each resident, every day. Our caregivers and staff, who are all specifically trained to care for those with memory loss, focus on giving the best care to our residents. After we carefully and positively interact with each resident, we work on how to incorporate this cutting edge research into possibly delaying the progression of the disease. We achieve this by actively utilizing healthy lifestyle choices: Engaging the resident into the next physical activity planned; assisting them in helping the staff make fresh, healthy snacks within the community; or even engaging the residents into a timely discussion about the good old days. As a result, we have noticed an upward swing in the resident’s physical health, as well as his/her emotional/psycho-social status. Our team, along with the resident’s family, continuously reviews the resident’s medication charts and activity plans. We then determine if we should leave the plan as is, or whether there is a better alternative to the current care plan in place. 4
For example, when reviewing a particular residents medication list, we may be able to distinguish whether a statin friendly medication could be substituted for another. Several recent studies have suggested that statins, which are the same drugs used to lower high cholesterol, destroy the telltale sign of Alzheimer’s disease. That is, an increased level of amyloid, a sticky substance similar to cholesterol that forms plaque in the brain, creating lapses/breakages in the memory synapse phase, and hence, yielding memory loss. We continuously remain cognizant of our dietary menus, and what food options we are offering to our residents. Research suggests that it is best to limit “free radical” damage. Therefore, we are not only focusing on how to increase essential nutrients and minerals, like vitamins E and C, but also to limit or even abolish the high fat diet sometimes correlated with assisted living communities. High fat diets, among other components, contain the type of fat labeled as isoprostanes, which is an indicator of amyloid plaque. Walking through Somerset just yesterday, I overheard that familiar piece of advice I mentioned earlier,“eat your vegetables.” Only this time the phrase was expressed to one of our residents by her daughter, who was enjoying lunch with her mother. I guess this advice is truly timeless! Pair this with limiting your sugars, creating a low-fat diet, exercising regularly, and managing your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The outcome could possibly prevent, delay, or even prolong the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Jody Haines holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Pre-medical Sciences from Montana State University and is also currently obtaining her Executive Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Washington. She is the Director of Marketing at Somerset Memory Care Community. For more information, please visit www.somersetmemorycare.com or call 425-348-8800.
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Make every moment count. Life is measured in moments...
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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Forecast and Stimulate Retirement by Tracey Harvey In your youth, time is finite and does not move fast enough. When we are children we desire to be teenagers, in order to accomplish milestones such as driving and staying out past 10:00 pm. As young adults, time begins to speed up as careers take off. Life is then in full acceleration as we raise our families, and begin to dwell on not having enough time for the things we value and enjoy. It is not until we approach middle age that we begin to value time, and life experiences. One thing is for sure, and that is, time is not unlimited. As a new year approaches, we should reflect and invest in the following tips to Be Well as we embark on those golden years. Continue to invest in your health and well being. There are so many benefits to moving your body. So, instead of thinking of fitness, think instead about having more energy, sleeping better, and being pain free. It is a huge accomplishment to recognize you want to be well, and even more important to seek consultation from trained professionals. Why wait for a health crisis to be told in rehabilitation to start moving. Take control now, and make your first step be the desire to live. Other good tactics might be to begin a Wellness Journal, and simply identify activities you enjoy. Are you a social butterfly? Did you participate in organized sports? Do you prefer solitary events? Remember to try before you buy a club/facility membership, piece of fitness equipment, or workout video. Bonus tip: If you are really inspired, use the journal for the dual purpose of capturing daily notes to yourself, of everything for which you are grateful. Keeping your interests diversified, and traveling the world can be a wonderful way to stay sharp and connected to people, causes, and communities. In your youth the world is your oyster, however for a lot of older adults the center of comfort gets smaller and smaller. Exploring and feeling that sense of adventure seems out of reach. Possibly, this is the result of bad news being exploited by the media when reporting world events, and sadly it is never contrasted with the good deeds and unselfish, wonderful acts of kindness that are happening all around us. Although it is understandable to want to be safe 6
and close to the comforts you enjoy, consider stepping out of that comfort zone by taking a positive approach with the current economic climate. Traveling at a discount, with favorable exchange rates, makes now the time to see the world. Countries that were once not safe to visit, are now welcoming the world to explore and become acquainted with their culture. How would you answer the question if someone were to ask you,“If you could go anywhere or see anything in the world today where would you want to go”? Wouldn’t it be a nice benefit if joy traveled with you on that journey you always wanted to take? Continually review your long-term strategies and seek opportunities to learn more about downsizing your home, but not your lifestyle. Balance your assets and communicate your needs to your family. For active, aging adults, middle age begins at 40. Although our own retirement is just down the road, many of us are faced with the challenges of being a busy member of the sandwich generation. Balancing careers, family, and our parent’s/elder’s retirement needs, is a lot to juggle. Rather than settle for too little in your life, seek the help of professionals and begin thinking in terms of gaining peace of mind. Calming the stress of not knowing is when you can truly hear. Life can offer you many lessons, and no price tag can be put on having peace of mind. Balancing assets and risks always requires review. Life is truly a mystery; with an infinite number of clues about how to try and to take a firm stand to be flexible. I have heard before that fate is often what you most secretly desire, and luck chooses those that are prepared. So, as the specialist of your own life, isn’t having a WHOLE LIFE™ and reaping the rewards of having purpose and meaning, what you desire? Be well and enjoy your journey. 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
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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Senior Housing is Changing Lives by Bill Pettit, President, Merrill Gardens
We recently had the opportunity to spend time speaking with residents and family members about their experience at Merrill Gardens. Feedback like this is critical to us, so we can ensure that we are living up to our mission of providing a vibrant lifestyle for our residents. We videotaped our recent conversations, which you can find on our website at www.merrillgardens.com. This is one family member’s story we’d like to share with you. Gary Moogk’s experience with his mother Nancy is a pretty typical one. Just last year, Gary helped move his mom in to Merrill Gardens. Before the move, their struggle was similar to what many adult children, who are caring for a parent, face. We hope that Moogk’s story will help others, who are searching for a way to help a parent make a change. Moogk says that his mother was a caregiver for her husband for many years, before he passed away. Even though she was healthy, Gary felt she was virtually a prisoner in her own condominium, as she took care of her spouse. After her husband died, Nancy continued to live alone. Things were OK for a while, but soon her health and quality of life began to decline. It was difficult for Moogk and other family members to check on her, in person, more than once a week. When he called his mother to see how she was doing, he would learn that she had not eaten anything but a piece of toast that day, because she was too weak to leave the couch. Gary eventually realized that,“whoa, this is not working. So, we would rush over there to find the house a mess, and she looked terrible. You don’t know that though, because no one is there looking after her,” says Moogk.
The family realized they needed to make a change, so began their search to find senior housing. Moogk said it took his mom a while to come around to the idea. She was pretty set in the belief that senior housing was like a nursing home, and it took some time to get her to agree to even visit any communities. Moogk and his family convinced her to at least check it out. His advice for other adult children is to help parents overcome objections. “What they think they know about senior living is so far from the truth, it’s not even funny. Try to get them out, make appointments at three or four different places, and just spend the time. Take an hour each weekend, for four weekends, and let them see what the real deal is. That’s the only way to get them to change their mind,” says Moogk. His mother chose Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne, and it has been a good fit ever since. “About a month after she moved in, she wrote a thank you note to my daughter. She said she felt like Eloise at the Plaza Hotel, like she had walked through a magic door,” said Moogk. “She had been depressed and she’s started getting lively again, she is a bridge player and is now able to play five days a week. Everything is very positive and she has not had to visit the emergency room again, due to health issues, which is huge for us.” The best part for Moogk, is seeing his mother happy again. “It’s night and day. This takes her back five or six years in our minds. She is happy almost every time we see her, and it makes me feel wonderful. We don’t have to worry about her everyday, and she is a happy person instead of a grumpy/sick person. The peace of mind is hard to explain,” says Moogk. Gary says his mother is now a big advocate for senior housing. She has a simple message for the new residents that move into her community. She tells them, “this is not a home, this is your home.” That is exactly how we want all of our residents to feel.
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 22 communities. Pettit has been with the company since its inception.
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Senior Competitive Sailing by Jack Richardson Is the high cost of maintaining a competitive sailboat eating into your retirement income? Perhaps the creeping frailties of getting older are hampering your enjoyment of the many Fidalgo Island lakes and waterways? Maybe it’s time to scale down and invest in a simplified version of your passion for competitive sailing, and try racing Radio Control (RC) Model Sailboats. An informal group has formed on Fidalgo Island that races these boats. You will find them every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon, at Cranberry Lake on Whidbey Island. Locally, there are about seventeen one-class boats either completed or under construction, with as many as eight boats racing on some days. The boat we sail is the most popular one-design model yacht registered with the American Model Yacht Association, the Soling One Meter. These boats are sold as kits, or as a completed boat from the manufacturer, Victor Model Products. Some of the local racers will also build a kit for you, if you want a more customized boat. Along with the kit, you need to buy kit building materials and the electronics. The kit sells for about $135. Many of our members have built their boats for $400 or less, including the electronics. Also, the manufacturer sells completed boats for approximately $605, including the electronics. Time required to build the kit varies, but generally takes about 40 hours depending on the customizing you choose to do. There are some special jigs and fixtures that will greatly simplify construction, and tuning of your boat, to be a competitive racer. There are also a number of people who can offer help and sailing advice when racing with this group. We have sailed in several areas around Fidalgo Island, both in fresh water lakes as well as in saltwater at several locations around Cap Sante Marina. The best venue we’ve found, however, has been at Cranberry Lake, in Deception Pass Park, on Whidbey Island. The facilities there are excellent, with a pier to launch and sail from, plenty of room for lounging (even while racing) in whatever comfortable chair you bring, and nearby restrooms (a crucial amenity for our age group). The winds at Cranberry Lake are more consistent than other locations, probably because of its lack of surrounding hills and direct exposure to Puget Sound. During the summer months, all of the locations have excessive weed growth at times, but Cranberry Lake seems to have less than the other locations. During racing, accidents do occur. Hulls have been holed in collisions, and demastings have happened, but usually from rigging problems. One boat even sank, although it was not a Soling. The owner’s son went back to the sinking site, and recovered the boat using SCUBA gear. One member of our group has an 10
RC tugboat, rigged to provide rescue and marker buoy deployment. We also have full-sized dinghies available for on-water service, and recovery operations. The boats are very rugged, but with use, some breakage can occur. During construction, there are several techniques available for strengthening known weak points, without taking on excess weight. The boats must weigh no less than 10 pounds, and some of our builders go to extremes to arrive at exactly 10 pounds on completion of their kits. However, it seems that sailing expertise and proper racing strategy usually overcome most deficiencies in the boat. There is another model sailing group located at Sequim that some of our members have visited several times.The fully enclosed pond, on which they sail, makes sailing visibility and crippled boat recovery easier. Usually they sail many more boats than we do, so competition is tough. However, we have at least one first place, and several seconds when we have participated in racing there. An issue has always been correct depth perception, necessary for clearing the distant markers, and our sailors have several strategies for compensating. The simplest strategy seems to be clearing the distant markers with lots of space. If you are interested in joining our group and competing, you can contact Chuck Mallary / email@example.com / 360-293-5739 for details. Otherwise, just drop in at Cranberry Lake on Tuesday or Saturday afternoon. Usually someone will let you sail to try out a boat, and maybe even compete in one of our races. There is a plethora of information on the net regarding Soling 1 Meter boats, and competitions. Just search using “Soling 1 Meter” as a key word, and peruse information about construction, and various Soling 1 Meter oriented organizations. Also, check out the videos of racing Solings on Youtube. Just use “Soling” as your key word search, after accessing Youtube. For the older sailor, this type of sailing activity can extend your on-water competitive experiences for many years. There is also the added attraction of the on-dock camaraderie that occurs at our racing events. Everyone is rubbing shoulders during the races, rather than being isolated on individual boats. So, the trash talking does not have to be shouted across the water, and the race officiating is done by someone right there. All in all, I’ve found this to be a wonderful way to get the competitive juices flowing, without the physical exertion and expenses inherent in many other types of competitive activities. For additional information please contact, http://sites.google.com/site/arcsailors
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Bringing Our “Neighborhood” to Yours Innovative Alzheimer’s care at Sunrise Senior Living. Sunrise provides specially designed Alzheimer’s care based on each resident’s rich history and individual needs. The result is a personalized environment as loving as it is innovative. We call it the Reminiscence Neighborhood. It’s a unique approach within our communities created to stimulate the memories and senses of seniors with memory impairments. Supportive and nurturing staff, Life Skills Centers, interactive Reminiscence kits and multi-sensory experiences keep our residents
involved in the familiar routines that marked their lives: gardening, sewing, office work, setting the dinner table and even folding laundry. It’s all designed to focus on each resident’s strengths and abilities as well as to help them return to the comfort of a time that brought them much joy. And because each senior is gently guided along in a place that looks and feels like home, every day is a pleasant day in the neighborhood.
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Twist Travel – The Art of Sea, Sand and Sky by Leisure Care While most retirement communities are looking for ways to attract new Upcoming Group Trips residents, there are some that have been busy helping residents find a way to Below are just a few of the trips we have planned for 2010. Call for more details. leave. Well, at least for a few days at a time. Twist Travel is a full-service travel agency that specializes in helping seniors explore the world. We specialize in Hawaiian Discovery February 21 - March 3, 2010 reasonably priced, fully-escorted tour packages that are all about fun. However, Tour Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial on Oahu. Have lunch at the we can also coordinate weekend getaways, a trip to visit the grandkids, or a Volcano House and then stop and see Kilauea Volcano. Spend a day at leisure in long overdue family reunion. From start to finish, our travel agents make the Kailua-Kona. Experience a traditional Luau on Maui. Cruise the Wailua River to the lush Fern Grotto on Kauai. process of planning the excursion as fun as actually taking the vacation. The spirit of adventure never fades. We all have a strong desire to travel, Southern Charm - Charleston, Savannah & Jekyll Island learn, and experience the world. Twist Travel makes this fun and easy. Our March 7 - March 13, 2010 group-travel programs have a higher ratio of staff to participants than most Visit gracious Boone Hall, one of America's oldest working plantations. Taste group tour providers. The travel staff is chosen from employees at our partner, authentic southern cuisine at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Enjoy a two night stay Leisure Care retirement communities. Leisure Care operates 36 independent at the Jekyll Island Club. and assisted living communities throughout the US and Canada. They focus on creating living environments that deliver outstanding customer service, Panama Canal April 10 - April 20, 2010 innovative programs, and engaging activities. Together, we understand your Experience a fascinating day exploring Gatun Locks and the serene expanses of specific needs, and will be able to anticipate and handle all the details of your Gatun Lake. You will see wildlife rich islands, sun-dappled jungles and the trip. So you can just sit back and relax, because, as far as we're concerned, you private island of Half Moon Cay. You will also spend time on Aruba and Curacao. should have no concerns. For all your personal travel needs or to participate in any of our top-rated Rome & Florence Getaway April 13 - April 19, 2010 group travel excursions, please call us toll-free at 1-888-644-4002 or email Explore the cultural offerings and delicious cuisine (wine included!) of Rome and Florence. Visit Siena, one of Tuscany's most beautiful medieval towns. Debbie Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twist Travel Provides: • Personalized travel arrangements to anywhere in the world • Escorted group travel for seniors • Experienced and certified travel consultants • Complete research and explanation of trip details • Confirmation of all reservations and arrangements • Toll-free emergency travel assistance from anywhere in the world– 24 hours a day • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
Baja Cruise April 23 - April 26, 2010 Experience the tropical beauty of Baja and relax in the privacy of Ensenada's beaches while sailing with one of our very own Leisure Care employees. Music Cities - Branson, Memphis & Nashville May 10 - May 17, 2010 Start your tour with the fantastic Doug Gabriel Show and later experience an unforgettable performance by Shoji Tabuchi. Stroll world famous Beale Street, Memphis' lively and historic entertainment district. Explore the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Graceland. Enjoy reserved seats at the Grand Ole Opry. Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches May 24 - June 1, 2010 Combine time in France's splendid capital with discoveries of quaint villages along the Seine, in the picturesque Normandy region and the poignant WWII landing beaches. Experience Vincent van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise, Claude Monet's stunning Gardens at Giverny, and Joan of Arc's historic Rouen. Islands of New England June 11 - June 18, 2010 This journey highlights the natural beauty and traditional charm of New England. Tour the Marble House, an architectural marvel, in Newport. Visit the historical sites of Boston. Take a ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard. Spend a day exploring Nantucket, known for its beautiful cottages and cobblestone streets. Indulge in a traditional New England lobster feast. Las Vegas Experience June 21 - June 23, 2010 Whether trying your luck in the glitzy casinos, dining in gourmet restaurants, taking in a show or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of the Strip, Las Vegas can be your perfect vacation. For more information please contact www.leisurecare.com
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True Innovation for the Greatest Generation by Aegis Living If you can imagine a senior community that embraces life and all that it has to offer in your senior years, you are describing Aegis of Bellevue; the newest community from Aegis Living. It is a local company that is a national leader in senior living communities. Opening in January 2010, Aegis of Bellevue will be unlike any other senior living community. Combining a premier location, and an extraordinary new building, with exclusive programs designed to appeal to those looking for world-class living. Nestled in the heart of old Bellevue, their residents will experience living life to its fullest by embracing every aspect of a healthy lifestyle through their innovative new wellness program - Living 4 LifeTM. Catering to each resident’s needs, Living 4 LifeTM helps maintain and enhance a long, healthy and active lifestyle through mind and body development. Working with Bastyr University, the University of Washington Medicine, and others, residents are privy to what the best minds and practices bring to senior living. Stroll to the family friendly community park, enjoy the healing touch of massage therapy, and take advantage of brain fitness exercises. Explore the benefits of eastern medicine, and enjoy meals made from their organic garden. Their Life’s NeighborhoodTM residents will benefit from the light therapy program, and relax in the calming Life’s Haven. These are just a few of the many daily experiences available to residents, in addition to many services and amenities. • Apothecary • Light Therapy • Private & Patio Dining • Outdoor Sensory Garden 14
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Warm, Compassionate Care at the End of Life by Marilyn Olsen
In the winter of 1999, I got the call we all expect, but none of us want to get. My mother, battling cancer for the third time, wasn’t going to survive this final battle. I quickly packed my bags, left my family, and drove 150 miles through a snowstorm to the northern Indiana town in which I’d grown up. Although her doctor agreed that my mother had just a few weeks left, she had admitted her back into the hospital, into a double room, across the hall from the bustling and noisy nurse’s station, because no private room was available. Dressed in a “back open” hospital gown, she was in considerable pain, and being given a lot of fluids her failing body could no longer accept. She was generally confused and disoriented by all that was going on around her. This was not the way she, I, or anyone else wanted her to spend her last days. Fortunately for my mother, there was a hospice house just down the road. It took a while for me to finally complete all the paperwork, arrange for the ambulance and slip and slide my way through the blizzard. However, it was worth the wait and effort. When I arrived at the hospice house, I found my mother snuggled under a handmade quilt in a warm and comfortable bed, in a pretty flannel nightgown. Her pain was now under control, and she was actually telling jokes to the nurses. I sat by her side for two weeks, through Christmas and the New Year, as friends and relatives came to say good-bye. The hospice house was a peaceful, warm, and friendly place where our needs – hers and mine – were met with care and compassion. Currently, Whatcom Hospice provides service to more than 100 people every day, primarily in Whatcom County. Fortunately, most patients have an available and able caregiver, and an appropriate setting in which the patient can remain at home until the end of life. For others, like my mother and me however, home is not a good option. There may not be an able caregiver nearby, or the patient may not be able to receive the necessary care in his or her home environment. So, the only option for those who cannot remain at home is a hospital, or 18
long-term health care facility such as a nursing home. I am pleased to say that you and your loved ones will soon have another option – a hospice house just like the one my mother and I had. Ground was broken for Whatcom Hospice House on September 13, at 2806 Douglas Avenue in Bellingham. The land, purchased from Catholic Community Services, has two buildings on-site. Both buildings are now being renovated - one to house the Whatcom Hospice staff, and the other to become Whatcom Hospice House. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2010, Whatcom Hospice House will offer individual, state-of-the-art hospice care. Its twelve private rooms will provide a warm, compassionate, home-like setting. They will each have access to a private patio overlooking a wooded setting, with views of Chuckanut Mountain to the south. Each room will also contain a sleeper sofa, so family members can stay with patients whenever and as often as they like. Whatcom Hospice House will also offer a family lounge area equipped with comfortable furnishings and a small kitchen, so family and guests can gather any time. Whatcom Hospice, a department of St. Joseph Hospital, will provide care and the hospice house will be owned and maintained by Whatcom Hospice Foundation. To find out more about Whatcom Hospice House, please visit our website: www.WhatcomHospiceHouse.org or call Mike Kirkland at (360) 733-1231.
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In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance
Getting A Little “Face” Time by Jennifer Blair It’s never easy living far away from loved ones. Phone conversations, or letters with photos tucked inside are nice to look forward to, but as good as our intentions may be, we never seem to pick up the phone as much as we’d like. If we do, it seems as if we’re playing a constant game of tag. Similarly, the art of letter writing seems to have gone by the wayside. Sending off a quick email is more efficient these days, than what is now known as snail mail, but it usually consists of just a quick note. Fortunately, the Internet is constantly evolving and presenting us with new ways of staying in touch. Seniors who have access to a computer, or one of their own, should consider exploring Facebook.com. Facebook is a wonderful tool, which allows you to keep up with family and friends day to day life. It even opens the possibility of finding old friends, and creating new ones. There is no fee to join or for using the website, and it is very simple to get started. To begin, type www.facebook.com into your browser’s address bar, at the top of the screen. This will bring you to Facebook’s homepage. Once there, you will see on the right hand side where to sign up. You will be asked to enter your first and last name, and an email address. Your email address will allow Facebook to notify you if you’ve been tagged in a photo, when someone has written on your wall, or invited you to join in a discussion; all of which I will briefly explain in a bit. The next step is to create a password. It is best to choose a word or name that you frequently use, and will be easily remembered. You will then select your gender, and input the month, day, and year of your birth date. You will also need to upload a photo of yourself, so when someone is searching for you they will be able to distinguish you from another Jane/John Doe. As strange as it may seem, there are other people out there with your exact same name. Click on the green “Sign Up” button when you’re done, and you’re ready to get started. For future visits, you will only need to input your email address and password to log on to the site. Once you have signed on, you can begin searching for friends and loved ones. In the top right hand corner is a search box, where you can type in the name of the person you’re hoping to find. The next page will present you with a list of everyone who is a member of Facebook, with that name, along with a profile picture of them. Of course, you will then have to search for the one you know. Once you have found them, click the “add as friend” link to the right. You’ll have to wait for confirmation from that individual, that they have added you as a friend. Once confirmed, you will have access to all of their personal information, photos, and their friends’ photos and information. In turn, their friends will now have access to your profile too. There are many ways to communicate on Facebook. You can send someone a quick message, similar to an email, which only they will see. The other option is to “write on someone’s wall,” as I mentioned earlier. This message will be seen by all of their and your mutual friends, which sometimes spurs a back and forth conversation between anyone who wishes to participate. This provides all types of interesting input and feedback. 20
Someone may have a new business they’re starting, an estate sale they’re having, or a new movie or book they’d like to discuss. If so, you can start a group and invite your friends to join in a discussion about the topic. When you are “tagged” in a photo, this allows people to see the name of everyone in the picture, as they scroll over it with their mouse. One other tool that is interesting is,“What’s on your mind?” You can type in anything that is on your mind, at that moment. It will then add it next to your profile picture. You can change this blurb as many times as you’d like. Even if you only have one friend or loved one that you’ve found, Facebook assists you in making other connections. They let you know what friend requests, or event invites you have waiting for you. There are also suggestions, including a short list of your friends, letting you know the mutual connections you have in common. Facebook suggests that you may know them, and wish to add them too! Facebook is a fun and easy way to keep in touch with those that you don’t frequently get to visit with, or speak to as often as you’d like. So, the next time you sit down in front of your computer give Facebook a try. You’ll feel more connected to those you’re missing, and may even develop some new friendships you never knew existed.
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Surgery and Complementary Care Together they can ensure success by Jeanne Wallin After a decade of viewing a darkening world due to cataracts, Mary longed for the bright, visual world seen through eyes with normal vision. After meeting with an eye surgeon, she decided to correct her vision, and scheduled cataract surgery. Her surgeon told her they would be using a local anesthetic, and made it very clear that she could not move at all during the surgery. Any involuntary coughing or sneezing during the operation would significantly increase the risks.
life’s challenges, well care/disease prevention, and to heal grief from loss of a loved one. Common benefits often include increased energy, relaxation, increased vitality, and optimal health.”
Once the surgery was scheduled, Mary caught a series of colds. These came with the inevitable coughing and sneezing, as most colds do. As a result, she had to postpone the operation more than once. With each cold and surgery postponement, her anxiety increased. She wanted better vision, yet feared the risks associated with the operation.
In Mary’s case, her fears and worries became manageable and her stress level lowered. After a few Brennan Healing Science sessions, Mary was prepared for surgery. With support, she was able to hold the intention to recover quickly from the eye operation, and to have her sight restored. The surgery went well, with only a few minor complications. After the surgery, Mary continued to receive follow-up Healing Science sessions to support the recovery process. As a result, her eyes recovered quickly.
She worried, “What will it be like to be awake while I have surgery on my eyes?” “What if I have to cough?” Her stress level increased as she worried both about her deteriorating vision, and the risks of the surgery. She began to seriously consider, “Should I go ahead with the surgery?” Most of us experience stress and worry before any major or minor surgery. We need reassurance that the operation will be successful, and that we’ll have support to recover our health. Integrative Care is the newest approach to healing. It includes different types of complementary care to address the psycho, social, and spiritual dimensions of healing. Mary chose Brennan Healing Science, which is “one of the many forms of complementary care practices that are a part of integrative medicine, and support the natural healing ability of the body. It is based on the principle that health and well-being include the whole person – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Brennan Healing Science is effective in helping to heal trauma, reduce stress, recover from surgery, manage www.seniorguidebook.com
As part of a rigorous four-year program at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing (in South Florida, Japan, and Austria), Certified Practitioners are taught specific Healing Science techniques that support people both before, and after surgery.
Innovative approaches to health and healing, like the one Mary chose, are part of Integrative Care, a new trend in medicine. Integrative Care combines the best of medicine with complementary healing practices. Patient care experts from a wide range of the healing arts work collaboratively together to get the best possible outcomes for people. Research has demonstrated that Integrative Care results in improved health outcomes. Sometimes called “Whole Person Healing,” it is a new approach to traditional medicine that focuses on healing the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Jeanne Wallin MS LMP is the founder of Madrona Wellness LLC, a business committed to helping people live healthy lives. She is a Certified Brennan Healing Science Practitioner, Personal Coach and Structural Integration Practitioner. For more information you can contact her at 360-927-5021 or email her at email@example.com. http://www.madronawellness.com
Chronic Inflammation An Ayurvedic Perspective by Virender Sodhi, ND, MD(Ayurved) The Ayurvedic approach to pain management is a holistic one. When treating a patient with chronic pain, I always advise an integrated approach, and look beyond the outward pain to discover the underlying source. Very often, chronic pain is caused by an inflammatory response within the body. Ayurvedic herbal treatments are effective for healing and controlling excess inflammation. For long-term results however, such treatments must be part of an integrative approach combining diet and nutritional changes, detoxification, and therapeutic exercise. The science of Ayurveda is based on balance. According to Ayurvedic understanding, health is based on the balance of an individual’s physiology, (Doshas) digestive processes, (Agni) tissues, (Dhatus) and excretion (Malas). The person, whose soul, senses, and mind are content, is considered to be healthy. The Ayurvedic approach seeks to restore physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, by using nutrition, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, herbs, and supplements. In my decades of Ayurvedic and Naturopathic practice, I have treated many patients with chronic pain issues resulting from arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, dermatitis, asthma, colitis, Crohn’s disease, auto-immune diseases and cancer. Many of these have benefitted from the arsenal of wonderful herbs Ayurveda offers, to control inflammation at different levels. Inflammation is actually the body’s normal response to conditions such as infection, toxins, and trauma. Under normal conditions, once the negative event is over, the body will produce an anti-inflammatory response to restore balance. In cases of chronic pain, however, the body is not able to regulate the inflammatory response. The result is chronic imbalance – and chronic pain. There are many Ayurvedic herbs that address ongoing, excess inflammation. Among these are Salai (Boswellia serrata), proven in clinical studies to ease the pain of osteoarthritis, the priced spice turmeric (Curcuma longa), ginger (Zingiber officinale) known in Ayurveda as the “universal medication,” and the powerful herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Taken alone or in combination with other herbs, these natural pain relievers address chronic inflammation without the serious side effects many chemical pharmaceuticals cause. What follows, is a sampling of my clinical experience using these herbs for pain relief and control.
In a study using dogs, Boswellia produced improvements in intermittent lameness, localized pain, and stiff gait. All the external factors that aggravate lameness, such as “lameness when moving” and “lameness after a long rest,” diminished gradually. I have used Boswellia with great success to treat patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. With holistic combinations of herbal therapy, Karma detoxification, nutritional changes, and yoga, I have been able to take many patients off of prescription pain medications, including steroids.
Boswellia serrata - Salai This herb is unrivaled as a treatment for osteoarthritis. In a 2008 double-blind, placebo controlled study, Boswellia serrata produced very rapid results in patients with osteoarthritis, many of whom were bedridden. The patients’ pain scores and functional abilities were markedly improved, and blood levels of cartilage-degrading enzymes decreased.1 In another study, all of the osteoarthritis patients treated with Boswellia reported reduced knee pain, increased knee flexion, and increased walking distance. Swelling was also considerably reduced.
Withania somnifera - Ashwagandha Ashwagandha is an important Ayurvedic rasayana – a rejuvenating tonic that enhances longevity, and may be used over a long period of time without side effects. Clinical studies have shown Ashwagandha to relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. When the herb was given to a group of RA patients for a period of four weeks, more than half of them experienced pain relief. Some of these patients were completely free of pain and swelling after the herbal treatment.4 Ashwagandha is one of the Ayurvedic herbs that offer promise as an
Curcuma longa - Turmeric My personal belief is that turmeric is responsible for the low cancer rate in India. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial and hepatoprotective spice. I have used it with remarkable results in treating cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal disorders. As a pain-reliever, turmeric is potent in treating every aspect of inflammation. Various laboratory studies have demonstrated that turmeric’s active principle inhibits the action of inflammatory agents, including phospholipase, lipoxygenase, cyclooxygenase 2 (Cox-2), leukotrienes, thromboxane, prostaglandins, nitric oxide, collagenase, elastase, and others.3 Cox-2 inhibitors such as Celebrex and Vioxx were once touted as anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects. However, many patients took these drugs for years before learning that they are associated with heart disease. Turmeric, on the other hand, has a much broader spectrum of anti-inflammatory activity than these drugs, without the side-effects. Turmeric has been used as a culinary spice in many areas of the world for centuries, and its safety for human consumption is well-established. As a side-note, turmeric is a wonderful skin rejuvenator. In India, it is used in traditional wedding ceremonies to enhance the beauty of the bride and bridegroom. Twenty-five years ago, I married my beautiful wife Rekha. After we were married, she developed a bad case of acne on her face. A preparation of turmeric and neem, another Ayurvedic herb, cleared her face up completely in two months and she did not get the acne again. Again, she used turmeric with success when her skin became chapped, dry, and irritable during pregnancy.
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alternative to steroids. Its naturally occurring steroidal content is much higher than that of hydrocortisone, a commonly-prescribed anti-inflammatory. I always choose Ashwagandha for patients with a need for steroids like hydrocortisone or prednisolone. Ashwagandha always comes to the rescue with flying colors, allowing such patients to reduce or eliminate their need for steroids. Zingiber officinale – Ginger The medicinal value of Ginger is so wide-reaching it is often called the “universal medicine.” I remember it as Grandma’s answer to everything – from stomach aches to headaches and joint pain. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It was studied in patients with rhematic arthritis in two clinical trials. In one, seven RA patients reported pain relief, increased joint mobility, decreased swelling and reduced morning stiffness.5 The second clinical study treated 28 rheumatoid arthritis patients, 18 osteoarthritis patients, and ten patients suffering from muscular discomfort with powdered ginger at high doses over periods of up to two and a half years. Seventy-five percent of both the rheumatoid arthritis, and the osteoarthritis patients reported relief from pain and swelling. All ten patients with muscular discomfort experienced relief. The patients who took higher doses of ginger experienced the fastest results. In another study, ginger relieved migraine headache.6 Comiphora mukal – Guggal In the West, guggal is best known as a cholesterol-reducer. In Ayurveda, however, it has long been used to treat inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. In a recent study in southern California, 30 osteoarthritic patients, both male and female, were treated with 500 mg of guggal extract three times a day over a period of one to two months. The patients showed significant improvements in their symptoms, including pain and mood, and no side effects were observed.7 I have treated hundreds of patients with conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, poymyalgia rheumatica, fibromyalgia and asthma using above said herbs in combination with nutritional changes, exercise, yoga, meditation, and the Panch karma detox program. I have been able to take patients off medications like Methotrexate, Enbrel, and Prednisone after three to sixteen months of Ayurvedic treatment. Even though my patients show tremendous improvement, I always advise them to stick to their nutritional program and lifestyle changes to ensure a lifetime of great health. I usually use combination formulas of standardized extracts of guggal with ashwagandha, turmeric, boswellia, and ginger for a synergistic anti-inflammatory effect. Some practitioners report skin rashes when guggal preparations are used. I have used the herb for 30 years, and none of my patients have had this problem. I believe the rashes are caused by an impurity in raw guggal, which must be removed before the herb is used. Conclusion It is my belief, and my experience confirms, that Ayurvedic herbs offer tremendous potential for treating chronic pain. News reports today are full of stories about the horrible addictive hazards of prescription pain medications like oxycontin, vicodin, and other narcotics. Non-addictive pharmaceuticals like www.seniorguidebook.com
Celebrex and Vioxx have also proven to be dangerous drugs. In light of these developments, more and more patients are turning to alternative therapies for their pain issues. Ayurveda’s comprehensive approach offers the best overall solution for chronic pain sufferers. Gentle exercise regimens, nutritional therapies, and detoxification, along with the extraordinary Ayurvedic herbs described above, provide a lifestyle makeover that can offer the chronic pain sufferer a healthy and pain-free future. References 1
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Dr. Virender Sodhi is an internationally respected Ayurvedic and Naturopathic physician, and one of the first to practice Ayurvedic medicine in the US. Dr. Sodhi received his MD (Ayurveda) after completing six years of medical training in India. He came to the US in 1986 to share Ayurveda as part of a cultural exchange program. In 1988, Dr. Sodhi graduated from Bastyr University. Dr. Sodhi treats patients from all over the world at the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medical Clinic in Bellevue, Washington. He also lectures extensively throughout both the U.S. and other countries, and is the founder of Ayush Herbs Inc. For more information about Dr. Virender Sodhi and the Ayurvedic Clinic, please visit www.ayurvedicscience.com and www.ayush.com
Please note: This article is purely informative and should not replace the guidance of your physician. If you suffer from an illness, you should consult a physician before taking any herbs, vitamins, minerals or enzymes. Even at the peak of health, it is best to consult a qualified practitioner before taking any dietary supplement. 23
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The New Medical Pecking Order, Patients on Top
Glass Upon Glass
by Andrew Schorr
I am so afraid...what if the marbles tumble out in random order through the laundry shoot in my brain? ...what if I forget to remember – my son’s name, ...or his freckles – those soft brown spots that I have kissed well, ...or his eyes of sun washed blue that mirror my own. What if I forget them? When he comes through that door with flowers, with familiarity... ...what if I forget to remember that it is me he comes to see? Losing my marbles. I fear I will fall headlong into every face becoming a stranger’s.
Just the other day I hosted a town meeting for doctors and patients. The idea was to bring everyone together to discuss how each of us could be a more “powerful patient.” I was thrilled that about 15 top doctors showed up, on their own time, to share their perspective. What I learned is that the newest breed of physicians is seeing the patient calling the shots a lot more than them. Most seniors remember the old order where we revered physicians. Some described it as “the doctor as God.” Certainly, the old TV shows portrayed everyone, including many nurses, quaking in their boots if doctor’s orders weren’t followed. That was then, but we are now seeing a new age of healthcare consumerism. As I write this we don’t know if healthcare reform legislation will pass, and we don’t know if Medicare will be changed and how. However, we do have control over the doctors we choose, and our relationships with them. My speakers at the town meeting were unanimous in making several key points: • There are no stupid questions, you should feel free to ask whatever is on your mind, and receive a full and respectful answer • You have every right to get a second opinion, or more, and any doctor who balks at this should not be your doctor • You are welcome to bring your family and friends, who support you, to appointments • Doctors have failings and feelings. They want to work with you to do what’s right. Have open, honest communications with them to get the best care What each of them said is today, the patient is not on an equal level with the doctor, and they’re really on a higher level. As patients do research, maintain their medical records at home or on computer, and speak out, they are taking back control. More and more the doctors are being put in the role of advisors, or consultants. My speakers uniformly said that was a good thing, and I heartily agreed. Just as you or your spouse, or friend has become a savvy shopper at the mall or hardware store, you now too can be a savvy consumer in healthcare. More and more key players in our flawed system, the doctors and most nurses want you to take on that power. It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 80, don’t be shy to ask questions, get answers, and retain your right to make decisions. Since the town meeting, many doctors have written me to say that they think the dialogue we have begun in the Northwest is one that is poised to sweep the nation. I invite you to be part of that leading edge in how we all deal with our doctors. Study after study says “powerful patients” get better care, and have better health. Now it is your turn to take charge, and heed the call! www.seniorguidebook.com
By Maggie B. Osborn
I watch her as her tears spill out of a life gaping wide – Then I remember with a smile that I carry 3 marbles in my pocket. I do this when I’m afraid I will forget who I am, when I think I am not enough, when I believe again that I am unloved. Marbles, glass clinking upon glass to remind me of what I’m apt to forget. So I reassure her by telling her, “Each marble you have dropped since I have held your hand, I have gathered one by one, by three – can you hear them? Collected here in my pocket, clinking glass upon glass. When you sleep at night, I ask your angels to guard them well.” But what of the creaking of the door – a stranger might enter with daisies – white, and freckles? then I shall lean towards your blank stare and whisper in time with the opening of the door... “How nice, your son has come to call.” I’ll not forget that I love him you know... this is wrapped tighter in me than the shade of his freckles. Do remind me to tell him though – not of the marbles – but of the love. Again I roll them in my pocket glass upon glass, marbles – so I won’t forget to remember.
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A Reason To Hope There is growing evidence that LIFESTYLE can affect your brain health and risk for dementia
EAT WISELY a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet is advisable studies show that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits may help protect brain cells
STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE physical exercise helps maintain good blood flow to the brain, which is essential for brain health
KEEP MENTALLY ACTIVE mentally-stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and may even create new nerve cells
REMAIN SOCIALLY INVOLVED social activitiy not only makes physical and mental activity more enjoyable, it can reduce stress levels, which helps maintain health connections among brain cells
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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 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
Life Care Center of Mount Vernon Assisted Living/ Skilled Nursing/ Rehab/Alzheimer’s 2120 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-4258 Logan Creek Retirement/Independent Living 2311 E Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-428-0222 Mountain Glen Retirement/Assisted Living 1810 East Division Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-424-7900 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 Cordata Health Care & Rehab Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 4680 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA 98226 360-398-1966
Fairhaven Estates Assisted Living 2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-647-1254
Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447
Highgate House Assisted Living/Specialized Care 151 & 155 East Kellogg Bellingham WA 98226 360-671-1459
The Courtyard Dementia Care Community Assisted Living/Enhanced Specialized Care 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338
Highland Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2400 Samish Way Bellingham WA 98226 360-734-4800
The Leopold Retirement & Assisted Living 1224 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-3500 Merrill Gardens at Cordata Retirement/Assisted Living/ Specialized Care 4415 Columbine Dr Bellingham WA 98226 360-715-8822
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
Mt. Baker Care Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 2905 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-4181
Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224
Parkway Chateau Retirement/Independent Living 2818 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-671-6060
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 St. Francis Extended Health Care Licensed Skilled Nursing 3121 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-6760
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 425-453-8100 (Opening Jan. 2010) 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 Sunrise of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15928 NE 8th Street Bellevue WA 98008 425-401-5152 Wynwood Bellevue Assisted Living Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 1640 148th Ave SE Bellevue WA 98007 425-373-1161 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 BURIEN El Dorado West Retirement & Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975
COVINGTON Covington Place Retirement Apartments 26906 169th Place SE Covington WA 98042 888-548-6609
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
ENUMCLAW High Point Village Retirement & Assisted Living 1777 High Point Street Enumclaw WA 98022 360-825-7780
MERCER ISLAND Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565
Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-235-6400
FEDERAL WAY Foundation House Independent Living Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823
REDMOND Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000
KENMORE Aegis of Issaquah Assisted Living / Memory Care / Hospice 780 NW Juniper Street Issaquah WA 98027 425-526-6037
Fairwinds – Redmond Retirement / Assisted Living 9988 Avondale Rd NE Redmond WA 98052 425-558-4700
Spring Hill of Kenmore Assisted Living 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200 KENT Aegis of Kent Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 10421 SE 248th Street Kent WA 98030 253-479-1768 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
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 at Totem Lake 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 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 Remington Place 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
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
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
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
JEFFERSON 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
MOSES LAKE Pioneer Village Affordable Independent Retirement Apartments 816 E. Sharon Avenue Moses Lake WA 98837 888-548-6609
BENTON 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
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