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Of Guns & Roses by Dennis Brislawn
I was honored when The Senior Guidebook asked me to “pen” another article for their magazine. What came to mind was a study done in 2005 by Allianz Life Insurance Company, in collaboration with Dr. Ken Dychtwald of Age Wave. I found myself musing on some key findings from the study... • No Surprise – Baby Boomers and their parents do not see inheritance the same way. • Small Surprise – It is the non-financial items that parents leave behind–like ethics, morals, faith, and religion–that are 10 times (!) more important to both, than the financial aspects of inheritance. • Big Surprise – Boomers and their parents say they converse about legacy and inheritance...but it seems that these conversations do not prove to be very productive, or meaningful since gaps exist between what is said and what is done. Now, I know that the current buzz is again about estate tax. December 2010 saw another major change in tax law, good only through the end of 2012 (when we revisit this yet again and in an election year!) Each of us has a $5 million federal estate tax exemption (a married couple, with proper planning and awareness of something called “portability,” can protect and double that amount at the federal level). So, estate taxes may not motivate us to do any planning at all. Washington state exemptions remain at $2 million per person, complicating things for your attorney in design of your estate plan...blah blah blah. See how easy it is to miss the point, to get distracted? I mean taxes are easier to discuss than feelings. Paying or reducing taxes is fairly straightforward to deal with. However, while you can use a computer program to calculate taxes or suggest planning tools, it cannot adequately deal with the emotional things that carry the most value, if you believe the study. Why is this so hard? Well, perhaps most professionals focus on what we think people “need,” rather than what they “want.” Advisors spend a lot of time learning the techniques and tools of the trade...and are only too happy to deliver them. Perhaps we rely too much on mechanical means of addressing planning issues, and fail to satisfy the emotional issues. What we need to do is to listen to the warning shots, and take time to smell the roses. Let’s face it; most people don’t readily bare their souls in a one-hour initial consultation. So, why did I select “Of Guns and Roses” as a title for this piece? Finding words that create shock value, generally peaks someone’s interest, and gives us something different to talk about. Guns are a pretty polarizing subject and are inarguably part and parcel of American culture, as Americans own about 233 million of them, so few adults are ambivalent. One person may see firearms as part of the American 4
experience, invoking pioneer spirit, self-reliance, the right to protect home and hearth. Another person may see them as dangerous and destructive instruments that the government must control. Either way, if this was a topic of conversation, I bet that you would articulate your belief without too much prompting from me. Roses? In my case, the word reminds me of my grandmother. Grammy (Helen Marie) Brislawn raised prizewinners by the bushel, which stood guard for her along the walkway to her front entryway.A member of the Rose Society, she grew hothouse orchids in her sunroom, she painted, taught piano, and played the organ at church. Whenever I see or smell a rose I think of her, and the beauty she brought to my life and to those who knew her. Some values and virtues are easier to identify with than others. If you identify them first, and then incorporate them into a plan, it will help to distinguish legacy planning from mere estate planning. If a “legacy” of values and virtues is what both givers and receivers really want, then we must all step up our game. We advisors need to probe for “hot buttons.” We need to listen more, talk less. We need to invite our clients to open up and let us in. Don’t just write a Will or fund a trust – talk and adopt a plan that actually incorporates your values and virtues into the tools used to transfer and apply wealth. Dennis Brislawn, J.D. (with Lew Dymond, J.D.) is a partner at BRISLAWN LOFTON, PLLC & the Private Client Law Group. They are located at 5555 Lakeview Drive, Suite 201, Kirkland, WA 98033. For more information you can contact them at (425) 803-9500 / (425) 827-7154 FAX. You can also email him at dennis.brislawn@ brislawnlofton.com, or visit www.brislawnlofton.com.
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Navigating Europe in the Digital Age by Rick Steves Several years ago, I was invited to Amazon.com headquarters. After signing a legal promise of secrecy, I was taken into a special room. Someone came in carrying a package containing Amazon’s secret weapon...the Kindle. It was turned on. And from the second I held it, so was I. It felt like I was holding the future. Since then, the ebook market has shot off. The Kindle has worthy competitors, including the iPad, Sony Reader, and Nook. While I consider myself a paper guy, I can see the advantages to ebooks. An ebook reader is smaller and lighter than a guidebook. You can effortlessly carry hundreds of ebooks, which is great for long, multi-destination trips. And with built-in wireless, you can buy books from anywhere, convenient for spur-of-the-moment detours. Of course, ebooks have their problems. Though they work well for novels, they remain clunky for guidebooks. It can be difficult to find the information you’re looking for; flipping from page to page can be awkward; and maps – often designed to run across two pages – don’t always appear correctly. An ebook reader is expensive, and if you lose it, you’re out hundreds of dollars. Still, ebooks are here to stay, and they’ll only gain in popularity. Ebooks are just one of the latest technologies changing the way we travel. Postcards have been usurped by email, blogging, Facebook, and Twitter. Public pay phones are nearly obsolete now that cell phones, international phone cards (sold in Europe), and calling over the Internet offer easy and cheap alternatives. After a busy day of sightseeing in Berlin, you could go back to your hotel room, download a movie, and watch the serious Das Boot or the funny Good Bye, Lenin! One technology I’m excited about are audio tours you can run on your iWhatever. More and more tourist offices and museums are offering these for free or at low cost. For instance, the tourist information office in Italy’s Padua has MP3 tours covering five walking routes. You can download these for free from their website (www.turismopadova.it), or just borrow one of their MP3 players when you’re there. Bath’s tourism office has a downloadable Jane Austen walking tour that includes a printable map (http://visitbath.co.uk). Free audio tours for London’s National Portrait Gallery, Prague’s Charles Bridge, and other sights are available at www.acoustiguide.com. I just launched Audio Europe, an extensive free online library – containing audio tours of Europe’s major sights and interviews with travel experts – organized by destination. Choose whatever interests you, and download it to your iPod, smartphone, or computer at www.ricksteves.com or iTunes. Before you leave for Europe, it’s worth checking online to see what kinds of digital content you can find to enhance your trip. Using Google or the iTunes store, search for sights and cities you’ll be visiting. Some places are going beyond audio. At Château de Chenonceau in France’s Loire region, pictures and videos accompany the audio narration, cluing you in 6
to what you’re looking at. You can rent an iPod there or run the tour on your own device (www.chenonceau.com). Versailles’ free app for iPhones uses GPS to sense where you are and pops up related videos, narration, and slideshows (www.chateauversailles.fr). While paper guidebooks are still selling well, map sales are being hit much harder by techie alternatives, such as Google Maps and GPS. To be honest, I’m still somewhat of a holdout when it comes to GPS (then again, I was probably the last writer in America to cling to WordPerfect). To me, part of the fun of being immersed in Europe is navigating. If you want to connect with locals, ask for directions. By being engaged, I learn and internalize the lay of the land. If I do use a GPS, I make it a point to also have a road map handy and at least a vague sense of my route. One time, driving from St. Moritz to Lugano via Italy’s Lake Como, I realized my GPS had just directed me past the Lugano turnoff. Hitting the brakes and checking my map, I figured out it was aiming to send me on the freeway, then on a ferry across the lake. I stuck with the “slower” roads on the quieter side of the lake...and got in an hour earlier. The lesson: GPS is most useful in conjunction with a good map and some common sense. That’s the bottom line with most technology. They can lead you in the right direction – to that small town in the hills or through an overwhelming museum like the Louvre – but the rest is up to you. Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to him c/o P.O. Box 2009, Edmonds, WA 98020. Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education came in Europe – since 1973 he’s spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a suitcase in Europe has shaped his thinking. Today he employs 80 people at his Europe Through the Back Door headquarters in Edmonds where he produces 30 guidebooks on European travel, the most popular travel series in America on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, and a weekly column syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Rick and his wife Anne have traveled each of the last 22 years with their two kids, Andy and Jackie.
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Aging in Body but Not in Soul by Kellie Moeller
After spending many years in ministry, fully engaged in the spiritual needs of people, it was a surprise when I began my work in senior housing. The spiritual aspect of life was barely given a nod. At best, residents were offered an occasional bible study, transportation to a church, and an afterthought provision of communion now and then. Having ignored the significance of faith, many communities have lost the means to a holistic approach in caring for seniors. In the absence of a holistic approach, the later years of life are often heavy and burdensome. Though the body may break down, faith can be renewed through cultivating a relationship with God. Studies have shown that 75% of Americans past age 65 consider religion to be very important. Many who pray and read scripture daily, desire to also attend both weekly church services and mid-week senior groups in their faith community. Medical studies indicate that spiritual people exhibit fewer self-destructive behaviors (for example: smoking, drug/alcohol abuse, depression and even suicide). In turn they feel the benefits of less stress, improved blood pressure, boosted immune system, and a greater total life satisfaction through the gained sense of peace, security, and community. All the while recognizing and rejoicing together in the “life that is to come.” At CRISTA Senior Living, we recognize that faith matters; it is an intricate part of everything we do. Our goal is to facilitate the spiritual growth of our residents by offering them an environment where they have all the tools available to keep their soul young and earnest. Those tools may be demonstrated by: a staff member praying alongside a resident or family member, full-time chaplain services, faith-based celebration and music on holidays, volunteering for one of our seven on-site ministries, or participating in a multitude of faith-growing activities or...not. Saki, a new resident, recently expressed, “Even though I don’t share the same faith, I can see a difference in the way the staff members and residents treat me. Everyone is so kind, and I know it’s because they answer to a higher authority!” CRISTA Senior Living truly is a great environment for all involved. Lulu, who just moved to CRISTA with her husband said, “One of the things I noticed was the longevity of the staff; there isn’t a lot of turn-over. It seems that there is a different commitment that I would call Christ-like. The people enjoy their job and genuinely care.” A favorite proverb says “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.” There is no substitution for the wisdom of the aged. Sharing first-hand knowledge of history, and a lifetime of wisdom with the next generation, is of irreplaceable value. In 2010, CRISTA Senior Living was awarded for its excellence in intergenerational activities. Through a myriad of activities and events, residents have the opportunity to enjoy the company of over 1,100 (PK-12) students, while also mentoring and modeling virtuous life lessons of genuine faith and graceful aging. 8
Below are CRISTA TIPS for keeping spiritually healthy while you age: • Stay spiritually connected by meeting regularly to grow. This may be a prayer group, bible study, or ministry volunteer involvement, etc. • Join with a faith community or church regularly. • Read books which express spiritual ideas, and share ideas with someone. • Share with your children and grandchildren your “God Stories,” of how your faith was made real. • Do a “spiritual genealogy” project. After a bit of “digging”, I found out that my great aunt, who was in full-time ministry in Africa, retired and lived several years at CRISTA Senior Living before she passed away when I was young. Now, full-circle, I am part of the CRISTA team. Come see for yourself what faith in action looks like at CRISTA Senior Living! Call Kellie Moeller at (877) 639.3292 or email email@example.com.
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A Carefree Alternative to Home Ownership by Gene Van Selus
Discover a little known living arrangement to increase your freedom during retirement years. A Life Tenancy Community is a way to be rid of the obligations of home ownership, while maintaining an independent lifestyle. It is a perfect situation for the couple or individual that cannot, or no longer desires to, do the work of maintaining the family home. Skip the nuisance of yard work, visit the grandkids, or fly away to your desired destination. The unique arrangement of a Life Tenancy Community combines all of the best features of an independent home, and a condominium. Residents “buy” the right to live in their chosen community home, while the actual property ownership and property responsibilities remain with the landlord. The building exterior maintenance, as well as the basic interior maintenance, is organized and managed for the residents. Building insurance is obtained, common utilities and property taxes are paid, and the grounds are maintained. All this will be wrapped into one simple, affordable monthly maintenance/utility fee. Olga, a satisfied resident of Salem Village II in Mount Vernon WA says, “I think it’s very reasonably priced for those of us on a fixed income. They take beautiful care of the grounds, and it’s a very safe place for someone like me who lives alone.” Many landlords of Life Tenancy Communities are church affiliated, Non-profit corporations; although joining the church is not required. Anolea of Salem Village II states, “It’s close to church, and close to town. My neighbors are very friendly – some of us like to get together to go shopping or go to the casino.” Living in a Life Tenancy community provides safety, security, and opportunity for social interaction. Immediate neighbors are available for networking, and watching out for one another. The residence itself can stand independently, or be part of a duplex, triplex, on up. Although, roomy and well-appointed, our residences are likely to be smaller than your current family home. So, be prepared to downsize and simplify. This will assist you in preparing your loved ones for the eventual task that will be left 10
to them. Olga left a three-bedroom home in Anacortes when she moved to Salem Village II in 2003. “My old place had a sun porch, so I chose a corner cottage that gets a lot of sun. My son and I thought it was a good location. We came and looked on a Saturday morning and wrote a check for the deposit before noon!” Olga recalled. Such communities, designed for seniors, include many features for graceful aging in place. Elimination of steps, having wider interior doorways, installing lever door handles, and installing handles on all cabinetry allow seniors to continue living in the community beyond when their family home may have become impossible. Irene and her husband Bob lived on an acre of land, but couldn’t keep it up any more when Bob had to have his leg amputated in 2002.“I’m so thankful we moved when we did,” said Irene. “There’s no yard work to worry about, and somehow having the church close by makes me feel very safe here.” Another simplification for the residents and their heirs comes when even the community is no longer an appropriate place to live. The Non-Profit “buys” the lifetime tenancy rights back. This allows the resident to vacate when it’s best for them, rather than when the real estate market dictates it to be. The buyback price is discounted from the original price to pay for making the residence like-new again, and to accumulate reserves for big ticket items like appliance replacement or a new roof. Excluding these costs from the monthly maintenance/utility fee keeps the community very affordable, providing a significant saving from maintaining the family home. Another saving is the elimination of closing costs, when moving in or out. How much easier can things be in these uncertain economic times? Although you may have to do some digging to discover this little known living arrangement, a Life Tenancy Community is likely in or near your city. This may just be the housing solution you’ve been searching to find. For more information please contact Gene Van Selus, Executive Director Salem Village Communities 360-540-1438.
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It Can Be Your Most Loving Act by Linda Woolsey
What can you do when you know that your parent is isolated and not eating properly? When you know that their happiness and personal safety is at risk, because they insist on staying in their private home? First of all, you are not alone. Over 50 million people are unpaid caregivers, usually female, and typically age 46 or older. Getting a parent to move to a retirement community can be your most loving act – for your parent and the entire family! Gentle persuasion will bring the desired results, so start that first conversation early. The typical parent needs multiple discussions before reaching the decision to move from their family home. Continue to seek openings to bring up the topic. Once the discussion is initiated, keep the conversation going. A parent often hides things from their adult child because they don’t want them to be concerned about their welfare. Show them you are their advocate, and that you are genuinely concerned about their well-being. Honor your parent’s self-determination while continuing to urge them into action. Make it a family decision, not a “parent problem.” It is vitally important to have all members of the family present a unified, consistent concern, with achievable solutions. One family member’s doubts can negate others’ efforts to move forward. Make it clear that everyone wants what is best for your parent. Anticipate your parent’s points of resistance and know how to respond. Utilize community experts, medical personnel, and other elder care resources to help you strategize. Take the time to tour some local retirement communities, and find one you feel would be the right match for your parent. You will be more confident and convincing when you believe the community life style will be healthier than your loved one living at home alone.
Court or Brittany Park for a cost comparison worksheet. Maintaining a private residence eventually becomes a burden, not a blessing. It is a good idea to arrange a meeting with your parent and a financial advisor to review and establish an achievable plan for their life expectancy.“Running out of money” is a common concern for seniors. A financial advisor can help you to answer these concerns: “I don’t want to be a burden to my kids,” and “I want to leave something for my kids and grand kids.” “I can’t possibly move from my house!” Elders are often overwhelmed by the task of moving. There are some great resources available to help you and your parent accomplish the move. Most seniors are surprisingly resilient once they have made their decision. Others have made the change, and your parent will too. Everyone can benefit from purging closets and garages of unnecessary items, and simplify one’s life. It is never in your parent’s best interest to allow their possessions to dictate the quality of their lives. “I want to stay in my house.” Statistics show that residents in independent living communities are 90% satisfied with their daily lives. Life satisfaction drops to 77% for those remaining in private homes. After two years of residency in a community, 10.3% feel their health has improved. Only 4.1% of seniors living at home reported better health. “I’ll move when I can’t drive anymore.” or, “I’m waiting to hear back about my medical tests.” Uncertainty breeds more uncertainty. Encourage your parent to take charge of their life while they have the mental and physical ability to do so. Waiting until a crisis forces your hand dramatically limits their lifestyle options. Studies show that community living adds years to the lives of seniors, and those years are happier, healthier, and more satisfying!
Here are some frequent excuses, usually rooted in fear of change: “I don’t want to give up my independence.” For those who have limited ability to drive, have health challenges that make it difficult to visit friends, attend family events, and go out for recreation, community style living just became a highly appealing option. “It’s too expensive.” Many people underestimate the expense of maintaining a private home. When you help your parent to see all the costs of home ownership like heat, electricity, sewer, trash, weekly housekeeping, home repairs, yard maintenance, home owners insurance, property taxes, and local transportation, community style living is desirable. Contact Fairwinds Brighton 12
Encourage the reluctant parent to just “try it out” for a few days or a month; ask them to just “humor me” and give it a try. Once they have made the move to their new home, most seniors state “If I had known it would be this good, I would have done it sooner!” That statement alone should help you to persevere, to continue the act of love that ultimately results in your parent settling into a supportive community environment.
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the fountain of youth isn’t a fountain after all. It’s a road trip.
Martha, Bonnie, Grace, and Dolly (AKA: The Road Trip Girls), are like most Leisure Care residents–active and full of life. They’ve got places to go and things to see. And they’re free to do what they want because we provide the necessities. Things like housework, shuttle services, planned group activities, and true restaurant meals are all included in the monthly rent. And assisted living services are available if you need them. To find out more, visit www.leisurecare.com. Or call your nearest Leisure Care community to schedule a complimentary lunch and tour.
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Magic Moments The Gencare Lifestyle Way... by Tracey Harvey
In a blink of an eye you may find yourself as an advocate for an ailing family member, or a cheerleader for an aging loved one to improve their quality of life through health and wellness. According to AARP, the “Sandwich Generation” is dealing with one of the most elaborate juggling acts: caring for an elderly parent, while parenting their own children and working a full time job. Nearly 66 million Americans are care givers, and the typical image is a 49+ year old woman that spends about 19 hours a week providing care in some shape or form to a loved one. Compare this with our aging workforce over age 55. They are expected to account for 93% of the U.S. labor force's growth through 2016. Many of these workers say they’re staying on the job not for the money, but because they want to continue feeling useful and productive. Living with purpose is something all ages aspire to attain, whether we realize it or not. We would like to share some magic moments related to retirement living, in the effortless quest to change the perception that independent living does not stop once you move in. Celebrating Mothers in Lynnwood Myrtle Bauman and Mary Roberge have more than just the proud badge of Motherhood to share; they also are members of a proud Scriber Garden’s community that they all describe, “is like a family to them.” Myrtle, 98 years young, was one of the very first Scriber Garden residents that moved in 10 years ago after her beloved husband of 66 years passed away. Realizing she was a social person, she chose to spend her years living and has not slowed down since. Her passion to stay sharp is evident in the weekly activities she participates in, i.e. games, movies, and watching the garden grow that her son maintains on the Scriber grounds. Mary is proof that exploring your passions can translate to happiness, and longevity in the workplace. Mary has so many fond memories, that she cannot isolate just one over the past 10 years. Her passion is for all of the “grandmas and grandpas,” as she lovingly refers to the residents, and she holds all of the memories near to her heart. Living life to its fullest, with laughter, is the value she tries to live by and coincidently is a GenCare value. Winners Don’t Wait for Chances They Take Them... When people refer to wealth management, most would think in terms of managing ones financial assets. Take a moment to think of wealth in terms of health & wellness. Imagine enjoying a fulfilling career at the young age of 61, and then suffering a stroke. Your right side is paralyzed, and your world as you know it is turned upside down. With a little personal attention, amazing results happened for a resident that was working with our Personal Trainer. From learning just a few simple relaxation techniques, remarkable progress was seen in just one week. Now he is raising his arms above his heart, kicking, and standing on his right leg, with the sheer determination and will to live independently. Remington Place is transforming how we look at retirement living, by magnifying the needs of individuals and offering only the amenities needed with ala carte services. 14
Passion Crusade to Battle Parkinson’s with Determination Imagine being married for 58 years, building a family, and then traveling the world together. Jim & Pat Hoyt continue to enjoy their enduring love story despite Pat being diagnosed in 2000 with Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder that impairs motor skills and cognitive processes. The most noticeable symptoms are motor-related: tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, and postural instability. Caregivers may not self-identify, but for individuals experiencing the effects of the disease, it can help to be highly connected to a larger community of other people in the same position. These connections can be made by using social networks to share insights, stories, and concerns with one another, and it can be a lifesaver. With this Ballard Landmark miracle, Pat is now learning to walk again through the integrated services of GenCare Lifestyle’s Wellness and Vitality services. Within one year of moving in, the Hoyts never dreamed their lives would change so rapidly and be so positive. Neighbor’s Share enriched life at The Village in Granite Falls Over the next 20 years, the number of veterans aged 65 and over in Washington State will remain relatively stable, fluctuating between 205,000 and 225,000. However, there will be a sharp rise in veterans aged 85 and over. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs projections, the number of veterans age 85 and over increased by 35% between 2005 and 2010. Harold Goodrich is a Granite Falls native (88 years young) and Don Bausman is a retired semi pro baseball player (82 years young). They share the common thread of serving our country, as well as utilizing The Veterans Assistance Association to help reduce the stress that often accompanies older adults when determining where to live. Senior living in Granite Falls promotes healthy lifestyle behaviors, to improve the health of older adults. Living in an environment that encourages living with vitality, it is not unusual to see the folks playing very competitive rounds of Wii games. Needless to say, there is never a dull moment at GenCare. If you enjoyed this article and hearing about these magic moments share your thoughts with us http://wholelifeliving.wordpress.com/ Tracey Harvey is the Corporate Director of Vitality for GenCare Lifestyle, creating WHOLE LIFE LivingTN connections for seniors. To learn how you can join in GenCare Lifestyle’s STAY SHARPTN &Vitality Programming for 2011 contact 206.949.5885 or visit our website at www.gencarelifestyle.com. Photos ©2011 Stewart Hopkins
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Activate Your Minds & Bodies to Slow the Effects of Aging by Jeff Buffum In terms of age, it’s been said that 70 is the new 50 and 80 is the new 60. Aging Baby Boomers are skewing population numbers and census statistics like no other time in the history of the United States. Given that the Boomer generation is expected to live longer, it makes sense to take better care of yourself now to enhance your quality of life later.
Duke University researchers reported that exercise serves as a natural antidepressant. During exercise, the body releases natural chemicals designed to relieve pain, improve mood, and help brain cells last longer.
The late, great comedian George Burns may have said it best when he celebrated his 100th birthday. He said,“had I known I was going to live to be 100, I would have taken better care of himself when I was younger.”
Creekside Retirement Community Promotes Wellness Creekside, located in Burlington, Washington, has long been a leader in providing physical activity programs and brain wellness (lifelong learning) programs for residents. The community recently launched a monthly educational series titled Aging...It Happens! to present information to their residents, their guests, and the general public. Local experts visit Creekside, and discuss a variety of health and age-related topics. Call the community to find out about upcoming topics and presentation dates.
Projections from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate the proportion of people who are 65 and older, will climb from 13 percent to 19 percent of the total population over the next two decades. Additionally, senior adults 85 and older – who often require additional caregiving and support – will increase from about 14 percent of the older population today, to 21 percent by 2050. The health benefits of exercise for senior adults, are being debated in university settings and think tanks across the country. New information from ongoing studies indicates, that people of all ages and physical conditions will benefit from exercise and physical activity. The Benefits of Exercise One of the most exciting areas of exercise research is the investigation of cognitive function. What scientists have learned so far is that brain neurons – the special cells that help perform all the bodily functions that keep you alive – all increase in number after just a few days or weeks of regular exercise. Researchers also found that the fittest individuals had the highest scores on tasks like coordination, scheduling, planning, and memory. In a recent study of 1,740 adults older than 65, researchers found that the incidence of dementia in individuals who walked three or more times per week was 35% lower than those individuals who walked less than three days per week.
Creekside activities include a walking club, fitness room, billiards, Tai Chi, yoga, chair aerobics, computer lab, bingo, and Wii. Senior communities across the country are introducing Wii, and other interactive video games to their residents. Not only do the video games promote physical activity and cognitive stimulation, they introduce many seniors to modern technology. The American Heart Association has confirmed that certain video games provide senior adults with excellent moderate-intensity exercise.
A study focused on people suffering from dementia, showed daily exercise over a 12-month period improved mental ability by 30 percent. Subjects of the study showed an improvement in their abilities to feed, dress, and bathe themselves. Regular activity is also good for the heart and for blood pressure, both of which have been linked to dementia.
It’s never too late to start an exercise routine. Here are some basic guidelines for getting started: 1. Begin with knowledge. Knowing the benefits of aerobic exercise will make it much easier to actually start the sweating process. 2. Select an activity that you will enjoy. Whether it’s walking, swimming, biking or any other form of exercise, choosing an activity that you will likely repeat is key to success. 3. Start slowly. The ultimate goal will be 30 minutes of exercise five days per week, but getting there could take some time. Listen to your body and don’t take unnecessary risks. 4. Consult your physician before you start, and regularly as you progress. Your doctor will help decide appropriate exercise levels, and can benchmark your success with simple tests.
Research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates, an inactive lifestyle can cause older adults to lose ground in four areas that are important for staying healthy and independent: strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance.
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Bastyr Awarded Joint $3.1 Million Grant for Breast Cancer Research by Jordan Lindstrom Relatively little is known about the effectiveness or costs associated with integrative cancer care, which has great potential to improve quality of life, increase survival rates, and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence for people living with cancer. With the help of a recently awarded $3.1 million grant, Bastyr University has moved to the frontlines of the effort to shed scientific light on “integrative care,” or the combination of complementary, natural therapies with standard conventional care for improved patient outcomes. The grant, awarded jointly to Bastyr and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), will officially fund a study entitled “Breast Cancer Integrative Oncology: Prospective Matched Controlled Outcomes Study.” The five-year award will allow clinical investigators at Bastyr and the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to undertake a rigorous outcomes-based research study. Investigators will track clinical outcomes for people with breast cancer who, in addition to standard conventional care (such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy), receive complementary care at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC). Those results will then be compared with outcomes of breast cancer patients (of similar demographics) who do not integrate CAM care with their conventional care. “This award is extremely significant not just for Bastyr, but for the future of cancer care,” said Leanna Standish , ND , PhD, LAc, FABNO, medical director of BIORC. “The NIH-funded grant and our research partnership with the Hutchinson Center will enable us to conduct groundbreaking research that will ultimately impact how patients with cancer are treated.” Dr. Standish said that while the medical discipline of integrative oncology has matured in recent years, with more cancer centers now offering integrated cancer care, its actual effectiveness has yet to be adequately studied. That is now changing through this effort, which is conducting the first matched case-control prospective-outcomes study of integrative oncology. Since opening in February 2009 on Bastyr’s campus in Kenmore, Washington, BIORC has treated 170 adults with cancer at all stages of the disease. Research participants receive care from licensed naturopathic physicians, a nutritionist, an acupuncturist, and mind/body/energy medicine specialists, all of whom have advanced oncology training. With the new NIH funding, BIORC and three additional integrative oncology clinics in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia area can enroll more research participants and researchers at the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center can identify and enroll the comparison group. Dr. Standish said the BIORC model is ideal for a study of complementary cancer care because it doesn’t require participants to join a placebo group or change
their choices in care. All patients who enroll in BIORC receive personal, individualized CAM care while continuing to receive standard conventional treatments as normal. Researchers from BIORC and the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will publish regular study results to update the public on their findings. “Complementary and alternative approaches to cancer are of vital interest to a great many cancer patients,” said M. Robyn Andersen, PhD, associate member of the Public Health Sciences Division at the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “With this joint project we’ll be able to learn much about the effectiveness of integrative care, so that in the future we can provide patients with solid data on which to base decisions about what to include in their treatment.” For more information please visit www.bastyr.edu
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Cynthia Buxton, ND Bastyr Integrative Oncology Center Research Patient by Jordan Lindstrom
Cynthia Buxton, ND, has nice skin – a remarkable development for someone undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer. Radiation therapy typically causes redness, itching, burning, soreness and peeling to treated areas of the skin. “As I was going through radiation treatments the technicians kept telling me, ‘Wow, your skin looks really good,’“ says Dr. Buxton, 46, a 1999 graduate of Bastyr University.“I really wasn’t experiencing the horrific side effects I was told about. I was told to expect a lot of discomfort – blistering and peeling – but that hasn’t really happened.” She attributes the health of her skin to the naturopathic care she receives at the Bastyr Integrative Research Oncology Center (BIORC). Diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in February 2009, Dr. Buxton became a research participant at BIORC shortly thereafter. A practicing naturopathic physician herself, Dr. Buxton wanted to integrate the naturopathic cancer-care expertise of Bastyr faculty member and BIORC medical director Leanna Standish, PhD, ND, MS, LAc, FABNO, with her traditional cancer treatments. In addition to healthy skin, Dr. Buxton also credits Dr. Standish for her high energy levels and morale during taxing conventional treatments and for helping her lead a normal life despite the cancer. “I haven’t really missed much of a stride,” says Dr. Buxton, who has undergone a lumpectomy and both radiation and endocrine (hormone) therapies. “I’m able to work, socialize, take care of myself and exercise – basically do all of my normal activities.” I think anytime you hear the word ‘cancer,’ it’s scary. You’re looking at what’s going to happen in the future. What’s going to happen to my family? You think about all the horrible things that will happen if you don’t do all the treatments they say. “The approach at BIORC that I love is, yes, cancer is scary, but it’s not fear-based. When you are working with a naturopathic physician it is empowering. It is about what you can do to get back to wellness.” During their once-a-month meetings, Dr. Standish has recommended a supplement program to increase Dr. Buxton’s energy; encouraged her to engage in activities that fulfill her sense of well-being and reduce stress (such as working less and singing more); prescribed a batch of natural topical creams and balms for skin recovery, and advised a juice fast and exercise/sauna regimen to flush out built-up toxins. Now six months into her treatment, Dr. Buxton says she has an excellent prognosis. The tumor is gone, and her oncologist recently quoted a 75-80 percent chance the cancer won’t come back. “If you’re diagnosed with cancer, it can be such a frightening thing,” Dr. Buxton says.“But just know that there’s another place you can go that will focus on you, the individual, not just the cancer. It’s not about shunning conventional treatments at all, but about going someplace where there’s a team of people who will empower you and listen to you.”-
My Mom & Answering Machine Therapy Health Benefits for Her by Linda Kraus, M.A. Older adults communicate in their own unique ways. It is important to really listen, so as to hear the feelings behind the words.
money to keep paying for this expensive assisted living facility? What would she do if her money ran out?
I have met a lot of people in their eighties and nineties who have comfortably embraced the technology of modern communication. These individuals carry iPhones, use the Internet to stay connected to current events, email, participate in chat rooms of interest; some even listen to music on an iPod.
The answering machine tape didn’t however, always play doom and gloom when I’d rewind and listen to Mom. Though unable to see the bingo cards, she was full of pride that the “recreation lady” enabled her to participate in the game. The recreation therapist would whisper the numbers in Mom’s ear, then hand over the microphone so Mom could call out the number. Animated when leaving her message, my Mother would squeal with delight like a kid returning from a Little League game, “I played bingo today!” She’d try to sound casual, as if it really was no big deal. But then she’d boast,“So many of the people who were playing said I must have been a teacher because I enunciated so well!” Mom also revealed a bit of competitive spirit as she described the weekly trivia game, where she called out the correct answers before anyone else. “I knew the name of every President’s wife;” she crowed cheerily, “their names just rolled off my tongue!”
My Mother was not one of those people, but she was able to use the answering machine. The contraption served as a sounding board of sorts, a non-judgmental, active listener through which she expressed every feeling to the fullest. Each call would begin in exactly the same way:“Hi, it’s me. It’s about 10pm my time, (she lived in Michigan) so it’s about 7 in Seattle. How is everybody? I haven’t talked to you in a while.” If by “a while” she meant the last 10 minutes or sometime in the last 10 hours, then she was correct. Her short-term memory loss was highly evident during her answering machine “therapy sessions.” After her warm up, came the working phase of the session. Unabashedly unself-conscious, knowing she was being recorded, and also forgetting she was being recorded, she talked as if she were reliving the situation that caused her to feel so strongly in the first place. During the session she would demonstrate a number actions: cry, complain, curse, chuckle, laugh hysterically, query. She would also dramatically express a number of emotions: excitement, enthusiasm, pleasure, anger, disappointment, and grief. Talking to the answering machine not only served as an outlet for her feelings, it became a diary of her daily activities, and a way of not feeling so alone when I was unavailable to answer her call. Her verbalizations often revealed the intensity of her isolation, and her despair at the changes taking place in her body and mind – the resulting waning of her strength and independence. As I listened to the tape my heart would clutch; those descriptions were a frightening reminder of how her world was shrinking. Severe vision loss necessitated a move to assisted living. Saying goodbye to her condo of thirty-something years was devastating. “I want to go home,” she’d sob into the phone;“Why can’t I go home?” She complained about many things. In an arena where someone else planned many of the daily activities, I think this was her way of validating her own style. The bread on her tuna sandwich wasn’t toasted the way she always made it, her linens came back from the laundry sloppily folded, the woman down the hall repeated things over and over, (now that was a funny one) or the air conditioning in her apartment wasn’t working. She described her inability to insert her hearing aid battery, and her deep pain at being dependent on someone else to assume this formerly simple task. She expressed worries about her finances – did she have enough 22
She expressed elation whenever I was planning a trip to visit her. Onto the answering machine she would list the things she hoped we’d do while I was staying with her. As I listened, I would become excited myself. I was humbled to think that the anticipation of my presence could elicit such joy from my Mother, especially since there were parts of the trip that I dreaded. As I re-played my Mother’s messages on the answering machine, I knew it felt to her as if she was talking to me directly. That makes me so grateful for the existence of that old-fashioned, now seemingly trivial, piece of technology. For every message she left on the machine, there was an equal amount of time we actually talked together. Even though she had already shared the details on the tape, she would repeat everything all over again into my ear. I am happy that doing each of these things gave her comfort. Sometimes, when it was getting to that moment in the phone conversation when everything had been said, and it’s time to wind the dialogue to a close, she’d say, “Oh, I don’t want to let you go.”“Okay Mom, we can talk a little longer,” I’d reply. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I have saved my Mom’s taped messages. She died one year ago, and I don’t want to let her go either. I will listen to the messages again...just not yet. Personal Historian, Linda Kraus feels passionate about preserving personal history while there is still time. She holds a Master’s Degree in psychology with a special focus in gerontology and lives in Seattle WA with Charles Kraus, her husband of 38 years. For information about preserving the stories of someone you love, visit www.timebindingstories.com or call Linda at (206) 353-2552.
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An Internet search can often help you learn what medical societies have specialists for your condition, and you can spot names of leaders in the field that recur on research studies. You may well choose to see one of those “super doctors.” I did, and I believe it saved my life.
The Web-Savvy Patient by Andrew Schorr I am writing this while at 35,000 feet, on a flight back to Seattle from Cincinnati, Ohio. I made a quick trip to be the luncheon speaker at a conference of patients, put on by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. More than 200 people attended from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Most of them were people 65+ who had been diagnosed with a blood related cancer, like the one I have faced – chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). My message to the group – and to you – is how to be a “Web-Savvy Patient.” This topic has been very much on my mind lately as we are in the final stages of publishing my first book titled The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis (see www.websavvypatient.com). I wrote the book based on my experience scouring the Internet for information that could help me, and then interviewing many other patients and caregivers who did the same thing. All of us had to become “savvy” to avoid falling victim to information that was outdated, incomplete, or just plain wrong. My hope with the book is two-fold: One, that we can help others miss the traps and potholes, and get to what is significant information for them. Second, to accept our counsel on how to use the information for productive conversations with their doctor. The book is coming out this spring, and I of course have no clue how many people will purchase a copy (proceeds go to the non-profit Patient Empowerment Network). However, if I can advise just one person then it will be worth it. In the meantime I’d like to share some tips here with you, recognizing that either you or a family member on your behalf will seek medical information online if you face a serious health issue. Insider Tip #1: When you approach the Internet it shouldn’t be just a “fishing expedition.” You have to know what you are looking for and why. The why starts with you clearly understanding your exact diagnosis. You can’t just type in breast or lung cancer as your search, but what subtype? With heart failure, exactly how advanced is it? What kind of arthritis? Is it rheumatoid, Gout, osteoarthritis; the list continues. Today we are entering the age of personalized medicine. Most patients will soon have a genetic sequencing test, a follow-on to the multi-billion dollar Human Genome Project. The results of your test will help you and your doctors identify your subtype of an illness.Then there will be specific information online that will be relevant for you, and other information even if for the same broader diagnosis, that will be off the mark. As we move forward, you’ll need that clarity of what you are dealing with to get useful information and not drive yourself crazy. Insider Tip #2: Use the Internet to identify who is a renowned specialist in your condition. I recognize you may really like your local doctor. You trust them and you’ve known them for years. However, are they an up-to-date expert in what you’ve got? Most likely the answer is, probably not. So who is? Is it someone nearby or worth traveling to see for a second opinion? With serious conditions, I urge you to go that extra mile. 26
Insider Tip #3: You are NOT a statistic. As you research your condition you will, no doubt, come across statistics. How many people live, how many die, how many people recover quickly or more slowly? How many people have side effects? It is important to remember you are not a statistic. You are you and in the age of personalized medicine, just as one-size-fits all treatments don’t make sense, neither does applying general statistics to your case. Believe me, I have met many people who “should have been dead” according to the statistics, and they are very much alive! Insider Tip #4: Approach your doctor with Internet Information in a respectful way. Imagine yourself as a doctor these days. Medical science is accelerating, becoming more complex, and more technology-driven. It is different from what you learned in medical school, and with the Internet acting as the “black box” of medical knowledge, it is now open for all to see. So many times a day your patients come in with reams of paper printed from the Web. Often, they want you to read long articles right in the exam room. They don’t have well formulated questions, just their “research.” Many doctors will tell you they hate this, and you would too. If you take a step back and prepare for this interaction, the outcome will likely be much more positive and useful. Prepare like you would for a business meeting. Pare down your paperwork, and ensure that what you have is from credible sources. Formulate two or three key questions, be ready to take notes, and have an outcome in mind. If you think you will need extra time, ask for it when you make the appointment. It’s also a good idea to let the doctor’s office know that you are coming with questions. Ask if you should send them in advance. In short, be businesslike, and respectful of your doctor as a professional. There’s a lot more to being “web-savvy,” and putting good information from the Internet to use with your doctor. So, I hope you’ll buy the book. I’ve worked on it for over four years now, with creative collaboration from my friend Mary Thomas. My prayer is it will help you, and many others reach better health! Wishing you and your family the best of health! Andrew For more information , please visit www.patientpower.info
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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 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 Emeritus at Silver Lake Assisted Living 12806 Bothell-Everett Highway Everett WA 98208 425-338-3227
Garden Court Retirement Community Independent and Assisted Living 520 - 112th Street SW Everett WA 98204 425-438-9080 Emeritus at Seabrook Independent and Assisted Living 11333 3rd Place W Everett WA 98204 425-347-0372 Somerset Memory Care Community Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s memory impaired only 524 - 75th Street SE Everett WA 98203 425-348-8800 South Pointe Independent, Assisted Living 10330 4th Avenue West Everett WA 98204 425-513-5645 Washington Oakes Retirement and Assisted Living 1717 Rockefeller Ave Everett WA 98201 425-339-3300 GRANITE FALLS The Village Independent Living 302 North Alder Avenue Granite Falls WA 98252 360-691-1777 LAKE STEVENS Ashley Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 11117 - 20th Street NE Lake Stevens WA 98258 425-397-7500 LYNNWOOD Aegis of Lynnwood Assisted Living 18700 44th Avenue West Lynnwood WA 98037 425-712-9999 Clare Bridge Lynnwood Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 18706 - 36th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-774-3300
Chateau Pacific Independent & Assisted Living 3333 - 148th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98037 425-787-9693 Fairwinds – Brighton Court Retirement/Assisted Living 6520 - 196th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-775-4440 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 BURLINGTON Creekside Retirement Community Retirement / Assisted Living 400 Gilkey Road Burlington WA 98233 360-755-5550
LA CONNER La Conner Retirement Inn Independent, Assisted Living 204 North First Street La Conner WA 98257 360-466-5700 MOUNT VERNON The Bridge Assisted Living/Hospice 301 S LaVenture Mount Vernon WA 98274 360-416-0400
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
Highland Greens Senior Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 3100 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-848-8422
BELLINGHAM Alderwood Park Licensed Skilled Nursing 2726 Alderwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-2322
Highland Greens Cottages Senior Residences Village Court @ 3200 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438
Bellingham Health Care & Rehab Licensed Skilled Nursing/ Specialized Care 1200 Birchwood Bellingham WA 98225 360-734-9295
Salem Village II Senior Residences 2601-2617 N LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 Salem Village Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 2619 N. LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-428-5662 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 SEDRO-WOOLLEY Birchview - A Memory Care Community Assisted Living/ Enhanced Adult Residential Care 925 Dunlop Ave Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-1911
Cordata Health Care & Rehab Center Licensed Skilled Nursing 4680 Cordata Parkway Bellingham WA 98226 360-398-1966 The Courtyard Dementia Care Community Assisted Living/Enhanced Specialized Care 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338 Fairhaven Estates Assisted Living 2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway Bellingham WA 98225 360-647-1254 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 The Leopold Retirement & Assisted Living 1224 Cornwall Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-733-3500
Merrill Gardens at Cordata Retirement/Assisted Living/ Alzheimer’s 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 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 Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447
ISLAND 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
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Home Place Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 171 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-2555
BOTHELL Aegis of Bothell Assisted Living / Memory Care 10605 NE 185th Street Bothell WA 98011 425-487-3245
Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224
Chateau at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155
Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave. Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400
Life Care Center of Bothell Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing 707 228th Street SW Bothell WA 98021 425-481-8500
KING 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 The Bellettini Luxury Apartment Homes in the Heart of Bellevue / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800 Brighton Gardens of Bellevue Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 15241 NE 20th Street Bellevue WA 98007 425-401-0300 The Gardens at Town Square Independent, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 933 111th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-688-1900 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
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 FEDERAL WAY Foundation House Independent Living Personalized Assisted Living 32290 1st Avenue S Federal Way WA 98003 253-838-8823 ISSAQUAH Aegis of Issaquah Assisted Living / Memory Care / Hospice 780 NW Juniper Street Issaquah WA 98027 425-526-6037
University House - Issaquah Independent &Assisted Living 22975 SE Black Nugget Road Issaquah WA 98029 425-557-4200
Merrill Gardens at Island House Independent & Assisted Living 7810 SE 30th St Mercer Island WA 98040 206-236-0502
KENMORE Spring Estates - Kenmore Assisted Living 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200
Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565
KENT Aegis of Kent Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 10421 SE 248th Street Kent WA 98030 253-479-1768
REDMOND Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000
Farrington Court Retirement / Assisted Living 516 Kenosia Avenue Kent WA 98030 253-852-2737
Fairwinds – Redmond Retirement / Assisted Living 9988 Avondale Rd NE Redmond WA 98052 425-558-4700
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
Aegis at Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841
The Marymoor Retirement & Assisted Living 4585 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-556-9398
Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living 6505 Lakeview Drive NE Kirkland WA 98033 425-803-6911
RENTON The Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080
Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210
Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-235-6400
Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-828-2570
SEATTLE Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700
MERCER ISLAND Aljoya Mercer Island Continuing Care Retirement Community 2430 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-230-0150
Aljoya Thornton Place Northgate Continuing Care Retirement Community 450 NE 100th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-306-7920
Ballard Landmark Retirement/Assisted Living 5433 Leary Ave NW Seattle WA 98107 206-782-4000
Merrill Gardens University Village Independent & Assisted Living 5115 25th Ave NE Seattle WA 98105 206-523-8400
Crista Senior Living Independent / Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation / Memory Care 19303 Fremont Avenue North Shoreline WA 98133 1-877-639-3292
Mirabella Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-254-1447
Faerland Terrace Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 1421 Minor Avenue Seattle WA 98101 206-624-7637 Ida Culver House, Broadview Independent, Assistsed Living, Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care 12505 Greenwood Avenue N Seattle WA 98133 206-361-1989 Ida Culver House, Ravenna Independent & Assisted Living 2315 NE 65th Street Seattle WA 98115 206-523-7315 The Lakeshore Independent & Assisted Living 11448 Rainier Avenue S Seattle WA 98178 206-772-1200 Merrill Gardens at Northgate Independent and Assisted Living 11501 15th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-362-7250 Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne Independent and Assisted Living 805 4th Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-284-0055 Merrill Gardens at West Seattle Independent 4611 35th Ave SW Seattle (West) WA 98126 206-932-5480 Merrill Gardens West Seattle Admiral Heights Independent and Assisted Living 2326 California Ave. S.W. Seattle (West) WA 98116 206-938-3964
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 the Stratford at Maple Leaf Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 9001 Lake City Way NE Seattle WA 98115 206-729-1200 University House, Wallingford Independent & Assisted Living 4400 Stone Way N Seattle WA 98103 206-545-8400 SHORELINE Aegis of Shoreline and Callahan House Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 14900 & 15100 First Avenue NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-367-6700 and 206-417-9747 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
Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929
KITSAP BREMERTON Bay Pointe Assisted Living 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904
MILTON Mill Ridge Village Retirement & Assisted Living 607 28th Avenue Milton WA 98354 253-925-9200
Marine Courte Memory Care 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904 PORT ORCHARD Park Vista Retirement & Assisted Living 2944 SE Lund Avenue Port Orchard WA 98366 360-871-2323
Merrill Gardens at Puyallup Independent and Assisted Living 123 4th Avenue NW Puyallup WA 98371 253-848-1234
POULSBO Harbor House Alzheimer’s Care 19360 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo WA 98370 360-779-5533
Silver Creek Retirement & Assisted Living 17607 91st Avenue E Puyallup WA 98375 253-875-8644
Liberty Shorses Assisted Living 19360 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo WA 98370 360-779-5533
TACOMA Merrill Gardens at Tacoma Independent & Assisted Living 7290 Rosemount Circle Tacoma WA 98465 253-460-5851
SILVERDALE Crista Shores Independent, Assisted Living 1600 NW Crista Shores Lane Silverdale WA 98383 1-800-722-4135
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
PUYALLUP Clare Bridge Puyallup Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 8811 176th Street E Puyallup WA 98375 253-445-1300
CLALLAM PORT ANGELES Park View Villas Retirement & Assisted Living 1430 Park View Lane Port Angeles WA 98363 360-452-7222 SEQUIM Dungeness Courte Alzheimer’s Care Community 651 Garry Oak Drive Sequim WA 98382 360-582-9309
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
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People have always relied on your strength. Why should it be any different now? An Extraordinary Retirement Community in Downtown Bellevue
Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built a career, raised a family, and served your country and community. And now that you are retired, your strength is just as important as ever. At The Bellettini, our comprehensive wellness program will help you remain physically and mentally strong. It is the only one of its kind, customized just for you to explore every aspect of well-being. Because a healthier, happier you, means all of those around you benefit. Assisted living services are also available.
Discover everything The Bellettini has to offer. Stop in for a visit, take a tour, and sample the inspired cuisine at Toscano, our world-class restaurant.
1115 - 108th Avenue NE | Bellevue | (425) 450-0800 www.thebellettini.com
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Welcome to Aljoya, where you’ll experience real community, the luxuries of home and exceptional, personalized continuing care. Aljoya means “joy”. Experience it yourself and enjoy a complimentary gourmet meal for two.
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