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The Other Side of the Door by Sheila Moreno, MA

One of the greatest commonalities among family members of loved ones who become residents in a secure dementia facility, is the tremendous sense of guilt they are left with as they walk away. It is hard to fully understand the overwhelming wave of emotion that can erupt once the lobby double doors finally come to a close; leaving their loved one on one side, and you on the other. As a Social Worker at a secure dementia facility, which gives me ample opportunity to watch, observe, and talk to your loved one on a daily basis, I would like to offer you a look at this situation from a different point of view; a view from the other side of the door. At the tip of the emotional iceberg, the loved one finds themselves experiencing an ongoing flow of nervous, fearful thoughts like: “I always promised mom I’d never put her in a place like this.” “Nobody understands my mom the way I do.” “What if she thinks I’m abandoning her – she has dementia, and may think I forgot where she is.” “I know very well what her needs are; what if she is unable to express those needs to the staff?” “What if she feels lonesome? Will anyone notice?” All of these thoughts begin flooding the family member as they drive off from the facility, fighting away the seemingly endless stream of emotional tears. Added to all of this, is the fact that each case is individually wrapped in specific-to-the-family issues. By the time your loved one moves in, the shame they feel about their mental decline has already taken its toll on their self-worth and value. Even though they don’t know exactly why, their hearts know full well they have become the dumping ground for odd looks and shunning. This comes not only from strangers, but sometimes from very near and dear family members and friends. For many persons afflicted with dementia, not one single person on the face of the earth has needed their opinions, ideas, or placed any value in their contributions to make life better in such a very long time. Placement in a secure dementia community however, can bring about positive changes for that loved one. All staff directly involved with residents in a dementia community, are specifically and routinely trained to work with residents using a dementiawise manner of care. Using this encourages and strengthens independence, self-esteem, value, and worth. Eventually residents seem to develop an 2

intuitive understanding that they no longer have to play the almost impossible role of “hide-the-fact-Idon’t-know-the-answer” through use of cover-ups, angry responses, or strategically placed clichés to get by when asked a simple question. Now they can finally let go and relax, free from the struggle to maintain that façade of a higher standard of cogency that was expected of them “out there” in the world. Succinctly put, a resident once expressed this point with these words, “They don’t know how big a thought can be.” Living in a dementia community, because they are unable to safely function in a world of big thoughts, brings up a big discovery. They have found one of the few places their abilities are not only accepted, but where they are encouraged as well, thus enabling them to flourish. Having settled into workable routines where their basic needs are continuously met, they feel loved, are warm, well fed, well groomed, and developing a sense of belonging in the “family.” They begin feeling the need to get more out of life again. In turn, their mood-state and psychosocial well-being start to become healthier. Finally, what I have NEVER seen is a tormented, desperate, dejected, lonely individual whose heart feels empty and whose soul feels abandoned. Most likely by now you have realized that as the disease progresses, their reality drifts further away from ours. We can’t dare choose whose reality is the best, theirs or ours? Their world brings joy and happiness, just like ours. Their world brings adventures and surprises, just like ours. Their world has hopes and dreams, just like ours. However, unlike ours, they are no longer troubled with worries and fears that cannot easily be “fixed” and righted. That being said, at times it is difficult to know whose reality really is the better. If you are ever faced with this difficult situation, I can only hope that this new knowledge will give you a little more peace of mind once you are left standing on the other side of the door.

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Mirabella – Seattle

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Make a New Family and Keep the Old... One is Silver the Other Gold Jamie Gettemy


The Extravagance of Simplicity Lindsey Hanson


Having the Conversation Mary Blakey


Look for the Helpers II Kelley Smith

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The Decision to Give Up Driving Sarah Bartlett

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Moving from Independent Living to... Independent Living Tamra Godfrey

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Rosewood Courte – Edmonds

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Edmonds Landing – Edmonds


Improving Quality of Life for Those with Memory Loss Loren Shook


Mirabella – Seattle


Win at All Costs! Jane Meyers-Bowen


Living Care: Quail Park of Lynnwood



Arthritis Foundation – Seattle

Let Me Count the Ways I Love You Jennifer Blair


Skagit Valley Senior Village – Burlington


The Evergreen Program Vicki McNealley, BSN, Ph.D


CRISTA Senior Living – Shoreline, Crista Shores – Silverdale


Positive Activities for Seniors with Dementia Jennifer Blair


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Make a New Family but Keep the Old... One is Silver the Other Gold by Jamie Gettemy Imagine being 51 years young and suddenly suffering two strokes in the short span of three months. Your life is completely turned upside down, you’re unable to speak or think for yourself, and are paralyzed on one side of your body. This became Bob’s new reality. Sandy was faced with a different, but equally challenging obstacle. Sandy’s doctor told her that she had Stage IV breast cancer. Sandy had been doing all of the right things by exercising and eating right, but the chemotherapy started to wear on her body and mind. She quickly lost the drive to keep up her good habits. At age 62 Peter developed a heart virus. He became winded very easily, and was told by his Dr. that he would be spending a lot more time on his couch than on his feet. Although not one of these special individuals are personally connected, they all have one thing in common. Each of them found the strength and motivation to carry on, after being faced with a difficult physical challenge. Their savior – Silver Sneakers – the nation’s leading adult exercise program. Silver Sneakers Founder, Mary Swanson, was inspired by her own father who suffered a heart attack at age 51. Mary’s father’s commitment to improve his quality of life, paired with her desire to see him succeed, laid the foundation for this fast growing program. Many members call Silver Sneakers their second family. The program is as unique as the individuals who have joined the organization. Silver Sneakers has given Bob, Sandy, Peter, and so many others the motivation to stay committed to their exercise program. It is allowing older adults to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Silver Sneaker members not only gain physical benefits, but social ones too. When you feel good about your health and are creating new relationships, it helps to ease anxiety and depression, making one more motivated to keep up their healthy habits. One of Washington’s premiere communities, Skagit Valley’s Senior Village, is proud to announce that they will soon be offering Silver Sneaker’s classes at their property in Burlington, WA. At Skagit Valley, we aim to help our residents maintain their independence, and to get moving to improve their stamina, energy and overall health. We encourage a holistic approach, emphasizing the importance of our residents entire well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social. Skagit Valley already offers a variety of choices when it comes to exercise. Many of our residents enjoy the walking club, resistance training, Yoga, Tai Chi, and keeping up to date with their ballroom dancing moves. Silver Sneakers will be a welcome compliment to these classes that are already in place. They will be offering a Strength and Balance class, and the highly popular Chair Zumba class, which is currently all the craze in the fitness world right now. As we grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. It is proven to boost energy, manage symptoms of illness and pain, maintain your independence, and can even reverse the effects of aging. We welcome you to come and take a tour of our community to see all of the wonderful benefits and accommodations we have to offer. To set up a tour please contact Skagit Valley Senior Village at 360-755-5550 for a continuum of care; Retirement, Assisted Living, and Memory Care. 6

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Celebrate the ART of Life Every Day Every person has a story The stories created throughout our lives are made richer by the people in our lives and where we choose to live. Skagit Valley Senior Village is proud of the newest addition to our living options – The Memory Village. We now offer a range of living choices all on one campus • Independent Living cottages and apartments • Assisted Living apartments • Memory Care apartments Let us show you how we Celebrate the ART of Life every day. Come for a personalized tour and take advantage of our move-in special

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The Extravagance of Simplicity – Meet Kirk & Peggy Hoopes by Lindsey Hanson

Kirk and Peggy Hoopes focused their process of downsizing on everything they would gain, rather than on the things they were giving up. They quickly realized that they would experience life in abundance by spending time on things that really mattered to them, when they no longer had to worry about maintaining a home. Their life motto of “less is more.” is a phrase that they truly live out. Recognizing that they felt burdened by items they no longer wanted, they were eager to start the process early. When they began looking at retirement communities, they didn’t need to look far. Kirk had worked as a nurse at Cristwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center several years ago, and both he and Peggy are active with the Gideon Bible study that meets on the Cristwood campus. They looked at several other places, but were immediately drawn to the warmth of the community at Cristwood Park. “We were looking for community, and there’s a special dynamic at Cristwood – everyone is always smiling. There’s a buzz of activity in the dining room every evening, and the opportunity to meet new people every day,” Peggy explained. Cristwood Park felt like home right away, and it was easy to connect with new friends while allowing more time to invest in existing friendships. The intergenerational campus with King’s Schools also appealed to them, as the couple actively mentors young adults. They are passionate about contributing to their community, and found multiple avenues at Cristwood Park to live out their calling. Kirk and Peggy recognized the extravagance of being able to spend their time and energy in new ways. The outcome was worth far more than the accumulation of items over the years. They experience life vibrantly, because they’re no longer weighed down by things they don’t need. “There’s a physical feeling of lightness, we can breathe a little deeper, and we feel better not carrying all that stuff around,” Kirk said. Their time spent with their children and grandchildren is filled with laughter, shared meals, and catching up on life, rather than discussing decisions, and sorting through boxes. The downsizing process was challenging, but they gave themselves a year to sort through their storage when they moved from their home to a condo several years ago. They soon realized that they didn’t miss anything that was boxed up. They explained, that starting early in the downsizing process made the move to Cristwood Park relatively seamless. “Our kids thought it was crazy that we wanted to start the process so early in our lives, but they’re grown and now have young children of their own. They lead busy lives, and we didn’t want to burden them with having to make decisions for us later,” Kirk explained. “Our kids don’t even want our stuff – they want to downsize too!” Kirk and Peggy demonstrate that downsizing isn’t about slowing down; it’s about freeing up their time for the things that truly matter. “There’s extravagance in living simply,” Kirk joked. “I feel like a rich guy who lives in a giant house with a lot of servants! We’ve never lived like this before, and it’s a blessing to have someone else taking care of the daily aspects of life that we used to have to maintain.” Whether enjoying the view from their balcony, catching up with friends over a cup of coffee in the fireside lounge, or investing in quality time with their family, life feels richer than ever. Their advice to other couples? Don’t wait. The idea of downsizing can be cumbersome, but the process is well worth it. Spend time enjoying life now, instead of wishing later that you had started the process earlier. To RSVP to attend the next “Donate, Discard or Dollars” downsizing seminar, call (206)546-7283. 8

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Having the “Conversation” and it’s not the Birds and the Bees by Mary Blakey

It may be one of the hardest conversations most parents have with their children; The “Birds and the Bees.” How do you bring it up? How do you start? When those children have all grown up, it is now their turn to initiate the difficult conversation. They are worried about their aging parents and need to discuss the reality of moving from their home, where they’ve watched their children grow up, and into a retirement community. Some parents take the lead and start looking at communities themselves, so they feel somewhat in control over where they move. Other parents bring it up with their children over a family dinner, carefully broaching the subject, waiting to see what the reaction will be. Other parents have thought about it and are relieved when the kids bring it up, so they can talk about it and work with their children to find a community that makes everyone happy. Then there are the parents who should move...have almost waited too long. The ones who have had a few falls, find it difficult to cook or clean anymore, and end up eating frozen entrees or worse. The ones who are still driving, and worry their children every day that they’ll get a phone call about a car accident. The parents who refuse, no matter how you say it, to talk about it, or think about it, and absolutely will not even consider visiting a community (and usually call it an “old folk’s home or rest home”). Those are the parents who are the hardest to have the “Conversation” with. Over the years, I’ve had quite a few people ask me how they should start that conversation. It’s difficult to have one standard answer, because all parents are different. I had one couple come in for a tour with their daughter, and dad was ready to leave the second they arrived. His daughter and wife wanted him to keep an open mind, take a look around, see the amenities, try the food, but his foot was firmly planted. “No, no, no!” When I asked him what was stopping him from even taking a look around or having the conversation about moving to a community, he said it was because nothing around would be “his stuff.” He said he liked his chair and his lawn, his garden, his car, his shop and tools. I answered him by saying that he could bring his chair, in fact, all of his furniture for that matter, and that we have a lawn and garden for him to dig into. When he mentioned the lawn and the shop and tools, his wife piped in and said that he hadn’t mowed the lawn or gone out to the shop for years. To which he angrily replied, “but they are mine, mine, mine!!!” No matter what I said, or what his wife and daughter said, he was not going to budge. One other time I had another couple and their daughter come in for a look around. Same situation: Mom was ready to move, and the daughter was flabbergasted by dad’s attitude. Dad was saying he wasn’t moving, because “I don’t want to live in a little place and eat little meals.” I tried to talk him into having lunch, but he wouldn’t go for it. Finally, he had another fall and his daughter and wife just packed him up while he was in rehab, and they moved to our community. Now he’s living like a king, in a large apartment, being served large and delicious meals by our wonderful wait staff. As he exclaimed, “they should have done this years ago,” his wife just stood at his side as she rolled her eyes. There are no magic words to convince a parent or grandparent that they need to change the way they’ve lived for 53 years, and move to a community. However, you do need to start the “conversation” somewhere. Start it with love, care, and understanding. This is a big change for them. We need to all remember that when we start the “Conversation.” Mary is the Director of Marketing at Foundation House at Bothell For more information, please call Mary at 425-402-9606. 12

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Look for the Helpers II by Kelley Smith

This is the original story: Mr. Fred Rogers told a story about his mother. He said that one day he was watching the news, and there had been a terrible incident in another country that had devastating effects on the people there. He asked his mother why the world was so bad, and why terrible things like this happened. She said it was a lesson to “look for the helpers.” Mr. Rogers said he did, and sure enough there were people running to aid the victims. People came from everywhere, helping wherever they could. Every time after that when he would see devastating events, he always looked for the helpers, and he was never disappointed. thoughts go to OSO and our friends in Arlington. We were sitting in our living room with a couple of good friends when the mudslide hit, and the news came over our phones and television. Our friend’s daughter called from the TriCities in a panic, wanting her parents to go home right that minute, for fear they could get caught with no way out. Luckily, they were safe. There were many sad stories that occurred during this time, and many acts of kindness and bravery. Like the selfless man that after finding his sister, stayed to help other families. Later, I watched as 20 of my colleagues gathered up $400 at a breakfast meeting for the Red Cross to help our neighbors in OSO. People are still there helping, wherever possible, in any way they can. Remember the widow’s mite? No effort is too small. If you look for the helpers, you will never be disappointed, and don’t be afraid to ask. People will only strengthen your belief that there is still a lot of good in this world. Even though this tragedy is still with us...there truly are people out there that make it a little easier. Kelley Smith is the Corporate Marketing Director for CarePartners Management Group, with four locations to serve our seniors: Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace, Vineyard Park Bothell, the Cottages of Mill Creek, Everett Plaza, and the Cottages at Marysville. For more information you can email or call 425-931-2951.


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The Decision to Give Up Driving by Sarah Bartlett

Aging brings difficult decisions. We all grow accustomed to doing things one way for most of our lives, and it can be a tough pill to swallow when our health forces us to change our habits. A controversial problem for many aging seniors, and their families, is when to give up driving. Most Americans have seen driving as a doorway to freedom, since they were teenagers. As adults we take the privilege of driving for granted, while we go about our day-to-day lives. Seniors sometimes choose to stop driving on their own, but others understandably hold on to the freedom for as long as they can. In those situations, seniors and family members face difficult conversations and tough revelations. Seniors often cut back on their driving in stages. For example, they acknowledge a need to stop driving at night, or take only short, familiar trips. However, when the day comes that one’s driver’s license is taken away completely, it will most likely be an emotional one. They may be overcome with feelings of failure, dependency, confusion, and blame. Still, the decision to encourage a senior to stop driving is ultimately one of safety. Eye problems like Macular Degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and the eye strain associated with aging are all common reasons why people stop driving. It is just as important to keep in mind though, that hearing, memory, and motion problems can lead to unsafe driving as well. Two common early warning signs of decreased driving ability are slower reaction time, and greater anxiety over driving. Seniors and their loved ones should monitor their driving habits when dealing with such medical issues. Some medications and medicine combinations can also make driving more dangerous. It is never easy to help a loved one deal with the loss of driving in her or his life. The following are some general rules you can follow to ease the transition, and provide the greatest level of support possible: • Treat the loss of a license as a true loss. Downplaying the impact of losing a license will not help the senior in your life feel better about it. Listen and show emotional support, rather than trying to cheer them up. • Make yourself available. Some seniors resist offers of transportation because they do not want to be a burden. However, you can include your loved one in a way that is more comfortable. For example, when you are doing your own grocery shopping, invite them to do theirs at the same time. • Strengthen the social circle. Losing a driver’s license can be a blow to a person’s social life. Seniors without a driver’s licenses may feel isolated. Check in often, and encourage your other loved ones to do the same. • Familiarize yourself with public transportation. Depending on where a person lives, public transportation can be a fantastic alternative to driving, or can seem daunting and inconvenient. Learn about the options available to seniors in your area, such as Dial-A-Ride, and senior discounts on buses and trains. Don’t expect the senior in your life to warm up to these options automatically. Try to remember that trying something new can be scary! For information about Warm Beach Senior Community, please contact Sheila Bartlett at 360-652-2645 or visit 18

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A LIFE WORTH LIVING AT WARM BEACH SENIOR COMMUNITY People notice it right away – the friendliness, the welcoming smiles, the immediate feeling of being a part of something special. That’s why so many who are 62+ years of age are eager to join our community. This is your chance to experience the fulfilling lifestyle and peace of mind provided by the area’s only full service retirement community.

At Warm Beach, you’ll experience: • Newly renovated apartments and homes • Restaurant dining with 25+ items from our made to order menu • Convenient transportation service • Indoor pool, exercise area and 22 miles of walking trails around campus • Social, recreational and spiritual activities • On-site assisted living and nursing care, if needed during lifetime

New friendships, spiritual vitality, a fulfilling retirement lifestyle, plus the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest...these are just a few of the things you will experience at Warm Beach Senior Community. But don’t wait, these homes and apartments won’t last long.

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Moving from Independent Living to...Independent Living by Tamra Godfrey

Kathy Castello is a fiercely independent individual. She is a HUGE Seahawk’s fan, has a great sense of humor, is opinionated and objective, and has Personality (with a capital P). She battled scoliosis at a young age, moved across the country with her family from North Dakota, and worked outside the home for a living when she wasn’t busy doing the full-time job of raising her two beautiful daughters. She is the type of person who couldn’t imagine living in a retirement community like Chateau Pacific. Fast forward to the Summer of 2013 and Kathy finds herself on the floor at home with two broken collarbones. After a short stint in rehab, Kathy and her daughters came to the conclusion that she can no longer live by herself. She admits that she is tired of being by herself and simple tasks like taking out the trash have become too difficult. This is when the search began for an environment where Kathy and her daughters can trust she is safe if something happens and let alone to be independent when she wants. Prior to touring communities, Kathy didn’t know what she was getting herself into. Kathy described herself as always being a little skittish of change and was asking herself questions like “Am I gonna like it? What am I getting myself into? Am I sure I’m gonna do this?” But after much research and many tours, she and her daughters chose Chateau Pacific. Kathy says, “I didn’t know there was anything like this. The surroundings were pleasant, and I never dreamt I’d end up in a place like this in a beautiful apartment.” When I ask Kathy what she enjoys most about her new home, she lists off the wide open spaces, the colors, her apartment and kitchen where she still cooks and bakes, the cleanliness and the friendliness of the staff, as well as the other residents. “You don’t have to cook, don’t have to clean – but you can if you want,” Kathy says with slight surprise in her voice. She likes the activity of the community, regularly taking advantage of outings and transportation, such as virtual golf and trips to the nearby grocery and drug stores as well as activities offered within the community like Bingo and Card-Making. Kathy remarks, “being around people and being able to do stuff, you can be as busy as you wanna be, or not.” Her advice to individuals looking into retirement living is “Quit ‘what-iffin’ and just do it.” Take a tour to find out what makes Chateau Pacific different. Call 425-361-0868 to schedule your visit.


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Improving Quality of Life for those with Memory Loss by Loren B. Shook, Silverado Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer

Silverado was founded in 1996 with the goal of changing how the world cares for and perceives those affected by memory loss. Establishing this purpose as the foundation of our endeavors allowed us – and our associates – to leave behind previous misconceptions and operate in a way that, to this day, provide our residents with utmost dignity, freedom and quality of life. At the time, our approach was met with resistance; but the potential for this model of care was evidenced early on, years before the founding of our organization. At the age of 15, I began working at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, Washington; a psychiatric hospital owned and operated by my aunt and uncle. During the many years I worked there, one experience still stands out to me – an experience that helped shape my purpose in life and ultimately became the foundation of Silverado’s life enriching care. More than a week after arriving at Fairfax Hospital, our new patient Janet had still not made a sound. A woman in her late-twenties, Janet was considered catatonic. She was unresponsive to all treatments. Yet, our staff made every effort to engage with her and her family, and eventually learned of Janet’s lifelong love for horses. Not coincidentally, our hospital was also home to a variety of dogs, cats, horses, peacocks and other friendly creatures that were incorporated into our therapeutic environment. So, I found our most social palomino and brought her to meet Janet. What happened next still remains etched in my memory: As the horse approached Janet, there was a long silence. Then suddenly, Janet put a hand on the friendly creature and began to lift herself up and out of the wheelchair. She grasped the horses face and leaned in to softly speak. We couldn’t hear what she was saying, but we didn’t have to – this was a private communication between a silent woman and the 22

empathetic horse that brought her back to the world. Three weeks later, Janet walked out of Fairfax Hospital and went home, her spirit and life restored. This life enriching care, that was able to transform Janet’s life, now lives on through Silverado. Our focus on restorative care creates a community environment where people come to enjoy life, to express their creativity and to experience things they would otherwise not have the opportunity to do. Our communities are often referred to as noisy places, not because the environment is overwhelming, but because there is an abundance of life around every corner. When families first walk in the door, the joy they express is a testament to Silverado’s high-quality standards that are a result of the most passionate staff – a staff dedicated to enriching the lives of people with all types of memory care needs. Families say, “thank you for giving me my life back, you are my lighthouse in the storm, and I can sleep again knowing my mother is safe with Silverado.” The success of this model is a testament to the value of having purpose, freedom and joy in life. Regardless of age or acumen, purpose is what drives us, what helps us enjoy the things around us, and ultimately it is purpose that will make our world a better place. Silverado has also replicated this personalized approach – that aims to treat the individual rather than the disease – through our spectrum of care services, including home care, communities and hospice. And through this approach, we have contributed to literally thousands of transformations among our clients, residents, patients and families alike.

To learn more about Silverado, call 866-522-8125 or visit

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Win At All Costs! by Jane Meyers-Bowen, MN

While recently attending a team building workshop, the trainer discussed baseball strategy. They described when a baseball is hit that the whole field of players goes into motion. Not only does everyone know their position, but also what their backup role is to each other in order to make the play. I found it to be a fascinating idea, and applied it to the family dynamics that senior parents go through when there is a change of medical condition; one that requires a transition in the senior’s living and care circumstances. It may be grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles or even spouses. Families, like teams, have differing levels of effectiveness when managing the family responsibilities of caring for their parents. Come up with a set of rules. There are a set of rules to any game. • Mom and Dad are included in the decision making. • The Family serves as the safety net. • Everyone in the family is part of the safety net. • Everyone has a role and responsibility. • Certain behavior will get you kicked out of the game Determine the object of the game. What’s the win in this game? The win is Mom/Dad’s well being and safety. Define the primary responsibilities of each player. Everyone has a role, even those sitting on the bench. Each member of the family has a responsibility. There are those that pitch the ball (put the change in motion), those that guard the base (protect the parents from making a change), those that field the ball (run to make the play successful), and those that back up the play (promote the change and manage the problems, details, and issues). Who are the pitchers in your family? Who are those that are first to see the problem? These are the ones that gather the data: Are the bills being paid? Are there any fresh dents in the car? Is there food that is spoiling in the refrigerator, well past their expiration date? They check to see if the meds are being taken on time, and they look for bruises from falls. Who is guarding the base? Who are those that will always come up with reasons for the dents? Who are those that defend your parents’ staying in their home in spite of all the issues? Who are those that avoid making a plan for the future? Who are those that field the ball? Who are the ones that make sure that Advance Directives are done, that the Power of Attorney for health decisions and financial decisions have been designated by your parents and they have expressed their wishes? Who will review the financial situation for income, assets, debt etc? Who will learn about the senior living and care options that are available and what are the different funding options? Who are in the backup positions of support? Who are those that are caring for the caregivers? Who makes phone calls to keep everyone informed? Who are the sorters, packers, movers, unpackers? Who is there to dispose of stuff? Who is there to reassure the parents when they feel overwhelmed? Who will help to reframe the change to an opportunity or an adventure? Who is there to plan a “giving party;” when your parents give some of their prized possessions to family and friends. Who is there to plan the celebration when your parents get to the other side of the change – when there is peacefulness in knowing all is well? One of greatest gifts that any family can give their parents, is when the family rallies and comes together to make this transition rich in good feelings and joy. For more information please contact Jane Meyers-Bowen at 425-438-9080, or visit website


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Let Me Count the Ways I Love You by Jennifer Blair

For many of us, being a grandparent can be bittersweet when grandchildren live long distance. It can become frustrating sending love by email, mail, and the phone. Especially when the grandkids are too young to appropriately communicate their thanks, and the parents are too busy or distracted to make calls and send emails of their own. Even after a long separation from seeing your grandkids, however, the lightening bolt of recognition quickly sparks, and it’s as though they were just in your company only days before. You’ll be rewarded with smiles and giggles that will melt your heart, and make all of your efforts seem rewarded. Even the younger, 2-year old toddlers will detach from their mommy’s leg, and rush to show you his newest choo choo train. It’s these times that will keep you packaging your intense love for them, pouring your sweetest thoughts into an email, and making the numerous phone calls, even when no one may want to talk on the other end of the phone. It’s the little things that continue to make you an essential part of your grandchild’s life, no matter how long the distance between you; the littlest things that excite and light up your grandkids. There are so many ideas to keep your bond strong, and below are just a few to help you keep the connection. Pictures are a wonderful way to keep a clear, visual image of you in their heart and minds. A goodnight board with laminated photos of you is a great way for them to include you in their bedtime ritual. My children’s “Nini” laminated pics of a recent visit to their home, and turned it into a placemat. So, every time they sit down for a meal or snack we remember the fun times we had and the memories that were made. Their “Nini’s” newest gift of love is a pillowcase she has made for each of their birthdays, so when they lay their heads down for sleep their reminded of who is helping to give them a good night’s rest and it’s like getting a goodnight hug from afar. Some kids talk so much on the phone; you secretly probably want to end the call before they do, while for others it’s like pulling teeth. Unfortunately mine are the latter, but the oldest is getting a bit better about it when he is asked questions about something he is intrigued with for the moment. “What’s the name of the little boy across the street you like to play with? Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl this year?” Asking open-ended questions, and paying special attention to their interests and feelings shows them how much you care. We all have that one lone sock in the dryer that looses its mate every now and then. Instead of throwing it away next time, send it to your grandchild with a note tucked inside. Tell them to run around outside and see what sticks to the bottom. They can then call and tell you all of the fun things that wound up on the bottom of their feet. Although you can’t plant a garden together, you can plant identical plants or vegetables. Send each other seeds and maybe a magical fairy rock to your granddaughter, for a bit of good growing luck. Starting a collection together, or exploring the same hobby is another fun way to stay in-touch. Exchanging recipes or stories about fishing outings is fun. Collect leaves and comparing what trees you have in your part of the country, to what’s in their neighborhood. Build on whatever might interest them and add your own twist. When sending letters through the snail mail, you can create stamps with your picture on it, and vice versa. You and they will look forward to seeing what’s on the outside of the envelope, as much as what is inside. Speaking of what’s inside, try sending a message on a puzzle that they have to put together to read. Also, you could write a message backwards that they have to put in front of the mirror to decode. Of course if you have a newer computer you can video chat with your grandkids, and see their smiling faces when time allows. I have to admit that my parents are always ready for a face-to-face chat, but with the time difference and the constant running from here to there, I’m not always so good about obliging. It’s a two way street and being a part of your grandchild’s/grandparent’s life shouldn’t feel like a chore. Try turning some of these ideas into weekly rituals that you both can look forward to, and make it a long distance date! Jennifer Blair is the Editor of the Senior Guidebook.


The Evergreen Program by Vicki McNealley BSN, Ph.d

Today in American society, we are bombarded with commercials and magazine advertisements that show us how to minimize the effects of aging. From wrinkle cream to hair dye, these messages encourage people to hide their age, life experiences, mid-life crises, as well as suffer in silence through the changes in both body and mind. Village Concepts, a third generation familyowned business that owns and operates residential and assisted living communities throughout Washington state, is aiming to change this view of aging through their Evergreen Program. The Evergreen program is a lifestyle program that enhances brain vitality, physical and emotional growth, and helps residents prepare for the next phase in life through a combination of self-reflection, exercise, and activities. The program is introduced to the staff through new employee orientation, and routine refresher seminars. It is here that the staff gets involved in the program through day to day activities, customer interactions, and active participation in selected pieces of the program’s whole. Residents are then introduced to the Evergreen program upon movein, and continue through the program with educational offerings, participation in activities, reflection, sharing of expertise through teaching and mentoring, as well as future planning. The Evergreen program includes four “core” seminars that introduce the program’s main holistic aging topics: Adaptability to Change, Positive Outlook and Gratitude, Brain/Body Connection, and Re-Imagining Yourself. Educational classes are built on the core seminar topics, and are taught by an employee, resident, family member, or community member through “Village Concepts University.” Students may include residents, staff, and community members.

Concepts encourages small daily changes to help residents improve brain function. These changes may include shopping at different stores, sitting near someone different at lunch, trying new foods, listening to different types of music, and more. The concept of the program is based around the Evergreen tree, which has qualities Village Concepts aims to emulate. While set in one place, the Evergreen still moves with the changing seasons and winds, making the Evergreen stronger with its ability to accommodate to change. As the Evergreen ages, it becomes stronger and more welldefined. Similar to people, the Evergreen tree is best suited with others: a forest of Evergreens is strong, and the group supports the individual. Village Concepts draws upon 40 years of experience, and a proud tradition of providing personalized care to more than 1,400 residents in 14 senior living communities throughout Washington State. Each community encourages residents to “bring retirement to life” by providing personalized care, fostering new relationships, and encouraging independence through programs such as the Evergreen program. Families, friends, volunteers, and community members are all encouraged to learn more about the Evergreen Program and assist in enriching not only their own lives, but the lives of residents, through active participation in all of the program’s distinct parts. During the second half of life, people have an opportunity to share their wisdom and knowledge with others. Village Concepts has made it their commitment to help residents share their stories through mentoring, teaching a class, or writing a book. Whatever the outlet is, it will surely bring great life satisfaction.

Each Village Concepts community also infuses movement into daily routines. There are four types of exercises including: cardiovascular exercise through walking, swimming, biking and gardening; strength training with free weights and weight machines; flexibility through yoga and gentle stretching; and balance through Tai Chi, chair balancing, and toe walking.

The older generation has the ability to thrive and grow, and Village Concepts recognizes that. This is no standard retirement program. Through new enlightened experiences through the Evergreen program, older adults don’t need to leave their active, enriched lives behind.

Based on research that correlates less depression and higher life satisfaction in elderly people with thankful and positive attitudes, the program infuses gratitude in the everyday lives of residents and staff at Village Concepts. Research also shows that routines lead to cognitive decline, so Village

Tracy Willis is the Director of Corporate Development. She can be reached at 206-316-7555, or email her at


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Utilizing the Senses to Encourage Positive Activities for Seniors with Dementia by Jennifer Blair

Imagine for a moment that your everyday activities and hobbies start to become fuzzy, or unfamiliar. One of the greatest frustrations for seniors facing dementia is the inability to do the things they once loved. This new and strange reality becomes very discouraging for seniors with dementia, and their friends and loved ones who are trying to keep them engaged in their daily activities. The number one goal when planning any type of activity for a senior with dementia is to make them feel like they have accomplished something, and achieved success. It doesn’t matter that they complete the task at hand, win a game of chess, or even played the game correctly. The most important thing is that they had fun while participating. Activities that utilize the 5 senses are very important when interacting with a senior who has dementia. A loved one might not remember how to bake their famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, but when given the ingredients, it’s amazing how quickly they may start mixing and rolling out the dough onto a cookie sheet. The muscles have an amazing ability to remember things that the mind has forgotten. The dining table is a place where many memories and experiences are made, and food always has a wonderful way of bringing people together: birthdays, holidays, potlucks, summer barbeques, weddings, etc. Plan a tasting of different types of chocolates or teas, or familiar holiday treats such as: candy corns, Valentine “sweethearts,” candy canes, or the beloved Easter peeps. Prepare a fruit salad, sneaking sweet bites along the way. String together cranberries, or popcorn for a fun and tasty activity. Have a ball cleaning out and carving a pumpkin, and then roasting the seeds for a delicious snack. These activities are as much about the stories, laughter, and fun, as they are about the preparation and tastings. Music stirs up many feelings and emotions about important moments in one’s lifetime. Throw in some tunes that you know your loved one listened to during different eras, and important events in their life. It could be singing happy birthday around a lit birthday cake, dancing to a song in the middle of the living room, or singing holiday carols that can bring up emotions of years gone by. It might be a nice idea to take your loved one to a local concert or musical they would enjoy, or simply sit around the stereo and play name that tune. Our senses have the uncanny ability to transport us back to a different time in our lives. The smell of flowers while on a nice walk might remind us of gardening with a parent or child. That first crisp smell of fall might bring them back to their childhood, when we looked forward to the day’s of trick or treating and bobbing for apples. Using the sense of smell to engage someone with dementia is a wonderful activity, and there are so many different things to try: sample different perfumes, smell the different coffees while shopping at the store, pick a bunch of fragrant fresh flowers, or brew mulling spices and let the air smell of holiday goodness.

Humans love and crave the touch of another. Just as newborns respond to touch, and skin to skin contact of their mother. Even as people age, the need for touch is still very important. Something about a soft hand reaching out to be held, can make a tough day that much easier. Some easy ways to incorporate touch into a loved ones daily routine are: Plan a spa day and do manicures and pedicures, find out if there are any therapy pets in their area and plan a visit, fold warm laundry together, weed a garden, or brush a loved one’s or friend’s hair. Visual activities can be a wonderful and helpful stimulus for a senior battling dementia, especially if they are in a more advanced stage. Sometimes the gift of seeing something beautiful, even a gorgeous sunset, can transform one’s sour mood into a pleasant one. Creating a space that is colorful and interesting, but not too busy is one idea. It is important not to overwhelm their senses with too much at once. Instead, try to focus on one bold sight at a time. Collecting colorful fall foliage together is always refreshing and fun. Look through old photographs, newspapers, or magazine clippings together. It can be as simple as cutting coupons, dying Easter eggs, or snuggling up to watch a classic and colorful movie, like “The Wizard of OZ.” Of course, exercise is healthy at any stage in ones life, but when working with someone facing dementia, it is especially important to be creative in your approach to physical activity. Rather than trying to implement a workout regimen, try using daily activities to get a loved one moving. It doesn’t matter how basic the activity, the important thing is that they are moving and engaging in some sort of exercise. Some ideas to invite the idea of fitness into their day could be: watering the plants, ironing or hanging up clothing, washing dishes and loading the dishwasher, dusting the furniture, feeding the birds, or putting a golf ball into a cup, for a hole in one. The basic thing to remember when planning any activity for a loved one, or friend with dementia, is to keep the activity light and simple. The activity doesn’t have to be completed, and may not end up as planned. This is why the actual activity should never be the goal. Hearing your loved one’s laughter or seeing their face light up with a smile from comfort, familiarity, or just feeling love and support is the ultimate goal. Someone who is struggling with dementia can change on a day-to-day, or moment-tomoment basis. So, start simple and encourage them to have an open mind to try new things.

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Everett Plaza – Everett Jake Montzingo, Executive Director 425.258.6408

Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace Robin Martin, Executive Director 425.931.2951 (coming soon)

The Cottages at Mill Creek Tanya Schofield, Executive Assistant 425.379.8276


Care Partners Kim Fry, Director of Marketing / South Region 253.576.4414

Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing Matthew Krutenat, Executive Chef 425.485.8900

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DIRECTORY SNOHOMISH COUNTY ARLINGTON Olympic Place Retirement & Assisted Living 20909 Olympic Place NE Arlington WA 98223 360-207-6327 EDMONDS Aegis of Edmonds Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Memory Care 21500 - 72nd Ave West Edmonds WA 98026 425-776-3600 Edmonds Landing Assisted Living 180 Second Ave South Edmonds WA 98020 425-744-1181 Rosewood Courte Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Memory Impaired Only 728 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-2875 Sunrise of Edmonds Assisted Living/Alzheimer’s Care 750 Edmonds Way Edmonds WA 98020 425-673-9700 EVERETT Bethany at Silver Crest Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 2131 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-385-2335 Cascadian Place Retirement / Independent Living 3915 Colby Avenue North Everett WA 98201 425-339-2225 Clare Bridge Silver Lake Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 2015 Lake Heights Drive Everett WA 98208 425-337-6336 Everett Plaza Assisted Living 2204 12th Street Everett WA 98201 425-374-0170 Garden Court Retirement Community Independent and Assisted Living 520 - 112th Street SW Everett WA 98204 425-438-9080

Silverado Senior Living Everett Dementia Care Community 524 - 75th Street SE Everett WA 98203 425-348-8800 South Pointe Independent, Assisted Living 10330 4th Avenue West Everett WA 98204 425-513-5645 Washington Oakes Retirement and Assisted Living 1717 Rockefeller Ave Everett WA 98201 425-339-3300 GRANITE FALLS The Village Independent Living 302 North Alder Avenue Granite Falls WA 98252 360-691-1777 LAKE STEVENS Ashley Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 11117 - 20th Street NE Lake Stevens WA 98258 425-397-7500 LYNNWOOD Aegis of Lynnwood Assisted Living 18700 44th Avenue West Lynnwood WA 98037 425-712-9999 Chateau Pacific Indepedent / Assisted Living / Memory Care 3333 - 148th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98087 425-787-9693 Clare Bridge Lynnwood Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 18706 - 36th Ave W Lynnwood WA 98037 425-774-3300 Fairwinds – Brighton Court Retirement/Assisted Living 6520 - 196th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-775-4440 Quail Park of Lynnwood Independent & Assisted Living / Memory Care 4015 164th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98037 425-640-8529

Scriber Gardens Independent & Assisted Living / Wellness Services 6024 200th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 425-673-7111

Warm Beach Senior Community Independent & Assisted Living/ Skilled Nursing 20420 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292 360-652-7585

MARYSVILLE Grandview Village Retirement / Assisted Living 5800 - 64th Street NE Marysville WA 98270 360-653-2223

SKILLED NURSING CARE Bethany at Pacific - Everett 425-259-5508

The Cottages at Marysville Memory Care Community 1216 Grove Street Marysville WA 98270 360-322-7561

Delta Rehab Center - Snohomish 360-568-2168

MILL CREEK The Cottages at Mill Creek Memory Care Community 13200 10th Drive SE Mill Creek WA 98012 425-379-8276

Lynnwood Manor Health Center Lynnwood 425-776-5512

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE Mountlake Terrace Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent and Assisted Living 23303 - 58th Ave W Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 425-672-4673 Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace (coming soon) Independent / Assisted Living / Dementia 23008 56th Avenue West Mountlake Terrace WA 98043 425-931-2951

Bethany at Silver Lake - Everett 425-338-3000

Josephine Sunset Home - Stanwood 360-629-2126

Madeleine Villa Health Care Marysville 360-659-1259 HCR Manor Care - Lynnwood 425-775-9222 Marysville Care Center - Marysville 360-659-3926 Merry Haven Health Care Center Snohomish 360-568-3161 Regency Care Center at Arlington Arlington 360-403-8247 Regency Care Center of Monroe Monroe 360-794-4011

SKAGIT COUNTY MUKILTEO Harbour Pointe Independent and Assisted Living 10200 Harbour Place Mukilteo WA 98275 425-493-8555

ANACORTES Cap Sante Court Retirement 1111 32nd Street Anacortes,WA 98221 360-293-8088

STANWOOD Josephine Assisted Living / Nursing Home Adjacent 9901 - 272nd Place NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-2126

Chandler’s Square Retirement / Assisted Living 1300 “O” Avenue Anacortes WA 98221 360-293-1300

Stanwood Community & Senior Center Independent Living 7430 - 276th Street NW Stanwood WA 98292 360-629-7403

BURLINGTON Skagit Valley Senior Village Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 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

Life Care Center of Skagit Valley Skilled Nursing 1462 West SR 20 Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-6867

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


Highland Greens Senior Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 3100 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-848-8422 Highland Greens Cottages Senior Residences Village Court @ 3200 N 30th St Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 Salem Village II Senior Residences 2601-2617 N LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-540-1438 Salem Village Apartments Affordable Senior Apartments 2619 N. LaVenture Rd Mount Vernon WA 98273 360-428-5662 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 Country Meadow Village Retirement / Assisted Living 1501 Collins Rd Sedro-Woolley WA 98284 360-856-0404


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 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 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

Silverado Senior Living Bellingham Dementia Care Community 848 W Orchard Dr Bellingham WA 98225 360-715-1338

The Bellettini Independent & Assisted Living / 62+ 1115 108th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-450-0800

Spring Creek Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 223 E Bakerview Road Bellingham WA 98226 360-302-2275

The Garden Club Retirement / Independent Living 13350 SE 26th Street Bellevue WA 98005 425-643-7111

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

The Gardens at Town Square Independent, Assisted Living, Dementia Care 933 111th Avenue NE Bellevue WA 98004 425-688-1900

Summit Place at Mt. Baker Assisted Living 2901 Connelly Ave Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-8447

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

ISLAND COUNTY FREELAND Maple Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living Community 1767 Alliance Avenue Freeland WA 98249 360-207-6322

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

OAK HARBOR Harbor Tower Village Retirement / Assisted Living 100 E Whidbey Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-675-2569

Chateau Bothell Landing Independent / Assisted Living / Memory Care 17543 102nd Ave. NE Bothell WA 98011 425-485-1155

Home Place Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care 171 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-2555 Regency on Whidbey Assisted Living, Independent Cottages, Harbor Care 1040 & 1045 SW Kimball Dr Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-279-0933 & 360-279-2224 Summer Hill Retirement and Assisted Living 165 SW 6th Ave Oak Harbor WA 98277 360-679-1400

KING COUNTY BELLEVUE Aegis of Bellevue Assisted Living / Memory Care 148 102nd Ave SE Bellevue WA 98004 425-453-8100

Foundation House at Bothell Retirement / Independent Living 17502 102nd Ave NE Bothell WA 98011 425-402-9606 Life Care Center of Bothell Assisted Living/Skilled Nursing 707 228th Street SW Bothell WA 98021 425-481-8500 North Creek Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 1907 201st Place SE Bothell WA 98012 425-209-0605 Riverside East Retirement / Assisted Living 10315 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-481-1976

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Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing Independent & Assisted Living Community 10519 East Riverside Drive Bothell WA 98011 425-354-3914 BURIEN El Dorado West Retirement / Assisted Living 1010 SW 134th Street Burien WA 98146 206-248-1975 COVINGTON Covington Place Independent Senior Apartments 26906 169th Place SE Covington WA 98042 253-398-2700 ENUMCLAW High Point Village Retirement / Assisted Living 1777 High Point Street Enumclaw WA 98022 360-825-7780 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 Spiritwood at Pine Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 3607 228th Avenue SE Issaquah WA 98029 425-313-9100 University House - Issaquah Independent &Assisted Living 22975 SE Black Nugget Road Issaquah WA 98029 425-557-4200 KENMORE Spring Estates - Kenmore Assisted Living / Memory Care 7221 NE 182nd Street Kenmore WA 98028 425-481-4200 KENT Aegis of Kent Alzheimer’s / Memory Care 10421 SE 248th Street Kent WA 98030 253-479-1768

Farrington Court Retirement / Assisted Living 516 Kenosia Avenue Kent WA 98030 253-852-2737 KIRKLAND Aegis of Kirkland Assisted Living / Memory Care 13000 Totem Lake Boulevard Kirkland WA 98034 425-823-7272 Aegis at Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 12629 116th Avenue NE Kirkland WA 98034 425-814-2841 Kirkland Lodge Assisted Living 6505 Lakeview Drive NE Kirkland WA 98033 425-803-6911

REDMOND Aegis of Redmond Assisted Living / Memory Care 7480 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond WA 98052 425-883-4000 Fairwinds – Redmond Retirement / Assisted Living 9988 Avondale Rd NE Redmond WA 98052 425-558-4700 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

Madison House / Totem Lake Retirement / Assisted Living 12215 NE 128th Street Kirkland WA 98034 425-821-8210

RENTON Chateau Valley Center Independent / Assisted / Memory 4450 Davis Avenue S Renton WA 98055 425-251-6677

Merrill Gardens at Kirkland Independent & Assisted Living 201 Kirkland Avenue Kirkland WA 98033 425-285-7743

Evergreen Place Retirement / Independent Living 1414 Monroe Avenue NE Renton WA 98056 425-226-3312

MERCER ISLAND Aljoya Mercer Island Continuing Care Retirement Community 2430 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-230-0150

The Lodge Retirement / Assisted Living 1600 South Eagle Ridge Drive Renton WA 98055 425-793-8080

Merrill Gardens at Island House Independent & Assisted Living 7810 SE 30th St Mercer Island WA 98040 206-204-5421 Sunrise of Mercer Island Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care 2959 76th Avenue SE Mercer Island WA 98040 206-232-6565 NORMANDY PARK Fernwood at the Park Retirement / Independent Living 17623 First Avenue S Normandy Park WA 98148 206-242-1455

Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre Independent and Assisted Living 104 Burnett Ave S Renton WA 98057 425-243-2941 SEATTLE Aegis at Northgate Memory Care 11039 17th Avenue NE Seattle WA 98125 206-440-1700 Aljoya Thornton Place - N. Seattle Continuing Care Retirement Community 450 NE 100th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-306-7920

Bridge Park Retirement/Independent Living 3204 SW Morgan Street Seattle WA 98126 206-938-6394 CRISTA Senior Living Independent / Assisted Living / Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitation / Memory Care 19303 Fremont Avenue North Shoreline WA 98133 1-877-639-3292 Faerland Terrace Assisted Living / Alzheimer’s Care 1421 Minor Avenue Seattle WA 98101 206-624-7637 Foundation House at Northgate Independent & Assisted Living 11301 3rd Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-361-2758 Ida Culver House, Broadview Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Alzheimer’s, Dementia Care 12505 Greenwood Avenue N Seattle WA 98133 206-361-1989 Ida Culver House, Ravenna Independent & Assisted Living 2315 NE 65th Street Seattle WA 98115 206-523-7315 The Lakeshore Independent & Assisted Living 11448 Rainier Avenue S Seattle WA 98178 206-772-1200 Mirabella Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing & Memory Care 116 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109 206-254-1441 Northgate Plaza A Merrill Gardens Community Independent & Assisted Living 11030 5th Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 206-388-5061 Remington Place Retirement 3025 NE 137th Street Seattle WA 98125 206-367-0369

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 University House, Wallingford Independent & Assisted Living 4400 Stone Way N Seattle WA 98103 206-545-8400 SHORELINE Aegis of Shoreline & Callahan House Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care 14900 & 15100 First Avenue NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-367-6700 and 206-417-9747 Anderson House Independent / Assisted Living / Nursing & 2 Adult Family Homes 17201 15th Ave NE Shoreline WA 98155 206-364-9336 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 Rd NE Woodinville WA 98072 425-286-8974

KITSAP COUNTY BREMERTON Bay Pointe Assisted Living 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904 Marine Courte Memory Care 966 Oyster Bay Court Bremerton WA 98312 360-373-9904 PORT ORCHARD Park Vista Retirement & Assisted Living Community 2944 SE Lund Avenure Port Orchard WA 98366 360-207-6324


SILVERDALE Crista Shores Independent, Assisted Living 1600 NW Crista Shores Lane Silverdale WA 98383 1-800-722-4135

PIERCE COUNTY BONNEY LAKE Cedar Ridge Retirement & Assisted Living 9515 198th Avenue East Bonney Lake WA 98391 253-235-4121 GIG HARBOR Peninsula Retirement / Independent Living 3445 50th Street Court NW Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-858-4800

TACOMA Charlton Place Assisted Living 9723 South Steel St Tacoma WA 98444 253-589-1834

GRANT COUNTY MOSES LAKE Pioneer Village Independent Senior Apartments 816 E Sharon Ave Moses Lake WA 98837 509-764-7600

Merrill Gardens at Tacoma Independent & Assisted Living 7290 Rosemount Circle Tacoma WA 98465 253-617-0100


Point Defiance Village Retirement / Independent Living 6414 N Park Way Tacoma WA 98407 253-759-8908

EAST WENATCHEE Bonaventure of East Wenatchee Assisted Living / Retirement / Memory Care 50 29th Street NW East Wenatchee WA 98802 509-255-8339



WENATCHEE Columbia Heights Assisted Living / Retirement 1550 Cherry Street Wenatchee WA 98801 509-255-8338

Sound Vista Village Retirement / Assisted Living 6633 McDonald Avenue Gig Harbor WA 98335 253-851-9929

LACEY Bonaventure of Lacey Retirement, Assisted Living & Memory Care 4528 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-207-6320

LAKEWOOD Maple Creek Residential Care 10420 Gravelly Lake Drive SW Lakewood WA 98499 253-588-0227

Woodland Retirement & Assisted Living Community 4532 Intelco Loop SE Lacey WA 98503 360-207-6321

MILTON Alder Ridge Independent Senior Apartments 2800 Alder Street Milton WA 98354 253-878-5665

OLYMPIA Capital Place Retirement / Independent Living 700 Black Lake Boulevard Olympia WA 98502 360-357-9922


Mill Ridge Village Retirement / Assisted Living 607 28th Avenue Milton WA 98354 253-925-9200 PUYALLUP Meridian Hills Assisted Living 1813 South Meridian Street Puyallup WA 98371 253-841-4909 Silver Creek Retirement & Assisted Living Community 17607 91st Avenue East Puyallup WA 98375 253-236-0430 Willow Gardens Retirement / Independent Living 4502 6th Street SE Puyallup WA 98374 253-848-4430

RICHLAND Riverton Retirement / Assisted Living 1800 Bellerive Drive Richland WA 99352 509-255-8340


CLARK COUNTY VANCOUVER Bonaventure of Salmon Creek Retirement / Assisted Living / Memory Care 13700 NE Salmon Creek Avenue Vancouver WA 98686 360-209-1932

PORT TOWNSEND Seaport Landing Retirement & Assisted Living Community 1201 Hancock Street Port Townsend WA 98368 360-207-6323

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

CLALLAM PORT ANGELES Park View Villas Retirement / Assisted Living 1430 Park View Lane Port Angeles WA 98363 360-452-7222

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