Over Five Hundred Years of Life Experience Under One Roof!

Living to be 100 years old is quite the accomplishment and certainly calls for a celebration. So imagine how big the party needs to be when there are five people who have hit the century mark living under one roof.

That’s the story at our Mountlake Terrace community just outside of Seattle where we have five centenarians. That is a whole lot of life experience in one place. It’s certainly a first for Merrill Gardens!
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Eleanor Kurtzweg is the ‘youngest’ – she just turned 100. The other four centenarians are 100-year-olds Josephine Johnson, Dorine Overton, Mildred Schmidt, and 104-year-old Theresa Pfennig.

This impressive accomplishment caught the attention of KING5 TV News recently and the ladies got their chance to take center stage and share their wisdom.

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These women have such rich life experiences and we are so lucky they are willing to share them with us. Here is the story from KING TV. Enjoy!

We are so pleased to welcome The Pines to the Merrill Gardens family. For more information about the community give us a call at 916-365-9267 or visit our website HERE.

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Rafting with the Eagles!

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Our residents always amaze and impress us with their willingness to try new and exciting things. Recently a hardy group from two of our communities in the Seattle area (Northgate Plaza and Mountlake Terrace) took to the water on a raft trip in order to see the bald eagles.
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The Skagit river in Washington State is in the thick of one of the two largest seasonal congregations of bald eagles in the contiguous United States. The birds from as far north as Alaska, come every winter to feed on the Skagit River’s abundant run of chum salmon. January and February are the months to see the birds so our group bundled up to hit the water. It was actually not too cold out and luckily the sun was shining during the entire trip.
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With the help of the excellent guides at Pacific NW Float Trips, residents and our accompanying team members took to their rafts on a beautiful Northwest winter day.
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The raft trip took the group in search of bald eagles and they were not disappointed! As they enjoyed their trip down the river in their inflatable rafts they saw about 18 of the majestic birds. The group said they felt like there were eagles everywhere!
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As you can see, everyone loved the trip and the rafts were the perfect way to enjoy the eagles. They were actually really comfortable too, with high-back seats and heaters.
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The eight mile float trip was over far too quickly but what an experience! You can check out more photos from the day in this video.

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Residents Are The Stars In Our Holiday Video!

We wanted to find a way to share some holiday cheer this season and what better way than to let our residents take center stage?

We sent our video team to our Tacoma, Washington community and they spent time chatting with residents about what really matters during the holiday season.  We think our residents nailed it and we are so pleased to present our holiday video card!

We hope your holidays are just like this video – fun, silly and sweet – and you make lots of wonderful connections all year long!

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Welcome Merrill Gardens at Madison!

Merrill Madison 1Our beautiful new community in Madison, Alabama is now open and residents are settling into their new home. The architectural expression of the community strives to emulate classic southern style blended with  modern hospitality. This allows residents to feel at home with the design while engaged in a vibrant lifestyle.

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The porch invites you to sit for a bit and enjoy some tea and conversation!

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The restaurant style dining room is open from 7am – 7pm with our exclusive Anytime Dining program.  There are no set meal hours for residents and all meals are freshly prepared.

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The community is so warm and welcoming with lots of amenity spaces for residents to relax.

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Our team was thrilled to welcome residents to the community!

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The Oaks Grand Opening

gilbert Our newest community in Gilbert, Arizona celebrated its grand opening in grand style!

gilbert2New residents, friends, family and team members mingled with members of the Gilbert community and enjoyed an amazing array of delicious treats from the Merrill Gardens dining team.

Chef Barry led a team of chefs from our nearby Merrill Gardens communities and they produced some exceptional snacks!desertCheck out those mouthwatering deserts!

serversOur team members did an amazing job making sure everyone enjoyed the evening!

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The community team joined in for the ceremonial ribbon cutting!gilbert3

Our company president David Eskenazy had a fantastic time getting to know our new residents.dave

The Oaks features independent living, assisted living and memory care with spacious studio, one and two bedroom apartments.  To learn more click HERE to check out our website.

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JerrodGeneral Manager Jerrod Ayers welcoming guests to our grand opening.

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We think this beautiful new community is off to a fantastic start.  Click HERE to watch the video from our grand opening festivities!

 

 

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Meet Our Team Members

We call him Big Daddy V because he has a huge heart and he shares his love of life with everyone he meets.  Vladimir Naturin is the Maintenance Supervisor at our community in Renton, WA but he is so much more than that to the people who live there.

Vladimir is always focused on the needs of residents and making sure the entire community is operating smoothly.  He is always focused on making sure that residents are happy in their homes.   He loves what he does and he shows that in so many ways.

This video showcases all the reasons we love having Vladimir on our team!

Vladimir was recently chosen to speak at a company wide meeting, sharing his ideas with all of our general managers.  Vladimir says he was honored to speak with the group but we hope he knows that the honor was all ours!

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Vladimir explaining what he does at the company meeting

Keep up the great work Vladimir!

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Dunking For A Great Cause!

The Seattle office team invited residents from Merrill Gardens at The University to show off their baseball skills at the company’s 2nd Annual Dunk Tank to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. DSC_1305 Team members paid for residents to dunk the executive team and we raised almost $500 on our lunch hour! Trust us, these residents have very good aim!  And if they could not hit the mark they  took matters into their own hands and gave the button a big whack. That meant gallons of really cold water raining down on the heads of the volunteers!

Our Seattle office team members liked dunking each other too.

 

The Seattle Office folks are very good sports and it was all worth it as we raised funds for a very worthy organization.  But man, was that water cold!

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Residents from The University with General Manager Michael after his dunking!

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R.D. Merrill President Bill Pettit taking the dunking like a man!

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Our Senior VP of Administration Morei Lingle really loved that cold water!

That was fun and by next year we will forget how cold the water was and do it all over again!      

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