Go Hawks!

The Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl for the second year in a row.  As a Seattle based company with 10 communities in Washington State and none in New England, its not hard to guess who we are rooting for in the big game.  While we are all excited about the Hawks trip to Arizona, our community in Renton, WA is taking their enthusiasm to whole new level!

Check out the one of a kind hand made 12th Man hat.

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Her granddaughter made this amazing duct tape purse.

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And how about this entry way tribute to our coach and quarterback?!

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To cap it all off, they made a custom video starring our residents.  General Manager Shelley Thompson says it was so much fun to put together and the residents loved a chance to show their love for their favorite team.  To that we can only say Go Hawks!

Click here to watch video!

 

 

 

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Our Red Hatters in Santa Maria

Our residents in Santa Maria, CA, gathered together for The Red Hat Society, a social organization dedicated to connecting and empowering women through fun and friendship. Members of the Red Hat Society come together in their local chapters—wearing red hats and purple attire—to enjoy one another’s company during tea parties, crafts, and various other outings.

Our own Red Hatters joined in Santa Maria recently, dressed in their finest for a fabulous tea party. Check out these snapshots from the event!

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Season’s Greetings from Merrill Gardens

The holiday season this year was full of singing, giving and joy. Our residents and team members all joined in the celebrations with cheer. Here’s just a few of the festivities that took place across our communities:

Residents at our Gilroy, CA community had a wonderful time singing along with a local church choir.

Residents at our Gilroy, CA community had a wonderful time singing along with a local church choir.

These carolers found their way to our First Hill community!

These carolers found their way to our First Hill community!

Team members from our Santa Maria community performed an amazing rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas for residents!

Team members from our Santa Maria community performed an amazing rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas for residents!

Christmas celebrations at our First Hill community in Seattle!

Christmas celebrations at our First Hill community in Seattle!

Residents at Renton Centre got into the spirit of the holidays making gingerbread houses!

Residents at Renton Centre got into the spirit of the holidays making gingerbread houses!

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The Season of Giving

The holidays are all about giving back to others. In that spirit, our team in the Seattle office brought in over 2,340 pairs of pajamas for foster kids at Treehouse. We are so proud of our team’s generosity. Thank you to everyone who donated, we truly appreciate your kindness.

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A Visit from Santa’s Helpers

Our residents in Santa Maria, CA, received an adorable surprise this holiday season. A class of kindergarteners from a nearby school came to visit our community and spread holiday cheer. We were surrounded by Santa’s little helpers and showered in lots of sweet hugs. Ho Ho Ho!

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Dinner Down Under

One of our favorite programs is the Passport Dinner, where we “travel the world” during dinner to explore and taste new destinations far from home. What better way to continue learning new cultures?

Our residents at The Creekside recently took a trip down under. They skipped the long flight and jet lag, but still got to enjoy the delicious flavors and fun fashion of Australia. We had a bloody good time being Aussies for the day!

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Shabbat Celebrations

There is nothing more rewarding than helping our residents enjoy what’s most meaningful to them.  Below are some memories from our Shabbat Dinner at our community in Santa Maria, CA.  Several of our residents gathered together on Friday night to celebrate the weekly day of rest.

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Happy Holidays From Our Family to Yours

We’re in the holiday spirit over here—singing our favorite carols, decorating our trees, and dreaming of the magic of the holidays.  To kick off the season’s celebrations, we gathered together at our University residence in Seattle dressed in our best sweaters and Santa hats!  We wish you all a warm and happy holiday spent with loved ones.

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A New Year’s Resolution Blown Out of the Water

The cliché resolutions to “work out more” and “get in shape” that plague us each January affect individuals of all ages—and Willie Murphy is no exception. Just last year, the then 76-year-old saw a flyer for a weight lifting competition at her local YMCA and decided to participate. She picked up a pair of five-pound weights for the first time and resolved to get stronger.

Fast forward to one year later today, Willie is now a competitive powerlifter! Believe it or not, the New York native is a typical loving grandmother who can now also complete one-handed push-ups and deadlift 215 pounds.

Source: ESPNW

Source: ESPNW

We could not believe Willie’s motivation, strength, and progress. We are truly inspired by her drive—and can’t wait to see what new goals she tackles this year!

Read more about Willie’s strength on ESPNW.

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Aging Myths Debunked

A newly published article on the Wall Street Journal supports a belief on aging that we’ve known for a very long time: as we get older, our “friendships, creativity and satisfaction with life can flourish”!

Their findings in “Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong” explain new research that suggests life gets better for individuals as they age. The studies show that “our moods and overall sense of well-being improve with age…Friendships tend to grow more intimate, too, as older adults prioritize what matters most to them.”

Source: Wall Street Journal

Source: Wall Street Journal

Though common stereotypes and misconceptions believe that aging is wrought with difficulties—among them health concerns and loneliness—we see the contrary everyday in our communities! In line with this article’s findings, our communities are made of residents who continue to grow in wisdom and positivity every single day.

Read the article to learn more about six common myths that are not true.

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