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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The Spirit of Giving

“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.”
– Suze Orman

The spirit of giving is certainly among us. This holiday season, Creekside resident Delnoy donated her beautiful personally handcrafted dresses to Seattle-based Treehouse to support foster children. We are so proud of Delnoy and inspired by her pure generosity. We’re excited for the lucky little girls who will have the pleasure of wearing her elegant creations!

Delnoy at Treehouse

Delnoy at Treehouse

Delnoy's handcrafted donations

Delnoy’s handcrafted donations

Delnoy's handcrafted donations

Delnoy’s handcrafted donations

Delnoy's handcrafted donations

Delnoy’s handcrafted donations

Delnoy's handcrafted donations

Delnoy’s handcrafted donations

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Just a 93-Year-Old’s Type

It’s hard to find your true calling in life, but when you do, you better hold onto it with both hands. That’s exactly what Bob Montgomery has spent his entire life doing…literally!

The 93-year-old craftsman found his passion 85 years ago—repairing typewriters—and he’s never looked back since. Forget retirement, Bob heads into his Bremerton repair shop every single day still to tinker with pieces, nuts, and bolts.

Source: KOMO News

Source: KOMO News

Though working with an almost obsolete technology, Bob’s love for his job has never diminished. He explained to KOMO TV, “I’m the last of the breed. There’s hardly anybody who knows how to take these machines apart and put ‘em back together and make ‘em work.”

We’re inspired by Bob’s beautiful tale and hope he continues doing what he loves every single day.

Read more about Bob’s story on KOMO.

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A Seahawk Returns to His Nest

Last week, Kirkland resident Ele Pramuk had a very special visitor: her grandson, Stephen Schilling. He was a very special visitor for the rest of Kirkland too, since most Seattleites know him as #63 for the Seattle Seahawks. During his visit, Stephen met with his grandma’s fellow residents and friends, signing autographs and discussing life in the NFL.

Stephen with Grandma Ele and mom Joanne

Stephen with Grandma Ele and mom Joanne

A Bellevue High School grad who was drafted to the San Diego Chargers in 2011, Stephen has returned home to play for the Seattle Seahawks this past year. At 6’5” and 312 pounds, Stephen stands a little taller than Grandma Ele, who is listed at quite a bit less on the Kirkland Wii bowling roster. Nonetheless, she is known as a fierce competitor just like her grandson!

Stephen’s mother, Joanne Schilling, joined him during the exciting Kirkland visit. It was the perfect 12th Man celebration in preparation for the Thanksgiving win over the San Francisco 49ers!

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

Stephen meeting Kirkland residents and Seahawks fans

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Residents at Oceanside Fly Like an Eagle

Merrill Gardens residents in Oceanside, CA had a special treat last week. The group took a trip to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Now, no one got to fly any actual planes, but we did get a chance to tour the cockpits of some famous jets.

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100 Years Brave

We were so impressed when we heard Eleanor Cunningham’s story that we had to share it! While most of us close our eyes and make a wish on our birthdays, she closed her eyes and took a leap. For her 100th birthday, the New Yorker chose to celebrate in style by skydiving above the state.

Via King 5 News

Source: King 5 News

Bravery seems to only increase each year for Eleanor, as this was in fact her third skydiving adventure—a sport she began at 90 years old. Eleanor has been athletic her entire life, having learned to ski when she was 50 and then golf at 70. With the green light from her doctor, it only made sense for this adrenaline junkie to take on skydiving.

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Source: NY Daily News

Eleanor sailed through the sky with her jump partner, and then landed smoothly and eloquently only to be embraced by her children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. She’s already planning her next jump for her 105th birthday!

Way to go Eleanor, we’re inspired by your bravery and youth! To read more about Eleanor’s incredible story, check out King 5’s coverage.

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Honoring Our Veterans

Last week marked the celebration of Veteran’s Day, a day in which we can pay tribute to the heroes among us that have served our country, as well as those currently in active duty. We are so honored and blessed to be surrounded by these incredible citizens every single day.

To recognize their service, we spent Veterans Day recognizing all of the exceptional veterans living with us in our communities. Here are just some of the celebrations that took place this year, at our communities in Green Valley Ranch, NV; Santa Maria, CA; and First Hill, WA.

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