Monthly Archives: March 2011

Merrill Gardens Top Chef Competition

We are so proud of the great work our chefs do in our communities each day and we want to showcase some of their amazing recipes.

Help us pick the ‘best of the best’ in the following four categories. The winning recipes will then be featured in all Merrill Gardens communities or you can try them at home. Voting is now open and runs through April 9th. Click the links below to view, vote and print these amazing recipes!

Salads
Chicken Salad
Mixed Green Salad

Soups
House Clam Chowder
French Spring Soup

Entrees
Chipotle Peach Game Hens
Skirt Steak
Sesame Crusted Salmon

Desserts
Cheesecake
Trifle

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Mardi Gras At Merrill Gardens

Residents at Merrill Gardens at Puyallup enjoyed a great Mardi Gras celebration! Here is a video highlighting some of the best memories of the day! We loved having such enthusiasm participation in the celebration.

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Sweetheart Tea & Elvis Video

Here’s a little video for you of a sweetheart social and a high tea with the Red Hat Society. These are just two of the ways our residents celebrate fun at Merrill Gardens at West Seattle! Also, see Elvis pay a visit to Merrill Gardens. There was a whole lotta shakin’ going on when Elvis performed for the residents at Courtyard Park!

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At Home With Merrill Gardens

Congratulations to Merrill Gardens at The University (Seattle, WA)! The community is a finalist in the DESIGN/Environments for Aging Awards. A 16 member jury made up of architects, interior designers, regulators, providers, and researchers, all with backgrounds in senior care and long-term living, chose just five communities from across the country for this award.

There is an award ceremony set for March 22 in Atlanta where we will find out if we are the Best in Show winner. The community will also be featured in DESIGN Magazine.

This inter-generational community offers both senior housing and market rate apartments across a shared courtyard along with great shops and restaurants. We are thrilled that the community has received a number of awards for its design and unique approach to senior living. Kudos!

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Seniors Are Living Longer Lives

Over the past century, the lifespan of an average person has increased drastically. In today’s world, seniors are living longer than ever before. In years past, the peak of age averaged at anywhere from 60-70. Today, seniors have greatly outlived and surpassed these numbers – some living to be over 110!
Healthy Living
With medical advances in recent years, many diseases that once were fatal now can be easily cured accounting for this increase in lifespan. In a recent article on Redding.com, Dr. Arlen Burger states that ” Healthy living can extend your life span and help you to enjoy your longer time on Earth.” Enjoying a healthy lifestyle includes activities such as partaking in moderate amounts of exercise, eating a well balanced diet, and having a positive outlook on life.

Dr. Arlen also noted that “Overcoming years of unhealthy habits is extremely difficult to overcome. Starting an exercise program feels impossible when it hurts to move because joints are bearing the burden of extra weight. Smokers find it hard to participate in aerobic activities because they can’t catch their breath. The barriers to practicing a healthy lifestyle are tremendous for those who are overweight, smoke or are hung over from a night of drinking.”

Practicing a healthy lifestyle may be challenging at times – the support of a friend or loved ones can often help keep you on the right track. Setting goals to achieve the healthy lifestyle you wish to lead can also be helpful in reaching your goals. With a healthy lifestyle comes a more enjoyable journey into the latter ages.

In future years, many have predicted that the lifespan of a human will only continually increase. What do you plan to do with your extra years?

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Facebook Users 55 and Older Grow by Over 900 Percent

According to a recent article by the Middle Town Journal, “The number of Facebook users 55 and older grew by over 900 percent in the past year, now accounting for 9 million users.” Over the past few years, age groups of all kinds have flocked to the social networking site Facebook. As more users continue to sign up each day, Facebook is unlikely to go away within the next few years and has become a daily habit of many.

Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

In today’s busy world, Facebook has become a medium of choice for many to communicate with friends and family. Social networks, like Facebook, have become a prime way to keep in touch, stay connected, and reconnect with long lost friends.

With the number of senior citizens utilizing the internet increasing, so does the need for education within active living communities. A study cited in a 2009 Yahoo article concluded 37 percent of those 65 and older access the Internet regularly. This number signifies that not only do younger generations enjoy the platform, but ages of all kinds! In years to come, this number is expected to continually increase. Many of our residents enjoy using Facebook and have found it a great way to keep in touch. Do you have an account set up?

You can “like” our Facebook Page “Merrill Gardens Facebook Page” and follow updates on Resident activities, view photos, and more!

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Trip To Maui – Fun In Hawaii

Our residents get some sun! This group from Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek (WA) recently enjoyed a great trip to Maui for some sunshine and fun. Looks like they found lots of both!

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