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Words From The Wise Video Series – Telling Our Resident’s Stories

When you look back at your life, what will have mattered most to you? What if we considered this possibility now?  We decided to ask the people who live at Merrill Gardens to share their wisdom with us and we are so pleased to introduce our Words from the Wise video series.  Through these interviews with residents, we celebrate their lifetime of experiences and the joy that’s possible at every stage of life.

Words from the Wise gives Merrill Gardens residents center stage as they share their insight with candor in our first video focusing on advice for young people.  These seniors speak from the heart as they share what really matters.

We’ve traveled to our communities for the past few months to bring this video series to life.  We asked lots of questions and it’s been truly enlightening.  Talking to people who who were born in the 1920’s and giving them an opportunity to reflect on their lives and share what they have learned is a privilege.  Its also been a whole lot of fun to set up our cameras, ask some questions and just see where it goes!

We hope these videos in some small way communicate the life stories and experiences of those who came before us. As they share their dearest thoughts and reflect on their lives, we can learn so much in return.  Its such an honor for us to share these stories.

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My advice is… pick the way you are going to go and don’t be deterred.  If its what you really want, stick up for it.. and do it.”  Leta Mertes, born in 1923

 

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“I have always been a great advocate of paying it forward. I think if we help our fellow human beings and require that they help someone down the line, that would go a long way in curing the ills that we have… if people would just take a better attitude towards each other.”  Tom Tompkins, born in 1926

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You meet people from all walks of life, and you learn a lot about yourself by meeting other people. They come from all over the world, the country and everything like that… each one has a story to tell.”  Joan and Vince Cangiano, born in 1926, married for 56 years                                                                                 For many of us, growing older is a scary thought and our society doesn’t always do a good job of honoring those who have come before us.  We want our video series to shine a new light on the joy that comes from reflecting back on a life well lived.  We think you will love getting to know the people we profile as much as we did!

 


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It’s Not the Years In Your Life, It’s the Life in Your Years

Our community in Lafayette, CA has a beautiful message to share, in an even more beautiful way.

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Community Spotlight: Merrill Gardens at West Seattle

Merrill Gardens at West Seattle is located in the heart of this rich community and has a wide variety of amenities to make living here lots of fun! The folks who live here are a very diverse group with a genuine interest in one another and their individual accomplishments. The team members are committed to providing quality customer service in an upbeat environment.

Living at Merrill Gardens at West Seattle offers access to the rooftop terrace with amazing views of downtown Seattle. This is the place where folks come to garden, relax and take in the scenery with a view that spans the Cascade Mountains and Mount Rainier. The community also offers a home theatre for watching movies and sports, a game room, and library. The private apartments are spacious with a variety of floor plans. The community also has a beautiful fitness center and for those who want to venture out the YMCA with an indoor pool is right next door. Across the street you will find a golf course and the West Seattle stadium with a great walking track. And beautiful Alki Beach is just over the hill.

Being in the center of a cultural and artsy neighborhood, there are lots of fairs and festivals all year long. There are also well known local establishments right next door including the historic Admiral Theatre, Arts West Performing Arts Theater and a weekly Farmer’s Market. Not only is there lots to offer in West Seattle, but it is also conveniently located near downtown Seattle, the best hospitals in the state, Sea-Tac Airport and the community of Vashon Island.
Merrill Gardens at West Seattle is a lively and entertaining place to call home.

Give us a call at 206- 926-9724 to schedule a visit!

Merrill Gardens at West Seattle is a great place to call home and the folks who live here are an active group! Here are a couple of the recent getaways and activites:

Cruise Night (10/24): This event was sponsored by AAA Travel. They brought in a representative from Princess Cruise Line who went over the cruise options and specials they are currently offering.

Halloween Party (10/29): Residents and guests came in costume and fall colors to enjoy this event, making the contest a big hit. There was live music and dancing!

Premium Dining (11/10): It’s like having a fine restaurant in your own home! Our talented chef put together an amazing four course meal for a very special evening!

Veterans Event (11/11): Merrill Gardens hosted a pancake breakfast and benefits seminar for Veterans, their spouses, and family members in the Private Dining Room.

To check out pictures from all four activities click on the slideshow below:

West Seattle Residence Interviews:

Jean Bullard: She moved to the community with her husband six years ago from Colorado to be closer to her family. She enjoys the activities and outings because Jean is always on the go! She loves the Anytime Dining Program because she can fit her meals into her schedule. Jean says the best part of living in the community is the friendships she has made and the support she received when her husband passed away.

Adrean Gregory: Adrean chose to move to Merrill Gardens at West Seattle because she thought it has lots to offer for her lifestyle. She has now lived here for almost 2 years and loves the weekly housecleaning, daily activities, and trips that are offered. She has found lots of great companionship in this community, and she loves the team members. She has also made some great friends!

Lyn Johnson: He grew up in this neighborhood and lived close by with his wife, which made the decision to move to Merrill Gardens at West Seattle easy! They were some of the first to move to the community eight years ago. For them living at this community has been a great experience and they enjoy the great activities and outings. Having been here since the community first opened, they have been delighted with the amenities, team members and people they have had the pleasure to meet here.

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Seniors Get Social

Last week, the Atlantic Monthly wrote a long piece entitled, “Facebook for Centenarians: Senior Citizens Learn Social Media.”

The article was incredibly well timed, as just a few days prior our own resident, 96 year old Bill Sleeper, was hobnobbing with 200 of Seattle’s social media “Twitterati” at their monthly Social Media Club event.

The coincidence underscores the importance technology and social media are playing in the happiness and well-being of our residents. What started with Wii Bowling Tournaments has turned into classes on Email, Facebook and Skype, giving everyone a an easy way to stay in touch with children, grandchildren, friends and extended family via photos and video calls.

The Atlantic Monthly article highlights a few stats worth noting:
– The 74-plus demographic is the fastest growing demographic among social networks, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
– Social networking among Internet users ages 65 and older grew 100 percent between April 2009 and May 2010, jumping from 13 percent to 26 percent.
– Facebook, Twitter, and Skype all show the most growth in the older adult demographic.

The crowd at Social Media Club Seattle always enjoys Bill’s attendance, and the MC of the event once again took time to bring the microphone over for an informal ad-lib session.  Given the stats above, maybe next event Bill will bring some of his fellow social media savvy residents with him.

(You can see some of Bill’s Technology “How-To Videos” at www.merrillgardens.com)

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The Benefits of Exercising

In this New York Times article, Why Exercise Makes us Feel Good a study shows that even a little exercise goes a long way. The residents at Merrill Gardens who take advantage of our Active Living program are way ahead of the game! Get moving and feel better mentally and physically!

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96 Year Old Bill Sleepers on Technology

Bill Sleepers, A Merrill Gardens at Mill Creek (WA) resident, is embracing technology and thinks that other seniors should do the same. Check out this great article about his efforts to show seniors how to have fun with social media!

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Fundraising efforts across Merrill Gardens Communities

You can view all of the Photos of the USO fundraisers across our communities on our Facebook Page

You can also see how our Alabama communities came together to raise funds for the victims of the recent tornado disasters by clicking here: Alabama Fundraising Efforts

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Support Our Troops Week Countdown


It’s countdown to Support Our Troops Week June 13-19!

Merrill Gardens communities will be holding fun filled events and raising money for the USO! Last year we raised $50,000 and we want to top it this year. Mark your calendar and watch for more info to come.

Check out the article from our friends at 94.1 KMPS helping us get the word out!

Here are the Dates & Times for all of our USO Events taking place across our communities.

Head over to our Facebook Page to view Photos from all of the Events: Merrill Gardens on Facebook

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Travel With Merrill

The residents at Merrill Gardens have had some fun nights in the past few months! St. Patrick’s Day, Travel to Scotland, and A Night in Paris. At Merrill Gardens, our residents can get a taste of culture without even leaving home!

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Taste of Merrill Gardens Top Chef Winners Announced!

We would like to thank all of you who participated in our very successful “Taste of Merrill Gardens Top Chef” contest. A special thanks goes out to our communities and community chefs who provided the great food and service. The recipes were terrific and the voting was very close throughout!

We are pleased to announce the following winners in each category:

Soup: House Clam Chowder by Sherrie James – Cordata

  
Salad: Mixed Green Salad by Justin Mabunay – Pacific Place

  
Entrée: Sesame Crusted Salmon by Chad McKenzie – Tacoma

  
Dessert: Cheesecake by Ron Holtz – Courtyard Plaza

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