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Remaining Independent as You Age in Federal Way WA

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Dec 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the biggest concerns for seniors is losing their independence. They become less able to do the things they once handled without thought. Because of limited mobility and fewer resources, they must rely more on family and friends. This scenario can take many forms if different options are considered.

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Resident Spotlight: Carolyn Ayers

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 29, 2016 2:41:05 PM

Carolyn Ayers leads an intentional life.  Full of purpose, determination, and optimism, she greets each day eager to help others, exercise her mind and body, and be ready for new adventures.  Whether it’s assisting at her church, twice-weekly Hatha yoga sessions, or learning lines for her Reader’s Theater group, Carolyn has a kind word or uplifting thought for all.

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Village Green’s Caregiver Imane Jeaouani -- Assisted Living Caregiver of the Year 2016

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 22, 2016 2:45:57 PM

We are so proud of Imane Jeaouani, the resident care liaison at Village Green. Imane Jeaouani received the Assisted Living Caregiver of the Year award sponsored by the South End Coalition in King County, Washington on November 7.

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Things You Can Do to Change Your Perspective While Caregiving

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Caregiving can be difficult. It’s challenging and may take a toll on your life – physically, mentally, emotionally and, possibly, financially. When you focus on the negative aspects of caregiving you make the task even more difficult. The key is to learn how to change your perspective.

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Giving Your Family a Great Holiday Season While in Assisted Living

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

While the holidays are a wonderful time for many, they can be lonely and stressful for seniors and their loved ones. The aging family member may feel forgotten while their family may feel pressured to handle everything. Just because your loved one no longer lives at home, it doesn’t mean they have to miss out on these special days and events. Here are some tips to help you give your family a wonderful holiday season.

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Our Resident Council Volunteer of the Month: Margaret Dimick

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 10, 2016 10:00:00 AM

margaret-dimick-village-green-resident-volunteer.jpgSpend some time with Margaret Dimick and you’ll be on the receiving end of kindness, warmth, and optimism. In her nearly 94-years Margaret has traveled to many states and counts Rhode Island and Florida as two of her favorite locales. Best known around Village Green for her thoughtful articles on new residents, she appreciates the opportunity to welcome others to the community. “Every person has such a diverse life and it’s fun to get to know them,” said Margaret.

Some of Margaret’s most vivid experiences occurred when her family moved to England for ten years. As a proud veteran of World War II in the Women’s Land Army, she worked on a dairy farm for a year and, later, lent her talents to the effort in horticulture. Newly married in 1944, Margaret and her husband frequently traveled due to his position in the Air Force.

As a court reporter for over 25 years, Margaret also used her skills as a CEO’s assistant and a librarian. Reading is one of her many interests with biographies, detective novels and historical works enriching her days. Fun outings with friends, church, and decaf cappuccinos at the Village Green Juice Bar are favorite pleasures. “I like to stay positive and see the bright side of life,” said Margaret. Thanks, Margaret, for your optimism and contributions at Village Green!

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Pets can Help the Mental and Physical Health of Seniors

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you're considering a move to Village Green, you may be surprised by something you see when you tour the campus: pets. That's right; residents are allowed to have a cat, fish, bird, or small dog living with them in their apartment. Pets can help people both mentally and physically, and the older you are, the more benefits you may reap from pet ownership! You're probably wondering how Fido can affect your health, so here are some examples:

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How to Determine Which Levels of Care Will Be Needed in an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Nov 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If you're considering a move to an assisted living community, you may be confused about the levels of care that are offered. While your assisted living apartment has a fixed rate of rent, the care needed can be separate. There are different levels of care for each individual. It also possibly could change if your health declines. Level of care is determined case-by-case. Most communities use a point system to periodically evaluate each resident and the care they will require. For example, Village Green has six levels of care that ensures you will be able to live independently as long as it's feasible. Here are the basic criteria used in most assisted living communities to determine what level of care a resident requires:

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Features to look for in an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Oct 25, 2016 9:04:00 AM

Often choosing an assisted living campus can be overwhelming. Here are some quick tips to help you narrow down your choices by using your senses.

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New Things to Learn As You Age

Posted by Betsy Fradd on Oct 20, 2016 7:53:00 AM

Scientists believe the key to memory retention is to learn new and challenging activities as you age. These ideas will help you get started.

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