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From Japan to Guam to Emerald Heights

Moving from Kirkland, Washington about four and a half years ago, Maggie Backman and her husband Fred knew it was time to see what Emerald Heights offered. They wanted to plan ahead for their futures to make it easier on their children, and they both knew the timing was right. Maggie and Fred lived in … Continued

Cruising Through Life Together

The need for a loving relationship in life is third in Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs,” just after physiological needs and safety. Ralph Dines and Jane Nettleton recognize that need for companionship and believe there’s an opportunity to find love at any age. Ralph and Jane, residents of Emerald Heights, met six years ago in … Continued

Bringing the ‘Active’ to “Active Aging”

For 10 years now, Ron Cole or “Coach” as he is known by many, has been spreading joy and inspiration to residents at Emerald Heights. Not only is he a life coach, he is also a fitness instructor for various classes such as strength training and balance. His experience in fitness dates back to when … Continued

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Meredith Auerbach, while working in communications and spending her professional life in Seattle, would regularly visit her mother at Emerald Heights. She had a client in Redmond, so she would stop and spend time with her mom when in town. In the six years her mother lived at Emerald Heights, Meredith became very familiar with … Continued

Nancy Clancy’s Quilts

  Two years ago on Memorial Day, Emerald Heights welcomed two new residents, The Clancys. Since then, Nancy Clancy has immersed herself in all that the community has to offer, such as becoming in charge of the quarterly Women’s Breakfast, as well as being an active member of the Fund Development Committee. Her favorite part … Continued

What is a “Continuum of Care”?

If you have been looking at various senior living options, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also called life plan communities), you have likely heard or seen the term “continuum of care” used. It’s an important concept when it comes to the variety of services provided by retirement communities, but I find it is also … Continued

25th Anniversary Gala

On Friday, September 29, 2017, the Emerald Heights community—residents, staff, past and present board members for Eastside Retirement Association and Emerald Communities, key business partners and other friends—came together for a 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration. Special honors were given to many guests in recognition of the role they played in Emerald Heights.  Residents Jane Turnbull, … Continued