Welcome to Full Life Care
Welcome to Full Life Care – formerly ElderHealth Northwest.
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Full Life helps adults of all ages with chronic illnesses, physical or developmental disabilities. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving people’s lives and supporting caregivers. Since the 1970s, we have helped thousands of individuals preserve their dignity and avoid living in a nursing home or in isolation.
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by Nora Gibson, Executive Director
Creating a Dementia-Friendly Seattle
Many of you know that my mom, Joan Gibson, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease the end of last September. So many of you sent cards of condolence that warmed my heart. Thanks so much. She was a wonderful woman and mother to 10 children.
Since that time I and Full Life Care have become involved with a wonderful movement that is working to change the way dementia is perceived in our community. Its roots stem from the passions of many people living with Alzheimer’s disease and the efforts of long-time social worker Carin Mack, Cecily Kaplan, director of the Greenwood Senior Center, and Marigrace Becker, my former student and now a social worker based out of Seattle Parks & Recreation. Many others are rallying around this cause.
The movement started quietly with an Alzheimer’s Café sponsored by the Greenwood Senior Center. Launched at the now-defunct Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café before settling in at its current home at Ampersand Pantry & Café, the Alzheimer’s Café model helps facilitate enriching experiences for persons with dementia and their care partners. Every month, in a normal social environment, attendees have the opportunity to enjoy the company of others over food and drink. The café often closes with live music. It’s also an environment free from stigma: nobody’s terribly concerned if someone happens to reach over, uninvited, to sample off of another person’s plate.
Full Life has jumped in and sponsors monthly Alzheimer’s Cafés at three venues: Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria in Columbia City, Luther’s Table in Renton, and Pagliacci Pizza in Edmonds. . . .