Larry Clark / Washington State Magazine

One of our communities in Washington, Mountlake Terrace Plaza operated by MBK Senior Living, was featured in this article that appeared in the spring issue of Washington State Magazine.

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made…

(From poem Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning)

It’s never easy to find a new home.

Just ask Barbara Nelson, a former account manager from Seattle. When her husband passed away, she moved from the
century-old house where they had lived for 48 years. She has piercing eyes and a strong voice, but it trembles slightly as
she explains: “It was so traumatic. After the estate sale, I took five things out of that house and walked away. I felt like I
lost my neighborhood.”

Barbara made the decision, consulting with her family, to move to a senior living community. She visited a number of locations in the Seattle area and two and half years ago decided on Mountlake Terrace Plaza.
On a quiet street in the suburb north of Seattle, across from a lush park and library, the building could pass for any upscale complex. It’s become a new home, with benefits, for Barbara, her friends Mary and Pam, and about 75 other seniors. The three women are joined by Rosita Sandell ’11, the community’s executive director, after some tasty jelly-filled German doughnuts made from scratch in the building’s kitchen.

Big band jazz plays from the speakers as the group describes the busy life at Mountlake Terrace Plaza: art classes, volunteering, yoga, Wii bowling, music, movies, barbecues, trips to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest, river rafting, and eagle watching, coordinated by their energetic activities director. For Barbara, the active life and the friendly reception drew her into the community—oh and, she adds with smile, that she doesn’t have to cook and do dishes. Welcome to the rapidly evolving future of senior life, a blend of skilled nursing, technology, architecture, and business management all wrapped together with resort-style hospitality.

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