Nancy Watkins
Assisted Living Olympia WA - Nancy works with AFH ownerNancy Watkins has spent ten years serving seniors and their families, representing assisted living and memory care communities and working with adult family homes and other long-term care providers in Washington. She helped to rewrite Washington’s regulations to better serve its seniors and developed the state’s first Aging and Disability Services Administration-approved training program for managers of memory care and assisted living communities. She knows what to look for and the questions to ask when touring a care setting. And she can tell you who is doing a good job. When developing a list of options for a senior’s care setting, she will include only those settings that have met her high standards for quality care. More...
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Find Happiness in Later Life Through Assisted Living in Olympia, WA

Assisted Living in Olympia, WA contributes to Senior Happiness 

I was recently reading an article on happiness over the life span and how assisted living in Olympia, WA can contribute to it. I found the information both fascinating and encouraging. What I learned was that several studies that have been done on this topic indicate that Americans’ happiness increases after the age of 50. This is regardless of income, employment or children. This is also a consistent phenomenon all around the world.assisted living in Olympia, WA

Happiness is a subjective variable. But there is a significant amount of research that shows that happiness goes up as people age. Even though there are many unpleasant realities of aging, from physical ailments to losing loved ones, overall aging seems to increase happiness.

 One study showed that happiness increases after age 50, with people in their 80s scoring the highest on the happiness scale.

 One possible explanation for these findings is the theory that people tend to invest in the things that have the most importance to them as their time gets more limited. Our priorities change as we go through the stages of life, and the priorities of later life are more focused on relationships and friendship.

People who are happier are healthier and live longer. This may be another explanation for the findings that older people are happier, as those who are happier live longer, the data shows happy elderly people.

 Another reason that older people tend to be happier may be that they have lived through more experiences, and have learned from those experiences. They may have more emotional stability. Others suggest that this may be because older people are more likely to focus on the positive aspects of a situation rather than the negative.

Of course, in the bigger picture, age is not the only predictor of happiness. There are many other factors that come into play such as personality type, health, financial security, independence, stress levels, and social connectedness. These happiness factors can be addressed for many seniors by finding assisted living in Olympia, WA that fits their individual needs.

 

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Nancy was so compassionate

I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been having Nancy help us find a place for my Mom who has dementia. Nancy was so incredible and helpful especially at a time when we were, as can be imagined, having one of the most difficult family events ever. Nancy was so compassionate more »

Rinee M.
Thank you so much

Hi Nancy, I want to thank you on behalf of my brothers and I for helping us find a place for our mother. I was at a loss as to how to go about things until I got hold of you. I’m sure we would still be looking had it not been for your help. more »

Chuck T.
My cousin is very happy now

Thank you for all that you did for my cousin… She may have been reluctant at first, but she is very happy now (and much safer). You played an important part in this transition.

Fr. Tim I
Great help finding a nice home for dad

Nancy, thanks for the great help in finding a nice home for my dad – things are so much better for him now

Bob P.
Positive spin on the transition.

Talked to mom today and heard no regrets (after her move to assisted living). I give you a lot of the credit… you really helped to put a positive spin on the whole transition.

Elizabeth A.
A mere thanks hardly covers it

Picking me up, handling the walker every time, generally bolstering me mentally; a mere thanks hardly covers it all!

Margaret I.
Good fit to Mothers needs

Thanks Nancy for responding so quickly to my plea for help. I couldn’t have done it without you. Finding a home for my mother so quickly and a good fit to her needs. I now know I would have made a critical mistake if I had done this on my own. Your guidance in knowing more »

Barb H.
Good care of my Dad

I can’t thank you enough for recommending the house my Dad is living in. Joyce and Sandy are great, along with the other gals. They take such good care of my Dad and I think he really is enjoying living there. It has been a great move for him.

Mary M.
Wonderful to work with

Hi Nancy! This is a hello and thank-you from Duane B’s family. You miraculously found him an assisted living place right after Christmas 2011. He was 96 at the time and in a “spend down” period. You found him a wonderful place in Kirkland. Anyway, I was trying to find something else in my e-mails more »

Cheri A.