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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Life at Adult Family Homes Olympia WA: Using Computers

Computer use enriches life at Adult Family Homes Olympia WA

Senior citizens are becoming one of the largest age groups of computer users. Many adult family homes Olympia WA now offer the use of a computer and internet access as part of their service. This is a trend that may seem surprising, but it actually makes a lot of sense that seniors would find computer technology useful and enjoyable. To explain this trend we must first address the myth that says that older people can’t learn new things. Research shows that the three predictors of good mental function in old age are regular physical activity, strong social support and the belief that one can handle whatever comes. So anyone who stays mentally and physically active has the advantage of being able to continue to learn and expand on what they already know.  It has also been found that even those who have some decline in cognitive functioning can, with appropriate training, recover some of their lost skills.

New research now shows that people over the age of 65 make up the fastest growing group of internet users, and that seniors  use email as much as any other age group. Adults older than 55 comprise more than 13% of total internet users.

On the other hand, the top reason older internet users give for using computers is to keep in touch with family and friends, with 93% using it for that purpose. The next most popular uses are making electronic purchases and accessing information in a fast-paced world. Other reasons for internet use include socialization, making a contribution, and feeling needed. Two other factors that have contributed to the increased use are the increasing ease of operating a computer and the decreasing cost of owning one. There are also more and more resources for seniors to learn to use computers. Community organizations, community colleges and libraries are all places that now offer computer classes and tutorials tailored to the needs of seniors.A

Many senior care homes offer residents access to computers and wireless connectivity to accommodate tech-savvy seniors. You can add this to your list of questions when you are interviewing prospective adult family homes Olympia WA.



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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.