CareAGE Connections

If He Could Tell You: Meet Tom Johnson

  By Gidgette Chesley, Executive Director Patriots Landing USAF MSgt. Tom Johnson (Ret.) can’t talk about the work he did while active duty, nor in his later civilian career. His security clearance prevents him from uttering anything more than hints about the stealth flight technology he helped deploy before military retirement.  After 20 fulfilling years… Read More

Healthy Is Delicious: More Flavor+Less Salt

More flavor+less salt is possible in your diet By Beth James Director, Culinary Services Mission Healthcare at Renton We know that salt is bad for our health—the more you eat, the more water you retain, which raises blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the more strain on your heart, kidneys, arteries, and brain. All… Read More

What is Occupational Therapy: April is OT Month

By: Jennifer McQuillan, Occupational Therapist Mission Healthcare Bellevue What better way to celebrate Occupational Therapy Month than by highlighting the Occupational Therapy (OT) team here at Mission Healthcare and throughout the Careage Family of Care! Our entire rehabilitation therapy team takes great pride in being client-centered and focused on helping those in our care.  We… Read More

Understanding the Continuum of Care—For You and Your Loved Ones

By Sandra Hayes, MBA, NA Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Compliance, Careage In an earlier blog, I wrote about the signs that it’s time to consider a move to a senior living community—whether assisted living or memory care.  Yet, there are so many other types of care which include personal care, respite or recuperative… Read More

Fact versus Fiction: Skilled Nursing Facilities

By Dell Workman, RN Executive Director, Mission Healthcare Skilled nursing facilities carry a lot of weight when brought up to or by a loved one as we age—especially when it’s combined with the stress of a health event, like major surgery or injury, or a new diagnosis. There is some negative stigma around skilled nursing… Read More

Are Seniors Taking Too Many Drugs?

When we think of a drug problem in America, many of think of illegal drugs, such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine crossing our borders and corrupting our youth. Or the opioid epidemic that claims thousands of lives each year in the United States. And both of these issues need to be addressed as part of… Read More

How Those Living With Limited Mobility Can Stay Active

Most everyone understands that, in order to age well, it’s important to stay physically active. We’ve discussed the importance of exercise before. But what can you do if you’re living with a condition that limits your ability to move freely, such arthritis, osteoporosis or Parkinson’s disease? Many people living with these conditions restrict their physical… Read More

Cholesterol – the Good, the Bad and the Confusing

Many years ago, you may have gotten just a single cholesterol number from your doctor. Today, it’s likely that you receive several numbers – an overall score, then a separate number for HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, and one for LDL (low-density lipoprotein). You may have even gotten information about whether your cholesterol is made up… Read More

Celebrate National Physical Fitness Month by Getting in the Game

The famous centenarian George Burns once quipped, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!” One of the best ways to help ensure a long and healthy life is to stay (or become) physically active. Exercise can reduce your risk for many diseases, lift your… Read More


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