The Bellevue-based senior living organization is expanding its services locally and nationwide
Transforming Age, now the largest not-for-profit senior living organization in the state, kicked off a $30 million dollar remodeling project last week, which will include the expansion of its memory care services.
Over the next year and a half, the company, which is headquartered in Bellevue, will remodel its original Parkshore retirement community in Madison Park in Seattle, which opened in 1963 and is now home to 189 residents.
In addition to memory care services, Parkshore will double the size of its fitness center and add a lounge, a hydration station, a new theater, and a remodeled art and chapel area. Other cosmetic upgrades, including updating the dining room and library, will also take place throughout the building. Capacity will grow to 197.
Memory care is a growing focus of many senior care services, as more and more older adults are developing Alzheimers, dementia, and other memory problems. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and one in nine people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s disease.
A wall breaking ceremony was held at Parkshore last week with community staff and residents, as well as Transforming Age CEO Torsten Hirche.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve the way we serve older adults in our mission to transform the perception of age,” said Hirche. “The remodeling project at Parkshore provided us the perfect opportunity to revisit the needs of the community and add some new memory care services that have become increasingly important for a growing segment of the older adult population including the residents at Parkshore.”
After rebranding and moving its headquarters to Bellevue, the organization continues to grow — it acquired eight communities in Minnesota earlier this year.