Learning in Retirement

Yesterday, Panorama residents welcomed local author, Michael A. Endicott, to the auditorium for a Learning in Retirement presentation. Endicott spoke about his book, “Walking with Presidents: Stories from Inside the Perimeter”, which chronicles his career as a United States Secret Service member from 1965-1985. He also gave an overview of the Secret Service and top political figures, such as Nixon, Rockefeller, Eisenhower and Kissinger. We want to thank Mr. Endicott for sharing his stories with us.


September Food 2 B Fit

Today residents gathered in the Chambers House Restaurant for a healthy and informative lunch hosted by Meggin, our restaurant Catering Manager, and Melissa, our Fitness Coordinator. While Meggin was preparing the delicious meal, Melissa was teaching us how to

          Fight Cancer with Chicken + Broccoli

Broccoli contains sulfuraphane, which has been shown to protect against cancer by inhibiting and activating certain enzymes to stop cancer development. Chicken contains selenium, which is formed into antioxidant enzymes that help prevent cell damage from free radicals. Together they are 3 times more beneficial than when consumed alone. Melissa shared many more health facts and heeded one warning about the element selenium. Although selenium is required for cell function, if consumed in large amounts it can actually be harmful. Most people receive enough selenium from their diet and, therefore, selenium supplements are not recommended.

Below is the recipe that was served, although Meggin threw in other vegetables such as asparagus, carrots and mushrooms.




Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry ~ Serves 4

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

2 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce

1 Tbsp Cornstarch

1 tsp Sesame Oil

2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken cut into strips

2 Tbsp fresh ginger root grated

2 clove garlic minced

2 scallions thinly sliced

1 bunch broccoli into small florets

Cooked white rice 

  1.    Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, oyster sauce, cornstarch and sesame oil.
  2.    In a wok, heat vegetable oil over high, add chicken and cook til browned, 10 minutes.

Add ginger, garlic and broccoli, stirring frequently and cook 3 minutes. Add ¼ cup H20and stir in soy sauce mixture.

Cook 1 minute more until thickened and serve over rice.

Introducing Panorama DART

 The Panorama Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is an organization of resident volunteers with a mission of preparedness and assistance.

“To educate residents to be better prepared to take care of themselves, friends, neighbors, and other residents in the event of a disaster until emergency responders can arrive.”

Panorama is the only retirement community in the United States with a disaster assistance team like DART. Each of DART’s 120 members undergo training that is standardized by the federal government. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a 3 day training course that includes information on emergency preparedness, emergency medical assistance, fire safety, and search and rescue. The end of the course involves a disaster simulation in which members test their knowledge and skills.

Although DART members are trained in all disaster events defined by the Thurston County Emergency Management, their primary task in the event of a disaster would be triage and treatment of injured residents immediately following an incident. In the event of emergencies on a smaller scale, Panorama management may call upon DART for additional assistance. More specifically, DART takes on the role of Storm Assistance in some cases. During severe storm conditions, members will assist employees in answering phones, informing residents (by way of phone calls or communication runners), hosting campus “warming areas”, assistance in the restaurant (when low on staff), and home visits to residents when necessary.

The DART team has members with additional qualifications and training such as doctors, psychologists, and those who have personally experienced disasters and evacuation scenarios (one member spent 3 days on an interstate overpass waiting for rescue during hurricane Katrina).

No one wants to consider the possibility of experiencing a disaster situation but it is imparative to be prepared. At Panorama, we are very fortunate to have 120 qualified volunteers ready to assist fellow residents and support staff members, should we find our community affected.

Emergency Preparedness Expo

Members of the Panorama Disaster Assistance Response Team will be at Saint Martin’s University on October 13th to help host an Emergency Preparedness Expo. There will be expert speakers and vendors with information on emergency preparedness, food storage and other related topics.

Don’t be Caught in the Dark

Saturday, October 13th, 2012  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saint Martin’s University

Marcus Pavillion & Worthington Center

5300 Pacific Avenue SE , Lacey

For more details visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/em/expo