A Resident’s Perspective – Pinch-a-Pot Class

Written by Panorama resident, Beverly F. August 2014.

Co chairs of the Clay Studio, Emily Z. and Beverly F., recently sponsored a “Pinch a Pot” class. With a full roster of 13 participants, Emily introduced the wonders of clay by creating a small pot, pinched out of a ball of clay.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmazing that from 13 balls of clay, 13 entirely different pots emerged from the hands of the class members. After the first firing, the class met again to learn about glazing. The studio was crowded, and the day was beautiful, so we moved outside to glaze our pots, learning that the color you place on your pot will not be the color you’ll see after the next firing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’re all waiting to see the outcome! Most class members were complete newbies, willing to try “something new”, and to their own pleased surprise, found a new skill in themselves! The clay studio is welcoming new members as a result!

A Resident’s Perspective – The Pets Among Us

Written by Panorama resident, Sandy Bush. October 2014

Panorama CCRC is very understanding of the furry portions of our families. The recent quarterly issue of the Pet Partners Gazette (published quarterly by pet fanciers) sported an interview I did about our cats.

When choosing Panorama, it was important to us to be able to bring “our girls” along with us. These are two rescue tabby cats, aged 9 and 10 now.  They made the trip last year, perhaps better than we did, when we moved up here with two cars and two cats. Cats define stoicism.

sBush_blogpic_Oct14 When walking about the campus and outer neighborhoods, we always enjoy seeing the dogs that get regular walk time by their folks. They are truly ice breakers in meeting people. I’ve always enjoyed dogs, but never have had one in my care. There are limitations (size and numbers) of animals allowed here at Panorama, but the wonderful mix of dogs that march along our paths and streets is always fun to watch. The dog park is also a boon to those who want to let the dogs run free.

 Cats, up to two, are sequestered in our homes or apartments. This really is the best plan for helping our environment and saving our song birds. We know how spoiled they get indoors! Perching places afford views of squirrels, birds and the odd moving leaf, always a fun thing. We don’t always get to see these lovely things, so thought I’d include our two at leisure on the futon. (I really AM a Seahawk fan but can’t give up my nostalgic Green Bay Packers!)

Articles on aging well have often stressed the added benefit of an animal in the home. Animals need caring for and often keep quiet folks from becoming recluses and disconnected from the rest of the community.  Pets are reasons to make an effort and get up into the day.

Having said all this, it is also important to have a back-up plan should animal care get complicated or impossible. Many of us travel and need friends, neighbors, or “walkies” people to mind our little ones until we get back. Illness or injury can also make it rough to care for some of our animal friends. Pet Partners has “green” refrigerator plastic bags for particulars regarding your pet should an emergency necessitate help with pets. You can get them from Carol Van Nuys as listed in the Resident’s Manual.

Now that fall is here, it is added fun in seeing the little ones marching about in their finery and sometimes boots! They add life to our paths and our lives.

Sandy Bio




Panorama Residents Know How to Have the Happiest Retirement

Written by Matt Murry, Panorama Director of Operations, for the October 2014 Panorama News.

I must admit I really enjoy “surfing the internet”. Anything I am interested in at the moment will have an abundance of information available by typing a few simple words. A couple of weeks ago while on the web, I ran across a number of interesting articles about retiring. This is not only interesting because of my profession but because I see firsthand how well Panorama residents retire and the accomplishments they have long after they have retired. Although I am many years away from this myself, and because of working at Panorama, it is a time I look forward to. One of the articles immediately reminded me of Panorama. It was called “Tips for a Happy Retirement”. It seems as if every resident that lives at Panorama must have not only read it, but studied it and acted out each tip perfectly.

Make life plans.

It’s important to plan for the non-financial aspect of retirement living by considering what will make you happy. Maybe you’ll climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, go dog sledding in Alaska, make time to write that novel you’ve been thinking about, or even continue to work part-time. Make a life plan and tick off your experiences as you move ahead. I see and hear about amazing adventures, hobbies, athletic events, and vacations every week at Panorama.


Find a purpose.

Look for things you can do on an ongoing basis that bring you joy and add structure to your life. This can include travel, hobbies or even training for a new career. This is an area I see residents enjoy daily as I walk through the Quinault , Aquatic Center, the grounds.

Keep your mind sharp.

“Use it or lose it” applies to your brain. If you feel the need to replace the intellectual stimulation you found at work, try learning a foreign language or a musical instrument, or join a book club. Lifelong learning offers many opportunities to keep your mind sharp. This is another category with endless opportunities at Panorama and if we don’t already have it, you are encouraged to start it.


Getting involved in your community is a great way to give back, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with people and make new friends. Could you imagine the Patio Sale without volunteers, or the Auditorium, or Resident Council?

Develop new friendships.

A measurement of whether people are successful at retirement living is the strength of their social network—that includes family and friends. Check out groups that help you meet new people or join community or religious organizations that have members who share your interests. It’s possible to meet people and make new friends even if it’s difficult to get around.  It is scientific fact people live longer when surrounded by other people.PeaPatchFriends_Compressed

Remain healthy.

Carter brought up an old adage: A lean horse for a long race. With increasing life spans, retirement living can be a long race, so get yourself in shape. That means eating well, watching your weight and staying active. When you feel good, it’s easier to stay positive and open to new experiences.

There are so many options at Panorama. The article went on to say to keep setting goals for your future: decide what you still must accomplish but never had time for in the past.

-Want to obtain a diploma that you never completed or started before?

-What instrument do you want to learn to play… flute, drums (sorry neighbors)…?

-Do you want to travel to other states or new countries?

– Learn Spanish?

The most helpful thing you could do for yourself is to think about what things you feel passionately about and then find a way to engage in it. You don’t have to think about meeting other people’s expectations; you can relax and be who you are. This is what I see from Panorama residents and it is a pleasure that we get to help support it!

Smartest Decision in Our Retirement? Part 9 – Any Friends at Panorama?

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. September 2014

I’ve had many great friends in my life.  Many were in groups while teaching at schools or volunteering at my churches.  When we moved to Panorama in July, 2011, we wondered whether we’d make many friends, how long it would take, how close we’d be with them, whether we’d get along…things like that.

We’d met Helen and Wags our first night here and met many welcoming, cheerful friends at the July 4th picnic the next day.

Mary and Bob in our strip of garden homes came the next day to ask what we might need, returning with a card table and two folding chairs.  Our moving van would take 10 days to arrive.  We liked the “camping out” feel, since we wanted to use the no-unpacking-yet time to explore the campus, to walk the 140-acre campus and meet people, and to attend auditorium activities.  We’d come home elated with the many outgoing, gracious, welcoming, kind, and most interesting friends we’d met on any single day!

One thing we’re grateful for: we’re not expected to remember everyone’s name.  We’ve met new people almost every day since we arrived here.  We used to apologize, but, “Don’t worry, we all have the same challenge” was the welcomed response.  Many wear our given, delightful name tag which is very effective.  We found out we can be as active or laid back at any time with the many friends here.  At one time I felt I had learned all 1200 people!

There are many and varied activities from crafts together to movies, lectures, classes to Level 5 hiking trips to meet new people or attend with friends. The 80+ activities each month make it easy to pick and choose. There are neighborhood block parties, get-togethers in homes, outside, in Chambers Restaurant or off campus.  Attend all, some, or none: we respect each other’s choice.

I’ve met most of my best friends when volunteering.  Volunteering is a story in itself for later.


Pan Hall

In Pan Hall there’s coffee, tea and hot chocolate (often goodies)!  There’s a large fire place, tables, chairs, sofas, magazines, and newspapers where we can gather to read, and/or visit with old and new friends.  It’s also the place where we sign up at the activity desk for many special trips and activities.  We like to call it our community living room.  We always feel welcomed there.  I don’t recall anyone yet who wasn’t friendly when I greeted them.

What a surprise to encounter openness, approachability, and respect toward us from management, employees, and staff!

Words get in the way when we try to explain Panorama community.  It is an experience that cannot be explained.

It’s the people that make Panorama.

Mary Jo Bio