A Resident’s Perspective – How Times Have Changed!

Written by Panorama resident, Bob Bowers. November 2015

Recently my 7 ½ year old great granddaughter was joined by a new sister and step sister.  That makes me a great grandfather of three.  Technically, Lily and LilaLou aren’t my great granddaughters because they are the grandchildren of my son’s step daughter. However they are my great granddaughters as far as I am concerned.  Ramona Sue the latest to be born came into this world three weeks ago.  She is the fourth generation in our little twig of the Bowers’ clan.  Her 54 year old grandfather was also a fourth generation child.

My wife and I were so proud to be parents of our baby boy.  We were eager to show him to my 80 year old grandfather who lived 65 miles away.  I was a busy Methodist minister.  We lived in central Iowa.  We kept waiting for the right time to get all of us together for a four generation picture—four sons and an 80 year old patriarch in declining health.

One day in early December I said to my wife, “We’ve got to go to Des Moines and get that four generation picture.”

“But, the weather’s not very good.  It’s snowy and cold and the trip is 65 miles. Besides you’ve got to lead worship and preach at two churches tomorrow,” She remarked somewhat fearfully.

“We’ve got to chance it.  Grandpa’s failing.  I want that four generation picture!” I exclaimed.

So we called my parents, bundled Stephen up carefully, and headed for my Aunt Mary’s house in Des Moines.  When we got there my parents had already arrived. We chatted for a while and showed off our son.  Then, we gathered the four generations of Bowers “men” together and, with a simple Brownie camera, took a couple of pictures.  I took the exposed film to the drugstore in our little town and a week later we had the pictures.  I still have them.

When Ramona Sue was born I had texted my son on my smart phone early in the evening to find out if her mother was in labor.  He texted back that delivery would probably be that evening.  When we were ready for bed at 10 p.m. I noticed that I had received a text message.  When I opened it there was a sequence of pictures of the new little fourth generation Bowers and her parents and grandparents. She was born about 30 minutes before and 2,500 miles away.  Hassle free!  Can you beat that?

How times have changed!

Bob Bowers, first generation great-grandpa to Ramona Sue Bowers.
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How to Help Someone Who Has Fallen

This article is featured in the December issue of the Panorama News. Although it was written specifically for our campus, the information is important for all to know.

Written by Panorama Health Services Director, Marla LeFevre. 
Introduction by Panorama resident, Judy Murphy.

Falls are a common occurrence among people of all ages, but they can lead to serious consequences, particularly among older folks. Many people are embarrassed that they have fallen and immediately try to get up, which is not the wisest thing to do.  We may think we are still 20, but our aging bodies do not respond to a fall like a 20-year-old would.  In addition to potential physical injury, a fall can sometimes cause dizziness or confusion. 

If you see someone who has fallen or are with someone who falls, you may wonder what the best course of action is.  Here are some brief guidelines to help you help someone else.      – Judy Murphy

*Call 911 immediately and then the Urgent Response Aide (using a SARA pendant, pull-cord, telephone off-hook, or dialing 413-6000).

*Stay with the person who has fallen (the patient)

*Ensure that the patient is in a safe place (divert traffic, etc.)

*Do not move the patient unless their life is at risk in the current location (i.e. burning car, building collapse)

*Do not assume there is no injury even if the patient states they are fine; many patients don’t realize they are hurt until after they have tried to get up

*If a person is bleeding profusely, apply pressure to the wound with a clean item (if a First Aid kit is not available, clean clothing is ok to use) until the Urgent Response Aide or fire department arrives

*The fire department crew is trained to do a full assessment to determine injuries and can stabilize wounds/injuries until full medical care is received (such as transporting to a hospital)

*All head injuries should be evaluated at a hospital


There have been questions in the past about the role of Panorama’s Urgent Response Aides (URAs) when a person has fallen. URAs are Nursing Assistants who are certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, but they are not qualified to make comprehensive injury assessments, which is why 911 is always called.  The URA carries a cell phone and will call 911 if nobody else has called.


Urgent Response Aides will not lift a person up, because this may cause further injury to the patient and may also cause injury to the URA. Fire dept crews have sufficient staff numbers to lift an uninjured person safely.


The URA can assist with basic first aid, supporting/reassuring the patient and their loved ones, crowd control, obtaining medical history, gathering items needed if a patient is transported to a hospital, notifying emergency contacts and primary healthcare providers, and tidying up/locking up the home. The URA will call the resident the day after an incident, to see if any further assistance is needed.


Please contact the URA Supervisor Tim Templet at 7561 or Independent Living Services Coordinator Marla LeFevre at 7564 if you have any questions about emergency care.    – Marla LeFevre, Health Services Director

A Resident’s Perspective – Fall Is Here

Written by Panorama resident, Sandy Bush. November 2015

Well, the pumpkins are gone. Some of us missed them. But with the leaving of the Halloween season, the rains may well have started. 

The neon of the changing colors, especially in the dimmer light with some grayness interspersed and rain on leaves, gives a delightful eyeful as we walk about campus or out in the neighborhoods.

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Some wind has brought many fir needles down on our patios, driveways and streets. Walking on the way to a Scrabble afternoon, I watched grounds folks trying to keep up with the leaves down and the needles all over. I asked a fellow who was blowing and shoveling leaves into the pick-up truck if they ever felt they would get ahead of the chores. He laughed and just shook his head. 

The magnolia tree that covers our backyard with pink and white loveliness come April or May surely is a thorn in their side. It affords us lovely shade on the patio for the days that are too warm in summer. And it allows wonderful sun into our living room and dining room when the leaves are off as they will be in a short time. The two cats lounge in the sun spots now that the sun is lowering in our sky. But I can see now that the leaves are coming down and it is a full time job for our neighborhood workers. Sandy's Cat

We are so grateful for all the effort. It also keeps the street gutters from clogging the drains when the rain really comes down like it did a day ago. Fall and winter weather are no longer scary times with all the attention to our roof and yard.

 If you can, do make a point of just walking through the neighborhoods to see the array of lovely color. It won’t be long before the deciduous trees are bare and we can see their stem structures. The changing seasons are a gift.

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A Resident’s Perspective – Newbies, Would-bes, and Boomers

Written by Panorama resident, Deb Ross. November 2015

 Panorama’s president Joe DiSanto noted, in his August 2015 report to the Resident Council: “The Baby Boomers have started moving in. They are the first generation to live their entire life with television, news as it happens, broadcast entertainment, commercials … They are the largest generation ever in the United States and have had a tremendous influence on society and politics.” With our generation come certain expectations and perceptions (and misperceptions!) about ourselves. I recently ran across a blog posted by Brian, a self-described “aging hippie,” who posted:

“Laurel and I don’t think ourselves as old, even though we’re 64 and 65. We damn sure don’t enjoy acting like we’re old. We dress as youthfully as Social Security recipients can get away with. We enjoy the MTV Video Music Awards. In short, we’re aging ex-hippies who still embrace the Flower Child dream.” 

Brian had received a DVD from Panorama and concluded from it that our community wouldn’t meet his expectations for a fun-filled, active, liberal-leaning — in short, youthful — life. Panorama is aware of the changing demographic of our community. A new DVD is being developed that will be updated and focus on some of the needs and expectations for folks like Brian, who are making up an increasing share of newcomers to our community. 

My husband and I also often hear versions of the following question: “Aren’t you awfully young to be moving to a retirement community?” Our friend Paula, roughly our age, put it this way: “Wow! I always thought of you as age 28, like me!” 

While acknowledging that Panorama may not be for everyone, it seemed to me there might be a call, from a newer resident’s perspective, to address some of these perceptions, misperceptions, and questions that our generation has, both inside and outside of Panorama. My next blog entry will present some information on who is moving to Panorama these days: average age, interests, why they decided to come here. 

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Requiem for a Giant Sequoia

Written by Panorama employee, Jacklynn Roberts. November 2015

In July we said farewell to a well known and beloved member of our arboretum. A 47 year old sequoia tree had become diseased and in danger of falling. The news that it had to come down safely before it fell on its own was hard for our community to hear but we knew it had to be done. So we gathered around and watched the two day process of tree felling so we wouldn’t forget the beauty of what stood there before. Read one resident’s farewell thoughts here.

After the tree came down, pieces of its trunk were taken for repurposing throughout the campus. Many took small pieces as a token of memorial in their own home, while others had plans for larger pieces. One such case resulted in a beautiful piece of native style art by resident artist, Chuck Magnusson. Northwest Native Style Sequoia Art

In this carving, the top face represents the life of the tree. The bottom face, a traditional native death mask, represents the death and felling of the tree. While the middle, an owl face, represents the life and sanctuary the tree provided for birds.



 About the Artist

Eighteen years ago, Chuck Magnusson took a class at the Seattle Art Museum that taught him to carve in a traditional style with traditional tools, adze, and knives.  Since then, he has been carving masks, bowls, and ceremonial rattles. He still considers himself a student of this stunning art form and the amazing culture of the First Nation people who brought it to us.


A Resident’s Perspective – Conversation Overheard

Written by Panorama resident, Mary Jo Shaw. October 2015.

Recently, a conversation in Panorama Gifts, Etc. got my attention while I took a brief inventory of my consigned cards. An older resident purchased some postage stamps, accepted her change from volunteer Jerri, and remarked, “I just visited my husband in the nursing facility. I’m getting too old to walk from my home and back twice a day, but we both look forward to seeing each other.”

Panorama Resident Gift ShopJerri closed the cash register, “Oh, don’t forget about our Resident Transit service.”

Resident interrupted, “Well, I don’t live that far away, but it’s a long distance for me, especially when I’m tired. You know, I’m not as young as I used to be.”

The three of us laughed at the understatement we all hear and admit so often.

She held onto the counter and turned to welcome me into the conversation.

“I hate to call transit for such a short trip,” Older Resident continued.

Jerri affirmed again, “But Resident Transit doesn’t make long trips. It operates only on our campus–that’s exactly what it’s for.”

I nodded my head, “I just came over here from my home in Woodland Court. I love to walk, but this morning I did a lot of work, and I was tired, too.”

“My husband is a driver for Resident Transit,” Jerri said. “He volunteers because he enjoys helping out. He comes home and says riders remark how appreciative they are for the service. He’s happy making people happy—like we all feel when we help someone else.”

“All you have to do is call 7725,” I added. “The dispatcher will ask you where and when you need to go, and where you live. If you know what time you want to return home, you can tell them in the same call, or you can buzz from any of the many in-house phones when you’re ready. The service is free, and no tipping!”

“You can call for a ride if you want to go visiting, to the on-campus banks, to the restaurant or to the auditorium for movies, plays, lectures, concerts, or aquatic/fitness center—anywhere on campus,” Jerri said.

“When I’m finished here, I’ll go up to chapel, get my black case someone in the metal shop fixed for me, visit a neighbor who moved to the Quanault and then call for a pick-up for home. This afternoon they’re taking me to the dentist in our  on-campus clinic. Gotta go now, but don’t forget to dial for a pick up to go home when you are ready, if you’d like,” I reminded her.

Sometimes we need a recap of the benefits available at Panorama, especially, if we haven’t used or needed the service before. Resident Transit is one of those great blessings.

P.S. I still hear fun comments about my BLOG 10: The Wheels on Our Bus from November 2014, which includes related rides. Enjoy, if you haven’t read it yet!  MJo

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