The Silver Age Team

Headshot of Abby Durr, founder of SilverAge Senior Living Referrals

Abby Durr

Abby is the owner and founder of Silver Age referrals and works as a senior housing specialist covering East King County. As someone who has taken care of a close elderly family member, she approaches the process of finding care with compassion. Her work as a certified nursing assistant, care coordinator and marketing director at an assisted living community contributes to her ability to evaluate the care delivered by providers. Silver Age opened in 2008 and since then the team has helped countless families find safe, quality care.

Mark Ibsen

Mark is a housing and care specialist with an emphasis on the North Seattle to Everett areas. Mark leverages over 12 years of experience representing well-known independent, assisted living and memory care communities throughout the greater Seattle area. Additionally, he has managed specialty communities serving seniors with mental health and dementia challenges in Washington and California. Mark is passionate about listening well and helping seniors find places that maximize their social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, medical and financial well-being.

Mark enjoys water and snow skiing, hiking with his three young adult daughters and ballroom dancing. He also spends time volunteering at his church and for a non-profit organization serving pregnant mothers.

Alice Kalso

Alice covers the Northshore area as well as South Snohomish County. She has been working in the elder care field since 1994, marketing and facilitating admissions to retirement, assisted living and skilled nursing. Her love for seniors began years earlier. As a little girl, Alice “adopted” grandpas and grandmas in her father's church. Her recent journey as her parents went through the end of life gives Alice sensitivity to the challenges families face during difficult times. Today helping people, both the elders and their families, is her passion.

Alice loves reading true stories of people doing wonderful things for those they love. Her blog, "Boomer's Guide to Eldercare" allows her to write about those unsung heroes as well as to encourage people to continue to learn, communicate and advocate. Alice also enjoys sewing and playing with her 7 grandchildren

Karen Anderson

Karen is a housing and care specialist focused especially on Snohomish County. Before joining Silver Age, she was a Family Caregiver Support Specialist. Running support groups, providing one-on-one consultation, and connecting unpaid caregivers to community resources. Karen’s education includes a degree in marketing and accounting. She also holds certificates in Aging in Place and Powerful Tools for Caregivers. She recently helped an immediate family member transition to an Adult Family Home. She assists families with a deep understanding of their challenges, feelings and scenarios.

Karen enjoys yoga, pilates, hiking, gardening and reading and playing with her two Yorkshire Terrors Max and Monty. She and her husband Scott are members of the PNW Region of the Classic Car Club of America and tour with their 1941 Cadillac Convertible. They are also caregivers to Karen's mother-in-law who has dementia and has gone through quite a progression of care and care settings.

Susan Watters

Susan is a housing and care specialist focused on the Eastside. Susan brings 30 + years of experience in healthcare working as an Occupational Therapist. As an OT, Susan has helped many seniors transition to new living situations. She's guided the decision making process from the hospital, nursing home and in home care setting. Susan’s joy is to keep seniors active, engaged and safe in their living environments. Susan is fortunate to have several family members who are 90+. She played an active role when they chose independent and assisted living communities. She continues to advocate for them and watch them thrive in their new homes.

Susan enjoys travel photography, gardening, cycling and taking long walks with her dog Calvin.

Arianne Burnham

When a loved one is transitioned to proper care, I love seeing their family freed from fear of the next crisis. Arianne is a Housing and Care Specialist on the Eastside. She holds a Certificate in Gerontology from UW and worked as a Long Term Care Ombudsman advocating for residents in senior housing. Navigating her mother’s final years and helping her die on her terms helped Arianne realize how vital it is to have a guide. Arianne also filled an important role advocating for an older neighbor with no family in the area. Arianne helps families navigate the transition to the most supportive environment for their needs.

Arianne is into hiking, boating, paddle boarding, reading, gardening, and she's an avid movie fan.