Silver Age was founded with my grandparents in mind. I had the honor of being my grandfather’s caregiver during his final months with cancer and then cared for my grandma during her final 5 years with Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Before we hired in-home care for my grandma I remember feeling a big pit in my stomach and thinking, how is anyone else going to dry in between her toes, and do her exercises with her as well as I do? Entrusting a loved one’s care to someone else may be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. Since 2008 we have been introducing our clients to compassionate senior living providers, assisting with continuity of care from one setting to another. It would be a privilege to help your family during this time.
Background: Abby’s work as a certified nursing assistant, assisted living care coordinator, and community relations director gives her the ability to evaluate care facilities with a critical eye. She knows what it takes to staff and manage them well. Abby graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in Sociology.
Interests: hiking, gardening, playing with her two young boys and keeping her senior care skills fresh. She recently completed training to become a certified Dementia Consultant with Positive Approaches to Care.
Causes I love: The Alzheimer’s Association and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Senior Living Advisor
Mark joined our team in 2018. For 12 years prior to coming to Silver Age, he served seniors representing well-known independent, assisted living, and memory care communities throughout the greater Seattle area.
Additionally, he 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.
Background: Mark comes from an extensive history in the senior care industry including key roles at Era Living, Merrill Gardens at First Hill, Pacific Regent/Watermark Retirement Communities, and Sunrise Senior Living. Bachelor’s in Psychology, Human Services Management Certificate.
Interests: Water and snow skiing, bicycling, swimming, hiking, and boating.
Causes I love: Mark is involved in numerous community organizations including the Seattle area Senior Care Coalition which promotes the health and welfare of seniors.
Senior Living Advisor
Susan brings 30 + years of experience in healthcare working as an Occupational Therapist in hospitals, nursing homes, and in-home care.
As an OT Susan has helped many seniors and their families with the decision-making process of transitioning to a new living situation. Susan’s focus is to keep seniors active, engaged socially, and feeling safe in their living environment.
Susan is fortunate to have several family members who are 90+. She has been involved in helping them choose independent and assisted living facilities that meet their needs and to watch them continue to thrive in their new homes.
Background: As an occupational therapist, Susan helped people with Parkinson’s, MS, strokes, and other diagnoses live independently with their everyday activities. She takes great care in listening to her client’s needs and helping them problem-solve to find the best next place to live that will meet their needs.
Interests: Being outdoors, gardening, biking, traveling, and photography
Causes I love: Food and housing are basic needs Susan considers essential for a person to thrive. She supports these meeting of these needs through local community organizations such as Hopelink and NW Family Life.
Senior Living Advisor
Karen has been in the eldercare field since 2014. Before joining Silver Age, she was a Family Caregiver Support Specialist. Karen assisted unpaid caregivers in Snohomish County. In this role, she ran five support groups per month, helped caregivers navigate their scenarios; provided one-on-one consultation, and connect to community resources.
Personally, she is a caregiver for a family member who has transitioned through Home Care, Adult Family Home, Assisted Living Community, and Memory Care. Karen assists families with a deep understanding of their challenges, feelings, and scenarios.
Interests: Karen enjoys estate sales in part because she gets to learn people’s stories through the way they lived, what they pursued, and what was important to them. She enjoys one-day travel trips to cities around the Puget Sound area.
Her passion for organization led her to nearly start her own business as a professional organizer. When she was young she would empty her mom’s junk drawer and organize it just for the fun of it.
Education: Master’s in marketing and Bachelor’s in accounting. She holds certificates in Aging in Place and Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
Causes: Old Dog Haven, domestic violence support groups, and PBS television.
Teresa taught high school Health and Special Education for 13 years prior to joining the Silver Age team. During her time as an educator, Teresa ran a self-contained Special Education classroom where she worked as a behavioral specialist, teaching students with various emotional & behavioral needs. Teresa graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA in psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education.
Interests: traveling, golf, basketball, Functional Medicine, reading and writing. Most of her free time these days consists of traveling to golf tournaments to support her son, who competes nationally.
Causes I love: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where Teresa participates in triathlons to raise money for blood cancer research. Seattle Children’s Hospital where she worked during college and is a guild member. The Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Senior Living Advisor
Prior to joining Silver Age, Lynda was the owner and operator of a loving, organized adult family home in Bellevue. She primarily served women with dementia. She knows the Adult Family Home industry inside and out. Still a caregiver at heart (and on paper) Lynda naturally connects with seniors and their families and puts them at ease. Her vast experience makes her a powerful resource and guide to anyone seeking care options.
Background: Lynda owned and operated her Adult Family Home in Bellevue for 18 years! She loved the families she served, as well as her amazing caregivers. She’s thankful that her children grew up learning to tend to their elders. Lynda grew up in bush Alaska which taught her how to fix just about anything. Some of the jobs she held early in life include commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, construction, and ground school training to be a pilot.
Interests: Golfing, fishing, skiing, hiking, jet-skiing, gardening, handy mom projects, cheering people up, being a good child of God, daughter, wife, mom, sister, aunt, and great aunt.
What motivates her: Lynda cares deeply that all of our aging elders be treated with dignity, respect, love, and honor. She does her best for her Savior.
Blog Writer/Board Member
Alice had a long and successful career in the eldercare field from 1994-2020 when she retired from client care. Her love for seniors began in her early years. As a little girl, Alice “adopted” grandpas and grandmas in her father’s church. Her more recent journey with her parents through their end-of-life gives Alice sensitivity to the challenges families face during difficult times. Helping people, both the elders and their families is her passion.
Interests: Alice loves crossword puzzles, reading, and the written word. She has written over 200 magazine and newspaper articles about issues facing older adults and their families and she recently published her first book, titled ElderCare SOS: Facing Hard Choices With Hope.
Causes: Alice has a passion for “The widows, the orphans, and the strangers.” For her and her husband, that has meant, among other things, sponsoring a widow in Burundi, who is raising five children. They have also sponsored a child in Haiti, enabling him to attend school.