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What We Are Thankful For

Nov 21, 2022 4:13:24 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight, Holidays

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Pacifica Senior Living is celebrating Thanksgiving with words of thanks and gratitude. We asked residents from across our many communities to share some of the things they appreciate most. Taking time to appreciate the things we are grateful for is a great way to reflect on another wonderful year at Pacifica Senior Living.

From thanks for one another, our loved ones, and the many opportunities and experiences they have shared over the years, or residents are reminding us to appreciate what really matters most in life, and share gratitude for all we have.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 12, 2022 10:42:27 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight, Healthcare and General News

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which marks an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness about the impact of breast cancer. One of the major goals of this awareness month is ensuring all women have access to mammograms and breast cancer screenings which can lead to early detection, as well as ensuring everyone has access to support systems.

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Virginia: Celebrating 101 Years of Wisdom

Sep 16, 2022 12:19:27 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight

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This month, Virginia of Pacifica Senior Living Bakersfield turned 101. Over the last 100 years, she has seen many changes, from political to environmental, advances in technology, and the globalization of the world. We reached out to Virginia to hear a little bit about what these past 101 years have taught her, and what wisdom she wanted to share with others - whichever generation they are from.
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Love Lives Here: Love Stories That Last a Lifetime

Aug 24, 2022 10:53:24 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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At Pacifica Senior Living, building a community that is full of love, compassion, care, and warm hearts is at the heart of what we do, We want each and every community to feel like a true home where you or your loved one can build a life, enjoy retirement, or get the most out of your golden years.

Each of our communities have amazing residents, each with incredible stories and lives. Here are some of the stories of love from just a few of the amazing couples that call Pacifica communities home. 

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Heroes of D-Day: Honoring Pacifica's World War 2 Veterans

Jun 3, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight

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June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day, which marks the day - in 1944 - in which Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy during the World War II Operation Overlord. This effort was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and was a momentous effort which eventually led to the liberation of France.

This is a poignant day for those that fought and served in the war, or who lost loved ones during that time. For many, it is a solemn day of remembrance and a time to pay respect to those who fought for our freedoms. 

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Rose, A Light At Forest Trace

Mar 4, 2021 10:04:36 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight

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At 96 years young, Rose is a treasure to all who know her. She has sought to use her life to enrich others we have been blessed to have her as a resident at our Forest Trace community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for over 5 years. Life was not always easy for Rose though. As a child, she grew up in Germany and faced firsthand the terrors of World War II and survived the Holocaust. After the war ended, she spent the next three years as a refugee before landing in New York in 1948.

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Celebrating 101 Years of Life Well-Lived

Mar 3, 2021 10:13:39 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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It is our pleasure to introduce you to another of our remarkable residents, Helen M. Not only is she a beloved resident at Pacifica Senior Living Northridge, but she is also a centenarian, having just celebrated her 101st birthday!

Helen was born in Brooklyn, New York, and lived much of her early years on the East Coast. As she grew older, she made her way to the West Coast where she has lived for a number of years, eventually settling in Northridge, California at our Pacifica Senior Living residence.

Helen married her husband Murray after they met in high school, and together they had 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. In the time they had together they built a loving family, most of whom all live within relatively close proximity to Helen in California.

Although Helen would describe herself as quiet and shy, that didn’t stop her for spending over 20 years as an elementary school teacher, an accomplishment that is particularly dear to her heart. In addition to her love for the classroom and love of teaching, Helen loved traveling. She spent a lot of her time visiting new places all across the globe, making memories. These days, she is happy to be in a cozy spot reading and enjoying one of her favorite snacks, cookies!

Helen has no doubt seen much in her 101 years and is a treasure to all who know her. We are all better for encountering her, and she brings a smile to the staff and residents' faces every day, becoming an integral part of our Northridge community. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve her at Pacifica Senior Living Northridge and look forward to celebrating 102 with her next year. Wishing you a warm Happy Birthday, Helen, from all of us at Pacifica!

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This Year We Walk Everywhere

Mar 3, 2021 9:32:09 AM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight, Community Spotlight, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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When you participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s you are part of a mission and team that spreads across the country. Just like everything else in the world at this time, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s may look a little different, but it will go on with the same commitment to ending Alzheimer’s that we’ve always had and always will have. But, with the changes to the world in mind, The Walk to End Alzheimer’s this year will be a mobile walk where participants will join via computer or tablet. The event will still consist of the opening ceremony, speakers, sponsor spotlights, promise garden ceremony, countdown to step off, and of course, the walk itself.

In the last two years, the Pacifica family has raised over $83,000 for this, and we are looking to beat our high water mark of $45,500 raised in 2019, so, we encourage you to walk wherever you are—home, work, neighborhood, park—wherever your favorite venue may be. Walk with your team. There is even a walk app so you can experience all the mission moments as you walk. Each Pacifica Senior Living community will be participating in their own unique way that works for that individual community. To start a walk team, join a walk team, donate, find out date of your local walk, or even just find out location of the promise garden, visit the Walk to End Alzheimer's offical page. If you would like to donate to your local Pacifica Senior Living Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, please reach out to your closest Pacifica Senior Living community and join us in raising money for this worthy cause.

Though we don't have pictures from this year's walk, see the good our Pacifica family has helped to do in 2019 with our participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer's. We're so proud of every resident, staff member, caregiver, family member, friend, even dogs, who walked with us to help find an end to this horrible disease.

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Pacifica Palm Springs' David K NFL Alumni, Author, and Icon

Mar 2, 2021 2:32:22 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight, Pacifica Senior Living Communities

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Pacifica Senior Living has the great honor of having Mr. David Kopay as a resident at our Palm Springs community! David moved into our community earlier this year, in February. We have absolutely loved having him, and he is one of the most well-known authors here at Pacifica Senior Living. David joining our community has given us the opportunity to learn about his story—from playing in the NFL to his road to becoming an author. This amazing resident remains a public figure for the sport and his alma mater.

He attended the University of Washington and he went on to become a Running Back for the following teams: the San Francisco 49ers (1964–1967), the Detroit Lions (1968), the Washington Redskins (1969–1970), the New Orleans Saints (1971), and the Green Bay Packers (1972).

After retiring from his football career, he became one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay in 1975. Following his athletic career, David wanted to be a coach after retiring from playing football, but believes he did not get the jobs because of his sexual orientation. He went to work as a salesman/purchaser in his uncle's business in Hollywood.

Since David K., only five additional former NFL Players have come out as gay: Roy Simmons in 1992, Esera Tuaolo in 2002, Wade Davis in 2012, Kwame Harris in 2013, and Ryan O'Callaghan in 2017. David has been credited with inspiring these athletes to be more open about their sexual orientation.

In 1977 he co-wrote his autobiography, The David Kopay Story, which made him a popular public speaker and an activist for gay rights. He has since written numerous books about his journey of being one of the first openly homosexual NFL players. David also went on to do film for a short while, and appears as himself in a small but pivotal role in the film Tru Loved (2008).

He announced back in September 2007 that he will leave $1 million as an endowment to the University of Washington Q Center—a resource and support center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students and faculty—so he can to ensure that UW students do not have to live the contradiction he lived. David is also currently a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Athletics Foundation.

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Nancy, A Ray of Sunshine at Pacifica Senior Living San Leandro

Mar 2, 2021 2:29:37 PM / by Pacifica Senior Living posted in Resident Spotlight

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Most people think of Shirley Temple when they hear the song “Good Ship Lollipop”, but for Nancy Willis, it always conjures up memories of her childhood, the platform her dad built for her to tap dance on while her mom played the piano and her aunt the violin. Just 10 years old at the time, this is still one of her favorite memories of a fun-filled childhood.

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