Centennial 1924 Fun Facts

April 10, 2024 — As we celebrate our Centennial this year, here are a few facts about 1924. In 1924, the world witnessed significant historical events and  cultural developments. The year marked the beginning of a new era in American politics with the election of Calvin Coolidge as the 30th President of the United States, who would go on... Read More

FTJ Holistic Wellness Program Highlights – April 2024

April 1, 2024 — For more information on any of these classes or to RSVP please contact Sarah Doerner at 253-756-6387 or Recompose, A Sustainable End Of Life Choice Friday, April 5, 2024 2pm Wellness Center While in architecture school in 2011, Recompose founder Katrina Spade began thinking about updating contemporary death care practices with a sustainable alternative,... Read More

UPS Doctoral Physical Therapy Students Assess FTJ Wellness Participants

March 25, 2024 — As part of FTJ’s ongoing partnership with the University of Puget Sound, recently UPS Doctoral Physical Therapy students came on-campus to offer Functional Gait Assessments to FTJ’s Wellness Participants.  This was a series of walking tasks that identified gait impairments that could increase the risk of falls. Afterwards, participants had the opportunity to discuss their... Read More

Get Serious About Aging STRONG –– With Laughter!

March 22, 2024 — You usually hear them before you see them. Those walking-sunshine-kind-of-people who step into a room and boom! The decibel level shoots up with laughter and joy. Dee is one of those people. The 68-year-old Oregon woman– with her beautifully freckled face, auburn hair and wide, toothy smile – is aging strong with a superpower she... Read More

In honor of our Centennial this year – Test Your 1924 Tacoma Knowledge!

March 20, 2024 — As we continue to gear up for our Centennial celebrations, here are some fun facts about Tacoma in 1924: 1924 WA State Population: 1,467,000  (2024 = 7,951,150) 1924 Tacoma Population: 96,965 (2024 = 217,872) 19-year-old Ben Cheney moves to Tacoma and takes a stenographer job with a local lumber company. In 1936,  he would start... Read More

All Star Caregiver Recognition Awards – Submit Your Nomination Now

March 11, 2024 — A truly great caregiver gives dignity to others, going above and beyond to contribute to their quality of life. Healthcare Providers Council of Pierce County is once again seeking nominations for outstanding caregivers. They want to pay tribute to the front-line caregivers in our community who provide compassionate care and give so much of themselves... Read More

Most Popular FTJ Blog Posts Of 2023

February 20, 2024 — Check out these popular blogs with topics ranging from Memory Care to the End-of-Life Doula Program to the Tacoma Senior Living Tour What’s the Difference Between A Companion and a Care Giver? What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing? Montessori-Inspired Memory Care Programming Tacoma Ranked One of the Top Five Best... Read More

Managing Problem Behaviors in Dementia

February 13, 2024 — Individuals dealing with dementia often display inappropriate or unpleasant behaviors as part of their illness.  In general, it is helpful to identify the causes of problem behaviors so that triggers and be avoided and the reaction averted. Observe the body language and try to figure out what the person is trying to communicate non-verbally. What... Read More

Announcing the Pacific Northwest Senior Writer’s Showcase

February 8, 2024 — 1st Ever Writing Contest for Seniors 55+ In celebration of the Franke Tobey Jones Centennial this year, we are proud to announce the first ever Pacific Northwest Senior Writer’s Showcase as part of Franke Tobey Jones Senior University. For details click here. Entries can be in the form of a story, poem or essay and... Read More

Franke Tobey Jones Celebrates its Centennial This Year

February 6, 2024 — As we celebrate our Centennial, throughout the year we’ll be sharing news of our Centennial events and facts about the 1920s and specifically 1924. Looking Back…The Roaring 20’s! Hemlines, the Stock Market and Lindbergh all went up! This was a period in American history of dramatic social, economic and political change. For the first time,... Read More

FTJ Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2024 — At Franke Tobey Jones, across campus and at our three Senior Centers, we will be focusing on Black History Month at Senior University, Activities and in Memory Care.  Some of these classes include programs about black athletes, the Harlem renaissance, a performance with works focusing on the composer Duke Ellington, Underrepresented Artists Lecture Series focusing... Read More

FTJ Senior University- – February Class Sneak Preview

January 25, 2024 — Friday, February 2 Paint and Sip – Colorful Octopus# Artväna, the leading Paint & Sip Events provider for Western Washington, will provide a fun and accessible art instruction experience with step-by-step painting instructions to create your very own artwork. No artmaking experience is required to have a great time! Pre-registration is required and the cost... Read More

Living A Full Life — Even With COPD

January 18, 2024 — Consonus Healthcare and AgeSTRONG clients with COPD are benefiting from the Body Strong and Chronic Conditions programs. Body Strong Program is a wellness program offered to medically stable individuals who may reside in independent or assisted living communities or even in nursing facilities. 4 Ways to Fight COPD #1 How do I avoid getting COPD?... Read More