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Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center Awarded Rotary Grant

July 16, 2024 — Franke Tobey Jones was recently notified with the exciting news that Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 and their Board of Directors granted an award of $6,000 to the Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center! These funds will be specifically used to help with Senior Center operating costs. Accepting the grant at the awards presentation and... Read More

Women on the Front Lines

July 2, 2024 — For nearly 40 years, three women supervised the day-to-day activities at Franke Tobey Jones:  Ada Gibson, Ann Bedrowsky and Genevieve Houston. FTJ Board Secretary, Margaret Long supported them. Ada Gibson ~ 1874-1951  Ada Gibson was the first Superintendent of the Restholme (1922) and became the Superintendent of Franke Tobey Jones (1924-1942). She helped to design... Read More

Community Partnership – FTJ Residents Share Life Conversations with PLU Students

June 26, 2024 — Students from Pacific Lutheran University’s Undergraduate Psychology Program recently visited the Franke Tobey Jones campus for their Counseling Theory and Practice course field experience. The specific curriculum for this class is intended to teach students the skills and strategies counselors use to help others, with a focus on empathetic listening and comprehension. Sixteen Franke Tobey... Read More

Continuing our Centennial Story…

May 15, 2024 — Did You Know That The Women of Tacoma Started FTJ? In the early 1900’s in Tacoma there had been talk of the need for a home where men and women in the “sunset slope” might find comfort, company and freedom from anxiety. Leadership to fulfill this need came from Mrs. John Q. Mason, president of... Read More

Wellness Benefits of Flowers

May 13, 2024 — Photo left to right:  Residents Jane Schuneman, Barbara Hinck, Doris Larsen, Linda Tonjann (kneeling), Marg Yager, Jeanette Adkins, Ken and Liz Hildebrant. “Spring flowers are nature’s most fragrant charms.”― Angie Weiland-Crosby The sunny days in April were the perfect time to plant lovely spring flowers on the Lillian Pratt Balcony which already has a magnificent... Read More

Study Shows Older Adults Are Less Vulnerable After Moving into Senior Housing

May 9, 2024 — Study reveals the medical conditions and functional support needs that drive demand for senior housing   “Older adults have heightened vulnerability to illness and impaired mobility prior to, and just after, entering a senior housing and care property, new research shows, but frailty levels then quickly plateau before ultimately declining.  “The research was conducted by... Read More

Older Americans Month 2024 – Celebrating the Power of Connection

May 7, 2024 — Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2024 theme is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being. Connectedness plays a vital role in supporting independence and aging in place by combatting isolation, loneliness... Read More

May The Force Be With You!

April 23, 2024 — What do Star Wars creator George Lucas, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and diesel mechanic and AgeSTRONG to Home client Doug Hinkle have in common? They’ve all experienced The Force –– the back-to-life breakthroughs that come from working with an occupational therapist after a physical or mental set-back. What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy is a... Read More

100 Years of Philanthropy Expanding the Circle

April 15, 2024 — In 1923, Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones donated $150,000 and four acres of land where a rest-home could be built for persons over the age of 65 to live out the “sunset of their lives.” With the help of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO), and other philanthropic committees known as “Circles,” the money was raised to... Read More

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 sdoerner@franketobeyjones.com 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