PLU Nursing Students Intern at FTJ

June 2, 2023 — The Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) School of Nursing recently had several students at FTJ for some practical, hands-on learning. The students were here one day a week (10 hour days) for five weeks, in two separate groups, one on Thursday and one on Friday. While they were here, they worked with both the FTJ CNA’s... Read More

Legacy Circle Luncheon

June 2, 2023 — Franke Tobey Jones recently held its annual event honoring Legacy Circle members.  In a private room overlooking scenic gardens and American Lake, FTJ residents, board members and senior leadership enjoyed a multi-course lunch at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.   CEO Judy Dunn and Chair of the Board Development Committee, Greg Unruh welcomed and thanked... Read More

Don’t be Scammed! Tips to Prevent Fraud

June 2, 2023 — Recently more and more people are being scammed, especially seniors.  Please beware!  It’s easy to think that callers and emailers are legitimate.  They make their “scam” feel so real using company logos, official branding and everything they can think of to make their scam look legitimate. General Tips To Prevent Fraud Never give out personal... Read More

Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center Awarded Rotary Grant

June 2, 2023 — The Pt. Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center is the proud recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8! Franke Tobey Jones CEO Judy Dunn, Director of Philanthropy Shelley Harris, and Senior Center Director Kate Gray attended the awards luncheon on June 1st at the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma.  After accepting... Read More

An Act of Love Reaches Deep

June 2, 2023 — Many times we hear stories of someone with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia being touched by music from their lifetime.  Often times it’s someone else’s story, but this time it’s about the Puget Sounds, a group of musicians who play weekly for the Tuesday Sing-Along at the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center.... Read More

Pt Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center ~ The 2nd Annual Feast & Fireworks

June 2, 2023 — Please help us spread some patriotic cheer!  Our red, white and blue goal is to fill 100 bags with hot dogs, buns, and baked beans, and send them home with Senior Center participants for a festive Fourth of July meal!   Food bins for donations are in the Franke Tobey Jones Lillian Pratt, Garden Apts, and... Read More

Senior Living Contracts Explained

March 31, 2023 — When comparing various senior living communities there are several types of contracts which can be extremely varied.  This can be confusing, so be sure to look at the contract language carefully. Learning about the array of contract types and their differences will help you make informed decisions. There are four basic types of Life Care... Read More

Needed – Beginning Spanish Instructor

March 1, 2023 — Pt. Defiance~Ruston Senior Center is searching for a Beginning Spanish instructor.  Time required would be one hour per week indefinitely.  Day and time negotiable.  Prefer a volunteer at this time; however, there is a possibility of a stipend in the future.  If interested, contact Kate Gray or Ron Yaden at (253) 756-0601. 

New Programing for Memory Care

February 7, 2023 — Franke Tobey Jones is embarking on a brand new way of engaging with residents in our Memory Care. While Montessori is most often connected to learning for children, Montessori for dementia has been shown to be extremely effective in allowing the person with dementia to reconnect to a world they are losing access to. Through... Read More

Free Tax Prep at the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center

February 7, 2023 — AARP Tax Preparation volunteers are back at the Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center.  Taxes are prepared by IRS certified volunteers, and this is a free service offered to the community, regardless of age.  Some of the early days have been filling up, so don’t wait until April to make an appointment. To make an... Read More

Casual for a Cause: Operation Teddy Bear!

February 7, 2023 — The results are in for January’s Casual for a Cause, Operation Teddy Bear! Peninsula High School’s Key Club, in partnership with the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club, set out to collect 400 teddy bears and raise $800 to cover the shipping costs to send the bears to children in Ukraine. Franke Tobey Jones designated it our... Read More

How Much Do You Know About Taking Care of Your Heart?

February 7, 2023 — February is American Heart Month See if you’re smart about your heart by taking this brief quiz! February is American Heart Month, a great time to “take your pulse” when it comes to heart health knowledge. Should people with heart disease spend most of the day resting? What are the top risk factors for heart... Read More

The Current Real Estate Market – Should I Sell My Home Now?

January 5, 2023 — The real estate market has been a whirlwind to say the least these last three years. We are now moving into a more normal market. We are seeing pent-up demand for housing even though interest rates are higher than they were, homes are selling. We are now seeing inflation inching down and therefore, so are... Read More