Ruston, Lighthouse and Beacon Senior Center – December Highlights

December 1, 2023 — POINT DEFIANCE ~ RUSTON SENIOR CENTER 4716 N. Baltimore Street, Tacoma, 253-756-0601 Presentation on DNA – December 11, 1:00pm The Washington State Patrol Forensic Service Bureau will be hosting a presentation about DNA.  Some items to be covered are:  What is DNA, DNA matching, Privacy Concerns, and how DNA is used to solve cold cases. ... Read More

Senior Center Report

February 10, 2020 — By Kate Gray, Point Defiance ~ Ruston Senior Center Director As we say goodbye to 2019, I always like to reflect on accomplishments (some major, other minor). The following numbers are a comparison of the 2018 and 2019 numbers.  Full recaps can be seen on the last page of this report.  The ⊗ sign indicates a... Read More

Dispatch Health – Health Services Come To Your Home

August 5, 2019 — Who likes to go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room?  DispatchHealth brings comfortable healthcare to your home. They provide on-demand healthcare for people of all ages, through the power of technology, convenience and service. Their skilled providers arrive at your home with the tools necessary to provide advanced medical care and are supported by... Read More

Heroes Among Us

March 6, 2019 — What is a hero and who are the people we make heroes? A hero is someone who we determine to have demonstrated behaviors and decisions that are ethically and emotionally worthy of our awe. A hero is someone who inspires us by their example. Someone who moves us emotionally. Many times, they overcome a tragedy... Read More

Intergenerational Programs Help Keep Seniors and Young People Connected

February 6, 2019 — At Franke Tobey Jones, for many years’ residents serve as tutors in local elementary schools. This month ten residents from throughout the campus will join forces to tutor first and second graders at DeLong Elementary. These residents will help students advance their reading and comprehension skills once a week for the rest of the academic... Read More

How to Choose the Right Assisted Living Community

January 3, 2019 — Deciding which assisted living facility to call home can be a challenge in the best of circumstances. When looking for assisted living apartments that can accommodate your specific personal health and daily living needs, the challenge can become even more daunting. You want a place where you can be independent and enjoy life while still... Read More

Memory and Respite Care For Your Loved One

October 31, 2018 — Would you like to take a day off from caring for your loved one, or even take a vacation? If you’re a care giver of a parent or a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or with chronic needs you know that giving care 24/7 is exhausting. Our respite care program offers services for family... Read More

National Study Points to Wellness Benefits of Life Plan Communities

October 31, 2018 — By Tim Regan, Senior Housing News Residents of life plan communities (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) say they have greater levels of wellness than older adults in both home and community-based settings. That’s according to newly released first-year results from the Age Well Study, a collaboration between the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging. The ongoing, five-year... Read More

FTJ Annual Report – Philanthropy

July 3, 2018 — Philanthropic investments made by generous financial supporters help Franke Tobey Jones fully uphold our mission to enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in our community. We are so grateful to all of our donors for making a difference in the lives of local seniors, both on campus and off campus. Generous volunteers... Read More

Celebrating our Founder ~ Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones

April 30, 2018 — We will be celebrating Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones Birthday on May 23rd at our 94th Annual Spring Tea in the historic Tobey Jones Building Solarium. Mrs. Franke Tobey Jones was an incredible visionary, humanitarian and philanthropist. In 1930, Franke was recognized by Tacoma Chamber of Commerce as “having rendered distinguished service in the community and... Read More

Why is Tai Chi So Incredible for Seniors?

April 30, 2018 — The benefits of Tai Chi for seniors are incredible. If you are looking for a low-impact, relaxing form of exercise that only requires about 20 minutes a day and rewards your efforts, Tai Chi is for you. Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art in the sense that it focuses on mental and spiritual... Read More

Retiring in North Tacoma

February 26, 2018 — Tacoma is a wonderful place to retire and North Tacoma, where Franke Tobey Jones is located, has its own special charm. North Tacoma has that small-town feel without being too small—the charming community is made up of several smaller neighborhoods, each with their own unique restaurants, shops and local conveniences. Neighborhoods like Old Town, Ruston,... Read More