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I live each day like it is my F irst! Edith & Denise “ Today is the day where we have a choice to find our happiness. ” She said, “ I live each day like it is the first day of the rest of my adventure! ” This was a big ‘aha’ for me! Yes, life affirming words from a wise, down-to-earth elder! • • • • • Jean Garboden is the Director of Education and Innovation at Compass Senior Living. Jean is a Certified Eden Alternative Educator, and a passionate person-centered, elder-directed advocate. To learn more, contact her at jgarboden@compass-living.com. Jean & Edith As I travel around the country, my greatest pleasure is connecting with elders living in our communities. If the community has an available apartment I stay as a guest. I visited Majestic Rim Retirement Community in Payson, Arizona and met an incredible 90+ year old woman named Edith. I recorded her stories for our Tiny Stories™ program and then Edith invited me to go hot-tubbing with her and Denise. We laughed as Edith showed me how she could still raise her feet above her head. 1451 Spruce Street, Florence, OR 97439 August 15th: Our annual BBQ and car show. Call Shorewood for more information. Every Tuesday at 9:30am: Wellness workshop. Focusing on nutrition and brain health. Every 4th Thursday at 8:30 am: Men Only Breakfast. Pinochle games on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm - Join us! All are welcome! To receive more information on these or other activities, please contact Beth at 541.997.8202/bwebb@shorewoodsl.com As we soaked in the hot tub we shared stories and talked about life. Edith said, “ You know, I believe in life before death. ” I said, “ Really, tell me more! ” She shared more of her personal stories of both hardship and joy. Edith reflected that life is a journey of mountaintops and valleys. She said living in the present is the key. Shorewoodsl.com | 3