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A Spirit of Giving “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington There can be a frustrating misconception about elders as no longer being capable of accomplishing meaningful things. One of the joys of operating senior living communities is to see firsthand how much of a misconception Will Forsyth, Vice President this is, and a prime example is the and General Counsel Compass Senior Living extent of charitable activity that occurs by residents at our Compass communities. It’s nonstop! Not a day goes by without news of an effort by our residents to help others in ways small and large. Whether it’s providing backpacks with school supplies for under- privileged kids, collecting food for a local food bank, or hosting an event to raise funds for a worthy cause, our residents are continually helping those in need. It’s as inspiring as it is life- affirming. At Compass, we certainly encourage, organize, and support our residents in these endeavors, recognizing that giving back is an important way for our senior living communities to be part of the fabric of the cities and towns where we are located. And it just feels good to help! If you know of an organization that could use some help with a project or initiative, please let us know, as our staff and residents are always looking for ways to lend a hand and make a positive, meaningful difference. My dear colleague Jean Garboden (Compass’s Director of Education and Innovation) has a phrase that I just love – that elderhood “is the crescendo of life.” One needs to look no further than the sheer volume of “good works” being done each day by residents in our communities – and the happiness that is generated in both the giving and receiving – to know that this is the case. Will Forsyth Would you like a FREE subscription to True North Living Magazine? Please email or call 541.997.8202 or stop by 1451 Spruce Street, Florence, OR. To learn more about True North Elderhood, check out our website at or follow our True North Elderhood blog at 2 | 541.997.8202 Shorewood Senior Living