On a bright fall day, Mary Whitmore places a budding mum into a spot she has prepared in the Skyline community garden, careful to position it to get the best light from the October sun. Mary pauses to enjoy the views from the rooftop patio before pressing the soil down around the crown of the plant. “I’ve always loved to garden,” she says.
At Skyline, a vibrant retirement community for those 62 and older in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, residents enjoy the finest in senior hospitality with cosmopolitan condo-style living, multiple restaurants, a pool and spa, 360-degree views, and yes, a patio garden tended by residents.
Today, 10,000 seniors are turning 65 each day as the baby boomer generation retires. As a group, baby boomers are determined to pursue their passions and discover new ones. Active seniors are also seeking out cosmopolitan condo-style living with plentiful cultural offerings at their doorstep.
“For a decade, Skyline has attracted residents who value lifelong learning, a vibrant lifestyle and a secure plan for the future,” says Torsten Hirche, the CEO of Transforming Age, a nonprofit senior living organization that operates Skyline. “With increased demand from seniors, we’re expanding, with the Olympic Tower to open in fall of next year. The excitement for this new addition to the Skyline campus demonstrates how the paradigm of aging is changing.”
Skyline residents are known for their passion for the arts and sciences, and current residents advocated for the addition of a 240-seat performing arts center in the Olympic Tower. The expansion furthers the Transforming Age mission to enhance the lives of older adults by adding several new amenities to Skyline’s existing campus. In addition to the theater, the new Olympic Tower will feature a full-service spa, a bar and café, and a Skylounge clubroom with panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Skyline residents are leaders in the First Hill neighborhood, providing guidance, expertise and many hours of volunteerism at local non-profits, such as the First Hill Improvement Association, St. James Cathedral Kitchen and Ronald McDonald House, among others. Additionally, residents participate in Skyline’s dozens of committees and clubs, such as Science & Tech, SkyOpera, and a robust speaker program.
“Skyline residents enjoy access to a continuum of care, including short-term rehabilitation, memory care, assisted living and independent living,” said Ryan Miller, Skyline Executive Director. “Residents can relax and enjoy life to the fullest, knowing their care and well-being is our highest priority.”