5 tips to keep healthy this summer!

Keep Hydrated

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You may know that we are supposed to drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water per day, and that amount should increase in the summer, but did you realize that we lose our ability to conserve water as we age?  This means that seniors are more prone to dehydration than younger people.  It is recommended that older adults drink sweat replacement products (that contain salt and potassium), like Gatorade or Powerade, to replace the water they lose during the heat of summer.

Berry Picking has Multiple Benefits

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A fun summer past time of many Americans, picking berries have amazing health benefits, too!  Besides being yummy, berries like strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants and can even help improve your skin!  Eat them by the handful, throw them on top of your morning oatmeal, or blend them into a delicious, healthy smoothie to get all of their nutrients.

Channel your Inner Diva

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Remember to wear sunglasses when you are outside so that you can protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from harmful UV rays. Another bonus, wearing sunglasses can decrease wrinkles! (less squinting!)

Speaking of UV Rays…

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Protect your skin from UVA rays (that penetrate deep into the skin’s thickest layer, the dermis) and UVB rays (that cause sunburns).  Preserve your skin with SPF 45 sunscreen (or anything higher than SPF 30).  Don’t like the feeling of sunscreen? Shield your body from the sun with cute cover-ups, hats, or even a parasol!

Beat the Heat!

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Many of us PNW-ers start complaining about the heat when the thermometer inches above 70…. we’re just not used to it!  Want to avoid sticky bus seats and burning steering wheels?  Try to walk outside or run errands either before 10 AM or after 6 PM, when temperatures tend to be cooler. It also frees you up to spend the dog days of summer, chilling (no pun intended) with a cold glass of lemonade and a movie or a book!  For some of us with older parents who don’t have A/C and can’t leave the house, encourage them to take a cool bath or shower to lower their body temperatures.

Enjoy the warmer weather, keep active, and stay healthy!

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Update: Nursing Home Renovations

We’re making progress on our Nursing Home renovations, part of the Kin On Expansion Project.  Check out our photos of the construction of an expanded short-term rehabilitation wing and new sun room!

 

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Panoramic view from inside the future new sunroom

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Brand new shower room designed to help residents transition back into a home setting

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Rehab Room, doubled in size!

 

Questions?  Contact the Development Office at 206-556-2273

THANK YOU to our AMAZING community!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the 29th Annual Kin On Spring Benefit Dinner on Monday, 4/11/16 at Joyale Seafood Restaurant in the International District!

Because of our great volunteers, hardworking staff, and our generous and dedicated community of supporters, we were able to raise over $21,000!

Special thanks to Emily Choi and the staff of Joyale for their hard work and for the delicious new menu!

For more photos, please click here.

If you have event comments, feedback, or suggestions, please contact Kristin Tan at kristintan@kinon.org.

…and onward we march

The Kin On Expansion Project Continues with Phase I, Part II: Nursing Home Renovations

 

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Outside Access for construction workers

 

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Blocked Sunroom

 

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Rehab room cleared for renovation

 

Stay tuned for more photos and updates!  For questions about the new Community Center or the Kin On Expansion Project, please contact development@kinon.org or call 206-721-3630.

 

The Community Center is Complete!

New year, new building!

Come check out our new community center as we move in and get settled:

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Community Center

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Community Center Partition going up

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Women’s Restroom

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Volunteer Room

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Staff Lounge

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Conference Room

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Stay tuned for more photos and updates!  For questions about the new Community Center or the Kin On Expansion Project, please contact development@kinon.org or call 206-721-3630.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

And boy, has it been an exceptional year!  Here are 8 things that have got our eyes all aglow here at Kin On:

8) Our Wonderful Staff: It’s not an easy job working for a non-profit, and dealing with various cultural values, traditions, and needs on top of that.  We’re lucky to have a great team of nurses, doctors, and administrators.

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7) In With the New: Phase I of the Expansion Project is just about finished and we’re ready to move in, just in time for the New Year!  We can’t wait to be able to better serve our residents and the rest of the Greater Seattle community with our expanded facilities.

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6) Thirty and Thriving: The Honorable Gary Locke’s heartfelt speech…nearly $400K raised… awesome entertainment… and of course, the AMAZING support from our community made for a memorable 30th Anniversary Gala.

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5) Stepping Up Our Facebook Game: For the first time, we have over 630 organic likes on Facebook, besting our 2015 goal of 600.  Let’s keep those numbers moving in the right direction in the coming year!

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4) Getting Tech-y With It: We are so excited to receive the City of Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund Grant this year!  We will be using it towards the new SmartLab in our Community Center.  Want to get involved? Contact Jessica Wong at 206-556-2274.

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3) Community Fundraisers: Just WOW.  All of you make our lives much easier.  From student group fundraisers like Seattle University’s API Law Student Association’s Karaoke Night, to faithful volunteers like Faye Hong and Tony Au rallying the community together for the Chinese Community Fundraiser at House of Hong, every little bit of support has made a difference.  We can’t even begin to express our gratitude.

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2) New Members of the Kin On Family: We’re so excited to see an influx of new faces at Kin On this year!  Our new volunteers, sponsors, donors, and supporters have really made 2015 rock!  Welcome to the Kin On Family; we look forward to seeing more of you next year.🙂

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1)  ALL OF YOU!: You know who you are. You’re the ones who make Kin On what it is, the generous people who have supported us in some way or another over the last 30 years.  You have all played a part in our success this year.  As we head into 2016, we can’t help but think about all of the ways in which you have contributed to our dreams of bringing culturally-competent healthcare to more of the Greater King County Asian population.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

-Kin On

 

 

We’re Almost There!

Winter is coming…. and we could not be more thrilled for the advent of our new community center!  Here are a few insider pics of the construction, just for you:

The Community Hall being prepped and sanded prior to floor installation:

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The Men’s restroom floor and lighting:

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The completed walls in a hallway:

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That’s all for now, folks!  Stay tuned for more Construction Updates!