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Touchmark in the West Hills opens for comfortable seniors to take it easy in style.

COURTESY: MEDIA & IMAGE CONSULTING/TOUCHMARK - Touchmark in the West Hills opened recently, featuring health and wellness equipment, original artwork and Northwest-inspired design.

With vineyards and waterfalls, a greenhouse, pickleball and bocce ball courts and an outdoor amphitheater, a new retirement community is trying to change the way old people are housed.

Owners of the project in Portland's West Hills, northeast of Barnes and Leahy, call it "the future of retirement living".

Based in Beaverton, Oregon, since 1980, Touchmark develops, builds and operates full-service retirement communities. Touchmark's 13 communities are located in nine states and Alberta, Canada. The latest community — Touchmark in the West Hills — just opened.

Founder and chairman Werner G. Nistler, Jr. eyed the site 20 years ago and began acquiring property as it became available.

"Over the past two decades, I have walked the site countless times, each time envisioning how Touchmark could take retirement living to a whole new level," he says. "It has taken the dedicated work of Touchmark's staff, various specialists, such as LRS Architects, Andersen Construction and many other consultants to create and build this landmark community."

The firm built two stone and stucco lodges set against the backdrop of evergreens

The Clubhouse Lodge includes 126 condo-style homes with one and two bedrooms and options such as fireplaces, balconies and sunrooms. It houses the health club, four guest rooms, a range of dining options, theater, hair salons, library and other services.

The Terrace Lodge connects to the Clubhouse Lodge via a skybridge. It has 139 homes for residents requiring health services and support for their daily activities, including assisted living, memory care and home care.

Special services and accommodations

are offered for people living with physical challenges such as Parkinson's disease

or multiple sclerosis, or early cognitive

impairment but who don't need a secured environment.

Six custom cottage homes are being offered, created by NW Natural Street of Dreams award- winning architect Rick White.

COURTESY: MEDIA & IMAGE CONSULTING/TOUCHMARK - Touchmark in the West Hills opened recently, featuring health and wellness equipment, original artwork and Northwest-inspired design.

Both the vineyard and cottage homes are designed for comfortable single-level living and entertaining and include universal-design features for ease of use with everyday living. On-site amenities include:

? Several water features

? Extensive walking trails

? Access to the private vineyards

? Community garden

? Valet parking

? Concierge services

The health club is only open to thse 50 years and older and include the Neurocom Balance Master, a type of equipment staff use to evaluate balance and provide information for fitness regimens.

Touchmark has its own branded Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program based on seven dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual).

Among the classes, events, activities and excursions already planned are winetastings, demonstration kitchen gatherings, farm-to-table dinners, the Touchmark Trekkers walking program, pickleball tournaments, a trip to the Panama Canal, wine, artand book clubs.

Making a difference for people living with dementia Touchmark's memory care services are certified as a Best Friends Environment. This is an approach to care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. Using the Best Friends Approach, staff focus on building relationships with an emphasis on respect, empathy, support and trust. Staff use music and the TimeSlips system, a therapeutic storytelling tool designed to open imagination and spark creativity.

Last year, Touchmark was named a recipient of a 2017 Innovators Achievement Award from the International Council

on Active Aging. The prestigious award recognized Touchmark for its new

memory care program called Fragrance in Frames, which combines essential oils with paints, providing natural health

and mood benefits to those living with dementia. Agitation and behaviors decrease. Attention span

increases and social engagement expands. Even residents' handwriting improves.

Touchmark in the West Hills was designed by LRS Architects and Senior Vice President of Architecture with Touchmark Development & Construction Joseph Billig, AIA. Andersen Construction was the general contractor, overseeing more than 1,000 workers. Overall project management was provided by Touchmark Development & Construction. More than 75 team members work at the site, rising to 200 when it is fully occupied.

Touchmark in the West Hills

Address: 840 SW Touchmark Way, Portland, OR 97225

Phone: (503) 389-5320

Web: touchmarkportland.com

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