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By incorporating healthy lifestyle choices, you can improve your brain health and reduce the risk of disease. How and where to start? Good news! This page covers evidence-based habits that can positively impact your brain’s well-being. Let’s explore the four main areas of brain health.

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Do: Exercise regularly and get your heart pumping to break a sweat and increase blood flow to the brain and body.

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Do: Consume all kinds of vegetables, berries, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, fish, legumes, poultry, and a moderate amount of wine. Limit sugar and salt.

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Do: Puzzles, mind games, brain quizzes, learning a new language, or creative endeavors can help stimulate different brain regions. Helping your brain to be active and engaged.

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Do: Volunteer for an important cause. Keep in touch with others. Visit friends and loved ones, and participate in community events.

It’s never too late to start. While age remains the most significant risk factor for conditions like Alzheimer’s, it is important to remember that aging is not synonymous with cognitive decline. Begin by prioritizing healthy habits and lifestyle choices to take control of your brain health.
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From CNA to RN: Carmen’s Journey in Senior Living

In senior living, LVNs and RNs are important in providing quality health care, yet their responsibilities differ greatly. After two decades of working in healthcare, Carmen achieved a lifelong dream of being an RN...

July 23, 2024

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Feel the Beat: Connecting Through Music in Marin County

Music has the power to connect individuals of different backgrounds and generations. Musicians and music enthusiasts will feel right at home in our Marin County retirement community, a place to [...]

July 2, 2024

In The News

Embrace Your Authentic Self at Sequoia Living

Do you long to belong to a community where you can be your authentic self? At Sequoia Living LGBTQ+ residents feel accepted and supported in inclusive environments designed to build [...]

June 25, 2024

In The News

Cultivating Your Legacy: Steps to Declutter and Preserve Your Family’s Story

Matt Paxton, author, organizational guru, and host of PBS's Legacy List, recently presented to Sequoia Living's future residents.  Paxton helps people discover how personal belongings hold a wealth of memories. Items [...]

June 19, 2024

In The News

Art and Healthy Aging: San Francisco Senior Center Partnership with Art with Elders

Art is an enriching and fulfilling activity for older adults, offering benefits beyond enhanced artistic skills. It fosters emotional well-being, boosts cognitive function, and strengthens social connections. By engaging in [...]

June 5, 2024

In The News

Through the Lens of Retirement: Community Living Makes for Easy Living

Continue to engage in your passion or hobby while also enjoying a supportive, enriching community. Community living at The Sequoias...

May 30, 2024

In The News

The Upside of Downsizing

Where does downsizing fit into your retirement plan? As we age, we accumulate a lot of stuff that can quickly stack up— books, knickknacks, concert stubs, and so much more! [...]

May 1, 2024


Wellness, Health & Happiness at Sequoia Living

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April 24, 2024

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Discovering the Artist in You

The art program at The Sequoias is run for and by residents. It has proven to be an inspirational and fun place to create. Many residents report having built new friendships while working on individual or group projects.

April 12, 2024


Growing Up with Sequoia Living

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April 10, 2024

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Retirement

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April 1, 2024

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Healthy Eating Made Simple: Five Easy Swaps

A research- and evidence-based initiative is underway to develop a process to help assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities achieve a new designation of excellence in person-centered care.

February 28, 2024

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Embracing the Thrills of Community Living: Judy’s Story

Judy Gries found more than a home; she discovered a dynamic community that has transformed the second half of life into a thrilling adventure. From forging new friendships to exploring [...]

February 21, 2024


“Unlocking Creativity,” Safe Access to Arts for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

In celebration of Lunar New Year, San Francisco Senior Center announces, “Unlocking Creativity,” a recognition event supporting safe access to the arts for older adults and people with disabilities. The [...]

February 7, 2024

In The News

Six Senior Living Myths Busted

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February 1, 2024

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6 Tips For Moving to a Senior Living Community

You’re making the move to a senior living community. Congratulations! This big step in your life is full of opportunities for adventure and joy—a brand new chapter filled with possibility.  Moving [...]

January 18, 2024

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Initiative Aims to Help Assisted Living Communities Achieve Excellence in Person-Centered Care Credential

A research- and evidence-based initiative is underway to develop a process to help assisted living communities and other long-term care facilities achieve a new designation of excellence in person-centered care.

January 11, 2024

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Sequoia Living Partners with Rehab Alliance

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January 5, 2024

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New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors in Retirement

The New Year is a time for reinvention. No matter your age, it's a chance to hit the reset button, pursue something new, or even tackle an old goal from [...]

December 26, 2023

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I Want to Find Joy, Connection, and Purpose After Retirement

Many people build a life around their career, and when it’s done, they might find themselves at a loss. With the right support system, though, retirement can be the beginning of something new, full of opportunities for fulfillment and exciting experiences [...]

December 12, 2023


A Career Built with Love – Finding Family in Senior Living

Ask anyone who lives at Sequoia Living what makes the biggest difference in their daily living experience, and you will get the same answer: our people. Attracting the very best [...]

December 5, 2023

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From Turkey Dinners to Newfound Friendships: Sequoia Living Residents Share Their Holiday Traditions

Sequoia Living residents share fond memories of holiday traditions, new and old. The holidays at Sequoia Living’s Life Plan Communities are more than a date on the calendar. Holidays bring residents [...]

November 20, 2023


Meaningful Connections with Memory Care Residents

With a passion for enhancing the lives of individuals with dementia, John Dempsey chose a career in senior living. John teaches us the importance of building connections with people living [...]

November 9, 2023

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Chef Noe’s Culinary Creations – Straight from the Heart

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October 27, 2023

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Think of Your Future Self

Planning for your future is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and those you love.  Planning ahead and considering your future self can help you avoid regret in [...]

October 17, 2023

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Brain Health: Four Ways to Enhance Cognitive Function

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October 5, 2023

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Active Healthy Aging and Longevity

Mrs. G., a Sequoia Living resident, exemplifies healthy aging. As a centenarian, she is a living testament to the power of a health-conscious lifestyle. At 100 years old, Mrs. G. [...]

September 25, 2023

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Why are Sequoia Living Residents So Full of Life? Because They’re Involved!

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September 19, 2023


Erick’s Journey: A Village of Support

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September 14, 2023

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The Power of Volunteerism

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August 23, 2023


Never Stop Growing at Sequoia Living

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August 11, 2023

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Meet David: Finding Freedom in A Community

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July 12, 2023

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Summer Chronicles: Unforgettable Memories of Sequoia Living Residents

Summer traditions weave a tapestry of fond memories and unforgettable adventures. Do you remember the thrill of building sandcastles and stomping waves? Or the trips to visit Grandma or Grandpa? [...]

June 29, 2023

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Inclusive Retirement Community for Connecting LGBTQ+ Seniors

Are you an LGBTQ+ senior searching for a retirement community where you can feel accepted and supported? Look no further than The Sequoias San Francisco. This community promotes diversity and [...]

June 7, 2023


Find Ikigai in Retirement

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May 24, 2023

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Aging in Harmony: Learning Piano in Senior Living

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April 26, 2023

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Explore the Beauty of The Sequoias Portola Valley

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April 18, 2023

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Cultivate an Active and Joyful Life in the Garden

As you age, staying active and engaged in activities that keep you physically and mentally fit is important. One such activity that is popular among Sequoia Living residents is gardening. [...]

April 12, 2023

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The Health Benefits of Trails, Paths and Sidewalks

It’s no secret that exercise helps your body and mind feel better. Exercise benefits your overall well-being and helps your mind stay sharp. Physical activity can even help improve your […]

March 30, 2023


Rowena: Enriching Lives, One Resident at a Time

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March 28, 2023

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March 15, 2023


Meet RoxAnn and Bobby: Empowering Residents at Sequoia Living

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March 1, 2023

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Senior Artists Celebrate At San Francisco Center

Artists from the San Francisco Senior Center Downtown location gathered on February 2, 2023, for the opening of “The Power of Creativity & Community.” The art exhibition, held at San Francisco […]

February 27, 2023


The Importance of Diversity in Senior Living

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February 24, 2023

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How Community Living Optimizes Your Life and Well-being

Like many, Michael Gordon, 82, experienced the aging process with his mother. She lived at The Sequoias San Francisco, where he visited three times per week until her passing. When […]

February 15, 2023

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Wellness: Don’t Just Survive, Thrive in Senior Living

Are you looking to get the most out of life as you age? Start thriving by prioritizing the things that bring joy and fulfillment—doing so will promote overall wellness. Wellness […]

January 25, 2023

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Create an Abundant Full Life with Optimism and a Positive Mindset

Through this blog post, you can take inspiration from Ellen Fogarty's story. Gain tips on how to create an abundantly full life by incorporating a positive mindset to manifest the [...]

January 11, 2023

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Bye-bye 2022, Hello 2023. Tips to Improve Well-being in Retirement.

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December 27, 2022

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How a Life Plan Community helps couples stay together as they grow older

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December 5, 2022

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Seniors Collect Art Supplies for Local Youth

Sequoia Living’s Senior Centers in San Francisco are collecting art supplies through December 14, 2022. All donations go to support school-age youth in The City. Items requested include new or […]

November 30, 2022

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Three sites could add 1,000 affordable homes in the Mission . . . eventually

Sequoia Living recently announced a partnership with Mercy Housing. The two nonprofits plan to develop San Francisco's largest new affordable housing on a one-acre parcel of land in the Mission. [...]

November 18, 2022

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Sequoia Living Announces Partnership with Mercy Housing California to Develop Affordable Housing in San Francisco

The partnership will develop nearly 300 senior housing units, including affordable homes, on the one-acre parcel of land. Today, Sequoia Living, a Bay Area nonprofit providing homes and services for […]

November 17, 2022

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Viamonte at Walnut Creek Achieves Accolades and Prepares for its 200th Resident

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November 15, 2022

In The News

Navigating downsizing with an aging parent

Recently we interviewed residents at Sequoia Living to find out their experience with downsizing and planning their moves to senior living. This is part one in a three-part series that […]

October 31, 2022

In The News

Sequoia Living Continues Promoting Health & Well-being Among Older Adults with Stroke Prevention and Awareness Campaign

Increased education is integral to reducing the life-changing impact of a stroke, especially among older adults. This webinar is presented by Sequoia Living. – According to the American Stroke […]

October 31, 2022

In The News

Make caring for a parent less challenging

Recently we interviewed residents at Sequoia Living to find out their experience when it came to planning their moves to senior living. This is part one in a three-part series [...]

October 13, 2022

In The News

Sequoia Living Invites Region to Help Promote Health & Well-Being by Reducing Fall Risk for Older Adults

Sequoia Living will be hosting Dr. Chris Thompson on Sept. 21, join us for a free webinar on incorporating an exercise routine to reduce fall risk. The San Francisco Bay […]

September 19, 2022

In The News

Sequoia Living Acquires Land to Develop Affordable Senior Housing in San Francisco – Sequoia Living, a Bay Area nonprofit organization, announced today that it has purchased a one-acre parcel of land at 3435 Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco, which will […]

September 7, 2022


Risk Management: Aiming for Healthier Residents and Staff

Do I move into a senior living community rather than age in place at home? Where do I begin my search? What amenities and services do I need? How do […]

August 31, 2022

In The News

Aquatic Park Senior Center 

Reconnect and Celebrate! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon hosted by the Aquatic Park Senior Center in San Francisco. We’re opening our doors and welcoming back program participants. This is […]

August 19, 2022

In The News

Retirement Community in Marin Increases Efforts to Reduce Impact on the Environment

GREENBRAE, CA, July 29, 2022— The Tamalpais Marin, a nonprofit senior living community, provides older adults opportunities for healthy aging by offering a wide range of programs that add to […]

July 29, 2022

In The News

Sequoia Living’s Commitment to Serving Healthy Meals While Reducing Food Waste

Sequoia Living, a nonprofit providing homes and services for healthy aging, recognizes the importance of creating healthier environments by reducing waste. With nearly 4,000 nutritious meals prepared daily, Sequoia Living […]

July 13, 2022


Viamonte at Walnut Creek Honored with 2022 LEED Homes Award

Sequoia Living is thrilled to announce that Viamonte at Walnut Creek, our newest senior living community, has been named a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Homes Award winner […]

July 12, 2022

In The News

How Sequoia Living is Combating Senior Isolation and Loneliness

It’s undeniable that social restrictions have helped to physically protect people throughout the pandemic. However, those safeguards have also reduced social interactions among us all, especially older adults. The pandemic […]

June 24, 2022


Experience Corps Bay Area Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday, June 1, Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) hosted an appreciation luncheon at the Marin Art and Garden Center to recognize ECBA volunteer tutors for delivering over 3700 hours […]

June 3, 2022


“Legacy Talks” Webinar Series Begins June 1

This summer, Sequoia Living is hosting “Legacy Talks” on environmental sustainability, a three-part webinar series kicking off Wednesday, June 1 at 2 PM. As an extension of its environmental stewardship, […]

May 23, 2022


National Nurses Week: Honoring Sequoia Living Nurses

In honor of National Nurses Week, National Skilled Nursing Care Week, and National Nursing Month, I want to express my gratitude and respect for Sequoia Living’s nursing team. Over the […]

May 11, 2022

In The News

Dining at The Sequoias San Francisco Takes on New Fusion with Chefs Helman and Miller

May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Sequoias San Francisco, a 26-story landmark alongside Japantown, redefines residents’ dining experience by expanding to include two Executive Chefs with nearly 50 years of combined […]

May 11, 2022


Sequoia Living’s Cal Groeneweg, RN, Named Risk Manager of the Year

Preparing for life’s “what ifs” might be stressful for some, but it’s a calling for Cal Groeneweg, RN, Sequoia Living’s Director of Risk Management. Every day, Cal focuses on identifying […]

May 10, 2022

In The News

What Makes Sequoia Living Stand Apart? Its Winning People.

“At Sequoia Living, we prioritize people. Together, we celebrate superpowers and strive to have the right people in the right positions with the right support to excel each day,” said […]

May 4, 2022


Sequoia Living Ranked as Top Provider of Skilled Nursing Care by U.S. News and World Report

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) March 30, 2022— Sequoia Living, a nonprofit serving Bay Area seniors since 1958, announce that three of its continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), ranked among the top […]

March 30, 2022

In The News

McKnight’s Senior Living Highlights Viamonte’s Cutting-Edge Technology

McKnight’s Senior Living recently published a story about how Viamonte at Walnut Creek is using technology to help residents and staff stay informed and connected. Read the full story at […]

February 22, 2022


SSNC Introduces Brain Health Webinar Series: Oct 21, Nov 4 & 18

Come learn about healthy aging from these healthcare experts. If you cannot make the LIVE webinars, please register and we will email you the recordings after the events have concluded. […]

October 15, 2021


SSNC Introduces Brain Health Webinar Series: Oct 21, Nov 4 & 18

Come learn about healthy aging from these healthcare experts. If you cannot make the LIVE webinars, please register and we will email you the recordings after the events have concluded. […]

October 15, 2021


The Sequoias Portola Valley’s Scholarship Committee Partners with 10,000 Degrees to Make College Dreams Come True

Achieving the dream of a college education just got a little easier for eight first-generation college students, thanks to The Sequoias Portola Valley’s (SPV) resident-led Scholarship Committee and generous resident […]

August 20, 2021


The Sequoias Portola Valley is Now a Certified Green Business!

The Sequoias Portola Valley is now officially certified as a San Mateo County Green Business! “To all the residents and staff who worked together to make this a reality, I […]

August 5, 2021

In The News

Viamonte Wins Award of Merit from ENR-California

Another award win for Viamonte at Walnut Creek! Viamonte has received an Award of Merit for Residential/Hospitality – Northern California as part of Engineering News-Record (ENR) California’s Annual Regional Best […]

July 28, 2021


Sequoias San Francisco Staff Celebrate CNA Week with Special Video

Happy CNA Week! During CNA Week, we recognize the important work of Certified Nursing Assistants, who provide hands-on care and compassion every day. Staff at The Sequoias San Francisco created […]

June 25, 2021


Viamonte Wins Prestigious Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Age-Qualified Senior Living Community

For the second time, Sequoia Living has been honored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) with a Gold Nugget Award for Viamonte at Walnut Creek. The award recognizes extraordinary […]

June 17, 2021


Celebrating Juneteenth

This Saturday, June 19 is Juneteenth, a 156-year-old holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and honors the resilience and achievements of Black people. Known also as Freedom Day, Juneteenth marks the historic day in 1865 when enslaved African […]

June 17, 2021


Updated COVID-19 Protocols at Sequoia Living

Today marks a milestone along California’s path to full reopening. Sequoia Living has come out the other side of this pandemic in good shape and we have much to celebrate. […]

June 15, 2021


Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month 2021! Each June, Pride events are held to around the world to celebrate the lives and contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals. Although San Francisco’s legendary Pride Parade is cancelled this year, SF Pride organizers are offering an exciting […]

June 12, 2021


San Francisco Senior Center’s Collage Collective Inspires Creativity and Connection

By Frank Mitchell, MSW Program Supervisor, San Francisco Senior Center The last 14 months of quarantine have challenged us all, and as we closed our doors at the Aquatic Park […]

June 10, 2021


Residents and Staff at The Tamalpais Celebrate Sequoia Spirit Day with Aloha Style!

In May, staff and residents at The Tamalpais sported their favorite Hawaiian attire in honor of Sequoia Spirit Day, which takes place the fourth Friday of each month. On each […]

June 1, 2021


Being a Nurse: Now That’s a Super Power!

Thank you, Sequoia Living nurses, for bringing your hearts and heads to everything you do to make Sequoia Strong! Being a nurse is a true superpower and you deserve to […]

May 7, 2021


San Francisco Senior Center’s Plant Chat Group Springs Forward

Earlier this spring, a team of plant-loving San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC) members celebrated their first in-person outing in a year! Fifteen members of SFSC’s Plant Chat group enjoyed a […]

May 7, 2021


Remembering Who We Are and What We Believe In

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Staff, Customers, and Friends, It is heartbreaking to see the anti-Asian bigotry, violence, and discrimination that continues in our country. To our Asian American and Pacific […]

March 24, 2021

In The News

The Sequoias Portola Valley Featured in Compass Group’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for Green Certification

The Sequoias Portola Valley’s (SPV) Dining Services team is proud to be a Certified Green Business recognized by San Mateo County and the California Green Business Network, an idea that […]

February 8, 2021


McVey Musings: News Stories, Vaccine Updates, Black History Month, Sequoia Seeds, and 2021 Core Priorities

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year of safeguarding, bringing our best selves to work, and showing kindness and optimism in the face of extraordinary challenges. As we enter 2021, [...]

February 1, 2021

In The News

Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Sequoias Portola Valley Residents and Staff

A new Wall Street Journal article, “Covid-19 Vaccines Mean an End to Isolation in a Retirement Home,” features The Sequoias Portola Valley staff and residents. Written by WSJ reporter Jim […]

January 29, 2021

In The News

Bay Area Seniors Go Digital, Help Relieve Stress Of Teachers During The Pandemic

Bay area, Calif., Jan. 22, 2021 / — When the pandemic hit, Gina Rodriguez and her Community Services team at Sequoia Living acted quickly. She knew the impact of social […]

January 23, 2021


Viamonte Residents Among the First Seniors in Northern California to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s another history-making day at Sequoia Living. Today, Viamonte residents and staff were some of the first to get the new COVID-19 vaccine in the East Bay. News trucks and […]

December 30, 2020

In The News

Sequoia Living in the News: December 2020

December was a month of "firsts" and excitement at Sequoia Living as we welcomed the first residents to Viamonte at Walnut Creek, and staff at The Tamalpais received some of [...]

December 23, 2020


The Tamalpais Takes the First Step and Makes Vaccine History!

Despite yesterday’s chilly temperatures, staff at The Tamalpais braved the elements to get the first dose of the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, given by the Marin County Department of Public […]

December 19, 2020


History in the Making: COVID-19 Vaccine Update, Vaccine Q&A, and More

History is about to be made and we all have a front row seat at Sequoia Living! I am sure you have heard the encouraging news that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 […]

December 16, 2020


Walnut Creek Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Viamonte at Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, Calif., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Contra Costa County’s fastest selling Life-Plan Community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek by Sequoia Living, held a socially distanced ribbon cutting for its […]

December 9, 2020


McVey Monthly Musings: November 2020

We Are All Hoping for SomethingA blog I read recently completely captured my attention by explaining that hope is not an emotion, it’s a way of thinking that is learned [...]

November 24, 2020


McVey Monthly Musings: October 2020

Welcome to a new month and new Musings about highlights around Sequoia Living, for Sequoia Living staff and residents. Notable NewsIntroducing Charlie Shoemake, Sequoia Living’s New Chief Financial OfficerI am happy [...]

November 1, 2020


McVey Monthly Musings: September 2020

This is the first post of McVey Monthly Musings, regular updates from Sara McVey on what’s happening at Sequoia Living. Reactivating Our Programs and Services As part of our efforts […]

September 24, 2020


Coronavirus Update: High-Tech Safety Tools, Virtual Tours, Media Mentions, and Superpowers

My morning ritual is to read blogs and articles to stay current, inspired, and energized. Sometimes, it is just a simple sentence that resonates—here’s this week’s winner: We need enough pessimism [...]

August 10, 2020

In The News

BOSS Magazine Story Spotlights Sequoia Living’s Innovative Approach

Sequoia Living, Sara McVey (President and CEO), and Dave Latina (Chief Business Development Officer), are featured in the latest issue of BOSS Magazine. BOSS Magazine is a digital business magazine […]

August 3, 2020


Sara McVey Featured in Morrison Living’s “No Better Place to Be”

Sara McVey, President and CEO of Sequoia Living, shared her perspectives on learning, growing, and sprinting toward the “new next” in Morrison Living’s new publication, “No Better Place To Be.” […]

August 3, 2020


Coronavirus Update: Cases and Testing, SIP with Sara Zoom Call, and Staff Survey

Case and Testing UpdateI am happy to report that there are still zero resident cases of COVID-19 in our communities. This week, a staff member at Eastern Park Apartments (EPA), one of our [...]

July 10, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 26, 2020

Case and Testing HighlightsYesterday we received a positive COVID-19 test result for a staff person at The Sequoias Portola Valley. We are doing contact tracing and notifying individuals who may [...]

June 26, 2020


Celebrating Pride: A Message from Sara McVey

When I lived in Seattle, the local Pride Parade was one of the highlights of summer. It was so powerful to experience a mass of people coming together, singing, laughing, […]

June 26, 2020


Speaking Up for Social Justice and Inclusion: A Message from Sara McVey

Dear Sequoia Living Staff, Residents, and Customers, It has taken me a few weeks to find my voice – I realize that it is not about having the perfect words, […]

June 25, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 12, 2020


June 12, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 4, 2020


June 4, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: May 20, 2020


May 21, 2020


New Video Celebrates Sequoia Superheroes!

We’ve just finished a new video celebrating the superheroes who live and work at our Sequoia Living communities. Hats off to our amazing residents and staff who are choosing the […]

May 14, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 30, 2020

So far, we have had zero resident and three staff cases. You all deserve our thanks for continuing to follow the standards put in place–it is working well at all locations. The Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) staff member who tested positive last week is on the mend. The other SPV staff member who was diagnosed mid-April is doing well at home. These were unrelated cases in separate departments.

April 30, 2020


Sequoia Living Superheroes “Sock It” to COVID-19

Every day, Sequoia Living’s dedicated staff members bring their best selves to work, even in the face of uncertainty. These superheroes roll up their sleeves to make sure that the safety of residents, customers, and co-workers remains at the forefront.

April 29, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 22, 2020

I am happy to report that there are no active Resident or Staff cases at Sequoia Living. The Media continues to report inaccurate or inflated information. Please get your ‘news’ about Sequoia Living directly from us. We will continue to be timely and transparent. We appreciate your willingness to wear masks, social distance, and show support from afar.

April 22, 2020


Sequoia Superheroes: Appreciations, Special Deliveries, and Going the Extra Mile

Even during these uncertain times, there is no shortage of generosity and kindness here at Sequoia Living. Each day, our residents, customers and staff are lifting each other up with smiles, gratitude, and good cheer.

April 20, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 15, 2020

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Customers, and Staff: Even if you can’t stop and smell the flowers right now, I hope you can feel the generosity and kindness that is in […]

April 15, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 8, 2020

I have good news! The two Sequoia Living staff members who have been impacted by COVID-19 are both doing well. Our Western Park Apartments employee is looking forward to returning to work this week. Our Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) staff member is feeling better and is continuing to isolate at home. Thankfully, that employee had last worked at SPV on Friday, March 27, which we feel curtailed any additional cases.

April 8, 2020


A Special Message from Sara McVey: Thank You, Sequoia Living Superheroes!

Every day, Sequoia Living employees go the extra mile to keep our residents, customers, and staff safe and cared for. Sara McVey, Sequoia Living's President and CEO, created this short video to say thank you to our Sequoia Superheroes!

April 6, 2020


Sequoia Living Needs Your Help: Our Appeal for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Sequoia Living, formerly NCPHS, operates life care residential communities. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the experience of aging for older adults in Northern California. For over 60 years, we have been a part of your communities; San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. Sequoia Living consists of 1,000 residents and 700 staff. Our staff and residents are your neighbors who have frequented your business, know your staff and in some cases, have taken care of your loved ones in our skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care departments.

April 1, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020

Because I work with amazing people, I often get asked, “How are you doing Sara?” Well, today is Wednesday, April 1st, and it’s hard to believe our new normal involves things like social distancing, sheltering in place, and looking sideways at the person next to us who coughed.

April 1, 2020


Coronavirus Memo: Western Park Apartments

We were just notified that despite our extensive precautionary measures, an employee at one of our Affordable Housing communities, Western Park Apartments (WPA), has tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the employee was at work was the morning of Tuesday, March 24. The employee is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s protocol and is currently self-quarantined at home under the care of a physician and is exhibiting only mild symptoms.

March 30, 2020

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