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April 2013

Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location

Yes, we've all heard the phrase "location, location, location" as it applies to buying real estate. But it bears repeating in the context of senior living too. When you're choosing a senior living community, the location of that community is every bit as important as that of a purchased home. Where you live influences how you live—in many important ways.

Residents of Holladay Park Plaza (HPP) are fortunate to enjoy living in a location that lets them stay active and involved in life. They live in a vibrant city, surrounded by people of all ages. They have easy access to fun, interesting activities, on campus and off. Here are some of the many elements that contribute to making HPP's location so desirable:

  • Cosmopolitan Charm: HPP is located in Portland, Oregon, a scenic city where the Willamette and Columbia Rivers meet. Friendly and cosmopolitan, it is often called "the big city with the small town feel."
  • Pedestrian- and Bike-Friendly: In 2012, Portland was named "America's Best Bike City" by Bicycling magazine, and it ranked #10 in CNBC's 2011 "10 Most Walkable Cities" list. You'll also love HPP's walking-shopping neighborhood of Lloyd District, across from Lloyd Center Mall.
  • Climate: Due to the marine air, Portland has a surprisingly mild climate year-round, and Portlanders enjoy being out and about in every season.
  • Cultural Opportunities: Portland has excellent restaurants, theater and music venues, art galleries, museums, and shopping. Enjoy nature and garden walks, wine tasting, and easy getaways to Mt. Hood and the Oregon beaches.
  • Hospitals: The three highest ranking hospitals on U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals in Portland" list are within two to six miles of HPP, including the renowned Oregon Health &Science University.
  • University Access: Audit classes for free at Portland State University's downtown campus, attend special classes through Portland Community College, and close by is U of O's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

To learn more about HPP's enviable location, visit the Our Community link.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

People who have never visited HPP often think we are exaggerating when we describe our amenities as "resort style." We don't mind at all, because we know that all it takes is one short visit to our community to understand why we chose that term to describe HPP.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

Our thinking is this: HPP offers the same amenities and activities that people seek out while on resort vacations. Waking up to beautiful city and mountain views. Enjoying a massage in a soothing environment. Increasing wellness with spa classes and acupuncture. Unwinding in a whirlpool spa in a lovely indoor-outdoor garden setting. Getting fit on a 360° Walking Track overlooking the city. Relaxing and socializing while dining on delicious cuisine.

That's starting to sound resort-like, right?

A lot of people like to remain active while spending time at their favorite resort. They enjoy working out in a gym with the latest strength and cardiovascular equipment, motivated by a personal trainer. Others attend yoga, tai chi, or aqua-aerobics classes. Still others look forward to taking a swim in a pristine pool.

Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities Resort-Style Amenities and Engaging Activities

Perhaps so many people try to stay active on vacation because they know they'll be indulging themselves in cuisine that's so good it's hard to stop eating. Delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts are available every day. At HPP we serve healthful fare along with those "special occasion only" dishes.

Every single amenity we've mentioned in this article is available at Holladay Park Plaza. Why don't you call us today at 1-800-777-5517, and let us show you our community in person?

You can also visit our Testimonials page and listen to HPP residents as they share about our amenities and why they enjoy being a part of Holladay Park Plaza.

Staying Safe While Staying Social

Staying Safe While Staying Social

Adults age 55 and older are the fastest growing group of Facebook users. They're discovering it's a fun, easy way to stay in touch with friends and family members of all ages. Because Facebook is on the World Wide Web, however, we recommend users protect their personal information while continuing to grow valuable relationships. Here's how:

  • Tighten your privacy settings. When you create a Facebook account, the automatic privacy settings are actually very public. Consider limiting your information to friends and family members only.
    • Click on the padlock logo in the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook page. (On March 7, 2013, Facebook introduced a new design. If you use the new design, the padlock logo now appears near the top left corner of your Facebook page, near your name.)
    • People who want to set their privacy settings as tight as possible can select "Friends."
  • Don't accept all friend requests. If you don't know someone in real life, or even if you know that person but don't want to share personal information with him or her, just ignore their friend requests.
  • "Unfriend" a mistake. Did you accept a friend request you wish you hadn't? Go to his or her personal Facebook page, click on the "Friends" button and select "Unfriend." Your friend will not be notified.
  • Avoid attracting burglars. Consider not announcing when you'll be traveling or how your nephew just installed a big-screen TV in your home.
  • Don't reveal your age. Although you need to enter your birth date when creating your profile—so Facebook knows you're over the minimum age of 13—the world doesn't need to know your age.
    • On your personal Facebook page, under your name and profile photo, click on "About." Then scroll down to "Basic Info" and click on "Edit."
    • In the Birthday section, select "Show only month &day on my timeline" or "Don't show my birthday on my timeline."
  • Give yourself the evil eye. Look at your Facebook page closely and think about what a malicious person could do with any of the information you've posted. Avoid sharing your birth date, home address, phone numbers and social security numbers.
  • Be wary of Facebook applications. A Facebook application can give broad permission for whoever developed that application to access your data… and your friends' data. Think twice before you take quizzes that ask questions like, "Would you make a good FBI agent?" or "Would you like to keep better track of birthdays?" Better still, you might want to go to the left margin of Facebook's Privacy Settings page to find the "Apps" link. There, you can turn off all application settings or limit them to friends.
  • Check your privacy settings regularly. Facebook has been known to alter their privacy features in the past. Hopefully strong pushback from the public will discourage them from doing the same in the future, but it's still a good idea to check your settings on a regular basis. For more information about Facebook privacy, you may want to read this Wall Street Journal blog article.

Now that you know how to keep yourself safe, we invite you to "Like" our Holladay Park Plaza Facebook page. From our business-style Facebook page, we cannot access your private information or see your private Facebook posts (except those comments you leave on our posts or wall), and we promise we won't share any scary Facebook applications. Instead, we provide a safe, interactive way to experience our community.

Click Here to Schedule a Personal Tour Today!

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We'd love to see you! Call 1-800-777-5517 to arrange a tour of Holladay Park Plaza. You can also visit to learn more about this accredited, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community near cultural downtown Portland.

The HPP Marketing Team

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