For many seniors, retirement is a blank canvas, full of possibilities. For residents of the brand new, world-class Revel Issaquah independent living community, that blank canvas comes equipped with the best paints, brushes, and an inspiring view. With a salt-water pool, theater, fitness studio, masseuse, salon, spa and two exceptional restaurants, residents have everything they need to wake up inspired, and pursue their passions in a safe, supportive community.
“Everything we do is tailored to residents’ personal needs. My job is to support what they want to make of each day,” says Revel Issaquah Lifestyle Director Jack Waldie.
Waldie is up early on Tuesday mornings to lead a sunrise acro-aerobics session in front of the picture windows in the fitness studio, which has serene mountain views. As with many of the programs at Revel Issaquah, residents are welcome to do the class in-person so they can socialize, but Waldie also demonstrates how to do exercises independently, so residents can set their own schedule.
“Kent, one of our residents, told me no one has ever succeeded in getting him to exercise, but he’s been loving my classes! He’s also been enjoying nighttime swims with his son, who lives nearby. The indoor saltwater pool is open to residents and their families 24 hours a day,” Waldie says.
The community amenities are currently operating at 50 percent capacity, with plenty of room for social distancing and vigorous cleaning. Revel Issaquah continues to follow all local, state and national health guidelines.
Revel Living: connected & engaged
Revel Issaquah welcomed its first residents on December 1, 2020, and Waldie has been busy building community and encouraging neighbors to connect. He’s set up bocce ball on the Revel Issaquah lawn, a poker club and a weekly meditation in the spacious theater. Friday afternoons there’s a happy hour in The Social Club with a new signature cocktail every week, plus Slider Saturdays and Margarita Mondays with Mexican side dishes like ceviche and empanadas.
“I put together some trivia questions for Margarita Monday and thought it would be a competition, but residents actually had a lot of fun working together. I was so happy to see the community taking initiative and making it their own,” Waldie says.
Resident film buff Chris has already started a film club, which watches a movie in the theater every weekend, then gathers in the restaurant, Ovation, to discuss it. Waldie says another group is keen to see a Mariners game, so he’s excited to organize an outing.
“There are so many opportunities for residents to better their lives. There’s something to look forward to every day.”
Want help making the most of your transition to independent living? Take in one of Revel Issaquah’s resident-led seminars for advice on downsizing your possessions and building strong relationships in a new community.