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March 15, 1963 Catholic Northwest Progress--19 ...for those who made a tomorrow possible N MRS. ROSE VANCE (seated) one of 40 residents at Providence Residence in Everett shows her re- cently completed quilt to Mrs. Mary H. Leahy (left and Mrs. William Brust while Sister Joseph Francis, F.C.S.P., looks on. Providence Residence is just a year old being converted from what was once the nurses' home and then the Juniorate of the Sisters of Charity of Providence at Providence Hospital. The conversion of the building by the Providence Sisters underscores the need for more homes for the aged in the Seattle Archdiocese (Photo courtesy of Ray Watters, Everett Daily Herald.) By FRANCES FARRELL VITULLI N 1900 one person in 25 in the United States was 65 years of age or older. Today, that propor- tion is one in every 11. This "population explosion" among the aged has caused rever- berations all over the natie: even to our own Seattle Archdiocese. Although the city of Seattle has a total "over 65" pvpulation of 12 per cent or 86,796, other cities wesl of the Cascades such as Bell- itlhutu. Cetlicalia. Chehalis. l.yn- den, Marysville, Puyallup, Snoho- mish and Sumner have a compar- able population of over 14 per cent. The Archdiocese has, through the years, attempted to care for her aged in the best manner pos- sible. But with improved med,ieal research, convenient and inex- pensive health eare the average life span has increased until now living facilities for the aged have been far exceeded by the number needing such facilities. Only Three Nursing Homes The three Catholic nursing homes in Western Washington can handle only 396 persons. Mount St. Vincent's in Seattle has a full- time capacity of 270 with a wait- ing list "a mile long" as Sister Margaret Jane, F.C.S.P., superior, describes it. St. Luke's Irffirmary in Centralia with room for 64 has 100 per cent capacity throughout the year with never more than one or two vacancies at a time, according to Sister Bernard, F. C. S. P.. admini- strator. St. Luke's, together with the 20- bed geriatrics ward at St. Helen's Hospital, Chehalis, comprises all available Catholic facilities for the aged in Lewis County vhieh has one of the highest "over 65" pop. ulations in the state. Ozanam Home in Tacoma vith room for 62 is 'also filled, although the Sisters of Charity of Provi- dence have l'eeently purchased property for the erection of a new home for the aged in that area. Providence Residenee in :Everett was converted a year ago from the former nuxses home and Provi- Continued on Page 20