Redmond, Washington-based Aegis Living developed the first, for-profit, all-Chinese retirement home in the United States in Fremont, California ten years ago. While researching the demographics closer to home, Aegis Living founder and CEO Dwayne Clark found that a growing number of Chinese immigrants in the Seattle area wanted a similar community where they could express themselves in their native language and enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in their retirement.
“As we create our Newcastle community we have appointed a full Chinese advisory board that is sensitive to cultural issues,” explains Clark. He has chosen a picturesque lakeside property that is located within a block of Newcastle’s commercial center and just down the hill from the Newcastle Golf Club. Beyond the beautiful building and landscaping, the new community will offer top-notch personnel and services including a professional chef (serving traditional Mandarin and Cantonese cuisine), intergenerational programs, trained staff that speaks Mandarin and Cantonese, and incomparable medical care. The state-of-the-art dementia wing is close to Clark’s heart, since he lost his own mother to Alzheimer’s. Clark has recently published a memoir about the experience, “My Mother, My Son: A true story of love, determination, and memories…lost.”
“This will be a great epicenter for the Eastside Chinese community,” Clark says. “It will include Chinese adult day care and intergeneration exchanges.” Aegis takes pride in creating a sense of family and community at each of our properties. We believe we are uniquely suited to serve the communities of Factoria, Somerset, Newcastle, and Renton to create a place that can be a home as well as a community gathering spot and a cultural hub of activity,” Clark concludes.
Dwayne J. Clark is the founder and chief executive officer of Aegis Living. With more than 25 years of senior housing experience, Dwayne has helped thousands of seniors age with dignity, comfort and compassion, and he has overseen the care of over 20,000 people with Alzheimer’s during the course of his career.
Dwayne’s focus and passion in business is to redefine the concept of “corporate culture.” He has studied business models from companies known for world-class innovation, including Costco, Nordstrom and Starbucks. With the knowledge gained from these companies, he grew Aegis Living from a dream to a company of over 2,000 employees with the goal of staff satisfaction as the driving force. Aegis Living has been voted “best company to work for” many times by Washington CEO Magazine and has been chosen as “best workplace” by Puget Sound Business Journal.
Dwayne has been honored in numerous ways for his contribution to business, as well as senior housing. He was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Senior Services and granted the Bastyr University Mission Award. He is frequently interviewed as an expert on aging by the local and national press.
Stacey J. Miller, Publicist
S. J. Miller Communications