• 40 More Years

40 more years

Keiro Northwest (formerly Issei/Nikkei Concerns) was founded in 1976 to address an urgent need to provide better nursing and related health care for the elderly. Japanese American community leaders – seeing the aging of the first generation of pioneers – were committed to providing a dignified environment for these individuals to spend their remaining years. Defying long odds, an uneven history of collaboration and vocal skeptics, these community leaders established Seattle Keiro, a Japanese nursing home.

Over the years the community built and continued to grow a thriving nonprofit organization to support not only the nursing home, but growing programming such as Rehab Care, Assisted Living, Home Care, Kokoro Kai (adult day center), and Horizons (continuing education and travel). As time has moved on, the needs of elders, how they want to age, and the continued growing challenges of the healthcare industry have presented a new set of challenges for Keiro Northwest. Keiro Northwest recognizes that the future of elder care is providing services that allow our loved ones to age in place. And this puts us, once again, in a place where we will need to defy long odds, need exceptional collaboration, and overcome very vocal skeptics.

The 40 More Years campaign is our rallying cry, to pull together the community that founded and grew this organization to what it is today … to rally the growing community that uses and benefits from our services today… and to call to action the future community that will someday need our services.

A portion of proceeds will go towards growing our programs that will better meet the needs of the evolution of aged services, for now and in the future. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Keiro Northwest Endowment Fund to benefit future generations for years to come. We believe that the culturally sensitive services we provide are valued and important for the aged. Without our services, our community will be back where we once were 40+ years ago.

Please join us in our fight for the future of Keiro Northwest


  • Our goal is to raise $4M!
  • People want to age in place
  • Help us grow our programming to meet this need
  • Continue offering culturally sensitive services
  • Avoid aged services becoming what they were 40 years ago
  • Build Keiro Northwest for the future!


Interested in donating to the 40 More Years Campaign?

  • EMAIL: 40MoreYears@KeiroNW.org
  • CALL: John Descher at 206.771.4584

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