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Seattle seniors take part in 'Dear Me' Campaign

Seniors at a Seattle retirement community have joined in YouTube's 'Dear Me' campaign that asks women what advice they would give their younger self.
Seniors at a Seattle retirement community have joined in YouTube's 'Dear Me' campaign that asks women what advice they would give their younger self.

Over the past few days, millions of people have participated in YouTube's 'Dear Me' campaign that asks women what advice they would give their younger self. Now, a Seattle retirement community is joining the cause.

The campaign is part of an effort to empower young girls, and was planned to coincide with International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8th.

Three seniors at Bayview Retirement Community in Queen Anne recorded their 'Dear Me' videos this week, and the staff posted their messages on YouTube.

"Bayview keeps track of trending hashtags on Twitter," said Jill Chang, who is the Director of Community Outreach at Bayview Retirement Community. "When we came across #DearMe, we thought this was incredibly applicable to Bayview. The best advice you can get is from seniors."

Chang reached out to a few residents, and they were excited about the idea.

Dottie Neufeld is 74 years old. Rose-Marie Brown is 83. Arleen Nelson is 88. Between the three of them, they have decades' worth of wisdom.

"Get out in the sunshine, you are beautiful," Dottie said in her 'Dear Me' video.

Arleen told her younger self and young girls today to just continue to be themselves.

"Also, if I were to give advice, I would tell you not ever to get trapped into a five year plan," she said. "You don't know what's going to happen in four years or in ten minutes."

Rose-Marie told people to chase their dreams. She says that when she was a little girl growing up in Germany, her dream was to move to the United States. She made that dream a reality in 1962.

"Keep on dreaming," she said in her 'Dear Me' video.

You can view all three of their messages on Bayview's YouTube Page and share your own message on social media using the #DearMe.