About Our Founders


More than 30 years ago, Paul and Terry Klaassen started Sunrise Senior Living based on a simple but innovative vision — to create alternative living options for seniors that emphasize quality of life. This vision is the foundation of Sunrise’s resident-centered approach to senior living, which begins with a senior and their unique needs, and results in tailored service and care options that enable residents to live life on their terms.

Today, Terry and Paul remain trusted advisors, ensuring each community upholds Sunrise’s mission and serves as a place where residents feel loved, nurtured and comfortable. For more about Terry and Paul Klaassen’s individual, experiences with senior care that would help shape their lives’ work and influence countless others, read The Sunrise Story.

The Klaassen’s mission-driven and progressive approach to care has stayed consistent since Sunrise’s inception, and every level of the organization constantly looks at ways to improve.

“The best senior living has yet to be invented.”
–Paul Klaassen