Windsor, CA. On October 16th, Sheila Garner, senior living executive and 40+ year veteran of the industry, will join Oakmont Senior Living as a member of the Executive Team. Ms. Garner has served as an industry leader and change maker in positions ranging from community Executive Director to Division Vice President. As both a California licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Administrator for Assisted Living (RCFE) in California, Sheila has supported over 140 Senior Living Communities including Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities, and she has served as an inspiration, coach, and mentor to dozens of senior living executives who continue to make their mark to advance senior living to its greatest potential. Sheila’s passion and commitment to seniors is both respected and admired in the industry. Currently, Ms. Garner serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the California Assisted Living Association (CALA), having served on the Board as well as in Public Policy for 12 years. Ms. Garner consults with and supports entrepreneurs that are working in the senior aging space. She has been invited to speak at various venues including Aging 2.0 and its startup boot camps as well as participating in forums at the Stanford Center on Longevity. Ms. Garner holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Hayward and a Post- Graduate Certificate of Business Management from the University of Southern California. Sheila will join Oakmont Senior Living as Vice President of Strategic Programs. Her experience, knowledge, [...]
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We’ve been covering tips and tricks that seniors can use while they embark on their own fitness journeys and this next article will focus on tips for avoiding injury while exercising. For a general overview of exercise and seniors, we recommend checking out our previous article, Exercise and Seniors, here. Let’s get started!Now while everyone can and should be careful whenever they exercise, it’s especially important for seniors to practice caution whenever they begin exercising. Older adults can be more prone to injury when they engage in physical activity. As we age, ligaments and tendons don’t have as much elasticity and bones lose their density, which means they can be more fragile and less resistant to breaks.Injuries can be prevented by implementing modifications into your fitness routine, as well as finding professionals who understand how to properly engage in physical activity. Speaking with your doctor before engaging in an exercise regime is always recommended, because your doctor will be able to explain what exercises work best for your body.We have a few tips to keep in mind to help avoid injuries while you’re working out:Warm-up:When you warm-up before any type of exercise it prepares your body for movement. Warming up shouldn’t take long, just enough to get your heart rate up, ideally start with five to ten minutes of easy, moderate movement.Start slow:If you’re newer to exercise or haven’t embarked on a fitness journey in a number of years, it’s a good idea to start at a small pace. [...]
Staying hydrated is always important for seniors' health. However, in the summer when temperatures are high and people are more likely to spend more time in the sun, consuming enough water is essential to avoid dehydration. Seniors can be more susceptible to water and electrolyte imbalances as we age; our body’s ability to conserve water is lowered and the sense of thirst can diminish. This means seniors should be drinking more periodically throughout the day to maintain healthy hydration levels. Since hydration is so important, we’ve compiled a list of helpful ideas to keep in mind for the summer: A pint or more of water is lost every day just by breathing. As people get older, body water content decreases. By the time you feelthirsty, your water levels could already be extremely low. Many medications the elderly take make them more susceptible to dehydration. The body tends to become especially dehydrated while traveling, particularly on airplanes. Whenever flying, an additional 8 oz. of water per hour is suggested. Exposure to summer heat requires additional water. The body uses a great deal of water through skin-cooling perspiration. The first sign of dehydration may be a headachy feeling at the end of the day. Specific conditions, such as reduced swallowing capacity, decreased mobility, comprehension and communication disorders can contribute to dehydration. There are a number of ways to integrate more water into your lifestyle: Pour water into an easy-to-use water bottle, such as a canteen or plastic tumbler cup. This [...]
Senior living community Oakmont Of Santa Clarita is organizing a classic car show and barbeque as part of their philanthropic series. The staff of Oakmont of Santa Clarita and its residents are constantly working together to be involved in the community. In June they hosted an art show with the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association where they partnered with local artists in the Santa Clarita Valley. Oakmont operates a community service program for the residents, Oakmont Contributes, with the core element of connecting residents with their community. Oakmont of Santa Clarita Marketing Director Mary Dembkowski added, “Connect is giving our residents the opportunity to give back to the community.” “Every quarter we have a different theme, and last quarter it was all about about animals and pets. So we partnered with Shelter Hope Pet (Shop), the residents made dog beds, we volunteered at the pet shelter,” said Dembkowski. “We ended the project with a pet adoption at Oakmont.” As this series comes to an end, Oakmont’s summer quarter will focus on veterans. “Now we’re on to ‘Giving Back To Our Veterans,’ so on July 29 we are hosting a classic car show and barbeque at Oakmont, Saturday, July 29, at 10 in the morning,” Dembkowski announced. The event will benefit The Wounded Warriors Project, a military and veterans charity service organization that empowers injured veterans and their families. Oakmont of Santa Clarita is also scheduled to participate in the Walk To End All Alzheimer’s set to take place on October 7 [...]
Welcome to part one in our series of articles focusing on exercise and senior health. We’ll be covering a wide variety of topics such as how to get started on exercise, what’s best for your activity level, and how to avoid injuries while exercising. We hope you enjoy our foray into fitness together! Exercise is a vital part of well-being and a key to living a long and healthy life. It’s an essential part of maintaining our overall health, helping us to have higher energy and a healthy bone mass and body weight; it can even help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Regular exercise can also lower the risk of muscles and bones becoming weaker and more prone to injury as we age. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recommends exercise most days of the week, even for seniors. To make exercise easier and more accessible for our residents, Oakmont regularly offers fitness classes as part of our daily activity schedule. We encourage our residents to take charge of their health and well-being by exercising in a safe and meaningful way that creates enjoyment, whether it’s with chair yoga, an aerobics class or a relaxing walk. By maintaining an active lifestyle, you can help yourself, a friend or loved one live a long, independent, and healthy life. Here are a few places to get you started if you haven’t exercised in some time or need to [...]
Celebrating Father’s Day with your Dad with Dementia Father’s Day is around the corner, which means time with dad, heartfelt gifts, and maybe a dad joke or two. If your father has dementia however, celebrating might be a little different than what it used to be. You can keep traditions fun though as there are still plenty of ways that you can spend time with him. We created a list of ideas for activities and gifts that you can share with your dad for Father’s Day that he’ll surely love. Share memories with him – Create a photo album about your lives together, such as family vacations, birthdays, sports, or academic events. This is a great way to say “thank you” and will also help him to re-live pleasant memories from the past. Celebrate the sports fanatic – Did you love playing sports with your dad when you were young? Or hitting a bucket of golf balls together at the driving range? Whatever activity you enjoyed together in your younger years, embrace that this Father’s Day. Treat him to baseball tickets, take him to a high school sporting event, or simply catch the big game on TV. Relive old memories – This Father’s Day, we suggest that you relive memories and pastimes with your father. Often residents can recall distant stories in their long-term memory. Try to conjure up those long-ago memories in simple ways that remind him of being a young father. Cook his favorite food – Whether you’re an expert at cooking [...]
By Doni Chamberlain June 2, 2017 The VIP event at Oakmont of Redding Thursday at 2150 Bechelli Lane was about as fancy an event as typically graces my fair city of Redding. Oakmont of Redding describes itself as a premier, world-class luxury senior community, and its VIP gala exceeded those descriptions. Valet parking? Check. Servers at the threshold holding trays of Champagne with floating raspberries in flutes embossed with Oakmont? Check. Oysters on the half shell and pizza ovens churning out gourmet pizzas? Check. Check. Trays of liquor-infused chocolate-dipped strawberries? Check. Staff serving Guinness floats, and even an elaborate tropical fruit display with an “Oakmont” hand-carved melon as its centerpiece? Double check. Servers passing out an array of appetizers? Check. Little passport books to be stamped throughout the tour of the building? Check. Live piano jazz being played on the patio? Check. Even a symphony-quality harpist, for Pete’s sake? Check. Since the beginning of May, Oakmont of Redding staff members have held dozens of tours and meet-and-greets with hundreds of guests – including many prospective residents – to familiarize people with an upscale senior and memory-care facility unlike anything that’s ever graced the north state. Oakmont of Redding feels so much like a five-star hotel that it shatters all “old folks home” stereotypes to smithereens. But despite its obvious plushness and good taste, Oakmont of Redding remains an assisted living and memory care facility designed to adapt to residents’ needs, whether physical or mental. The 88,098 square [...]
It's that time of year when the outdoors beckon! Spending time outside in the summer is good for all ages, but especially beneficial for seniors. It increases vitamin D levels, which helps fight certain conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, heart attacks and depression. And while the sun has its benefits, it’s also best to keep safety in mind. Summer can bring extreme heat that can increase the risk of dehydration, heat stroke, and other health risks, so prepare by staying cool and hydrated. We recommend wearing sun hats and keeping a bottle of water handy. If you’re looking for a fun list of activities that you can participate in during the summer, then we have a few suggestions for you. Volunteer – There are lots of organizations that need helping hands and are very active during the summer months. Find a cause that you want to support and see if they’re hiring any volunteers. Oakmont Senior Living has plenty of opportunity for seniors to get involved. For this season’s volunteer program, we’re doing a focus on animals and how seniors can enrich pets lives by donating their time to adoption centers and creating animals treats. If you’re interested, reach out to your local senior living community and see how you can lend a hand! Check out the community pool – The pool is always a favorite activity when it’s hot outside. Most cities and towns have multiple community pools and are relatively priced. For example, Santa Clarita has the [...]
Staff and residents at Oakmont of Santa Clarita are inviting the Santa Clarita Valley community to come out for a “BBQ, Beer, & Boogie” fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer’s Association. Set for May 24, the event will kick off Oakmont of Santa Clarita’s participation in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s in October with food, music and fun. “Our culinary chef will be putting on a BBQ, we’re having a country western band and a raffle,” said Mary Dembkowski of Oakmont of Santa Clarita. “All the proceeds will go to support the Alzheimer’s Association.” The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is planned for October 7 at Bridgeport Park in Santa Clarita. Once again, Oakmont of Santa Clarita staff and residents have formed a team to participate in the walk, “Team Oakmont.” The team has set a goal of raising $5,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association this year, according to the walk’s website. “We are excited about supporting the Alzheimer’s Association (at) the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk,” Dembkowski said. “Come out and see us in May for the May 24 fundraiser.” Oakmont of Santa Clarita also strives to support caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease by offering a monthly support group to the community on the third Thursday of every month. “For those out there that are caring for a loved one (with Alzheimer’s), we know those challenges and we have a support group ongoing at Oakmont,” Dembkowski said. In addition to offering both independent and assisted living care, Oakmont of Santa Clarita [...]
This quarter’s Contribute theme is focusing on pets and animals in need. Oakmont has always been a proud supporter of our residents having animals in their homes. Animals provide companionship and love, and encourage our residents to maintain healthy and active lives. In fact, there are many health benefits that someone who owns a pet can enjoy, including lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels. Not to mention the happiness boost that we receive when we see a wagging tail or hear a purring kitten. One way that our residents are giving back to animals in need of a loving home is by donating their time this summer. Many of our communities are hosting pet adoptions right at the property itself. For those that aren’t hosting adoptions, communities have been baking dog treats from scratch and creating dog toys and blankets for local animal shelters. We’re thrilled at the opportunities that our communities have come up with to support the need of local shelters and animals. If you’re thinking about adding a new four-legged member to your family, there are a few potential benefits that make owning a pet rewarding: Lower stress, higher happiness: Pets provide a comfort system and actually produce a chemical chain reaction in the brain that helps to lower levels of the stress-inducing hormone, cortisol, and increase the production of the feel-good hormone, serotonin. More physical activity: Walking dogs and playing with pets are great ways to get more exercise, which is beneficial for overall [...]