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 [...]
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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 [...]
Varenna, a luxury Continuing Care Retirement Community, and Villa Capri, an Assisted Living and Memory Care community, hosted a joint art show on their shared campus to showcase their residents’ incredible talents. Over 100 guests attended, including residents’ families, neighbors and members of the local community. Executive Chef Tim Chism and his culinary team prepared a delightful spread for guests to enjoy while they strolled through the galleries. Attendees of the art show viewed 60 original pieces, each painted by a resident of Varenna or Villa Capri. Oakmont has been hosting art classes in their community for years, inviting professional artists to come to the community and teach residents new artistic skills they may never have thought they had. With art classes taking place throughout the month, many residents have developed into accomplished artists. Art shows have been held at Varenna previously, but none have ever been open to the public. “There are many talented artists living at Varenna. This event allowed them to share their work with residents and the public.” said Andi Johnson, Marketing Director of Varenna. “We look forward to inviting guests to the community for future art shows” Varenna and Villa Capri are Oakmont Senior Living Communities located in Santa Rosa, California. Inspired by the beauty and intimate sense of community of its Italian counterpart, Varenna is designed to take advantage of the temperate climate and sweeping views of its Santa Rosa location in the foothills of Wine Country. With luxurious floor plans, private movie theaters, full [...]
When looking for a fun activity to do outside, many of our residents choose gardening. It stimulates all of the senses, awakens our connection with nature, and rewards us with fresh flowers and juicy tomatoes. In terms of other benefits, it can help prevent injury, ease stress, anxiety, and be a mood booster. Another plus side of gardening is it can offer an increase in mobility and flexibility. Gardening has something for everyone, whether you’re new to the hobby or a seasoned pro. What Oakmont loves about gardening is it gives our residents the opportunity to watch something they planted slowly come to life, which can be invigorating. As a company, we love making gardening an activity that everyone can enjoy, including creating a safe environment where our residents can foster their gardening experiences. We are also looking at creating other activities for all residents to partake in, such as gardening lessons, trips to the local nurseries, chef demonstrations, garden socials, and much more. Thinking about adding this fun pastime into your routine? We have some helpful tips to keep in mind when outside: Purchase a kneeling stand for crouching or kneeling for extended periods –These are usually heavily padded low-to-the-ground stools that allow you to comfortably sit or kneel with little leg pain. Use ergonomic or foam handled pruners – These special handles will help ease knuckle and joint discomfort when trimming plants and are helpful for anyone who suffers from arthritis, or can’t hold tools for a [...]
Spring has sprung and it’s one of my favorite seasons! Everything blossoms and grows, and everywhere you look there are blue skies, colorful flowers and green grass. At Oakmont, many of our chefs will be getting their hands dirty planting Chef Gardens full of fresh herbs and spring vegetables that will be harvested and used in our restaurants all throughout the fall! One of the things I look forward to in the spring in my family is our family gatherings for Easter. Each year we enjoy an afternoon meal to which we each bring our own signature spring dish to share. As you can imagine, as a Chef I have many! One of my favorites to share with my family is my famous Blood Orange Shortbread Bars. Highlighting the peak of the citrus harvest, these delicious, refreshing and sweet treats are something everyone will enjoy. This year I am excited to share my recipe with you! Happy spring! - Chef Rina Younan, Regional Executive Chef for Oakmont. Chef Rina's Blood Orange Shortbread Bars (Makes 18ea. 3x2in bars) For crust 1 1/2 C Flour 1/4 C confectioners’ sugar Pinch of salt 1 + 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (very cold) cut in small cubes Preheat oven to 325F Whisk flour, salt and sugar in bowl to mix. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or food processor, until butter makes flour into cornmeal consistency. Make sure butter is very, very cold! In a 13x9 baking dish, press the crust into bottom and [...]