Situated on the bluffs overlooking the beautiful Sacramento River, the marketing information center at Oakmont of Redding is now open to the public. Seniors and their families who are interested in learning more about this premier luxury retirement community are welcome to inquire at 2150 Bechelli Lane 7 days a week. Oakmont of Redding is scheduled to open for resident move-in by late spring 2017. Oakmont of Redding will be an 88,098 square foot community featuring 59 assisted living and 33 memory care apartment homes. Floor plans include studio, one and two bedroom options ranging from 400 to 1,192 square feet, all with 10-foot high ceilings and spacious bathrooms. Located just minutes from the Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Shasta Lake, Oakmont of Redding is ideal for active seniors in search of resort-style amenities and continuing care services. “Redding is a community filled with natural beauty,” said Lorene Bower, Executive Director of Oakmont of Redding. “We are excited to provide seniors and their families the opportunity to experience exceptional senior living in this beautiful environment.” To meet the diverse demands of vibrant and refined seniors, the community’s amenity package for all residents includes: Gourmet meals served in a restaurant-style dining room, with a full menu designed and prepared by a five-star executive chef and culinary team On and off-site recreational and social activities A library, movie theater with plush seating, full-size fitness center with exercise classes and activity rooms with scheduled social events, games, arts and crafts An onsite salon [...]
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The holiday season is almost upon us! This is the time of year where we get together with our extended families and connect over shared memories, holiday feasts and festive activities. These events are great opportunities to spend time with our senior loved ones and learn more about their life stories and the history of our relatives. These precious memories can be lost forever if they aren’t passed along, so taking the time to capture them is not only an enjoyable way to spend time together but is also a gift to future generations. The world has changed so much over the past century and these seniors are our link to what life was really like back then. Plus, telling these stories can be a great brain exercise for someone who might be experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s or Dementia; it can feel good to talk about the remembrances that are still with them, which are often some of their oldest memories. Here are some great ways to help capture and share your loved one’s life stories. 1) Bring out old pictures and have them tell stories about what they remember from the photo. Write notes on the back of the photo so that you know who is in the photo, where it was taken and any stories that went along with the image. You can also take a picture of the photo to upload to an online scrapbook along with your notes. This can then be shared with family [...]
Margie Veis, executive director of Oakmont of Santa Clarita, is encouraging grandchildren to learn their family history so they can carry their grandparents’ legacy from generation to generation. “A great activity that someone can do with their grandparent is bring old pictures, and try to get them to tell stories,” explained Veis. “Write notes on the back of the pictures so you know who that is or where that was — get them to talk about that story.” Veis notes that this activity will not only be beneficial for the grandchild, but it will also be fun for the grandparent. “It’s also a great way for your grandparent or your great grandparent to leave that legacy… to remember those good times,” said Veis. “It’s a great brain game for someone that might be dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Those are the memories that are still there.” Getting the stories behind the photographs is a way of further strengthening the connection between grandchild and grandparent and understanding the significance of the picture, Veis pointed out. “You can find a box of pictures, but you don’t know who those four men are, you don’t know what that beach was, you don’t know where they spent the summers or their first job or the hardships that they went through to get us to where we are now,” explained Veis. While listening to stories of the past, Veis noted it could be recorded on someone’s phone, adding the element of hearing the emotion and tone [...]
Survey of Residents and Families Shows Positive Impact Assisted Living Has On Seniors’ Quality of Life Santa Rosa, CA – As part of its recognition of Assisted Living Week, September 11-17, Oakmont Senior Living today released the results of a recent study conducted by global market research firm ProMatura on the impact that assisted living has on the overall well-being of residents. This study affirms the positive role assisted living is having on seniors’ quality of life and shows that the Assisted Living care model promotes overall well-being. Both residents and family members responded that assisted living is helping to preserve the things that are most important to maintaining a strong sense of self even as seniors enter a new phase of life. According to Dr. Margaret Wylde, PhD, ProMatura’s President and CEO, “The things that influence quality of life don’t change over time. The setting may change but what people need for emotional well-being remains the same. Significantly, the study we recently concluded makes it clear that, even as residents face the physical challenges of aging, they can – and do – enjoy a good quality of life when they feel safe, have control in their lives, are recognized and part of a caring community. Those are the things assisted living fosters.” The study, commissioned by the California Assisted Living Association (CALA), of which Oakmont Senior Living is a member, was based on responses to questions that were identity- and life-based rather than event-based. Questions were designed to determine [...]
Mary Dembkowski, of Oakmont of Santa Clarita, is encouraging Santa Clarita Valley residents to participate in the fourth annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event set for October in hopes of raising funds for Alzheimer’s research. The 4th annual walk, which is held nationwide by the Alzheimer’s Association, is returning to Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Oct. 8 “It’s just such a special event, just seeing all the people touched by this disease and coming together to raise funds for programs (and) research,” Dembkowski said. The majority of the funds raised from the event are allocated to conduct research in order to provide resources to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, according to Dembkowski. Related: Oakmont Of Santa Clarita Official Encourages Seniors To Join Waitlist Now “Research, research, research — that’s where the most important part of the funds go, and the more that we can support that research, the closer we’re going to become to finding a cure,” explained Dembkowski. Around 35 teams have formed in Santa Clarita so far, including a team from Oakmont of Santa Clarita, and Dembkowski encourages others to create their own team or join an existing team as well. “Any individual who wants to walk and support the cause can form a team,” she said. “There’s no registration fee to start a team and hopefully you and your team can raise funds.” Funds are raised through sponsors, who pledge a certain dollar amount to those who are walking, or through direct donations made to the Alzheimer’s [...]
Contributed photo – A support group gathers at an Oakmont of Fresno’s meeting room. By Carole Grosch | Reporter Newly opened in March 2015, Oakmont of Fresno was quick to offer the general public opportunities to view its upscale facility and attend informational heath care workshops. Guest speakers came and educational presentations were given to those who wished to attend. Soon, the Diabetic and Alzheimer’s support groups were formed, both of which have been well received. It’s not necessary to be a resident at Oakmont in order to take advantage of support groups or attend their events. This family-owned premier senior community, developed by Oakmont Senior Living, is “dedicated to hearing, understanding and responding to the needs of aging seniors.” It was with this philosophy the premier senior community, located in northwest Fresno, offers educational sessions and support groups. Based on five-star consumer ratings and reviews, Oakmont of Fresno was rated Best Assisted Living in Fresno. The honor was given by the nation’s leading senior care websites, Caring.com and SeniorAdvisor.com. These awards honor service excellence in Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care. “We saw a need within the community to help educate and support those citizens affected by these diseases,” said marketing coordinator Vanessa Lopez. “The majority of our other communities offer these support groups as part of our mission.” The Alzheimer’s Support Group is led by social worker, Tony Onkka and Executive Director, Dr. Marcy Johnson who are with UCSF’s Alzheimer’s and Memory Center. Caregivers or family members are encouraged to [...]
Oakmont of Santa Clarita not only offers educational events for residents of the luxury senior living community, but for the Santa Clarita Valley community at large. For example, last month a gastroenterologist from UCLA gave a presentation on healthy eating for digestion. “We are what we eat, and a lot of digestive diseases are a result of what we put into our bodies,” said Mary Dembkowski of Oakmont of Santa Clarita. “Staying away from processed food was the biggest message I came away with.” On July 30, Oakmont of Santa Clarita partnered with the Senior Resource Alliance to hold a free workshop called “Life’s Last Chapter.” Related: Oakmont Of Santa Clarita Raising Funds For 2016 Walk To End Alzheimer’s Some of the topics discussed included end-of-life planning, hospice care and who qualifies, California state laws that protect consumers when it comes to pre-planning funeral expenses, VA benefits and more. “All of that information (is) so needed, and yet we don’t think about it until the time comes,” said Dembkowski, a member of the Senior Resource Alliance. “Our goal is to prepare you for those types of things.” In addition to educational events surrounding the topic of aging, Oakmont of Santa Clarita also offers a variety of entertainment activities for its residents, including a “Happy Hour” every Wednesday featuring live entertainment. The most recent Happy Hour event featured a comedy musical group that appeared at Oakmont of Santa Clarita for the first time, which was well-enjoyed by residents, according to Dembkowski. “We [...]
In celebration of National Dog Day – August 26th! By: Margie Veis, Executive Director of Oakmont of Santa Clarita and proud “parent” of Biff! Pets fill a special place in our lives and hearts. They have made great comrades through adolescence, marriages, and raising children. They have provided comfort when our nests have emptied and support through loss and illness. There is nothing quite like the sound of a cat’s purr or the feeling of a dog’s soft fur to help buoy our spirits and get us through the tough times. As we age, the benefits of pet ownership become even more significant. A senior’s quality of life can be vastly improved, both physically and emotionally, when they have an animal companion to care for and spend time with. At pet-friendly senior living communities, residents can bring their beloved furry friends to live with them, allowing seniors to reap the rewards of pet ownership even as their own care needs change. Below are some of the benefits of pet ownership for seniors: 1) Companionship – Loneliness is dangerous to our health at any age, but is prevalent in seniors who have lost spouses, live far away from family or have become isolated due to health challenges. A pet provides a daily companion who is eager to see you every morning and is a constant cohort throughout the day. 2) Purpose – Pets give us a reason to get up in the morning when we are having a hard time [...]
Oakmont of Santa Clarita is fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association through “Team Oakmont,” which is set to participate in the 4th annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s on October 8 at Bridgeport Park. Oakmont of Santa Clarita is fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association through “Team Oakmont,” which is set to participate in the 4th annual Walk To End Alzheimer’s on October 8 at Bridgeport Park. Oakmont officials kicked off the month of May with their “Barbeque, Beer and Boogie” event to raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, whose mission is to advance research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. “We had a country western band and southern-style barbeque, and we invited our families, … people that have visited Oakmont and some of the professionals in the community to come out to support the event,” said Mary Dembkowski of Oakmont of Santa Clarita. Admission to the event was free, but donations were accepted for the Walk To End Alzheimer’s in Santa Clarita. By the beginning of July, Team Oakmont had raised $1,160 — 23 percent of its total goal of $5,000. More than 100 participants from 37 local teams raised approximately $17,600 for the Santa Clarita walk so far, which has a listed goal of $65,000.
By: Margie Veis, Executive Director at Oakmont of Santa Clarita At Oakmont of Santa Clarita, we love this time of year. Our resident and chef gardens thrive in the warmer days and higher temperatures at night make dining alfresco on the patio a lovely way to enjoy dinner with neighbors and friends. However, with the heat of summer comes health risks for seniors. Older adults are at a higher risk for dehydration when temperatures rise; our sense of thirst decreases as we get older as well as our body’s ability to retain water and respond to temperature changes. The sunny days that we once enjoyed can be dangerous if we do not take precautions to stay healthy and safe. Below are 6 easy tips to help seniors stay hydrated throughout the summer months. 1) Seniors should drink a full glass of water (8oz) every time they take medications. This can be an easy way to ensure better hydration without having to specifically set aside time to drink water. 2) Caregivers: make a point of offering water throughout the day. Even a sip here and there will help support better hydration. 3) Seniors and their caregivers should keep track of how much and how often they are drinking fluids. It can be easy to think that an older adult is getting enough water because they are not thirsty, but a reduced sense of thirst makes it hard to accurately measure fluid needs. 4) Keep water accessible throughout the home by [...]