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Comstock’s Magazine

If you’re trying to prepare for a tsunami, emergency assistance groups will advise you to make ready in three ways: Know your evacuation routes, put together an emergency kit, develop a family communication plan. But if you’re trying to prepare for the silver tsunami, the wave of retirement-age workers eyeing the office exit, well, that’s a huge difference. Retirement communities are facing the challenges that come with catering to seniors in the 21st century. These consumers — and there are a lot of them — are demanding greater access to technology, life-long learning programs and attention to overall wellness. Fewer bingo cards and early-bird buffets; more iPads, ebooks and yoga pants. Five key trends in particular have emerged at the forefront of this senior-living shift, according to Accent on Seniors, a California-based housing consultant. These trends point to an aging population that wants to be more active and interactive, and senior communities are making adjustments to keep up. But is the River City ready for the boomer boom? There are many senior housing options available in the Capital Region, but no new major construction taking place for skilled nursing facilities, according to Deborah Pacyna, director of public affairs for the California Association of Health Facilities. According to Chris Miller, president of senior housing developer FCM Capital Partners, “Even if there were one [senior housing facility] built every day in California, we probably still couldn’t meet the need.” But that’s not stopping his 
Roseville-based company from taking a swing. In November, [...]

Varenna Wins Coveted Gold Award

Community sets the Standard for the Ultimate in Five Star Senior Retirement Living.  SANTA ROSA, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- When it opened its doors to seniors in 2008, Aegis Living's Santa Rosa community, Varenna was immediately recognized as a hallmark in the best of senior living. Now that acknowledgment is expanding. The National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) 50+ Housing Council has awarded Varenna the prestigious 2009 Best of 50+ Housing Gold Award in the category of Best CCRC, defined as those having up to 200 units. The National Association of Home Builders' 50+ Housing Council's Best of 50+ Housing Awards program is the industry's most prestigious national awards program honoring excellence in building, design, and marketing of housing for boomers and beyond. The planning, development, and design of Varenna was developed by Oakmont Senior Living, a real estate development and construction company headquartered in Santa Rosa, California. One judge who voted on Varenna said, "This is an incredible CCRC providing stylish luxury living to all residents and all levels of care. With careful placement of the units and building utilizing the natural topography of the site, this project maximizes its natural benefits and views. The traditional design of the exterior is seamlessly translated into the interior detailing and furnishings. Beautiful!" Varenna represents a world-class Continuing Care Retirement Community with timeless European beauty and charm. The concept was based on Mediterranean architecture, incorporating archways, balconies, warm colors and high interior ceilings. Terraced walls add to the Mediterranean ambiance, along with twisting, colorful grape vines and olive trees. [...]

LIEE Awards William Gallaher

Mr. Gallaher is the Chairman of the Board of First Community Bank. He is a principal in Oakmont Senior Living LLC (OSL), which has developed senior assisted living and Alzheimer’s communities in three western states since 1995. Many of these facilities are still owned and operated by OSL. For many years, Mr. Gallaher was a successful homebuilder in Sonoma County, having built more than 500 homes in Oakmont and throughout the Santa Rosa and Windsor, California areas. Read More...

Oakmont Wins SAGE Award (Project of the Year)

The Southern California 55+Housing Council honored Oakmont Senior Living with a 2013 SAGE Award for Project of the Year in the continuing care retirement community category during a ceremony in Costa Mesa on November 20. Oakmont’s Executive Director Ken Garnett accepted the SAGE Award recognizing Capriana, the company’s world-class retirement campus in Brea, for its innovative approach to retired living and continuing care services. Since 1995, SoCal 55+Housing Council has recognized individuals, projects and programs with SAGE Awards for their efforts and outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of life for Southern California residents aged 55 and older. This year, Capriana was one of only four community projects to be honored at the 19th Annual SAGE Awards. Completed earlier this year, Capriana is Orange County’s newest and most luxurious retirement campus. Covering 5.5 acres, the community is currently home to 80 residents and offers independent and assisted-living options for its 79 spacious apartment homes and casitas. As a full-service retirement campus, Capriana provides a wide range of resort amenities and services that are redefining the world of retired living. From gourmet meals and concierge services, to enjoying a screening in the movie theater and working in the resident gardens, Oakmont Senior Living has taken great care to create not just a community, but a rewarding lifestyle. Other onsite amenities and common areas include a fully equipped fitness center with daily fitness instruction, hiking trails, outdoor pool, library, salon and day spa, cocktail lounge, activity rooms and a pet park. As [...]

Groundbreaking at Fountaingrove

Santa Rosa, CA – March 28, 2011: Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first retirement community with the option of continuing care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community, has begun construction of its lush 10-acre property in beautiful Sonoma County. With activities and amenities to enhance wellness and contemporary living, Fountaingrove Lodge will provide an inviting, supportive, and active lifestyle in a setting of exceptional natural beauty, where a diverse group of LGBT seniors can live, relax, and enjoy a community of friends. “Fountaingrove Lodge is a dream that has been several years in the making, and reflects our desire to provide fine retirement living opportunities for a broad range of seniors,” says Bill Gallaher, founder and principal of Oakmont Senior Living (OSL), who developed the concept with his wife, Cindy. “We are excited because where other LGBT retirement projects have stalled or failed, Fountaingrove is a reality. Of the more than 30 retirement communities we’ve developed, this latest project will fill a void that has existed for far too long, and we are proud to lead the way on this front.” Residences at Fountaingrove Lodge will be comprised of 6 beautiful bungalows and 64 gorgeously-appointed apartment homes in nine different floor plans – ranging from 830 to 2,001 square feet – designed in the Craftsman style of architecture, with the use of fine woodwork and stone inside and out that echo the native rocks and trees on the site. Each bungalow will have its own patio or deck, [...]

Montecito Adds Memory Care

Santa Rosa, CA – March 31, 2011: Oakmont Senior Living, a recognized leader in the retirement industry, is enhancing one of its key properties, Montecito, with the addition of “Traditions” Memory Care. At a grand opening celebration on April 6, Montecito will unveil a newly-created section called Traditions, which will offer 24 apartments to meet the growing need for care and support for memory-impaired individuals and their families. A springtime celebration of this enhanced level of care will take place from 4 to 7 PM with refreshments and entertainment. Tours of the community and the new Traditions component will be available. As guests tour the property, each area will feature special refreshments such as hors d’oeuvres in the activity room, a fresh seafood bar in the courtyard, and a decadent dessert buffet in the Great Hall. Space is limited, so the courtesy of an RSVP is requested. Those wishing to attend should call 925-692-5838. At Traditions – a separate, secure neighborhood within the larger community – caring support is provided to residents experiencing cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. Montecito is located in Concord, California, and currently offers independent and assisted living with the highest level of service. “Oakmont Senior Living is dedicated to exemplary service in our communities and the highest quality of life for our residents,” says Bill Gallaher, founder and principal of Oakmont Senior Living. “Our goal is to ensure that those residents with increasing memory impairment are able to stay in familiar surroundings here [...]

Fountaingrove Lodge LGBT Community Underway

Santa Rosa, CA – December 13, 2010: Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first retirement community with the option of continuing care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community, is now accepting deposits from future residents for its lush 10-acre property in beautiful Sonoma County. With activities and amenities to enhance wellness and contemporary living, Fountaingrove Lodge will provide an inviting, supportive, and active lifestyle in a setting of exceptional natural beauty, where a diverse group of LGBT seniors can live, relax, and enjoy a community of friends. “Fountaingrove Lodge is a dream that has been several years in the making, and reflects our desire to provide fine retirement living opportunities for a broad range of seniors,” says Bill Gallaher, founder and principal of Oakmont Senior Living (OSL), who developed the concept with his wife, Cindy. “The success of Aegis Gardens, which we built in 2001 in Fremont, California, for the Chinese-American senior community, led us to consider developing other communities that would serve additional diverse senior populations. This latest project will fill a void that has existed for far too long, and we are proud to lead the way on this front.” Residences at Fountaingrove Lodge will be comprised of 6 beautiful bungalows and 64 gorgeously-appointed apartment homes in nine different floor plans – ranging from 830 to 2,001 square feet – designed in the Craftsman style of architecture, with the use of fine woodwork and stone inside and out that echo the native rocks and trees on the [...]

SEGOVIA TO HOST SENIOR WELLNESS DAY

PALM DESERT – November 10, 2010: Segovia, the five-star retirement community with resort-style residences in Palm Desert, will host a Senior Health and Wellness Day for area residents 55 and better on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 10 am to 3 pm. Segovia is located at 39905 Via Scena, near the intersection of Country Club Drive and Monterey Avenue in Palm Desert. “The unique aspect of this event is that all of the physicians who attend will be available for direct interaction with our guests,” said Dee Wieringa, Senior Director of Marketing at Segovia. “Our residents have come to expect the finest in care and amenities, and we are pleased to be able to offer this information to members of our extended desert community.” The event will take place in Segovia’s Great Hall, where physicians affiliated with Internal Medicine Specialists of Rancho Mirage (IMS) will be speaking every 30 minutes about a variety of topics: Diabetes: Dr. John Deller, MD, FACP, FACE Men’s Health: Dr. Gerald Trostler, MD, FACP Colon Health: Dr. Jeffrey Heilpern, MD, MRCP Women’s Health: Dr. Maryam Bahreini, MD, FACOG Heart Health: Dr. Charles Horkey, MD Annual Physicals: Dr. Carlos Lopez Hypertension/Blood Pressure: Dr. Stephanie Yao, MD Foot Health: Dr. John Ebaugh, DPM Weight Management: Dr. Lynne Messner, MD Blood pressure and blood sugar checks will be provided. Valet parking and refreshments will be offered. Guests may register in the Segovia lobby. This event is sponsored in part by RM Broadcasting’s “The Oasis” and KJJZ radio stations. [...]

SEGOVIA AT PALM DESERT NOW OPEN

PALM DESERT – May 12, 2010: Segovia, the new five-star retirement community with resort-style residences in Palm Desert, will open its doors to new residents on May 14, following a grand opening event that took place on Thursday, May 6. More than 300 guests attended the celebration – titled Bravo! at Segovia – and were greeted with Spanish- themed food, beverages and entertainment located throughout the 9-acre complex. Currently, Segovia’s 121 residences are 60% sold and new residents will begin moving in May 14. “After what seemed like a short development process, all of us at Segovia are thrilled to be welcoming our new residents,” said Steve Kregel, Executive Director of Segovia at Palm Desert. “This is a big moment for the people who are moving here. Segovia will be their new home and they bring with them a lifetime of treasures and memories. Many of the new residents are from the Coachella Valley and have sold their houses to join us at Segovia, and I know they won’t be disappointed. I wouldn’t be surprised if they say it was the best move of their lives.” At the grand opening event, Segovia showcased an impressive array of social, recreational, and cultural amenities, as well as dining venues including the full-service Coachella Club Restaurant where a sumptuous Mediterranean feast was featured. Other highlights included a decadent dessert buffet, the Pat McCaffrey Band in the Great Hall, a poolside tapas bar and sangria stand, smoothies and frozen drinks at the 9-hole putting [...]

Segovia Sales Brisk

PALM DESERT – March 10, 2010: Segovia, the new five-star retirement community with resort-style residences in Palm Desert, has seen an extraordinary amount of interest in the first offering of its 121 residences at the new Palm Desert location. More than 50% of the models available have been reserved and sales have moved faster than anticipated. New residents will begin moving in after the grand opening celebration this May. “We’ve seen an amazing amount of interest in this property which isn’t surprising considering the high level of services, amenities and care we provide,” said Steve Kregel, Executive Director of Segovia at Palm Desert. “We expect the community to be completely sold out within a few months. In the meantime, we’re giving tours of the models and grounds daily and we’re getting great feedback. People really love Segovia.” Of the models available, the largest – The Granada – has sold out, but many other categories and floor plans are still available. Prospective residents can visit Segovia daily to tour the property, however with construction still underway, weekends are best to tour Segovia and see many of the features that make this property unique. “What do people love about Segovia? Everything!” said Dee Wieringa, Assistant Executive Director at Segovia. “The five-star lifestyle, the culinary experience at our Coachella Club Restaurant, and of course all the amenities like the inclusive concierge and valet services. We are constantly complimented on the friendliness and professionalism of our staff and the beauty of the property. But [...]