Springtime is upon us! Below are several ways that you can celebrate the season with your senior loved one.Spend time outdoors. The sunshine is returning and that means we have ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature. Plan a walk with your loved one at a local community park, or for those who are not mobile, open the windows in their home and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine with them. Find a park bench and sit together outside, or eat a meal outdoors.Go to the local farmers market. Shop for seasonal produce with your loved one and enjoy a social outing at the same time! Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers to leave at their home.Create an indoor garden. Work with your loved one to create an herb garden that they can use at home.Embrace the idea of spring cleaning and support your loved one in cleaning out old boxes or simply tidying their home.Invite the birds to visit by setting up a bird feeder at your loved one’s home so they can have fun watching the various types stopping by for a snack.Plan a picnic. Invite other friends and family to celebrate the season with a potluck picnic at a local park.We hope you enjoy time spent with your senior loved one throughout this season.Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Oakmont Senior Living is an award-winning developer of premier, resort-style senior communities, with communities throughout California and Nevada. Family owned and operated, Oakmont is recognized for [...]
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Alzheimer’s disease strikes pain and division in many families, without always giving loved ones a break to cope. But when it comes to bringing the family together to reconnect with a loved one who has the disease, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, or AFA, released several steps for how to reconnect and strengthen connections, according to a news release issued last week. “As the disease progresses and memory fades, it’s about what can we do for loved ones to stay connected,” said Margie Veis, executive director of Oakmont of Valencia, which also works to help families with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. To begin, AFA asks families to work on finding ways to reconnect by means of different activities, such as sharing meals, watching films or looking through old photos together. In addition to this, Veis suggested a memory box with mementos and photos, items that can trigger memories, as well as face recognition via Skype or FaceTime. Another option is to learn “love languages,” or ways to express and receive love. This can incorporate gift-giving, acts of service and physical touch. One technique Veis recommended is to take a knee and touch delicately. “I think touch is so important, but you have to be respectful of the disease process,” Veis said. “(Someone with Alzheimer’s) can become hypersensitive to touch.” AFA also suggested families learn how to be adaptable and take time learning what can be done, rather than staying focused on what cannot be done when [...]
Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday for seniors who have lost a spouse or for those who have a loved one that has been diagnosed with a memory-related disease. To address potential feelings of loneliness, here are a few suggestions to encourage social interaction.Visit or schedule a FaceTime call with your loved one. Let them know that you are thinking of them on this special day.Make a homemade Valentine’s Day card for your loved one. If you have children, encourage them to create a Valentine for their grandparent or for a senior that might not have family to celebrate with.Surprise your loved one with an exciting excursion they can look forward to on or around Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you’ll schedule a day at the movie theater or a Sunday brunch.If you are a pet-lover, volunteering at a local animal shelter can lift your spirits. Schedule time for you and your loved one to volunteer at the local SPCA and allow them to be surrounded by furry, friendly animals.Look at your local senior center calendar and choose an event that your loved one can attend. Arrange to go with them or have a local family member or friend accompany them if they would prefer to have company.Bake Valentine’s cookies together. Prepare sweet treats to enjoy together in honor of the holiday.Many seniors feel isolated and lonely, not only on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year. Consider an assisted living community for a loved one who is seeking increased social connection. Assisted [...]
Oakmont Senior Living is expanding its footprint in the Santa Clarita Valley with a brand new, luxury senior living community currently under construction. Oakmont of Valencia, scheduled to open in summer 2019, will provide premier senior living to the residents of Valencia and its surrounding areas. Located on Copper Hill Drive, Oakmont of Valencia will be a 2-story, 85,000-square foot community, featuring 40 Assisted Living and 50 Memory Care apartment homes. With gourmet dining, on and off-site recreational and social activities, a salon and day spa, and two movie theaters, the community will offer 5-star amenities and services to active seniors and those in need of quality assisted living and memory care services. Margie Veis, previously the Executive Director of Oakmont of Santa Clarita since its opening in January 2016, will assume the role of Executive Director at Oakmont of Valencia and open and lead Oakmont’s newest community. As an industry leader with more than 30 years of experience in senior living, she will continue to provide high-quality, resident-centered care to seniors seeking resort-style living in the Santa Clarita Valley. Igor Molchanov, who has worked in senior living for the past two decades, will assume the role of Executive Director at Oakmont of Santa Clarita. Oakmont Senior Living, a family-owned and operated company founded by William P. Gallaher, is an award-winning leader in the senior living industry, having planned and developed more than 50 retirement communities in the western United States. As the owner and operator, Oakmont builds and [...]
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–Oakmont Senior Living plans to open a luxury senior living community in Huntington Beach—Oakmont of Huntington Beach—in late Spring 2019. Retirees and their families can learn more about the resort-style amenities at the community and are invited to visit the information center at 18792 Delaware St. in Huntington Beach seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The community is being built on one scenic acre with sweeping ocean views. Once complete, it will feature 88,521 square feet of space and include 46 assisted living and 22 memory care apartment homes. Floor plans include studio, one and two-bedroom options ranging from 400 to 1,064 square feet, all with 10-foot high ceilings and spacious bathrooms. Ample underground parking will be available in the community’s subterranean garage. “We are excited to bring luxury senior living to Huntington Beach,” said Executive Director Rosa Ayala. “We have already seen a phenomenal amount of interest from people who are glad that this high-end retirement living experience is coming to Huntington Beach.” Just a short drive from the Huntington Beach Pier, Oakmont of Huntington Beach is ideal for active seniors in search of resort-style amenities and continuing care services. To meet the diverse demands of active 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 [...]
About 200 members and guests of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated the holidays with a year-capping mixer held at Oakmont of Santa Clarita, an eldercare facility at 28650 Newhall Ranch Road. Amid catered hors d’oeuvres and smorgasbord plus live musicians, the chamber celebrated the appointment of its incoming 2019 Board Chair Nancy Lulejian Starczyk as well as the arrival of Oakmont’s new leader, Executive Director Igor Molchanov, who previously worked as senior executive director at Sunrise Assisted Living in Sterling Canyon, located in Valencia. Oakmont of Santa Clarita, a 121-bed assisted living community in Valencia, is one of the facilities under the auspices of Oakmont Senior Living, a family-owned company founded by Bay Area developer William Gallagher. Starczyk’s predecessor, outgoing 2018 Board Chair Troy Hooper, was also in attendance, as were a slew of local business and cultural leaders, including Zony Gordon, who in 2018 led the Santa Clarita Artists Association. The arts are a key component of Santa Clarita’s civic identity and branding. At October’s State of the City address, held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, the city of Santa Clarita dubbed itself City of the Arts. On Jan. 25, Starczyk will be officially installed at the chamber’s 96th Annual Awards and Installation Dinner at the Hyatt Regency. By Michael Aushenker (San Fernando Valley Business journal)
The holiday season has arrived! Many of us spread holiday cheer to friends and family with sweet homemade treats. At Oakmont, our culinary team prepares delicious made-from-scratch pies for residents and their families to bring to holiday festivities. If you’re looking for a decadent dessert for an upcoming celebration, try this Dutch Apple Pie recipe, created by our Chef. Happy baking!RecipeMakes 2 PiesFilling:2ea: 9 5/8” Pie Dough in disposable pie tin12C Peeled, Cored Sliced Apples - Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Pink Ladies2 Lemons, juiced1C Sugar½C Brown Sugar, packed6Tbs Flour1tsp Cinnamon1/2 Tsp NutmegPreheat oven to 375°FPar bake 10in pie crust for approximately 5 minutes. Let cool.In a large bowl, mix sliced apples, lemon juice, both sugars, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.Place apple filling into pie crust, gently pressing crust to form a mound.Topping1C Flour½ C Oatmeal½ C Finely Chopped Pecans½ C Granulated Sugar½ C Brown Sugar, packed1 Stick of Butter - ColdIn a bowl, cut the dry ingredients in with the butter using a pastry cutter, a fork or your hands. Continue until it becomes a course crumble.Sprinkle topping evenly over the pies.Bake the pies for approximately 40-50 minutes or until pies are golden brown on the crust and top.Enjoy!
On November 11, 2018, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor all those who have served our country. A 2012 Gallup research study found that four out of five 85 to 89-year-olds have served in our American military. This means that 80% of Americans between the ages of 85 and 89 enlisted at some point in their lives. On Veterans Day, the many seniors who fought for our freedoms are acknowledged in a variety of ways. Here are a few things you can do in recognition of the sacrifice they made to protect our country. Organize a creative fundraiser, like a car wash, in your local neighborhood. Identify a veterans organization that you can donate the proceeds to. Host a letter writing party and write handwritten thank you notes to each veteran that you know to thank them for their service. Invite an organization to your local community center to speak about veterans benefits. Or, invite local organizations that advocate for veterans to come and share about volunteer opportunities. Call your local senior center to learn about how they will celebrate and offer to volunteer at their event. Invite a veteran to speak at your child’s school. Hang a flag in your yard. Ask a veteran about their experience and listen as they recount their time in the service. Host a party to build care packages for troops and partner with a veterans organization to have them shipped overseas. Whatever you choose to do, we hope that you will [...]
October 15th is White Cane Safety Day. When this day was first established in 1963, President Johnson noted that, “The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person's ability to come and go on his own. Its use has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind.” The white cane speaks to blind people’s independence and self-sufficiency and White Cane Safety Day is meant to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired. Helen Keller, Andrea Bocelli and Stevie Wonder are just a few individuals who made a substantial impact on the world in spite of their blindness. Age impacts our eyes. As we get older, it can take longer for our eyes to adjust and focus, our sensitivity to glare can increase and it can be harder to distinguish color contrasts. In honor of White Cane Safety Day, we’d like to provide you with a few tips to maintain eye health in seniors. To avoid falls and eye-related injuries, make sure all rugs in your home are slip-proof. Secure all railings in your home so that they are never loose. High blood pressure and diabetes can affect eye health. Keep your eye doctor informed of any new health conditions as well as medications you are taking so that he/she can provide a comprehensive assessment of your eye functioning. Just like the rest of your body, your eyes benefit from regular exercise because your blood circulation and oxygen [...]
September 9th is Grandparents Day. This national holiday provides the opportunity to honor grandparents and remind them how special they are. Here are a few ways that you can celebrate: Interview Grandparents – whether your parents are grandparents to your children, or you are lucky enough to have grandparents who are still living, schedule a time, via phone or in-person, to interview them. Hear from them about important life stories, events and people in their lives who have made an impact. Consider recording your interview so that it can become a memorable keepsake. Bake them a sweet treat – make a cake or deliver cookies to your grandparents as a symbol of your love for them. Create and send a homemade card – spend the time making a unique and thoughtful card and then write a heartfelt note communicating their importance to you. Cook them a meal – invite them to your home for a special dinner honoring them and the role they have played as grandparents. Ask your children to list off all of the reasons they love visiting their grandparents and create a book for them to showcase what your children look forward to when they spend time together. Make a coupon booklet that grandparents can elect to use whenever they choose. Perhaps there’s a coupon for washing the car and another for mowing the lawn. Thoughtful services are a great way to show your love. Get together with the grandparents in your life and watch [...]