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Congratulations to Nellie Amparan, our Employee of the month for October! Nellie has worked for Country Club in the dining room for five years. Originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Nellie moved to Texas and then later came to Tulsa. Working at Country Club has been her only job since moving to Tulsa, and Nellie says she really enjoys her job here and she especially enjoys working with the residents. In her free time, Nellie enjoys going to the casino. Nellie’s supervisor shares that Nellie is an essential part of the training program implemented for the department.
Nellie is a valuable part of our staff and the service that we provide in our dining room.
Nellie is a true blessing to CCWH! Thank you for all you do, Nellie!

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As we grow older, our health is a constant topic of conversations. Eating healthier, getting regular exercise and keeping up with necessary doctor’s appointments are all an important part of being healthy, but what about making sure your mind is healthy? Regular mental stimulation can help keep your mind sharp and on top of things. So what are some brain exercises you can do? Here is our list of some activities to try in order to keep you brain in tip-top shape thanks to seniorlivingmag.com

 

  • Dancing. Break out your boogie shoes! Dancing regularly, especially organized dancing such as ballroom dancing, line dancing, or swing dancing can possibly reduce the risk of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia by 76 percent!
  • Music. Remember being forced to practice the piano when you were a child? It turns out that playing an instrument can play an important part in building up your brain strength. Even listening to music has been shown to strengthen the brain. Break out your favorite old songs, or, even better, the old guitar or piano and practice, and even if it doesn’t sound great, you’ll still be doing your mind a favor.
  • Puzzles. Crossword puzzles, sudoku, and jigsaw puzzles are more than just a lovely way to spend an easy Sunday morning… they also stimulate your mental abilities to be a better problem solver! You can even start with the easy puzzles and work your way up… brain exercise does not always come easily.

There are many factors that go into making sure your mental faculties are strong – these practices are only a small part. But why not begin by making a change today? You may find yourself thankful for it in a few years. Some of the other factors that lead to a healthy mind is a commitment to good nutrition, regular positive social interactions, and a safe environment… all of which can be found at Country Club of Woodland Hills retirement community! Take a tour today of our beautiful community and see how we can help you improve your retirement living. Contact us here or visiting our website at ccwh-living.com

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Through determination you can accomplish anything, is Florene Hachenberg’s motto! Having gone through a stroke a few years back, she has made a nice recovery. Doing chair yoga several times a week, Florene has seen some body improvement and plans to continue.

Florene was born at home on January 1, 1928, in the small town of Goltry, Oklahoma. She has an older brother and sister. Florene graduate from high school in Goltry, then went on to Alva to what was then known as the teachers’ college. She majored in home economics and minored in physical education. When Florene was a junior, she met her soon to be husband. They were married the next year. Because he had just returned from the service, he was one year behind her in college. Florene found her first teaching job in Cherokee, teaching the 4th grade while he finished college. Once college was over for her husband, they moved on to Kansas for better paying teaching jobs. Florene taught at Liberal, Kansas for 11 years until her husband was transferred to the Kansas City area. She then taught 1st grade in Olathe for 10 years until she retired. During that time, they started a family, having one daughter.

Florene and her husband were also very active with a travel group. She always told her husband that she didn’t want to go to other countries, because there was plenty to see right here. In her apartment at CCWH, she has a small picture of the USA with stars on it. The stars represent the places where they have been, not in a car but in their travel trailer. She said that when looking to the top of Rocky Mountain State Park, you can see horses grazing. When her daughter was small, before she was in school, Florene had pointed out the horses and said one day she wanted to walk that trail. When her daughter was a senior in high school, she was in the Liberal High School Band. Florene decided to build up her walking strength by practicing with her daughter as she walked for band practice, five miles every night. Florene’s promise to herself, to walk to the top of Rocky Mountain National State Trail, was about to come true! A friend, who they had camped with from the area, walked the trail with Florene and her daughter. They began at 8am on that morning, walked the lower level of the Rocky Mountain National State trail and made it to the top. Her legs didn’t even hurt! Through determination you can accomplish anything.

Florene’s daughter found CCWH for her, and Florene moved into CCWH sight unseen. She feels so comfortable here and is delighted to have someone else cooking for her! Florene expressed how friendly everyone is. She loves it here, and says that this is her home! Florene is a great addition to our CCWH family and we are so glad she has chosen to make Country Club her community!

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Stephanie Colbert, our Employee of the month for September, has worked for Country Club since December 8, 2007, nearly 10 years!
According to Stephanie’s supervisor at CCWH, Stephanie is one of the best employees she has had. She is dedicated, trustworthy, caring, very versatile and intelligent. She has always gone above and beyond in her work, especially for the residents. Stephanie balances working two full time jobs simultaneously. When she first came to CCWH, she was only looking for a part-time position. However, it soon turned into a full-time position which Stephanie stepped into. Stephanie has over 20 years of experience in long term care.
She enjoys interacting with and taking care of the residents at Country Club.
Thank you, Stephanie, for all that you do!

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Sometimes it seems as if senior care has it’s own language. It is enough to make your head spin! Here is a list of helpful terms commonly used in senior care and their definitions from myageingparent.com that can help you decipher what some of these words mean.

 

 
Advanced directive: A legal statement regarding future medical treatments if the individual should lose the ability to express themselves. It can also be called a “living will.”
Alzheimer’s: Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease which causes a loss of memory, behavioral changes, and/or a descreased ability in thinking and language skills.
Arthritis: Arthritis can be caused by many different things, such as trauma or infection. It is the inflammation of a joint which can cause pain, swelling, or stiffness.
Assistive Technology: Assistive technology may refer to any type of device which is used to assist people with a disability.
Care assessments: This is an assessment carried out to examine yours or your loved one’s specific needs in order to provide the most beneficial and necessary services.
Continuing care: Continuing care retirement communities, such as University Village, offer residents many different levels of care for each stage of life according to what the resident’s needs are. University Village offers independent living, assisted living, long-term care, and skilled nursing care.
Dementia: Dementia is characterized by several different symptoms and varying between the types of dementia. Some common symptoms include changes in mood, increased confusion and memory loss.
Macular degeneration: Macular degeneration is a the deterioration of a part of the retina in the eye. Changes in vision are symptomatic of macular degeneration.
Palliative care: Palliative care is appropriate for people in all different stages of their diagnosis, whether under treatment or living with a chronic disease or nearing the end of their life. Palliative care focuses on relieving or preventing suffering for the patient.
Power of attorney: Power of attorney allows for someone who is aging to pass on their responsibilities to someone else when they can no longer do so themselves, i.e. if they develop an illness which impairs the ability to make decisions.
Stroke: a stroke happens when the blood supply to a certain part of the brain is cut off and the cells are therefore damaged.
Wills: A will provides direction for the administration of your estate when an individual passes away. It can ensure that those who you believe should benefit from your estate will receive it.
We hope that this list of terms provides you with some clarity when it comes to the specific language regarding senior care. As always, our Country Club staff is ready and willing to help you in determining the best choice for retirement living. We want to help meet your needs!

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A recent trend in the past several years reinvented the idea of coloring. What was once an infantile way to entertain a young child has now turned into a popular relaxation activity for people of all ages. Of course, coloring for adults is usually a big step up from crayon-smeared drawings of cartoon characters; many beautiful, intricate patterns and designs can easily be found online or printed on high quality paper in adult coloring books in a wide range of different stores. In addition, most adults utilizing this technique for relaxation and creativity trade the waxy crayons and chunky markers for more refined options of brightly colored pencils and watercolors. But even with the right types of materials, why should you spend time coloring? Here are some of the benefits reported by seniors who spent time coloring and relaxing according to goldencarers.com

  • Coloring is a mood-lifter. After a few minutes of coloring a beautiful picture, you may find your mood lightening and a smile on your face!
  • Bye-bye, stress. Stressful situations will dissolve away as your mind focuses on the picture in front of you.
  • Express yourself. Even those who freely claim a lack of artistic talent can still enjoy expressing themselves in shapes, lines, and colors.
  • Improvement in hand-eye coordination. It is always a benefit to practice new ways that your brain interacts with the rest of your body, and coloring challenges your brain’s neural connection with your hands as you fill in the pages with colors.
  • Maintains dexterity and motor control. Gripping a pencil or paintbrush to trace along a shape is an excellent way to maintain and even improve your hand’s strength to grip and grasp, especially important as our bodies age.
  • Goal accomplished! Okay, maybe coloring in a picture is not the highest priority on your to-do list, but there is still a sense of pleasure that comes when you look at your beautifully colored, finished page. And maybe it can become a new piece of art for your wall or a gift for a friend!

Coloring is no longer an exclusive activity for young children; it is an open invitation to everyone to take a minute and rest. Even better, gather a group of friends to color together to combine social activity with creativity. Our senior retirement community, Country Club of Woodland Hills, offers just that: a beautiful facility filled with caring staff offering daily activities with a wonderful, loving community of like-minded people enjoying their retirement to the fullest. Visit us and take a tour to see what retirement living at Country Club is really like.

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Carolyn was born in Mobile, AL, although her family only lived there for a short six weeks of her life. Her father traveled in his business and when she was 2 years old, they were staying in a hotel where Guy Lombardo and his orchestra were the entertainment in the dining room. At one point, she was taken to the stage and Mr. Lombardo gave her his baton and allowed her to direct his musicians! This “took” and from that point music was her goal in life. Her life has revolved around singing (opera, musicals, TV, supper clubs and church) teaching and directing. She has taught music to all grades and has supervised teachers to music Education Majors at the University of Florida. She says the highlight of her teaching career was directing a group of students on the stage of Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
When she was 12 years old the family moved to New Orleans where she graduated from high school. When she was 15 years old and a senior in high school, she was asked to perform with a fine, 23 year old tenor. They immediately became a duo on and off stage. They married two years later and graduated from North Texas State University. Since he worked for the Federal Government, they lived in many different states. They shared fourteen years of marriage and three beautiful daughters.
Carolyn remarried in 1974. She and Bill lived in Florida and Colorado before retiring to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Regretfully, Bill passed four years ago from Alzheimer’s.
Though “sudden hearing loss” was a shock to Carolyn a few months ago, she continues to direct a small chorus of ladies. She is looking forward to a cochlear implant that seems to be likely in the near future.
Since Carolyn has a daughter in Tulsa, she moved here three years ago. She also has a daughter in Seattle and one in Rome, Italy.
With nice neighbors and a full schedule of activities, her cottage at Country Club has become home. Carolyn is a great addition to our Cottage Neighborhood!

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