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!
Stephanie Colbert, our Employee of the month for September, has worked for Country Club since December 8, 2007, nearly 10 years!
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!
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.
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!
Rosie has worked at Country Club since November of 2016, and according to her Supervisor, Rosie is a great person and is always there to help out. Rosie shares that she truly enjoys coming to work every day. She said that the residents make each day a good day. The atmosphere is positive and full of life, and a free lunch from the kitchen each day is an extra bonus.
Rosie has one daughter and two sons. They share a home with her sister and her two boys. All of her free time is spent with the kids. Their favorite activities to do together include hiking, basketball, attending band concerts, school carnivals and pretty much anything else the kids enjoy.
Rosie and her sister moved here from Colorado Springs, CO for a fresh start. The neighborhood they moved into happened to be down the street from CCWH. Soon, Rosie discovered Country Club was everything she was looking for!
Rosie says, “Thank you CCWH for this opportunity. I look forward to many more years with Country Club.”
Thank you for being YOU!
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Aging brings it’s own set of challenges, one of which is loneliness. Loneliness creeps into our lives and can lead to isolation and even depressed feelings. Trying to form new relationships can seem intimidating and communities of like-minded people can be difficult. But do not despair! There are many people searching for the same sort of community in their retirement living as you are. We at Country Club of Woodland Hills retirement community would like to offer you some tips on how to build up a community wherever you are.
- Volunteer: After retirement, you may be celebrating your newfound freedom from the daily grind of work. “Why would I want to volunteer to only do more work?” you may ask. The truth is, volunteering is much different than a normal job. If you can find an organization which you truly believe in, and select carefully the amount of time you work, volunteering is a fulfilling way to spend your time and meet new people. You may be amazed at how quickly friendships come to be while also making the world a little bit better.
- Clubs: Even something as simple as a love for reading, a gift for knitting, or a common interest in playing pool can make a very fun group and an excellent community builder. People of all ages can share interests and connect with each other while also enjoying a favorite hobby. Keep an eye out for preexisting groups like these or start your own.
- Exercise Classes: Physical fitness is important. Even better is having fun with friends while also exercising! There are many exercise classes specifically created with seniors in mind, meeting anywhere from local community centers to a nearby park. Exercise has never been so fun!
- The Old Fashioned Way: Get to know the people around you. Neighborhoods seem to be increasingly isolating as people tend to enter and exit in a never-ending cycle of busyness and activities. Taking the time to be neighborly and bring over a small treat or say hello can help to break the ice.
Breaking out of our normal routines can be uncomfortable at times, but as the saying goes, “if you keep on doing the same thing, you can’t be surprised when you keep getting the same result.” Other options for defeating the loneliness include making a move to a retirement community full of friendly people to make you feel welcome – like Country Club of Woodland Hills retirement community. Our independent living community is filled with like-minded people who care about maintaining their independence while avoiding loneliness. Contact us to find out how your lifestyle can be improved at Country Club!
“It’s been interesting here,” Gayle Miller says of living at the Country Club. And that’s saying something considering her life experiences prior to her move. “I moved here a year and a half ago from Oklahoma City not knowing a soul and all you have to do is sit down with somebody new and all is well.” Anyone who has had the pleasure of sitting down with Gayle knows she is witty, wise and so very welcoming. Growing up in McAlester and OKC, Gayle loved to visit the Tulsa area on occasion. “I’ve always enjoyed the green and the trees and what I considered mountains until I went to Colorado and realized they were just hills,” she notes.
She says that she has two secrets that she kept from her lifelong friends in OKC: One is that she was always drawn to the landscape and culture of Tulsa. The other is that she is a big OSU fan, which you just can’t share openly in the Sooner saturated community of OKC. “Moving here was the best decision I could have made,” shares Gayle. “It’s been great for me and my family and I’ve had so much support and help that I wouldn’t have gotten staying at home.”
Gayle worked her way through Oklahoma City University with a number of jobs as a fashion model for some major stores in town, including Balliet’s. “It was so fun wearing these gorgeous clothes at style shows and at lunches every Friday. And I worked in the store in the summers,” she remembers. In the classroom, Gayle earned a double major in Business and Journalism. “I always liked to write, and I could write forever on pretty much anything even if I didn’t know much about it. This was especially helpful on essay tests,” she says with a wink. When she joined the Women’s Department at The Oklahoman out of college, she had the opportunity to write on a number of topics. “We had to fill up two full pages every day and then the Sunday paper was a full section and we had to stay up Thursday evening until it was done. It was an interesting time.” She went on to write features for the respected news provider and also joined a writers group in OKC and her work was found favorable in many competitions.
While at the paper, Gayle met and married Barney Miller, and had two wonderful children. When the kids were old enough, she enrolled at UCO, earned a Masters in Education with a certification in Library Science and became a school librarian. “It sounds dull as anything, but I enjoyed it all. I wasn’t just a librarian, I was an administrator, a teacher, a counselor.” Gayle has a talent for making the ordinary exciting. “My assistant and I did a video where I dressed up as ‘Dewey Decimal’ with a hat and mustache and everything,” she shares.
With the schedule of an educator, she and Barney took advantage of opportunities to travel in the summer. One of her favorite trips was a six week trip, three weeks in England and three in Spain. “Of course, I attended a seminar entitled Libraries in England at Oxford while Barney went to one on economics,” she notes. In their travels, the Miller’s always made time for enjoying the arts. She even had the chance to soak in a performance in England of The King and I starring Yul Brynner! They enjoyed seeing art galleries and these days her Cottage walls are decorated with all kinds of paintings, many of which Barney would pick out and bring home. We love having Gayle at CCWH!
Since his first day working at the Country Club in 2013, Zach has been a productive and valuable member of the maintenance team. It is only fair that he be named the Employee of the Month for the fourth time. “I enjoy working here,” Zach noted. “What I like most is that there’s something new every day to figure out when it comes to updating and maintaining our property.” Zach views himself as a problem solver and has always been mechanically inclined. While attending Victory Christian School for high school, he started classes at Tulsa Tech for automotive service and did so well in those classes that he received scholarships to attend OSU Okmulgee. He excelled in his training and spent six years as an assistant manager at O’Reilly Auto Parts before joining our team. For July’s Date Night, Zach did an incredible job setting up different aspects of the event including the outdoor movie projector, screen and sound. This is just one example of Zach going the extra mile to make things great at CCWH. We are pleased to name him the Employee of the Month.