What is the Sandwich Generation? Beyond visions of creamy peanut butter and bread, the “Sandwich Generation” is a term, growing in its usage, related to the increasing number of people who are caught between the needs of multiple generations; those caring for their own children or grandchildren while simultaneously caring for their aging parents. While research has found that interaction between multiple generations is incredibly beneficial, family caregivers feeling pressed by needs of all those both younger and older, leading to tension and chaos. According to Carol Abaya, a journalist and speaker, two different types of living arrangements may be found within the “Sandwich Generation”: First, the “Traditional Sandwich,” where one is torn between caring their aging parents and their own children, or second, the “Club Sandwich”, where all three, or even four, generations are found living under the same roof. Either way, the primary caregiver, or caregivers, are left to attempt to figure out how to balance all those involved, without neglecting one or the other.
In balancing the varying needs of multiple generations, we would like to offer a few tips to benefit family caregivers in their juggling act. Here are our suggestions to minimize the impact of living in a Sandwich Generation-type situation:

  1. Meet with other family members who can help out. Dividing a seemingly impossible task into bite-sized pieces among several different people can help make a to-do list much less daunting. Regular checking-in to make sure it is working is key, as well as being open to input and ideas from those who can help. Delegating responsibility, even down to the smallest members of the family, will ensure that no task gets left undone.
  2.  Set aside time to rest, recharge, and reconnect. Oftentimes caregivers are so consumed with completing all that needs to be done that they will forget to take time for themselves or their loved ones, damaging relationships and their own motivation. Setting aside time for catching up with friends, spending one-on-one time with children, or a date night with a spouse will remind them that they are not forgotten and refresh the caregiver.
  3.  Know when to ask for help. Sometimes, the pressures of caring for many different people is simply too much. Admitting that the needs of those around you is more than you can handle is not a sign of failure or of weakness. Look around and discover some of the many resources available to you and your loved ones and be open to exploring them as they may end up benefitting you and your family greatly.

Of course, if you want more information about senior care, our team at Country Club retirement community is always available as a resource for you and your family. Contact us at (918)252-5451 or at ccwh-living.com to speak with one of our team members and schedule a tour of our community.
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Can you think of a song that immediately brings up memories when you hear it? That is one of the goals of music therapists, to utilize music to improve mood and boost memory, especially in seniors. The holiday season is typically filled with nostalgia, so why not test out the some of the suggestions of music therapists and listen to some of the most popular songs, listed by decade.

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Since July of 2015 Nancy has been serving with excellence in the Dining Room. But for the last month you may have seen her (or heard her over the phone) at the Front Desk. “Nancy stepped up to help us when we really needed it,” says Director Trish Behrens. “She is a quick learner and a great help wherever she is.”
“This job is very rewarding every single day because I’m able to serve some wonderful people here,” Nancy reflects. She noted that the Front Desk is a bit challenging, but in a good way. “I’m really glad I’ve been able to help and it’s been an excellent opportunity to learn something new.”
Prior to the Country Club Nancy spent many years working in medical transcription for hospitals and doctors all over the Tulsa area. “I could do the work well but I didn’t have much time with people. Since coming here I’ve really enjoyed the people, both staff and residents.”
You will now find Nancy back in the Dining Room so be sure and tell her “Thank You” for all her hard work and care.

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A card game that has been around for centuries, it’s no wonder there are still bridge enthusiasts and clubs across the globe. But, what about this ‘brain game’ is so stimulating and challenging that it’s been kept so popular all this time?

93-year-old bridge enthusiast, Maggy Simony, says that bridge is just as strategic and mentally-challenging as a game of chess, but it’s also a social game, which we all know staying socially connected is linked to healthy aging. Bridge requires communication skills with your partner and is said to be a ‘synergistic combination of the strategic and social aspects,’ which is why it’s such a draw for so many people across the nation, especially seniors.
Simony is convinced that bridge is among the reasons she has aged well for so long, and she is only one of the many examples of bridge players enjoying remarkable longevity.
“Taking up bridge is one of the best life decisions I ever made…I won’t be satisfied until learning to play bridge is included in every article on how to age well,” she said.
In the world of bridge, there is social bridge and competitive bridge, which are quite different. Competitive bridge players typically play duplicate bridge, which is for those who enjoy the mastery and victory rather than playing in a living room over h’orderves, and the rules are modified to minimize the element of chance.
Many senior living communities have a bridge club that meets weekly and has become a social regiment for residents alike. Having a goal of trying to always ‘improve your bridge game’ is a great way to stay socially engaged and connected and is a healthy way to also work on ‘bettering yourself,’ which could favorably influence the longevity and vitality of bridge players nationwide!
After all, neurologist Dr. Claudia Kawas says that bridge players are some of the “most successful agers on earth,” and that it is “very important to use your brain, to keep challenging your mind, but all mental activities may not be equal. We’re seeing some evidence that a social component may be crucial,” which is why bridge is the perfect choice for all, no matter what stage of retirement or seniorhood you are in.

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Leota spent her childhood on a farm near Okemah. She was the only daughter and the fourth of five children and attended her first eight years of school in a small two-room school in the farming community. In 1943, the family made the move to Yukon where she started high school. In the summer, she got a job at the Western Auto Store on Route 66. “There was a television with an eight inch screen that they had in the sitting area,” Leota remembers. “It was the first TV I ever saw and on Saturday afternoons and evenings, the store owner would move it to the window for all to enjoy.”

After graduating from Yukon High School in 1947, Leota attended comptometer school in Oklahoma City and worked part-time in the Stock Yards Office. The school sent her for an interview with Standard Foods where she landed a job in the offices for Humpty Dumpty stores. “I find it funny looking back that I never really applied for a job,” she points out. “First, the auto store called me in to see if I wanted work, the school sent me to Standard Foods and then after a few years there, a friend recommended me for a job at Stanolind Oil & Gas.” It was for the Stanolind (later called Amoco) job that Leota made the move to Tulsa.
As soon as Leota started working and getting vacation days, she found her love of travel. “I didn’t even have a car then. I remember my first trip was by train with a friend to New Orleans.” Over the years, Leota took many trips by planes, trains and automobiles. “I’ve tried a boat twice: once around Catalina Island and then to and from Alcatraz,” she recalls. “After those short rides, I knew that if I ever took a cruise, I’d be hanging over the side the whole time.” Despite her issues with the waves, she was able to visit all over the US and to England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and Mexico. “Along the way I made a lot of friends through travel.” She particularly enjoyed trips during the summer breaks led by an OKC schoolteacher named Catherine Ratliff. “She was an excellent tour guide and she made everything so much fun. We’d stop in the deadest town you’d ever seen but she always had something fun to do, even if it was just cards at the tables or a walk by the river. I would take friends and family with me and we always had a great time.”
Leota built and owned her own home for many years but after visiting friends here at the Country Club, she decided to move in. “I was very surprised at how much I liked it here,” Leota notes. “And I was so glad not to have to worry about my house anymore.” Leota is involved in a few different exercise classes at CCWH. “I do chair exercise and Walk This Way as much as I can.” We are so pleased to have Leota here.

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We have some truly incredible staff members, and we are all committed to bringing the best care and service to our residents. Check out what some of our current residents have to say about our staff!

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This month marks two years of service at the Country Club for Kendra Dozier from Residential Care. And for that and many reasons, we are proud to name her the Employee of the Month for November. “Kendra is dependable and consistently goes above and beyond in her work and she is a very caring person,” says Karin Knight of RC.
Kendra graduated from Edison High School where she was very involved in the marching band as Captain of the Flag Corps and playing the trombone. Since then, she has pursued a career in nursing. Kendra has followed in her mother, Ann’s footsteps in both marching band and nursing. “My mom went to OU on a band scholarship,” she pointed out. “And she has been a nurse for 47 years.” Kendra remembers spending weekends in the ER and feeling very comfortable in hospitals. For her efforts, Ann was awarded the titles of both National and International Nurse of the Year. “I strive to fill a little bit of her shoes,” she noted.
Kendra started work as a Certified Nurses Aide in 2010 and gained her CMA in 2011. “This is the best job I’ve ever had. Karin and the rest of the staff are good to me and I know that I’m appreciated here and I really enjoy the people here.” Kendra is working on her RN license and is on track to achieve that goal in December 2017. We are so glad to have Kendra on our RC Team!

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Restless tossing and turning at night can be frustrating and exhausting, especially as you get older. Sleep can affect many different parts of your life, including energy levels, eating, moods, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you struggle to get to sleep at night, but are resistant to taking prescription sleeping pills, here are some tips to make getting to sleep less of a chore.
1: Regulate your sleeping schedule.
Consistently going to bed and waking up at the same time can help to regulate circadian rhythms, which are the natural cycles your body moves through as it sleeps. Generally, keeping to these schedules within 60 minutes more or less improves the sleep cycles.
2: Fight daytime drowsiness.
While taking naps during the day can be a refreshing way to catch up on lost sleep, lengthy naps during the day or even brief naps in the evening can lead you to count sheep for hours. If you find you get tired at a certain point of the day, rather than resting your eyes, choose to do something different, like taking a walk.
3: Cut your caffeine intake.
Caffeine from coffee, soda, or even certain types of tea can stay in your body for upwards of 8 hours. Excluding caffeinated drinks from your diet in the afternoon and evening can help ease your body into a restful state.
4: Create a sleep routine.
A warm bath can help calm and relax the body, and developing and sticking to a consistent routine in preparing for sleep can help the body and mind transition more easily into sleep even before you lay your head on your pillow.
5: Try aromatherapy.
Essential oils are a recently growing interest, and their benefits can be worth trying. Some swear by the mildly sedative effects of lavender. Reap the benefits of aromatherapy by using a diffuser, lotion, or room spray before sleep.
Of course, a sense of security is vital to easing sleep as well. If you are wrestling with a sense of insecurity that comes with living alone, or struggling to keep up with your home, we may be able to help. At Country Club of Woodland Hills, we seek to make you feel comfortable, secure, and at home in our community.
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“I feel like I’m still a kid at heart,” says spunky Country Club Cottage resident Louise Thompson. Though her childhood was spent hard at work on the family farm, Louise has always had the ability to not take things too seriously and to enjoy the journey of life. Shark was the name of the small Arkansas farming community where her journey began. “We didn’t have tractors to work with,” Louise remembers. “We did everything behind a mule.” She and her brother and three sisters worked the land with their mother and father every day, even when some of the other Shark kids were in school. “We didn’t have much but we had love in our home.”

Louise remembers special times during the holidays, “For our Christmas tree we would pop popcorn, string it, go out to the woods and get the red berries and string them too and take cotton and pinch it to add to the string. And on Christmas morning we’d open our stockings and usually get an orange, an apple, an English walnut and some pecans.” The children also had some special homemade toys. “Father made us a wagon that we would take down the hill,” she recalls. “My sister also took a piece of cloth and made a little baby doll and we played with it until its head fell off. We had a funeral for it and everything,” she says with a grin.
It was around the time of Christmas when Louise was seventeen that she decided to make a big life change. “My sister and her husband were in town from North Carolina where he was in the Coast Guard and I joined them on the coal train when they headed back east.” Within a week, she had landed her first waitressing job at a resort on the ocean. She moved into a little cottage on the water with a girl from Pennsylvania named Lucille. “It was really something because we could go bowling, dancing or swimming anytime we wanted. It was so much fun especially because there was a constant flow of military personnel in the community.” After about a year on the coast, Louise moved to Tulsa to help with the arrival of a new niece. “After two weeks of washing diapers in the bathtub, I told her I couldn’t do it anymore and went out to get a job as an elevator operator at the Mayo Hotel,” she recalls. After almost a year there, Louise took a four-day bus ride to California where her aunt and uncle had helped find her another position as a waitress. And it would not be her last.
She was at a small grill in Santa Paula for almost three years before moving to Ventura to serve at the iconic Loop’s Restaurant where she stayed for thirteen years. In all, Louise worked an incredible 42 years serving tables at restaurants. “I just really enjoyed waitress work,” she notes. “To me, it was just a place I went to have a good time and my customers could really see that and they always kept coming back.” One of her customers was a skilled electronics repairman named Harold Thompson who she went on to marry in 1963. They had nearly 35 wonderful years together before he passed.
After many good seasons living at the lake house in Oklahoma, Louise was needing to downsize and moved here to the Country Club in early 2014. “This is just a great place to be,” Louise points out. “And I had a little scare a while back with my health so I’ve been getting help from Barbara with Millennium Home Health. She is just the sweetest and she has given me peace of mind.” We are so glad that Louise has made the Country Club her home.

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