Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Jeana Gipson lived on a nature conservation of prime forests. She has three older brothers and a twin sister. Much of her childhood was spent exploring the woods, which were inhabited with deer, red fox and quail. She also enjoyed finding arrowheads and Indian paint pots, which were abundant on the island. At thirteen, her family moved to California. She loved to travel, acquiring the nickname “Little Gypsy.” She has been to Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, three quarters of the United States and also Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland. Even though Jeana has an education in the dental and pharmaceutical fields, she always found herself more fulfilled working for the generation before her. She enjoys helping residents in the Housekeeping department and hearing about their lives and all they went through. We are proud to have her on the CCWH team and to name her the Employee of the Month for February 2017.
Facilitating care sometimes feels like walking around in the dark. It can be very difficult to discern the best care options for aging loved one or yourself. Something that can help you to get off on the right foot in your decisions is to make a list deciding between some things that are “needs” and some things that are “wants.”
What is the difference between a “want” and a “need?” Needs are made up of the basic necessities to human life: Sleep, shelter, water, food, and air. In addition to these, certain medical condition may add medications or medical procedures. However, preferring to drink only bottled water rather than clean, filtered tap water can be more accurately described as a “want.” Similarly, it is important to remember that some preferences, while ideal, are not needs, especially when it comes to senior care. Family caretakers often find themselves neglecting their own basic needs while attempting to meet their loved one’s expectations in regard to their wants, damaging the caretaker’s own mental, emotional, and physical health. If this becomes the case, care declines and, rather than being beneficial, becomes damaging to both the caretaker and the person in their care. Taking a step back to define what the needs are and what the wants are becomes incredibly important.
If you believe a senior living community may be the best choice for you or your loved one, keeping a list of needs vs. wants in mind is also vital. One suggestion is to take a piece of paper and draw two columns. In one, write “needs”. In the other, write “wants”. Ask yourself some of the following questions, and sort your answers between the two columns according to preference and necessity:
- What are my nutritional needs? Do I need to follow a specific diet? Can this senior living community help me to meet those needs?
- What do I need in regards to my living space? How much space do I really need? Is it important for me to keep a pet? Do I need help with housework? How does this senior living community answer each of these questions and help me meet my needs?
- What are my medical needs? Do I need help with my medical care? Do I need regular visits from a healthcare professional? What do others say about how this community helps to meet their medical needs?
Country Club of Woodland Hills retirement community is available and ready to help guide you through your decisions regarding your senior living. We care about meeting your needs and providing you with the best care possible. Visit our website at ccwh-living.com or call us at (918)252-5451 to learn more and schedule a tour at our community.
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“Growing up, Dad used to say we ate beans and potatoes for Monday and potatoes and beans for Tuesday, then cheese and macaroni for Wednesday and macaroni and cheese for Thursday,” Country Club resident, Flynn Phillips said about his youth during the Depression. Flynn lived with his parents and older brother and sister near Sand Springs then and he was old enough to know that times were tough for everybody. His family was fortunate that his father had a job through those years working for Vandevers Department Store with appliances and later in the downstairs post office. In fact, the whole family worked there in different departments during peak times like the holidays.
Flynn spent much of his spare time in his youth playing pool at Doc’s Poolhall underneath the Tulsa World offices Downtown. “It was a great place for us boys even though Doc would have to kick us out every now and then when the police were on their way to make sure there wasn’t anyone there under 21. I think Doc had a friend in the police who would tip him off.”
It was outside of the poolhall that Flynn met Barbara in 1951. They started dating and when Flynn received his draft notice in 1952 and went to Camp Roberts (CA) for basic training, they kept in touch through letters. On August 15th, he boarded a troop ship headed to Pusan, Korea and joined M Company, 160th Regimental Combat Team, 40th Infantry Division. He was a radio operator and among other battles, vividly remembers Christmas Eve 1952 when it was 25 degrees with 20 inches of snow on Heartbreak Ridge. Flynn was thankful to return to the States in 1953 and was released from active duty on November 28th of that year but not before he and Barbara married on November 20th. They had continued to write each other throughout his time in Korea.
He had graduated from Central before the war and returned to a job at Maloney Crawford in Tulsa. He took courses at Oklahoma A&M in Okmulgee and was hired by CE Natco after finishing his studies in 1957. He spent the next 28 years working at Natco and took an early retirement in 1985. With his spare time, Flynn and Barbara attended M Company reunions all over the US. “We went to DC, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, San Antonio, New Orleans and many others. It was good to get together with those guys. We had a special bond that is only found between combat veterans,” Flynn recalls.
After 57 wonderful years together, Barbara passed in 2010. And in August of 2015, Flynn moved into the Country Club. “I have really enjoyed being here. I like the security and stress free life and the management and staff are all so friendly,” he pointed out. We are so glad that Flynn has chosen to make the Country Club of Woodland Hills his home.
Have you ever wondered about the difference between various options for long-term senior care? Let us help! This infographic, provided by assistedlivingfacilities.org and skillednursingfacilities.org lays out some of the big differences between the two.
Ted Gipson has been on the maintenance staff at CCWH since April 2012. He brings a pleasant and self-assured attitude to the team and is dedicated to achieving the best results. Before coming to CCWH, Ted spent over twenty years working on custom homes in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. His skills were utilized on the houses of QuikTrip executives, ex-Mayors and even Gerald Ford’s daughter.
Ted has worked with a lot of exceptional people and notes that CCWH is no different. “I have a lot of respect for the residents here,” he reflects. “They are a great group of people,” says Ted, “Every generation should have an appreciation for the one before.” Ted is the proud father of three girls, and he also has three grandchildren and one great-grandchild and it is with them that he spends much of his spare time.
Ted is a man of many talents who cares about the work that he does and the people that he works with. We are glad to name him the Employee of the Month for January 2017.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.