This September will mark eleven years that Ann has been on the CCWH team. Ann learned the value of loyalty growing up in her family with four brothers and six sisters. They always stuck by each other and most of them played basketball for Coweta High School. “I was a pretty good guard on my High School team and me and my family still play pick-up games at family reunions,” she notes. Ann started her professional career as an EMT with the Coweta ambulance service. After a few years as an EMT, she needed a change of pace. She completed her CMA certification and started working in senior living which she has been doing in the nearly 50 years since. Her passion for her work was contagious and she eventually encouraged her mother and sister to join her as a CMA. “I love my work here. These residents are my friends and I get really attached to them and their families,” Ann points out. “I tell everyone that this is my second home.”
“While Karin was away for over a month, Ann stepped in and directed the Residential Care staff very well,” says Executive Director Trish Behrens. Along with this, we recognize Ann’s enthusiasm for life, her emphasis on loyalty, and her natural ability to care for the people around her and we are proud to name her the Employee of the Month for April 2017.

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What is mindfulness?

According to, mindfulness is an ancient practice from Eastern Cultures which has spread rapidly through the entire world. While it was originally used for religious purposes, the benefits of this practice have enabled it to explode beyond its original purpose and expanded in practices. Oftentimes, mindfulness is used as a technique by counselors, leading people to acceptance of emotions and liberating negative thoughts.

Why is mindfulness beneficial?

Mindfulness practice offers a technique for emotional regulation and relaxation.Mindfulness also allows you time to focus on deep, sustained breaths, eliminating excess noise, and lowering stress levels. For seniors specifically, it can help defeat the fatalism that some may feel in regards to changing themselves or their situation. It can also help in the case of feeling plagued by a sense of nostalgia, leading some seniors to be more present in the current moment and lessening the feelings of depression.

How do you practice mindfulness?

There are many resources available begin learning mindfulness. A quick search on the internet can provide some free resources to begin practicing mindfulness, including Youtube videos. Your local library also may have access to mindfulness CDs or books. However, mindfulness is as simple as taking a moment in a quiet room, allowing yourself the time to take deep breaths, and letting your brain process thoughts, mentally filtering those which you allow and those you choose to let go of.

Mindfulness is only one practice with which you can improve your senior living. At Country Club of Woodland Hills retirement community we may be able to help you improve your senior living even further! We offer exceptional care in a friendly community of adults to meet your needs. Contact us at (918)252-5451 or to find out more or schedule a tour.

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As one generation ages, the care of parents often falls to the responsibility of their adult children, resulting in what has been labelled child-parent role reversal, according to With this role-reversal, it naturally brings along a great deal of stress as new and unfamiliar responsibilities land in the lap of the adult child. Similarly for the parent, aging brings its own stress as health needs and capabilities change. In fact, retirement is listed as one of the top ten most stressful life events!

In the midst of all this stress, we would like to offer some ideas to help reduce stress and help improve the transition of child-parent role reversal.

  • Evaluate and plan accordingly. Not all seniors need around-the-clock skilled nursing care. Senior living communities can offer many different levels of care, from independent living in a community of senior adults to assisted living. Evaluating or helping evaluate the social, physical, and medical needs, as well as the finances of an ageing parent can help you find the best solutions.
  • Communicate with all family members involved. If there are multiple members of one family concerned with the care of a parent, there may also be many different opinions as to the best options for care. One sibling may believe that their parent is doing great while the other may be convinced that they are unsafe or unwell. Communication among all the people concerned is vital, including communication with the parent.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available to caretakers when it comes to evaluating and identifying the needs, medical, social, physical, or otherwise. Senior Living Communities such as Country Club of Woodland Hills offer many different options for senior care in varying levels to best meet the needs of aging parents. Our staff has years of experience and can help advise on where your parent’s needs are best cared for.

With these steps, the daunting task of determining care for an aging parent is hopefully made a little bit easier. Of course, we are always here to help! Call us at (918)252-5451 or contact us here to get in touch with us and learn more about exceptional retirement living at Country Club of Woodland Hills. Our website can be found here at and can also be used as a valuable resource in determining your best options for senior care.

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“It’ll be four years ago this summer that I came to Country Club,” says sweet and spunky resident, Margie Murray. “I love all the people here, both residents and employees are wonderful and you get the feeling like we’re all one great big family.” Since her first day here, Margie has taken advantage of all that there is to offer. She takes part in most every opportunity for exercise including Tai Chi, Yoga, Walk This Way and Chair Exercise as well as the Writing Club and many outings. “I believe it’s important to wake up every day with a renewed focus on caring for myself and caring for the people around me.” We are glad to have Margie here at Country Club.

Her journey began with a childhood in Palmyra, New Jersey, right across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. “It was during the Depression and my father worked two security jobs to provide for us,” she recalls. One of his jobs was at a grocery store and he was able to get a good deal on food so Margie and her two sisters never went hungry. “We used to play outside all the time. It would get pretty hot in the summer but the ice house would let us kids come in and cool off for a bit and give us ice chips,” she remembers. “We’d play tag and red rover until our parents would have to drag us back inside to eat or go to bed.”
In her early twenties, Margie and her friends would routinely dance on weekend nights and that is where she and Bill met. He came in with his friends and asked her to dance immediately. “I guess you’d call it love at first sight because six weeks later, I had an engagement ring on my finger and five months later, we were married on June 30th.” Bill finished engineering school at Drexel College and was offered a job at American Airlines in Tulsa. “Our honeymoon was spent travelling to Tulsa in our car that we packed full of all our belongings.” He signed on with the airliner on July 9th and would sometimes joke that he was married to Margie nine days longer than he was to American. Margie later started working as a secretary at American but had to quit when they became pregnant with their first of five children.
Motherhood opened up all kinds of doors for Margie’s interests, including that of sewing. As a young girl her grandmother taught her the basics of needlework with some simple projects but when Barbie, her only daughter was 9 or 10, Margie got the McCall’s pattern for a set of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Barbie loved her dolls so much that Margie started making them for friends and then selling them to others. Over the years, she started donating them to charities such as Emergency Infant Services, Salvation Army, Tulsa Boys Home and others and has lost count as to how many dolls she has made. Some of the dolls have been sold for quite a price. “One year the Infant Services auctioned the two dolls for $1000! I was so happy because I thought that would buy a lot of diapers,” Margie exclaimed. Margie is also the proud mom of Bill, Tom, Kenny, Dave, and Barbie and has ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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At Country Club of Woodland Hills, we work hard to make sure our residents have everything they need readily accessible to them.  Watch our latest Video Testimonial to hear from a Country Club resident and the daughter of one of our residents on their experiences here!






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We are proud to name Hope Winn the Employee of the Month for March 2017. Hope has been on the Residential Care staff since the beginning of last year and she consistently serves residents with a positive attitude and contagious smile. “I love being here and I love hearing stories from the residents,” Hope notes. “One of my favorite things to do in general is to laugh and make people laugh.” Hope is the youngest of six, three of whom were born in the same year. “My sisters Faith and Charity were twins born in January and I came along in December.” Hope is a graduate of Union High School and has attended Victory Christian Church since 2010. She has been a member of a church group called “Armed & Dangerous” which encourages women to take up the armor of God. And she was the assistant director of Women Empowerment Solutions, a nonprofit organization in Tulsa that produces Biblically-based programs to help people throughout Oklahoma, especially women. “I have never worked so hard in my life but this is satisfying work,” Hope notes. “And I’m learning a lot about myself and pick up on life lessons from the residents and other staff here.”

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“In those days, we bicycled everywhere,” Beth remembers about her childhood in Ponca City. “There just weren’t as many cars so it was no problem for me and my friend to bike to the gym.” Beth’s father was the head bricklayer for the company and her eldest sisters eventually worked there as well. “During the summer days we would go swimming in the indoor pool, then play badminton and if we still had time, we’d roller skate for a while before heading home.”

By the time Beth was at Ponca City HS (or ‘Po High’), she had recognized her natural eye for art and was a part of the Art Club.  After graduation, she took classes at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha with a major in art. “I never really was a classical painter or anything like that but I loved the design and arrangement aspect of it,” she points out. And design she did. On her return to Ponca, she worked as a display artist for a shop downtown. And it was while she was working there that she met her husband Jim. He and his   brother and father had a furniture business and after they married, Beth became the buyer for the gift, accessories, and bed and bath departments of the store.

Throughout her sixty years in Ponca City, she was always involved in community activities as well. “I loved being a part of the 20th Century Club,” she   recalls. “When the city was putting up a vote on whether or not to buy the Marland Home, I worked there day and night as a docent giving tours of the home.” The Marland Home was a special place to Beth and Jim. His uncle actually owned the home early in their marriage and they would play bridge there often. “I remember loving to play there because we and the other couple could bring our kids and each one could have their own bedroom to take a nap in so they wouldn’t wake each other up.” Thanks to the efforts of Beth and other Ponca citizens, the Marland Home is now owned by the city and is a great piece of Oklahoma history to visit.

After Continental closed their offices in Ponca, the local economy took a dive and the Paris’s moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. They enjoyed their time there, but it had always been Beth’s dream to live in New Mexico. So after many years of driving through the area on their vacations to the West, they settled down in Las Cruces and built their home in a small community going up in the foothills. “We did have to watch for rattlesnakes out there but that was far outweighed by the beauty of the sky and landscape there.” While in their desert home, Beth went through a Master Gardener course offered at New Mexico State. Their eight years there were a great adventure but in August 2014 they moved to Tulsa to be closer to their three children (Lynne, Leslie and Chip).

Beth now lives in one of the Country Club Cottages. “I like working in my garden but my   neighbors, especially Logan and Joyce Boltz really outdo me,” she says with a smile. Beth is also a fan of the Walk This Way exercise class and values the convenience of meals and transportation. We are so honored that she has chosen to make the Country Club her home.

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Are you wondering what retirement living at Country Club of Woodland Hills has to offer you? One of the many advantages of life at Country Club of Woodland Hills is easy access to delicious, nutritious food. Watch our video below to hear more!

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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.

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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 or call us at (918)252-5451 to learn more and schedule a tour at our community.

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