A Better End


by Christopher Taydus

As human beings, we strive to control every aspect of our lives. Our food, our accommodations, our bills, and even our medical care. But one aspect that many overlook is their final days.

Advances in modern medicine have increased the average life expectancy in the United States from approximately 61 in 1935 to just shy of 80 in 2010, but death is still inevitable. It’s the one common bond between all human beings on this planet.

How do you want to die? When do you want to die? Where do you want to die? Documents such as advance directives, MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms, and AND (Allow Natural Death) forms (formerly known as Do Not Resuscitate) can help you to plan for an easier, less painful, and more respectful end of life.

Coming up this week on Oak Crest Now, Dr. Dan Morhaim, a practicing physician, and Maryland state legislator, speaks on his book The Better End and guides viewers through the medical and legal maze of end-of-life care. He details the care choices available to patients and explains why living wills and advance directives are a necessity for every American. He tells readers where to find free and readily available living wills and advance directives and why it is so important for everyone—young and old—to complete them.

Dr. Morhaim’s presentation (which was organized by the Oak Crest chapter of MaCCRA) will air on Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM on Channel 973. The show is also available right now at www.oakcresttv.com. For more information on Dr. Morhaim and his book, check out his website www.thebetterend.com.

Preparing for the Future

blog160923_camerasby Christopher Taydus

For the last three years, OCTV has been filming many of their field productions (TV shoots outside of the TV Studio) using High Definition cameras. Now the studio is getting ready to upgrade it’s studio cameras to High Definition, but how will this affect residents? To better understand the benefits of HDTV, let’s start with the difference between HD and SD TV. Continue reading

Never Forget

Blog160909_Sept11.pngThe United States marks a sad anniversary every September 11. That’s the day in 2001 that terrorist attacks occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

For a while, it seemed like the entire world was upside down and confusing. In the years that followed, attacks also happened in Spain, London, Bali, and Mumbai. For those who lost loved ones, life will never be exactly the same. Even for people not directly impacted by the attacks, finding a way to deal with the tragedy can be difficult.

Artist Deborah Patterson used painting as a form of catharsis that allowed her to honor the first responders on that day, and she found an inventive way to incorporate mixed media in the process.

TRIPTYCH is a collaboration between Patterson and composer, Robert Sirota. It consists of three oil on panel paintings (48″ x 96″ total dimensions) with accompanying music for string quartet.  The paintings/movements are entitled respectively, Desecration, Lamentation, and Prayer.

Learn more about the painting, Patterson’s process, and the meaning behind it all on a special episode of Oak Crest Now. The show will premiere Sunday, September 11th and will replay on Thursday, September 15th. Both days, the show will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will also be available the following day on www.oakcresttv.com.

Educational Benefits


by Christopher Taydus

What is active aging? The World Health Organization defines active aging as the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. For many seniors, Oak Crest and similar communities provide a variety of amenities that help them to actively age through protection, security, and care, but what can people over the age of 62 do for themselves to continue to actively age throughout the remainder of their lives.

One way is through continuing education.

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