Everything You Need to Know About Spending Down



We all know running out of money is a scary thought. Do I really need those new clothes? How much money should I give my granddaughter for her graduation? Is this medical bill going to burn a hole in my pocket? You have probably asked yourself some of those questions over the past few years. But now, you realize that time is going by even faster, prices are increasing, and you’re not quite sure how to manage everything.

Thanks to the MaCCRA committee (special shout out to Courtney Alvey and Gerri Gray) Mark Roussey was able to answer most of these questions during the Spend Down town hall lecture that took place this past Wednesday in Erickson Hall.

Mark first went through a few slides explaining what exactly would be covered during the meeting. He knows this is a scary topic and didn’t want to gloss over the details. He encouraged everyone who had questions about managing money or who needed some extra help to schedule a meeting with himself or Bo.

Some common questions that were asked (and answered) include:
– Can we use our entrance deposit sooner than planned?
– What if one spouse has more assets than you?
– Is interest being accrued on the entrance deposit?
– How does the Memory Care Unit work?

Much of this information can be extremely confusing and overwhelming..but Channel 973 is here to help! The Spend Down Lecture will air on Monday at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. And not to worry if you missed those show times…the episode will also be available the following day online at oakcresttv.com.

So get that pen or pencil out and get ready to take notes!


“I have a dream…”



Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase

This past week we celebrated the life of one of the most prominent figures in history; Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 23rd, we will have our own celebration of his life in Erickson Hall at 11AM filled with great speakers and wonderful performances.

We gather in the hall each year to commemorate and honor the long hours MLK Jr. put in as a civil rights activist. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 along with serving as its first president, organized nonviolent protests in Alabama, and helped organize the March on Washington in 1963.

And I’m sure everyone remembers the “mission moment” from last year. The bad weather caused a bit of a hiccup in the morning, causing a few cancellations to the event…but that didn’t stop Oak Crest. Jim Truitt, Andrew Kleinschmidt, and Dan Plakatoris stepped in and harmonized to the song Amazing Grace. Everyone was blown away and astonished. It’s funny how such a random act of kindness can leave such a huge impact.

If you were unable to get tickets for the event, the program will air on Channel 973 on Thursday, January 26th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. It will also be available online the following day at oakcresttv.com

“Lauren Learns…”

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by Lauren Costello

What better way to kick off the New Year than with a new show series!

     One thing that is extremely unique about working at Oak Crest is how talented our residents are. So many of you have such awesome hobbies it amazes me more and more each day. So I figured, maybe I’ll spend this new year trying to learn some new tricks of the trade…but I need your help!

I have spent time over the past two years interviewing and visiting a variety of different groups on campus. I’ve played tennis with the Tennis Club in the scorching heat on Walther Boulevard. I’ve danced (if that’s what you would like to call it…) with Gerri Onorato and the Line Dancing group. I’ve learned how the Holy Rollers make their necklaces for the community. And I’ve done yoga (again, not the most coordinated/flexible…) right here in the TV Studio. And now, I’m back for more.

I am looking for groups that I have not talked to, or learned something from, to be featured on our new show called “Lauren Learns…”. Each episode will feature a different group at Oak Crest where I will be “learning” what they do. It will be a very light and comical show…most likely because I will not be very skilled in whatever activity will come my way. The one promise I can make is to provide ample entertainment each episode.

You all have amazing talents to share and I think it’s really important to continue that growth and let others see. So whether I learn how to knit, learn how to paint a picture, learn how to play bridge (sorry grandma, I really don’t know how…) or learn how to play bocce, I cannot wait to spend time with your group and learn something new!

As for now, make sure you check the communication racks for the TV Guide to see when the first episode of “Lauren Learns…” will air!


We Want to Hear From You



6 days into the New Year and we cannot wait to hear from YOU!

A lot of change is going on around campus, mainly focusing on construction occurring in Town Center. As you walk down the halls, you’ll see the partition wall that is up where construction is taking place.

Since the TV Studio is directly across from most of the construction, our days have been filled with curiosity…and noise. We feel jackhammers, we see wires being pulled, we hear cement being broken, and so much more. Even though we can’t see what’s going on behind the doors, it’s amazing to know that within the next year Town Center will be transformed into an entirely new place! HOW EXCITING!

But all this change can be scary, which is why we want to hear your concerns, questions, and comments…and what better way to do this then by calling in and talking to our General Services team!

The General Services Call In Show is on Monday, January 9th at 10AM. Please call in with your questions to 410-663-3013. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you miss the live show, you can catch the rebroadcasts at 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12 midnight. The episode will also be available the following day at oakcresttv.com.