Make the Call, Make a Difference

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

It’s that time of year. The tree is set, the phones are connected, and Oak Crest TV and Philanthropy are ready to raise some money. It’s the 8th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Telethon, only on Channel 973!

This year is an exciting telethon for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s the first telethon for new Philanthropy Manager Stacey Schiano, and new Philanthropy Coordinator Beverly Venedam. They definitely have some big shoes to fill, but if the Benevolent Care Gala in September is any indication, those two will have no problem raising money for those four hours.

While we’ll be welcoming Stacey and Beverly to the telethon excitement, we’ll be saying farewell to a member of the team as well. Television Production Coordinator Chris Taydus will be finishing his time at Oak Crest on the day of the telethon. Chris will be taking over as the Manager of the Television Station at Oak Crest’s sister community Riderwood in Silver Spring, MD. Since things will be hectic in the studio on Chris’s last day, please take an opportunity to stop down to the studio on Monday, November 28th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to say farewell (Click here for more information).

It’s not all Hellos and Goodbyes though as the telethon will be full of fun and excitement. The whole show kicks off with ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Josh Runkles & Executive Director Mark Roussey. Based on the popular segment created by late night television host, James Corden, Josh and Mark will drive around the Oak Crest campus talking about Benevolent Care and singing their favorite songs. A few special guests may join in as well.

Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some 'Carpool Karaoke' with resident Audrey Buchanan.
Josh Runkles & Mark Roussey enjoy some ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with resident Audrey Buchanan.

The telethon will also include performances by the Oak Crest Line Dancers, resident Duke Baugh, and some Oak Crest staff members, Stacey and Chef Joe Bollinger making Christmas cookies, a tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the Oak Crest Treasure Chest, and much much more!

The telethon will air live on Channel 973 from 10 AM till 2 PM on Friday, December 2nd only on Channel 973. If you miss the telethon, the show will be available the following week at http://www.oakcresttv.com, and you can catch highlights from the show at 7 PM, 9 PM, and midnight. Telethon highlights will also air at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM on both Saturday and Sunday on Channel 973.

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RAC the Vote

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

With the national election out of the way, Oak Crest looks toward voting in another one as the community prepares for the Resident Advisory Council election. This nine-member board of residents acts as liaisons between the residents of Oak Crest and the Administration team.

The RAC Elections are held every year with member’s terms being two years long. The election alternates between four and five open positions each year. This year, eight candidates are running to represent the residents. The candidates include Cathy Brodersen, David Cuneo, Harold Forst, Bill Hodges, Charles Jednorski, Bernice Lehr, Bill Litsinger, and Dee Real.

Posters in the community lobbies have the pictures and short biographies for each of the candidates, but sometimes it’s good to hear the words from the candidate’s mouths themselves, and Oak Crest TV is giving you that chance. On Thursday, November 17; Saturday, November 19; Friday, November 25; and Saturday, November 26, Oak Crest TV will air interview done with each of the candidates by resident Jim Wetzel.

Wetzel discusses their past, their hobbies & interests, their qualifications, and what department they’d like to work with if elected to the RAC. Be sure to tune in on each day at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM to see the show and meet the candidates. The show will also be available on Saturday, November 19 at www.oakcresttv.com.

Train Ride to the Past

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by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

If you’ve grown up in Baltimore you are very familiar with the ever popular B&O Railroad. You’ve probably walked past it as a child or maybe even ridden your bike around the neighborhood. Well, all these years later the B&O Railroad you know and love is back…but this time at Oak Crest.

Speaker, Dan Toomey is very familiar with the B&O Railroad having acted as a curator for some of the exhibits. He has written 12 books about various topics involving the war along with many things that have happened in the city of Baltimore. His lecture takes you back to the very beginning of time before the railroad was even established. The pictures he shows you through his presentation really show you how no one had any clues or insight into how to build a railroad. It is amazing to see how they went from having horses pulling cable cars, to actually creating a huge train for this process.

This program airs on Tuesday, October 18th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also watch the program the following day online at www.oakcresttv.com.

A Better End

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

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.

Educational Benefits

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by Christopher Taydus
ctaydus@erickson.com

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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The Big Band Theory

Learn more about the Big Band Theory of Baltimore in this month's Concert Update.
Learn more about the Big Band Theory of Baltimore in this month’s Concert Update.

The Big Band Theory of Baltimore is a non-profit jazz band that caters to local communities in Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties as well as Baltimore City.  Their music features a wide variety of song styles from old big band standards from artists like Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, Classic Rock from Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, to Stevie Wonder, and much more.

The all adult group that is a reformation of a local big band that was established back in 1994 under the name of The Royal Knights Jazz Orchestra (TRKJO).  At that time the band ran strong for 5 years under various directors and had members consisting of mostly high school and college age students. As members got older and went their separate ways, the band dissolved like most do. Now after almost fifteen years, the original founder of the TRKJO has started a new band with a few old familiar faces and a lot of new ones. Now back with a full compliment of fifteen plus musicians, The Big Band Theory of Baltimore can helps to entertain with the gift of song, a truly wonderful reward in itself.

The group will appear on August’s Concert Update with Sallie Horner, Concert Coordinator, and Madelyn Daniel, Concert Committee Member, to discuss their upcoming concert on August 28th. Be sure to learn more about Big Band Theory of Baltimore, as well as the other concerts in the month of August, by tuning into Concert Update on Monday, August 1st at 10 AM, 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM. The show will also be available later in the week at www.oakcresttv.com.

Walk on the Wild Side

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A fan favorite Good Morning Oak Crest show is Zoomobile Live. We all love seeing  Kathy Hogue talk about many of the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and we are so lucky we get the chance to do that live in our studio on a regular basis. So…we figured why not bring the fun to everyone on campus!

In May we had Zoomobile Live in the Crestview Conference Room as part of the Live the Life event put on by the Sales & Marketing department. It was PACKED. Everyone was so excited to see all the animals from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Current residents and potential residents stopped by to learn about some animal ambassadors from the zoo. Kathy brought a wide array of animals starting with a gator and ending with a Flemish Giant Rabbit! And trust us, this is no ordinary bunny!

Each of the animals were taken around the room so guests had the opportunity to get an up close look at some wild friends from the zoo. It was great to see the interactions between the audience and the animals- it really made for a great show.

There are many upcoming events coming to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore over the next few months that are definitely worth checking out. You can visit www.marylandzoo.org to find out more information.

This program can be viewed on Channel 973 on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00AM, 2:00PM, 7:00PM, 9:00PM, and 12 midnight. The show is also available right now at www.oakcresttv.com.

The Old Ball Game

The Oak Crest Good Guys softball team earns 5th title in 6 years at tourney featuring Erickson Living seniors from the mid-Atlantic communities.
The Oak Crest Good Guys softball team earns 5th title in 6 years at tourney featuring Erickson Living seniors from the mid-Atlantic communities.
by Alison Schindler
with contribution by Christopher Taydus
studio@oakcresttv.com

Behind timely hitting, solid defense and clutch pitching, the Good Guys, the resident softball team at Oak Crest, earned a pair of victories to capture the Annual Erickson Living Softball Tournament.

It was their third consecutive championship.  The Good Guys also won the tournament in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The event, held in Catonsville at Charlestown on June 8, matched residents from Oak Crest, Charlestown, Riderwood (Silver Spring) and Greenspring (northern Virginia) in a two-round format.

In the opening game, the Good Guys jumped to an early lead to defeat Charlestown 15-1.

In a highly competitive championship game, Oak Crest defeated Riderwood 7-5.

The Good Guys received vocal, enthusiastic support from residents of Oak Crest who made the trip to Charlestown.

If you weren’t able to make it to the game, Oak Crest TV will feature highlights as part of a show with updates from our Special Trips department. The show will air on Thursday, June 30th at 10:00 AM with rebroadcasts at 2 PM, 7 PM, 9 PM, and 12 AM. The show will also be available at www.oakcresttv.com.

You’re a Grand Old Flag

After months of preparation, the Oak Crest residents put on a spectacular performance recognizing the flag of the United States of America.
After months of preparation, the Oak Crest residents put on a spectacular performance recognizing the flag of the United States of America.
by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com

For the past 6 months, resident Darlene Koch and her flag day committee have been working tirelessly to put on a great show for the Oak Crest Community. From knitting ties, to perfecting pamphlets, to putting up decorations, Flag Day 2016 was a huge success.

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th every year. The sole reason we celebrate this day is due to the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened back on June 14th, 1777. Several Presidents and many people had a huge role in getting our flag where it is today.

During the program, each resident will talk about a different star that was added to the flag. You will hear about the history of the flag, as well as what Presidents served under the flag, and any other important information regarding that specific flag.

And what is a celebration without music? You will get to hear some great songs including God Bless America and The Star Spangled Banner. And the most special part of the program for a lot of residents was the folding of the American flag. What some people didn’t know is that each fold has a very specific meaning…and you are able to hear that and learn what the meaning is during the program. The flag that was folded will be given to a troop of soldiers overseas.

This program will air on Oak Crest Now on Tuesday, June 21st at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also catch this broadcast online the following day at oakcresttv.com.