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.

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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Reader’s Digest

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by Lauren Costello
lmcostello@erickson.com
Reading is a great way for your brain to stay alert…which is why the Oak Crest Book Club is the perfect thing to get involved with!

This is a great group filled with residents who love talking about the book of the month and hearing others opinions. It’s a very relaxed environment, and they encourage everyone to come out to listen and join in on the conversation, even if you haven’t read the book.

During the interview, you will hear what each resident has to say about the book they read. Now we don’t want to give too much away, so it will just be the highlights! If you want to find out what happens you will have to read it!

Dr. Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was inspiration for the books chosen for the months of July and August. Some of the titles include American Housewife: Stories by Ellen Ellis, Opening Belle by Maureen Sherry, Women Who Read Are Dangerous by Stefan Bollman and Karen Jay Fowler, and  Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.

The July Book Club Meeting was held on July 26th, but do not worry if you missed it! There is another meeting on August 23rd at 10AM in the Crestview Classroom.

This show airs on Friday, July 29th at 10AM, 2PM, 7PM, 9PM, and 12AM. You can also head to oakcresttv.com the following day to watch the program online. Happy Reading!